Animal magnetism 


Who among us would not jump at the chance to see wolf-headed humans bioengineered by Jimi Hendrix performing a strange mix of Japanese emo, pop and punk on a Wednesday night in Colorado Springs?

Sadly, this is an experience many will have to go without. But fortune will be smiling down on the rest of us July 2 at the Black Sheep, where the five lone wolves of Man with a Mission will bring their anthropomorphic alt-rock to a much smaller stage than they purportedly prowl back in their native Japan.

As for the band's backstory, I can neither confirm nor deny the authenticity of their claim to be survivors of the classic rock legend's little-known work in genetic modification. But I can vouch for the fact that the band, since forming in 2010, has made the Top 10 in Japan on several occasions. Their most recent album, Tales of Purefly, was released in March and subsequently rode the Japanese charts for nine weeks, peaking at No. 3.

For the full-on visual effect, you can check out tons of Man with a Mission videos on YouTube, which are hilarious, especially when they cut to the deejay. The novelty tends to wear off after a while, but should be entertaining enough in a live setting.

Opening the show are Denver's Glass Delirium and the Springs' own Lamb Bed, who ostensibly don't wear lamb-heads but do explain the name on their ReverbNation page: "The LAMB represents innocence... Like when we were innocent children... The BED represents like a death bed... Our innocence dying exposed to the ways of the world. It's also like Christ holding a Lamb in his arms... LAMB BED!"

Moving on to other species, Rocky Mountain Highway has just announced its first post-Meadowgrass undertaking, a series of five summer concerts that will include New Orleans favorites the Iguanas headlining the resurrected Mountain of the Sun Festival on July 26. You can find the full schedule at rockymountainhighway.org.

Also, as part of this column's ongoing effort to include an average of one animal reference per paragraph, I should mention that Rook & the Ravens' set at Denver's Lion's Lair last Saturday was nothing short of revelatory. Currently in the midst of its first American tour, the upstart Manchester indie band boasts three lead vocalists (often in a single song), stunning harmonies, and immediately catchy originals. They also encored with spot-on covers of Prince's "Kiss," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," and Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way," as well as a moving rendition of Neil Young's "Ohio" that conveyed the gravity of the song's subject matter more intensely than you might expect from a young British band. You can find an interview with Rook & the Ravens in our July 18 issue.

And finally, the club Union Station will be changing its name to Peak 31 this week. Not to worry, though, since it will continue to book its long-standing variety of local and national metal/hip-hop/whatever shows. They'll be celebrating the new name this weekend with back-to-back shows by –itis. On Friday, the recently reunited local metal band will play Union Station's farewell show, followed by Peak 31's debut celebration on Saturday. In upcoming weeks, look for local favorites like 2013 Indy Music Award "People's Choice" winners Goya as well as a July 15 appearance by L.A. glam-punk stalwarts Faster Pussycat.

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