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Music: Kepi Ghoulie

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
In 2009, Kepi Ghoulie proved just how much of a lovable softy he really is. The guitarist/singer of the Groovie Ghoulies, a now defunct Pop-Punk band, screenprinted a pair of red and white Valentine's Day cards for sale through Asian Man Records. One had a whale gracing the front while the other featured a rat. Both images were cartoony, cheery and lovably dopey. On top of that, each card came with a CD featuring sparse, acoustic renditions of "Supermodel," an original, and "Kiss the Girl," a cover of the song from 'The Little Mermaid.'  

Music: Here Come The Mummies

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Let's clarify things by breaking down the primary differences between Here Come The Mummies and The Mummies. HCTM devote themselves to a carefully constructed blend of vigorous Funk and Rock & Roll whereas the semi-active Mummies spit out dilapidated Garage Punk. Everything sounds like a hi-fi parade to HCTM, with their flamboyant brass lines and meaty rhythms. HCTM's back-story paints them as rotting, 5000-year-old nomads who were rediscovered in a 1922 archeology dig and now roam the globe in search of "the ultimate riff."  

Here Come The Mummies with Johny Fink and the Intrusion

Dec. 3 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, November 29, 2010
Here Come the Mummies devote themselves to a carefully constructed blend of vigorous Funk and Rock & Roll whereas the semi-active Mummies spit out dilapidated Garage Punk. Everything sounds like a hi-fi parade to HCTM, with their flamboyant brass lines and meaty rhythms; for The Mummies, dive bar clatter is king. HCTM's back-story paints them as rotting, 5000-year-old nomads who were rediscovered in a 1922 archeology dig and now roam the globe in search of “the ultimate riff.” The regular Mummies are just guys in a band.  

Darker My Love with Delta Spirit

Dec. 1 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Sunday, November 28, 2010
Darker My Love's foundation is built on forceful stylistic shifts. Both guitarist/vocalist Tim Presley and former drummer Andy Granelli spent time in The Nerve Agents, a confrontational Hardcore Punk outfit whose sonic angle was worlds removed from Darker's nods to Psychedelic and Shoegaze.   

New Shades of Love

Psychedelic Indie band Darker My Love switches gears on new album

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
Darker My Love have garnered comparisons to Psychedelic and Shoegaze titans like Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain and even The Rolling Stones. Their lates album, 'Alive As You Are' doesn't sound any more contemporary. If anything, it sends their aesthetic another decade back, evoking Psych-shaded 1960s and '70s Folk.   

Music: Darker My Love with Delta Spirit

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
In a 2008 interview with the weekly paper Denver Westword, Darker My Love bassist/vocalist Rob Barbato adamantly refuted the notion that his band was immersed in any sense of nostalgia. "No, we're not trying to do any kind of a throwback," Barbato said. "You're influenced by what you're influenced by. We just make the music we make together, the five of us. We're not trying to jump on any scene or anything, you know? If we were trying to do that, we’re like a decade late." The band opens for Delta Spirit Wednesday at The Mad Hatter.  

Cloud Cult Canvases the Indie World

A reinvigorated Indie Pop benefiting from the details

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It's not entirely rare for musicians to have unusual onstage accompaniments. Rob Zombie, for one, surrounds himself with spooky, kitschy ornaments. But Cloud Cult has an interesting addition of their own. The Minnesota-bred Indie Pop band performs as two painters create original works next to them.  

Music: Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys with Los Straightjackets

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Since 1988, Big Sandy (aka Robert Williams) and His Fly-Rite Boys have practiced old-school American music that would have been out of vogue around the time that Williams was born, if not earlier. The Anaheim, Calif.-based group revisits 1950s and '60s Rockabilly and Honky Tonk Country, '20s Western Swing, '50s R&B and Cajun music associated with the '40s. They open for Los Straightjackets Thursday at the Southgate House.  

Music: Cloud Cult

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Minnesota-bred Indie Pop band Cloud Cult performs as two painters create original works next to them. Typically taking inspiration from the day's events, the energy of the crowd or a certain person or scene, Scott West and Connie Minowa's paintings have become vital to a Cloud Cult show. Once a concert's over, the freshly completed works are auctioned off. Cloud Cult play the 20th Century Theater Wednesday.  

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys with Los Straightjackets

Oct. 28 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, October 25, 2010
Long-term nostalgia for a time one has never actually seen is a remarkable phenomenon, and Big Sandy (aka Robert Williams) knows all about it. Since 1988, he and His Fly-Rite Boys have practiced old-school American music that would have been out of vogue around the time that Williams was born, if not earlier.