Boston Celt-punks the Street Dogs, featuring frontman Mike McColgan, are slated for Feb. 8. McColgan was the original singer for the Dropkick Murphys, fronting that band throughout much of the Pleistocene era.
Following in their wake on Feb. 13 are the New York City-based Toasters. The third wave ska band (we're on the 12th wave right about now) has already proven itself by surviving nearly 30 years and more than 40 ex-band members, so they should have no problem making their way to the Springs in the dead of winter.
Also of interest (well, to me anyway) is a band that's been added to the January 30 Single Fire show at the Sheep. Single File, as you may or may not know, is a Denver area band that got itself signed to Warner Reprise and produced by Howard Benson of My Chemical Romance fame.
But it's opening act Flashbulb Fires that I find to be a whole lot more dynamic, inventive and just generally interesting.
And don’t just take my word for it: The band’s Glory album has earned comparisons to Grizzly Bear and early Radiohead. Its hometown Denver Westword drools over how their “harmonies are undauntedly layered with richly orchestrated horns that could come straight from the heavens and vocal harmonies sweet enough to be sung in any choir." Plus, the Des Moines City View calls it one of the best indie-rock albums of the year.
So, you know, there you have it.