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Vicky Tafoya & The Big Beat will be crashing this year's Carmageddon.
  • Vicky Tafoya & The Big Beat will be crashing this year's Carmageddon.

Colorado Springs isn't known for its car shows, but hot rod and rockabilly fans do have one thing they can look forward to year after year. This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of King Pin Carmageddon, a day-long event that'll take place just south of Tejon Street's main drag at SouthSide Johnny's.

This year, the pre-1973 car show will feature Los Angeles-based headlining band Vicky Tafoya & The Big Beat. An early rock & roll/rhythm & blues revivalist combo, Tafoya and company have been regulars at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend for several years, and Carmageddon marks their first appearance in Colorado. The band is preparing to release a new album in September, followed by a European tour.

All proceeds from Carmageddon support Silver Key Senior Services, and to get you extra worked up for the event, SouthSide Johnny's is also holding a pre-party on Friday, Aug. 28, with music provided by Fort Collins rockabilly outfit Rodney James & The High Gear Daddies. After all, there's nothing better than attending a party with a hangover from the night before.

Good news forthcoming for hip-hop fans: Sept. 30 brings the fall tour of New York emcee A$AP Rocky and Odd Future standout Tyler the Creator to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A$AP Rocky's new album A.L.L.A. — released preemptively in May due to an online leak — has garnered positive critical notice, while his busy summer schedule has featured a starring role in the film Dope and a head-turning appearance at Lollapalooza that the A.V. Club declared "the best rap set [at the festival] ... and it wasn't even close." Danny Brown and Vince Staples will also perform sets.

Meanwhile, with autumn just around the corner, local indie-folk act The Changing Colors have quietly released some wonderfully atmospheric new music on Two Songs pairs the sparse, folksy "Wolf" with the droning instrumental soundscape "I Said It Out Loud." Shortly after that release, 2 More appeared, following a similar pattern of a stark folk song paired with a chilly, ambient track, this time featuring a cover of local Americana fixture Iggy Igloo's "Hey Wind." Changing Colors frontman Conor Bourgal, who seems interested in further exploring this dichotomous sound, says we can probably anticipate further like-minded releases.

While local shows over the weekend are somewhat thin, there are still some events that are definitely worth your attention:

On Thursday, Aug. 27, L.A.-based Irish-American "Celtic rock" band the Young Dubliners have switched venues from the Thirsty Parrot to Stargazers Theatre. While only two of the Young Dubliners are actually Irish, even their most punk-influenced arrangements have enough lilt to please Celt-rock fans.

Though it might be the final installment of the summer, the Kiowa Sessions XXVIII at the Gold Room on Sunday, Aug. 30, looks to be an impressive entry, featuring the genre-smashing violin heroine My Name is Harriett, acoustic trio Xanthe Alexis & The Electric Universe, and Water Bear, the eclectic Kellie Palmblad and Brett Andrus vehicle.

Oh, and in case you somehow haven't heard, Denver's Riot Fest and Rodeo is taking place this weekend. We've already spilled a lot of ink on the headliners, such as The Pixies, Snoop Dogg and Modest Mouse, but the lineup also features plenty of lesser-known gems, such as Cloud Cult, Doomtree, Speedy Ortiz and Meatwave. So if you're planning to go, you may want to spend some time checking them out online before finalizing your schedule.

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