DeVotchKa is scheduled to play The Gothic Theatre in Denver, CO on Thursday, October 31st and The Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO on Friday, November 1st. The romantic rock band will take the stage for their annual run of Halloween performances.
For years DeVotchKa has been putting on legendary performances for Halloween. Complete with full costumes and elaborate set designs, the Halloween shows are often the most talked about performances of the year. Joining the band will be the Slavic Sisters, performing their incredible aerial act above the band.
For more than a decade DeVotchKa has been melting its sweeping influences into an authentic and totally original blend of rock ‘n roll. DeVotchKa’s first big break happened when KCRW introduced LA listeners to DeVotchKa on Morning Becomes Eclectic. The directors of “Little Miss Sunshine” happened to be listening this fateful day, loved what they heard, and hired the band to write the score for their film. A critical and box office smash, the film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and, for DeVotchKa's soundtrack, a Grammy. The little band from Denver was suddenly known all across the nation, playing large venues and major music festivals, including Coachella, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. The love spread to Europe, which has become a yearly destination for the band.
Coming off of a string of festival dates (Bunbury Music Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival) and amphitheatre shows (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Hollywood Bowl) around the country, DeVotchKa takes the stage for two nights of special performances. Hear DeVotchKa’s most iconic songs revisited in the intimate settings of The Gothic and Boulder Theatres.
Tickets go on-sale Saturday, September 28th, and can be purchased through The Gothic Theatre and Boulder Theater sites respectively. [Press Release]
Where did the idea for Titwrench come about?
Bree: A group of us who had been friends through the local DIY music and art community came together in 2008 to talk about what feminism meant to us. That group became the original Titwrench crew, who orchestrated the entire first fest from the ground up. There are dozens of music festivals happening around the country each year-- but we aim to showcase female and female-identified artists who push the boundaries of genre and form. We work with folk, punk, experimental, noise artists, and every genre between.
Our mission was then and still is today to create an all ages, inclusive music, art and performance gathering that connects often marginalized artists with a welcoming community. We are completely DIY, from the volunteers who make the festival badges to the sound people to those that stage manage and run the fest. From volunteers to performers to fest organizers, we're all on the same level.
You guys are in your fifth year now what has made this festival so successful and where do you want to take it?
Bree: Our community that has been created around Titwrench is what makes us successful. Everyone donates their time and gives their energy to make Titwrench happen. Check out any night of the fest to see what I mean-- it's like no other show you've been to.
Most local festivals seem to approach a grassroots style nowadays, what are some of the challenges that you face when putting together something like this festival.
Bree: We were born grassroots and that's what we know how to do. In order to keep from conforming to the normal festival bullshit, we are truly DIY, or DIT (Do It Together) from all sides. Time, equipment and venue space is donated. It's pretty amazing what people can do when they share a desire to create art that is accessible to everybody.
How are the artist for this festival chosen?
Bree: We take submissions from interested artists as well as seek out local and national artists we hope to bring into the fold. The line-up is often the hardest part, because we have to pick from a pool of really great, versatile artists.
Finally what can we expect from this years Titwrench and where can we find out more information?
Bree: If you've never been to Titwrench, no better time than our fifth year. We have noise artists, MCs, dancers, DJs and poets all performing in an all ages/all welcome space. Milch de la Maquina is an artist collective based out of Albuquerque that creates a unique performance just for Titwrench each year. Suzi Q. Smith is an internationally renowned slam poet, MC, and activist based out of Denver who will also be performing this year. We've got Denver art punks Dangerous Nonsense, NYC's minimalist noise artist Olivia Neutron-John, and local modern dance innovator Tara Rynders, among many amazing performers.
Over the span of three days we will see many musical acts, but also host educational worshops, byo-shirt screen-printing, yoga and a whole lot of connection between strangers.
Titwrench goes down September 5,6,7 at Glob, 3551 Brighton Boulevard in Denver with performances starting at 7pm (day time workshops and yoga info can be found on our Facebook and tumblr.)
Be sure to RSVP on the Facebook page .
Easily becoming one of the hottest bands in Denver right now, Flashbulb Fires continues to lay a foundation for success with hard work, great stage presence and a unique approach to the way they compose amazing music. We have had a chance to work with these guys in the past and can tell you they are some of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Please take time to enjoy their new single.
Flashbulb Fires to release first single, “Unseen Things,” in a series of singles to be released in 2013.
The single follows the band’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, GASCONADER, which was first released in 2012 and rereleased in the UK in 2013.
Denver, July 26th – Indie haze-pop band Flashbulb Fires is proud to announce the digital release of their brand new single, “Unseen Things.” A music video is also in the works and will debut within a couple weeks of the single’s initial release. “Unseen Things” is just the first song Flashbulb Fires plans to share in the coming months. Despite their historically purist approach to recording full-length albums that tell a complete story from beginning to end, Flashbulb Fires recently made a creative choice to explore the idea of releasing their new music as a series of singles rather than in album format. It is undoubtedly a new direction for the band but one that Flashbulb Fires hopes will challenge them artistically as well as keep their fans engaged in a more continuous way.
The inspiration for “Unseen Things” came when Flashbulb Fires was asked to write music for an upcoming feature film directed by and starring William H. Macy. In less than a week, the band wrote, recorded, and mixed a handful of potential songs for the movie. Ultimately, “Unseen Things” was not included in the movie, but the band felt so strongly about the song that the choice was made to release it as a single. This turn of events was also behind the creative shift within the band to move toward continuing to release new music as singles.
“Today indie artists can be as creative as they want in how they share music with their fans and we wanted to play around with the idea of continually feeding people new music rather than giving it all to them in one shot,” says Flashbulb Fires’ guitarist, Michael James. “Since each one of these songs will have to stand completely on its own, it will be interesting to see how the music is impacted.”
About Flashbulb Fires
Flashbulb Fires released their first album Glory in 2009. The follow up, GASCONADER, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. In early 2013 a limited edition UK version of the album was released on Choose My Music Records and sold out in a matter of days. Since the release of GASCONADER, Flashbulb Fires has continued to tour the US independently, has performed at SXSW and CMJ Music Marathon, and has supported acts like Imagine Dragons, Sharon Van Etten, and The Joy Formidable and others. The album charted on CMJ for 12 straight weeks and also landed the band an exclusive licensing deal with Downtown Music Services (NY, NY). Recently, the band was named a finalist in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for the album’s single, “Dark Ghost (I’ve Got Arms).” The annual competition had over twenty thousand song entries in 2012 and less than one percent of those were named as finalists. [Press Release]