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

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


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,
  • Fire & Light, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada,
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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Friday, September 28, 2018

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and rescheduled Childish Gambino date top new concert announcements

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
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The biggest concert news this week is the rescheduling of the injury-stricken Childish Gambino’s This Is America Tour, which will now take place Dec. 4 at Denver’s Pepsi Center. After that, we’re looking at return appearances by gremlin-rock act Nekrogoblikon, North Carolina string band Mipso, and vintage hip-hop perennials Cypress Hill and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Here's this week’s full rundown of new show announcements.

Mipso and Mike Clark, Ivywild Gym, Oct. 12
Nekrogoblikon, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 23
JDirty, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 27
7Horse, 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, Nov. 9
Cro-Mags and Eyehategod, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 11
Pusha T, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 13
Typesetter, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Nov. 15
The Devil Wears Prada, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 25
Gucci Mane and Carnage, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 28
Angel Vivaldi and Nita Strauss, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 30
Childish Gambino, Pepsi Center, Denver, Dec. 4
Myles Kennedy & Co., Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 11
Shadow of Intent, Black Sheep, Dec. 11
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 14
Boombox, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 21
Cypress Hill and Hollywood Undead, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 21
Saves the Day, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 19
Metric and Zoe, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 20
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Denver Gay Men's Chorus, Out Loud find hope in a cohesive, supportive community

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 3:18 PM

Home: Street Requiem, Sept. 29, 7:30-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, - KARLY GORANSON
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  • Home: Street Requiem, Sept. 29, 7:30-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church,
In 1982, as the effects of the AIDS pandemic spread, as the U.S. government maintained its silence about the disease, and as community support for those affected became more important than ever, the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC) was established — a voice for the LGBTQ community. Two years later, the Denver Women’s Chorus joined them under the umbrella organization Rocky Mountain Arts Association (which included Colorado Springs’ Out Loud Men’s Chorus between 2006-2016, after which Out Loud became its own entity). For decades, these choruses have addressed and advocated for LGBTQ issues from fighting AIDS to supporting marriage equality.

Saturday, the DGMC, Out Loud and select members from 17 other regional choral groups will sing for a different cause: the city’s homeless population. The central piece of Saturday’s concert, “Street Requiem,” was originally composed in 2014 by three Australian choral directors to honor those who have lived and died on the streets. It combines a variety of musical styles, languages and cultural texts from Arabic prayers to African music, gospel and more. Though requiem masses tend to feel heavy, DGMC artistic director James Knapp says that “the work is essentially really optimistic and uplifting.”
“I fell in love with the piece,” Knapp says with infectious reverence. “I fell in love with the mission. I fell in love with the collaborative opportunities, of actually having hands-on experience working with these nonprofits who do noble, wonderful and honorable work with the homeless community and housing insecurity in their cities.” In our city, DGMC and Out Loud have struck up partnerships with four local nonprofits: Westside CARES, Homeward Pikes Peak, Urban Peak and Care and Share Food Bank. A portion of proceeds from this concert will benefit each organization.

Out Loud will begin the show with a selection of hopeful and inspiring tunes, and DGMC and their collaborators will take the stage from there to perform the requiem, a Colorado Springs premiere. The tone of the evening promises to reflect the way DGMC, Out Loud and organizations like them have always dealt with issues of social justice: by finding hope in a cohesive, supportive community.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Competition is ready to dismantle your stereotypes

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Competition, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., and Sept. 22, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, - COURTESY SOUND OF THE ROCKIES
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  • Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Competition, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., and Sept. 22, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts,
If you hear the term “barbershop quartet” and immediately think of those mustachioed men in white-and-red-striped shirts with straw boater hats singing at them olden-times county fairs — well, you’re not alone. And you’re not always wrong. But that image doesn’t do justice to the variety of talent and style you’ll find in contemporary barbershop quartets and choruses. Barbershop groups perform a very sophisticated kind of a capella music that deserves serious accolades for the emphasis it places on harmony, enunciation and, well, fun. This isn’t a stuffy art form, but a joyous one, and I dare you to try to wrestle down your grin at this weekend’s competition. With groups hailing from the Rocky Mountain District of the Barbershop Harmony Society — which includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico (yeah, it’s a big district) — only the finest regional talent will take the stage. Check out the quartet competition featuring about 15 groups on Friday night, or the Saturday morning chorus competition with a dozen competitors. During the final event on Saturday evening, the district champs in both categories will be crowned, with a performance by our local America the Beautiful Chorus. Winners in this competition immediately qualify for next year’s International Barbershop Convention (Denver’s Sound of the Rockies came in fourth in 2018) so these performers are going to be singing their hearts out for the opportunity to win. Do yourself a favor and dismantle your stereotypes, enjoy some good music, and have at least half as much fun as the folks onstage.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bob Seger farewell tour, Iggy Azalea, and STS9 top new show announcements

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Unless Bob Seger is pulling one of those Ozzy Osbourne fake farewell stunts — which seems highly unlikely — this winter will be last call for fans to get their final fix of melancholy curtain closers like “Night Moves,” “Hollywood Nights,” and “We’ve Got Tonight.” Small wonder, since the Detroit native and various permutations of his Silver Bullet Band have been out on the road for more than half a century now. Seger’s "Travelin’ Man Tour" will be making a stop at the Pepsi Center on Feb. 17, and don’t be surprised if he dusts off a version of his 1974 near-hit “Get Out of Denver” for the occasion. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 28.

Other newly announced shows this week include Miley Cyrus’s sister Noah, love-her-or-loathe-her rapper Iggy Azalea, and a reunited Night Ranger, whose overwrought rock ballad “Sister Christian” can still trigger disturbing memories of the creepy guy in “Boogie Nights” swaying around in his silk dressing grown. All that, plus a four-night run from STS9 to celebrate the end of 2018.

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

Mos Generator, Streets of London, Denver, Oct. 9
Noah Cyrus, Summit Music Hall, Oct. 13
Dead Bars, Seventh Circle Collective, Denver, Oct. 19
Who’s Bad: Michael Jackson Experience, Black Sheep, Oct. 26
All Them Witches, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Nov. 21
Iggy Azalea, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 23
Night Ranger, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Nov. 29
Trout Steak Revival, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Nov. 30
The Polish Ambassador, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 8
Middle Kids, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Dec. 10
Preoccupation, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Dec. 10
Nothing, Nowhere, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 15
STS9, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 28, 29 & 31
Monsters of Mock, Black Sheep, Dec. 29
STS9 Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 30
Bob Seger, Pepsi Center, Denver, Feb. 17
Cavetown, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 23
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Jungle's For Ever is what all the cool kids will be listening to

Posted By on Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 12:23 PM


I usually blast Jungle while I’m cleaning my house. Their tunes are perfect get-down-and-deep-clean-the-tub motivation: upbeat, dance-y, almost singable. Recently, as I listened to their sophomore album For Ever (XL Recordings) — I found the soul collective’s sound still rang true. The new full length doesn't hold out on a few surprising changes devoted fans continue stick around for. 

One of those surprises is the moody, psychedelic ballad “House in LA” chronicling the story of For Ever’s trek through devastating heartbreak and materialism in a glittering, big city. The single came out a few months ago and originally didn’t appeal to Jungle’s aesthetic, but in the epic scheme that is For Ever, the song’s experimentation in crescendoing strings and low and slow percussion suddenly makes sense. 

“Pray,” another experimental track on the album, is a glamorous Hollywood anthem adapted to today's new age — if sultry bass doesn’t get you bopping along, nothing will. The tale of a dramatic Hollywood love affair continues into groovy singles Smile and Beat 54 (All Good Now), giving die hard fans resounding reminders of why they fell in love with Jungle in the first place. 

An ensemble of voices is what continues to push Jungle ahead of standard band set ups. Many diverse talents orchestrate the sound that allows Jungle to play with depth on this album. From disco nights choruses to the elegant horns, For Ever tests the waters, but still gives lovers of their self-titled album that infectious funky flow at the coattails of a hot summer season. 

Jungle will be hitting up Boulder Theater Sunday September 30th. A can’t-miss live performance. Anticipate leaving the venue sweaty and sore.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Second wave of Juggalo favorites tops this week’s new concert announcements

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 1:01 PM

The Dark Carnival never ends: For Juggalos with money left over after last week’s announcement of The Insane Clown Posse’s Oct. 27 show at the Black Sheep, now comes news that fellow Gathering of the Tribes regulars Kottonmouth Kings will be playing the same venue on January 11. And if that weren’t enough, Juggalo faves Twiztid will be playing Denver’s Roxy Theatre on Oct. 20. In the meantime, here’s this week’s full list of newly-announced concerts.

Whitewater Ramble, Black Sheep, Oct. 12
Twiztid, Roxy Theatre, Denver, Oct. 20
Remain and Sustain, Black Sheep, Oct. 28
Matthew Dear, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 1
Deities & Demons Ball, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 3
Aaron Lewis, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 16
The Roast of Ronnie Radke, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Nov. 19
Oshun, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 20
Hot Dub Time Machine, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 23
Magic Beans, Eminence, and Ensemble, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 30
Pink Talking Fish, Black Sheep, Dec. 5
Ayla Nereo, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 9
Trace Bundy’s Acoustic Holiday, Stargazers, Dec. 14
Vista Kicks, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Dec. 20
Kottonmouth Kings, Black Sheep, Jan. 11, 2019
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj keep beef alive with shoe throwing incident

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Fashion week just got lot more interesting as the feud between rap divas Nicki Minaj and Cardi B escalated. - COURTESY OF ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
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  • Fashion week just got lot more interesting as the feud between rap divas Nicki Minaj and Cardi B escalated.

In case you haven't heard, rap "beefs" are still in fashion.

Last month, Cardi B was filmed at a VMA’s afterparty rapping an unreleased diss about Nicki Minaj. Then Friday night, at the Hapers Bazzar ICONS celebration, the saga continued shaking up attendees and fans on both sides.

The scuff was started by comments made about Cardi B’s infant, Kulture. On Friday, Cardi B reportedly threw a shoe (a red bottom, perhaps?) at Nicki, which led to a brief altercation broken up by security. Caught on camera, we spy Cardi lunging at Nicki as she is escorted out of the Plaza Hotel.

Cardi B responded with a iOS press release on Instagram below.

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Now we just wait for Nicki’s response… Here’s to hoping that two of rap’s most chart topping artists can work it out.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Insane Clown Posse's Black Sheep parking lot show tops new concert announcements, of course

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM

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Three words: ICP. Outdoors. Black Sheep. Okay, four words. Faygo and Funyuns going to my head. Anyway, what I'm trying to say here is that the Insane Clown Posse are playing a parking lot show at the Black Sheep on Oct. 27. Tickets on sale Sept. 7.

Meanwhile, here are this week’s other new show announcements:

Reverend Horton Heat, Hot Rod Rock & Rumble, Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Sept. 22
Royal Bliss, Black Sheep, Oct. 3
The Birthday Massacre, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 4
Larissa Vienna and the Strange, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 5
The Oxford Coma, Lion’s Lair, Denver, Oct. 5
American Opera, Your Mom’s House, Denver, Oct. 14
Drowning Pool, Sunshine Studios, Oct. 20
Jefferson Starship and Blue Oyster Cult, Memorial Hall, Oct. 20
Purgatory, Black Sheep, Oct. 21
The Blaze, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 26
Insane Clown Posse parking lot show, Black Sheep, Oct. 27
Jessie Reyez, Cervantes’ Other Side, Denver, Oct. 27
Steven Curtis Chapman, Springs First Church, Oct. 27
Brockhampton, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 1
Moonshine Bandits, Black Sheep, Nov. 8
Sawyer Brown, Memorial Hall, Nov. 8
Aaron Lewis, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 16
Seven Kingdoms, Black Sheep, Nov. 16
Just Juice with Dax, Black Sheep, Nov. 25
Seaway and Trophy Eyes, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 11
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Dec. 19 & 20
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Side Door music space makes its low-key debut in former Blue Star spot

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 7:41 PM

Earlier this week, Colorado Springs' The Side Door held an intimate show for a small audience of lucky music devotees. Helmed by Ivywild booker Marc Benning and restaurateur Joseph Coleman, the performance space, which is little more than a small room with a smaller sound system, made its maiden voyage on Sept. 4 with a performance by Haunted Windchimes spinoff In/Planes and Detroit native Alexandria Maniak’s solo project Shortly. Benning has booked two more low-key shows for next month; Chapel Hills' Americana band Mipso, who played Ivywild last year (see Indy interview) will take the stage on Oct. 12, followed by “singer-songwriter, spellcaster, human” Karl Blau, of K Records fame, on Oct. 14.
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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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