Electronica has been subsumed by any number of other genres, including metal (Front 242, NIN), pop (Moby, Madonna) and country (kidding about that, actually). But the genre's ultimate fate, and possible downfall, appears to be the jam-band circuit. Enter STS9, the Northern California band whose instrumental amalgam of numerous neo-hippie genres has made it a favorite on the festival circuit. The band's Boulder Theatre (2032 14th St., Boulder) show tonight is sold out, but true fans will still drive up by the vanload in hopes of scoring tickets from scalpers or convincing security to let them in because all music needs to be free. Or you could just go to Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison) on Saturday, where they'll be doing their thing all over again. Visit redrocksonline for more. BF
Potato dough. Gourds. Corn husks ... You would think I might be listing recipe ingredients, but you'd be wrong. In fact, I'm listing various media used in art on display this month (and most months) at Velez Gallery (220 N. Tejon St.). If you're First Friday-ing tonight, make sure to stop by between 5 and 9 when owner Mike Velez and crew celebrate their 20th anniversary of selling indigenous art products from the Americas. There'll be food, drinks, price specials on the goods and live music. Visit velezgalleries.com or call 630-3710 for more. MS
First things first: There is no better song in the history of heavy metal, including speed metal, black metal and NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal), than Motorhead's "Ace of Spades." Had main man Lemmy Kilmister done nothing else, he'd still deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As it turns out, he also played in Hawkwind, mentored the band Girlschool and, on this, his latest tour, is sharing stages with a reunited Misfits. Sure, guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke is long gone, but the truth is that Lemmy could play with your grandmother and it would still be Motorhead. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver). Tickets are $26 to $28; call 520-9090 or visit livenation.com for more. BF
Mountain biking in Cheyenne Mountain State Park on a weeknight two weeks ago, I saw as many deer as other people. You may enjoy a similar situation if you attend a Wildlife Walk there this Sunday morning, or any Sunday morning in September. Just call 576-2016 to let organizers know you're coming, then plan on being in the trailhead parking lot, off Highway 115 across from Fort Carson's Gate 1, at 6 a.m. Entry to the park will cost you the $6 (unless you have an annual sticker, of course), but expert commentary from a naturalist is free. KW
- Drop into Velez Gallery if your lifes lacking indigenous art.
Many political analysts know their audience and shape their predictable views accordingly. A special few, though, have earned higher credibility for their eloquence and depth of knowledge. Among that top echelon is George Will, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentary has been part of the Beltway scene for more than 35 years. His syndicated columns appear in 450-plus newspapers, and he's also a fixture on ABC News as well as in Newsweek. It's perfect timing, just after the conventions, to have Will speaking at 7:30 tonight in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) with his views on the 2008 election, free and open to the public. For more, contact 389-6607. RR
For those of you impatient types who coo for pre-season events, dig this gem that falls 11 days before the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's opening weekend: tonight's Watts, Barton Pine and Beethoven special concert. Pianist Andr Watts and violinist Rachel Barton Pine both with awesome performance rsums that play up awards and world travel, including prior Springs visits join maestro Lawrence Leighton Smith and company at 7:30 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) for an all-Beethoven program. Tickets range from $25 to $55 and are available at ticketswest.com and 520-SHOW (7469). MS
Busy day at Colorado College: Noon brings a luncheon and lecture related to arts during the New Deal; at 3:30, there's a professorial discussion about The Architecture of Desire (see opposite); and at 7, a reading by short-story author Trebor Healey. But in this space, we'd like to highlight another 7 p.m. event, a free screening of For the Bible Tells Me So. The much-lauded Sundance documentary introduces five American Christian families who show "how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child." One of those families and director Daniel Karslake will engage in a post-movie Q&A. Visit forthebibletellsmeso.org for more on this Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) event, and coloradocollege.edu for everything else. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.