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- Hinder’s Lucky 7 tour, probably without the Vegas trappings but built on much success, stops here July 17 at Sunshine Studios.
Though Hinder hails from Oklahoma City, the band’s sound has always dripped with a certain decadence that evokes a whole pastiche of Los Angeles rock ’n’ roll, ranging from glam metal’s brazen strut to Guns N’ Roses’ alternating nastiness and vulnerability. The band’s current Lucky 7 tour — which might suggest some Las Vegas neon is currently occupying their collective psyche — comes to the Sunshine Studios stage on Wednesday, July 17, with support from Royal Bliss, He Kill 3, Alyssa Ruffin and Pretty Vague.
Location Details Sunshine Studios
Hinder has enjoyed some of the most significant commercial success of rock bands in the post-grunge era, with their debut LP Extreme Behavior reaching triple-Platinum status behind the crossover success of its inescapable second single, “Lips of an Angel.” Their subsequent efforts have consistently charted impressively through a slew of Billboard charts, even as the band introduced a new frontman, Marshal Dutton, on 2015’s When the Smoke Clears. In January 2019, the band released a hook-filled new single, “Halo,” from their forthcoming seventh LP.
Elsewhere, the coming weeks look to be filled with a variety of new releases from several prominent local artists.
Emcee Earsiq celebrates the release of his new mixtape Shredding at the Triple Nickel on Friday, July 12. The album is Earsiq’s first official release since his 2016 LP Whiskey and Heartbreak, and also his first major release since a car theft wherein he lost a substantial amount of both equipment and unreleased music.
Given that many among the local hip-hop community are familiar with Earsiq’s formidable skills as a DJ and producer, Shredding is further notable for being one of his first efforts to feature entirely outside production — all the album’s beats were created by producers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger, members of the acclaimed, Minneapolis-based collective Doomtree.
“This project took the longest for me to put together; I really took time and thought this one out,” Earsiq says of the recording process. “I am truly excited as this piece of work is an homage to [Doomtree affiliates] Shredders. I’m proud of the results and how it came out.”
Earsiq will be joined by Les One, Adam Selene, Secret Dog and Clydesdale Entertainment for the release show, where a music video will be shot during the performance.
Meanwhile, on July 19, Lulu’s Downstairs plays host to a double-release show featuring two of the region’s most accomplished indie-rock acts, Spirettes and We Are Not a Glum Lot.
Spirettes, the quintet comprising guitarists/vocalists Kate Perdoni (see p. 27) and Kellie Palmblad, bassist Rachael Michaels, cellist Lisa Show and drummer Emily Gould, have already had an eventful summer, appearing at the Denver Westword Music Showcase in late June and taking the Red Rocks Amphitheatre stage as part of the 2019 Film on the Rocks concert/film series. The band members’ collective pedigree alone is impressive, and their efforts together have certainly lived up to the hype.
As a preview of what listeners can expect from their upcoming release, Esoteria, the band released the single “Promachos” on their Bandcamp account on July 2. It’s a delightfully atmospheric slice of post-punk, led by Show’s hypnotic cello motifs and bolstered by clouds of guitar textures.
We Are Not a Glum Lot, meanwhile, endured something of a protracted process for the recording and release of their new effort, The Price of Simply Existing. While fans may have had to wait a while for new music from the trio of Sam Erickson, Reggie Thompson and Zac Blum — their last LP, the majestic Atychia, dropped in 2015 — the results are well worth everyone’s patience.
The album finds guitarist/vocalist Erickson in fine voice, spiking the album’s material with noisy, immediate pop hooks that complement the rhythmic complexity which seems to come so naturally to the tandem of Thompson and Blum. Ranging from boisterous art-punk to sweeping post-rock, the music of The Price of Simply Existing is as vibrant as Justin Wood’s psychedelic cover art. “I’m really happy with the final product,” guitarist/vocalist Sam Erickson says of the album, despite the trio having to weather some delays surrounding its release.
“The whole album is about dealing with depression and being a misanthrope, so I guess it works out kinda perfectly,” he adds with a laugh.
Finally, keep an eye out for new music coming later this year from local singer-songwriter Xanthe Alexis, who has recorded a new album with assistance from Conor and Ian Bourgal of the Changing Colors. Alexis, who is fresh off a well-received residency at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall in late June, excitedly describes the upcoming album’s sound as a “huge” fusion of Americana and electronica. The album is due in early September, followed by a tour of the western United States by train.
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