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Roland thunder: Arch Hooks celebrates a new CD at the Manitou Art Theatre on Thursday.
  • Roland thunder: Arch Hooks celebrates a new CD at the Manitou Art Theatre on Thursday.

After more than eight years of steady gigging, Arch Hooks, a well-known character in the SoCo bar scene, will be releasing his third studio album, Chemistry, at a special "dinner and show" event on Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St.). Included with the tickets, priced $25 for couples (or $20 for the schlub who flies solo, so get a date already!), is a copy of the brand-new disc, as well as "edibles" and "potables," and of course, the unique experience that is Arch Hooks. Making this event particularly interesting, the aptly named Mr. Hooks says, will be a renewed focus on his original compositions.

"Around town, I'm known more as a cover band," he says. "Many have heard a few of my originals, but this Thursday, they'll be able to see an all-original show with a full band."

For more on the "electric piano-man" often billed as a "freak of nature," hit up archhooks.com.

While on the subject of folks billed as "freaks of nature": On Friday, Dec. 12, 91.5 KRCC-FM and A Music Company Inc. present Alvin Youngblood Hart, the "cosmic love child of Howlin' Wolf and Link Wray," performing an ber-exclusive solo set of hardened, "take no prisoners" country blues at Jimbo's Take 2 (2427 N. Union Blvd). With only 70 seats available, Jimbo's is easily the most intimate setting in Colorado for top-tier national blues/roots talent and Hart surely is that, having earned the 1997 W.C Handy Award for Best New Artist, as well as two Living Blues Awards, not to mention a Grammy nod in 2003. Tickets and more information are available through krcc.org or amusiccompanyinc.com.

And again with the "freaks of nature" thing: The Rocket Room (maybe you've heard of the place) is seeking some last-minute "talent" for its totally not-copyright-infringing live version of the Gong Show. Assuming all the regulars come, this so-called talent show, to be held Saturday, Dec. 13, will most quickly dissolve into a "freak show." If you think you've got what it takes, call 447-4990, or register at myspace.com/therocketroom. Gong!

And having absolutely nothing to do with freaks or nature, on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Phil Long Expo Center (1515 Auto Mall Loop), the Monument-based music marketing/promotions team, No End for Tomorrow, will present a rock/hardcore/metal showcase featuring an all-star cast of local scene sensations including the Bloodshed Ensemble, BodyCast, Anchorage, In Separate Cities, There be Monsters, At the Scene, the Skyline Surrender, Vegas Baby, Zombie Slumber Party and This Glorious Day. Proceeds from the $10 cover charge will be donated to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. The show starts early, at 5 p.m., and you can find out more by visiting myspace.com/neft_mp. For more on Save the Music, visit vh1savethemusic.org.

Of course you punks haven't forgotten about the Death by Stereo, Fight Like Hell, A-Holes, Crusher Destroyer show on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Black Sheep. Or Agnostic Front, First Blood, Before We're Done and Bankrobber on Wednesday the 17th, also at the Black Sheep. No, of course not. That would be silly.

Smell you later.

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