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Good news, everyone! Drag the River, Colorado's leading alt-flavored country band, has announced that it will be giving away free digital downloads of its most excellent album, Live at the Starlight, while supplies last. According to Virgil Dickerson, owner and operator of Suburban Home Records, "there are no strings attached, no payment plan, no commitment to buy later. Just visit this link [] and download the incredible live album."

Of course, I am sure Suburban Home wouldn't mind you checking out its diverse selection of other fine punk, power pop and country releases, which, for a limited time, are being offered at wholesale prices.

And while I am on the subject of free local album downloads, you can snatch a copy of the immeasurably extraordinary ambient art-pop concept album, Juliet & th' Spirits: A Children's Opera Rehearsal, by my dear friend and intellectual superior, Joseph Dlaboha Kuzma. (He is months away from his Ph.D. in philosophy at Warwick University in England.) Available for free, in its entirety, through KRCC's The Big Something, the album is described on the station's site as "what could be one of the greatest, if not the greatest record, [sic] ever made in Colorado Springs."

Now, even though I was involved with the album's initial release, the statute of limitations on "conflict of interest" has since run out. This is a significant piece of work, and quite simply needs to be heard by as many people as possible. If you do not believe me, well, judge for yourself. The download is free at

The Black Sheep has just announced a new series of Friday night local band showcases. The Front Range Local Music Showcase kicks out the initial jams this Friday, Sept. 4, with a revue of the local ska/mod/punk scene and sets from Murder Hat, Calling All Cars and a group of thoroughly all right and decent fellows — one of my favorite local teenage punk rock bands — the Brixton Automatics. (I really can't say enough nice things about them.) The series will continue to feature all local lineups on Friday nights through September.

I just got word from Jon Severson, the music-loving founder of the Colorado Springs Young Professionals, that he was able to negotiate a fairly sweet-ass deal on discounted VIP tickets for next weekend's Monolith Festival at Red Rocks. The annual two-day indie blowout, Sept. 12 and 13, will feature scores of the nation's (and the world's) top performers, including the single catchiest hook-swipin' laptop DJ ever, Girl Talk (whose latest, Feed the Animals, is also available as a "free / name your price" download at Other notable acts include Monotonix, Of Montreal, Mars Volta, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Doom, OK Go and the Walkmen.

Anywho, go to and click on the "Monolith" advert. You will then be eligible to receive $40 off the regular VIP price, plus an invite to a special CSYP Happy Hour, VIP lounge access all weekend, and, if that wasn't enough to steam your trousers, you will also receive a free T-shirt. Not too shabby, eh?

"The only thing that would make it better," says Severson, "is if the Replacements got together to headline it ..." Yeah right, man, not if Axl Rose has anything to do with it!

Keep those Top 10s coming, and I will smell you next week!

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