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

Weird Al Yankovic
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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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Courtesy of Princess Music
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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Nico Cervantes bled through his first show playing guitar for As the Sky Darkens

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As the Sky Darkens
On stage, the vocalist for local metal-core band As the Sky Darkens is the definition of intimidating. Jon Vela isn't very tall and has an affinity for cuffed jeans and black TOMS that contrast with a stage presence resembling that of an angry, caged animal. Shoulders hunched, he stalks across the stage in wide, measured steps, cutting sharp glances at the crowd and growling ferociously.

His message, however, is unexpectedly encouraging. "This song is a revolution," he screams. The words are lyrics from the band's first full-length album Freedom, released in February of this year. Every ATSD song has those lofty ambitions, calling listeners to live a life unburdened by others' expectations.

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Waterloo is an unlikely home for music royalty in Louisville, Colorado

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Eric Gruneisen
Before he moved to Colorado in the late '90s to help open the Whole Foods store on Pearl Street in Boulder, Louis Karp opened Waterloo Records in Austin, a spot that went on to become one of the most successful independent record stores in the nation. Karp also had a few decades of music-industry experience under his belt, both in management and production, having worked with acts like Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M. and k.d. lang.

Growing up in that musical environment made Karp's son, Josh, the music lover that he is. "We've been going to concerts since we were little babies," Josh says. "We always got backstage and free tickets. I can't complain."

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Hear Devo demos on Mark Mothersbaugh's jukebox at Forest Room 5

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Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh with his jukebox.
Jukeboxes are hard to come by in the digital age. But Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh brought one with him when his band played in Denver last week. And it isn't just any jukebox; it's one made more than fifty years ago by AMI Music and filled with sixty vinyl records of mostly unheard recordings by Mothersbaugh himself. It's currently at Forest Room 5, where it will stay for at least the next few weeks.


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The ten rules of the mosh pit

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All illustrations by Dave Watt
By Jack Spencer

In my years attending punk and metal shows, often as the only one with a pen and pad in the middle, I've noticed that there are a few unwritten rules when participating in a mosh pit. The seemingly amorphous fits of aggression that explode from the center of certain crowds have some unspoken guidelines to keep in mind if you wish to engage properly with the spirit of violence.

Here are our ten rules of mosh pit etiquette.

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How Colorado effects pedal maker Mantic Conceptual is already getting national attention

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Ian Gassman
When Luis Etscheid and Caleb Henning launched their boutique effects-pedal company, Mantic Conceptual, in spring 2013, they had a great deal more curiosity than experience. Fortunately, the Denver-based musicians are pretty good at experimentation, and in their first year, they found an impressive list of clients. Etscheid sent Adrian Belew, formerly of King Crimson and Nine Inch Nails, the Master Flex synth-fuzz pedal, and Belew started using it at shows. Ikey Owens of Jack White's touring band had Mantic build him a custom delay called the Isaiah. And Ed Rodriguez of Deerhoof used the Proverb reverb pedal during his last tour.

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Homebody: "I don't think I could write full-blown experimental music. I like pop too much."

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Tom Murphy
You know gamelan music?" asks Michael Stein. "The instruments are tuned slightly differently, so that's how they get it to shimmer. They play slightly out of time, so it has an organic delay to it. [Canadian musician] Mac DeMarco's guitar is shitty and the neck's really loose, so when he plays chords, it goes out of tune while he's playing."

That's part of what Stein is trying for as a guitarist in Homebody. The band's first show was in August 2013, opening for weirdo rippers No Age, an act whose joyously noisy punk pop is a clear influence on Homebody's music. Prior to Homebody, Stein and Morris Kolontyrsky (also a guitarist) had been members of School Knights, a group that might have started with garage rock but eventually evolved into something more experimental and sonically complex. Kolontyrsky's technical growth as a musician helped.

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Inside the new, student-run record label in CU-Denver music business program

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You, Me and Apollo are the first band signed to the revamped CAM Records.
Andrea Petrucelli is standing on the street in Austin during SXSW, handing out cards printed with directions for downloading a song by the Denver band You, Me and Apollo. She is committed to her task, yelling to the hordes of music fans walking by that the song is a must-have from Denver's next big thing. She also encourages them to go see the band's show that night.

Petrucelli isn't a member of You, Me and Apollo, nor is she the act's manager. She didn't even know the band three months ago. She's a student in the CAM Records class at the University of Colorado Denver.

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The library's new Volume Denver project will help people discover local music

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Denver's new home for local music
The library is a building that holds thousands of books. But that doesn't describe the institution's role. Libraries are our memories. They are the place where all the lines eventually connect, where you can trace the progress of time in every direction. With the library's help, you can find the way a single house in Capitol Hill fits into an entire society of millions of people.

That mission extends well beyond being a repository of books. And as media moves away from the printed page, some forward-thinking libraries are finding new ways to connect people to their communities. To that end, the Denver Public Library is launching a new project to document and share local music.

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