New F*ck Buttons out July 23, and it’s as good as expected. Better!

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This noisy UK duo finally have a new album coming out July 23, and oh is it good, immediately grabs you. These guys sure can make a lot of noise for two people, and the new album “Slow Focus” is no different, also being the first album of theirs that they produced. They got a huge amount of attention when a few of their songs were played by Danny Boyle during the crazy London Olympic opening ceremony, but they didn’t water down their sound for the masses with the new release, thankfully. Here is the Olympic Ceremony Link 2012, where most Americans were first introduced to them. Then listen to and watch the video for new track: The Red Wing . Pretty commanding stuff. There’s only seven songs on this album, but they are often pretty long, these guys aren’t afraid to take their time making a point.

I’d shelve this new album next to Flaming Lips “The Terror” in the end-of-the-world genre, beats this heavy and aggressively driving go best with the apocalypse.

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Foxygen Announce New Tour Dates- and they include Denver!

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After a huge debut album, interesting sxsw shows, and touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wampire, Foxygen is ready to come back as the headliners that they are. The psych folk movement is going strong, but they really nail it the best, there’s something more to this band. Catch them at ACL Festival as well this year, you have two weekends to do so this year like they did with Coachella.

Tour Dates:
07/13/13 Louisville, KY- Forecastle Festival
07/19/13 Chicago, IL- Schubas w/ Gauntlet Hair
07/21/13 Chicago, IL- Pitchfork Music Festival
07/25/13 New York, NY- River Rocks Series @ Pier 84 w/ Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
07/28/13 Milwaukee, WI- Turner Hall
07/29/13 Minneapolis, MN- First Avenue
08/01/13 Vancouver, BC- Biltmore Cabaret
08/02/13 Seattle, WA- Neumos
08/03/13 Happy Valley, OR- Pickathon
08/04/13 Happy Valley, OR- Pickathon
08/25/13 Los Angeles, CA- FYF Fest
09/05/13 Salt Lake City, UT- Twilight Concert Series @ Pioneer Park w/ MGMT
09/20/13 San Francisco, CA- The Independent
09/21/13 San Francisco, CA- The Chapel
09/22/13 Big Sur, CA- Woodsist Festival @ Henry Miller Library
09/24/13 Denver, CO- Bluebird Theatre
09/27/13 Champaign, IL- Pygmalion Festival
09/28/13 Cincinnati, OH- Midpoint Music Festival
09/29/13 Detroit, MI- Majestic Theatre- Burgerama Caravan of Stars
10/01/13 Toronto, ON- The Hoxton
10/02/13 Montreal, QC- Cabaret Du Mile-End
10/03/13 Boston, MA- Paradise
10/04/13 Philadelphia, PA- Union Transfer
10/05/13 Austin, TX- Austin City Limits Festival
10/06/13 Austin, TX- Austin City Limits Festival
10/11/13 Austin, TX- Austin City Limits Festival
10/12/13 Austin, TX- Austin City Limits Festival
10/13/13 Austin, TX- Austin City Limits Festival

Widespread Panic just Blanketed Instead of Tarped

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When Red Rocks announced that tarps weren’t allowed any longer, a minority flipped out and all were curious as to what would happen at this week’s four night Widespread Panic run. Watch this video from a past show, it is hilarious, albeit over the top: Running of the Tarps . Anyway, last night was the first show of the run with the new rules, and while people started lining up at 8 a.m., it was just business as usual, no rioting, security not overwhelmed, and people just brought smaller blankets. Everyone going this weekend have a wonderful time!

The Blank Tapes – Band to Watch

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If you are a fan of Foxygen or The Monkees then you will love this band. They have that throwback 60’s sound nailed, and it sounds like sunshine, perfect for summer. The Southern California mastermind behind it all, Matt Adams, is a garage 8-track junkie influenced by The Kinks, and oh does it show, and his songs are fantastic. California is really coming out with a lot of timeless California beach music lately, I’m loving it. They will be playing Hi Dive this Sunday, I see big things for them. I mean, look how cool they look:

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Listen to their music here: The Blank Tapes bandcamp

Link to the video for “Coast to Coast”. Someone else thinks they should tour with Foxygen: “Coast to Coast” video

Shows in Denver This Week – June 26-30th

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Shows in Denver This Week – June 26-30th

Wednesday, June 26th

Everclear – Ogden – This is honestly one of my all time favorite bands. I think Art Alexakis writes fantastic melodies and lyrics, and his sobriety really shows, the man looks and sounds incredible. Saw his solo show last winter at the House of Blues and he was a fantastic storyteller. Can’t wait to finally see the whole band again.

Jamaican Queens – Rhinoceropolis – awesome new band that was my Band to Watch last week

Thursday, June 27th

Water Liars – Hi Dive – really pleasant, NPR-ey duo that sound like they listen to Edward Sharpe and old country music: link to video

Ex-Cult – Lost Lake Lounge – oh, baby. When Ty Segall wants to produce your debut album, you know you’ve got the goods: Segall produced garage rocky goodness

Widespread Panic – Red Rocks – I’m going Sunday.

Friday, June 28th

The Oh-Hellos – Bluebird – in the car this song came on and my husband said “finally The Lumineers wrote a new song”. Wrong, but I’m sure they have heard the comparison many times. Beautiful date night music, I’ve never seen them live, though, maybe they rock it out: “Hello My Old Heart”

Col. Bruce Hampton and DJ Logic – Cervantes – the get down

The Silent Comedy – Larimer – this San Diego band kicks ass, and the lead singer has a great rock voice: listen to Bartholomew

Saturday, June 29th
Widespread Panic – Red Rocks – everyone I know is going

Sunday, June 30th
Widespread Panic – Red Rocks – everyone I know is going INCLUDING me! I’ll be on the front row, look for me on the giant screen, I’ll be noodle dancing.

Justin Bieber – Pepsi Center – saw the show in January and it was honestly one of the most entertaining concerts I’ve ever been to. Bieber plays a ton of instruments and seems very savvy. Bring earplugs for the last five seconds of the countdown, the audience reached 120 on my decibel app (most concerts are 90). Kuroda’s lights are truly a sight to behold, he even makes lasers look elegant.

The Blank Tapes – Hi Dive – just found out about this band and wow! Definitely have that 60’s throwback sound that I love down pat. Go check them out while they are small, they won’t be for long: watch their video

Tame Impala Announces Colorado Tour Dates

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In other CO news, Tame Impala are playing two Colorado shows in Denver and Boulder at the end of October with openers White Denim!!! These guys have blown up in the past two years, and for good reason, they have a huge sound and are good looking. Ive been watching White Denim for years since they were based out of Austin, amazing to watch their success. It’s been awhile since either came through, can’t wait for the shows.
Link to tour dates: Tame Impala Tour

Riot Fest in Denver Lineup is Awesome!!

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Check out that line up. We don’t have too many festivals around here with bands like Rancid and Yo La Tengo, so I’m ecstatic! Replacements reunion is worth the admission alone. Here’s the link to tickets, I’m thinking VIP is the way to go: Riot Fest Website