The Twelve Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

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Brian Feinzimer for OC Weekly. Full slideshow here.
Flying Lotus plays Saturday at the Fillmore.
Solid weekend of shows here in town, with legends like Death From Above 1979 playing in Boulder and Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis playing a pair of nights at Larmier Lounge. The rest of our picks follow.

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Illegal Pete's Plans to Open Hi-Dive-Sized Venue in Fort Collins This Spring

Categories: This Just In

Aaron Thatchery
Trees perform at the 16th Street Illegal Pete's location in 2011.
Illegal Pete's has always been passionate about the Colorado music industry. It runs a label, Greater Than Collective, the Starving Artist program and hosts free shows at all of their restaurants.

So it makes sense that the restaurant would open a proper music venue. That will happen this spring in a 4,000 square-foot space attached to the newest Illegal Pete's location in Old Town Fort Collins. The venue will have an outdoor beer garden and a venue-specific menu.

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Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket on Embracing Awkwardness

Categories: Interviews

Rob Shanahan
After Toad the Wet Sprocket (due at the Ogden Theatre on Saturday, November 22) started 25 years ago, the guys in the band eventually became reluctant rock stars, partly thanks to 1991's Fear, which included the singles "Walk on the Water" and "All I Want." But front man Glen Phillips says that none of them really felt like "band people."

"I think there's a certain self-confidence that normally comes along with people who have perseverance to get this job," he says. "I mean, we cared a lot about the music, but we didn't necessarily have that, which I think ended up being, in some ways, a strength, because at a time when everybody's being really aggressive we were kind of authentically awkward and vulnerable.

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Screeching Weasel Singer Thinks You Don't Deserve to Be Mad at Him for Hitting Women

Categories: Commentary

Marc Gaertner via Recess Records
Ben Weasel, not punching any women at the moment.
I've never had an interest in Screeching Weasel, as I don't listen to punk music that comes off like it was meant to be the soundtrack of a straight-to-video film about kids rollerblading in a shopping-mall parking garage. I listened to Boogadaboogadaboogada! a few times (primarily just so I could say I knew what the band sounded like) and I've gotten drunk with a pal of mine who has a tattoo of the group's iconic Fonzie-rat-looking character. (He's a good guy who also collects vintage board games -- cheesy tattoo be damned.)

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Bluebird Owner Chris Swank Buys Goosetown Tavern and Turns It Into a Music Venue

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Reno Divorce performs at the newly updated Goosetown Tavern.
Goosetown Tavern has a new owner: Chris Swank, who has a long history in Denver music. He's taking over the bar from the Wynkoop Brewing Company, and he did a "low-key remodel," adding a stage and sound system installed by Event Production Services in the back room where local bands now play on the weekends.

See also: Denver's Ten Best Small Venues

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Amanda Palmer on Taylor Swift and Dealing With Internet Negativity

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Credit Shervin Lainez
Amanda Palmer's new book discusses how asking for helped shaped her career.
Amanda Palmer is known for her crazy antics as the leader of the Dresden Dolls and the Grand Theft Orchestra. But Palmer started her career doing something a little more stationary. She worked as a living statue, painted all in white, wearing a wedding dress and giving people flowers.

In her time as a street performer, she learned valuable lessons that she later applied to her music career, which became a popular TED Talk she gave last year. Now, she's back with a brand new book called The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.

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The Five Coziest Music Venues in Denver

Categories: Lists

Ken Hamblin
DJ Lowkey knows where you can hang out when the mercury drops.
The negative temperatures and piles of snow last week were a pretty solid indication that winter has arrived in Denver. While every day of winter here doesn't involve bone-chilling cold, plenty do, and it gets old, fast. Suddenly, concert calendars look a little bare and the idea of leaving your couch and trekking outside seems more and more far-fetched. It's more than understandable if you never want to leave your bed all winter, but if you start to miss interacting with other humans and listening to live music, that can be arranged thanks to these five venues that will keep you warm and entertained this winter.

See also: Denver's Ten Best Small Venues

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The Hunger Games Soundtrack Is Awful and Not a Soundtrack

Categories: Music News

Eric Gruneisen. More here.
Lorde is so much better than this.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack is officially out in anticipation of the film release Friday. As is increasingly common practice for these types of blockbusters, it features a ridiculous array of music talent -- Lorde, Stromae, Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM are all on the first track. But besides "Yellow Flicker Beat" by Lorde, which is a straight-up fantastic song, the whole thing sucks, hard. But that shouldn't be a surprise.

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Southern Soul Assembly Brings Four Legends Back to Their Roots

Categories: Interviews

Courtesy of Live Loud CO
Southern Soul Assembly brings together an all-star cast of songwriters.
JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard and Luther Dickinson are currently touring as Southern Soul Assembly -- but Dickinson notes that the emphasis should be on the "soul" rather than the "Southern" part of the name. The reason, he explains, is because everyone in the group draws from their wide-ranging experiences, not just from the place they call home. The group will play two Colorado shows this weekend: Friday at the Ogden Theatre and Saturday at the Boulder Theatre.

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The Ten Best Videos From the Gangsta Rap Era

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Mark C. Austin for the Houston Press. Full slideshow here.
Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys still goes hard.
Gangsta rap, where have you gone?

About 20 years ago at this time, we were in the middle of an unprecedented run of gangsta rap greatness, with Death Row, Bad Boy, Ruthless, Rap-A-Lot and others all functioning at high levels. 

And while the songs and albums from this era continue to get shine, let's not forget the videos, which constitute some of the most visually arresting (and most hilarious) ever made.

Here are the ten greatest videos from the gangsta rap era.
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