OpenAir Live & Local Is a New TV Show Featuring Some of Colorado's Best Music

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Nathaniel Rateliff performs on OpenAir Live & Local.
Beginning September 27, Colorado music lovers can get a listen and look at some of the state's best musicians as they come through Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir Studios via a new television show, OpenAir Live & Local. A collaboration with the team behind local television station CPT12's Sounds on 29th, this new Saturday night program has thirteen episodes loaded up and ready to go, featuring sets from the likes of Nathaniel Rateliff, Esme Patterson, You, Me & Apollo and more.

See also: Sounds on 29th's Heather Dalton talks Teletunes and Denver music TV history

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The Denver Public Library Is Now One of the Best Places to Find Local Music

Denver's new home for local music
Back in December of 2013, the Denver Public Library put out a call to local musicians asking for song and album submissions to be considered for a future database that could be accessed by DPL card holders. Just like other media available for free through the system, once in place, users would get a chance to listen to music from artists all over Colorado. A few weeks ago, the Volume Denver project went live and in its first run is offering 38 EPs and full-length records from local musicians, all of which are available to the public for free streaming and download.

See also: The Library's New Volume Denver Project Will Help People Discover Local Music

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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.

See also: Best New Music Festival 2013 -- Blacktop

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Lotus Will Perform a Talking Heads Tribute Set at Red Rocks

Lotus performing at Red Rocks in 2012. Photo by Britt Chester
Genre-defying five-piece dance and jam band Lotus will be playing its annual Red Rocks show on September 19. The set was originally targeted to support of the band's most recent album Gilded Age, but after the group debuted a successful new Talking Heads tribute set, featuring Gabriel Otto of Denver's Pan Astral , at Gathering of the Vibes in Connecticut two weeks ago, Lotus has decided to bring that same set -- called Talking Heads Deconstructed -- to its show in Denver. Otto will sing at Red Rocks as well.

See also: Review of Lotus at Red Rocks in 2012 and 2013

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Why Almost Every Song About Baseball Is Terrible

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How are you screwing up this subject matter so horribly??

Baseball fans will wear their favorite player's name across their back, as adults, before and after Halloween. They will fill their bookshelves with histories and biographies and fantasy guides the size of the yellow pages, and they will keep them long after the actual yellow pages have been recycled or stacked up in hoarders' living rooms.

They will almost always avoid baseball music, though. Because baseball music is almost always terrible.

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The summer concert series is a major source of revenue for the Botanic Gardens

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When Joan Baez played at the Botanic Gardens a few weeks ago, she kicked off her shoes and danced around the stage, pulling her keyboard player away from his instrument to join her. As she did, people in the audience got up from their blankets and danced too, because how often do you get the chance to dance alongside a folk legend in a field surrounded by flowers?

The Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series is a decades-long tradition. For years, the Gardens have been inviting music-lovers to load up picnic baskets, grab a blanket, and relax in the middle of the gardens with some of music's biggest names. The concerts are intimate. The setting is enchanting. But, make no mistake, you're going to pay for it.

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VIE Luxe Nightclub will open in September and is holding a "casting call" in two weeks

Six years ago, Lotus Clubs opened the ultra-slick upscale Suite Two Hundred at 1427 Larimer Street, which had former housed Lucky Star. Now Lotus, which also runs Chloe and View House, is set to open VIE Luxe Nightclub in that space on Friday, September 12 with a performance by Manufactured Superstars. While the new club will still focus on bottle service, as did Suite Two Hundred, the 7,000 square-foot VIE will be bringing in local and national EDM talent as well as a visual DJ and state of the art sound and lighting systems, including a 32-foot LED screen.

See also: Suite Two Hundred's closing party

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Glass Hits did everything the hard way: "It's not profitable at all"

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Glass Hits' final show at Eslinger Gallery
In the basement of his ranch-style home in the Welshire neighborhood of South Denver, Greg Daniels is putting the final touches on the merchandise for his band Glass Hits' final show. It's Friday morning and the show at Eslinger Gallery for the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) is just hours away.

The vinyl seven-inches the band will sell have just arrived, over-nighted from United Record Pressing in Nashville despite the fact that the test presses were approved five weeks ago -- it should have been plenty of time. But Daniels says the records were physically pressed onto yellow vinyl Thursday morning and only 50 of the 300 that will eventually arrive made it on time. Probably enough for the show, he says. Still, the wooden, hand-screened covers, inserts and other peripheral pieces of the record have only been assembled for a couple of weeks, so some of the anxiety was, he admits, self-induced.

See also: Glass Hits has a history filled with punk rock and fast friendships

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Weird Al is the only part of your childhood that doesn't suck

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Would you buy a worldview from this man?
If you are in my advertising demographic--18 to 34--the pop culture you loved as a child is terrible. The Power Rangers were terrible, the Transformers were terrible, the Ninja Turtles were terrible. Michael Bay didn't ruin any of it; it came pre-ruined. I loved all of it (I love the memory of it now) and it is really bad, inasmuch as it is impossible to enjoy when you don't have a trip with your parents to Toys R Us lined up, or when you're the one with the credit card.

This doesn't really matter, obviously, because in animated-GIF-sized bursts all of those terrible shows have made BuzzFeed and its readers very happy--it's not about the Power Rangers so much as it is being reminded you're a '90s Kid. Watching one all the way through is a bad idea, but as an excuse to talk to a friend you don't get to see very often they're fine.

See also: The top five Weird Al parodies

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Princess Music's Tyler Ludwick on why the successful band is breaking up

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All good bands must come to an end. And when they do, it can be rather bittersweet. It certainly is for Tyler Ludwick. On Tuesday, he announced via Facebook that his longtime experimental chamber pop project, Princess Music, will be breaking up after one last show on August 28 at the hi-dive.

Started in 2010 by Ludwick and drummer Robin Chestnut, Princess Music quickly turned into a sonically expansive quintet when Ludwick added Jeremy Averitt on bass, Rachel Sliker on violin and viola, as well as Psyche Cassandra Dunkhase on cello. With this lineup, Ludwick quickly began writing for strings, becoming the band's main songwriter and arranger.

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