Kazoo Buskers of the 16th Street Mall Are Welcome in Coyote Poets of the Universe

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Tom Murphy
Coyote Poets of the Universe is Denver's most serious band.
Coyote Poets of the Universe has cultivated a unique songwriting style over the years in order to accommodate the disparate voices of its nine-piece membership -- the results will be on display during a show this Saturday at the Oriental Theater. But the band did not have ambitious beginnings; in fact, the Poets started out as the soundtrack to a radio show in 1998."The original premise was that we had this radio show called Jazz Tales on KUVO," says bassist Andy O'Leary, also known by his radio handle of Andy O. "We had a group of slam poets who started their own band. I was the musician and the engineer."

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Does Boulder's New Bike Studio Really Feel Like a Nightclub?

Courtesy of Beat Cycle
Definitely not the author.
After work one frozen night last week, I put on my bike helmet, ski mask and warmest gloves and rode in the snow up 17th Street in Boulder to Beat Cycle, a new music-centered cycling studio on the Hill. "Sorry, I'm early," I said to the four young female employees milling around the front desk as I removed my mask and helmet, shaking off my coat and realizing I was the only one in the place who didn't work there.

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Judas Priest's Ian Hill on America and Sexuality

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Travis Shinn
Judas Priest
Judas Priest (due tonight, November 19, at the 1STBANK Center) is one of the most influential heavy metal bands in the history of the genre. From Birmingham, England (the same city that produced Black Sabbath), Priest basically created the blueprint for the sound and look of most of the heavy metal that has come along since. As part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Priest was a direct inspiration for '80s thrash, and its studded-leather attire has been adopted by countless headbangers and punkers alike. The group's singer, Rob Halford, has often been imitated, but few measure up to his power and versatility. But Halford wasn't a member of the band from the beginning.

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Mile High Soul Club Moves to Syntax Physic Opera With Guest Nick Waterhouse

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Brandon Marshall. Full slide show here.
Mile High Soul Club at its former home of Beauty Bar.
After spending a couple of years at Beauty Bar, the long-tenured monthly Mile High Soul Club has found a new home at Syntax Physic Opera.

Syntax Physic Opera is a much different aesthetic than Beauty Bar, but the space has been hosting music nights and performances ever since it opened back in July.

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Maris the Great on 2014's Best Concerts and the Restorative Power of Semen

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Trent Jacobs
Maris the Great in complete royal attire.
The streets of Denver are safe now that Maris the Great, king of the gay undead, has returned to his crypt for winter hibernation. For those unfamiliar with Denver's resident revenant royalty, Maris can be seen at rock and metal concerts throughout spring and summer clad in elaborate royal attire and zombie makeup. Maris hosts maristhegreat.com, a popular website in which he posts interviews with bands along with pictures of him "killing" them -- highly graphic photo shoots that involve gallons of fake blood, brains and precise Photoshop manipulation. He threatens to kill almost anyone he meets, which has gotten him kicked out of Warped Tour and Denver's gay pride parade.

In an exclusive, raunchy online chat séance with Backbeat, Maris revealed his new targets in 2015 and details of his secret hibernation, and addressed the possibility of emerging before his expected return next spring. The outspoken gay ghoul also announced his "most bangable boy" of 2014.

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Colorado Music Hall of Fame Induction, Marilyn Manson, Bette Midler Shows Announced

Categories: Mile Highlights

Eric Gruneisen. More here.
Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks last year.
The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is hosting an induction concert at the Paramount Theatre on Friday, January 9 with performances from original members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco and Firefall, as well a tribute to Stephen Stills/Manassas. The evening will feature video tributes, interviews with inductees, celebrity speeches and performances and guest members of popular Colorado bands. The pre-concert gala (a meet-and-greet with the inductees) will also include a historic array of exhibits and archival photographs, to be relocated to the future home of the CMHOF - the Red Rocks Trading Post. Chris Hillman, Richie Furay, producer Jim Mason and comedian/banjo player Steve Martin will also be honored. Tickets ($39-$99) go on sale on Friday, November 21 at 10 a.m.

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Rufus Baxter Finds An Old Girlfriend

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The Nine Best Concerts in Denver This Week

Categories: Best Concerts

Courtesy of Mass Appeal
Run the Jewels plays Tuesday night at the Gothic.
Huge, huge week for shows, with appearances from two of this year's biggest success stories in Run the Jewels and First Aid Kit. Mr. Gnome brings its weird new album to the hi-dive tonight, and some guitar gods will stop by Broomfield. Go see some music:

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Cricket on the Hill Was the Great Equalizer of the Denver Music Scene

Tom Murphy
Amphibious Jones (L-R: Chad DuVall, Jimmy Curtis, Kyle Butman) | September 15, 2007
From 1963 until March 15, 2008 The Cricket On The Hill (located at 1209 East 13th Avenue) was a dive bar that hosted bands of pretty much every conceivable genre and level of notoriety. Denver's godfathers of noise Page 27 played there -- so did nearly every other band in town over the years. It wasn't fancy, although the sound system, when properly operated, was better than you would guess.

It was a staple, and if you played and people showed up and drank, you got paid. Which is more than can be said of many other venues of the time or even today. I first went to Cricket in January of 1999 to see Rainbow Sugar, S-Fro-7 and Orbit Service. But I didn't really take many pictures then, and the photos presented here come almost entirely come from the club's final year of existence.

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There Was a Tribal Ritual and a Lone Cellist at the Mercury Cafe on Saturday

Categories: Last Night

Tom Murphy
Itchy-O at Mercury Cafe
Fresh off a two-week tour, Itchy-O was still clearly in well-toned performance condition on Saturday night at the Mercury Cafe. The band has always had a strong physical presence, and that, coupled with its mysterious, musical cultist appearance, means the thirty-plus member outfit is impossible to ignore or forget. But something about this night, with the custom lighting handled by assistant techs, who also made sure the proper level of fog floated throughout the Mercury, made for an especially eerie and affecting performance.

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