Friday, December 14, 2018

Unsilent Night offers a breath of fresh air when it comes to holiday tunes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., free, - TAYLOR DAVIDSON
  • Taylor Davidson
  • Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”, 5:45-6:45 p.m., Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., free,
Music this time of year can get tedious, and I’m not just talking about the annual “Baby It’s Cold Outside” controversy, or the tension between those who hear and appreciate Mariah Carey’s anti-capitalist messaging in “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and those who don’t. Matter stands, these days we hear the same 30 songs on store speakers each time we go shopping. That’s why Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night” offers a breath of fresh air when it comes to holiday tunes. Experimental electronic composer Phil Kline created this unique listening experience in 1992, when he wanted to organize a mass caroling march as a kind of art installation. He composed a 45-minute soundscape for the season and copied it onto cassette tapes (remember those?), which were then distributed to friends with boomboxes. They then pressed play in tandem and walked the streets of Greenwich Village with speakers blaring, subjecting everyone within earshot to the sound. To participate in this now-annual event, you can still order one of four cassettes (each containing one part of the full soundscape), and load it into your old-fashioned boombox, but you can also stream the tracks on SoundCloud or download them directly to your phone. Then, with the aid of Bluetooth speakers or other amplification, you can join one of the 40-plus processions participating in this event throughout the country. Our local branch will gather in Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City. While the visual effect may not be the same with folks holding iPhones or Amazon Echoes over their heads in lieu of boomboxes, the sound experience should prove magical in its own way. “It’s the kind of event where more people [is] much better,” says local organizer Mark Jakusovszky. “It sounds incredible!”
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Roots, Hozier and Gregory Alan Isakov top new show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 2:16 PM

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Look, it’s a photo of Questlove celebrating the news that The Roots are coming back to Denver!

Well, actually, it isn’t. But to borrow a line from Facebook users whose furious political posts are shown to be fake: “Well, that’s something he WOULD do!”

In this case, you’re looking at the Roots drummer waving from a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but what’s important is that his band will indeed be coming to the Fillmore Auditorium on Feb. 23. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m., so act fast.

Meanwhile, here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements:

Fox Lake, Black Sheep, Jan. 16
The Green, Black Sheep, Jan. 24
Vic N’ The Narwhals, Marquis Theater, Denver, Jan. 26
Like a Storm, Marquis Theater, Denver, Jan. 29
Gregory Alan Isakov, Stargazers, Feb. 7 & 8
Milo, Black Sheep, Feb. 8
Pedro The Lion and Tomberlin, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Feb. 10
Roots of a Rebellion, Black Sheep, Feb. 17
The Roots, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Feb. 23
Charlie Farley, Black Sheep, Feb. 28
Within Temptation and In Flames, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 11
The Brevet, Black Sheep, March 15
Marianas Trench, Summit Music Hall, Denver, May 28
Hozier, Bellco Theatre, Denver, April 5
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Spiritualized, Judas Priest, and The Head and the Heart top new show announcements

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 8:29 AM

  • Jason Pierce of Spiritualized
Experts say that "alone time" is one of the keys to a couple’s success, which may explain why the Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have announced separate solo performances in Colorado. In any case, those aren’t the only shows of note that have been announced this week: Revered and reunited space-rock shoegazer outfit Spiritualized will be making their way here in the months ahead. So will Jenny Lewis and John Prine, the latter playing a Red Rocks show accompanied by the Colorado Symphony. Here’s the complete list:

RitaRita, Marquis Theater, Denver, Jan. 4
Violent J, Marquis Theater, Denver, Jan. 18
Ghost Atlas, Marquis Theater, Denver, Jan. 22
Deeper, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Feb. 4
Shaggy 2 Dope, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 4
P.O.S., Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 6
Milo, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 7
Anderson .Paak, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Feb. 13
Night Beats, Black Sheep, March 17
Donna Missal, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 20
Spiritualized, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, April 6
Jenny Lewis, Ogden Theatre, Denver, May 16
Judas Priest and Uriah Heep, Broadmoor World Arena, June 5
Lettuce, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, June 15
The Head and the Heart, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 17
John Prine with the Colorado Symphony, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 28
Aesthetic Perfection, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 11
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