Allout Helter on the Value of Riot Fest to the Local Scene

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Allout Helter began in 2008 as a melodic hardcore band with some metal chops. In 2010, the group put an ad on Craigslist for a lead vocalist and attracted the attention of Ross Hostage. Hostage had spent the previous decade playing in Action Friend and Suburban Hostage. He brought a confrontational energy to the band, and his often incisive political lyrics are substantive and thought-provoking as well as topical. The group's 2013 full-length, Sinking We Regress, is a bracing example of the guys in high form. Helter is one of a few local acts slated to perform at Riot Fest this weekend.

See also: The Five Best Reunited Bands Playing Riot Fest

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Meet Denver Supergroup Miss America by Wheary

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Julie Davis and Joseph Pope III of Miss America By Wheary
For Joseph Pope III, who's played in a number of local acts like Born in the Flood, the Wheel, Fairchildren and is now the front man of Miss America by Wheary, songwriting is like falling in love.

"It's like you're in this honeymoon period, and you're just so infatuated and that's all you think about. You go to work and you think about this person," he says. "I'd go to work and I'd think about the song and so love being in that place that I often don't want it to end, and just keep exploring with the songs and don't actually bring them to completion because I want to stay in that place."

See also: Julie Davis Returns to Her Roots With Seven Hats

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Wolf Eyes' John Olson Talks About the Importance of Music Communities

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Wolf Eyes is among the most well-known bands to have come out of the world of noise music. But the act was never strictly noise; its music, even early on, included experiments in texture and atmosphere that could terrify and inspire. What started as Nate Young's solo project now also includes John Olson and Jim Baljo. In recent years, Wolf Eyes has taken a more coherent and focused approach to writing music, and its 2013 album, No Answer: Lower Floors, has more in common with industrial music, punk and metal than noise.

We spoke with Olson before the band's set this weekend at the Goldrush Music Festival about his affinity for local and regional music and the value of playing for no one.

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Eric D. Johnson on the End of the Fruit Bats and His Surprising New Album

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After thirteen years together, the Fruit Bats played their final shows last November. At the time, frontman Eric D. Johnson didn't have any immediate plans to write another album. He figured he'd keep composing film scores -- something he's done for the past three years -- and continue to produce other artists' albums (he's worked with Denver's Ark Life, Cardigans singer Nina Persson and Los Angeles-based act the Blank Tapes).

See also: How Ark Life Made a Promising Career Out of Drinking With Friends

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MC Frontalot Challenges You to Question the Authority of Bedtime

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Deborah Lopez
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When MC Frontalot (born Damien Hess) coined the term "nerdcore," which inspired his 2000 single "Nerdcore Hiphop," he wasn't part of a movement. But around then, when artists like YTCracker and MC Hawking became more visible alongside Frontalot and MC Chris, a phenomenon emerged, inspiring two 2008 documentaries: Nerdcore Rising and Nerdcore For Life. The label has come to describe a certain kind of rapping, superficially about nerdy pursuits but containing salient (if surreal) social and political commentary.

As one of the pioneers of a movement, Frontalot (due tonight, August 25th, at Larimer Lounge) hasn't rested on his laurels, and his albums have become increasingly collaborative affairs. Frontalot's new album, Question Bedtime, available tomorrow, pushes the collaborative element even further.

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Corrosion of Conformity on Arena Shows:"It Is Hard to Latch on to One Pair of Eyes"

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In spite of a mind-boggling amount of personnel changes (including two members leaving and then returning), Corrosion of Conformity has nevertheless remained consistent for over three decades. Currently whittled down to the trio of bassist/singer Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Reed Mullin, COC recently released IX, yet another album of crucial crossover hardcore metal.

Speaking from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina before a tour that comes to Denver tonight, August 22 at Summit Music Hall, Mike Dean spoke about Corrosion of Conformity's complicated history and how the band soldiered on when others would have surely packed it in.


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MF Ruckus Has the Best Stories About Cops, Sex and Paying Dues in Denver

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MF Ruckus, due at SummerGrind this Saturday, August 16, at the Gothic Theatre and Moe's Original BBQ & Bowl, has more outrageous and humorous stories than most bands. The band started in 1997 as Forth Yeer Freshman when singer and sole original member Aaron Howell was, indeed, still in high school. Part of the reason the band has endured, in addition to Howell's faith in the project, has been its ability to absorb the ideas and influences of its evolving membership so that it never remained stuck as a fairly straight-ahead punk band. Though humor plays a central role in the band's DNA, its latest album, 2014's Thieves of Thunder, pulls together its various aesthetic threads for a hard rock record that unabashedly revels in its roots in glam, classic rock, punk and bluesy speed metal. Ronnie James Dio, among others, would be proud.

Mostly, though, it's a celebration of an attitude that permeates the band's approach to what it does -- that life is worth living and that the ups, the downs, the awkward moments, the setbacks, the triumphs, all of it are the things that make for great memories and a life well lived. In honor of that celebration, we've collected a few of Howell's best anecdotes.

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Steve Wynn on Hating A-Rod and Why Peter Buck Is a Washington Senators Fan

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Best known as the leader of the legendary '80s alternative band the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn has found surprising success in channeling his love of baseball into his songwriting. A few years back, Wynn found another baseball junkie, Scott McCaughey (best known for his work with the Young Fresh Fellows), and the Baseball Project was born. Now augmented with two REM alumni, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, the band has released three albums of songs strictly about baseball.

From a rehearsal space in Athens, Georgia, and in anticipation of his performance on Friday, August 15, at the Oriental Theater, Wynn talked about how he transferred his love for baseball into a viable musical project and how he's comfortable with the shadow cast by his former bands.

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The Secrets to Getting People to a Concert on Wednesday Night

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When it comes to launching a new weekly event, conventional wisdom would argue that choosing Wednesdays -- a wasteland that is neither almost the weekend nor service industry reprieve -- for a late-night showcase of electronic music would be a terrible mistake. But where many would fear to tread, Euphonic Conceptions' co-founder Dave Sheldon saw an opportunity to launch the company's first-ever weekly party.

See also: Our First Look at 1up on Colfax Last Year

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Cut Copy on Interactive Billboards, Unusual Guitars and the Summer of Love

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Cut Copy co-headlines Red Rocks with Chromeo this Tuesday, August 5. With Flume and Duke Dumont sharing the bill, the show will represent different facets of an international electronic dance music that isn't directly connected with the EDM phenomenon. Cut Copy first came to the attention of audiences outside its home country of Australia with its debut, 2004's Bright Like Neon Love, an evocation and amalgamation of '80s synth pop and '90s guitar bands like My Bloody Valentine and Lush. A little ahead of the curve on the current neo-wave of synth pop, Cut Copy's star has been on a bit of a rapid ascent since the 2008 release of its sophomore record, In Ghost Colours.

See also: Our Thoughts on Cut Copy's 2011 Show at the Ogden

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