Guy Gerber Dishes About Broken-Up Beach Parties and 11:11

Mikele Tabuki
Guy Gerber
The last time we talked to Guy Gerber (in 2012), the up-and-coming electronic music producer and DJ told us about his new project with P.Diddy, 11:11 -- which was just released this year. Gerber will be back in Denver to play a show at Beta this Saturday night, December 20; this time when we talked to him, he told us about what the hold-up was with the much-anticipated (and, frankly, stellar) Diddy collab and how he spent his summer disrupting the Ibiza scene with his secret underground project.

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P.O.S. Brings a Passion for Punk Rock to Hip-Hop

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Kelly Loverud
"Denver is tight," says P.O.S with a chuckle when asked about the music scene here. The rapper, producer, part-time punk-rocker and founding member of Doomtree will be heading here at the end of this week. He'll be playing the Bluebird Thursday night, and Friday night he will be heading to the non-profit Youth on Record -- which works with at-risk youth in Denver -- to talk to the community about music education, youth and whatever else comes to mind. "I'm passionate about a lot of topics," he told us earlier this week.

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The Greatest Industrial Tour in Recent Memory Comes to Denver Tomorrow

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Troy Shabotka
Front Line Assembly
Front Line Assembly is part of what is arguably the greatest electronic industrial music tour in years. Alongside Skinny Puppy, Haujobb and Youth Code, FLA will take the stage this Friday, December 12, at the Ogden Theatre. All together, the lineup represents major stars of experimental electronic music from their respective eras. Bill Leeb, the sole continuous member of Front Line Assembly, was also one of the early members of Skinny Puppy before leaving in 1986 to found his own project. Between Delirium and Front Line Assembly, Leeb has been an influential figure and mentor to up-and-coming artists, so it's perfect that FLA got to step in when VNV Nation had to drop out of the tour.

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Chella Negro on How Her Standup Experience Helps Make Her a Better Band Leader

Glenn Ross
Chella & The Charm
Chella & The Charm is releasing its self-titled, full-length album at the hi-dive on Friday, December 12. The folky Americana project is the latest incarnation of a band fronted by primary singer and songwriters Michelle Caponigro. Performing as Chella Negro for the last several years, Caponigro has established herself as one of the most engaging live performers in Denver, whether playing solo or with a band. Her background in theater has given Caponigro an uncommon poise and confidence on stage, and her lyrics are rich with vivid storytelling, unblinking but compassionate self-examination and pointed observations.

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Doom Metal Hero Pallbearer Knows the Value of a Good Story

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Diana Lee Zadlo
Pallbearer knows there's more to being heavy than riffs.
Being the torchbearer of the modern American doom metal movement can be a tough job, especially when you list Kansas as one of your favorite bands. But it makes sense, according to Pallbearer bass player and vocalist Joseph D. Rowland, who will be in Denver with his band this Sunday, December 14 at the Bluebird Theater, says the band's progressive tendencies are just as important as its metal roots.

"I think we are just as much a prog-rock band as we are doom metal," says Rowland from the band's recently repaired van as he drives it from Lexington, Kentucky, to the band's home base in Little Rock, Arkansas. "We're huge fans of King Crimson, Yes, Kansas . . . bands that pushed the envelope. We like telling a story through the music as well as the lyrics."

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Denver's Rossonian Still Believes in the Power of Snail Mail

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Seth Evans with one of the post cards his band sent fans.
What sets Seth Evans apart from most local bandleaders is that he understands the importance of making personal connections through marketing. Since his band Rossonian formed in 2012, Evans has used physical "thank you" notes and cards to not only grab attention, but to connect with fans.

Before Rossonian left for their first Midwestern tour on Nov. 5, for instance, Evans rounded up as many addresses that he could and mailed out some quirky, mock postcards. The missives doubled as personalized greetings from the road and invitations to Rossonian's "welcome home" show Nov. 20 at the hi-dive.

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My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden on Intellectualism and Lady Gaga

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Photo by Julien Bourgeois
My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden. More photos plus videos aplenty below.
Shara Worden, the artistic force behind My Brightest Diamond, makes smart music for smart people. But if her descriptions of creating This Is My Hand, her mind-expanding new recording, can seem academic at times (she talks about searching for the album's "thesis statement"), she's hardly anti-populist, as the key inspiration provided by a certain Lady Gaga can attest.

In anticipation of her December 2 appearance at the Larimer Lounge, Worden talks about how Hand evolved from the conceptual stage to the fascinatingly idiosyncratic finished product, with references along the way to her evangelical family background, operatic influences, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and a future every bit as eclectic as her present.

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Tyler Jacobson of Mile High Soul Club Releases His First Original Song in Twenty Years: Listen

Dan Jahn
Tyler Jacobson
Tyler Jacobson is best known for his involvement in some of the most popular parties in Denver in the 21st century with Lipgloss, Casual and Mile High Soul Club. Today, Jacobson is offering a free download of the first song he was involved in writing in more than twenty years: "39." The significance of the title comes from Jacobson's age: He turns 40 today. The recording project, called Enablers Anonymous, is the result of a transatlantic collaboration between Jacobson and former Kingmaker drummer John Andrew. From 1992 to 1993, Jacobson had fronted the alternative rock band The Ann B. Davis', named after the late actress who played Alice, the maid in the TV sitcom The Brady Bunch.

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Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket on Embracing Awkwardness

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Rob Shanahan
After Toad the Wet Sprocket (due at the Ogden Theatre on Saturday, November 22) started 25 years ago, the guys in the band eventually became reluctant rock stars, partly thanks to 1991's Fear, which included the singles "Walk on the Water" and "All I Want." But front man Glen Phillips says that none of them really felt like "band people."

"I think there's a certain self-confidence that normally comes along with people who have perseverance to get this job," he says. "I mean, we cared a lot about the music, but we didn't necessarily have that, which I think ended up being, in some ways, a strength, because at a time when everybody's being really aggressive we were kind of authentically awkward and vulnerable.

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Amanda Palmer on Taylor Swift and Dealing With Internet Negativity

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Amanda Palmer's new book discusses how asking for helped shaped her career.
Amanda Palmer is known for her crazy antics as the leader of the Dresden Dolls and the Grand Theft Orchestra. But Palmer started her career doing something a little more stationary. She worked as a living statue, painted all in white, wearing a wedding dress and giving people flowers.

In her time as a street performer, she learned valuable lessons that she later applied to her music career, which became a popular TED Talk she gave last year. Now, she's back with a brand new book called The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.

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