Photos: The Shirts Are Disappearing Again at Adventure Club

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Eric Gruneisen
Pretty much the best Adventure Club fans.
You may remember the shirt-disappearing epidemic we reported on toward the end of the summer. We have, of course, been monitoring the situation, but it appeared to be contained in Morrison. Canadian "ClubStep" duo Adventure Club made a stop at the 1STBANK Center over the weekend. AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENED? DID YOU GUESS? WE'RE DOING THIS ANYWAY.

See also: Photos: The Disappearing Shirt Crisis Deepens at HARD Red Rocks (NSFW)

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My Night With Afroman, Fueled by Colt 45 and So Much Legal Weed

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Taylor Boylston
Afroman backstage at a Weedmaps event in Denver.
When I was first asked if I wanted to cover a Weedmaps event at which Afroman was the featured guest, thirteen-year-old Taylor died a little bit on the inside. I was taken back to the good old days of middle school, and recalled the first time I ever smoked weed, with Afroman as the soundtrack. And now I was going to meet him, the man who provided an entire generation with music to listen to while getting high.

See also: Photos: Musicians Buying (Legal) Weed in Denver

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Photos: The Misfits Bring Family Fun to Summit Music Hall

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Eric Gruneisen
Fans at last night's Misfits show in Denver.
The Misfits may not have Glen Danzig anymore, but Jerry Only manages alright with a re-formed version of the band, which brought out a wide array of horror-movie punk fans to Summit Music Hall last night.

Photographer Eric Gruneisen was there to capture smiles and scowls alike.

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Halloween Was the Best Weekend for Live Music in Colorado

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Brandon Marshall
Colorado is a pretty great place to be a music fan. Denver has more music venues than Austin, and several of them are among the busiest in the world. People living here spend twice as much as the national average on music. The local scene is experiencing unprecedented success.

All this is to say that nearly every weekend is a good weekend for music in Colorado. And while it's hard to imagine that the best could be one where none of the legendary outdoor venues is active, that is exactly the case: Halloween weekend was the best one of the year for Colorado music.

See also: Meet 100 of Denver's Best Bands

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Meet Michael Amott, Slash and the Rest of the Denver Zoo's Rock and Roll Flamingos

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Polaroid photo by Taylor Boylston
Brittney Weaver with Michael Amott (of Arch Enemy)
It's not every day you get to brush feathers with rock and roll legends like Ace Frehley and Slash, but in Denver, all it takes is a visit to the zoo.

Brittney Weaver started working at the Denver Zoo about six years ago. She also happens to be a big music fan, regularly attending heavy metal and rock shows with her husband. In 2008, the zoo received nineteen flamingo eggs from a wild Caribbean herd in Miami. Weaver named them after rock guitarists, and she's been doing it ever since. Now, there are nearly 74 flamingos with rock icon names in the zoo.

See also: A Flamingo Named T-Boz? Denver Zoo Holds Contest to Name New Chicks

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Polaroid: Guy Blakeslee Puts Denver in a Trance

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Photo by Taylor Boylston
Growing up in a digital age, I learned very young that photography could be something used quite carelessly with the hopes that maybe one click out of several hundred would turn out half decent.

In high school I began messing around with disposable and old 35mm cameras I would find at thrift stores and garage sales. My mother gave me an old Polaroid she had, and instantly I was in love. Polaroids have a strange way of igniting a feeling of nostalgia that's difficult to achieve with any of medium. People, much like Polaroids, are flawed, and the two work together to create an image that is both familiar and relateable. In order to present a different view of Denver's music world, we'll publish a series of profiles accompanied by Polaroids here on Backbeat.

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Photos: Free Blunts, the Happiest Snoop Dogg and All the Weed at the Gypsy Jane Carnival

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Eric Gruneisen
This is real life, Snoop. Welcome (back) to Colorado.
The Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brought two remarkably solid days of music to the Denver Mart over the weekend. Saturday was particularly good for fans of classic hip-hop, with sets from E-40, Too Short, Warren G and your headliner, Snoop Dogg.

Snoop has spent plenty of time in Colorado since marijuana became legal for recreational use on January 1. It's still a safe assessment that he hasn't seen anything like Gypsy Jane before, because of the pervasiveness of scenes like the one that leads this post. We truly are the new frontier, people. Photographer Eric Gruneisen was there to bring you several more photos that would have seemed impossible two years ago.

See also: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at Red Rocks on Colorado's First Legal 4/20

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Photos: Itchy-O 's Bonkers Album Release Show at 3 Kings

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Eric Gruneisen
Itchy-O is a band that defies explanation: It's a massive, noise-making horde of masked weirdos, an ecstatic jumble of influence and culture and myth. The Denver-based mobile unit is celebrating the release of its first full-length album, Burn the Navigator, on Alternative Tentacles. It headlined a show over the weekend at 3 Kings Tavern, selling out the place way ahead of time. Our photographer, Eric Gruneisen, did his best to capture the madness -- a few of his best shots are below.

See also: Itchy-O Plots World Domination With Jello Biafra

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Photos: AFI Played the Best Opening Set of the Summer

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Aaron Thackeray
Yesterday, Linkin Park headlined Fiddler's Green Amphitheater. That band has aged surprisingly well, as rap-rock goes, but it brought a mighty opener in AFI. No one's following that band and coming out looking good.

Photographer Aaron Thackeray, however, was able to capture some incredible shots of AFI, particularly front man Davey Havok. Here are a few highlights.

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Photos: Fans at the First Phish Show With Legal Weed

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Eric Gruneisen
Hey, weed is legal in Colorado for all fun-loving adults! Phish is a band best understood while the listener is in a state of mind unlike the one required to do things like pay taxes and wear slacks. This year's three-night stand by the Vermont band at Dick's Sporting Goods Park represents the confluence of those two facts, and the crowds were in a celebratory mood. Photographer Eric Gruneisen was on hand to capture a few people who had a better weekend than we did, whether they were high on our state's newest recreational activity or just thanks to the music. Here are some of the people we admire most.

See also: The Ten Best Light Shows in Rock and Roll

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