Win Tickets to the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Music Carnival

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We welcome our new weed-powered overlords, who fund our schools, drive tourism and, more and more, throw concerts. The biggest non-4/20 show expressly affiliated with the marijuana industry will be this weekend, when the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Music Carnival takes over the Denver Mart. The three-day event features two days of music, with headliners Tyga (Friday) and Snoop Dogg & Tha Dogg Pound (Saturday), along with a slew of others, including Warren G, E-40 and more.

There will also be beer gardens, "smoke tents," a cannabis product fair, a freakshow and more. Only in Denver.

See also: The True Spirit of 4/20

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Six Ways To Avoid Getting Robbed On Tour

Categories: Nitpick Six

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All illustrations by Dave Watt.
Although musicians are infamous for walking out on bar tabs, trashing hotel rooms and hijacking chuckwagon sandwiches from gas stations, there is one thing they deserve: the ability to torture society with their particular brand of art. Sadly, it happens all too often that bands' tours are derailed or altogether cancelled as a result of the actions of opportunistic criminals. So we've come up with a few helpful suggestions to prevent bands from being robbed on tour.

See also: Six Reasons I Won't Dance At Your Wedding

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How Textures at Mutiny Builds New Audiences for Denver's Strangest Music

Categories: Last Night

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Tom Murphy
Mutiny Now Information Café Outside Wall Mural
Wesley Davis has long been hosting his Textures series, with its focus on live ambient music. A couple of years ago, he used to host Textures in the basement of Gypsy House Café, but at the series's new home, Mutiny Information Cafe, he doesn't have to bring in a P.A., and on Sundays there is plenty of nearby parking. There are also more people who might walk by and take an interest on the unusual sounds coming out of the place -- something that never would have happened in the basement of a coffee shop on 13th and Marion.

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I Got High and Went to See the Orchestra at Red Rocks

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Eric Gruneisen
By Chris Walker

A show at Red Rocks this summer.

Do you have anything that goes well with Beethoven?"

The clerk at the Denver Wellness Center looks at me strangely before motioning me over to a display case full of various THC-infused candies and baked goods.

"Well," he says, "we've got weed cookies, gummies, lollipops, chocolate.... I think any of them should work fine."

"Right," I say, squinting and pointing toward a foil-wrapped chocolate bar. "So you're sure that one pairs nicely with classical music?"

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Why Are Bands Like Phantogram So Huge in Colorado?

Categories: Last Night

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Tom Murphy
Phantogram at The Ogden Theater
There's an Internet meme that tells you what band you're probably into based on state. For Colorado, that band is Naked and Famous. In 2013 that band played at the Fillmore to a large crowd. That sort of mixture of rock and synth pop and R&B finds a different manifestation in Phantogram. That band's show last night at the Ogden, also sold out, is the group's third appearance in an eleven month period at a Denver music venue: last November with Future Islands at the Gothic and this past April with TEEN at Ogden Theater alongside this most recent apperance. And every time the group put on a gloriously dramatic show that brushed off the drudgery of everyday life. But what is it about bands like Naked and Famous and especially Phantogram that command such a large audience in Colorado?

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Denver's Ten Best Small Venues

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Brandon Marshall for Westword.
Devotcha did a three-night run for Valentine's Day at the Mercury Cafe in 2013.
It's no secret that Denver is blessed with an overwhelming amount of music venues, places boasting calendars packed full of local and national acts every night of the week. We wanted to highlight some of the best of the little guys -- venues that can hold crowds under 500 people. There are some old favorites on this list, untouched and in their original, mildly sketchy glory. But there are also some venerable spots that have had recent makeovers for the good, plus some brand new locations just waiting to be discovered. Dive in and see if there's a venue in Denver you've never been to yet and then get out there and see some music. Stay tuned for more lists looking at Denver's bigger venues, bar rooms and D.I.Y. spaces.

See also: Denver Has More Live Music Venues Than Austin. Does It Matter?

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The Perfect Way to Experience Fall in Colorado Is a Hot Rize Show at Chautauqua

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Tom Murphy
Chautauqua Auditorium Interior
. In recent years, fall has come on with a vengeance: with uncharacteristically heavy rains and early snow, and winter has refused to leave. But this year it has felt more like we've been given a reprieve. That climate, that natural ambiance perfectly suited a place like Chautauqua Auditorium and a band like Hot Rize, which was celebrating the release of its new record, When I'm Free. The music hearkens back to a time when things seemed to exist in a context of fewer extremes.

See also: The Return of Colorado's Bluegrass Kings

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Living the Teenage Dream with Lorde

Categories: Reviews

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Eric Gruneisen
Lorde at the Fillmore earlier this year.
Sixteen-year-old me would've been obsessed with Lorde. Seriously: her number one fan. I would've bought tickets to her 1ST Bank Center show as soon as they went on sale, gotten to the venue early, and would've been the girl randomly cheering from the front long before Lorde appeared on stage.

See also: Lorde Is Not Goth

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STS9, Jane's Addiction, Victor Wooten Announce Denver Shows

Categories: Mile Highlights

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Aaron Thackeray
STS9 at Red Rocks
STS9 headlines the Fillmore Auditorium on New Year's Eve, and tickets ($75) go on sale on Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m.

Jane's Addiction will perform Nothing's Shocking in its entirety and more songs at the Ogden Theatre on Wednesday, November 19. Tickets ($85) go on sale on Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m.

Victor Wooten will be at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ball room on Saturday, December 27. A very special guest will be announced November 24. Tickets ($20/$25) go on sale on Friday, October 3 at 10 a.m.

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Photos: Itchy-O 's Bonkers Album Release Show at 3 Kings

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Eric Gruneisen
Itchy-O is a band that defies explanation: It's a massive, noise-making horde of masked weirdos, an ecstatic jumble of influence and culture and myth. The Denver-based mobile unit is celebrating the release of its first full-length album, Burn the Navigator, on Alternative Tentacles. It headlined a show over the weekend at 3 Kings Tavern, selling out the place way ahead of time. Our photographer, Eric Gruneisen, did his best to capture the madness -- a few of his best shots are below.

See also: Itchy-O Plots World Domination With Jello Biafra

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