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click to enlarge See The Boxsleeves play at halftime at the next Pikes Peak Derby Dames exhibition.
  • See The Boxsleeves play at halftime at the next Pikes Peak Derby Dames exhibition.

It's November already? Halloween has come and gone, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Christmas is already being shoved down our throats and pounded into our skulls.

And speaking of skull poundings: I guess there was a knock-down over at theElement the other night when, according to venue operator Josh Martin, "two different worlds collided." Those worlds were the Los Angeles hardcore scene and the Colorado Springs churchcore scene, whose collision came in the form of a slamdown when a member of The Hazel Branch tried "dancing" with one of the locals. So, this is what it's like when worlds collide ... ?

Oh, and that reminds me, isn't it about time for another roller-derby bout at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.)? Why yes, yes it is! On Saturday, Nov. 3, it's "Living vs. Dead" as the Pikes Peak Derby Dames mix up their teams and wage an exhibition battle royale! If that's not enough to get your pulse pounding, high-octane punk rock will be pumped in at halftime by The Boxsleeves. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

And, hey, Allman Brothers fans: I got a really tasty peach for you. Denver's premier Allman Brothers tribute outfit, One Way Out, is going to sink its teeth into something juicy on Friday, Nov. 2, at Venue 515 in Manitou Springs. Brought to us by "The Team" and the fine folks over at the Business of Art Center, this "Day of the Dead" (or should I say "Dia de los Allmans") celebration will get kicked off by Springs locals Grass It Up!, whose name is a reference to the type of upbeat acoustic bluegrass they are known for, and most certainly nothing else. No, seriously.

Also on Friday, there will be a singer-songwriter showcase over at the Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave.) with the deceptively titled, but thoroughly enjoyable, Punk Rock Gods. Rounding out the exhibition (although not literally, mind you, as they are both quite skinny) will be Ryan Braithwaite and Stephanie J. , whose new CD The Way We Run, shows her to be maturing quite nicely.

Later, bust out your pork pie and skinny tie because NYC rock-steady dub schlubbers, The Slackers, will be skanking it up at The Black Sheep on Nov. 4. After taking the leap from legendary Moon Ska Records to Hellcat Records, The Slackers continue to lure unsuspecting adolescents away from their computer screens and onto the dance floor.

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that beloved shoegaze ensemble Abracastabya was spending a little time (and a little dime) with Bill Douglass, some fancy-pants "big city" producer known for his diverse body of work with such artists as R. Kelly, Celine Dion, The Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor, Lisa Marie Presley and Bauhaus. Well, since I last wrote, I just can't seem to shake this guy. First his name pops up on the excellent new rockabilly disc by Mike Villalva, then I hear that my favorite new local band, The Jack Trades, are having him put their infectious super-fuzz blues down on the magnetic tape over at his studio, Royal Recording. Asked why he decided to make Colorado Springs his new homebase, his answer is predictable: He "simply fell in love with Colorado," and despite the occasional big-name project, he insists that working with locals is just more rewarding. The crazy thing is, I think he was serious! Check him out at royalrecording.com.

That's all for this week. Smell you later!

Don't let Adam lose track of time. Keep him up-to-date by sending him band demos, photos and show info to adam@csindy.com.

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