The Hunger Games Soundtrack Is Awful and Not a Soundtrack

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Eric Gruneisen. More here.
Lorde is so much better than this.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack is officially out in anticipation of the film release Friday. As is increasingly common practice for these types of blockbusters, it features a ridiculous array of music talent -- Lorde, Stromae, Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM are all on the first track. But besides "Yellow Flicker Beat" by Lorde, which is a straight-up fantastic song, the whole thing sucks, hard. But that shouldn't be a surprise.

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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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Telluride Bluegrass and Brown Note Productions Nominated for Pollstar Awards

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Emerald O'Brien
Telluride Bluegrass isn't suffering much for its setting, either.
Pollstar is the most well-known trade publication for the live music industry, so its annual awards are worth taking seriously. So congratulations to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Brown Note Productions, the two Colorado representatives on this year's ballot. Telluride is up for Music Festival of the Year, and Brown Note is nominated for Sound Company of the year.

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There Are Two Days Left in Chimney Choir's Masterful Crowd-Funding Campaign

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Chimney Choir is in the middle of an indiegogo campaign to help fund the recording of its new album. But instead of posting Facebook statuses asking friends and strangers for a few bucks, the band, true to their experimental pop nature, decided to get creative.

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Support From Denver Helped Residual Kid Attract a Massive Label Deal

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Residual Kid
Denver is a music haven, there's no debating it. The city is constantly referred to when people talk about vibrant music scenes and collaborative spirits, and is full of some damn good artists. It even has more venues than "live music capital of the world" Austin, TX.

The benefit of that enthusiasm for music is not limited to Denver bands, as it turns out. Today, Residual Kid (of -- hey! -- Austin) announced that it had signed with Sire, the label co-founded by Warner VP Seymour Stein. In doing so, it joins Madonna, the Talking Heads, the Replacements and more. And Denver deserves some of the credit.

See also: How the Teens of Residual Kid Earned Famous Fans and National Tours

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There is Now a Big Head Todd and the Monsters Moonshine

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Red Rocks
Eric Gruneisen
If you're the kind of Coloradoan who enjoys listening to Big Head Todd and the Monsters while drinking hard alcohol, perhaps at the band's annual Red Rocks show, then their is something new you should put at the top of your holiday shopping list -- Colorado Sun 'Shine.

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One of the World's Best Run the Jewels Murals Is in Denver

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Gamma Gallery
Various stages of the Thrill the Jewels mural at Gamma Gallery.
Run the Jewels is one of the most exciting musical projects happening now. The collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P is having something of a heyday, raising an amount of money that surprised even them for a cat-related remix project called Meow The Jewels, getting featured everywhere from Rolling Stone to Complex. Oh, and the duo just released an album. The frenzy continues with a graffiti project called Tag The Jewels, where artists from around the world took on the Run the Jewels logo.

There have been entries everywhere from New York to New Delhi, but one of the most widely-circulated came from right here in Denver, courtesy of Gamma Gallery.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Gamma Acosta

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One Direction Is the Perfect Modern Pop Band and Also Completely Ridiculous

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I'm a 24-year-old One Direction fan. One day, years ago, a friend suggested I listen to the band while I was studying for finals in college. I had never heard of those five boys from the British X-Factor, but I gave their music a chance, one thing led to another, and now "Up All Night" is at the top of my running playlist and nothing pumps me up more during a long drive than "Best Song Ever." Like all good Directioners, I watched the new video for "Steal My Girl" as soon as it was released.

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Why New Punk Supergroup Publicist UK Is Happy to Call Colorado Home

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Courtesy of Publicist UK's Facebook page
When David Obuchowski, of the hardcore band Goes Cube and Distant Correspondent, moved out to Colorado with his family a few years back, he had no idea he would end up starting a new band out here. But after some conversations over beers with fellow punk veterans Brett Bamberger of East of the Wall and Revocation, Dave Witte of Municipal Waste, and Zachary Lipez of Freshkills, he found himself helping form Publicist UK in late 2013. They posted a few rough demos earlier this year that earned attention from big-name heavy music publications around the world, and the band signed with well-known label Relapse Records in September.

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Snoop Dogg Lends a Verse to Mike Dunafon's Campaign Song, Plans Yes We Cannabis Festival

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Eric Gruneisen
Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon has a story made for viral success: The former rugby player runs an anomaly of a town surrounded on all sides by Denver with his strip-club-owner wife, Debbie Matthews, not so subtly at his side. Now he's running for governor as an independent candidate on a platform that basically boils down to one giant "FREE CANDY" sign.

Key among his beliefs is that you should be able to smoke as much weed as you like. That's been a popular message, one that's earned him endorsements from the likes of Wyclef Jean and, now, Snoop Dogg.

See also: All Hail Mike Dunafon and Debbie Matthews, King and Queen of Glendale

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