Six Ways James Blunt Could Make Up for That Horrid Travesty "You're Beautiful"

Categories: Nitpick Six

Screenshot from the video for that unlistenable piece of garbage song.
Recently, in an interview with Hello! Magazine, that sappy dude with Ashton Kutcher hair, James Blunt, apologized for his double-platinum song "Beautiful." Referring to it as "force-fed down people's throats" and "annoying," Blunt has openly admitted his grim misdeed in writing the 2005 anthem for the parade of the horribles.

While the right thing to do would be to forgive our friend with the dope-smoking last name and possibly even check out his more recent material, we are not fair and righteous people. We are petty, calloused and vindictive. More importantly, we hated that fucking song and still have to hear it in elevators and while waiting on hold in telephone hell as we attempt to negotiate medical bill payment plans.

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The Fifteen Best Shows in Colorado This Week

Categories: Best Concerts

Laura June Kirsch for the Village Voice
Flatbush Zombies play in Fort Collins and Denver this weekend.
The outdoor concerts may be over, in spite of the summer weather going on in Denver right now, but there are plenty of shows to keep you busy. We can strongly, strongly advise seeing Flatbush Zombies, either in Fort Collins or Denver. Polica is wonderful. There are plenty more, observe:

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Meet Michael Amott, Slash and the Rest of the Denver Zoo's Rock and Roll Flamingos

Categories: Photos

Polaroid photo by Taylor Boylston
Brittney Weaver with Michael Amott (of Arch Enemy)
It's not every day you get to brush feathers with rock and roll legends like Ace Frehley and Slash, but in Denver, all it takes is a visit to the zoo.

Brittney Weaver started working at the Denver Zoo about six years ago. She also happens to be a big music fan, regularly attending heavy metal and rock shows with her husband. In 2008, the zoo received nineteen flamingo eggs from a wild Caribbean herd in Miami. Weaver named them after rock guitarists, and she's been doing it ever since. Now, there are nearly 74 flamingos with rock icon names in the zoo.

See also: A Flamingo Named T-Boz? Denver Zoo Holds Contest to Name New Chicks

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Pearl Jam Celebrated its 24th Birthday With a Rousing Denver Show and All the Wine

Categories: Last Night

Eric Gruneisen
Pearl Jam's 24th anniversary - which the band celebrated last night with a raucous, rarity-filled, tour-ending barnburner of a concert at the Pepsi Center - closed with lead guitarist Mike McCready playing "the Star Spangled Banner" Hendrix-style while the rest of the Seattle quartet sprayed champagne on the Denver crowd.

It began with Justin Morneau (your 2014 National League batting champ) finding his seat as frontman Eddie Vedder said "Welcome to the last night of our tour" as Pearl Jam settled into the euphorically mellow "Release," which is where the group's 10-million-selling 1991 debut Ten concluded.

See also: The Ryan Adams Comedy Hour Last Night was Awesome

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Quiz: The Sixteen Most Surprising Cameos By Musicians in Movies

Categories: Commentary

Anthony Kiedis, Point Break (1991).
Not all cameos are equally coveted: A good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo, in which the musician is cleverly disguised or appears so briefly, leaving you puzzled, forces you to rewind. (Was that just Alex Van Halen in Robocop?!) A bad cameo, like Vanilla Ice's dance routine in 1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze, is a mockery. Despite which kind of cameo we find, one thing is certain: We always enjoy seeing a familiar face in an unfamiliar territory.

Let's test your knowledge where movies and music collide. Can you correctly name which musician appeared in the following films? Check your answers on the last page.

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Why the Hell Do I (Still) Love Metro Station?

I had to go alone. I mean, it was partially by choice -- I had an extra ticket, but I was too embarrassed to ask anyone if they wanted to go with me. Ultimately, I went to Summit Music Hall last night to see Metro Station by myself because I not-so-secretly love them, but very-secretly am ashamed of how I feel about the band. I'm embarrassed because I preach honesty when it comes to music taste -- you should like what you like. Fuck guilty pleasures. All music that is good to you is good music.

But there I was, alone on the side of the stage in a room less than half-full of screaming teenagers, singing along to every word of "Kelsey." "I'll swim the ocean for you" I sang, (to a girl with a name popular for almost whole generation of people younger than me.) "Whoa, oh, oh, oh, Kelsey." I think it was right then, as I watched a room of Kelseys screaming "oh, Kelsey," that I decided to say fuck it. I love Metro Station, even if the band is kind of the worst.

See also: Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour proves she's pop music's greatest role model (seriously)

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Behind the Vital New Jazz Program at Metro State University in Denver

Categories: Interviews

Courtesy of MSU Denver/Trevor Davis.
Ron Miles serves as director of jazz studies for MSU Denver's new program.
It's been a busy month for the Department of Music at Metropolitan State University. Its accreditation was renewed by the National Association of Schools of Music, and it added a new Jazz and American Improvised Music Performance concentration (also accredited). We interviewed Peter Schimpf, associate professor and chair of the Department of Music, and MSU music lecturer Dave Devine about the new emphasis and the importance of keeping jazz fresh.

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Altas's Powerful New Album Anticipates the Destruction of the Human Race

Categories: Playlist

Adam Rojo
In the mid-2000s, guitarist Enrique Jimenez was playing outside the usual circuit of rock clubs and DIY spaces in town, on stages in northwest Aurora and southwest Denver. And that exploratory spirit has benefited his current band, Altas. Formerly known as Panal S.A. de C.V., Jimenez formed the band with his brother Israel on drums and Juan Carlos Flores playing additional guitars and keyboard. They changed the name to Altas (Spanish for "heights") in 2014 in order to usher in a new chapter of the group's history. Altas's debut full-length album, Epoca de Bestias ("The Age of Beasts"), which the band will release this Saturday with a show at the hi-dive, reflects the fruition of the trio's experiments in sound, songwriting, textures and arrangements. The music is entirely instrumental, but Altas's songs have always suggested a cinematic narrative and vivid imagery.

See also: What to see at UMS, according to Enrique Jimenez of Altas

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Denver Rapper Jericho Son of None Helps Struggling Kids Find an Outlet in Hip-Hop

Courtesy of Jericho Son of None
"Everyone else in my family was an addict, and I was an addict of creativity, and that saved my life," says rapper Jericho Son of None. He's been active in the Denver hip-hop community for years, spending time in a group called Educated Figures.

He now teaches history and geography -- as well as an after school music program with an emphasis on rap -- at Ace Community Challenge School, located at Santa Fe and 8th. The school is set up as a way to help kids who struggled mostly with discipline issues in traditional schools get credits toward a diploma. "These are the kids who are considered by everyone else to be the hard ones to deal with. Personally, I don't consider them that," says Jericho. "I consider them the ones who have more potential, because no one has tapped into them yet."

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See How Nas Created His Masterpiece

Photo by Danny Clinch/Sony Legacy
Nas in 1994.
By Ian S. Port

One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas' 1994 classic, Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter to a friend in prison: "Congratulations, you know you got a son," Nas raps. "I heard he looks like ya, why don't your lady write ya?"

Did you get that? In nineteen words, Nas swings from the perspective-upending pride of fatherhood -- a new human who is part you! -- to the heartache of separation, loneliness, disloyalty. He whispers the knife of betrayal into our gut with a simple question: "Why don't your lady write ya?" Nas paints not just a man in prison, yearning for the outside, but a whole web of relationships decaying in his absence.

See also: The 50 Best Rap Lyrics of All Time

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