SSION at the Larimer Lounge, 10/16/12

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Elyse Mitchell
SSION at the Larimer Lounge last night. Slide show: SSION at Larimer Lounge


SSION's Cody Critcheloe has this ability to bring out the teenage idolatry in his audience; from the clothes to the attitude, there's an energetic desire from his followers to be just like whatever incarnation of himself Critcheloe is wearing at that moment in time. He carries a True Blue-era Madonna assuredness to the stage that could be construed as snotty or distant, but it's clear from his smiles, interactions and passionate presence that the performer loves his fans too much to belittle them. It's also the reason Critcheloe's unibrowed, beauty-marked, blue-eyeshadow-wearing face graces almost every T-shirt he sells -- because in truth, when we're at a SSION show, we all just want to be Cody Critcheloe.

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Locals Men In Burka opened last night's show to a slow to fill-in crowd, remaining unfazed by the cold room through its short set. Working intently and masterfully, the trio filtered dark, grimy beats out from behind what felt like workstations, heads hanging low in concentration. Midway through the set, two figures appeared in actual burka, body-pumping about the stage and writhing between audience members to the slippery rhythm as video projections scattered across the costumed sheets. An excellent local choice for the show's line-up, Men In Burka provided a perfect primer for the night to come.

Elsye Mitchell
House of LaDosha last night at the Larimer Lounge. Slide show: SSION at Larimer Lounge

Next up was House of LaDosha, a duo that heads up a creative collective by the same name out of Brooklyn, New York. Clad in black spandex and a beige, metal-studded bustier of sorts, the pale and towering Cunty Crawford LaDosha threw his spidery limbs at the audience, slipping in raps while playing back-up dancer. Stage partner Dosha Devastation teetered on his heels in a belted Versace-esque print kaftan, while providing the main doses of verses and garnering the majority of the attention.

Elsye Mitchell
House of LaDosha last night at the Larimer Lounge. Slide show: SSION at Larimer Lounge

Pushing his long blond locks to the side to reveal a terminally mischievous look, Devastation played coy between songs like "Steady Dick" and "Witches of Bushwick." He was definitely the eye-catching captivator of the two, clearly calling on Lil' Kim and Trina as references, but with a darker, dirtier center. The Ladosha girls took it from the runway to the trap, firing lines like "Ground Zero ain't got shit on my gravel pit" while making references to Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

Elsye Mitchell
SSION last night at the Larimer Lounge. Slide show: SSION at Larimer Lounge

Not long after House Of LaDosha got the well-dressed bodies moving in the still half-full venue, SSION appeared. Ever the expert pop star, leader and collective head, Cody Critcheloe strutted out in a peachy pink printed denim ensemble and rhinestone belt, a nod to early '90s Roseanne-ish, midwestern mall culture. No doubt the audience was taking notes -- Critcheloe is an American couture entity unto himself; his style is a constant evolution, a seeming reflection of his own current cultural obsessions.

Throwing his fist in the air and screaming his love for the city, Critcheloe rallied followers from just a few feet above on the tiny stage; he made it feel like an arena rock show, but without the contrived performance ego. SSION's cover of Young Marble Giants' "Credit In The Straight World" is by now as well known as another famous version (by Hole,) but live, the song was transformed. The dank room rumbled to the looming beat, Critcheloe seductively singing, pointing and batting his mascara-thickened eyes at anyone lucky enough to catch his glances.

Location Info


Larimer Lounge

2721 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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