he Park Is Open June 12 http://www.jurassicworldmovie.com/ Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.
It's no secret that Denver is a hub for indie gold and an act that’s fairly hard not to fall in love with is a local married duo by the name of Glowing House. Comprised of talented musicians, a picture perfect couple and songs so haunting the lyrics will stick with you long after you doze off to sleep; Glowing House is one local band you don’t want to over look.
They’re putting in the hours and making their dream happen. After recently returning from a European tour they went straight to finishing their new EP and scheduling shows around town. We had the pleasure of getting a first look at their new songs and we have two words to describe them, enlighteningly sad. Jess Parsons, one of the lead vocalist says it perfectly, “We like sad songs that sound happy and happy songs that sound sad.” Their new EP dances off of sad subject matter with a jovial twist. You never know how you’re “suppose” to feel. But, that’s the beauty of art. Which is exactly what their new EP is; a combination of talent, strewn together to create something uniquely haunting.
Although only 3 songs deep, their EP spotlights each musician’s talent seamlessly. Steve Varney’s voice has a sandpapery texture, which is very prominent in “Riding The Ripple.” It’s primal, in a caveman meets Ben Gibbard kind of way and we totally dig it. This song shows a different range from Steve that the others fail to showcase, which is some raw, uncut emotion. At the end of the song, we wanted to cry and couldn’t understand why. Maybe because it was over…
Jess Parsons' dreamy voice shines during, “Balance With Me.” Not quite a love song, we’re unable to pin it’s roots of sadness. We all know what it feels like to lose control over a situation and traipse that tightrope of sanity, “with (your) feet on the rope and arms spread out wide.” Whether that be from a relationship or just life in general, it is oh so relatable.
Their third song, “Getting Thrown” is similar to other things we’ve heard from Glowing House. The duo’s melodic chemistry is uncanny as they synth and slither into your heart. Listening to their new EP as a whole tells a story of getting thrown down, chugging whiskey and taking life on head first.
Looking for more from Glowing House? They’re playing a show at the Hi-Dive tonight with Kyle James Hauser and The Centennial. Get your tickets here: http://www.hi-dive.com/event/675283-glowing-house-single-release-denver/
As the weather begins to get colder, and the nights begin to grow darker, we find our only refuge to be indoors. Fall/Winter tours have besieged us and there is no excuse to not attending a show on a nightly basis nowadays. We decided to pick the best shows this weekend and highlight them for you.
Lost Lake Lounge: Mansions on The Moon | Doors at 8/Show 9 | $12 EARLY BIRD | $15 ADV | $20 DAY OF SHOW.
Single Release @ Hi-Dive | Nov 21 @ 8:30 pm | Doors 9 |
Kyle James Hauser 9:30
Glowing House 10:30
The Centennial 11:30
Hdynation Tour Feat. Flosstradamus, G-Eazy & more at The 1st Bank Center Friday, November 21st! Tickets on-sale here: http://bit.ly/1tHU263
Vance Joy | The Bluebird Theater | Doors 7/Show | SOLD OUT
Void Tour Feat. RL Grime, Lunice & Branchez | The Ogden Theatre | Sunday, November 23rd
This should be a good one, last time we saw RL Grime he destroyed Red Rocks as part of Skrillex's Mothership Tour.
Fun Fun Fun Fest is an incredible festival located in the heart of Austin, Texas. With a lineup catered to please a broad range of festival goers, FFF Fest seamlessly blends together indie, electronic, hip hop, rock, metal, and comedy into one super fun fun fun experience. Located at Auditorium Shores Park with the backdrop of the Austin skyline, FFF promotes creativity, frolicking, and a wee bit of debauchery. FFF fest is the ultimate “anti” festival focusing on celebrating the uniqueness and individuality of both artist and attendees alike.
Color-coded stages make it easy for attendees to see the type of music they want. The Orange Stage boasts the hippest indie rock music, while the Blue Stage is all about shaking that booty with hip hop and electronic sounds, and the Black stage is all about hardcore rock and metal. When the festival is over around 10:00 pm, FFF Nites begin. Local music venues open up to host both well-known and up-and-coming musicians and comedians in SXSW fashion.
Friday kicked off with lots of fun, fun, and more fun. Although the line to get in was a little long for those who had will call tickets, mostly everyone was in good spirits. Volcom had a skate showcase that featured professional skateboards flying high in the sky with the skyline as their backdrop.
Ginuwine came out wearing very tight white pants and a tight white shirt, and proceeded to do push-ups while playing old school hip hop favorites and even some Michael Jackson. The crowd went wild when he ended his set with his original song "Pony." It was a fantastic way to start the fest.
Wildcat! Wildcat! played right after Ginuwine in the Yellow Stage tent. It was an intimate and beautiful set just as the sun was about to set. They played their hit song "Hero." And the crowd was excited to see the different vibes they would brought to their FFF Nites set at Empire Control Room later in the night. Dinosaur Jr. got the crowd dancing as the sun went down and it started to get a little chilly.
Atmosphere was up next on the Blue Stage and people seemed to be having almost religious experiences. His positive messages and poetic flow transfixed the crowd. His set was definitely one of the best of the weekend. Judas Priest played the Black Stage and they rocked just as hard as they did 40 years ago.
Alt-J closed down the Orange Stage. Despite coming out with a brand new album, Alt-J did the fans a favor by playing all of their old hits. Singing and dancing was had by all until it was time to get down with 2 Chainz on the Blue Stage. Three completely different headliners closed down the first day of the festival.
After the festival was closed, fans flooded into the streets and venues of Austin to track down their favorite underground acts. The Red River District was booming with festival goers bar-hopping from one place to the next to see who was playing where. Wildcat! Wildcat! played at Empire Control Room along with SOHN who also had played at the festival earlier in the day, bringing their soulful slow sound.
Although the festival kicked off at 10:30 on Saturday morning, things didn't really get going till later (thanks to all the late Nite fun had the night before).
Volcom hosted a free skate for anyone who wanted to try their luck on the triple half-pipe. Next to the half-pipe was some hilarious old school wrestling happening, complete with neon costumes and muscle men hitting each other with folding chairs.
Comedian Fred Armisen playfully made fun of festivals goers with his full band and silly gray-haired wig. With silly lines like, “I want to take you to a festival so we can make out!” and, “How much does this beer cost?” Portlandia fans were having a blast poking fun at each other.
Z-Trip was a nice change of pace and wooed the crowd by playing a crazy metal remix of Ginuwine's "Pony." . Z-Trip was particularly badass because he incorporated the three main music genres of FFF Fest into his set: hip hop, rock, and electronic. The Presets brought some electronic funk to the Blue Stage, while the New Pornographers brought an indie upbeat sound to the Orange Stage.
Little known Tinariwen, a band from the West African country Mali, was hands down the grooviest act of the weekend. Although none of their songs are in English, they have a sound that is straight out of the '70s. In full Middle Eastern attire, they make music that sounds like it could come from The Doors if they had made a belly dancing album. They also played a funky set at West Sixth's Belmont.
Nas played the Blue Stage next and the crowd got down to some heartfelt hip hop. Later, it was easy to spot the diehard King Diamond fans, rocking the band's iconic face paint. The metal gods got the crowd riled up and there was a lot of moshing and good spirited debaruchery being had by those in the crowd.
Modest Mouse closed down the Orange Stage and the Festival, with a pretty enchanting ending. Fans sung along to their old favorite songs and danced under the bright stars. Half-way through their set a magical comet lit up the sky flying directly over the stage and afront the skyline. To say it was a perfect moment is an understatement.
Later in the night fans again scurried around the city hoping to find the next cool band. Those who followed Tinariwen to the Belmont got the biggest surprise of the night. Although rumored to have died that morning, Macaulay Culkin and his band The Pizza Underground, played a hilarious set covering the love songs of The Velvet Underground, but instead of being about people...all the songs were about pizza. Free pizza was passed around and the Home Alone fans rejoicde that their beloved Macaulay Culkin was alive and well—and rocking.
The last day of FFF Fest was absolutely beautiful. The weather was what Texans dream about after a long, hot summer. The Air Sex Championships started the day off, which had people in stitches with their air-humping and imaginary orgies. Cashmere Cat played some happy, funky beats at the Blue Stage, followed by Ryan Hemsworth, whose visuals were something out of a middle school girl's notebook.
While the Dum Dum Girls brought the girl power to their set, rocking out in their funky outfits, the Flying Lotus set was from another world and, by far, the most unique stage design of the weekend. He played behind a white screen that had fractals and incredible images projected on it. All you could see was his light up glasses.
The was a lot of hype about Neutral Milk Hotel. The crowd loved the slow melodic songs and the die hard fans knew every word. As Neutral Milk was slowly playing away, The Murder City Devils were tearing up the Black Stage with full force. This crowd vastly differed from the folks at the Orange Stage. They were jumping, shove-dancing, and playing around with everyone next to them. Jumping over to the Blue Stage, Wiz Khalifa tore it up with his mainstream hip hop, and the youthful crowd ate it up and danced till close.
Afterwards the FFF Nites went on and most were hyped about the Garden and Villas show at Red 7. They were everything the crowd had hope for, playing their fan favorites "Black Hills" and "Chemtrails."
All in all, Fun Fun Fun Fest was a festival that truly embodies the spirit of Austin, Texas. The weather cooperated, the music, across all genres, was on point, and the Modest Mouse meteor is one that'll certainly go down in history as one of the band's (and fans') most magical moments. Till next year, festival goers.
By Maranda Corbin
It’s official: Foo Fighters are following up the release of the band’s most ambitious album with its biggest ever North American tour to date.
In the wake of Sonic Highways’ climb into the top 3 of charts worldwide and the announcement of the band's first ever U.S. stadium dates, Foo Fighters have now unveiled a full North American stadium/arena/amphitheater assault for summer/fall 2015. This most massive North American on-the-road undertaking in FF history will see Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear headline multiple historic U.S. stadiums for the first time: New York’s Citi Field on July 16, a debut doubleheader at Boston’s Fenway Park on July 18 and 19, as well as the previously announced August 29 Chicago headline at Wrigley Field that sold out in one day, and the July 4 all-day 20th anniversary blowout at DC’s RFK stadium.
Royal Blood has been confirmed to support on the July/August run of these newly added dates – with the exception of August 27 in Indianapolis and the first Fenway show on July 18, which will feature a special appearance from hometown heroes and post-punk pioneers Mission of Burma.
And there’s more… Tickets for the Foo Fighters 2015 tour (with the exception of Fenway Park) will first go on sale via the BEAT THE BOTS: BOX OFFICE ONLY PRE-SALE this Saturday at 10am. Fans sick of Scalper-BOTS programmed to clog online queues and snatch up huge amounts of tickets to resell them will get first shot at tickets to these shows. Visit http://foofighters.com for a complete list of box office locations and details.
Online Pre-Sales for Foo Fighters 2015 tour begin Monday, December 1, with general on sales commencing December 4 & 5, check your local listings.
FOO FIGHTERS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2015
7/4/15 – Washington DC – RFK Stadium
7/6/15 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center *
7/9/15 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *
7/16/15 – New York, NY – Citi Field *
7/18/15 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park **
7/19/15 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park *
8/12/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place *
8/13/15 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome *
8/17/15 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
8/19/15 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
8/21/15 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center *
8/22/15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center *
8/24/15 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre *
8/25/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion *
8/27/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
8/29/15 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field (SOLD OUT)
9/11/15 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
9/12/15 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
9/14/15 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
9/16/15 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/21/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
9/24/15 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
9/25/15 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
9/27/15 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
9/29/15 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
9/30/15 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
10/4/15 – Atlanta, GA – Centennial Olympic Park
10/5/15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
10/7/15 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
* w/ special guest Royal Blood
** w/ special guest Mission of Burma
With temperatures in the single digits and about 2 inches of snow falling, the feel and temperatures were exactly the opposite inside the Denver Coliseum. Denver was indeed prepared for hell. The energy and excitement were high for these two pioneering heavy hitters in the metal realm.
Korn came out with their classic track Twist where frontman Jonathan Davis growled and spit out undecipherable sounds while the band thumped out the heavy beats and riffs. They played two songs from their latest album The Paradigm Shift and the rest of their set was mostly from their 90’s albums. They also jammed to the heavy riffing part in Metallica’s classic One and we were all uncontrollably head banging in sync. They ended their particularly short set with the song that started it all for them over twenty years ago: Blind. This was the perfect setting for the next onslaught that was next.
It's been four years since co-founding bassist and principal Slipknot songwriter Paul Gray passed away. A lot of grief and reported pent-up energy have generated the band's return, which emerges amidst the controversial replacement of drummer Joey Jordison. Departure or dismissal, that's as much a mystery as the identity of the new guy under the mask taking Jordison's place. Slipknot has opted to stay mum on the issue. Their set started with the intro track XIX from their latest album 5: The Grey Chapter, a very moody and desperate song that gives the feel that they have been beaten into a corner but now must rise from the ashes, and that is exactly what they did. Almost two hours of punishing riffs, heavy fists and scorching pyro left us without breath and anticipating more.
“Its great to be back here in Denver!” “I have so much love for this special place!”shouted frontman Corey Taylor. As he used to live in Lakewood when he was figuring out his early life. The crowd warmly responded to his genuine comments. Every song that they played had the intensity as if they were playing it for the first time. They are a well oiled machine and now as they are in Japan for two days for Knotfest Japan they will return to the states to continue their onslaught across the country, maybe even back in Denver this spring.
Hail to the Knot
KoRn Setlist: Twist, Here to Stay, Right Now, Love & Methe, Falling away from Me, Good God, Hater, Shoots and Ladders, (with a snippet of Metallica’s One), Got the Life, Freak on a Leash, Blind.
Slipknot Setlist: XIX, Sarcastrophe, The Heretic Anthem, My Plague, The Devil in I, Psychosocial, The Negative One, Three Nil, Eyeless, Vermilion, Before I Forget, Duality, Wait and Bleed, Spit it Out, Custer, 742617000027, (sic), People = Shit, Surfacing, ’Til We Die
Our dear friends at Deep Eddy Vodka are teaming up with InkMonstr, The IndiCard and Larimer Lounge to bring music industry members and friends FREE cocktails and FREE live entertainment on Tues, Nov 18th. RSVP to join the fun! This event is for service and music industry folks. Live music performances from SF1 (who just recently rocked our Ultraween Party) The beautiful and lovely Callie Belo and DJ Pagosa. For ticket information please email DenverDEVChallenge@gmail.com.
Check out the video for what you can expect.
It’s been a crazy two years for David Boyd, Søren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio. The first time I ever laid eyes on this Danish-American rock explosion was in 2012, right as their radio single “Harlem” was making waves on Top 40 stations across the US. Ultra5280 had made plans with New Politics to play an acoustic set at one of our annual Wash Park summer barbecues during one of their first visits to Denver, but due to a van breakdown that day, the band was running late to their show with Fall Out Boy and had to cancel their park excursion with us to make it on time to soundcheck. The impression they made by simply agreeing to such an outlandish promotional event stuck a chord with me. I was impressed with their willingness to do all they could with their art to reach the top, whether that meant traveling the world in a junky van, or playing acoustic sets for random blogs in a park. When I finally saw their live performance later that night, I knew without doubt that they could not be stopped. The band had potential, a great live show, and their devotion alone would ensure success, no matter how long it took. Last night - a mere two years later - I saw their goals come to fruition in front of a sold out crowd at the Gothic Theatre.
Since that fateful summer day I saw them open for Fall Out Boy, I’ve seen New Politics play four more times, but last night was the first time I’ve ever seen them headline. I was unsure of what to expect…did they have what it took to captivate a room for a full 90 minutes? I should have known better than to doubt, because it was one of the better mid-level shows I’ve seen in years. As guitarist Søren stepped onto stage last night, the crowd went mad. The band seems to have picked up a trick or two from their year spent touring with veteran bands Fall Out Boy and Paramore. Not only was their lighting rig better than any I have ever seen in that venue before, but their stage presence had grown and matured in countless ways since I saw them at KTCL’s “Not So Silent Night” last December. Lead vocalist David took to the stage well aware that he was in control of the room, using this fact to his advantage. Grabbing the hands of fans, and strutting around stage with his jacket half on/half off, it was nice to see them performing not to entice new fans, but rather to enthrall the ones already there. In the past, I’ve seen the band play all their cards quite quickly into their set - David doing headstands and dancing by song three, and Søren whipping out the Ukulele by song two, but this time the band waited - letting the energy build into the set. About one hour into the show, during the song “Burn It Down”, the room went silent; the band had literally been playing so hard that they blew a fuse on one of their rigs. Fans took it all in stride, realizing that the band had meant what they said when they said they would give it their all that evening.
Playing what I believe to be the best cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” I’ve ever heard, and a set list filled with fan favorites from both of their full length albums, the show kept you moving beginning to end. One of my favorite moments of the night was when the band played a new song, “Loyalty Among Thieves”, which I guarantee will be the next radio hit off of their next album. The band said they wrote an entire record while out on the road this summer on the Monumentour, and fans can expect it’s release around February 2015. When the band returned to stage for their encore at the end of the night, Søren stepped up to the mic to speak to the crowd for a moment. “Two years ago, we were lucky if we could have had five people (at) our shows, and now this is happening. They say that (nights like tonight) only happen maybe five times in your touring (career), And this is one of those nights. We were so broke and eating so much ramen, but we kept believing in what we were doing, and now this happening, so truly, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” The band closed the show with “Harlem”, and received a standing ovation from the entire room, back of the mezzanine to the front of the stage. The band is growing, their sound changing, their live show developing. Sometimes radio bands get stuck in a rut, failing to progress, yet continuing to grow in radio-driven cities like Denver. It’s taken some time, but the only thing that hasn’t changed since my first run in with these guys is their consistent drive, their unending desire to succeed, and their passion for what they do. I’m curious to see if their Euro-pop blended rock can continue to take over the states, but after this weekend’s show, I’m not too worried for now.
set list: Perfect, Berlin, Die 4 U, Give Me Hope, My Love, Loyalty Among Thieves (unreleased track), Die Together, Sabotage (Beastie Boys cover), Dignity, Overcome, Goodbye Copenhagen, mashup of “Love Is A Drug”, “We Are the Radio”, and “New Generation”, drum solo, Just Like Me, Stuck On You, Everywhere I Go, Yeah Yeah Yeah, ENCORE: Fall Into My Arms, Harlem.