Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Miguel, Khalid, and Liza Anne top new show announcements

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Liza Anne will perform at Globe Hall April 5. - BRETT WARREN
  • Brett Warren
  • Liza Anne will perform at Globe Hall April 5.

Concert season is finally starting to pick up again: Dashboard Confessional and Cradle of Filth tickets go on sale Friday, Khalid on Saturday, Miguel and Matt Kearney on Monday. Granted, nearly all of the aforementioned shows are more than four months away, but at least it’s something to look forward to as the onset of winter approaches.

Here's a full list of newly announced show and on sale dates.

On sale Friday, Dec. 1
• Of Mice And Men, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Feb. 6
• 10 Years, Black Sheep, Feb. 8
• Russ Liquid Test, Black Sheep, Feb. 17
• Iced Earth, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Feb. 28
• Tiny Moving Parts, Marquis Theatre, Denver, March 3
• Dashboard Confessional, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Apr. 9
• Cradle Of Filth, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Apr. 16
• Fortunate Youth, Black Sheep, Apr. 26

On sale Saturday, Dec. 2
• Khalid,
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, May 14

On sale Monday, Dec. 4
• Miguel,
Ogden Theater, Denver, Feb. 28
• Mat Kearny, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 3

On sale now
• Justin Moore,
1STBANK Center, Denver, March 8
• Jesus Piece with Vein, Marquis Theatre, Denver, March 10
• Liza Anne, Globe Hall, Denver, Apr. 5
• 3LAU, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Apr. 6

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Romeo Santos, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, and Tyler The Creator top new show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Romeo Santos
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The Warped Tour’s farewell — promoters have announced one final cross-country jaunt next summer that includes a July 1 stop in Denver — was just one of many concert announcements over the past  week. Here’s the full list of newly unveiled shows, including ticket onsale dates.

On sale Friday, Nov. 17
• American Aquarium,
Black Sheep, Jan. 9
• Pop Evil, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Feb. 21
• Lotus, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Feb. 24
• Knocked Loose, Marquis Theatre, Denver, March 10
• Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 8

On sale Monday, Nov. 20
• Niall Horan,
Red Rocks, Morrison, Aug. 20

On sale Friday, Nov. 24
• Romeo Santos,
Pepsi Center, March 27

On sale now
• Tribal Seeds,
Black Sheep, Jan. 26
• Toys for Tots featuring Red Tide Rising, Marquis Theatre, Denver, Dec. 9
• Magic Giant, Globe Hall, Denver, Feb. 2 & 3
• Tyler The Creator, 1stBANK Center, Denver, Feb. 6
• Diet Cig, Lost Lake, Denver, Feb. 7
• Datsik, 1stBANK Center, Denver, March 10
• Soulfly and Nile, Herman’s Hideaway, Denver, March 10

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Warped Tour says farewell

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman issued a sentimental 1,000-word statement today announcing that his roaming music festival will take one last full victory lap around the country before calling it a day.

The 2018 jaunt — which will include a July 1 Denver date — marks the end of an era for an annual tour that, over the course of 23 summers, hosted more than 1,700 bands and entertained some 11 million fans.

Warped will also be remembered for giving birth to the infamous Emo Movement and keeping it alive far longer than nature may have intended. (In the festival's defense, it also helped raise millions of dollars for a variety of charities.)

You can find more details, including the complete list of tour dates, on the Warped website. Meanwhile, here's the Warped founder's full statement: 
“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019.

In 1995, I had already worked many years in the music business, including spending four summers on the Lollapalooza tour, and I thought, ‘for one summer I would like go out and put on my own show’ mixing music and action sports. With the support of so many people, I have now spent the last 23 summers bringing that show to a city near you. We have brought that show to over 11 million people around the world and watched that same world change while doing so.

I have been proud to work with so many artists who have grown to be some of the largest stars in the world. Countless bands have played in hot parking lots and through summer storms for you at some point.

Bands like Quicksand, Sublime, L7, No Use for A Name and No Doubt jumped on in the very first year.

Touring many summers with my friends and peers like – Pennywise, Social Distortion, NOFX, Bad Religion, The Descendents, Less Than Jake, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag and The Offspring are just some of my fondest memories. More include, having Blink-182 travel on my bus in 1997 when the world opened up to them and made them the superstars they are today.

The Vans Warped Tour was the platform to witness the rise of pop punk with Sum 41, Simple Plan, MXPX, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte.

The birth of Emo – with bands like Thrice, Thursday, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack and Jimmy Eat World.

Fast-forward to the summer in 2005 when TRL and Warped Tour helped launch the careers of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Avenged Sevenfold.

I witnessed Warped alumni like The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, No Doubt and even Kid Rock play the Super Bowl. I’ve even had the pleasure of seeing Green Day play the Rose Bowl.

More recently, I’ve watched bands start out on a small stage and work their way up to the main stages by meeting as many fans as possible and continuing to hone their craft while on the tour. Bands like Paramore, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, Echosmith, Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, Every Time I Die, Neck Deep, Beartooth and so many more.

What has always made me proud was when I read that Warped was the most diverse show of the summer where you could find Eminem and Ice-T on the same stages as Sevendust, Pennywise, and 7 Seconds.

I am so grateful to have worked with more than 1,700 bands over the last 23 summers. I wish I could thank every band that has played the tour.

The Vans Warped Tour has become the community I had always hoped for. We have worked with over 90 non-profits each summer shining a light on new and growing groups giving our community the resources they need to connect with people who can help them, but also encourages our community to help each other. To Write Love on Her Arms, Music Saves Lives, Feed The Children Now, Keep a Breast, Hope For The Day, Canvas Foundation, Living The Dream and A Voice for the Innocent have built their organizations from the Warped Tour parking lots across the country. This even inspired me to start my own foundation Unite the United.

The work we do each summer on “give back days” has become part of our DNA. My brain is etched with the image of the church ladies after Katrina serving beans and rice to The Casualties with their upright mohawks, finding a common ground where no one was judging anyone. Then finding out the only working business in the county seemed to be the moonshine still and the locals showing up with a crate to share with the crew later that evening.

The long hot days that ended around a BBQ with food, drink and more music are some of the best times. Enjoying the days off, taking people jet boating, house boating, river rafting and sometimes even skydiving. I witnessed lifelong friendships being made, sparks of romance that led to ‘Warped weddings,’ and unfortunately now, more notices of passings where a proper good bye was not able to be said.

I want to thank my supportive family who has been through the highs and lows, Darryl Eaton at CAA, Steve Van Doren and Vans, Kate, Julie, Allison and Steph. My hard ass working crew who puts that show up and down each day, the sponsors which without them this tour would not happen, the bands and their crews, the promoters who took a risk on us at the beginning and continue to be supportive.

It will be bittersweet each morning when I see the sun rise and then watch it set knowing that this will be the last time I get to witness it from that exact spot.

Though the tour and the world have changed since ’95, the same feeling of having the ‘best summer ever’ will live on through the bands, the production teams, and the fans that come through at every stop.

The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019.

I truly look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during this final cross country run, and getting to thank you for your support on this wild adventure. Until then, take care and be safe.” – Kevin Lyman (Founder of the Vans Warped Tour)

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Tame Impala and the return of the flexi disc

Posted By on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Forget 8-track tapes, quadrophonic LPs, and Edison cylinders; the most unjustly eclipsed audio format is clearly the flexi disc. America’s favorite flimsy sheets of cheap plastic once ruled DIY fanzines and Sunday newspaper supplements, delivering 7-inch Army recruitment songs, punk-rock singles, and other lo-fi novelties to those who didn’t mind placing a quarter on their phonograph needle to keep it from skipping.

But all good novelties must surely come to an end. In 1998, the Eva-Tone Soundsheets company, which developed, patented and manufactured the flexi-disk, declared bankruptcy. By all accounts, flexi discs were doomed to extinction.

Or were they?

On Nov. 17, the platinum psych-rock band Tame Impala will release a deluxe edition of its 2015 Currents album. Buried among the box set’s tried-and-trued collectible components — two albums, one 45, a poster and a booklet — is a bright red, translucent, space age-looking flexi disc.

Tame Impala is actually one in a series of contemporary rock artists who’ve experimented with the format. Most notably, the label Joyful Noise released a monthly flexi disc series that ran from 2012 through 2016 and included singles by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Le Butcherettes, and Daniel Johnston.

Jack White, meanwhile, launched a thousand helium balloons, each drifting up and away with a precious cargo of one flexi disc containing the subsequently released album track “Freedom at 21.” Only a handful of them reportedly fell to earth, one of which ended up selling on eBay for $4,238.88.

“As far as can be discerned, this is the highest price ever paid for a flexi-disc record,” crowed the label, “topping out usual benchmarks from obscure Japanese hardcore singles of the early 80’s and Beatles fan-club Christmas offerings.”

Other bands who’ve dabbled in the medium include Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Dead Weather and Deerhoof.

There will, undoubtedly, be more. In the meantime, flexi disc fans can gaze hopefully at the resurgence of the vinyl record market, which, after being pronounced dead during the digital revolution, climbed to nearly 12 million units in 2015.

Granted, the flexi disc will never remotely approach the sound or sales of a proper album. But they do sound marginally better than the cardboard records that were once embossed on the back of Sugar Crisp cereal boxes.

So is it possible that, in this or some similarly misguided world, the sadly neglected flexi disc could pull off some kind of small-scale lower than low-fidelity comeback? Stranger things have happened.

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