OFF!'s Dimitri Coats: "Well, we don't want to waste anyone's time"

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Dan Monick
OFF!
OFF! (due Saturday, April 19, at The Marquis Theatre) is a bit of a hardcore supergroup, founded by Keith Morris formerly of Black Flag and Circle Jerks and Dimitri Coats who was best known as a member of heavy rock band Burning Brides. The two became friends not long after Coats and the Brides made Los Angeles their home. Beyond their personal chemistry, there was an immediate musical bond the two men shared. Along with former Redd Kross bassist Steven McDonald and ex-Clikatat Ikatowi, Rocket From The Crypt and Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba, Morris and Coats wrote the kind of simple and direct music that made hardcore so compelling in its early days. We had a chance to chat with the amiable Coats about dropping out of Juilliard for rock and roll, how Los Angeles has opened up so many opportunities for him beyond just music and how the artwork of Raymond Pettibon has been the perfect imagery for OFF!

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Advice for kids from this weekend's Summit Music Conference panelists

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Courtesy of Simone "Boss Lady" Amelia.
Amelia is one of the panelists at this weekend's The Summit
As the previous infrastructure of the music industry collapses around us, individual artists and small groups are charged with an array of roles they never held before. Every band or artist must also find a way to either be her own manager, publicist, engineer, filmmaker, etc. or find a close group of people to help.

In the void has emerged a slew of music panels and conferences, aimed at a sort of grassroots education. Some of those have, of course, been more successful than others, partly based on the motivations of and resources available to the host.

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Laurent Garnier on Frankie Knuckles and the "vulgar pop" of modern EDM

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Laurent Garnier has been producing music longer than most of the electronic music fans have been alive. Growing up in the European scene, Garnier has proven that staying true to yourself as a musician is still one way to ensure career longevity.

In advance of his appearances at Beta next week between stops at Coachella and New York's Output, we spoke with the legend while he was at his studio working on two forthcoming EPs, a music festival, and various projects. He had plenty of perspective to offer on the rise of techno in both the underground and the mainstream as well as the recent passing of Frankie Knuckles.

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Interview: Governor Hickenlooper on why (and how) he wants to support Colorado music

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John Hickenlooper at his 2011 inauguration.
Colorado Governor John Hicknlooper has long been invested in the culture of the state. As Denver's Mayor, Hickenlooper was a common sight at things like art gallery openings and concerts, and his roots in the community include co-founding Wynkoop Brewing Company in LoDo.

He has spent the past three and a quarter years as governor, which is both his most visible role to date and also the one that has him representing the broadest population. When Mayor Hickenlooper spoke effusively about local bands and their importance to the city, he was likely to meet with the approval of the majority of his constituents. Governor Hickenlooper must address the concerns of a much wider group, one that includes plenty of people who would rather there was no overlap between rock 'n' roll and their elected officials.

Yet Hickenlooper continues to stand behind things like The Fray and Red Rocks as integral parts of Colorado's identity. He has gone so far in recent years as to repeatedly claim that Denver has more live music venues than Austin or Nashville. The statistic raised our eyebrows, both because it seemed surprising and because it's not something every governor would go out of his way to talk about. So we asked him to tell us the origin of that figure, how he sees his role in supporting the arts and to describe a few of his favorite Colorado concerts.


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How the teens of Residual Kid earned famous fans and national tours

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Brantley Gutierrez
Residual Kid
The members of Residual Kid (due Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, at the Hi-Dive) from Austin, Texas are all fifteen-years-old or younger. Despite their youth, it is impossible to ignore their sheer power of the songs -- they're something more than you'd expect out of three guys who have yet to get out of high school. Often compared to grunge bands of the early '90s, Sonic Youth or whatever shoegaze band a particular music journalist favors at the time of writing, the best way to say it might be that Residual Kid would sound at home on SST -- vaguely unclassifiable but with a footing in punk. The group made a big splash in 2012, and 2013 including a tour opening for Peter Murphy. Later this month the group is set to record at the Beastie Boys' Oscilloscope Studios with Andre Kelman, who is known for his work with Cat Power, The Julie Ruin, Phoenix and, of course, The Beasties themselves. We spoke with the band's winningly confident thirteen-year-old bassist Max Redman about how they came to work with people like J. Mascis and Steve McDonald.

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Gary Numan on inspiration, money and staying hungry

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Gary Numan (due Friday, April 4, at The Gothic Theatre) is most widely remembered for his 1980 hit song "Cars." That song was merely the most popular in an influential career that had a direct impact on artists as diverse as Prince, Beck, Lady Gaga and, of course, Nine Inch Nails, with whom Numan has both toured and collaborated. Anyone who has seen the man perform on recent tours knows he doesn't skimp, with music that runs the gamut of electronic-based pop and rock music but always with a core of vibrant emotional vulnerability and openness. It is that quality that has allowed Numan as an artist to take in influences from his peers as well as those that identify his work as a foundational inspiration. Thoughtful and surprisingly candid, Numan revealed himself in our conversation to be the observant person you might assume him to be.


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...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead on medical research and classic records

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Courtney Chavanell
There are albums you love and albums that alter the way you listen to music. ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's 2002 masterpiece, Source Tags & Codes, fits squarely in the latter category. Damn near everyone loved this thing; Source Tags was like a long-lost Led Zeppelin album, made thirty years in the future by black-shirted American boys.

"We were being ambitious, but not in the sense that we wanted to be famous," recalled drummer and co-frontman Jason Reece when we spoke with him at South by Southwest last month. "We weren't trying to be an arena-rock band. We just wanted to make something that would last and would be relevant."

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Carcass bassist Jeff Walker: "Every bass player is just a failed guitar player."

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Adrian Erlandson
Carcass
Carcass (due Wednesday, April 2, at The Summit Music Hall) were pioneers of grindcore alongside their friends in Napalm Death. By the time of its classic 1993 album Heartwork, the band had transitioned had all but fully into its melodic death metal phase. Carcass had already had a lasting impact on extreme music and when it split in 1995. Its ability to bring a melodic hook into savage angular rhythms with lyrics unblinkingly casting a critical eye on political issues that go beyond the merely topical set it apart from many of its peers. Despite calls for the band to get back together for years, the members of Carcass didn't want to tarnish its reputation for live mayhem with a subpar reunion.

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The Black Lips' Jared Swilley explains why there is violence in the world: "Young dudes that aren't getting sex very often like to smash shit."

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Mick Rock
The Black Lips
The Black Lips (due Wednesday, April 2nd, at The Bluebird Theater) are the notorious rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia who had to flee India for fear of persecution over on stage antics involving band members kissing each other. Their show at the club Heaven in London in September 2008 ended in a riot. The band has generally courted mayhem, and they're in town this week in support of a new record: Underneath the Rainbow. Prior to the recording of that album, the group did a series of shows in the Middle East, which were filmed by Bill Cody, the director responsible for Athens, GA - Inside/Out, at the time of some of the most eruptive actions taken by opponents of the established government in Egypt. We had a chance to chat with bassist/vocalist Jared Swilley who offered us a more ground level perspective on what it's really like to play in the Middle East.

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AnomalyCon performer Keldari Station on what makes good science fiction

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Michael Danahy
Keldari Station in cartoon form
AnomalyCon (running March 28 to 30 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center) started as a steam punk and alternate history-themed convention but has since expanded to cover science fiction generally. In its fourth year, the convention is featuring guest speakers, artists, writers and performers that have either direct ties to the world of science fiction or whose work resonates with that creative sub genre. The alternative rock band Strange Artifact is appearing all the way from Tokyo, Japan and several local artists will grace the stage as well. We spoke with dub/electronic duo Keldari Station about its favorite science fiction books, movies and television series and why it has chosen to cover television theme songs for this event.

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