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Ian Gott will celebrate his new, um, Funny Bunny DVD - release at Kinfolks this Friday. - GRAHAM TAYLOR
  • Graham Taylor
  • Ian Gott will celebrate his new, um, Funny Bunny DVD release at Kinfolks this Friday.

It seems more and more these days that solid, up-and-coming, top-shelf, national bands are making sure to throw a "tour dart" toward Southern Colorado, and it seems, more and more, that those darts are hitting the tiny town at the foot of America's mountain, Manitou Springs. Sunday, Aug. 17, for instance, the ambient folk group Great Lake Swimmers (see p. 47) will be bringing their compellingly somber songs to Manitou's own Kinfolks Mountain Shop.

Further proving Manitou's legendary "freak-magnet" status is no mere wives' tale, next Thursday, Aug. 21, Split Lip Rayfield (see p. 50), the steam of the outlaw rebel bluegrass engine, will be shoveling hot coal at the Business of Art Centers Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). The Wichita, Kan., trio blends traditional greased lighting banjo and fiddle work with the mouth of a '70s long-haul trucker and the undying spirit of punk rock liberty. Local faves Creating a Newsense will add some homegrown jams in what is certain to be a real barnburner.

Congratulations are in order for local-gone-international horror-pop rockers, the Mansfields, whose "major" indie Gearhead Records debut, Cramp Your Style, is set to be released like a howling pack of Franken-were-zombies with an Aug. 23 celebration at Englewood's Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood). With special guests the Nica-Teens and Get Three Coffins Ready, the Mansfields will stomp out a few of their signature retro punk-a-billy bursts, marking your last chance to see them before a short stint in Hollywood and an extensive European tour. Rumor has it they're getting a few spins on the legendary "Rodney on the ROQ" radio show, so tune in to and make your request!

Ian Gott will celebrate his first independently released DVD at Kinfolks this Friday, Aug. 15. Ian Gott and Madison Square, on Funny Bunny Records, provides visual accompaniment to Ian and Co.'s lyrically driven, grungy, jazzy, art-punk jams. Ian's band, Madison Square, is fairly well-rounded to boot, with Andrew Koken of the Revelators on bass and Chris Combs of leer43, Loverleigh, Charlie Milo Trio, etc., etc., pounding buckets.

Denver's biggest and brightest shooting stars, the Photo Atlas, will shine their exceedingly transmittable dance-core beacon at the Black Sheep on Friday, Aug. 15. In between shows at New York's legendary Bowery Ballroom and their appearance at the Monolith Music Festival at Red Rocks on Sept. 13, this will probably be one of the last times to catch these guys on home turf before they blow up or burn out. When you burn this bright, this quickly, you're bound to do one or the other. Show up early for A Novel Form, the Still City and Ill Be Your Prince.

And not to say they're burning out, but the Murder Formula will give their final performance this Saturday, Aug. 16, also at the Black Sheep. Citing no ill will or lack of love between them, but simply a need to move on to bigger and better things, the MF will throw down the brutal fist of the 719 just one last time. Stay tuned to Reverb for member updates as they become available.

And so concludes another gripping tale. Smell you all next time!

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