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Well folks, sorry about last week, but I just didn't have it in me. I will spare you the details, but suffice it to say that my little brother and his family are not all dead, praise be Jeebus, and for the love of Gawd, please drive more carefully. Now, where was I?

Oh yeah, tonight! Thursday, April 1, kicks off the Piano Warehouse's 2010 summer of fun, with a fairly significant performance from the proverbial perpetual indie/pop motion machine known as Paleo, and otherwise known as David Andrew Strackany. The Elgin, Ill., native behind the ambitious and remarkably well-executed "The Song Diary," a year-long "song a day" recording project that went so far as to catch the ears of NPR's Morning Edition, he's certainly worthy of his rising underground star status. Opening will be local indie-folkers the Changing Colors, along with the Pachisi Champion and a short set by Natalie Eickmeyer. To check out more on Paleo, which I highly suggest, visit

And speaking of perpetual overachievers: Our very own Don Goede, still glowing from his latest spiritual enlightenment, has arranged not just one of the most significant pop art/music events to grace our town since Daniel Johnston came to the Smokebrush Gallery (which Don was responsible for as well), but nearly a whole weekend of unbelievable events, all orbiting around the irrefutable genius of Ron English (see interview, p. 22), and his band, the Electric Illuminati.

The fun starts Friday night at Smokebrush with an exhibit of Ron's legendary artwork. (Perhaps you've seen his morbidly obese Ronald McDonald billboards, Abraham Obamas, Mickey Mouse-breasted Marilyn Monroes, or Toe Tag Joe Camels.) The weekend will also include a video shoot for the Illuminati's song "Santa Christ" at 8 a.m. in downtown's "A-the-B Park." (Come dressed as your "best" Santa Christ, red and white required.)

There'll also be a special screening of Don and Ron's latest adventure on celluloid, the Abraham Obama movie, starting at 4 p.m., Saturday at Stargazers Theater, followed by a Q&A session, and live sets from the Illuminati and Don's latest music project, the New Depressionists, which he tells me were "inspired in part by the Haunted Windchimes and the Changing Colors, but also as an outlet for death. All songs are about death and dying, but every once in a while, there is a song about love."

And speaking of L-U-V, why don't you spread a little on the RJ Fletcher boys, who are celebrating the release of their debut EP this Saturday, April 3, at the Black Sheep. Featuring ex-members of City of Vanity and Icarus Planes, they cut a fine piece of blue-collar Colorado greaser punk, and fans of Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, Lucero, etc., would do themselves a favor to grab a copy. Joining the celebration will be Roosterd, the popular local bar-punks, and the premium '60s gay-raj revivalists, the Conjugal Visits!

Lastly, this Friday marks the 21st anniversary party for Goth Night at the Underground. Featuring a performance by Peaks and Pasties from 9 to 10, followed by four DJs (Gypsy, Satan, Tony Garcia and Mischa the Bat), this party is sure to make your life worth leaving. I mean LIVING! LIVING!

So there. Smell you later.

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