I can't believe I am about to ask this, seeing as how I already know the answer (a resounding "Oh, hell no!"), but are all you kids ready to go back to school? I, for one, got all my wiggles out at last weekend's completely insane Warlock Pinchers reunion, but it's lucky for you this weekend offers ample opportunities for late summer musical merriment.
First up, if you're looking for one last "epic" adolescent summer night make-out session before "the man" starts telling you what to do again, Saturday night's Back to School Bash 2010 at the Black Sheep looks to be the safe-money bet for the giggly teenage shenanigans. Featuring five finely groomed bands of the "punk" and/or "core" persuasions, the showcase will be headlined by the incredibly popular Springs pop punkers, Take It to 88, whose debut EP, Call More Dudes, is blowing it up on the iTunes, and who are using this set to launch a little late-summer Southwestern tour.
Also on the bill are the Springs' As Told By, who are quite ably holding down the "scream" end of the spectrum; Anchorage (recently voted Denver's "best" metal-core band in Westword); Monument's Avila, who like to get a little experimental with their hardcore; and Denver's Forty Fathoms, who throw a little more metal into their mix.
Next up, I'd like to welcome a new group to the SoCO musical family, the Cowboy Dave Band. Recently relocated to the Springs, Cowboy Dave Wilson will make his inaugural local appearance this Friday, Aug. 13 at the Crystola Roadhouse. The group belts out a clean and crisp brand of upbeat and danceable, rockabilly-soaked western swing. Already known along the Texas-Nebraska corridor (and parts of Nashville!) as the frontman for FortyTwenty, Wilson has cut an impressive six-song EP (featuring Col. J.D. Wilkes, of the Legendary Shack Shakers, playing the villain in the "Cowboy Dave Theme Song") with his freshly minted band. There will be plenty more in the future on these guys, for certain — Wilson's opened for living legends such as David Allan Coe and Junior Brown — but until then, give 'em a listen at cowboydaveband.com.
And while on the subject of living legends, my childhood hero Eddie Spaghetti, of Supersuckers infamy, will be back at the Triple Nickel tonight, Thursday, Aug. 12 for another set of his exceptional solo work. Making it all the better, he is going to get backed up by three-fourths of Denver's own Railbenders.
And then tomorrow night, Friday the 13th, just explodes in your face: Built to Spill at the Black Sheep! The Constellations at the Triple Nickel! Decay, Murder Hat and Holley 750 at the Rocket Room! We Are Not a Glum Lot, The Stripe Stripe Fiasco and Foster at Sunshine Studios! Charlie Milo and the Hopeful Heroines at the Gift Shop! The Thirsty Parrot's Five-Year Anniversary Party, featuring Big Gun, the world's No. 1 AC/DC tribute band!!!
Did this just become the greatest summer ever!? I think it did.
Sniff ... sniff...
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