Still Looking for Halloween Plans? We Have VIP Passes to Coloween For You

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Aaron Thackeray. More here.
Maybe these two are coming back this year.
Update: And we have a winner! Thanks for playing. Stay safe and warm out there.

We're down to the wire, people: Halloween, which falls on a Friday this year, is only two days away. Personally, I can tell you my costume idea is not working out, but maybe you are slightly more organized than I am. Maybe you have, I don't know, a voodoo-themed outfit planned and nowhere to take it.

In that case, you've come to the right blog post! We've got a pair of VIP passes to Coloween, Denver's annual tribute to facepaint and debauchery, held this year at City Hall. Costume genius Riff Raff will both perform and judge the $1,000 contest.

See also: Coloween 2013 in Photos

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Cold Cave's Wesley Eisold on UFOs, the Cure and his Upcoming Lipgloss DJ Set

Categories: Interviews

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Miguel Escobar
Wesley Eisold of Cold Cave
You may want to include Lipgloss at Beauty Bar in your Halloween plans this Friday for a DJ set with Cold Cave's Wesley Eisold.

It's a fitting guest for the venerable party: while what often passes for goth today is very far removed from the music and subculture that laid the foundations, Cold Cave manages to embody the dark spirit of that music and its aesthetic much better than the poppy EBM and de-fanged industrial music that dominates that genre.

See also: Lorde Is Not a Goth

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Children's Albums Are Bad for Children

Categories: Commentary

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Recess Monkey: Bad for Kids
In Washington State, where I live, marijuana is legal and sold in special stores. This poses an interesting quandary for parents. Do you: (A) raise pot in the vein of beer when discussing it with your children, or (B) embrace the federal standard and advise that they abstain from it altogether, until its legality is the law of the land?

The answer is (C): Sit your toddler down in her car seat, and let Kacey Musgraves explain.

See also: Country Music's Ten Biggest Douchebags


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One of the World's Best Run the Jewels Murals Is in Denver

Categories: Music News

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Gamma Gallery
Various stages of the Thrill the Jewels mural at Gamma Gallery.
Run the Jewels is one of the most exciting musical projects happening now. The collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P is having something of a heyday, raising an amount of money that surprised even them for a cat-related remix project called Meow The Jewels, getting featured everywhere from Rolling Stone to Complex. Oh, and the duo just released an album. The frenzy continues with a graffiti project called Tag The Jewels, where artists from around the world took on the Run the Jewels logo.

There have been entries everywhere from New York to New Delhi, but one of the most widely-circulated came from right here in Denver, courtesy of Gamma Gallery.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Gamma Acosta

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Some Monster Stole John Denver's Head

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Hughes Television Network/Wikimedia
"Goodbye Again"
When John Denver became the first inductee in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, the legendary singer's estate donated a bronze bust to the the Hall's collection.

It has been on display in the 1STBANK Center for the past three years, where it was at the start of Tuesday's Saints and Sinners Halloween Ball, hosted by KBPI (106.7 FM) and headlined by Five Finger Death Punch. Sometime during the show, John Denver's head disappeared, presumably in the hands of a sinner.

See also: Happier Times at the John Denver Hall of Fame Induction Concert


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Alt-J Revives the Slow Jam at the Fillmore Auditorium

Categories: Last Night

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Timothy Norris for LA Weekly. Full slideshow here.
Alt-J performs at the Greek Theatre last week.
Alt-J is among rare company as an internationally successful pop act that attracts mostly 20-somethings who danced elegantly on every spare piece of Fillmore floor - and stairway, to security's dismay. Nowhere to be seen were the loud-mouthed bro-downers and screaming teenagers frequently populating the concerts of the band's peers.

It was during the rising English "folktronica" quartet's stunningly original version of the Bill Withers classic "Lovely Day," the entrance to a four-song encore, that it hit me: slow is cool. Slow is powerful. Slow may even be the new fast.

See also: How Fear of Music Convinced Me the Talking Heads Aren't Pretentious Turds

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Denver Does Denver Proved the Lack of Barriers in the Local Scene

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Tom Murphy
The Legendary River Drifters | Denver Does Denver | Old Curtis St. Bar - June 6, 2009
In 2009 and 2010, Yuzo Nieto of Pink Hawks and Adam Gildar put together a festival of a different stripe: The concept was that Denver bands covered songs by their own favorite Denver bands. The result was an eclectic and affectionate affair featuring obscure and more well-known artists.

The covers were only sometimes faithful, but the larger point was something like expanding awareness of local music and cultivating a greater sense of community and solidarity in the Denver scene generally, the final two years of which is preserved in part in the snapshots here. The Flobots, Mike Marchant and Houses participated in the 2010 Denver Does Denver, but I wasn't able to shoot pictures. Also not pictured is Slight Harp, which covered Pictureplane. (For the sake of posterity, Marchant covered the Pseudo Dates).

See also: Seven of Denver's Most Underrated Bands

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One Direction Is the Perfect Modern Pop Band and Also Completely Ridiculous

Categories: Music News

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I'm a 24-year-old One Direction fan. One day, years ago, a friend suggested I listen to the band while I was studying for finals in college. I had never heard of those five boys from the British X-Factor, but I gave their music a chance, one thing led to another, and now "Up All Night" is at the top of my running playlist and nothing pumps me up more during a long drive than "Best Song Ever." Like all good Directioners, I watched the new video for "Steal My Girl" as soon as it was released.

See also: Ten Things Taylor Swift Has Taught Us About Love

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How Halloween Cover Shows Helped the Motet Become One of Colorado's Hottest Bands

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Brian Spady
The Motet, a funk/jam outfit founded more than fifteen years ago in Boulder as the Dave Watts Motet, is well known around the country for its celebrated Halloween shows, when the band puts on a "musical costume" and plays songs from a classic artist, ranging from Prince to Michael Jackson. This year the theme is "Mixtape 1975," with the group playing songs from 1975 all Halloween weekend, headlining Thursday and Friday night at the Boulder Theater and Saturday at the Ogden before embarking on an extended fall/winter tour that will focus more on original material.Outside of the somewhat insular jam-band scene, the Motet is still a relative unknown, but that's changing as the band refines its vision. In recent years, the Motet has honed its initial sound -- a somewhat spacey, jammy take on Afrobeat -- into a tight, slick version of what drummer and bandleader Watts calls "classic funk."

See also: Meet the High School Teacher Who Travels the Country Delivering 45s

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Cut Copy on Sensual Visuals and Bringing You the Music of Melbourne

Categories: Interviews

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Cut Copy has found plenty of success in Colorado. The Australian electronic band, which formed in Australia in 2001, fit right in with the burgeoning scene here in the genre. After sharing a co-headlining bill with Chromeo at a sold-out Red Rocks earlier this year, Cut Copy returns for a show at the Ogden Theatre tomorrow night. We talked to bassist Tim Hoey beforehand about the new visual show and releasing music on vinyl.

Mary Willson: What has it been like being in the electronic scene as it has changed so dramatically in the last five-ish years?

Tim Hoey: Yeah, we can almost be considered veterans now....actually, I think I read that on a description of us on some festival bill. Initially, it was quite depressing to read and made us all feel old. But then, the more i thought about it, the prouder I got in the fact that we've been able to have longevity.

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