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Mike Doughty's story isn't uncommon: Guy falls in love with alcohol and drugs, pushes through a major-label music career while still abusing alcohol and drugs, recovers and survives to tell the tale. But what is special about Doughty's experience is how he tells it. In The Book of Drugs, the memoir from which the author and musician will read tonight at the Fox Theatre, Doughty unearths his dangerous and depressing past and lets his audience dig deeper. He will read from the collection of anecdotes, play songs from his latest solo album, Yes and Also Yes, and then give the audience free rein to ask questions about his dark musical past. "I came into it wanting to tell an addiction story without any bad-assery to it," Doughty says, noting that when it comes time for the Q&A portion of his show, the audience usually wants the dirt on the decimation of his mid-'90s radio-friendly band Soul Coughing. The author promises to indulge the gossip; just don't ask him to sing any songs from his Soul Coughing days.

After leaving behind his days as the frontman of legendary hardcore band 7 Seconds, Kevin Seconds has done a bit of growing up. Since 1990, Seconds has offered an introspective look at life through song, trading in his clenched fist and youthful aggression for an acoustic guitar. Emotive, honest and springing with unassuming positivity, his songs exhibit fearless maturation, making him a kindred spirit with the likes of Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba and Far's Jonah Matranga. Brandishing sincere inner monologue through acoustic punk ballads, Seconds bridges the gap between his Salad Days and the man he has become.

Colorado native Manuel Lopez discovered a fondness for Latin music after he stared playing congas in his early teens, and then found his way to the drum kit. Together with pianist Peter Ellingson and bassist Eduardo "Bijoux" Barbosa, Lopez's trio delves into a variety of repertoire from old Cuban standards to more modern arrangements. The trio plays at Dazzle every Sunday evening.


- Acoustic Meat at Jake's Roadhouse

- The Dinosaur Squad at The Walnut Room

- Fiction is Fun with Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes at Lion's Lair

- Gumbo le Funque at Mercury Cafe

- Rehab at Aggie Theatre

- The Symbols at Herb's

- Jesse Garland at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

- eTown with Young the Giant and Civil Twilight at Boulder Theater

- Set Your Goals with Cartel, Fireworks, Mixtapes, Super Prime at Marquis Theater

- Amy Ray at Bluebird Theater

- Electric Six with Aficionado and Andy D at Larimer Lounge

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Location Info


Bluebird Theater

3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Fox Theatre

1128 13th St., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

Summit Music Hall

1902 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

L2 Arts and Culture Center

1477 Columbine St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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