Traffic/level of inebriation willing, this is what I’ll be tracking down this weekend at Denverfest.
6 – Ryan Windham: I’m hoping it’s Barry Windham‘s son, but I’m probably wrong.
7 – Brainhammer: From the name, I’m expecting smooth jazz.
8 – Bailer: One of my favorite Denver bands, and one that’s jumped up a notch.
9 – Across Tundras: Sludge, grime, and red sunsets set to operatic doom.
10 – The Forecast/Autokinoton: Tough call. Something you’ve never seen vs. something you love?
11 – Kylesa: See Across Tundras–and rocket fuel.
12 – Red Sparrowes: See Across Tundras, add pretty pictures, Isis (it’s an Isis side project).
5 – Big Timber: Trevor from Bailer will be a busy man this weekend.
6 – El Minotaur: D&D Rock en Espanol?
7 – Low Oriole: Played with these guys not too long ago.
8 – New American Ramblers: Gonna get me some old time religion.
9 – Crestfallen: Heller’s band from back in the day. Denver emo-punk stalwarts.
10 – Planes Mistaken for Stars: FUCK YEAH. RIP.
11 – Christie Front Drive: Back from the dead for one night only.
6 – City of Ships: Just sounds pretty.
7 – Ghost Buffalo: Bros (and sister).
8 – Git Some: Apologies for playing favorites, but Denver’s best punk band right now.
9 – Red Cloud/Mustangs and Madras: Our erstwhile tourmates and brothers in arms.
10 – Golden City: From Brooklyn, with pieces of Christie Front Drive
11 – Think in French: So glad we’re getting to share this experience with them.
12 – TNA plays: One last time, with feeling.
They’re all here. Highlight shows of each night, in my opinion:
Friday: Marquis Theater, all ages
Smoke or Fire, The Forecast, Concrete Cleaner, Bailer, Eyes and Ears
Saturday: Marquis Theater, all ages
Christie Front Drive, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Crestfallen, The Volts
Sunday: Arapahoe Warehouse, all ages
The North Atlantic, Think in French, Golden City, Red Cloud, Git Some, El Toro de la Muerte, Jor Dan, Polar Opposite Bear
TNA’s last show is the last slot of the entire festival, and nothing else is scheduled for that time slot. I’m guessing things will get weird.
The Lotus Eater
Drunk under Electrics
Father in the Sky
Heads for Herod
Bottom of this Town
Atmosphere vs. the Dogs of Dawn
Ministry of Helicopters
More photos and what not to come. The little sis went home to Knoxville yesterday, meaning that I’ll be back on the horse this week. What am I looking forward to? Limbeck at SOMA, Valient Thorr at the Casbah, and not looking after an eleven year old in crowded public places.
Keeping tabs on an eleven year old is proving more taxing than I had anticipated. Later in the week I’ll have more updates, including posts about TNA’s last San Diego show (will it be the second to last TNA show, period?), Barfer?’s last show, and related hilarity.
Until then, I invite you to enjoy the following. Hum, one of my all-time favorites, rocking their hit “Star” on 120 Minutes. Fashionistas, check the tight-legged jean cutoffs on frontman Matt Talbott. In some ways, the mid-90s were a fantastic time before the terrain for alternative music was really all mapped out. I may sound like a nostalgic old man, but ask yourself the question: how often are bands blowing your mind these days?
Your chances to not give a rat’s ass about this band are dwindling.
…but that’s no reason I can’t engage in some speculation right now.
Let’s start with the obvious:
Christie Front Drive
The North Atlantic
I know those guys are playing.
Let’s move to pure speculation, based on things I’ve heard, things people have said, things I may or may not have made up:
Red Cloud West
Mustangs and Madras
Planes Mistaken for Stars (one of their last shows)
Hawks and Doves
Think in French
Crestfallen (reunion show?)
Munly and the Harlots
Machine Gun Blues
These Arms are Snakes
High on Fire
Glass and Ashes