Edward Sharpe side project Crash made a debut in a small Colorado venue

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Screenshot of Crash's Motion Animal video
Christopher Michael Richard, known as Crash on stage, has been a singer and percussionist with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros since the beginning of the band in 2009, following a four year career with the Deadly Syndrome. He has embarked on his own solo project and played his second set of his first tour last weekend in Telluride.

His album, Hardly Criminal composed of eleven songs, was was released in May. But, he has only played on stage a handful of times as his solo act. His set at Fly Me To The Moon Saloon in Telluride, part of the Ride festival, was the first time most fans learned about the big-name band member's one-man project.

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Photos: Thievery Corporation fly fishing in Colorado

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LouLou with her freshly caught fish.
Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation planned his summer tour months and months ago, with one major gig request: to play in the mountains. That wish was granted when Thievery Corporation headlined the Ride Festival over the weekend in Telluride. But just playing in the mountains wasn't enough. He wanted to experience them, since he is from the flat region of Washington, DC. He planned an extra day to enjoy our state's outdoors, and his agent, Jake Schneider, convinced him and his bandmate, LouLou Ghelichkhani, to spend the day fly fishing. Both musicians caught something -- observe!

See also: Why bands love playing in the mountains

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Rock and Roll Marathon Denver announces new course for 2014

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Brandon Marshall
The Rock and Roll Marathon series returns to Denver for the fifth time this October. Today, organizers announced a new route with a much larger footprint and a few new neighborhoods.

Instead of a quick loop through downtown before a tangle out by City Park, this year's race will head into the Highlands and west all the way to Sloan's Lake. It will still also feature loops around City Lake Park and Washington Park before finishing down the hill on 14th Avenue into Civic Center Park. A full, enlargeable map is below.

See also: Last year's Rock and Roll marathon local lineup

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Here's the schedule for this year's Live From Elway's Backyard summer music series

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The outdoor summer concert series keep rolling in. Today, we have the full lineup for (of all places) a fancy steakhouse. But Elways Cherry Creek is no tourist in music. This year marks the steakhouse's tenth Live From Elway's Backyard series, and it will feature some impressive local talent. The Railbenders kick things off on June 18 and the Samples will headline a month later. Rising Colorado stars the Congress are on the schedule as well. All concerts go from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with the backyard area opening an hour before the music starts. The complete list of shows is below.

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Itchy-O signs to Alternative Tentacles and prepares debut full-length and coloring book

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Tom Murphy
Itchy-O Marching Band at Botanical Gardens performing after David Byrne and St. Vincent, July 13, 2014
Itchy-O Marching Band announced its signing to Alternative Tentacles last Thursday, May 8th. It becomes the latest in a roster of creative weirdos on Jello Biafra's long-running imprint. Those not familiar with the band in Denver should make an effort to catch it when you can for the sheer spectacle of thirty-plus costumed figures performing what can only be described as experimental marching band music.

With its full drum section, synths, a guitar, bass and sundry noise-makers with dancers roaming through the crowd, Itchy-O puts on an unforgettable performance. The group's debut full-length is scheduled for a release in the fall. Itchy-O (its members wished to remain unnamed and collective) answered some questions for us recently about its signing to Alternative Tentacles as well as some memorable shows inside and outside of Colorado.

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NORAD Dance Bar is closing at the end of May

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Ken Hamblin

In June of 2012, Preston Douglas opened the doors of NORAD Dance Bar in hopes of redirecting the ears of listeners to the underground sounds of house, deep house, and techno music. Since then, the spot has become a fixture in Denver's growing dance and electronic scene, welcoming fans for sell-out nights with artists like Nicole Moudabar, Goldie and the Great American Techno Festival, to name a few. But NORAD will be closing at the end of May.

"We are not giving up the NORAD brand, the vibes, or the scene we've built, or the music enthusiasts that have rallied around us since day one," says Douglas, now a co-owner of the bar. "We are taking some time off and seeing where our options take us."

All remaining listed shows will happen as planned. The NORAD crew will continue on with its two complete sound and lighting rigs, promoting one-off shows at other venues and possibly opening another permanent location down the road.


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Bun B is playing the Marquis Theater for $5 later this month

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Bun B prepares for a "Concert Against Hate" joint performance with the Houston Symphony, which is exactly as indescribably cool as it sounds.
Let's not bury the lede here: Southern hip-hop deity and generally awesome dude Bun B is playing a show at the Marquis Theater on April 27, with FL from the Foodchain and the Reminders, and you can get in the door for $5.

So yes, that probably requires some backing up. This is the third installment of Denver's Red Bull Sound Select Series. The last one featured the Joy Formidable at 3 Kings. The way this series works (and it exists in a number of other cities, as well), is that one of four curators selected by Red Bull puts together a show each month. The tickets are a little different each time -- for the Bun B show, an RSVP at the Sound Select site gets you in for $5. Or you can try your luck at the door, in which case you'll pay $15.

The curator for this particular show is Denver's DJ Low Key. We talked to him via Gchat about the series, Bun B and what's going on in our local hip-hop scene right now:


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New Colorado hip-hop compilation comes with a free joint

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Hip-hop label Upset Records is celebrating the state's new unofficial pastime with the release of Colorado Smoke. The compilation is due out April 15th with an in store at Angelo's downtown. Recorded in 72 hours in the Upset Records studio with various of the label's stable of artists, these eleven tracks are designed for kicking back.

Enjoyable enough on its own, the editions of this compilation available in Colorado, should you be lucky enough to get one from one of the members of the Upset Records crew, comes with a complimentary Purple Kush joint.

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Denver Botanic Gardens 2014 summer lineup: St. Vincent, Sheryl Crow and more

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St. Vincent plays the York Street Botanic Gardens in September

The Denver Botanic Gardens has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it is hefty. Starting June 24 with March Cohn and Mavis Staples and concluding on September 6 with St. Vincent, the Garden's two locations (on York Street and in Chatfield) will also host Joan Baez, Barenaked Ladies, B.B. King and more. The full lineup is below; all concerts start at 7 p.m. unless noted.

Followers of the summer series won't be surprised at this assortment of artists. It bears some resemblance in ambition to last year's, which featured Tony Bennett, Steve Martin and, in fact, St. Vincent, who was touring with David Byrne at the time. Swallow Hill Music took over booking duties from Nobody In Particular Presents in 2010. Tickets for all this year's concerts go on sale April 22 at 10 a.m. Prices range from $49 to $86.50. Members can get pre-sale tickets starting April 14.


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The Global Dance Festival 2014 lineup: Grading the first twelve artists

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Fans at last year's Global Dance Fest
Global Dance Festival, the recipient of "Best Dance Party of the Summer" in our Best Of Denver issue, has just announced the first acts that will be playing the event. Phase one of any lineup announcement is always the appetizer, and what better way to tease than by announcing some of the biggest acts in multiple EDM sub-genres? We ranked the first phase of artists on a scale of "kandi" and "horns." Kandi represents the trance/house factor, and horns represent the rage factor.

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