So, I caught word from Don Goede that the New Depressionists, a brand-new project from Jack Medicine and friends (friends, specifically, being Michael Kimbrell and Jaq Kennedy) will be opening for Seth Faergolzia at the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St, in the alley) this Saturday, Sept. 26.
Jack Medicine, you'll remember, is best known for his collaborations with famed "popagandist" Ron English and indie/art legend Daniel Johnston, while Seth found his "lick of the brass ring," so to speak, from his work as lead singer/songwriter for the New York anti-folk group Dufus and his involvement with the original Sidewalk Café anti-folk movement that spawned the Moldy Peaches. So the show should be pretty cool. Actually, no, it should be pretty anti-cool! Also, Don tells me, this concert is being filmed. Please behave accordingly!
In some other "folk/anti-folk" news, local autoharp-strumming super-freak Tall City will be unleashing a set of brand-new music Friday, Sept. 25, at Manitou's Venue 515. Featuring beats created entirely with MS-DOS, Tall City finds itself probing deeply into a terrifying new realm of music called ... brace yourself ... "folktronica"! Also on the bill that evening will be 2009 Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards "Popular Music Group" winner Edith Makes a Paperchain and Mark's Midnight Carnival Show.
Also worth mentioning this weekend: The Lusitania, El Paso, Texas' finest purveyors of Americana-styled roots music, will perform back-to-back shows Saturday, Sept. 26. They're first at the KRCC Fall Open House at 912 N. Weber St., and then at Front Range Barbeque that evening. If you missed the Lusitania its last time through, for shame — this is your chance to make up for it!
Dino's friendly neighborhood bar, which has gradually carved a niche for itself in the infamous Rowdy's building (414 W. Fillmore St.), has recently undergone a bit of a spit shine. Now called the Redstone Room, the new deal is twofold: pizza and sports up front (including the NFL package, UFC fights, baseball games, boxing matches and NASCAR racing on nine flat-screen TVs, I tell you what), and an events room and live music stage with seating for up to 300 in back. It's like the nightclub equivalent of the mullet hairdo! Anyhow, for upcoming events (like Mark's Midnight Carnival Show, Love Dog and Bury Me in Alaska playing Sunday, Sept. 27) as well as booking info, see myspace.com/theredstone.
In one more bit of news, Sunshine Studios has announced plans for a "Battle of the Bands" this November. Basically, it's the usual set-up. Bands will battle to the death (well, maybe not all the way) for a package of recording time, cash and glory. For complete contest rules, fees and timeline, go to myspace.com/sunshinestudios.
And, if you aren't doing anything Sunday, stop by and see me and the Mrs. at the Leechpit's sixth anniversary social scene mixer. With live music from the Haunted Windchimes, the Jack Trades, my new country band the Ghost of Michael Clark, and a few of the Nick Davey/Jeremy Facknitz-related ventures (including Cool for Cats and a possible appearance by the Cockney Bastards), plus free DIY vending spaces for local "creatives," this very well could be the scenester social networking event of the year. What?! It could be.
Oh well, whatever. Smell you later.
Send photos, news and your own lickings of the brass ring to firstname.lastname@example.org.