Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New show alert: Dave Chappelle and Minus The Bear tickets on sale Friday

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 4:43 PM

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Care to try your luck again? The biggest show announcement this week is Dave Chappelle, whose July 13 appearance at Denver’s Bellco Theatre will go on sale this Friday, June 2.

You may recall that tickets for Chappelle’s Red Rocks show went on sale back in March and were gone before many of his fans could get through. As one jilted friend mourned on Facebook: “Five minutes after several unsuccessful attempts, I checked the third party sites and they were already flooded with tickets at double and triple price.”

Tickets for the Bellco show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via Live Nation, AXS, or by phone at
888-929-7849. Let us know how it goes!

Meanwhile, here's this week’s full list of new show announcements and onsale dates:

On sale this Friday, June 2
• Dave Chappelle,
Bellco Theatre, Denver, July 13
• Minus The Bear & Pinback, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 1&2
• Venom Inc., Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 11
• Ty Segall, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 7
• New Found Glory, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, Nov. 16

On sale now
• Moonwalker, Summit Music Hall, Denver, July 16
• Dita Von Teese, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, July 20
• FMQB Triple A Conference, with Future Islands, Foxygen, Amy Shark, Bahamas, JD McPherson, others, St. Julien Hotel & Spa, Boulder, Aug. 9-12
• Bryson Tiller & H.E.R. Music, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Denver, Aug. 23

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Cloud Factory showcases experimental music at unconventional venues

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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DIY venues took a hit last year, nationally and locally, but in the aftermath of the loss of local venues like the Flux Capacitor and Mountain Fold Books, our community got creative.

Local artist collective Cloud Factory was one DIY venture to rise from the ashes, spearheaded by Mitchell Macura, keyboardist of local indie rockers Eros and The Eschaton; Han Sayles of Peach Press and the former Mountain Fold Books; and (disclosure) our own Indy reporter Nat Stein.

This collective has committed to keeping the DIY spirit alive, proving that art and music can happen anywhere by hosting shows at Funky Little Theater Company, The Zodiac Venue & Bar and Voodoo Leatherworks, among others.

Macura says: "This was our best response to [the closing of the Flux Capacitor]. By being not necessarily untraceable, but just invisible."

While Cloud Factory has faced challenges related to finding legal venues for pop-up events — and perhaps harder to come by, venues willing to host events without monetary compensation — they want to create something that might last. "We're trying to keep a community alive," Macura says, "and, maybe, to build a community so a model like this could be sustainable."

For now, that means bringing in cool, experimental music and art that gets folks in the door, and presenting this music wherever they can. Sunday's show by Karen Meat, an Iowa-based indie-pop/rock artist, will be held in one of their more creative locations thus far — a bowling alley.

Macura describes Karen Meat's music as "part of this weird vein of avant-garde indie-rock. The lyricism and themes behind the songs are not taken super seriously ... reflecting these instances of existential crises in society and making a joke out of them."

With a set of mournful vocals and a '60s-era sway, Karen Meat does everything indie-pop does best — blending the old with the new. Her aesthetic style reads almost '80s-inspired, glittery and disheveled, so she should fit right in under the Peak Bowl blacklights.

Also performing: Dana T, a Karen Meat collaborator and member of the national DIY community who calls his genre "Avant-Everything"; Kevin Greenspoon from California, providing electronic visual projections and sound; and local favorite experimental indie-rock musician Charioteer.

What's more, before the show folks are encouraged to fit in a few games of bowling — a much more exciting date night than dinner and a movie, and certainly more memorable.

Sunday, June 4, bowl at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Peak Bowl, 2861 N. Prospect St., $7 suggested donation,

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Prepare for the pit with our 71Grind playlist

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 3:45 PM

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  • Dangers perform Saturday, June 3.
In the May 24th issue of the Independent, we spoke with three of the bands set to play the third annual 71Grind festival. The festival, though, will feature 50 bands, playing all manner of heavy music. For a collection of genres as niche as these, there's an impressive degree of diversity. Yes, there's fast-paced grind like The Drip, Phobia and Graf Orlock, and yes, there's slower but no less heavy doom like Conan, Samothrace and Aseethe.

But did you know there's also a hip-hop act performing, Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Moodie Black? What about local post-rockers Autumn Creatures, who share more in common with Slowdive and Godspeed You! Black Emperor than anything else?

There's a lot going on at this show, so we've prepared a Spotify playlist highlighting some of the talent on display. While you're banging your head to that, check out the setlist times and plan your weekend — they're below the playlist.

Friday, June 2

Triple Nickel:
2:30-2:50 p.m. Shiii Whaaa
3-3:20 p.m. Haj Paj
3:30-3:50 p.m. Blighter
4-4:20 p.m. Lovemachine
4:30-4:50 p.m. Groundscore
5-5:20 p.m. Cult of the Lost Cause
5:30-5:50 p.m. Clusterfux
6-6:30 p.m. Deathwish

The Black Sheep main stage:
6:30-6:50 p.m. Dreadnought
7:15-7:35 p.m. Moodie Black
8-8:20 p.m. Mania
8:40-9:10 p.m. Hell
9:35-10:05 p.m. He Whose Ox is Gored
10:30-11:10 p.m. Samothrace
11:35-12:20 p.m. Graves at Sea
12:40-1:40 p.m. Conan

The Black Sheep side stage:
6:50-7:10 p.m. Nothing Positive, Only Negative
7:35-7:55 p.m. Deathgrave
8:20-8:40 p.m. Primitive Man
9:10-9:30 p.m. Crawl
10:05-10:25 p.m. Staghorn
11:10-11:30 p.m. Autumn Creatures
12:20-12:40 p.m. North

Saturday, June 3

Triple Nickel:
12:15-12:35 p.m. PxCxW
12:45-1:05 p.m. Alone
1:15-1:35 p.m. Oryx
1:45-2:05 p.m. Econarcy
2:15-2:35 p.m. Glacial Tomb
2:45-3:05 p.m. The Ditch & The Delta
3:15-3:35 p.m. Stoic
3:45-4:05 p.m. Disvein
4:15-4:35 p.m. Hanta
4:45-5:05 p.m. Swamp Wolf
5:15-5:35 p.m. Soul Vice
5:45-6:15 p.m. Graf Orlock
6:25-6:55 p.m. Dangers

The Black Sheep main stage:
8-8:20 p.m. Kaliya
8:45-9:05 p.m. Trapped Within Burning Machinery
9:30-9:50 p.m. Casket Path
10:15-10:45 p.m. Dead To a Dying World
11:05-11:35 p.m. Homewrecker
11:55-12:15 p.m. Trigger
12:35-1:10 p.m. Phobia

The Black Sheep side stage:
7:30-8 p.m. Doperunner
8:20-8:40 p.m. Aseethe
9:05-9:25 p.m. Woundvac
9:50-10:10 p.m. Ugly
10:45-11:05 p.m. Barghest
11:35-11:55 p.m. Recluse
12:15-12:35 p.m. The Drip
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Imagine Dragons, ChameleonsVox, and Flobots top new show announcements

Posted By on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 2:23 PM

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  • Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds with big drum.

Colorado music fans will definitely not be crashing ticket agency servers Friday morning, given that the Black Sheep’s Born of Osiris date looks to be the only area show going on sale that day. We do, however, have an extra week’s warning for the Imagine Dragons/K.Flay show at the Pepsi Center, which is sure to sell out quickly.

Meanwhile, fans of The Chameleons will want to know that the revered UK band's frontman Mark Burgess is touring with his current band project ChameleonsVox, and that Denver is among the handful of cities the group will play on its upcoming American tour.

Meanwhile, here's this week’s rundown of new concert announcements. Unless otherwise noted, all shows are on sale now.

• Flobots, Black Sheep, June 10
• New Orleans Suspects, Sweetwater Park, Lone Tree, June 17
• Doctor P, Pwnage Method, Rawkus, June 23
• Born of Osiris, Black Sheep, July 3 (on sale May 12)
• Killing the Messenger, Bullfrog’s Bar & Grill, Pueblo, July 4
• Marcia Ball, Soiled Dove, Denver, July 7-8
The UMS: Undeground Music Showcase, various venues, Denver, July 30
• Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Cowboys, Aug. 12
• Imagine Dragons, with K.Flay, Pepsi Center, Denver, Oct. 14 (on sale May 19)

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Please stand by: KCMJ experiencing technical difficulties

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 5:57 PM

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If your car radio has a preset for community radio station KCMJ-93.9 FM, you may have noticed its absence from the airwaves over the past week.

No worries, though, the progressive low-power FM station has not run out of cash. Nor was it shut down by the vast right-wing conspiracy. The problem is with the station’s antenna, which is located on top of Stargazers Theatre.

“We have a situation where our signal sometimes gets into their P.A. system when bands are playing,” explains Mark Weingartner, who serves on KCMJ’s board of directors. “So they turn us off, and then a lot of times, at the end of a long night, they’re tired and they forget to turn us back on.”

KCMJ has been experiencing this problem intermittently since the station first went on the air back in January of last year. “Some bands don’t have problems, some bands do,” says Weingartner. “We don’t know if it’s because some of them having unshielded cables, or if it’s a matter of shielding the transmitter to prevent leakage of the signal into the facility’s system.”

Until the problem’s resolved, station personnel will continue to make trips to the venue to turn the transmitter back on, once they realize they’re only broadcasting over the internet.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Kendrick Lamar, Halsey, Janet Jackson, and DJ Shadow top upcoming show announcements

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 1:21 PM

Kendrick Lamar: When they're gone, they're gone. - KOBBY DAGAN / SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Kendrick Lamar: When they're gone, they're gone.

So before we even get to concerts that go on sale over the next two weeks, you should know something that, for many of us, is more important than all of them combined: As we type this, the Pepsi Center site still shows some tickets being available for their July 29 Kendrick Lamar show.

Our advice? Set his blog aside and buy your tickets now. Because it's either that or risk being at the mercy of online resellers.

Meanwhile, here's this week’s full list of new show announcements and on sale dates:

On sale Friday, May 5
• Miike Snow,
Black Sheep, June 6
• Mix Master Mike, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 7
• Pelican, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 21
• Decapitated, with Thy Art Is Murder, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Aug. 29
• Janet Jackson, Pepsi Center, Denver, Oct. 17
• Fall Out Boy, Pepsi Center, Denver, Nov. 10

On sale Friday, May 12
• Linkin Park,
Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 28
• Halsey, Pepsi Center, Denver, Oct. 29

On sale now
• Twin Peaks, Project Pabst Denver, May 20
• George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Ogden Theatre, June 18,
• DJ Shadow, Ogden Theatre, Denver, July 11
• Earth Wind & Fire, with Chic feat. Nile Rogers, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 20
• Thievery Corporation, with DeVotchKa, Red Rocks, Morrison, Aug. 5

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