Monday, November 30, 2009

Sandusky

Thu., December 3, 8:00pm - A cursory listen to Sandusky�s recorded output might give you the impression that the act has been doing soundtrack work for the next Gregg Araki film. In much of the band�s music, you can almost hear sighing ambience, gentle dynamics and the sort of introspective aesthetic that comes from...
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Big D & the Kids Table

Sat., December 5, 7:30pm - It would be easy to peg Big D and the Kids Table as the de facto leader of some sort of ska revival. But the truth is, the band has been at the skanking game for almost a decade and a half. Formed in 1995 at the height of the Third Wave ska revival, the Boston group wound up, ironically enough, find...
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Stellastarr*

Wed., December 9 - In the earlier part of this decade, four post-punk-inspired bands of note from New York came to the attention of the general public: the Strokes, Interpol, the Rapture and Stellastarr*. Of the four, Stellastarr* probably received the least amount of hype, but with the release of its latest album, Ci...
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Zac Brown Band

Thu., December 3, 8:00pm - Compared to airbrushed, frosted-bang pretty boys like the ones in Rascal Flatts, Atlanta's Zac Brown Band looks like it came straight to Nashville from a bare-knuckled dustup with the Kentucky Headhunters. However, the strand of Southern rock that Brown and company are steeped in most is the free-fo...
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David Guetta

Thu., December 3, 9:00pm - David Guetta (playing Thursday, December 3, at Beta) may be one of the most in-demand stars of dance music, and it's all but impossible to understand why that is. There's no disputing his popularity � he's recently been voted DJ magazine's No. 3-ranked DJ in the world, he sells plenty of record...
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Polka Dot Dot Dot

Wed., December 9, 9:00pm - Joanna Newsome came on strong earlier in the �00s, peaked early and has seemed to all but disappear from the limelight now that the decade is winding to a close. But the odd, arty folk of her debut, The Milk-Eyed Mender, lives on in Polka Dot Dot Dot. That's not to say that the young Oly...
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Finn Riggins

Fri., December 4, 8:00pm - Idaho is probably the last place anyone would expect a thriving pocket of experimental rock to exist. But that�s exactly where Finn Riggins was founded, in the small town of Hailey. Four albums and hundreds of shows into its career, Finn Riggins is hardly a household name, but it should be. The...
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Open Jam

Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm
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Open Jam

Last Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm
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St. John's Cathedral Choir

Third Sunday of every month, 4:00pm
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Celtic Jam

First Monday of every month, 7:00pm
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Colorado Youth Poetry Slam

First Monday of every month
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Laugh League

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm
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Bluegrass Jam

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00pm
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Blues Jam

First Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm
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Song Circle

First Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bebel Gilberto

Sat., December 5, 8:00pm - In Brazil, Bebel Gilberto has been in front of the public's peepers since her childhood, thanks to the fame of her performer parents, Miúcha and João Gilberto, and she made her recorded debut way back in 1986. In contrast, she was little known here until 2000's Tanto Tempo, a La...
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Moonspeed (CD release)

Sat., December 5, 8:00pm - The grandeur and cosmic intensity of a band like Bright Channel are both nearly impossible to live up to. But somehow, Jeff Suthers and Shannon Stein have assembled an unwieldy group of eleven people to write and perform songs that make them excited to be creating music again. Many acts with expansi...
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Moonspeed (CD release)

Sat., December 5, 8:00pm - The grandeur and cosmic intensity of a band like Bright Channel are both nearly impossible to live up to. But somehow, Jeff Suthers and Shannon Stein have assembled an unwieldy group of eleven people to write and perform songs that make them excited to be creating music again. Many acts with expansi...
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Bebel Gilberto

Sat., December 5, 8:00pm - In Brazil, Bebel Gilberto has been in front of the public's peepers since her childhood, thanks to the fame of her performer parents, Miúcha and João Gilberto, and she made her recorded debut way back in 1986. In contrast, she was little known here until 2000's Tanto Tempo, a La...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Faces of Radio

The name Faces of Radio is fitting for this band, because it seems like the players are aiming for the airways — or at the very least, enticing people to make their way to the dance floor. With that in mind, the act relies on a somewhat safe and formulaic approach to get there. While there'...
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Dugoutcanoe at Rhinoceropolis

Anyone who saw Jacob Isaacs playing in the legendary Angels Never Answer probably wouldn't have guessed he'd do music like this. The earliest incarnations of Dugoutcanoe (due on Saturday, November 28, at Rhinoceropolis) used tape samples and Isaacs's prodigious skill with drums and guitar,...
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The Outfit

From the opening drum clicks, this debut release from the Outfit hooks you into the headlong pace of "Towns," a song with familiar elements. But rather than trying to mimic the manic and loud-quiet guitar work of recent dance-punk bands, the Outfit presents moments of nuanced introspection that l...
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The Blackout Pact

The Blackout Pact's demise was a highly scrutinized one. A fellow touring band's laptop went missing, and a quick search found it nestled among the Pact's personal possessions. Blame was placed, and the band fell apart. More than two years after that fateful day in Las Vegas, the Pact is back wit...
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When it comes to heartbreak, Rachael Yamagata's got the memory of an elephant

Rachael Yamagata released her critically acclaimed debut disc, Happenstance, in 2004, only to be dumped by her record label, RCA, shortly thereafter. Last year the singer-songwriter and pianist finally resurfaced, on Warner Bros., with the wonderfully ambitious double album Elephants......
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Izcalli's Miguel and Brenda Avina haven't forgotten their Mexican roots

Determination and rock and roll run in the Avina blood.

Maybe it's a consequence of tight times and hard luck, the way families in poverty leaning on each other just to survive brings them a little closer together. Maybe it's that relentless optimism of chasing the American dream that imm...
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Season to Risk

Embarking on a small tour commemorating its twentieth anniversary as a band, the unrelenting and ominous-sounding Season to Risk, from Kansas City, was part of the early wave of bands to mix electronics and experimental hardcore. Peers of like-minded acts Drive Like Jehu and the VSS, Season to Ri...
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Twisted Olive gives a new twist to nightlife in Stapleton

Two years ago, I made my first visit to Northfield Shops at Stapleton for the grand opening of the Denver Improv (8246 East 49th Avenue). Although Northfield can be seen from I-70 and is just a ten- or fifteen-minute drive from downtown, it still felt like it was in the middle of nowhere &...
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Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Alex Ebert first came to public attention as the charismatic singer of indie-rock band Ima Robot. After some drastic life-changing experiences, he came up with the idea for this project, which seems to be part creative epiphany and part artistic therapy. Teaming up with singer/multi-instrumentali...
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Moonspeed

Even at the height of Bright Channel's popularity and on-stage volume, leader Jeff Suthers played occasional acoustic shows as a solo artist. When Moonspeed, Bright Channel's successor, debuted, Suthers seemingly had found a way to indulge both his predilections: vast, untamed soundscapes and whi...
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Dave Seaman at the Church

From co-writing hit songs for Kylie Minogue to playing the biggest dance-music festivals in the world, Dave Seaman (due on Saturday, November 28 at the Church) has done it all. His mainstay is pumping, progressive house with a healthy tech influence that's underground but easily accessible...
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Wet Hair

Referencing everyone from Silver Apples to Suicide to Young Marble Giants, Iowa City's Wet Hair takes the keyboard-smeared, minimalist-art-rock-duo shtick to a new extreme of awesomeness. Granted, the sub-subgenre isn't broad enough to brook much fakery — and frontman Shaun Reed (along with...
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CunninLynguists

With a slip of the tongue, the name CunninLynguists can change from a description of one of the most respected hip-hop acts in the game to an act that, if performed without discretion, could get you kicked out of most places. CunninLynguists' Kno and Deacon the Villain have, with very little disc...
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Baroness

Hailing from the state that brought you Mastodon, Georgia's Baroness is likewise a critically lauded metal outfit that seems to have sprung fully formed with the release of its 2007 debut, Red Album. But where Mastodon traffics in massive conceptual gestures and passages of ping-pong prog,...
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Springing from the May Riots, Pacific Pride is fueled by inside jokes, sly turns of phrase and deft hooks

Recalling the frayed pop sounds of New Zealand indie-rock bands of the '80s and the angular, contorted psychedelia of Pavement, Pacific Pride has always focused more on quality over quantity. Beginning in 2004 after the dissolution of the original lineup of the May Riots, Pacific Pride played few...
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GT & the Sidewinders

Fri., December 4, 9:00pm - As far as album titles go, GT & the Sidewinders found a perfect one with Across America. The album's pretty much about traveling in one way or another, whether it be musically or through the lyrics — like the opener, "Coming Home," in which frontman G.T. Scragg sings about driving back h...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tab Benoit

Fri., December 4, 8:00pm - Named Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year for the past two years by the National Blues Foundation, Tab Benoit rolls into town on a hot streak in support of his latest release, Night Train to Nashville. Expect Tab and his longtime backing outfit, Louisiana's LeRoux, to haul in a grit-la...
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Season to Risk

Mon., November 30, 9:00pm - Embarking on a small tour commemorating its twentieth anniversary as a band, the unrelenting and ominous-sounding Season to Risk, from Kansas City, was part of the early wave of bands to mix electronics and experimental hardcore. Peers of like-minded acts Drive Like Jehu and the VSS, Season to Risk ...
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Season to Risk

Mon., November 30 - Embarking on a small tour commemorating its twentieth anniversary as a band, the unrelenting and ominous-sounding Season to Risk, from Kansas City, was part of the early wave of bands to mix electronics and experimental hardcore. Peers of like-minded acts Drive Like Jehu and the VSS, Season to Risk ...
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CunninLynguists

Sat., November 28, 8:00pm - With a slip of the tongue, the name CunninLynguists can change from a description of one of the most respected hip-hop acts in the game to an act that, if performed without discretion, could get you kicked out of most places. CunninLynguists� Kno and Deacon the Villain have, with very little di...
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Baroness

Sun., November 29, 8:00pm - Hailing from the state that brought you Mastodon, Georgia's Baroness is likewise a critically lauded metal outfit that seems to have sprung fully formed with the release of its 2007 debut, Red Album. But where Mastodon traffics in massive conceptual gestures and passages of ping-pong prog, Ba...
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CunninLynguists

Tue., December 1, 9:00pm - With a slip of the tongue, the name CunninLynguists can change from a description of one of the most respected hip-hop acts in the game to an act that, if performed without discretion, could get you kicked out of most places. CunninLynguists� Kno and Deacon the Villain have, with very little di...
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Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Tue., December 1, 8:00pm - Alex Ebert first came to public attention as the charismatic singer of indie-rock band Ima Robot. After some drastic life-changing experiences, he came up with the idea for this project, which seems to be part creative epiphany and part artistic therapy. Teaming up with singer/multi-instrumentalist ...
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Open Jam

Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm
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Brett Dennen and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Thu., December 3, 8:00pm - Grace Potter and her band hail from Vermont, a state with a musically Phishy image, and Nothing but the Water, the title of the Nocturnals' first CD, does nothing to dispel this reputation. But if some of the picking and playing showcased on the album draws from the same well Trey Anastasio d...
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The Devil Wears Prada and All That Remains

Wed., December 2, 7:00pm - With the sudden demise of MTV's Headbangers Ball in 1995, metal had nowhere to go but underground. The scene fractured, the sound intensified, and shares of Aqua Net plunged. Since then, a legion of back-to-basics core whores like Massachusetts's All That Remains have pumped life back into the genre...
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Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Tue., December 1, 8:00pm - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are definitely one of the more buzzed about underground bands to come to Colorado this summer and deservedly so. With a briskly selling headliner show at the Planet Bluegrass Wildflower Pavillion in Lyons and highly praised appearance at Red Rocks for the Monolith ...
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Lola Black

Sat., December 5, 9:00pm - The members of Lola Black don't consider themselves a supergroup. It's easy, however, to argue that the band boasts the credentials for such a designation. The sextet's resumé includes stints in groups like Blister 66, Snapstick Dynomite and the Eight Bucks Experiment, each of which made its ...
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Linda Maich

Sat., November 28, 8:00pm - In addition to its luscious organic cuisine, the Mercury Cafe has always been known for its live music � everything from punk in the �80s to alternative rock (including Radiohead's ill-fated first Denver concert, believe it or not) in the �90s to the quieter sounds of the last few yea...
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The Swell Season and Rachael Yamagata

Sun., November 29, 8:00pm - Rachael Yamagata released her critically acclaimed debut disc, Happenstance, in 2004, only to be dumped by her record label, RCA, shortly thereafter. Last year the singer-songwriter and pianist finally resurfaced, on Warner Bros., with the wonderfully ambitious double album Elephants�...
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Blind Pilot

Sat., November 28, 9:00pm - Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski know something about getting back to basics. Before they put together their brilliant debut full-length, 3 Rounds and a Sound, the two men who make up Portland-based Blind Pilot conducted a strictly human-powered tour of their home coast. The same austere spi...
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Dugoutcanoe

Sat., November 28, 9:00pm - Anyone who saw Jacob Isaacs playing in the legendary Angels Never Answer probably wouldn�t have guessed he�d do music like this. The earliest incarnations of Dugoutcanoe (due on Saturday, November 28, at Rhinoceropolis) used tape samples and Isaacs�s prodigious skill with drums and gu...
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Radical Knitting Circle

Fri., November 27, 9:00pm - Over the years, the term "hippie music" has come to mean meandering jams with guitar solos that can be timed with an hourglass. But during the first generation of the 20th century's most hirsute social movement, the phrase also applied to the tuneage of antic folk loons with a fondness for musical a...
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Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk

Fri., November 27, 9:00pm - Lawrence, Kansas, is an unlikely little pocket of American Bohemia tucked into the heart of the Midwest. So it should come as no surprise that it has its own nascent music scene, which includes the likes of Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk. Oftentimes the most visible bands from out-of-the-way places are...
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Alan Alda

Fri., November 27, 9:00pm - Sometimes it's hard to tell if the members of Alan Alda are joking.

Engaging the threesome is like stepping straight into a steady barrage of inside jokes, tongue-in-cheek pop-culture references and friendly sarcasm. Levity is clearly part of this group's inner workings. But the casual tone shif...
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Paul van Dyk

Thu., November 26, 9:00pm - Although he shies away from the label these days, Paul van Dyk is one of the undisputed masters of trance. His music is like the aural version of Utopian visions from the '70s of a sterile, computer-controlled future populated by people in white jumpsuits and flowing robes, gliding from place to pla...
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Converge

Mon., November 23, 7:30pm - Although tagged by some as "this generation's Black Flag," Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon is a long way off from becoming Henry Rollins -- off stage anyway. Onstage, Bannon is a whirling dervish of emotion, complete with violent fist pumps and blood curdling screams. Offstage, however, the singer is...
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Emmylou Harris

Fri., November 20, 8:00pm - Emmylou Harris explored the arty side of the street on her previous three studio albums: 1995's indelible Wrecking Ball, helmed by studio auteur Daniel Lanois, plus 2000's Red Dirt Girl and 2003's Stumble Into Grace, made with Lanois protegé Malcolm Burn. In contrast, ...
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Nitzer Ebb

Wed., November 25, 9:00pm - Nitzer Ebb, from Essex, England, helped to define the musical style called EBM with its heavy industrial rhythms and stark vocals. As with emo, another much-maligned genre, EBM started out as a vital and relevant music whose pioneers never chose to name with a blanket term to encompass a music that ...
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Puscifer

Daily from Fri., November 20 until Sat., November 21, 8:00pm - Maynard James Keenan describes a show by Puscifer, arguably the oddest sibling in a family of Keenan-connected bands that includes Tool and A Perfect Circle, as a theatrical experience that's carefully planned in advance � for the most part.

"We want to make sure that some stuff is solid, s...
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pH10

Sat., November 21, 8:00pm - In the beginning, there was the sample. And the love of that sample led directly to the creation of pH10, an electronic outfit with a hard-edged sound and a long, storied history.

"Wax Trax proved to me that electronic-based music could be as heavy as the punk rock and metal I was listening to b...
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Grand Archives

Fri., November 20, 9:00pm - When group members split to form separate projects, the results frequently add up to less than the original sum � but not in the case of Mat Brooke and Ben Bridwell. The pair teamed in Carissa's Wierd, a sometimes entertaining but often erratic Seattle act, before joining forces again in a stur...
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Hatebreed and Cannibal Corpse

Mon., November 23, 6:30pm - Cannibal Corpse didn't invent death metal, but it has become one of the genre's definitive bands. Forming in Buffalo, New York in 1988, Cannibal Corpse quickly came to prominence due to its decidedly brutal music and horrifically detailed lyrics to match. From the beginning, Cannibal's album covers ...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bluegrass Jam

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00pm
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Song Circle

First Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Open Jam

Last Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Snuggle!

Tue., November 24, 8:00pm - With pop punk having pretty much become a parody of itself these days, it�s difficult to be surprised by anything that anyone playing that kind of music has to offer. So how is it that a bunch of kids from Seattle got together to form a melodic, poppy punk band without sounding hopelessly react...
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Japandroids

Sun., November 22, 9:00pm - At first glance, people may have a hard time distinguishing Vancouver�s Japandroids from Brooklyn�s Japanther. Both are stripped-down, two-piece, lo-fi garage-rock bands whose members share vocal duties, and both have a certain kinship with the Land of the Rising Sun. Musically, though, Ja...
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The Big Pink

Mon., November 23, 9:00pm - London�s Big Pink borrowed its name from the Band�s classic debut album and set about producing music possessed of vast, swirling horizons and heady dynamics. The record�s introspective, declarative lyrics are like beacons in the hazy early-morning soundscape. In that respect, the Big...
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The Devil Makes Three and Vandaveer

Fri., November 20, 8:30pm - Not to be confused with fellow art-folk group Vetiver, Washington, D.C.'s Vandaveer sports a smokier yet more straightforward sound that feels born and bred in the back room of some bohemian cafe. And while that may sound like damnation with faint praise, Vandaveer manages to stagger between Tom Wai...
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Vandaveer

Sat., November 21, 9:30pm - Not to be confused with fellow art-folk group Vetiver, Washington, D.C.'s Vandaveer sports a smokier yet more straightforward sound that feels born and bred in the back room of some bohemian cafe. And while that may sound like damnation with faint praise, Vandaveer manages to stagger between Tom Wai...
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Savoy

Sat., November 21, 9:00pm - So what are they putting in the water up in Boulder these days? First 3OH!3 takes its ridiculous electro-hop shtick and turns into one of the biggest bands in America. Now Savoy is emerging as the kind of body-rocking electro act that goes down easy with the rock kids but can still set an undergroun...
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All Time Low

Thu., November 19, 6:00pm - �Sleeping with band dudes doesn�t make you famous.� The words scrawl across a closed door after the stock �band slut� walks in behind the drummer in All Time Low�s new video for �Weightless.� Just a few years back, the four Baltimore-based post-punkers wouldn&...
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Electric Six and Millions of Brazilians

Thu., November 19, 8:00pm - Looking for a shovel to bury the Aughts with? Millions of Brazilians seem happy to oblige; just do us all a favor and throw the band into the grave along with the decade it so laughably typifies. Sounding like a factory reject of the Killers, the Bravery and Franz Ferdinand, the Michigan group milks...
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Railroad Earth

Daily from Thu., November 19 until Sat., November 21, 9:00pm - ​Coming off a pretty impressive summer of high profile Colorado appearances, including a return to Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a packed tent at Mile High Music Festival and a stop at Red Rocks with the Allman Brothers, acoustic jam band Railroad Earth could almost call Colorado their second...
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Naughty Pierre's Mambo Burlesque & Magic Extravaganza

Sat., November 21, 8:00pm - Who in the Denver area doesn't remember Cabaret Diosa's joyful mambo rock with pleasure? If you ever saw the band play live, then you already know about its infectious stylings and intoxicating energy. If you didn�t, take a tip from us: Head to Swallow Hill, 71 East Yale Avenue, tonight at 8 p....
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Kathy Griffin

Fri., November 20, 7:00pm - Kathy Griffin is one of those comediennes you either love or hate � or love to hate.

She's best known for such television roles as Sally Weaver on Seinfeld, where she played a tongue-in-cheek acerbic, funny standup comedian who made a career out of mocking Jerry; Suddenly Su...
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Thrice and the Dear Hunter

Thu., November 19, 7:00pm - It's important to take note of Boston's the Dear Hunter, if for no other reason than to not confuse the group with Deerhunter, the Atlanta-based art-rock outfit. Fans of the latter's jagged yet atmospheric awesomeness are likely to run screaming from the former's pompous, overwrought, Danny Elfman-o...
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Blues Jam

First Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm
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Jazz Jam with Mark Diamond

Third Sunday of every month, 7:30pm
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blues Jam

Third Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm
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Open Jam

Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm
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Jen Korte & the Loss (CD release)

Thu., November 12, 8:00pm - "Everything I write about is something I can't have or something that I did have or didn't get," says Jen Korte, explaining the significance of her band's name, the Loss. "It's cool. I'm fine with the fact that I write sad songs. I'm fine with the fact that I write love songs. I'm not a political wr...
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Aakash Mittal Quartet (CD release)

Fri., November 13, 7:00pm - The first thing that struck me, being an American, is that I got off the plane and it was like this different level of chaos that I've never experienced before," says Aakash Mittal of a trip he took to India a couple years ago. "That first day you're in the street, and people don't follow any traffi...
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Story Circle

Third Monday of every month, 6:30pm
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Film Dailies

The Film Dailies clearly love the heyday of synth pop. Early New Order, Human League, maybe a bit of Tears for Fears or Pet Shop Boys — you can hear all that and more in Staring up at Giants Again. That's not to say it's completely retro. There are nods to post-Postal Service indie-t...
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Xiren hopes to translate his recent radio success into more local notoriety

The rest of the country is warming to Xiren. The Denver-based singer, songwriter and guitarist has been performing for almost a decade, and his efforts are beginning to pay off on a wider scale. Earlier this year, "Ship of Fools (Big Enough)," a track that blends layered guitar tracks with Xiren'...
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Fresh Breath Committee

Emerging from an already vibrant hip-hop scene, the aptly dubbed Fresh Breath Committee presents a classic-feeling album filled with fluid grooves, sublime beats, indefatigable hooks and thoughtful wordplay. With a measured confidence in their cadence, the all-star cast of MCs complement each oth...
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Vital Remains

Vital Remains, from Providence, Rhode Island, has been around for twenty years. As pioneers of death metal, these guys aren't often among the first to be named by fans of the genre. However, the band's signature mixture of melodic yet punishing music blurs the line between death and black metal. ...
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John Fogerty

To many, Creedence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty is second only to Bruce Springsteen when it comes to roots-fueled Americana. Those folks got a real treat this August when Fogerty released The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, an album of cover songs that included a duet between hi...
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Six months to Live at the Meadowlark

In its awkward early phase, it was hard to tell if Six Months to Live (due at the Meadowlark on Saturday, November 14) was an Eric Clapton parody or the real thing. The bizarre publicity photos (see above) that made the band look like the star students of a multi-level marketing/real-estat...
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Hot White

Nightmarishly fragmented noise rock wracks the six tracks of Hot White's debut. Clearly taking some artistic cues from the likes of Lightning Bolt, Chinese Stars and 31G artists in general, this album might sound like thornily organized chaos. Darren Kulback's powerful and creatively precise drum...
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The Mars Volta's Ikey Owens stretches his wings in Free Moral Agents

Free Moral Agents is an experimental pop band led by Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, who's better known these days for being the live keyboard player in the Mars Volta. A veteran musician, Owens has been a member of Sublime and the Long Beach Dub Allstars, and his diverse talents have led to guest appearanc...
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Jazzmatazz gives Denver's good musicians a new place to play

"Why are there so many jazz musicians in Denver?" asks Page Fraley, a jazz trumpeter himself, rattling off a list of fine musicians who teach around town. Tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman, who teaches at East High School. Trumpeter Brad Goode at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Eric Gunnison a...
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Lover!

Memphis songwriter Rich Crook used to be in the Reatards, and Lover!, his latest outfit, reflects a bit of that group's synthesis of electronic music and rock. But with Lover!, it sounds like Crook and company have learned a great deal from Scottish power pop, '60s psych-garage and Big Star. The ...
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Euforquestra

"Soup," the title track on Eufórquestra's newest album, gives us what amounts to a mission statement in the verse in which Grandma makes her soup and a crowd of ladies gather. They ask what she puts in that soup and she tells them: a little bit of sun and a little bit of clouds, a little b...
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Aakash Mittal meshes the music of his father's homeland with classic jazz

The first thing that struck me, being an American, is that I got off the plane and it was like this different level of chaos that I've never experienced before," says Aakash Mittal of a trip he took to India a couple years ago. "That first day you're in the street, and people don't follow any tra...
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Sunstance & Vainqueur at b.side lounge

There's a real treat coming for techno heads Saturday, November 14, when Substance & Vainqueur bring musical history to Boulder's b. side lounge for one of a handful of North American dates. Peter Kuschnereit (Substance) and René Löwe (Vainqueur) have been fixtures in the techn...
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Horse Feathers

As the decade drags to a close and music fans are left to make sense of it all, one thing is clear: Amid the massive success that genres such as indie pop, rap and metal have had over the past ten years, Americana is alive, strong and continuing to evolve. Portland's Horse Feathers is one of the ...
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LMFAO

Provided that CBS isn't planning a Two and a Half Men marathon, you won't find a dumber way to spend your Tuesday night than on the Denver stop of LMFAO's Party Rock Tour. But you might not find a more enjoyable way, either: On its recent major-label debut, these club-rap kings throw down ...
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pixies

Tue., November 17, 8:00pm - Pixies' influence on modern rock is well documented, but the fact remains that no other band has been able to match its exquisite mix of pop hooks and unabashed weirdness. The bigger and balder version of the band took several long-awaited victory laps a few years ago. Now Pixies have boarded the re...
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Pixies

Mon., November 16, 8:00pm - Pixies' influence on modern rock is well documented, but the fact remains that no other band has been able to match its exquisite mix of pop hooks and unabashed weirdness. The bigger and balder version of the band took several long-awaited victory laps a few years ago. Now Pixies have boarded the re...
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Monday, November 9, 2009

<i>etown</i> with Imogen Heap & Gregory Alan Isakov

Sun., November 15, 7:00pm - British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap frequently sings against a backdrop heavy with electronic accoutrements -- a creative tack that's been known to trigger critical repercussions. Take Beth Orton, whose beautiful early albums didn't receive the respect they deserved because some reviewers suspecte...
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Jazz Jam with Mark Diamond

First Sunday of every month, 7:30pm
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LMFAO

Tue., November 17, 8:00pm - Provided that CBS isn't planning a Two and a Half Men marathon, you won't find a dumber way to spend your Tuesday night than on the Denver stop of LMFAO's Party Rock Tour. But you might not find a more enjoyable way, either: On its recent major-label debut, these club-rap kings throw down a n...
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Lover!

Wed., November 18, 9:00pm - Memphis songwriter Rich Crook used to be in the Reatards, and Lover!, his latest outfit, reflects a bit of that group�s synthesis of electronic music and rock. But with Lover!, it sounds like Crook and company have learned a great deal from Scottish power pop, �60s psych-garage and Big Sta...
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Substance & Vainqueur

Sat., November 14, 11:00pm - There's a real treat coming for techno heads Saturday, November 14, when Substance & Vainqueur bring musical history to Boulder's b. side lounge for one of a handful of North American dates. Peter Kuschnereit (Substance) and René Löwe (Vainqueur) have been fixtures in the techno scene fo...
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John Fogerty

Mon., November 16, 8:00pm - To many, Creedence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty is second only to Bruce Springsteen when it comes to roots-fueled Americana. Those folks got a real treat this August when Fogerty released The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, an album of cover songs that included a duet between him and the ...
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Horse Feathers

Fri., November 13, 8:00pm - As the decade drags to a close and music fans are left to make sense of it all, one thing is clear: Amid the massive success that genres such as indie pop, rap and metal have had over the past ten years, Americana is alive, strong and continuing to evolve. Portland's Horse Feathers is one of the new...
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Anat Cohen Jazz Quartet

Sat., November 14, 7:30pm - Jazz, as everyone from Ken Burns on down will tell you, is a uniquely American music. And yet some of its greatest practitioners have hailed from other countries. Clarinest and tenor saxophonist Anat Cohen may be a longtime New York resident, but she grew up in her native Israel � and it...
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Six Months to Live (final show)

Sat., November 14, 9:00pm - In its awkward early phase, it was hard to tell if Six Months to Live (due at the Meadowlark on Saturday, November 14) was an Eric Clapton parody or the real thing. The bizarre publicity photos (see above) that made the band look like the star students of a multi-level marketing/real-estate seminar ...
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Xiren

Thu., November 12, 7:00pm - The rest of the country is warming to Xiren. The Denver-based singer, songwriter and guitarist has been performing for almost a decade, and his efforts are beginning to pay off on a wider scale. Earlier this year, �Ship of Fools (Big Enough),� a track that blends layered guitar tracks with...
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Lola Black (CD release)

Fri., November 13, 7:00pm - The members of Lola Black don't consider themselves a supergroup. It's easy, however, to argue that the band boasts the credentials for such a designation. The sextet's resumé includes stints in groups like Blister 66, Snapstick Dynomite and the Eight Bucks Experiment, each of which made its ...
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Horse Feathers

Fri., November 13, 8:00pm - House With No Home, the latest album by Horse Feathers, is a positively gorgeous bummer. The Portland, Oregon-based combo is fronted by Justin Ringle, whose tenor voice seems as wispy and fragile as the light strums and delicate finger-picking that form the backbone of his songs. But what he ...
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ghostland Observatory

Thu., November 12, 9:00pm - Austin's Ghostland Observatory is more than just another pair of sweaty dudes making party music. Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner crank up the heat on this formula by combining filthy French electro with '60s soul and plenty of '80s synth pop. While Turner churns out beats that butts can't resist, B...
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Infected Mushroom (DJ set)

Thu., November 12, 9:00pm - Israel's Infected Mushroom specializes in completely over-the-top psychedelic trance. A breakout act in their homeland's substantial psy-trance scene, the duo takes an unusually eclectic approach to the genre, which has led to some odd crossover attention � being tracked on JamBase.com, for exa...
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Chevelle

Thu., November 5, 7:00pm - Brothers Pete and Sam Loeffler, who formed Chevelle while still in high school, have essentially been performing as a band half their lives. They started writing music when Sam was just fourteen and Pete was twelve, and began playing gigs around Chicago just four years later, in 1995. Since then, th...
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Juliet Mission

Sat., November 7, 9:00pm - In the early 1990s, Andre Lucero, Doug Seaman, Tony Morales and Elizabeth Rose formed the popular experimental-rock band Sympathy F. Seaman later went on to a brief stint in Worm Trouble, and Morales played in the Kalamath Brothers with Kevin Soll of 16 Horsepower. Lucero and Seaman also performed a...
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Art Brut

Fri., November 6, 9:00pm - No one will ever mistake Art Brut for a hip-hop act; musically, the London-based combo specializes in power-pop edginess, new-millennium style. Nonetheless, frontman Eddie Argos's vocals are every bit as declamatory as any rap MC's, if considerably wittier and more jaundiced than the vast majority. ...
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Jonny Woodrose & the Broken Hearted Woodpeckers (CD Release)

Sat., November 7, 9:00pm - Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers started out as a solo for writer Jonson Kuhn. His lively, wiseacre perspective on relationships and trying to get by in this world attracted attention early on, and he was ultimately joined by the band's current lineup, including guitarist Charles Kern...
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They Might Be Giants

Thu., November 5, 8:00pm - In the beginning, John Flansburgh and John Linnell created They Might Be Giants, which begat a self-titled debut and sophomore triumph, Lincoln.And in the eighth year, the duo said, "Let there be Flood." And Flood begat "Birdhouse in Your Soul," which begat "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," ...
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GWAR

Wed., November 11, 8:00pm - The ghoulish costumes and masks, the freaky-deaky stage show, the spewing geysers of blood and bodily fluids, the molten metallic grindcore -- all of it started with GWAR. Well, okay, it probably all started with Kiss and Alice Cooper, but GWAR brought rock-horror showmanship to new highs (or lows) ...
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Bluegrass Jam

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00pm
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Laugh League

Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm
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St. John's Cathedral Choir

Third Sunday of every month, 4:00pm
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

No High Fives to Bullshit/Snuggle

Snuggle puts in two tracks of snarly, refreshingly unpolished, melodic punk with the archly defiant "Commercial" and the edgy and almost spooky "Aces." No High Fives to Bullshit's "Drawing a Blank" is a dense and dynamic slab of melodic hardcore. But the real gem here is No High Fives' "Colt .45....
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Chevelle strives to keep it live on the new record

Brothers Pete and Sam Loeffler, who formed Chevelle while still in high school, have essentially been performing as a band half their lives. They started writing music when Sam was just fourteen and Pete was twelve, and began playing gigs around Chicago just four years later, in 1995. Since then,...
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Skinny Puppy

Skinny Puppy started in 1982 as a side project of cEvin Key's old band, Images in Vogue. With Puppy becoming a full-time concern in 1986, Key and collaborators Nivek Ogre, Dwayne Goettel and Dave Ogilvie spent the next several years putting out seven landmark releases, including Rabies and...
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Hearts of Palm at the hi-dive

When Hearts of Palm started out as Nathan & Stephen — a collaboration between Stephen Till of Black Black Ocean and longtime friend Nathan McGarvey — no one would have guessed that those spare songs would take on a new life once the project more than tripled its membership rost...
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Six Months to Live

It's a shame that Six Months to Live's time is up (their final show, a CD release for this album, is Saturday, November 14), since this disc shows them reaching a new level of polish. The group's sound has evolved to something like Beulah laced with a more cynical They Might Be Giants and a touch...
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Join the hipster gypsy folk for live music and more at the Boulder Draft House

I first heard Laura Goldhamer a couple of years ago, when she opened for the Books, the sound-collage band, at the Boulder Theater. She shared the headliner's endearing quirkiness, and her appeal was augmented by wonderful video animations projected on a screen behind her.

Last week, I wa...
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Headlights

When the critically acclaimed dream-pop band Absinthe Blind broke up in 2003, four of its members started a band called Orphans that would ultimately become Headlights. Under its current moniker, the foursome largely departed from the drifty, melancholy sounds of its previous project. Retaining t...
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Grant Hart

In the rock world, singing drummers are almost as rare as talking dogs. But Grant Hart, the man who assaulted the kit for Hüsker Dü throughout the '80s, was more than a novelty back in the day. Besides writing and lending his voice to almost as many Hüsker classics as his guitar-sl...
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Everything Absent or Distorted

Everything Absent or Distorted had strength in numbers. There were usually at least eight members, which sometimes ballooned to a dozen or more, depending on the show, and together they created some huge, buoyant and joyous sounds, with a wide assortment of instruments. Unfortunately, the guys de...
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Neon Indian

As modern music goes, you really can't get that much more with-the-times than Neon Indian's sun-warped, synth-based, dance-pop sound. It's a style so current, in fact, that critics are still having trouble settling on a genre name for the music that this band and other blog-adored acts like it ar...
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DJ NumberNin6 at The Root in Boulder

Dubstep producer/DJ NumberNin6 (aka Nishant Parikh) came to the style by way of trance. That's an unusual progression — dubstep's roots in drum and bass are about as far from trance as can be imagined — but he manages to make it work to his advantage. Occasionally, wisps of tra...
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Dirty Projectors

After paying tribute in record to both Don Henley and Black Flag — not to mention collaborating with both David Byrne and Björk — over the past few years, it's hard to pin down on paper what Dirty Projectors is all about. A listen to the group's acclaimed 2009 album, Bitte Orc...
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Lola Black is young and beautiful � and ready to kick your ass

The members of Lola Black don't consider themselves a supergroup. It's easy, however, to argue that the band boasts the credentials for such a designation. The sextet's resumé includes stints in groups like Blister 66, Snapstick Dynomite and the Eight Bucks Experiment, each of which made i...
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Meet Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers, outlaws with convictions

Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers started out as a solo for writer Jonson Kuhn. His lively, wiseacre perspective on relationships and trying to get by in this world attracted attention early on, and he was ultimately joined by the band's current lineup, including guitarist Charles K...
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Chad Price

The music of Fort Collins's Drag the River has never been short of heartache. But with his debut solo album, Smile Sweet Face, Drag co-leader Chad Price has stripped away the band's comforting layer of drunken revelry to reveal something far more painful. Bearing nothing but acoustic-folk ...
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Blues Jam

First Wednesday of every month, 7:00pm
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Hearts of Palm

Sat., November 7, 8:00pm - When Hearts of Palm started out as Nathan & Stephen — a collaboration between Stephen Till of Black Black Ocean and longtime friend Nathan McGarvey � no one would have guessed that those spare songs would take on a new life once the project more than tripled its membership roster. Nathan &...
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Hearts of Palm

Fri., November 6, 7:00pm - When Hearts of Palm started out as Nathan & Stephen — a collaboration between Stephen Till of Black Black Ocean and longtime friend Nathan McGarvey � no one would have guessed that those spare songs would take on a new life once the project more than tripled its membership roster. Nathan &...
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Colorado Youth Poetry Slam

Third Monday of every month
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Neon Indian

Tue., November 10, 9:00pm - As modern music goes, you really can't get that much more with-the-times than Neon Indian's sun-warped, synth-based, dance-pop sound. It's a style so current, in fact, that critics are still having trouble settling on a genre name for the music that this band and other blog-adored acts like it are c...
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

#9: Mad - Ne-Yo

(C)2008 Def Jam/Compound.
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#3: I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

(C) .
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#8: Paparazzi - Lady GaGa

(C)2008 Streamline/Interscope/Konlive/Cherry Tree.
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#2: My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson

(C)2009 .
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#1: Halo - Beyoncé

(C)2008 .
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Dirty Projectors

Sun., November 8, 8:00pm - After paying tribute in record to both Don Henley and Black Flag � not to mention collaborating with both David Byrne and Björk � over the past few years, it�s hard to pin down on paper what Dirty Projectors is all about. A listen to the group�s acclaimed 2009 album, Bitt...
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Grant Hart (H&uuml;sker D&uuml;)

Sun., November 8, 8:00pm - In the rock world, singing drummers are almost as rare as talking dogs. But Grant Hart, the man who assaulted the kit for Hüsker Dü throughout the �80s, was more than a novelty back in the day. Besides writing and lending his voice to almost as many Hüsker classics as his guitar-...
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