Velorama Festival Set To Invade Denver Next Month

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In a little less than a month the Velorama Festival will be taking over RiNo with their finalized lineup. Modest Mouse will close out the first evening of Velorama on Friday, August 17 after performances by Slow Caves, Hop Along, and The Kills! Modest Mouse replaces Glass Animals, Glass Animals had to cancel their performance at the festival due to a serious accident their drummer was in. The seriousness of his injuries and long road of recovery ahead caused them to cancel all shows through the end of the year including ours. 

The final lineup will have Modest Mouse, The Kills, Hop Along, and Slow Caves on Friday night. Saturday will have headliner The Growlers, Cold War Kids, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Lo Moon and Brent Cowles. Rounding out the weekend will be Sunday headliner Matt and Kim, Cults, Wildermiss, Tracksuit Wedding and The Shacks.

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Sunday is only $10 so we aren't offing discounts on that day.

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Modern Leisure's New Full Length Album Proves That Love Isn't Always Perfect

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Modern Leisure has just released their debut full length album Super Sad Rom-Com. The project is headed by Casey Banker formally of Shady Elder and The Don't and Be Carefuls.

Super Sad Rom-Com presents itself as the ultimate pop album with nods to bands such as The Shins and Death Cab For Cutie. The 12 song album takes us on a journey as Banker plays the role of story-teller for a complex look at the ups and downs of the modern day relationship. Not to shy away from his feelings Banker expresses true vulnerability in pouring his heart out as he dissects the subtle intricacies of past relationships all played out to an amazing and well produced album that has us celebrating more than hanging our heads.

The album has a handful of stand out tracks such as "Girls In Black", "Super Sad Rom-Com", and "The Lucky Ones". A true testament to well crafted lyrics and capturing the listener, Banker takes us to an all too familiar place in which we all have felt the same way at one point or another. Sit back light a few candles and make no hesitation on sending that risky two in the morning text message, after all whats the worst that can happen.

-Castro

GRiZ Electrified With His Multi-Dimensioned Live Band At Red Rocks

Grant Kwiecinski AKA GRiZ blew us away with his Live Band Performance at Red Rocks on Friday!   He assembled about a 15 person band including himself on the saxophone, his partner in crime Muzzy Bear on the guitar, surprise guest performances, back up singers, drummers of all kinds, multiple brass instruments and even a flute player! We had the pleasure of seeing them at their rehearsal the night before, but nothing prepared us for the production they put on at Red Rocks. The cohesion that all of these instruments had blended GRiZ's mostly electronic style of music with a more instrumental funk that had people dancing all night long! 

Although GRiZ has been mostly absent on social media in the past few months, we could tell the second he stepped on stage that he loved seeing all of his devoted fans. We saw so many people wearing his merchandise that says things like, "Ain't bad, Always rad", "All we need is more love" and "Good will continue." These little reminders of spreading positivity and love were seen and heard all through out his live band performance as well! 

Look out! GRiZ has a few shows coming up that you should know about

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Come one, come all! You better get excited for next weekend because it's going to be a weekend filled with amazing music! GRiZ is putting on a live band performance before his two sold out shows at Red Rocks! Get more details here. GRiZ has also decided to bless us all with two after parties following his Red Rocks shows! Get tickets to the night one after party here and night two after party tickets here. Along with all of these amazing shows, GRiZ has also done a collaboration with Great Divide Brewing Co. and will be selling his 'Chasing The Golden Hour' beer at both nights of his Red Rocks shows. Be sure to grab a cold one and get your dancing shoes on! 

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Janelle Monaé Dazzles As The Dirty Computer Tour Made A Stop In Denver

Janelle Monaé dazzles the Denver crowd. (Photo: Robert Castro)

Janelle Monaé brought her Dirty Computer Tour to the Paramount Theater this past Sunday night. On the heels of a highly praised performance during the BET Awards last week, the Denver crowd anticipated the same worthy performance from the multi-Grammy nominated performer (singer, rapper, actress, songwriter). As the lights dimmed out came Monaé under a spotlight, a thick layer of fog filled the stage leaving only a silhouette of the performer. Going right into "Crazy, Classic, Life", Monaé was joined by a troupe of dancers who accompanied her throughout much of her set. Much of the show consisted of newer material off the Dirty Computer album. Perfecting the role of showstopper, she lit up the stage with a variety of costume changes that adorned black and white checker patterns with flashy red ensembles. 

With a penchant for her love of dance, Monaé performed well calculated choreographed numbers that only brought each song to life giving it an organic feel to the performance. Other fan favorite hits included "Electric Lady", "Yoga", and "Make Me Feel", in which she channeled her own James Brown persona mimicking the legends signature dance moves. Often pausing between songs Monaé took time to mention some of our world's current cultural issues stemming from LGBTQ to immigration gaining positive reactions from the crowd. Her now famous "vagina" pants even made an appearance on the song "PYNK".

Monáe describes the song as, "a celebration of creation, self love, sexuality and pussy power", and that the color pink "unites all of humanity" because it is the color "found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere."

As the crowd disbursed after the amazing show, the whispers of "show of the year" managed to echo across the theaters lobby as patrons made their way to the merch both to give them something tangible to remember the magical night and performance that Monaé brought to the Mile High City.

As for show of the year......we will go ahead and concur with the masses who felt the same way.

Words and Images: Robert Castro

Setlist Here

One of the many costumes Monaé wore. (Photo: Robert Castro)

Preaching the message of love throughout the night Janelle Monaé gave the Denver crowd a memorable performance. (Photo: Robert Castro)