As has been discussed ad nauseam, both in print and whenever two or three musicians are gathered within the greater Colorado Springs area, our humble town is not lacking in musical talent. It's actually a true statement, despite how many times it seems to need to be stated! That said, when a Colorado Springs-based artist is featured in the national press, that's certainly not an everyday accomplishment.
Local psychedelic and shoegaze-tinged standouts Eros and the Eschaton are the latest to garner national acclaim, as the leadoff single "Rxx" from their upcoming album Weight of Matter was recently featured in Consequence of Sound's "Best New Music" feature. The song itself is a synthesizer-kissed, garage-rock firecracker, wherein lead singer Kate Perdoni both laments being born in the wrong decade and guides listeners through a veritable T.S. Eliot "Waste Land" of rock 'n' roll minutiae, such as Neil Young driving a hearse through California and meeting his future Buffalo Springfield bandmates, Gram Parsons' money-wasting, train-based tour of the United States, and Jimi Hendrix's paratrooper training in the 101st Airborne Division.
Summing up the song for Consequence of Sound, Perdoni explained: "Contrary to the flashpan 'famous-for-being-famous' of 2016, there feels a sentimental and poignant significance to the legends and tall tales that defined music history."
Weight of Matter is set to be released from Bar/None Records — another notable feat for a Springs-based band — on Aug. 19.
Meanwhile, as the days quickly get hotter in what certainly isn't related to climate change in any way, the local summer live music opportunities continue to roll in.
103.9 RXP is celebrating the season with a Summer Kick-Off Show at the Black Sheep on Friday, June 24. The all-ages event features the prolific Missouri-based acoustic indie-rock trio Never Shout Never, who have been fixtures on the main stage of the Vans Warped Tour and released their seventh album, Black Cat, last summer on Sire Records. Also featured are Fort Worth, Texas, rockers The Unlikely Candidates, who are currently riding high on their new single, "Your Love Could Start a War," Denver's alternative pop trio 888, and local group ghostRADIO.
In the meantime, a few more notable local music opportunities:
- Carnival time: New Orleans' chaos-courting Dirty Bourbon River Show share a quiet moment of reflection.
On Wednesday, June 22, the Flux Capacitor hosts a night of stoner, sludge and doom metal featuring Austin's Destroyer of Light, Denver's Oryx, and locals Still Valley and Hellhound.
For more metal, head to the Black Sheep on June 22 to catch Act of Defiance, a supergroup featuring former members of Megadeth, Scar the Martyr and Shadow's Fall; locals Pain Machine, Circaic and Fall From Silence open.
Also on June 22, Front Range Barbeque welcomes the Dirty Bourbon River Show, a chaotic and eclectic New Orleans act whose mix of brass-led blues, circus music and voodoo strangeness could fit comfortably alongside Tom Waits' more experimental efforts.
On Thursday, June 23, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus brings its 10-year anniversary world tour to the Black Sheep, with locals Sound Studies and Falter Never Fail in tow. Incidentally, you can pick up Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' new album for free on their website.
Friday, June 24, brings a wide variety of musical diversity: Afroman, the musical equivalent to a fun stoner comedy, plays Rawkus, while Kansas City blues-rocker Samantha Fish comes to Stargazers Theatre and local hip-hop standout Black Pegasus hits Peak 31. Also, if you feel like a quick jaunt down south, or up north, or farther up north, you can catch Michigan-based indie folk act The Accidentals on June 23 at Pueblo's Songbird Cellars, on June 24 at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, and on June 25 at Swallow Hill Music. You can also read the Indy's interview with them this week on p. 35.
Finally, on June 25, preeminent local Oi! and streetpunk band 99 Bottles plays a fairly rare local show at the Triple Nickel Tavern, joined by 4-Minute Warning, The S.O.Bs and The Zipperz.
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