If ever there were a time to take the "pulse" of the "scene," this Best Of 2009 weekend, me'thinks, is it. Firstly, as I reported last week, the Supersuckers are back in town for another two-night stand, this time at the Rocket Room, with Denver's Holley 750 and Velvet Cash on Friday, Oct. 23, and again on Saturday with the Holley boys and Grease Machine. (Also, in the wake of an editing error last week, I should note that Mr. Spaghetti and the Mrs. did just welcome their second child, Elvis Glo Danger Daley, into the world, but little Elvis ain't no he, she is a she! My apologies for the mix-up, little lady, and welcome to the show!)

Further strengthening the scene's beat would certainly be the consistently aggressive booking practices of one Damian Burford at the Triple Nickel Tavern, who most recently brought the Suckers to town. Damian has set up an extra spook-tacular evening this Sunday, Oct. 25, with South Carolina's swampiest ghoul-punks, the Independents.

Founded in 1993 by infamous Southern gentile Evil Presly, on lead vocal, and his partner in grime, Mr. Willy B, strangling the neck of his oblong-box-shaped coffin guitar, they were championed early on by the late, great Joey Ramone, their manager and producer until his untimely demise in the spring of '01. Since their inception, the Independents have toured nearly non-stop, crushing pavement with bands such as the Ramones, the Misfits, the Voodoo Glow Skulls and Cheap Trick, repeatedly destroying audiences with their unusual blend of '50s rockabilly croon, first-wave rocksteady dancehall, and ground-zero '77 punk rock 'n roll. Joining the pre-Halloween fun will be local skank-throbs Murder Hat.

And of course, a scene is really no scene without a solid all-ages venue to keep up the population of starry-eyed concert attendees. The Black Sheep, working East Platte since 2005, is always good for an all-ages extravaganza. This weekend is no exception, as one of the legendary Fat Wreck Chords' earliest and most loyal bands, Strung Out, will put one on for the kids Sunday, Oct. 25. Celebrating their seventh Fat Wreck studio album, Agents of the Underground (released just last month, marking 20 years of the band being Strung Out), the bona fide pop punk veterans are to be joined by Compton's Pour Habit, Toronto's Flatliners and Denver's Frontside Five.

In other venue-related news, I caught wind of a brand-spanking new venue by the name of Music Street Tavern that recently opened in the former Tex-Mex Tavern at 204 N. Union Blvd. By the looks of it, Music Street plans to host bands up to five nights a week with a little poker, beer-pong and karaoke on the side. And judging from the wicked "flaming guitar" graphics at myspace.com/musicstreettavern, it appears to lean heavily toward the "metal edge" of things, but why not check it out for yourself, eh?

It has three shows booked this weekend: Why Sinners Hate God, Sangria and Deadwood Creek tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22; punk rock with the Stab Crew, the Gutter Runts and Pueblo's Beast of Milwaukee on Friday; and a nice batch of black death Saturday, with Recondite, Kaptiv, Cry of a Giant and Aesthetic Delirium.

Got any comments on the state of the scene (like the need for a new basement venue)? I'd love to hear them! Until then, smell ya later.

Send your news, photos and flaming-guitar graphics to adam@csindy.com.


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