Friday, June 15, 2018

The benefits of Silent Discos are endless

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Silent Disco and Food Truck Rally, June 16, 5-10 p.m., Soda Springs Park, - 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, - COURTESY SOUNDDOWN
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  • Silent Disco and Food Truck Rally, June 16, 5-10 p.m., Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs,
The benefits of a silent disco over a typical night at the dance club are endless. You can choose to dance to music from one of three different DJs, take off your headphones when you need a break from the noise on the dance floor, or put your headphones back on to avoid any awkward pickup lines. If only all dance parties came with such an excuse! This particular disco also includes a nice variety of food trucks, libations from Black Bear Distillery and Tivoli Brewery and a laser light disco dance floor, all in Manitou Springs’ favorite park. Sounddown, the Denver-based silent disco company that’s hosting the event, suggests you wear disco clothes to get in the mood, but you can stick to plain clothes if you really want to be a spoilsport. Food trucks and activities start at 5 p.m., dancing at 7.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nicki Minaj, STS9, and a bonus Drake show top newly announced bookings

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:24 PM

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  • Nicki Minaj
After a relatively dry spell, this week’s new show announcements have suddenly tripled in comparison to recent weeks. Much of that increase comes courtesy of Summit Music Hall, which is closing on June 21 for a summer makeover and will reopen its doors on Sept. 6 to host electronic music collective STS9, who will also be headlining Red Rocks the following two nights.

Other newly booked Summit shows include a Stones Throw Records package tour headlined by Mayer Hawthorne, an industrial-strength Gwar/Hatebreed bill, art-pop chanteuse Lily Allen, and prescription-rapper Lil Xan.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer to supersize their concert experience, the Pepsi Center will be gifting us with Nicki Minaj and Future, the MOR-rock “Kool Koncert” package, and a newly added second evening with Drake.

And with that, here’s this week’s full slate of new concert announcements:

The Nick Moss Band, Annex Event Center, Canon City, June 22
Top Flyte, Black Sheep, June 29
Avoid, Black Sheep, July 5
Light the Torch, Black Sheep, July 24
Drake (second show added), Pepsi Center, Denver, July 29
SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Black Sheep, July 30
Bart Crow, Black Sheep, Aug. 14
John Wayne & The Pain, Black Sheep, Aug. 22
STS9, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 6
The Epilogues and Places, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 7
Stones Throw Tour featuring Mayer Hawthorne, Dam Funk and J Rocc, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 8
Josh Ward, Black Sheep, Sept. 12
Residente, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 13
E-40, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 15
El Ten Eleven, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 21
Kool Koncert with Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Gin Blossoms and Tommy Tutone, Pepsi Center, Denver, Sept. 22
Wintersun, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Oct. 3
Autograf, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 6
Against Me!, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 8
Meg Myers, Cevantes’ Other Side, Denver, Oct. 9
GWAR and Hatebreed, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 10
Alkaline Trio, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 12
Tycho (deejay set), Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 19 & 20
Israel Nash, Globe Hall, Denver, Oct. 20
Lily Allen, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 3
Lil Xan, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 6
Nicki Minaj and Future, Pepsi Center, Denver, Nov. 6
Thrice, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 7
Dermot Kennedy, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 9
Perpetual Groove, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 10
Pale Waves, Bluebird Theatre, Denver, Nov. 26
Billy Strings, Memorial Hall, Manitou Springs, Nov. 29
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Facebook brings live lip syncing to the masses

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 1:54 PM

Here comes that syncing feeling again - PHOTO BY PAULTARASENKO/SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Here comes that syncing feeling again

If you’re even vaguely amused by Facebook’s recent acts of contrition, especially those overly apologetic TV commercials, the company’s latest adventure should brighten your day. “We’ve been partnering with music companies around the world to bring music to more experiences on Facebook,” the social media giant declared in a June 5th press release. “Today we’re announcing new ways for people to express themselves with music in their posts.”

What does that mean, you ask? Welcome to Lip Sync Live, a new feature that enables you to pantomime to your heart’s content — in front of backgrounds that would make any Sears portrait photographer proud — while your friends cheer you on with pop-up comments like “Yeah! Sing it girl!” and “Awww, yeah!”

According to Facebook’s licensing team, the new feature “lets you lip sync to songs from forever favorites like ‘Welcome to The Jungle’ by Guns N’ Roses to new hits like ‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello. With Lip Sync Live, you can express yourself with music from a variety of genres in real time. So whether you prefer songs like ‘Happier’ by Ed Sheeran or ‘God’s Plan’ by Drake, Lip Sync Live lets you bring friends and family into spontaneous musical moments.”

And there’s more where that came from, the company promises. But for now, at least, this is surely enough.
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Ghosts of bluesicians, dead and alive

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Leo "Bud" Welch
  • Leo "Bud" Welch
Hari Kunzru’s excellent 2017 novel White Tears warned audio engineers not to resurrect the ghosts of blues recording artists in the name of “curating” new releases. But hauntings also come in the works of living artists, especially in a spate of new blues releases, with longtime roots artist Ry Cooder leading the pack. On The Prodigal Son, Cooder and his son offer bare-bones covers of Alfred Reed and Blind Willie Johnson, with arrangements veering from merely unique to downright scary (“Nobody’s Fault But Mine”).

Elsewhere, Mississippi guitarist Leo “Bud” Welch, who passed away last year, had surprised the blues community in 2014 when he made his full-length recording debut at the age of 81. Now, director Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer offers the documentary DVD on Welch, Late Blossom Blues (City Hall), proving that some octogenarians can rock out.

The same can be said of Gene D. Plumber, a Hoboken plumber who’s retired his wrenches and mixes Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Allen Toussaint covers with his own songs in All the Pretty Girls (Bar None).

And while fewer women may be launching their recording careers at retirement age, there are still some who are following in Sharon Jones’ footsteps. Tami Neilson, who was part of the Canadian family band The Neilsons in the 1990s, has relocated to New Zealand to conjure a Wanda Jackson type of 21st-century rockabilly. Her new Sassafrass! (Outside Music) features 11 original blues-country tracks.

Finally, Janiva Magness, with a two-decade roster of Grammy nominations, recently made a splash at SXSW previewing her new Love Is an Army (Fathead/Blue Elan), where guests like Charlie Musselwhite help her deliver a dozen blues-lounge originals. The pickings from all of these artists are rich, but the ghosts are everywhere.
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ministry, Pam Tillis and Carry Illinois top latest show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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  • Ministry's Al Jourgensen
This may be a good week for short-notice concert announcements like Pam Tillis at Tri-Lakes, and for far-off shows like Ministry at the Fillmore, but — unless you’re a big Kidz Bop Live enthusiast — not a whole lot in between. Except, that is, for rabid fans of the post-punk bands Wire and Minimal Compact, whose respective leaders Collin Newman and Malka Spigel are bringing their all-instrumental project Immersion to the Larimer Lounge. Along the way, you’ll also find shows by Midwest hardcore band Bruise, Austin indie-pop act Carry Illinois, and L.A. nu-metal band Orgy, who shall forever be known as “that band who did the cover of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday.’”

That said, here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements.

Michael Lington and Paul Jackson Jr., Soiled Dove Underground, Denver, June 15
Pam Tillis, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, June 15
Bruise, Black Sheep, June 22
Laith Al-Saadi, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, June 22
Milk Carton Kids, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, June 25
Immersion, Larimer Lounge, Denver, July 1
Carry Illinois, Lion’s Lair, Denver, July 8
311, Pikes Peak Center, Sept. 11
Orgy, Black Sheep, Sept. 19
Too Many Zooz, Black Sheep, Sept. 29
Kidz Bop Live, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Oct. 7
Jesse J, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Oct. 9
U.K. Subs, Black Sheep, Oct. 20
Wintersun, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Nov. 3
Wild Nothing, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Nov. 4
Tyler Childers, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 11
Ministry, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 24
Estas Tonne, Pikes Peak Center, Dec. 5
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Underground Music Showcase announces 2018 lineup

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 9:40 AM

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Denver's unrelentingly ambitious Underground Music Showcase has announced the lineup for this year's festival, and it's beyond impressive, with no less than 175 acts performing over the course of three days.

The 2018 headliners will include Alvvays, Deerhunter, Digable Planets, Frankie Cosmos, and Classixx. Among the support acts are Slow Caves, The Velveteers, and Colorado Springs' own mostly-local punk band Cheap Perfume.

The UMS, which has now established itself as the largest indie music festival in the Rocky Mountain region, will take place in Denver's historic South Broadway corridor from July 27-29, and you can view the full lineup on the festival's website.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Independent Records downtown store closes, but all is not lost

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 1:47 PM

  • Photo by Mike Steckley
After 38 years in operation, Colorado Springs’ downtown Independent Records & Video shop quietly closed its doors this week. But despite the setback, the aptly named Colorado chain is still bucking the retail industry’s downward trend by continuing to operate its Platte Avenue, Platte Annex, Security, North Academy and Pueblo outlets.

The closing underscores the fact that brick-and-mortar record shops have been facing ongoing economic challenges for decades: First came the mall chains like Sam Goody and Camelot Music, then the big-box stores like Blockbuster, followed shortly thereafter by online stores, Napster pirating, Pandora radio, and Spotify streaming. The video side of the operation, meanwhile, was hit hard by Redbox and Netflix. Even pot-related paraphernalia has faced competition from the proliferation of Colorado’s marijuana dispensaries.

Like other Independent Records outlets, the downtown location embraced an old-school vibe, like a kinder and gentler version of the record shop portrayed in Nick Hornsby’s High Fidelity. Local musicians and avid collectors could be found on both sides of the counter. Back in the ‘90s, the store even housed a skateboard park inside the warehouse in back of the store, where upstart touring bands like Rancid and Green Day would play shows.

While the downtown location finally proved unprofitable, there are still glimmers of hope for the retail record industry, not least because of the unexpected resurgence of the new and used vinyl markets. Stores like the supermarket-sized Independent Annex offer the kind of deep catalogue that makes Barnes & Noble offerings look like a joke.

In the film version of High Fidelity, Jack Black's shop-clerk character put it this way: “Do we look like the kind of store that sells ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You?' Go to the mall.” That was two decades ago, and the mall stores are now virtually extinct. Meanwhile, vinyl sales hit a 25-year high last year. In other words, hope springs eternal.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Roy Zimmerman brings honest laughter to this absurd world

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Roy Zimmerman: ReZist, June 1, 7:30 p.m., All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, - DC ANDERSON
  • DC Anderson
  • Roy Zimmerman: ReZist, June 1, 7:30 p.m., All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church,
Comedian and singer-songwriter Roy Zimmerman says that satire is “the most hopeful form of expression.” By laughing at something, we acknowledge that nothing is so powerful it can’t be poked, prodded and — ultimately — resisted.

Zimmerman’s progressive-minded satirical folk music, which he writes with his wife Melanie Harby and performs in venues all over the country, covers topics from the easy targets (“T-Rump,” which praises our current president with the liberal use of butt-related puns) to the tougher subjects (“Thoughts and Prayers,” about politicians’ lukewarm and ineffective responses to mass shootings.)

“These songs aren’t just funny,” Zimmerman says. “It’s not just potshots, jokes about people’s appearance or their voices or those things. What Melanie and I try to imbue each song with is some sense of analysis, some sense of history, some sense of the context, and maybe even a suggestion for how things might go better.”
Hope and honest laughter are commodities in short supply these days, at least for the “blue dot” audiences Zimmerman typically performs for. These are “the most progressive people in some of the least progressive places in the country.” A phrase Colorado Springs audiences may relate to. Needless to say, he’s visited the Springs many times, and wrote “Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual” about one of our fair city’s conservative claims to fame, the evangelical preacher caught with a male prostitute in 2006. Haggard’s response to the song: “It’s really bad — I mean, it’s poorly done — but it’s funny.”

The job of the satirist isn’t easy in this day and age, as Zimmerman well knows. “The pace of absurdity has picked up so much,” he says, “that by the time you start writing your Ronny Jackson song, you have to write a [Rudy] Giuliani song.” But it’s precisely because the current state of the world is so absurd that people gravitate toward Zimmerman’s music. We can all use a laugh in any political climate, but especially, Zimmerman says, in this one.

In a culture that increasingly values diversity of voice, Zimmerman doesn’t forget that he is a white, middle-class man addressing issues of the resistance. He says acknowledging that privilege on a personal level is his first step toward treating a subject with sensitivity. He asks his audience, from his place of privilege, if they share his consternation, confusion and sadness at issues affecting the marginalized. “That, I think, is the most honest way for me to get into that subject matter.”

And honesty, Zimmerman asserts, is far more the goal of satire than laughter (though it helps to laugh along, too).
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Campout for the Cause marks 10th year of charitable giving

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 1:13 PM

Mt. Princeton seen behind the stage from The Meadows. - CAMPOUT FOR THE CAUSE
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  • Mt. Princeton seen behind the stage from The Meadows.

There are two things that go perfectly together: camping and music festivals. If you find yourself missing out on this weekend's Meadowgrass Music Festival, or just can't get enough of this kind of summer season past-time, fear not. Campout for the Cause, June 1-3 at The Meadows in Buena Vista, has everything you're looking for from camping in a tree-lined meadow next to a bubbling creek with mountain views, to yoga-filled days, educational workshops and, of course, live music all weekend long.

“Historically the festival has always taken place in Eagle County,” says organizer Ariel Rosemberg of the event's relocation from Vail to Buena Vista. “Every aspect of Colorado that I love and that keeps me here, Buena Vista has.”

The 2018 Campout for the Cause marks 10 years of charitable giving, too, raising money for a nonprofit environmental, educational or humanitarian cause each year. This year's show will benefit The Beach at South Main, an outdoor music venue in Buena Vista, and
Emmy’s Friends, a nonprofit supporting two year-old Emery Welle, daughter of festival co-director Michael Welle, in her fight against childhood cancer. The group was the benefactor of last year's Campout for the Cause following Emery's first year of chemotherapy, she was diagnosed with a rare for of childhood cancer when she was 5 months-old.

"Since [March] she's been off of treatment, got to come home and hang and let her hair grow, and just be a regular two-and-a-half-year-old," says Welle. "Unlike last year where she was really feeling pretty bad from all the treatment, she's feeling great at the moment. It's just incredibly beneficial to get outside, breathe some fresh air and being around lots of folks and lots of love."

Benefits aside, Campout is still much more than a community musical festival, offering a little something for everyone in the family.

Yoga class during Campout for the Cause 2017. - CAMPOUT FOR THE CAUSE
  • Campout for the Cause
  • Yoga class during Campout for the Cause 2017.

Among a number of workshops is Waste Free Earth's Marina McCoy's presentation on going waste-free, which Rosemberg calls "amazing." And Campout is dedicated to running a leave-no-trace, low impact event.

“Sustainability, diversity of music and a non-profit partner have always been at the core,” says Rosemberg.

And after river surfing, trail exploration and afro pop workshops, one should be ready for some family and/or SUP yoga sessions.

We Dream Dawn at Campout for the Cause 2017. - TYLER GRIMES
  • Tyler Grimes
  • We Dream Dawn at Campout for the Cause 2017.
But Campout is still a music festival, and as such, members of Elephant Revival and friends will perform as the Elephant Family Jam on Friday night. It's the first chance to catch any of the group's members following their May 20 Red Rocks show.

Some local acts returning to the Campout
stage include Bonfire Dub, Grant Farm (and Grant Farm covering Grateful Dead as the Grantful Dead Revue), Tierro, Ramona, Intuit, and The Copper Children, along various special guests.

For ticketing information, a full line up and more details, visit Campout's website.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Stevie Stone & JL, Bob Seger, and Ian Moore top new show announcements

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 12:45 PM

Stevie Stone and JL
  • Stevie Stone and JL

Strange Music has always shown love for the Black Sheep. Even after label founder Tech N9ne ascended to Red Rocks headliner status, he's continue to play the Colorado Springs venue, as does the rest of his label’s Juggalo-friendly hip-hop roster. Tech and Krizz Kaliko, for example, will be back at the all-ages club on June 21, while Stevie Stone and JL will be there to promote their new collaborative album Kontra-Band  on July 6. Meanwhile, here are the rest of this week’s new show announcements:

Eminent Terror, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 16
Fighting the Phoenix, Black Sheep, June 16
The Lonesome Heroes, Paradox Beer Company, Woodland Park, June 21
Under Auburn Skies, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 22
Stevie Stone and JL, Black Sheep, July 6
Ian Moore, Globe Hall, Denver, July 11
Palisades, Back Sheep, July 17
Fit for a King, Black Sheep, July 29
Havok, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Aug. 5
Parkway Drive, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Sept. 2
Casting Crown, Broadmoor World Arena, Oct. 14
Dreamers, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 15
Bob Seger, Pepsi Center, Denver, Feb. 17, 2019
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Sting and Shaggy’s joint live tour schedules Denver date

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 3:36 PM


Here’s one that’ll sell out fast: Crossover dancehall artist Shaggy and former Police crooner Sting have joined forces for a tour of unexpectedly small American venues, including an October 5 gig at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium.

It’s a pairing that makes sense, given the pronounced faux-Jamaican accent and boombastic bass-heavy production values on “Roxanne” “Message in a Bottle” and other Police hits that Shaggy grew up listening to on the radio. Much more recently, the two musicians teamed up for their newly released 44/876 album, and subsequently serenaded the Queen of England for her birthday. Under the circumstances, a world tour was all but inevitable, and is guaranteed to sell out quickly. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m.

And with that, here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements:

A New Fiction, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, May 26
Jonah Matranga, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 8
Iya Terra, Black Sheep, June 17
Seven Sea Voyage, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 23
Convictions, Black Sheep, June 25
Badflower, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 28
Kiss Army, Black Sheep, June 28
The Faceless, Black Sheep, June 30
Drake, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 28
Godsmack with Shinedown, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 31
Havok, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Aug. 5
Ragin Fyah, Black Sheep, Aug. 11
Parkway Drive, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Sept. 2
The Exploited, Black Sheep, Sept. 9
Sting & Shaggy, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 5
Colony House, Black Sheep, Oct. 24
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pop-star holograms replicating at alarming rate

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 9:33 AM


Surely no one on their death bed has ever said “I wish there were more pop-star holograms.” The live music industry, on the other hand, cannot get enough of them.

A holographic Roy Orbison, the rock and roll legend with the operatic voice and sunglasses, recently completed a sold-out 16-date European tour, with accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Now comes word that Abba, the only Swedish band that matters apart from Blue Swede (you know, the one-hit-wonders responsible for that “ooga-cha-cha” chant in the creepy dancing baby video), has reunited to record new music and move forward with a tour featuring holographic avatars of Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid.

And then, of course, there’s virtual Tupac and God knows how many other avatars who are still patiently waiting in the wings.

But can any of them truly compete with Hatsune Miku, the animated J-Pop star who skipped the whole "this mortal coil" thing entirely? Of course not, and here’s live concert footage to prove it:

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Friday, May 11, 2018

P!nk and J. Cole top this week’s new show announcements

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 5:35 PM

  • Photo: Ryan Aylsworth
P!nk may insist these days that her name be spelled with an exclamation point, but, to us, she’ll always be plain old Pink! The perennial superstar also insists that next year’s April 1 concert at the Pepsi Center is for real, as is the venue's newly announced J. Cole show on Sept. 10. Meanwhile, here's this week’s full l!st of new concert announcements.

Elevated Sickness, Black Sheep, May 18
The Horrors, Bluebird Theater, Denver, June 25
Shawn Mendes, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 2
Shaman’s Harvest, Black Sheep, July 31
Mephiskatpheles, Black Sheep, Aug. 1
The Melvins, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Aug. 10
J. Cole, Pepsi Center, Denver, Sept. 10
Brett Eldredge, Bellco Theatre, Denver, Sept. 13
Modern Life Is War, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 15
Café Tacvba, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 10
U.K. Subs with Agent Orange and Guttermouth, Black Sheep, Oct. 20
Kamasi Washington, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Oct. 26
Pink, Pepsi Center, Denver, April 1, 2019
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Tech N9Ne beer coming to a city near you

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2018 at 3:56 PM


Tech N9ne is the latest musician to lend his name to a craft beer — “Tech N9ne Bou Lou” unfiltered wheat beer will arrive in select markets, including Denver, on June 18 — but he’s far from the first.

An extremely short list of prior offenders would include AC/DC’s “Back in Black” (a black IPA, of course), “Wilco Tango Foxtrot” (a chocolate-tinged imperial ale), Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” (a raspberry-infused wheat ale), Thelonius Monk’s “Brother Thelonius” (a Belgian-style abbey ale), and, yes, Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” (an imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root).

Granted, not all artist-inspired beers have gone down smoothly — a Baltimore brewery had to recall its unlicensed “I Miss the Old Kanye” porter under threat of legal action — but “Bou Lou” is clearly legit. And to prove it, here’s a surprisingly dull video of the horror-core rapper talking about it:

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Smokebrush to present Daniel Johnston documentary screening and Q&A

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 4:32 PM


While it may or may not be true that Metallica was controlled by Satan, that possibility was just one of many obsessions that plagued Daniel Johnston, the bipolar singer-songwriter and artist whose praises have been sung by the likes of Kurt Cobain and Jeff Tweedy.

Johnston’s psychological instability and its relationship to his art are the focus of the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, which will be screened at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Red Crags Art and Agriculture House (302 El Paso Boulevard in Manitou). The event, which is being presented by the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with “former advocates and friends of Daniel” Don Goede and Jeff Tartakov.

Goede, an influential figure on the Colorado Springs arts scene, was a cofounder of Soft Skull Press, Johnston’s former tour manager and, under the pseudonym Jack Medicine, his collaborator on the 2006 album The Electric Ghosts. Tarkatov, meanwhile, released Johnston’s early lo-fi cassette recordings on his Austin-based Stress Records.

Donations will be accepted, and you can find more information at

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