How Denver's Rave Community is Helping a Teenager Hospitalized For Taking Molly

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A screenshot of the GoFundMe page as of 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
Last weekend, Skylab, which featured headliner Tiesto, brought some 10,000 people to the Denver Coliseum. Among those were approximately 150 members of the online rave community Colorado EDM Family. A few of the "EDM Fam," as they call themselves, saw a young girl fall to the ground outside the venue on Saturday night before on-site paramedics rushed her to a hospital.

That girl, Bianca, is still in the hospital. According to a Facebook post by her father, Keith Roehm, the drug molly put her there. Her kidneys are failing, and she's only able to sit up or communicate in brief moments. In the post, he writes, "I could seriously use some help right now."

See also: Eight Guidelines For Responsible Partying

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Why Did SoundCloud Suspend ThisSongIsSick.com's Account?

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The notification users receive when searching for ThisSongIsSick.com's SoundCloud profile.
Earlier this week, the popular Boulder based electronic and hip-hop music blog, ThisSongIsSick.com announced that Soundcloud, the audio distribution platform has temporarily suspended their account, which blog creator Nick Guarino said gets approximately 1.5 million listeners every 24 hours.

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Mile High Soul Club Will Play the 2014 Westword Dish

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Our annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, Dish, will be Sunday, September 7 in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Over 40 area restaurants will bring samples, and drink samples are included with the price of the ticket as well.

We're telling you about all this food and drink on this here music blog because of today's development, which is that Mile High Soul Club will play this year.

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Josh Ritter, Brett Dennen and More Will Play Swallow Hill's 35th Anniversary Show

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Todd Owyoung for the Riverfront Times. More here.
Swallow Hill started as a little folk school in 1979. It has grown exponentially in recent years -- we have appraised you of a recent expansion to a second location in Lowry; a new, ambitious music school director and even an RV it plans to turn into a mobile school.

Swallow Hill has also become a concert promoter of note in the Denver area, booking some 250 concerts per year, including the entire Botanic Gardens Series. It will hold a 35th anniversary party this October at the Paramount Theatre featuring acoustic performances from human sunbeam Josh Ritter and Brett Dennen, among others. Tickets will be $30 to $45 and will go on sale this Friday, August 8 at 10 a.m.

See also: Meet Swallow Hill's New Music School Director, Who Has a Broad Definition of Folk

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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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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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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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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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