Friday, August 31, 2018

Kalyn Heffernan, Wheelchair Sports Camp emcee, running for Mayor of Denver

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM


While very few musicians get voted into political office, Kalyn Heffernan deserves to be one of them.

The Wheelchair Sports Camp rapper, who is also a disability rights activist and former Indy cover story subject, has filed her candidacy papers for Denver’s 2019 Mayoral election, and since released a series of videos that are well worth watching, regardless of your geographic voting status.

Here’s the transcript of the inaugural video:
"Ahhhh Denver. I love this city so much. So much in fact, everyone’s been telling me, “Kalyn, you should to run for mayor!” And I’m like, “Don’t be an ableist! … I can’t even walk.” And they’re like, “Whatever, SIT for mayor, Hancock’s got to go!” And they’re right. So right

But how in the hell am I supposed to work here? [Points at stairs.] Wait, If I’m Mayor can I ban stairs? Wait, can I at least ban assault rifles? Who else is gonna rally our communities together to make real change, like YESTERDAY!? Who else is gonna do this?

Okay, Day 1: End the urban camping ban. Day 2: It’s time for Denver to have rent control. Look, we need affordable, accessible housing before these realtors capitalize on our sunsets!

Oh, and what about women? Yeah, I don’t stand for any of these dudes abusing their power! Women are the majority and IT’S ABOUT TIME we occupy the same amount of space and power as all these scumbags.

I don’t stand for criminalizing people for being alive, for being houseless, or born somewhere else, for being a young person of color or playing music on the 16th Street Mall. I mean, unless you’re part of the 2% of real Native Americans here first, we’re all here illegally — and so is this capitol! So vote for me, ‘cause I won’t stand for any of this shit!”
You can watch all of the rapper's campaign videos at the Kalyn For Mayor YouTube channel. We think you'll agree that Heffernan’s politics are right on. What's more, her sharp wit can stand up to just about anyone out there on the comedy club circuit.

Come to think of it, forget the Mayor. Someone get this woman elected President!

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Lola Black's album release show tops new concert announcements

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 6:29 PM

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Some Denver acts never bother to play Colorado Springs; others come here regularly enough to build enthusiastic local followings. Multiple Westword Music Award winner Lola Black falls squarely into the latter camp. So it should come as no surprise that she’ll be playing the Black Sheep next month to celebrate her forthcoming album Nothing's Gonna Be Alright, which reunites her with Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper producer Bob Marlette. You can scroll down to view the pre-release video for its slow-burning title track, which finds the black-clad rocker roaming around town with a baseball bat and questionable intent. And while you’re at it, have a look at this week’s full rundown of newly announced shows:

Salem’s 1476, Seventh Circle Music Collective, Denver, Sept. 8
Lola Black album release show, Black Sheep, Oct. 13
Amigo the Devil, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 30
The Marias and Triathalon, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 7
Kweku Collins, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 24
Boys Noize, Beta, Denver, Dec. 1
Atreyu, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Dec. 4
With Confidence and Broadside, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 9
Il Divo, Bellco Theatre, Denver, Dec. 11
Doe Paoro, Larimer Lounge Denver, Dec. 20
Bring Me the Horizon, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Feb. 11, 2019
Y&T, Black Sheep, March 19, 2019

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Meow Wolf is accepting DIY Fund applications to keep venue spaces open around the country

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 11:16 AM

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Meow Wolf, the badass arts collective known for its DYI success and extraordinary installations, is back at it again with another round of its DIY Fund.

What is this Fund, you ask? It is an initiative to get DIY spaces all across the country funding to keep their spaces sustainable and in business.

The Fund is a direct response to the grisly fire of Oakland, CA’s Ghost Ship DIY space in 2016. The devastation of the fire at the space initiated a witch hunt, which forced Rhinoceropolis and Glob in Denver and the Spring's own Flux Capacitor to shutter their doors, and sent inhabitants into the streets for not being up to fire and safety codes.

The Flux has since found a sustainable model with the help of PPLD, but many DIY venues still struggle to find and maintain footing.  Meow Wolf, which recently announced a massive Denver installation, has been a DIY space since 2008 and may not have survived if it wasn’t for the backing of passionate investors and community members. So now they’re continuing to pay it forward in a big way.

If you’re a venue, performance space, art installation, or any creative endeavor, now is your chance to apply for a piece of the $250,000 pie. Application deadline is September 30, 2018.

For more information on the DIY Fund, check out the promotional video — featuring a number of beloved Springs artists — here:
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Singer-songwriter supergroup boygenius top new show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 5:17 PM

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The best supergroups are often the least known, and boygenius definitely fit that bill — at least for the moment. The new singer-songwriterly collective brings together acclaimed indie artists Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, who will kick off their first national tour at Nashville’s storied Ryman Auditorium. The itinerary will also include a date at Denver’s Ogden Theatre on November 19, which happens to be the week after the release of their self-titled debut on Matador Records.

This week’s other calendar-worthy show announcements include some considerably more familiar acts, including Echo & The Bunnymen, The Verve Pipe, Soul Asylum, and Joan Baez. Here’s the full rundown:

Soul Asylum, Civic Center Park, Denver, Sept. 3
The Verve Pipe, Levitt Pavillion, Denver, Sept. 8
Total Chaos, Black Sheep, Sept. 9
Basement, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Oct. 7
Necropanther, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 17
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 23
Joan Baez, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Oct. 24
Kim Moore, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 25
Stray from the Path and Silent Planet, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 2
mewithoutyou, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 3
The Contortionist, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 4
Death from Above, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 9
The Wrecks, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 14
John Nolan, Hi-Dive, Denver, Nov. 17
Stabbing Westward, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 17
boygenius, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 19
Echo & The Bunnymen, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Nov. 26
Keith & Kristyn Getty, Pikes Peak Center, Dec. 10
Travis Scott, Pepsi Center, Denver, Dec. 12
Bayside (acoustic), Marquis Theater, Denver, Jan. 27, 2019
Bring Me the Horizon, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Feb. 11, 2019
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Colorado Springs Philharmonic announces new season

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 1:31 PM

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Symphonic work that evoke love-struck puppets (Stravinsky’s “Petrushka”) and inescapable mortality (Mahler’s “Song of the Earth”) will be among the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s newly announced 2018-19 offerings

Other season highlights will include Masterworks Series performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, Tchaikovsky Swan Lake and Ravel’s Bolero, while the Philharmonic Pops repertoire ranges from “Star Spangled Pops” to “The Wonderful Music of Oz.”

You can learn more about the new season in next week’s Reverb column and find the full schedule at
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Dio's estate auction will include velour robe, leather shinguards and animatronic sphinx

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM


If you read last issue’s Dio Disciples interview, you most likely know that the late metal icon’s official tribute band hit Colorado Springs’ Sunshine Studios on Friday, Aug. 17. What you probably don’t know is that a Ronnie James Dio estate auction will be held online Sept. 14-15.

The newly announced event includes some fairly intimate offerings. If, for instance, you want to don Ronnie’s clothing, you can bid on:

• A pair of the singer's Rainbow-era moon and stars patchwork jeans (estimated value $2,000–$4,000)

• Dio’s violet suede vest with tails and red leather shin guards from the Sacred Heart Tour ($2,000–$4,000)

• Or, for an even more cozy experience, the personalized Black Sabbath hooded velour robe that Ronnie regularly wore backstage on his Mob Rules Tour ($1,000–$2,000).

There’s more, of course, including original album art, custom guitars, a rolling wardrobe case, and, best of all, oversized animatronic stage props, including a sphinx, a knight in armor, and a scary spider.

You can find complete details, including information on a preview exhibition showing in New York City, at the Ronnie James Dio auction site.
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Thom Yorke, Lil Pump, Joan Baez, and Manchester Orchestra announce Colorado shows

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 8:40 AM

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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, once referred to as “drunky little Thom” in the comment section of a video that found him deejaying with Flying Lotus, has always been something of an enigma. But one very sure thing is that tickets to see his side-project Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes perform at the Paramount Theatre on Dec. 11 will sell out quickly once they go on sale this Friday, Aug. 17. Other newly announced, high-profile bookings include Lil Pump, Joan Baez, Manchester Orchestra, and Itchy-O’s annual Halloween show. Here’s the week’s full lineup.

Cloud Temple, Black Sheep, Aug. 24
Armed for Apocalypse, Black Sheep, Aug. 26
HORzilla Artist Showcase, Black Sheep, Aug. 29
Fatebringer, Black Sheep, Sept. 6
Theoretic, Black Sheep, Sept. 7
CrystalCulture, Black Sheep, Sept. 8
Salt of Sanguine, Black Sheep, Sept. 17
Slothrust, Lost Lake, Denver, Sept. 27
Lil Pump, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Sept. 28
Omnium Gatherum, Herman’s Hideaway, Denver, Sept. 29
The Hollow, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 13
Future Generations, Lost Lake, Denver, Oct. 14
Dayle Watson & Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Black Sheep, Oct. 17
Four Fists (P.O.S. x Astronauts), Black Sheep, Oct. 19
MyChildren MyBride, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 19
Joan Baez, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Oct. 24
The Collection, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Oct. 25
Itchy-O Hallowmass, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 31
Tank and the Bangas with Big Freedia, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 2
Drahla, Hi-Dive, Denver, Nov. 3
Sylar, Oriental Theater, Denver, Nov. 10
Rubblebucket, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Nov. 14
Chase Atlantic, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 16
Metal Alliance Tour feat. Goatwhore, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 17
Small Town Murder Podcast, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 18
The Garden, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 21
Whitechapel, Sunshine Studios, Denver, Nov. 24
Giraffage & Ryan Hemsworth, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 1
Manchester Orchestra, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 1
Thom Yorke, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Dec. 11
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

The 360-degree video that turned me on to Tank and The Bangas

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 8:17 PM

The band's Ogden Theatre show goes on sale Aug. 10. - STERLING MUNKSGARD / SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • The band's Ogden Theatre show goes on sale Aug. 10.

I have to confess that the first time I stumbled upon Tank and The Bangas — who open for Nathaniel Rateliff at Red Rocks Aug. 22 and then return to Colorado to headline the Ogden with Big Freedia on Nov. 2 — I kind of hated them.

But that would be the case with any number of bands who get ushered out onto the tiny makeshift stage during half-time at a New Orleans Pelicans game. This thankless arena gig is typically given to Eastern European acrobats and plate spinners, and with good reason: The Smoothie King Center's sound system is third-rate, the echoes incurable, the audience inattentive. Also, the speaker on my TV isn’t all that good and — bottom line — their whole act went right over my head.

Today, I’m happy to report that I’ve seen the light, and I owe my 180-degree turn to the 360-degree video released by Hard Road Pictures that you'll find embedded below. Forget virtual reality, this is a headache-free, wonderfully immersive experience that’ll make you feel like you’re actually in New Orleans at their hometown Gasa Gasa. Have fun zooming in and around the club, watching anyone and everyone, onstage or off, as this totally unique band — arguably among the most interesting since Janelle Monae came on the scene —  works its fans into a frenzy.

Mostly, though, you’ll want to focus on the two women at centerstage: Tank is an endearingly weird and remarkably talented singer, rapper and spoken word artist. Her hype-woman Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph, meanwhile, is a soulful backing vocalist with an ability to work a crowd that’s nothing short of enthralling. If you go far enough down the internet rabbit hole, you’ll discover that she was also a contestant on American Idol’s 2015 season, and that Jennifer Lopez broke into tears when she was given the boot. No matter. The shallow pop world’s loss is our gain.

Colorado fans should also note that tickets for the Ogden show go on sale Friday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. The Red Rocks gig sold out, and this one will, too.

Meanwhile, here’s the video. Be sure to watch it fullscreen:

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Halestorm, Lenny Kravitz and, um, John Tesh top new show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 1:44 PM

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If you’re a fan of what the record industry has designated “mainstream rock,” you can rejoice in the fact that the 1stBANK Center just announced a December 1 date with Halestorm, the band that in recent years has topped that particular chart with their hits “Freak Like Me,” “Apocalyptic,” “Amen” and, earlier this year, “Uncomfortable.”

Then again, if your rejoicing preferences lean more toward Christian pop, you could just stay closer to home and see John Tesh at Springs Church on Oct. 11. And as long as you’re in a spiritual mood, don’t miss the African Children’s Choir, who are featured in this week’s Indy music interview, when they play a free concert this coming Sunday at Colorado Springs’ Bethel Lutheran Church.

In the meantime, here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements:

Sawyer Fredericks, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Aug. 24
Larry June, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 31
BullHead*ded, Black Sheep, Sept. 1
King Iso, Black Sheep, Sept. 14
Powerman 5000, Black Sheep, Sept. 18
Jungle, Black Sheep, Sept. 28
Earthless, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 30
Lenny Kravitz, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Oct. 2
Unleash the Archers, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Oct. 7
Vinyl Theater, Black Sheep, Oct. 9
Reel Big Fish, Black Sheep, Oct. 10
John Tesh, Springs Church, Oct. 11
Anna von Hausswolff, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 14
Sure Sure, Globe Hall, Denver, Nov. 3
MarchFourth, Black Sheep, Nov. 9
Hands Like Houses, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 13
Halestorm and In This Moment, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Dec. 1
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