Local Musician Kitty Vincent Opens Revolver, a Hair Salon With Sonic Appeal

Kitty Vincent.
Last year when musician and hairstylist Kitty Vincent broke her foot in a car accident, she found herself confined to the house with idle hands. "I had six months in a cast to sit on the couch and sort of dream up all of these ideas, so I've had a lot of time to put this together in my head," says Vincent. The idea for her own hair salon -- one that blends the rock n' roll culture she's been a part of her whole life and the styling she's been doing for more than than a decade -- became a reality once she was mobile again. This coming weekend, Revolver: A Salon will come to fruition with an official grand opening celebration on East Colfax.

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American Gladiator Bandstand Will Determine the Hotel-Trashing King of Denver's Bands

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Event #3: "Hotel Trash and Smash"
In 2012, Thadeaous Mighell, Mitchell Pond and David Moke came up with the idea for an interactive arts festival after meeting at the now-defunct DIY space Unit E.

Soon after, Moke -- who organizes events for the Denver Theater District non-profit -- helped get the ball rolling and Blacktop was born. Although Blacktop is no more, the trio recently created something even more unique: American Gladiator Bandstand.

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Record Store Chain Reaction Opens Today in Lakewood

A Google street view from late 2012 of the building that now holds Chain Reaction Records.
Somewhere on West Colfax in Lakewood is a strip mall, virtually indistinguishable from all the others on any given stretch of the meandering 26-mile boulevard. The only thing that differentiates this particular strip mall -- for music fans, anyhow -- is that it is now the home of Chain Reaction Records, Denver's newest record store. Co-owners Josh Lent and Val Landrum have been nurturing their mutual dream of opening up a record store with a focus on punk and heavy metal for a long time, but it wasn't until recently that everything seemed to click.

"We'd been thinking about it for years, since like 2007," says Lent, "but it wasn't the right time. Our bands had been touring to California, and every single town there seemed to have its own punk record store, so why not Denver?"

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Chive Fest hopes to be among City Park's first major music festivals, despite concerns

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Keep Calm and...oh, you get the idea.
Photo-based entertainment website The Chive recently announced that it would hold a two-stage music festival called Chive Fest in City Park on August 16. The event will be among the first major admission-based, for-profit festivals held in Denver's largest park.

Some groups have expressed concern about the impact of Chive Fest, which will feature eight bands, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Talib Kweli. In response, the City of Denver asked Chive Fest organizers to host a public meeting to discuss those issues. They agreed and will hold that meeting this evening from 6 to 7 p.m in the VIP Room of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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Riot Fest denied a permit by Arapahoe County to host festival in Byers

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A band performs at last year's Riot Fest.
Riot Fest, which was scheduled take place this September in the small town of Byers, has been denied the temporary-use permit it would have needed to host the music festival and carnival as it had done last year. (This story has been updated below.)

Following a public hearing in which residents of Byers voiced their concerns with the three-day punk music festival's impact on the town, including safety, traffic and noise, Arapahoe County announced today that it won't grant the permit.

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Schoolboy Q was the target of a shooting last night at Red Rocks that left three injured

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Schoolboy Q in happier times.
Update: More details have emerged about last night's shooting outside Red Rocks, and it appears the shooter was targeting Schoolboy Q after his performance opening for Nas and Flying Lotus.

Schoolboy Q had just gotten into a white SUV near the south entrance of the actual amphitheater when someone who was waiting nearby opened fire. A source close to driver Brandon West tells Westword's Britt Chester that West was hit in the hand and sped off toward downtown Denver. Two other people in the car were hit, neither of them Schoolboy Q.

West got all the way to Sixth and Kalamath, where police surrounded the vehicle. The three victims were taken to Denver Health, which is where West is lying in the photo below.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros fire singer, melt down on social media

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Jade and Alex performing their duet "home" at Bonnaroo 2013.
Many of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' songs are about Jade Castrinos, front man Alex Ebert's long time partner and co-band member. The band played a show last week without her, and the explanations came quickly and bitterly from both sides.

Castrinos updated her Instagram bio to read: "For seven years i sang and wrote music with edward sharpe. they voted me off of tour a week before they left, via email. lol." She has since changed it to, "don't let the bastards get you down..."

The band then released a statement on Facebook (which was promptly taken down) criticizing Jade's comment, saying that the decision was a long and drawn out one. Here's the since-deleted note:

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Why the Colorado Symphony's pot concerts are already a success, despite threats from the city

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Not a sight the public is likely to see at the current version of the Classically Cannabis series.
When Colorado Symphony Orchestra announced their Classically Cannabis concerts, a series of bring-your-own-weed performances, it sounded like a great merging of the city's classical music culture and its rising cannabis culture. But the City of Denver felt the shows violated the ban on "public" consumption of marijuana stipulated by Amendment 64. The Symphony has re-configured the events to address those concerns, and they are now by invitation only. Anyone who bought a ticket will get a refund.

Despite the confusion, the Symphony seems likely to accomplish its original goal of attracting the interest (and money) of the cannabis industry. "We've come onto the radar onto a lot of people who might not of known about the symphony prior to the event," says Colorado Symphony Director of Community and Media Relations Laura Bond. "So we're interested in building relationships with those people,"

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Pan Astral wants to help connect people in RiNo -- the neighborhood that inspires the band

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Joshua Chase
Pan Astral has been on the rise in the Denver music scene, partly thanks to their commitment to incorporating visual art with their musical talents. They have found the RiNo District to be the perfect home base for that combination.

"The RiNo District is blowing up for sure, and the reason we're playing there is because of the galleries," says Gabe Otto, the band's front man. "The galleries, for us, are huge. This band is very visual and we have visuals every time we play."

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Video, Recordings and more: Relive the night falling rocks injured seven at Red Rocks

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Fans at Red Rocks the night after seven people were injured by falling rock in 2011.

This week's cover story, "Rocks and Roll," is about four concertgoers who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011. They're now suing the city of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. They allege that the city was lax in its efforts to prevent such an incident and that even though engineers repeatedly recommended that the rocks be inspected and maintained every year, city officials didn't follow that advice.

The incident was on the final night of a three-night engagement in Denver by Sound Tribe Sector 9. It's incredibly unlikely that the music had anything to do with dislodging the rocks, but you can still get a feel for the atmosphere at the venue that night thanks to the meticulous documentation of STS9's fans. Here's a video of the entire encore during which the rocks fell (though the video doesn't show it actually happen).

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