So, in addition to this being Week One of the Indy's "Best Of," this weekend marks the fifth birthday of the Black Sheep, and its royalty will be celebrating with a little "best of"-caliber musical mayhem of their own, in true Colorado Springs style.

Firstly, on Friday, Oct. 15, they're throwing down six of the city's finest. Although you all should be quite familiar with each of these bands already, I will attempt to describe them for you — in just three words each:

InElements (heavy metal soul), Malakai (thrashed to death), Knightbeats (rasta funk'n'roll), Mountain Peeps All Stars (high-attitude hip-hop), Take It to 88 (make-out punk), and the A-Holes (elder punk statesmen).

As you can clearly see, there ought to be a little something for everyone ... unless, of course, you have crap taste in music!

Then, for Saturday night's festivities, they plan to roll out some equally big guns, musically speaking, of course. This time the list includes Headhum (grunge's not dead), Matterhorn (great instru"metal" hope), the Epilogues (shimmering Denver nuggets), Abracastabya (rest in peace), the Pirate Signal (beats blow up) and Six Generals (live demonstration seven). They've all either headlined, or could headline, the Sheep successfully on their own, but will combine forces, like some freakin' musical Voltron or some shit.

Anyhow, as previously reported, this will be AbStab's last show ever, and I suggest you take the opportunity to come out and see the band one last time. Plus, the Black Sheep has released a limited number of free 21-plus tickets, for both nights, to Premier Tattoo (519 S. Tejon St.), Black Elk Tattoo (1015 S. Tejon St.), my very own Leechpit (708 N. Weber St.), and all Colorado Springs Independent Records locations. Get on it, already!

Now, not to split the scene in two or anything, but in the interest of being fair: The Rocket Room has a pretty impressive lineup scheduled for this weekend as well. On Friday night, local fuzz/blues heavyweights the Jack Trades and the Changing Colors will be joined by Austin, Texas' New Mystery Girl, who have a real Joan Jett-goes-country kinda vibe. Saturday night it'll proudly host local jazz/funk powerhouse the Charlie Milo Trio, the electro-acoustic paradox of Animus Invidious, Superstar Runner (Springfield, Mo., indie pop), and everyone's friend, Rence Seyb, from Dear Rabbit.

Unfortunately, instead of celebrating a birthday or a best of, the Rocket Room is still looking at an uncertain future. According to current co-owner Shalonda Cantrell, the sale of the bar is proceeding well, but they're releasing no specifics at the moment except to say that they're playing "pass the paperwork." Stay tuned for details as the Cantrells' announced "withdrawal" date, Oct. 31, nears.

Last, but certainly not least, on Monday, Oct. 18, the Triple Nickel Tavern hosts the insanely awesome Larry and His Flask, who will spike your Kool-Aid with a shot of backwoods punk rock hillbilly bluegrass moonshine. Rounding out the bill will be the full Dear Rabbit lineup and the Haunted Windchimes' Inaiah Lujan, flying through a rare solo set. For more information, be sure to hit larryandhisflask.com.

Cool beans? Cool beans! Smell you later.

Send news, pics and your own barroom best ofs to adam@csindy.com.


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