So, there's still no official word on the fate of yee olde Rocket Room, which is quite concerning for those of us accustomed to the steady diet of touring rock, punk, metal and real country bands. But that has not stopped the rumor mill from churning. What I do know is that it will probably not be procured by Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli, nor will it be converted into the Springs' latest megachurch.

The same cannot be said, however, for the Phil Long Expo Center, which, according to online reports, will be purchased by the Springs Church, a rapidly expanding non-denominational church located on the city's dangerously church-free north side. The venue will be remodeled and ready for "worship services" after the new year, and thank God for that, right!? Because, you know, as a city with no major convention center to lure out-of-state sales and lodging tax revenues, what we really need are a few more gigantic tax-exempt churches!

In other news ...

Taking a little breather from the rigors of the "best job in the world" comes Flogging Molly's bass player, Nathen Maxwell, and his "other" band, the Original Bunny Gang, this Friday, Nov. 5, at the Triple Nickel Tavern. When he's not on the road with Flogging Molly (known to play 200-plus shows a year), Maxwell splits his "home" life between Los Angeles and Denver. He's contributed many a fine song to the Flogging Molly catalog, and has been writing the songs found on his own Side One Dummy release White Rabbit for over a decade. Heavily influenced by Bob Marley and Trojan Records, as well as similar themes of solidarity found in Maxwell's hardcore punk-rock roots, the OBG is the thinking man's — and woman's — Sublime. Local favorites Edith Makes a Paperchain and the Changing Colors open.

My apologies for the short notice, but there are a couple of shows tonight (Thursday, Nov. 4). Firstly, Portland's Drew Grow and the Pastor's Wives will be playing some of their "scuzzy, squally blend of rebellious gospel/folk" at the first of hopefully many house parties being thrown at the "Big Green House" at 1355 Lindenwood Grove by the music blogger and Fuel/Friends founder Heather Browne. Also, local jam/rock gurus, the Zen Theory, are set to release their debut CD tonight at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center. They blend four decades of psychedelia into one simple "theory," so to fans of the "far out": Better grab your finest freak flags, it's high time to fly!

Meanwhile, Denver's "most hated" Japanese street-punk-influenced pogo-punk brigade, Bad Engrish, will be throwing themselves a sick little album release party next Friday, Nov. 12, at Belle's Lounge (734 N. 19th St.). Celebrating their latest disc, a clever slab of dirt-encrusted street punk by the name of Lousy and Loud, the Bad Engrish boys keep lock and step in the great tradition of such legendary Denver crust/punk bands as the Clusterfux, Catheter and Up Yours. "If you like it, cheers, and if you don't like it, piss off!" Yup, that's the great punk tradition I was talking about! Local skin/punks 99 Bottles and Denver's Total Annihilation open the 21-plus show.

Smell ya 'round ...

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