Great White on Black Flag and writing a song about Denver's most famous strip club

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Shelley Ann Wilson
Great White
Great White is due to play at the Buffalo Rose this Saturday, July 26th. The veteran blues rock band got its start in 1977 during the early days of the Los Angeles Hard Rock scene, when Van Halen was in its ascendancy and the glam metal with which it later became associated had yet to become a going concern. Its 1982 debut EP, Out of the Night quickly caught on in the local radio market and its audience increased dramatically and quickly. Throughout the rest of the '80s, the band had a handful of radio hits starting with its breakthrough 1987 album Once Bitten... with the singles "Rock Me" and "Save Your Love."

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Why Jux County's reunion is the best show at UMS tonight

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Jux County
Jux County is playing a rare show this Thursday, July 24th, at 9 p.m. at the Eslinger Gallery for the UMS. Since forming in December 1986, Jux County has become a fixture in the local music scene. Within the first few years of the band's existence it had released its debut, the Word of Bovek cassette, and hard garnered a bit of a following for its wiry, funk and punk and country sound. In 1990, the band opened for Nirvana at The Garage/23 Parish on that group's tour for the album Bleach, it was featured on Channel 12's Teletunes program and it has the distinction of having been the first band to ever play Lion's Lair in 1991.

"They had a cabaret license, but they never used it and they figured out they could have shows," recalls guitarist and singer Andy Monley. "Some other bands said they played there before us but I don't really know."

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Bullet Wilson distances himself from gang life, honors his grandfather and his city

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Denver's Bullet Wilson, formerly known as Kevin Pistols, has accomplished a great amount since entering the rap game in 1998, recording songs and videos with the likes of Bun B, Snoop Dogg and E-40. But after a personal epiphany and after visiting some of the biggest record labels in the game, Wilson takes on a new persona to not only help Denver develop an original sound but also to help change the social atmosphere as well and get away from the gang mentality.

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Jason Isbell on Twitter: "It's a good thing to waste time with"

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Michael Wilson
Jason Isbell, playing Tuesday at the Boulder Theater and Wednesday at the Ogden, embodies all the traditions, influences and stories that make up Southern folk and country. He was raised in rural Alabama and immediately took to singing and playing guitar. He toured and wrote with Drive By Truckers. He got married, divorced and re-married. He spent many years on stage with a bottle of Jack Daniels in his hand and now has just a couple under his belt without it. Over those years he's become a master storyteller, mixing his smooth Alabama accent with complex guitar melodies and traditional country themes that will make you weep, fondly reminisce on old loves and adventures, clap-along, or just yearn to spend time in a bar with one of the characters he creates.

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Trout Steak Revival is Colorado's next great bluegrass band

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Emerald O'Brien
Trout Steak Revival plays the free stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival during the band competition semi-finals. They competed against nine other bands from around the country to win the title of Best Band.
There is no trout at Trout Steak Revival's band practice, but there are five musicians and a manager full of bratwurst and salad in a back yard in east Denver.

"You can only eat so much trout," banjo player Travis McNamara jokes.

Fiddle player Bevin Foley hosts her bandmates on Thursdays for food and practice when they each make the trek into Denver from their Front Range homes. On this particular Thursday, they sit around the table in her small back yard. A faded wooden sign proclaiming "Trout Steak Revival" leans against the fence in the corner. Except for gigs and the occasional Sunday practice, Thursday band practice is one of the only chances they have to all get together while juggling their own day jobs and living in different towns.

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High school teacher and record label founder Terry Cole is traveling the country delivering 45s

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Terry Cole
Terry Cole is the founder and owner of Colemine Records, an independent label headquartered in Ohio, began after he and a band mate wanted to release an album under a legitimate looking label, and has now left a wake of 30 different 45s and a twenty-track compilation CD of Motown and Funk artists. Earlier this week, he stopped by Twist and Shout Records as part of a nation-wide tour to tell record stores about his label. "It's just overwhelming, the number of shops in the states," he says. "It was kind of frustrating trying to get our records into all these different shops via e-mail or phone or something. That's just a clusterfuck. These places get hit like that all the time."

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Why mountain concerts like this weekend's Ride Festival are especially appealing for bands

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Emerald O'Brian
IT LOOKS LIKE THIS THERE YOU GUYS.
Every good Coloradan knows that everything is better in the mountains. Sports, views, air and even music festivals. One reason our state has been able to draw fans and bands from around the nation (and world) is the same reason we're able to attract so many tourists.

Telluride, Colorado, hosts a different festival practically every weekend in the summer. There's abluegrass festival, a film festival, a yoga festival, a mushroom festival and more. Rumor has it there is even an "unfestival" the one weekend there is no festival, where locals supposedly celebrate the absence of tourists by going from bar-to-bar naked (though reliability of the source of this information is questionable).

Further research on the unfestival will have to wait, though: This weekend, Ride Festival will bring a lineup including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Spoon and the Wood Brothers to the mountains. "It is festival season for us. that's what we do all summer," Says Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers. "Telluride is known as one of the ultimate festival stops. For us, it's a little remote, but we try to make it work."

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Fingers of the Sun on looking for a connection to something older

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It is known that there are still several hundred bodies somewhere beneath the surface of Cheesman Park, which was a burial ground during the late nineteenth century. Many of the dead were re-interred at Riverside Cemetery, but plenty remain. If there is a haunted place in the heart of Denver, this is likely it.

Sitting in the nearby Gypsy House Cafe, the members of Denver band Fingers of the Sun plot their attempt to connect with the ghosts that supposedly still roam the park. "I like to think there's more than what meets the eye to what's going on in the world," says singer and guitarist Nathan Brazil. "I always kind of hold out that there's something more than death and taxes."

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Mono Verde uses its multi-national music to support social causes in Denver

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From the Mono Verde "Viajero" video.
The soft colors and fake palm trees of a local Peruvian spot served as ideal backdrop as we caught up with the unique band of personalities in Latin reggae band Mono Verde. For many of the band members, this quiet spot recreates a feeling of home, with its imported South American beers, (fake) birds placed on the trees and delicious Chimichurri sauce. Recreating home is a common theme for Mono Verde, because, for most of its members, their band family is the only family within thousands of miles.

"Being part of this band helps me remember where I come from, after being scattered in American culture when I first got here," says guitarist Henry Torres.

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CP 208's Tripp Wallin on why he performs in drag

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Tom Murphy
Tripp Wallin of CP 208 at Roostercat Coffee House
CP 208 closed out the night at Roostercat Coffee House for the Westword Music Showcase. Most of the crowd had filed out following Echo Beds' set. Their loss. The four-piece took to the stage and sprawled out a herky- jerky, noise-jazz, No Wave-esque post-punk. Its sounds are used like a calligrapher's brush with a strong, dense sections of sound and thinning, sometimes abruptly, in tone while employing unconventional melodies and inventive rhythms. Fronting the band was William Wallin III, known to most as Tripp or even Tripp Nasty, his solo-performance moniker. His vocal style for this project is reminiscent of the nearly atonal poetry of Witch Doctor's Justin Kinnett -- fitting, as guitarist Doug Mioducki was in that band. But it is Wallin who leans into the crowd with his blond wig, see-through blouse and large-lensed sunglasses, like something Kim Gordon would wear.

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