Don't Look at These Photos From Skinny Puppy's Denver Show While Eating

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Tom Murphy
Skinny Puppy | Ogden Theater | December 12, 2014
Kicking off early with relatively short sets from Youth Code, Haujobb and Front Line Assembly, this weekend's Skinny Puppy show at the Ogden Theater seemed refreshingly succinct. And everyone, crowd and performers alike, seemed in good spirits. It was mostly electronic music, but what sets these particular artists apart from a lot of modern electronic music is the showmanship and the physicality, not just in the raw sound but also in the visual impact of the performers. This was epitomized by Skinny Puppy's content and color rich projected visuals as well as the costume and minor set changes throughout its beautifully nightmarish performance.

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Jenny Lewis Brought Sex and Regret to Denver Last Night

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Brandon Marshall
Jenny Lewis during a performance at the Bluebird this summer.
If Jenny Lewis were to be considered the voice of any certain slice of this generation, it would be those steeped in rock culture. Her set last night at The Ogden Theatre (her third Denver show this year) gave those in attendance the opportunity to experience her recently released The Voyager in its natural habitat: the drama and ecstasy of a local music scene.

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Usher Was Ridiculous and Perfect Last Night in Broomfield

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Eric Gruneisen
Usher and his moves.
The screaming was almost unbearable, but absolutely warranted. Last night at 1STBANK Center, Usher used the crowd's unrelenting wails to his advantage, standing on stage in his own silence many times during the night, letting the crowd fill space in the arena with vocal adoration. He just flirted with every look, turning his head to seemingly lock eyes with everyone there, letting full minutes pass before he interrupted the appreciative howling to regale hundreds of lovers with "My Way," "Love in This Club" and "Lil Freak."

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'70s Legend Medusa Played the Weekend's Best Show at a Strip Mall in Arvada

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Tom Murphy
Medusa | Black & Read | November 28, 2014
Unlike a few of the other area record stores, Black & Read doesn't have many shows. So when a band does play at the store, it's kind of a special occasion, especially when it features legendary '70s psychedelic hard rock band Medusa. This was one of only a handful of shows the band has played since coming back into being after something like a 38-year hiatus.

Medusa set the northwest corner of the store, with an audience standing between record racks. The band has already earned wide acclaim for its 1975 debut album, First Step Beyond, which wasn't released until 2013. With leaders Gary and Donna Brown being in their 60s at this point, the show could have been tame, but it really wasn't. You could feel the enthusiasm and verve in Donna's shouts and Gary's smoothly fiery leads. It didn't feel like people reliving old glory. It felt more like a new band, excited about its music.

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

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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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Shovels and Rope Bring Denver Roots, Southern Soul to the Ogden

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Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times. More here.
Shovels and Rope onstage earlier this year in St. Louis.
Before Shovels and Rope performed Saturday night at the Ogden Theatre, the crowd there was trying to claim them. There was plenty of discussion about the potential Colorado roots of husband-and-wife-duo Michael Trent and Carry Ann Herst, who champion Charleston, South Carolina as their hometown.

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Denver's Newest All-Ages Venue Is Inside a Skate Park in Englewood

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Isa Jones
Marathon
There's a lot of distinct sounds echoing through a vast warehouse hidden at the end of residential street in Englewood: the scraping of wood against metal, the gut-wrenching thud of bodies hitting plywood, the rolling of wheels on concrete, and on a raised stage, the voice of the lead singer of Marathon, a screamo band from Golden playing its first ever show.

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Long Live the New and Improved Hi-Dive

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Courtesy of the hi-dive
Recent renovations at the hi-dive included raising the ceiling considerably.
The hi-dive is the kind of place where you'll be chatting with your friend near the bar and turn to see that the guitar player from the stage has decided to play his solo right behind you. It's the kind of place where a band will hand out inflatable swords and have someone provide beer bongs to the crowd, a place where punks, hipsters, older professionals and everyone in between can revel together in whatever loud, ridiculous, (and often amazing) thing is happening upon the small stage. It's anarchy, it's punk-rock, it's always a damn good time. Those reasons are why the hi-dive has lasted eleven years, and the reason we hope it will be around eleven more.

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DeVotchKa Is the Perfect Halloween Band

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Courtesy of Breana Cowart
Backstage at the Boulder Theater with DeVotchKa
The tone for DeVotchKa's annual Halloween celebration was set as soon as I walked into the Boulder Theater behind a tall man with a tall, faux-bug-light apparatus attached to his head.

The Boulder Theater has a capacity of 850, a far cry from the 9,500 that can fit into Red Rocks, which DeVotchKa sold out in July. Seeing the unique Denver-born gypsy-rock group -- which has been an exceptional international success since scoring the film Little Miss Sunshine in 2006 -- on its home turf in such an intimate venue, on such a festive night, is a treat I'd somehow missed out on since moving to Boulder from San Francisco in 2008.

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The Legendary Lucinda Williams Comes to Town to Reveal America's Dark Side

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Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times. Full slideshow here.
On Halloween night, Lucinda Williams cut into the core of her songs, performing a bare-bones acoustic set at Twist and Shout and offering a preview of her appearance tonight at the Ogden Theatre.

Upon entering, fans were given the option of purchasing her excellent new album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone. Doing so gave those fans a pink wristband which allowed early entrance into the performance area and a chance to meet Lucinda after the show.

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