World Premiere: Viretta - "This Garden's Over (A)"

Following years of writing and recording, Viretta’s upcoming 12-track album The Fear is now less than a month away from release. And lucky us! The record release will coincide with the band’s recently announced support slot for British arena-rockers The Struts at The Ogden Theater on May 18th! Now, with a killer new album and a killer new show lined up, Viretta is making good on their promise with the 2nd of 3 previously announced music videos from The Fear: punchy rock track, “This Garden’s Over (A)”.

If the video for last month’s barn burner “Cordyceps” gave a taste of Viretta’s dark side, the new video for “This Garden’s Over (A)” does exactly the opposite. Coming late on the record at Track 7, “Garden” finds the band in a much happier place. Though laced throughout with punchy hits and a BIG chorus, the song bounces along with a lightness that feels laid-back and fun.

Filmed last summer by guitarist Rob Moroni who, “had literally zero experience filming anything,” the video documents his and frontman Mike Moroni’s first trip to Nashville, where they meet up with fellow Denver songwriters Mason Maxwell (P O P F I L T E R) and Chase Martinez (REDLANDS). The boys visit Nashville’s Third Man Records, grill burgers, eat tacos, and dance the night away with friends. Rob was initially unsure of whether any of the footage would be usable, but with only the simplest of directions—“You guys, dance!”—the finished video is full of great, spontaneous moments. At one point Rob and Mason even convince a trio of ice cream servers to start a karate fight in the middle of their shift!

Overall, “This Garden’s Over (A)” is a love letter to long distance friends, the pleasures of barbeque, and good company. But for Viretta, it’s another exciting chapter from their new album, The Fear. Pre-Order The Fear and stream new tracks from the album below!

PRE-ORDER THE FEAR: https://bit.ly/2GlMhgK
SPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/2j2Ja1U
WEBSITE: virettaband.com

 

Our Intimate Night with The Tallest Man on Earth, Langhorne Slim & Josiah Johnson

The Bluebird Music Festival was a lovely little showcase of singer/songwriters playing at CU Boulder's beautiful Macky Auditorium, Saturday, April 21. The Festival was organized by Future Arts Foundation, a Colorado based nonprofit whose mission is to keep music and arts education alive in our schools, provide employment opportunities for local musicians & artists, & provide our community with quality music & arts events. 

The Festival consisted of a special intimate dinner and show with the artists Thursday night and two shows on Saturday. The Early Show at 3pm featured The Colorado Bluebirds and The Lonesome Days and the Late Show at 8pm with The Tallest Man on Earth headlining, along with Paper Bird, Gasoline Lollipops, Josiah Johnson of The Head & the Heart, and Langhorne Slim.

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Gasoline Lollipops (PC: Ash Taylor)

The Future Arts Foundation's VIP dinner and show took place at Rembrandt Yard, a 3rd floor art gallery in the heart of downtown Boulder. Josiah Johnson (of Head & the Heart) with friends, including local rocker, Kid Reverie, serenaded the audience before headliner, Langhorne Slim took the carpet. Slim played for about as long as he talked--equal parts tenderhearted comedian and musician. The crowd was loving it--beseeching the festival coordinators to let Slim play til the very end, he got 3 more songs in there. 

Below: Future Arts Foundation's Bluebird Music Festival VIP Dinner Show (PC: Meesh Deyden)

Saturday's Late Show started with the Gasoline Lollipops playing their rockin', honky tonk sounds. The rest of the night was more mellow and consisted of only singers with a guitar, and Josiah Johnson's set also had a lady playing the standup bass on a couple songs. The strange part was every artist, except the headliner, only got to play three songs. Each artist/band was really talented and the audience and singers would just be getting into the grove when they had to stop. Even the artists made comments, like Langhorne Slim's, "I only have about 30 minutes to play for you tonight which is going to be tough as I usually talk for 40." Just as the artists felt rushed, the whole show felt rushed until the headliner's set.

 Josiah Johnson of The Head & the Heart (PC: Ash Taylor)

Josiah Johnson of The Head & the Heart (PC: Ash Taylor)

Around 10:30 The Tallest Man on Earth took the stage and we enjoyed his full hour of soulful, gravely-voiced performance. He is a solo singer/songwriter from Sweden and played a different guitar for every song, and played the keyboard on one. He did a lot of quirky movements on stage, walking around hunching, little leg spasms, quick turns of his head, and excellent guitar playing of course. There was also a raffle and a silent auction where patrons could bid on cool music-related items like signed albums and guitars. The place was packed with a wide spectrum of people young and old and even lively groups dancing in the isles now and then. We are so glad we got to be a part of these two intimate nights of sincerely talented musicians and beautiful music.

http://www.futureartsfoundation.org/

Words by Tiffany Candelaria   Photos by Ash Taylor  &  Dinner Show Photos by Meesh Deyden

 The Tallest Man on Earth (PC: Ash Taylor)

The Tallest Man on Earth (PC: Ash Taylor)

Blazin' And Grazin': Your Guide To Denver's 420 Weekend

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Calling all tokeheads, stoney bologna's, ganja gangsters, dope duders and grass gobblers! Look no further! We've compiled all 420 events for your easy access and viewing pleasure to schedule your celebratory event this Friday/weekend. You're welcome, stoners.


Concerts/Rallies

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420 On The Block

Date: April 20th-22nd, 2:30pm-9:30pm

Where: Fox Street Compound- 725 W. 39th Ave Tickets

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Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics

Date: Friday, April 20th - 10pm

Where: The Gothic - Tickets

 

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Wellness Retreat with Snoop Dogg, Migos, Lil' Pump

Date: Friday, April 20th - 5pm

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Where: Fiddler's Green - Tickets 

 

 

420 Weekend @ Red Rocks

Thursday: 311 w/ Method Man & Redman - 4:15pm - Tickets

Friday: Flosstradamus - 6:00pm - Tickets

Saturday: Opiuo w/ SunSquabi - 6:00pm - Tickets

 

 

 

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Mile High Festival @ Civic Center Park ft. Lil Jon DJ Set & Lil Wayne. 

Date: Friday, April 20th - 10:00am- 7:00pm - FREE!

 

 

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AFROMAN with David Frederick, SwizZy B and Special Guests

Date: Friday, April 20th

Where: The Gothic - Tickets

 

 

 


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Elevate Your Munchies at Tag’s 420 Dinner

Whether you puff or choose to pass, TAG Restaurant has the most crave-able 420 menu in the “high” country! On Friday, April 20th, elevate your munchies and mingle with like-minded locals over Cheeto dusted appetizers and Capri Sun inspired cocktails, followed by a five course feast and take home swag from 1906. Call for a reservation 303.996.9985.

Date: Friday, April 20th - 7:00PM

Price: $74.20/person (not including tax + tip)

 

 

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Ganja Guru Yoga Brunch @ Urban Sanctuary

YOGA + SMOOTHIE BOWLS!

Brunch bowls by Sunshine Bowls
Giveaway by Color Up Therapeutics
Kombucha by Brew Dr. Kombucha
$50 Legging Gift Card Giveaway by Mellivora
(Ages 21+ only)

This is a special 60minute yoga class in honor of the 4/20 Holiday Weekend!
Individuals of all backgrounds, broad experiences, and varying skill levels come together as a community to engage in the historic practice of yoga. Ganja Guru Yoga inspires participants to enjoy an elevated experience.

Date: Sunday, April 22nd

Where: 2745 Welton St. 

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Mason Jar Event Group's Spring Fling Cannabis Pairing

SPRING into the season with an amazing cannabis pairing experience in Denver, Colorado's Santa Fe Art District. Unique live music and original fine art set the stage for a multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Daniel Asher of Boulder's hottest restaurant, River and Woods, all thoughtfully paired with cannabis selections from our Presenting Hosts and Hosts. 

Date: Wednesday, April 25th - 7:00pm-10:30pm

Where: Elevation Ministries
400 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209

(303) 800-5644

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Miscellaneous
 

 

Mile High Burlesque Fest

The 2nd Annual Mile High Burlesque Festival returns to The Oriental Theater for 2 nights, Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st with headliner Ophelia Flame, hosted by Cora Vette and Hagbard Celine and featuring 2017 winner of the title of “Most High” Gigi O’Lovely!!

Don't miss 2 nights of 420 themed performances! Friday night’s show is the 4/20 Showcase Spectacular and Saturday night is the competition night! Performers will be competing for the titles of "Most High", "Dankest Duo" and “Master of Munchies”!!

You won’t want to miss either of these shows! THC you there!

Date: Friday and Saturday, April 21-22 - 7:00pm

Where: Oriental Theater - Tickets

 

No Plans Wednesday Night? Lapalux at Cervantes!

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Lapalux released his third album, Ruinism, on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint on June 30th, 2017. His previous LP, Lustmore (2015) was partially inspired by the concept of hypnagogia, a suspension of consciousness occurring between wakefulness and sleep. Throughout Ruinism the British producer takes this exploration further, journeying onward to the more ominous limbo space between life and death. In this liminal space where the finite and infinite intermingle, Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) sounds more at home than ever.

'Ruinism’ is a made-up term I use to describe the way in which blended sound palettes and inspirations interact with one another to form this album,” Howard, explains. “I would record synths and drum hits and re-sample, re-pitch, twist and blend the sound until it was ‘ruined’ and then salvage it again in an attempt to make something coherent.

Much of Ruinism’s inspiration was born out of a theatrical score Lapalux wrote for the performance art piece “Depart” which was performed in an East London cemetery. The aptly named project served as genesis for a direction wrought with doom and melancholia. Ruinism is all sonic wreckage and rubble created using only hardware and real instruments. The sound simultaneously destroys and redeems itself across a tight and formidable forty-eight minutes.

Amidst the brutal landscape that Lapalux (de)constructs, he makes room for softness and slivers of beauty that, as with most things subtle and delicate, inevitably cut through even the harshest of environments and juxtapose the rigid exterior that characterizes most of the record. For example, “Rotted Arp (feat. Louisahhh)”, the first single to be lifted from the album, begins with a spoken word poem written and performed by Louisahhh over a decaying arpeggiated riff that churns and builds until it splits apart just as easily as it begins. The ethereal “Falling Down (feat. JFDR)” communicates a near angelic sense of hope and possibility despite the inaudible nature of granulated vocals performed by Icelandic singer Jófríður Ákadóttir (JFDR) of the bands Gangly, Pascal Pinon and Samaris. Similarly, “4EVA (feat. Talvi)”, winds through a cloudy haze reminiscent of the space between life and death and remains there like a slowly dying pendulum. There’s a warm elevation across the female-driven tracks that, as it unfolds, stand in stark contrast to the industrial and often discordant beginning of the record, most noticeable on cuts like the menacing “Data Demon (feat. GABI)” and chilling opener “Reverence”, which was inspired by French Dada artist Frances Picabia’s 1915 painting of the same name.

This pattern of disintegration and recovery is one that reaches far beyond Ruinism; our current world feels unknown, in-flux, and consistently worn away yet we continue to salvage what’s left of it - we find possibility amongst the wreckage and seek relics of hope and coherence in the chaos and somehow manage to emerge on the other side. On Ruinism, through all of its bleak primitivism and reclaimed beauty, Lapalux does just that.

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A Sweaty Tuesday Night with Timber Timbre

Timber Timbre a group of multri instrumentalists and folk rockers, came through Denver’s own Globe Hall last Tuesday. Their name is a nod to early recordings which were done in an old timber cabin in Ontario, and there’s a certain spookiness to their music that absolutely pays tribute to that.
A sold out Globe Hall was filled to the brim with long haired hipsters and beards, enjoying the cinematic, grungy folk music in a nearly 110 degree setting. The sound was awesome, but the ventilation was not. Swaying fans, some very obviously on drugs that seemed a little much for what was happening, enjoyed themselves, but it was apparent that no one could stay in the furnace of a room for very long.

Taylor Kirk, Simon Trottier, Mathieu Charbonneau, and Mark (Bucky) Wheaton make up the band, each more than capable than most musicians I’ve witnessed, and working the crowd in an enchanting way. Their newest album, Sincerely, Future Pollution consists of rock and roll sounding grunge folk with spacey interludes that may seem out of place, but come together perfectly with Kirk’s sultry vocals and lyrics about the weight of the world and the experiences that come with it.

With this being the sixth album under their belt, we’ve seen an evolution in the bands sound, and as fans and listeners, we’re always looking forward to what comes next.