Is Record Store Day worth it?

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Danielle Lirette
Record Store Day 2013 in Denver
Record Store Day is once again upon us, with its candy-colored vinyl and improbably in-store performances and endless lines. Like anything that becomes popular, the holiday is starting to develop detractors among music fans who see it as everything from a pain in the ass to a gimmicky, patronizing tourist trap.

We admit we have doubts of our own, so we asked Paul Epstein from Twist and Shout and Brian Rooney from Angelo's to tell us what they think of the holiday. Is Record Store Day a way to "celebrate and spread the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores" like it says in the press kit?


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The Clyfford Still Museum summer concert series lineup

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Courtesy of the Clyfford Still Museum.
Clyfford Still was one of the 20th century's most innovative artists. That doesn't mean the artist didn't have a love for music. Still's fondness for blues, jazz, classical music and more is part of the inspiration behind the live performance series set to hit his eponymous Denver museum this summer.

Now in its third year, the series is a joint effort between the Clyfford Still Museum and Swallow Hill Music. Free outdoor performances by the Springdale Quartet, Jayme Stone and Fierce Bad Rabbit will bring a different element of expression to the modern art museum. Museum directors hope the shows will continue to add a new kind of ambience to the Golden Triangle neighborhood.

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Bands playing this year's redesigned Root 40 Fest talk about Colfax: "It's just a magical place"

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Christopher Morgan
A photo of Colfax taken for our 2013 cover story on the street.

The members of Steele and Colfax are indebted to one of Denver's most unique stretches of road. Indeed, it only takes looking at the title of the quartet to get a sense of their local roots. The place where the band played their first rehearsals is right there in the name. The band started fusing vintage soul, Motown and Southern rock right off Colfax Avenue, one of the longest continuous streets in the world. The group came together in a distinctive part of town where, in the words of guitarist Tyler Callihan, "you've got the bottom rungs and new, fancy high-rises as well." It's only fitting then, that the band should celebrate its one-year anniversary playing the Root 40 Music Fest, an event that celebrates the history and legacy of the 21-block stretch of East Colfax Avenue between Grant and Josephine streets.


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Plans revealed for permanent Colorado Music Hall of Fame at Red Rocks

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Courtesy of Blue Goose, Inc.
Colorado's musical legacy is about to find some permanence. Officials from the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and the Denver-based Blue Goose design firm have unveiled final plans for the permanent exhibition space set to open at Red Rocks Amphitheater later this year. Based at the current Trading Post gift shop on the Red Rocks grounds, the new Hall of Fame exhibit will have a formality, depth and security that's lacking at its current temporary home at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield. And that's just the beginning. Officials say the new Hall of Fame will have plenty of room to expand as the list of Colorado musicians, promoters and songwriters honored in the Hall of Fame expands in the coming years.

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Behind Michal Menert's new Super Best Records label

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F4D Studio
Michal Menert's path of success is a winding road of glorious sunrises and fraught sunsets. His third solo album, Elements, is set for official release on April 12, with a kick-off party in Detroit, Michigan, at the Shelter.

Menert, as well as Denver's Mikey Thunder and Mux Mool and Chris Ponder, who is a maven of creativity based out of Detroit, are celebrating the start of a new record label called Super Best Records. See the new video from Menert for "Your Ghost," and learn more about how the crew came together below.

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107.1 FM reinvents itself as 107X, promises listener-based format

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From the "Sabotage" music video.
Let's call this a best-case scenario.
Looks like the pop radio hits of yesteryear just aren't cutting it anymore for the folks at 107.1 FM, known until very recently as Jack FM. The station launched a complete overhaul of its format and its content yesterday, unveiling a new brand name, a new musical niche and a fresh emphasis on alt-rock from the 1990s and 2000s. The newly minted 107X touts itself as Denver's "rock alternative" and is already encouraging listeners to offer their two cents...sort of.

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Frank Ocean tells Chipotle to "Fuck Off" on a check he hasn't actually delivered [Update]

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Timothy Norris for LA Weekly. Slideshow
Update, 3/12: Frank Ocean has now delivered a check for the full $212,500 to Chipotle. But it wasn't the one posted to his tumblr on Monday, on which he'd written a certain colorful greeting. "Curiously, the memo line was blank," says Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold.

Original post follows...

Frank Ocean is among the most interesting R&B singers on the planet. He emerged from shit-kicking hip-hop collective Odd Future with a major label debut that topped the 2012 Pazz and Jop album poll. His openness about a teenage romance with a man put him at the forefront of public discourse well beyond the world of music. And this week he's in the news again. This time, though, it has nothing to do with his personal life or even his music. It's about a song he didn't sing for a Chipotle commercial, the ensuing legal action and the public posting of a very unfriendly check that, so far, he hasn't actually delivered.

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After-parties at Lost Lake Lounge feature DJ sets by more and more Bluebird headliners

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Ashley Rogers
For national acts touring through Denver, "the party doesn't have to stop at the encore," says Lipgloss co-founder Michael Trundle (boyhollow). Instead, bands can walk across the street from the Bluebird, fresh from playing to a packed crowd, and deejay at Lost Lake Lounge. They did twice last weekend: On Friday, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band held an after-party there. And on Saturday it was Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

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DJ Miss Audry takes over Castle Rock's VelocityRadio.fm internet radio with husband

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DJ Miss Audry with Ty Tek

In August 2007, Castle Rock Radio was founded by the Colorado-based National Web Broadcasting Corporation. In just six years, though, the company concluded that its business model was essentially not working, and started seeking investors for a bail-out option. Sean and Adriana Hakes, along with partner Susan Gomez purchased the web-radio station and turned it into VelocityRadio.fm. The station change also brings a slew of new hosts, shows and formats, including an EDM-centric show hosted by none other than Mrs. Hakes, aka DJ Miss Audry, that will feature artist interviews and live dance mixes from featured guests.

See also: Miss Audry fought the odds, and is back on track

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The Railbenders slated to perform "Time to Ride" on the Today Show this Friday morning

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Brandon Marshall

It's not unusual these days to see a Denver band performing on national television. But this Friday morning, it will be a little more gratifying seeing another beloved longtime local act finally get a few minutes in the spotlight when the Railbenders appear on the Today Show performing "Time to Ride," a reworked version of their tune "Gunfight." The occasion? Some sporting event in New York this weekend, apparently.

See also: Photos: The Railbenders at Herman's Hideaway

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