I don't know what we all have been doing different lately, but it seems there has been a recent explosion of interest (from all sorts of media outlets) these days in regard to the music culture here in ye olde Colorado Springs. I have always thought it would be pretty sweet if local music and arts events got the same media respect as high school sports, and although we have a good 50 yards before we score that touchdown, it's first down and we've got the ball! Hail Mary!
For instance, the gentlemen who have been producing the video webcast program, Springs Culture Cast (springsculturecast.com), whose cameras can be found just about anywhere there might be some "culture" lurking about, have recently launched a spin-off (all "Dwayne Wayne" style) by the name of "Sessions," where they let a local band break off a nice big chunk of its music, live! The sessions, which are being filmed at The Smokebrush Gallery and broadcast nightly on PPLD channel 17 at 6 p.m., and on KRCC-FM 91.5 Monday through Friday at 11:55 a.m. and 8 p.m., are well-produced and intimate (i.e. artsy-fartsy) and provide an amazing window into the Springs music scene which I believe will make far "bigger" scenes totally jealous. Thus far, they have featured the likes of Eyes Caught Fire, Posis, Ashley Raines, and Cahalen David Morrison (whom I had never heard before, and am a big fan of now). We can look forward to sessions from hopefully hundreds more area performers.
Another sweet development in support of music is KRCC's picking up the Chicago Public Radio program, Sound Opinions, which will air Friday nights at 8 p.m. The show, which is billed as "the world's only rock and roll talk show," features reviews, commentary and interviews from two highly respected "professional rock 'n roll journalists," Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. The local debut of the program even featured a clip of the great Springs hope, The Great Redneck Hope, and a brief but cheesy interview with noted Springs' "journalist" Adam Leech. For more on the program and a podcast of my interview check out soundopinions.org.
While I'm on the subject, KRCC is throwing a real freaker's ball, otherwise known as the second annual Vintage Voltage Psychedelic Psock-hop, on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Smokebrush Center for the Arts (218 W. Colorado Ave.). DJs GT and Vicky will be blasting out all the hits (and some of the misses) from the '60s.
Oh, and here are some other shows for this week:
You can catch New Jersey punk 'n rollers The Filthy 42's on Friday, Nov. 9, at The Rocket Room along with Alaska's high energy "fun-punk" band, The Scurvies (which makes sense, 'cause I bet there's not a lot of fresh citrus up there).
Then on Saturday, also at The Rocket Room, will be Calling All Cars, Rent to Own and The Right Aways, who are rumored to no longer be a ska band!?!? Bwaaa!?? Don't worry, I'll get to the bottom of it!
And last, for this week, you can also witness the return of The Hazel Branch to theElement. They're returning to the "scene of the crime," so to speak, after a mild skirmish there a few weeks back. Catch their "slightly less intense than the last" set, along with Keeping Sanity, Thanks To You and Build Your Gallows on Saturday. Just remember to watch where you're dancing!
That's all kids, catch you on the b-side!
Keep Adam cultured by sending him all your latest band photos, demos, show info and news at firstname.lastname@example.org.