Sunday, December 31, 2017

Triple Nickel shutting doors after 12 years?

Posted By on Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Last December, it was the DIY music space Flux Capacitor that reluctantly closed its doors; tonight, on New Year's Eve, the same will likely happen with the Triple Nickel Tavern, a downtown bar and venue that’s played an integral role in keeping the punk, metal and straight-ahead rock scenes alive in Colorado Springs since December of 2005. The announcement comes just two weeks after a two-night celebration of the venue’s 12th anniversary.

“Tomorrow will most likely be the 555’s last day,” announced owner JJ Grueter Saturday on his Facebook page. “To make a long story short, I got sued a few years ago and it drained me of everything I had. Although I’ve kept the bar afloat, I’ve never been able to recover. I got behind on taxes and, as you know, once that happens it’s really hard to climb out of that hole. As much as it tears me apart, I have exhausted all my resources. 12 years is a pretty good run. So come down tonight or tomorrow and have a drink, a laugh and give me a hug.”

Tonight’s New Year’s Eve show will feature performances by Minneapolis bands Gramma and Heart to Gold, Denver’s Creek, and additional as-yet-unnamed acts. Find details at

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Murs, Wyclef, and Tycho top new show announcements

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 3:40 PM

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From Prince and Madonna to Sting and Bono, '80s pop charts were unexpectedly overrun by single-named artists, a trend that continues, albeit on a more low-key level, to this day. In fact, this week's new show announcements include a whole bunch of them: hip-hop artists Murs and Doozy, ambient electronica star Tycho, the artist formerly known as Wyclef Jean, and Hirie, who  fronts the band Hirie, who named their first album Hirie. This week is also relatively heavy on Colorado Springs events, with several new show announcements from the Black Sheep and Friends House Concerts. Here's the complete list:

• Remain & Sustain, Marquis Theatre, Denver, Jan. 10
• Sweet Ascent, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Jan. 23
• World War Me, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Jan. 24
• Doozy, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Feb. 7
• Set It Off, Marquis Theatre, Denver, Feb. 10
• Murs, Black Sheep, Feb. 15
• Judge, Marquis Theatre, Denver, Feb. 16
• Peter Mulvey with Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Friends House Concert, Feb. 23
• Tonic, Sunshine Studios, Feb. 24
• Stolen, Marquis Theatre, Denver, Feb. 27
• Eidola, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, March 2
• Edie Carey, Friends House Concert, March 9
• Hirie, Black Sheep, March 11
• Tigers Jaw, Black Sheep, March 14
Wyclef Jean, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 14
The Menzingers, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 17
Mike Zito, Stargazers, March 25
Robert Finley, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Apr. 5
Willie Porter, Friends House Concert, Apr. 8
Glen Phillips, Friends House Concert, Apr. 29
Three Dog Night, Paramount Theatre, Denver, May 17
Tycho with Phantogram, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, May 21

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bryan Adams, Ella Vos, and Front 242 top new show announcements

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 1:43 PM

  • Joanna Rentz
  • Ella Vos

Despite those images of shoulder pads and synthesizers that resurface every time we think of the ‘80s, many of the top acts who came to prominence during that decade didn’t look or sound anything like that. Take for instance, Canadian pop-rock hitmaker Bryan Adams, Deep Purple survivor David Coverdale’s hair-band Whitesnake, and Belgian industrial noise pioneers Front 242. Diehard fans will be pleased to know that tickets for all three acts, in mercifully separate shows, go on sale this Friday, Dec. 8.

Meanwhile, here’s this week’s full rundown of newly announced shows and on sale dates.

On sale Friday, Dec. 8
• Front 242, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Apr. 20
• Bryan Adams, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, June 12
• Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Pepsi Center, Denver July 24

On sale Saturday, Dec. 9
• Declan McKenna, Black Sheep, March 1

On sale now
• Family Crest, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Dec. 6
• Super Diamond, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Feb. 3
• Intervals, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 7
• Ella Vos, Lost Lake, Denver, March 19

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Jack White’s We’re Going to be Friends and other books about music

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 8:13 AM


Music about books is not always such a great idea. For every Kate Bush ode to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights — or Sufjan Stevens homage to Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard to Find — we get an Axl Rose crooning, “Oooh, the Catcher in the Rye again / Won’t let ya get away from him.”

Books about music, on the other hand, make better holiday gifts and are also much easier to wrap.

Let’s start with Jack White’s We’re Going to be Friends. Published two weeks ago through his Third Man Record imprint, it’s a charming children’s book based on the lyrics to the White Stripes song of the same name. Elinor Blake, aka singer-songwriter April March, provides the book’s wistfully nostalgic illustrations, the kind that critics can’t help but call enchanting. On a related note, White’s OfficialTMR YouTube channel has just uploaded archival footage of Jack and Meg performing the song for an attentive elementary-school audience.

If you happen to not be a White Stripes fan, or have already graduated from grade school, the following oversized volumes may be more to your liking.

The stunningly designed Smithsonian Rock and Roll is a hefty new hardcover that brings together breathtaking, seldom-seen photos of diverse musical icons — from Elvis Presley and Booker T to the Flaming Lips and Fugazi — all of it interwoven with insightful commentary by music historian Bill Bentley.

And then there’s Ray Padgett’s equally gift-worthy Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time, which is loaded with vivid stories and photos chronicling Aretha’s recording of Otis’s “Respect,” Whitney’s take on Dolly’s “I Will Love You,” and many more.

In either case, if you love music and reading — or care about someone who does — you really can’t go wrong.

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