Conventional wisdom has it that Colorado Springs DJing is pretty much limited to the mainstream pop fare that comes out of Tejon Street sound systems each weekend. Nothing wrong with that, really. But if you want something less predictable this coming Saturday night, venture a block east to the mercifully heated and covered patio just upstairs from Brewer's Republic.
There you'll find members of the Agents of Sound collective spinning everything from Inner City's Detroit techno hit "Good Life" to obscure tracks from the likes of Canadian electronicist Mike Shannon.
"We want to diversify by varying the mood each month to break away from any monotony," says co-organizer DJ Timme regarding SOUL, the ongoing event which began in January and continues at the venue the last Saturday of each month.
This Friday's installment will be heavy on house music, courtesy of Néa Fair, DJ Abundance, Mike Devious, Dayak and Timme, who will also slip some downtempo and dancehall in the mix. On deck for future showcases are healthy doses of ragga, breakbeat, broken beat (ouch), nu jazz, experimental, hip-hop, techno and, if you're good, dubstep.
While Denver's Tribal Touch spun at the inaugural SOUL, this time it's all local, and there's no cover charge.Of course, if you're feeling wealthy, you can hit Denver Saturday for Dubtribe Sound System, Doc Martin and other West Coast talent at Casselman's for $20. Either way, you're gonna have to be at least 21 to get in.
Backing up a bit, we caught a couple sets last Friday by Molly Boyles, who debuted her newly revamped band Lipstick Voodoo at the Townhouse in Manitou Springs. The Springs native, who snuck away to California for 10 years but came back in 2008, is a seriously gifted singer, songwriter and electric guitarist. With co-vocalist Kelly Buettner, drummer Teddy Nazario, bassist Jon Janssen and keyboardist Charlie Pendergradst, she delivered originals like the New Orleans-influenced "Give It Up" and "Happy Man," a soulful ballad that turns samba halfway through.
This being Colorado Springs, the set list wasn't short on covers. Still, it's not every band that can follow up Salt-n-Pepa's "Whatta Man" with Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain." Definitely worth keeping an eye on.
As for this Friday, all you Juggalos and Juggaletes can flock to the Black Sheep for "scary scarecrow" Boondox. I can't vouch for any blood ties between the Georgia rapper and the killer clowns in ICP, but after all, Faygo is stickier than water. And don't miss openers Scum and Troll, because hey, why would you?
If you're on a horrorcore fast, go to the Triple Nickel Tavern Friday for StereoFidelics, a North Carolina improvisatory alt-rock duo featuring the singing and playing of violinist/drummer Melissa McGinley and guitarist/sythesist Chris Padgett. Local bands Deuce and Burn the Maps open.
Elsewhere Friday: Grass It Up records a live album at Western Jubilee, and return Saturday with a completely different set, unless, you know, they really mess something up on Friday. Or get a head start on Mardi Gras at Stargazers with Tribe, featuring Flash Cadillac's Dwight Bement and other local luminaries.
As for the rest of the week, I'm outta room, so let your eyes wander rightward and decide for yourself. Because that's what democracy is all about, right?
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