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- Stockholm syndrome: The Swedish trio Miike Snow, whose resume includes a Grammy-winning Britney Spears collaboration, play the Black Sheep June 6.
For punk fans, especially those who have an appreciation for the genre's origins, this Wednesday, May 31, offers an excellent opportunity to catch one of the original U.S. hardcore punk acts — an opportunity made even more extraordinary due to some particular timing.
This past April, lead singer and guitarist of Agent Orange, Mike Palm, was living up to his reputation as one of the godfathers of skate-punk by, well, skateboarding. As described on the band's website, Palm "unexpectedly hung up on a backside grind, slammed, and decimated his wrist." While the band initially planned on still playing at that month's When We Were Young rock and emo festival in Santa Ana, California, a mere day after the accident, they were forced to cancel their appearance, along with several other shows.
However, following surgery, Agent Orange — with Palm playing guitar while sporting a cast — are continuing with their summer tour plans unabated, including their May 31 show at Sunshine Studios with a host of local bands in support.
For those unacquainted, Agent Orange sprang up in California's burgeoning hardcore punk scene in 1979, receiving notice from KROQ-FM deejay Rodney Bingenheimer. Critical acclaim followed with their innovative 1981 debut LP, Living in Darkness, which was one of the first albums to combine punk rock, power pop and classic surf rock. It also featured the band's rendition of "Miserlou," previously made famous by surf guitarist Dick Dale.
Indie-pop trio Miike Snow, meanwhile, do not yet have the benefit of Agent Orange's longevity, but their upcoming appearances in Colorado offer their own beguiling qualities. The band performs at the Black Sheep on Tuesday, June 6, before joining Parisian indie electronic quartet Phoenix and Long Island's The Lemon Twigs the following night, June 7, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Miike Snow comprises American singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt — who actually briefly lived in Colorado — and Swedish producers Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, who worked under the name Bloodshy & Avant and collaborated with a variety of pop stars during the 2000s. (If you've heard Britney Spears' 2004 single "Toxic," you've heard their Grammy-winning handiwork.) Under the Miike Snow moniker, the band has produced three LPs, most recently 2016's iii, and has been known to perform live with a large, custom-made, hexagonal synthesizer known as "The Blob," built from various digital samplers and vintage synthesizer parts. Red Rocks shouldn't be an issue, but will it fit on the Black Sheep stage? Only one way to find out.
Finally, for those who would like to enjoy a sampling of art music for the summer, there's no better way to dive in than with Colorado College's 2017 Summer Music Festival concert series, which runs from June 8-24. The first concert in the series, which takes place at Packard Hall, features a series of small-ensemble pieces.
Included in the diverse June 8 program is an Antonin Dvorak trio for two violins and viola; contemporary UK composer and trombonist Chris Stearn's "Northern Dances" suite for bass trombone and percussion; a quartet by the somewhat overlooked Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, who integrated both jazz idioms and the folk melodies of his native central Europe into his neoclassical works; a piano and flute duo by American master Aaron Copland (you know, of the old beef commercials); and a seven-piece ensemble concertino by the 19th-century Czech composer Leos Janacek.
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