Friday, October 26, 2018

Chris Isaak, Black P and Leftover Salmon book Springs dates

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 8:48 AM

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This week’s most noteworthy new show announcements come courtesy of the Pikes Peak Center, who will be bringing some very familiar faces back to the venue.

Chris Isaak and his band Silvertone, whose “Wicked Game” has been covered by everyone from R.E.M. to Emily B, will return to the venue on Nov. 26. After that, singer-songwriterly tour mates Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will be paying a visit on Feb. 11.

Other newly booked Springs shows include Black P, X-Mas in Necropolis 9, and Leftover Salmon. Here's the complete list:

Fortune’s Fool, Black Sheep, Nov. 7
Ritual 2 Video Premier Party, Black Sheep, Nov. 17
Born A New, Black Sheep, Nov. 18
Ryan Montbleau, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Nov. 18
Chris Issak, Pikes Peak Center, Nov. 26
Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductions, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Dec. 3
Ivy Lab, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 6
Silverstein, Oriental Theater, Denver, Dec. 8
Black Pegasus and Dj Sh3vy’s Christmas Toy Drive, Black Sheep, Dec. 14
Advance Base, Hi-Dive, Denver, Dec. 17
X-Mas in Necropolis 9, Black Sheep, Dec. 21
Doozy, Black Sheep, Dec. 22
Neon Masq, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 5
U.S. Bombs and Total Chaos, Black Sheep, Jan 29
LP, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Feb. 5
Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, Pikes Peak Center, Feb. 11
Samiam and Iron Chic, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 2
Leftover Salmon’s Boogie at the Broadmoor, Broadmoor Hotel, March 22-24
Switchfoot, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 30
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Black Sheep will move Insane Clown Posse event inside

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 12:44 PM

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Colorado Springs Juggalos and Juggalettes who will be attending the Insane Clown Posse’s Oct. 27 show at the Black Sheep will no longer need to worry about the SPF rating of their facepaint, nor the warmth of their Hatchetman gear. The sold-out show, which was previewed in last week’s Indy, was originally to be held in the parking lot, but will now be moved inside the venue.

Black Sheep Marketing Director Rosanna Taylor attributes the move to recent weather fluctuations. “Even though it seems Saturday will be okay now, we thought it’d be best to move it indoors before it was too late,” she says. “It’s significantly colder at night than the last outdoor show we did close to this time last year, and considering the Faygo that the band utilizes, inside might be a better choice than cold and wet outside.”

Also on the plus side, the move inside will make the afternoon portion of the Dark Carnival that much darker, as opening acts Clownvis, Hex Rated, Seen Loc, #PressPlayDoe, Falli and Wicked Pimpz warm up the crowd to be serenaded and showered during Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope's headlining set.
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The bromantic adventures of Kanye, Lydon and Trump

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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  • Kanye continues to mystify.
I’m sure that, in some parallel universe, Kanye means well.

In that world, he doesn’t bum-rush the stage to tell a 19-year-old musician that she doesn’t deserve the award she’s accepting, or tell his Twitter followers that it’s time to abolish the 13th Amendment. For all we know, their Kanye may even be coherent.

No such luck here in Bizarro World, where the rapper otherwise known as Yeezy, Evel Kanyevel and Swag King Cole delivered an Oct. 11 Oval Office soliloquy that must be seen — all 10 minutes of it — to be believed.

“There’s infinite amounts of universe, and there’s alternate universes,” declared Kanye early on, before moving on to the subject of his MAGA hat. “There was something about when I put this hat on that made me feel like Superman,” he told an uncharacteristically quiet Trump. “You made us Superman. That’s my favorite superhero. You made a Superman cape for me.”

The hip-hop impresario was clearly on a roll, slamming his fists on Trump’s desk, leaping up to show Donald and Jared his GIF of a hydrogen-powered airplane, and generally exhibiting the “dragon energy” that he famously said he shares with the president.

Through it all, Trump stared across his desk, trying to look thoughtful, or possibly keep a straight face, and appearing generally confused about how to respond.

“I’ll tell you what, that was pretty impressive,” Trump said after the monologue came to a close. “What do you do after that?”

Well, if you’re former Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd leader John Lydon, you don a crimson “Make America Great Again” T-shirt and lean out of a hotel window, scowling at the paparazzi. Engaging in his own bit of political theater last week, the crooner once known as Johnny Rotten looked to be twice as heavy as he was back in his punk-rock years, as though he’d lingered too long on the set of his Country Life Butter commercials.

Ultimately, Lydon’s role, like Kanye’s, is to play the contrarian. He’s condemned Trump and his Republican cohorts as “a crazy loony monster party,” while at other times sounding a note of empathy.

“In many ways,” Lydon said in a recent interview, “his disruptiveness has been creative.”

Or, perhaps, destructive. It all depends on what universe you happen to be in.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Snow Tha Product and Joe Jackson book Colorado dates

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

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Whether you long to hear hip-hop’s fastest-rising Latina emcee, or just feel a need to carry on with someone’s wayward son, this week’s new show announcements have something for everyone. Yes, Snow Tha Product and Kansas will both be coming to the Centennial State, as will ennui-ridden new wave survivor Joe Jackson, emo-core act Capsize, and Midlake-offshoot Two Medicine. Here’s this week’s full rundown:

Snow Tha Product, Black Sheep, Dec. 6
Capsize, Black Sheep, Dec. 7
Two Medicine, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Dec. 11
The Supervillains, Black Sheep, Dec. 15
Biz Markie, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 21
Less Than Jake, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 31
Wild Child, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Jan. 16 & 17
Pop Evil, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 17
Joe Jackson, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Feb. 24
The Neal Morse Band, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 2
Kansas, Paramount Theatre, Denver, March 30
Eric Church, Pepsi Center, Denver, May 10 & 11
Lord Huron, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, May 14
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New Kids on the Block top this week's concert announcements

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 1:59 PM

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When a reunited New Kids on the Block came to Denver way back in 2008, the Indy interviewed opening act Lady Gaga, who at the time had yet to release her debut album.

Next June, the not-so-boy-band will be returning to the Pepsi Center with its “Mixtape Tour.” While Gaga will not be joining them, vintage opening acts Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, and Naught By Nature will likely add value for ‘80s music devotees.

Tickets for the event will go on sale this Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m.

As for what's on the horizon, here's the latest rundown of new show announcements:

A Summer High, Black Sheep, Oct. 30
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Black Sheep, Nov. 3
Hate Drugs, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 4
Sir Sly, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Nov. 6
Nonpoint, Black Sheep, Nov. 11
Whitey Morgan, Black Sheep, Nov. 15
Mothersound, Black Sheep, Nov. 21
Tevin Draft, Black Sheep, Nov. 23
Tanya Tucker, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Dec. 5
The Werks, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 25
Tommy Emmanuel with Jerry Douglas, Macky Auditorium, Boulder, Nov. 30
Taking Back Sunday, Summit Music Hall, Apr. 30 & May 1
New Kids on the Block’s “Mixtape Tour,” Pepsi Center, Denver, June 7
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls for fans to choose among 15 finalists

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 1:22 PM

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If you’ve been looking for something to complain about lately, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has come to your rescue. The venerable organization just announced its “short list” of 2019 nominees, and they are:

Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, The MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, and The Zombies.

Meanwhile, fans are being encouraged to vote online for their five favorites. The collective result will then be counted as a single ballot among approximately 800 others, and the final induction ceremony will take place on March 29 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. (So much for that whole “Cleveland Rocks” thing.)

Once you've done your rock and roll civic duty, you'll find a link to the latest results. As you can see from the chart above, John Prine, Rufus, Kraftwerk and MC5 could all use a little help.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bullhead*ded is going viral, and it's about damn time

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

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As much as the Internet is still hyped as the great equalizer when it comes to giving artists unlimited access to a widely distributed audience, the sad fact is that the musicians whose work goes viral are precious and few. So it’s always gratifying to see Colorado Springs area acts breaking through the digital ceiling.

Mike Clark did just that with his “Hey Daisy” video, which featured him riding his bike down Tejon Street while strumming and singing his catchy indie-folk original. He released it way back in 2011, after which it earned the Haunted Windchimes member some 50,000 clicks from viewers with discerning taste in music and, presumably, hands-free bicycling.

Now comes Bullhead*ded’s “Sorry for the Bad Dancing" single, which was released in conjunction with their new Boiled Bones album. The accompanying video just surpassed 50,000 hits, a first for the long-running Colorado Springs hip-hop collective.

You can watch both below:

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Colorado Springs Chorale's Fire & Light offers a symbol of hope

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Fire & Light, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, cschorale.org.
  • Fire & Light, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, cschorale.org.
After the death of his mother in 1997, American composer Morten Lauridsen (one of the most-performed composers of the 20th century) composed Lux Aeterna, a requiem in five movements that responds to references to light in sacred Latin texts. Colorado Springs Chorale director Deborah Jenkins Teske calls the piece “a sublimely beautiful work that powerfully reflects the human journey and our quest for hope, consolation and transcendence.” This composition will be the centerpiece of the chorale’s fall concert, Fire & Light, which also features choruses from Handel’s oratorios Samson, Semele and Theodora, all powerfully performed by the chorale’s 120 unique voices. If it all sounds a little heavy, take heart — each aspect of the program relates to its central theme: hope. What’s more, in order to make the Latin text of Lux Aeterna more accessible to audiences of all kinds, the chorale will project an English translation during the performance.
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