Monthly Archives: November 2016

Best shows: Seu Jorge and Kevin Devine

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Much has been written about the so-called emo revival of the last few years, which refers to the return of the sort of ultra-confessional, punk-spiked rock that swept through suburban middle schools in the mid-aughts like a tidal wave of tears. No one could do them like the man himself, but Portuguese singer-songwriter Seu Jorge is responsible for a set of distinct interpretations. 18

David Bowie left behind a veritable jukebox of electrifying pop songs when he passed earlier this year. Armed with a classical guitar, Jorge played stripped down versions of classic Bowie songs like “Suffragette City” and “Rebel Rebel” in his native Portuguese for the 2004 Bill Murray vehicle “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” On Nov. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. Seu Jorge does his best David Bowie on Friday at the Gothic Theater. Photo courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors.  Tickets are $15-$18 via ticketfly.com. His latest iteration comes in “Instigator,” an equally political and rollicking (at once on “Both Ways”) effort on which he’s staked his latest tour. Oh, our music editor has a Snapchat, too. It’ll see him and indie rock rookies-of-the-year Pinegrove along with Denver’s own Petals of Spain play the Marquis Theater on Nov. Seu Jorge and Kevin Devine are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. Seu Jorge — Gothic Theatre, Nov. 18, Jorge will reprise his role from the film at Englewood’s Gothic Theatre, clad in the red beanie and light blue pajama-esque uniform he wore in the film. The singer-songwriter has been putting out albums since the genre’s high tide, transforming just as patiently as he built a following. Kevin Devine — Marquis Theater, Nov. Tickets are $35-$40 via axs.com. Add “dylanacious” to see him make musicians puke rainbows mid-solo. If you ask Kevin Devine, though, the music was never really gone in the first place.

Sharon Jones, powerful soul singer with throwback style, dies at 60

Her death was announced by a representative, Judy Miller Silverman. She had six more albums, but by all accounts her studio work didn’t do her justice. Jones sang in church from childhood and later worked in wedding bands and as a backup singer. Kopple’s documentary shows Jones at the height of her career and at her lowest, when she learned in 2015 that her cancer had returned. “I’m not learning how to sing. In 2006, Amy Winehouse hired the Dap-Kings to back her on the album “Back to Black,” but onstage, Jones “is everything that the much younger Winehouse is not,” Washington Post critic J. Jones stayed with Roth and the small Daptone label because she could sing the music she wanted. “Which is to say, engaged, engaging and full of fire. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the star of our show, the brightest star in the Daptone universe, the super soul sister with the magnetic je ne sais qua, Miss Sharon Jones!”
Jones toured throughout the country and, eventually, around the world. Where Winehouse nervously goes through the motions, Jones swaggers and stomps through her songbook.”
After she was first treated for cancer in 2013, Jones transformed two sassy breakup songs, “Retreat!” and “Get Up and Get Out,” into spirited anthems about her plight. Roth, who played bass and was the leader of the Dap-Kings, wrote many of Jones’ songs under the name Bosco Mann. She was 60. She did not have a Top 40 hit, but she was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014, and her enthusiastic audiences sang along when she belted out such stirring tunes as “I’ll Still Be True,” “Nobody’s Baby,” “The Game Gets Old” and perhaps her best-known song, “100 Days, 100 Nights,” which was featured in television commercials for Fitbit. “You have to look at life the way it is. I open my mouth, and that’s what comes out: soul!”
Jones was 46 when her debut album, “Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings,” appeared. Miss Jones, as she was always introduced in the dynamic stage shows with her backing band, the Dap-Kings, had a raw, unreconstructed singing style drawn straight from the heyday of soul music in the 1960s. Powered by the Dap-Kings’ driving horn section, Jones pounced across the stage, dancing, flirting and thrilling the crowds. No one knows how long I have. The cause was pancreatic cancer. But I have the strength now, and I want to continue.”
Sharon Lafaye Jones was born May 4, 1956, in Augusta, Ga., and spent her childhood in North Augusta, South Carolina. I don’t want to spend it all laid up, wishing I had done that gig.”
Backstage, she was often in pain and barely able to move. But as she tried and failed to launch a solo career, she found work as a dental assistant, armored-car guard and prison guard at New York’s Rikers Island. “You got to be brave,” she told the Associated Press in July. In “Miss Sharon Jones!,” a documentary released this year by Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, Jones repeated what one producer told her to her face: “I was too fat, too black, too short and too old.”
She was finally discovered by Gabriel Roth, a musician who had a small Brooklyn record label, originally called Desco and later Daptone. This story was first published on DenverPost.com “They just looked at me and they didn’t like what they saw,” she told Rolling Stone magazine this year. In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform at the SPIN Party at Stubb's during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. The music was original, but the style was classic old-school soul. She had to be seen live, as she shimmied onstage in glittery, fringe-bedecked dresses, introduced in grandiose style by the Dap-Kings’ guitarist, Binky Griptite:
“Right now, for your enjoyment and pleasure, we would like to introduce to you the funky and dynamic sister who’s exciting dance floors across the nation with her dynamic new sound…. She went through a variety of jobs, including as a prison guard and filling ATMs with money while working for an armored car company. By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post
Sharon Jones, a late-blooming soul singer who emerged in her late 40s with a gale-force voice and a magnetic stage presence, and who kept performing for the past three years while being treated for cancer, died Nov. She insisted on maintaining a steady touring schedule, even as she underwent chemotherapy. But when the long, rousing introduction reached the words, “Miss Sharon Jones!” she found the energy and bounded onstage, with a full voice and soul. She moved in her early teens to Brooklyn, where her mother went, fleeing an abusive husband. “I want to use the time that I have. This sister is so bad, she’s badder than bad…. “I’ve been called retro, but to me, retro is someone young who’s learning how to sing soul,” she told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2010. She was born in James Brown’s hometown of Augusta, Georgia, and sang in church choirs and wedding bands in her youth. Freedom du Lac wrote in 2008. Her survivors include four brothers and sisters. In spite of a voice that reminded critics of Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples and Tina Turner, the diminutive Jones – barely 5 feet tall – was repeatedly passed over by producers and record labels. “Getting out on that stage, that’s my therapy,” she told the New York Times in July. 18 at a hospital in Cooperstown, New York. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking about 110 pounds of soul excitement coming towards you. Even as she underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment, losing her hair in the process, she returned to the stage as soon as possible.

Record Store Day deals and where to find them — Black Friday edition

Record Store Day is an annual event held in April that offers special and exclusive releases of albums to promote independent record stores. (Paul Aiken, Boulder Daily Camera file)
Bart’s Record Shop
Address: 1625 Folsom Street
Suggested time to get there: The store will open at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than normal. open. Colorado Springs
Independent Records
Address: 3030 East Platte Avenue
Suggested time to get there: As the largest store in the Independent chain, it’s the best bet for getting the special release a customer may be looking for. and the store suggests getting there around 7:30 a.m. Boulder
From left to right Kevin Garrison, Jesse and Scott Campbell look over the record collection at Albums on the Hill. Address: 123 East Bijou Street
Suggested time to get there: The store recommended starting to line up an hour before it opens at 10 a.m. He said the store is good at tracking down desirable items after the date, too. But if the weather is nasty, Epstein said people won’t start showing up until closer to the store’s opening at 10 a.m. Richardson, The Denver Post)
The turkey has been eaten, the pie plates are clear and you were able to discretely dump your first egg nog of the season down the drain without anyone noticing. He said they’ll start lining up anywhere from midnight to 5 a.m. Extra special: The store, which plans to have everything on the Black Friday list, will be holding giveaways throughout the day. Michelle Johnson looks over a large selection of vinyl available at Wax Trax in Denver. A store representative said people may start lining up around 9:30 a.m., depending on the weather. The post-Thanksgiving RSD is smaller than the mainstay event, only selling 10 percent of the items. (Helen H. The store, which mostly stocks used records, overstocked the classics, such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Zeppelin and David Bowie. Denver/Aurora/Arvada
Twist & Shout
Address: 2508 E. Posters at Angelo’s CDs in Thornton. Address: 8108 N. Suggested time to get there: Doors will be opening at 8 a.m. 25. Broadway; 16711 E. As a store representative said, good things go fast. Colfax Ave. Thanksgiving is over and it’s a new day — Black Friday. He recommended showing up 30 minutes before open. Iliff Ave. Schneidkraut said the store works hard to cover almost all of the release, but it’s never a guarantee. for the store’s 10 a.m. As Twist and Shout owner Paul Epstein put it, it’s “Record Store Day, Jr.”
But unlike the April version, independent record stores are allowed to continue selling special releases past Black Friday. 13th Ave
Suggested time to get there: Lines aren’t huge for the Black Friday, usually their length depends on that year’s releases. The showing will be that evening at 8:45 p.m. Colorado Ave
Suggested time to get there: The owner said Black Friday is not as crazy as the typical RSD so people won’t need to worry about lining up early. Kurtz said their prices can range from $7.99 to $20 depending on the album. Suggested time to get there: Owner Paul Epstein said 50 to 100 people are typically lined up by the time employees get to the shop at 8 a.m. Extra special: All records are buy three, get one free. Extra special: Singer-songwriter Dusty Stray, aka Jonathan Brown, will be playing at 2 p.m. Albums on the Hill is also sponsoring the Colorado premiere of Vore King, a documentary about horror host and vorarephilia fetish film purveyor R.P. To help with the Black Friday hunt for a special release of Ramones’ “Live at the Roxy 8/12/76” or Alice Cooper’s “Live From the Astroturf,” we’ve compiled a list of independent stores participating in the event and when you should line up. Whalen. The full list of exclusive and first releases is available on the official Record Store Day website. Suggested time to get there: The store recommended getting there an hour before open. Albums on the Hill
Address: 1128 13th Street
Suggested time to get there: Owner Andy Schneidkraut said a line typically starts to form around 5 a.m. Wax Trax Records
Address: 638 E. Extra special: The store has several additional deals, including:

Buy three for $20 orange tag mixtapes
Buy three stickers get one free
15 to 20 percent off select electronics and turntables
Buy two posters get one free

Black & Read
Address: 7821 Wadsworth Blvd
Suggested time to get there: The store opens at 10 a.m. Colfax Ave.; 1959 S. Extra special: The store will host three bands: Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene; Fast Eddy; Trash Canyon & Phallic Meditation. at Boedecker Theater in the Dairy Arts Center. A store spokesman recommended showing up two hours before open to get a good spot in line. Instead, a store stocks records based on what it thinks its customers will want. Address: 3040 West Colorado Avenue
Suggested time to get there: As the smallest store in the chain, a store spokesman said this location will have the least supplies. The first band goes on at 1:30 p.m. This year’s event will be held Nov. Records are available on a first come, first served basis. But the owner said the crowd won’t be as large as it is for April’s Record Store Day. A store doesn’t necessarily have all of the releases. The group is visiting Boulder from Kanas City. The store recommended showing up an hour before the shop opens at 10 a.m. Two years after the main event started in 2008, Kurtz introduced Record Store Day Black Friday. Instead of forming lines outside of large retailers promoting mass-produced, sometimes cheap items, as is customary on Black Friday, Record Store Day founder Michael Kurtz asks people to subvert the corporations by lining up at independent record stores and celebrating music during the holiday season. Academy Blvd. (YourHub file)
Angelo’s CDs
Address: 937 E. The Leechpit
Address: 3020 w.

Trev Rich shares Cash Money debut album title, release date

The Denver MC is in good company on the label, sharing space with the likes of hip-hop luminaries Drake, Tyga, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne
Rich commented to Hip Hop DX about what the album means to him. It’s a new chapter, it’s a new slate to my career. “I definitely feel like this is fresh. The presumed album cover for Trev Rich’s “To Make A Long Story Short.” Photo via Trev Rich’s Instagram. Over the weekend, the rapper posted a photo to his Instagram feed of what looks like an album cover (if that “Parental Advisory” logo has anything to say about it) with a title: “To Make A Long Story Short.”
According to Birdman’s social media, the album is set to come out on the Rich Gang imprint on December 19. Denver rapper Trev Rich has announced the release date for his Cash Money Records debut. Going from that to this, I don’t how any artist would not be motivated, not be inspired to do better and stretch and go outside of what you think your box is when it comes to creativity and just try to make the best music possible right now.”
The news brings a spotlight to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in Denver, one rarely heard from on a national level.

Kanye West cancels rest of Saint Pablo tour, Denver date

(We didn’t even know that could happen to auto-tuned rappers!)
Then came this weekend, which was a weird one, even for you — one where you endorsed president-elect Donald Trump, asked Jay-Z not to send “killers” at “(your) head” and cancelled a show in Los Angeles that was meant to make up for that one you bailed on after your voice gave out. But probably not for long. 28 show at Denver’s Pepsi Center. — Gerrick D. You haven’t played here since April 2008, all the way back when Rihanna was just an opener and not an arena-filling phenomenon in her own right. #SaintPabloTour are nixed. But then came word from the Los Angeles Times’ pop music writer Gerrick D. Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy) November 21, 2016

That news was subsequently confirmed by LiveNation this morning. Dear Kanye West,
We’ve missed you. First, there was that Kim Kardashian robbery, and then that show you ended early when your voice gave out. Regards,
Denver — Gerrick D. (Her last show in Denver was in 2013.) You’ve played a pond in Armenia in the last eight years, but you haven’t touched Colorado, canceling each of your last four tour stops slated here. From what we’ve heard, not so good. Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy) November 21, 2016

No word on European dates that were planned for 2017. You’ve had some weird moments on that floating stage that you’ve been riding across the country on your Saint Pablo tour. It begs the question: Are you ever going to perform in Denver again? All that would be well and good had you still planned to make your Nov. Kennedy that you aren’t planning on following through with the rest of your Saint Pablo tour dates:

Just got word from a source that @kanyewest informed his crew that remaining dates of U.S. Despite your best efforts, you still have fans here. How have you been? File: Rapper Kanye West performs at the Forum on October 25, 2016 in Inglewood, California.

Kanye West cancels show at Denver’s Pepsi Center

Read our open letter to Kanye West on the cancelation of his Denver show here. Purchased will be fully refunded at the point of purchase according to a release from LiveNation, the promoter for the tour. West’s last show in Denver was back in 2008, when he played the Pepsi Center with N.E.R.D. Since then, he’s cancelled 2013’s Yeezus date, which he blamed on technical problems, his Watch the Throne show with Jay Z in 2011 and 2009’s Fame Kills tour with Lady Gaga, which had all of its tour dates called off. The news was first rumored by Los Angeles Times writer Gerrick D. The news follows a strange weekend for West, who ranted on Donald Trump and cancelled a Los Angeles show hours before it was scheduled to begin. Kanye West has canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour, including a Nov. Kennedy last night and subsequently confirmed by LiveNation this morning. and Rihanna. This marks the fourth consecutive concert that West has cancelled in Denver. File: Rapper Kanye West performs at the Forum on October 25, 2016 in Inglewood, California. 28 show at Denver’s Pepsi Center.

Tattered Cover announces Bruce Springsteen meet-and-greet

MST via this EventBrite link, which will go active at on-sale time. In an email, a representative said Tattered Cover won the privilege after submitting a detailed event proposal to Simon & Schuster, the book’s publisher, shortly after the book was announced early this year.   Tattered Cover will be one of a select few bookstores that Springsteen has stopped through to promote “Born to Run” this year. The proposal included a personal appeal from Tattered Cover co-owner Len Vlahos in the form of a one-take music video shot in Tattered Cover’s Colfax location. 30 at noon. Tickets to the event are $32.50 and come with a pre-signed copy of “Born to Run,” a photo opp with The Boss and a spot in the meet-and-greet line. Tickets go on sale Nov. Watch that below. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Independent Denver bookstore Tattered Cover has announced a meet-and-greet with rock legend Bruce Springsteen to mark the release of his new memoir, “Born to Run.”
Springsteen will visit the Colfax Avenue location of Tattered Cover on Nov. DENVER, CO – MARCH 31: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on March 31, 2016. Bookmark that sucker: Tickets are limited and will sell out fast. 22 at 10 a.m.

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Plastic Daggers are interesting. Well, Plastic Daggers has bassist Keaton Kidder who plays bass as if it were a guitar. Second, duos almost always have to play louder and more aggressive than other bands to compensate for the lack of other instruments contributing to the fullness of sound. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.  
The first thing you need to know about Plastic Daggers is that it is a duo, bass and drums. First, a duo that is bass and drums, rather than guitar and drums, is a rare species that must be approached with caution. They are loud, they are in your face, they create a wall of sound, but they are also lovable and super fun. On December 10, they will release their EP, “Shotgun,” at the Hi Dive with a show they are marketing as “Make America Deaf Again.” The EP is being released on Sailor Records, which is a reliable source for Colorado music with a kick — check out all their bands. The things he has to overcome to do this are outstanding. While it’s true that duos are no longer novel, they are still interesting, especially when they are doing something other than garage blues rock. They exist at the crossroads of punk and blues, and that’s an intersection most rock fans can hang out at. It makes sense, really, since the bassist and drummer usually have a special low-end bond. Below, steal an exclusive download of “Fireline” and listen how the opening bass line builds into a song. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Here, Plastic Daggers oblige. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.