The City of Denver Wants to Build an Affordable Place for Musicians to Live and Work

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An event held at the future site of Artspace Loveland (opening in 2015).
It is no secret that rent in Denver is climbing rapidly -- so much so, in fact, that some artists feel they can no longer afford to live in the city.

The Arts & Venues department of the city's government wants to help. Together with the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Artspace, it hopes to build a space in the RiNo district to accommodate the needs of artists (very much including musicians). "We're trying to make sure all kinds of art are represented," says Create Denver program administrator Lisa Gedgaudas. She is overseeing a preliminary survey open to all artists that will help inform the design of and approach to the new space.

Take the survey here!

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Globeville Staple Crash 45 Is Closing This Week

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Crash 45 hosted everything from bands to fire festivals to dating games.
More changes are coming to Globeville's nightlife scene. Just a few weeks after the Sidewinder Tavern went on the market, Crash 45 announced last night that this would be its last few days in operation. The bar, which was the Portulaca Cafe and then the White Owl before metal artist Shane Evans took over and transformed the place into a home for art and music, posted its goodbye on Facebook, saying, "The support for this little dive bar in the middle of nowhere has been incredible, and I thank each and every person who ever stepped foot through its doors."

See also: The Sidewinder Tavern Is For Sale, Faces an Uncertain Future

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Giants & Pilgrims Documents the Coons Family in Music, Paintings and More

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Tim and Betony Coons started Giants and Pilgrims with the help of their daughters.
Giants & Pilgrims is one part music, one part artwork, one part online community. But the easiest way to understand the project is to think of it as the Coons family scrapbook. "There were times in my life where I felt giant, I felt mountainous, I felt big," says Tim Coons. "Then there are times where you feel impoverished, and you're on a journey and you're just trying to get somewhere. So the idea is that we're all giants and pilgrims."

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

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Why Metal Supergroup Old Man Gloom Decided to Screw With the Press

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Just a few fun lovin' guys.
Many months ago I was hired by a national music magazine to write a feature on Old Man Gloom, a supergroup of sorts featuring members of Converge, Cave In, Zozobra, Doomriders, Isis, Mammifer and more. I agreed and called the appropriate PR person to get a copy of their upcoming album, Ape of God, and set up an interview.

The interview part wasn't a problem, I was told. The music, on the other hand, would be. The band was leery about releasing the music. I know there are lots of people who don't care about what bands want. I guess I understand why someone would want to illegally download an album but I don't really get what makes a person upload one, for all the world to download. But I'm not stupid. I know it happens.

See also: 50 Ways to Support Your DIY Music Community

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The Bounty on John Denver's Head is Now a Year's Supply of Free Beer

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Last week we brought you the news that a bust of John Denver, on loan to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame by the legendary singer's estate, had been stolen from the 1STBANK Center. When security at the venue realized the bust was missing, they filed a report with the Broomfield Police Department.

See also: Some Monster Stole John Denver's Head

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Dead Leaf Is Among Colorado's Most Exciting New Venues, But Time May Be Running Out

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A performance at Dead Leaf earlier this year.
One of Boulder's most promising new art spaces is Dead Leaf, founded by Tom Abraham and Colin Wilcox.

Abraham is soft-spoken, every careful word seeming to come from an organized mind that, in the case of setting up events at Dead Leaf, is focused on smoothness and detail. In contrast, Wilcox gives great talks before Dead Leaf's "Silent But..." weekly silent-film series and is a bilingual intellectual who projects a haphazard, fun-loving attitude. He has also proven skilled at coordinating events and drawing young people to Dead Leaf, which opened in January. Despite their success, however, Wilcox and Abraham aren't sure whether their venue will survive the one-year mark.

See also: 50 Ways to Support Your DIY Music Community

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Some Monster Stole John Denver's Head

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"Goodbye Again"
When John Denver became the first inductee in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, the legendary singer's estate donated a bronze bust to the the Hall's collection.

It has been on display in the 1STBANK Center for the past three years, where it was at the start of Tuesday's Saints and Sinners Halloween Ball, hosted by KBPI (106.7 FM) and headlined by Five Finger Death Punch. Sometime during the show, John Denver's head disappeared, presumably in the hands of a sinner.

See also: Happier Times at the John Denver Hall of Fame Induction Concert

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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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