Grammy-Nominated Bands Bring Me The Horizon & The Fever 333 Rocked The Fillmore

Bring Me The Horizon.

Bring Me The Horizon.

Grammy-nominated rock band Bring Me The Horizon released their sixth studio album Amo in January. Amo is the band's most experimental album to date and possibly the most divisive album for longtime fans. But it may also be one of their best musically and commercially with hit songs “Mantra” and “Medicine” but also some of the deep tracks like “Sugar Honey Ice & Tea” and “Heavy Metal,” which round the album out nicely. It’s the only time in the band’s history that they have had a #1 album in the U.K. The band first gained notoriety as one of the premier deathcore bands in the mid 2000s and slowly gained a “poppier” sound with each successive album, leading them to be one of the most popular rock acts to date.

BMTH are currently on the First Love Tour supporting the latest album with special guests The Fever 333 and Thrice. The sold0out show at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver this past Monday was packed to the brim early. Fans were setup to see fellow Grammy-nominated artist The Fever 333, who are known for their crazy onstage antics, particularly front man Jason Butler (formerly of Letlive). Old-school hard rockers Thrice were sandwiched in the middle, playing a solid show to setup for BMTH.

BMTH are known for putting on entertain and theatrical performances with a great light show to match. The set started out with a bang, with streamers flying throughout the venue as the notes for “Mantra” shook the building. Even with a couple of technical difficulties in the first few songs, BMTH powered through like nothing was wrong. The band rarely plays any songs from albums older than Sempiternal, much to the ire of the OG fans, but they still rocked the heavier songs from that album. The set was topped off with the #1 single from the band’s last album Throne, and they then sent everyone home with a confetti shower to celebrate a night of amazing music.

The guys are on the tail-end of their U.S. tour before they take a quick break and start again on a Mexico and South American tour. You can check out Amo for yourself and follow the band here.     

-Nathan

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Hollywood Undead Bring Unique Rap-Rock Blend to the Fillmore This Week

By: Nathan Sheppard

Rap-rock group Hollywood Undead, best known for their debut album Swan Songs, will be hitting the Fillmore Auditorium this Wednesday, April 18th for a co-headlining show with In This Moment and support acts Ded and The Word Alive.

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The five-piece band from Los Angeles, known for their intricate mask designs, released their fifth studio album Five last October and are taking their new beats on the road this spring. You can anticipate a mix of their new material including “California Dreaming” but also some fan favorites like “Undead” from the guys. Hollywood Undead are known for their crazy live shows, so with the first stop of the tour being in Denver, expect the energy to be through the roof as both headliners put on an epic performance. You can check out the newest album here and tickets for the event can be found here.

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-Nathan

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Awolnation Brought 'Here Comes The Runts' Tour To Denver

By: Nathan Sheppard

Alternative indie band Awolnation was a Denver concert highlight last week when they played to a packed Fillmore Auditorium.

Irontom.

Irontom.

Opening up the festivities was Irontom, led by the animated Harry Hayes who danced around the stage for the entire set. Along with Hayes’ entertaining moves, guitarist Zach Irons (guitarist of Awolnation as well) showed off his talent with the band, playing impressive guitar solos that were enjoyed by all. UK band Nothing But Thieves followed, who are coming off their sophomore album Broken Machine. They breezed through their half-hour set with a cohesive list of songs.

Awolnation then took the stage with some epic lighting and a jam session until frontman Aaron Bruno took the stage as the band broke into “Here Come The Runts.” The first half of the set was heavy, with a lot of their newer songs like “Passion,” “Handyman,” and the super catchy “Miracle Man.” As they continued, Awolnation’s older songs had the venue rocking with “Run;” they closed their night with their smash hit “Sail.”

Awolnation.

Awolnation.

Overall, Awol showed that they don’t want to rest on their past success and will continue to push the envelope with their music. Fans supported them with their passion and energy, singing along to every song, new and old. You can check out the few remaining shows of the band’s tour and their newest album Here Come The Runts here.

-Nathan

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Colorado Halloween 2017: Your Guide To All The Best Halloween Shows Happening This Month

By: Mirna Tufekcic

‘Tis the season of witches and warlocks, zombies and monsters, and some kick-ass parties honoring All Hallow’s Eve. If you’re anything like us, you’ve already started gearing up for the most fun weekend of the year- the one that celebrates the weird with music, costumes, and more music. Colorado music lovers, we’re here to tear you apart with choices of all the celebrations taking place around the state for this year’s Halloween weekend.

Boulder

Papadosio.

Papadosio.

Thursday 10/26: The Boulder Theater presents the unmistakeable: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient- Denver’s Rocky Horror Shadowcast will perform along with the film. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a virgin to this interactive movie and theatre performance, it’s sure to make a great start to a funky weekend. The key word for this event is interactive.  Expect to touch or be touched.  

Friday & Saturday 10/27-10/28: Halloween weekend at The Boulder Theater will host a two-night “Rave from the Grave” party with Papadosio and friends. Papadosio plans to pay tribute to some of the 90s and early 2000s electronic artists that influenced their path as a band. To pop the cherry of this event, Boulder’s own Dynohunter will take guests on a journey through deep, grounding house tunes, just to lift you up through organic electro peaks and valleys you can rave about all over the dance floor. Saturday night, the party will start with Bass Physics, a one man show put together by Denver’s esteemed Arja Adair guaranteed to provide positive tunes while mixing up acoustic guitar and electronic sounds. Two-day passes are already sold out for this weekend, but click here to buy a one day ticket before they’re all gone. This event is likely to sell out soon.

Sunday 10/29: The Fox Theatre is hosting Sinful Sunday Halloween Party with Midnight North and All Chiefs. This ought to be an upbeat, dancey, bodies-grinding-all-night kind of show as Midnight North brings their soul, country, rock’n’roll, and All Chiefs their indie beeps, boops, and digital sprinkles to make any body groove. The show is free to industry folks; if you’re not one of those get your hands on some tickets here.

Tuesday 10/31: Snakehips make their return to Fox Theatre for Halloween, where we expect to see lots of fun costumes groovin' to their bass drops. Tickets here.

Denver

Marilyn Manson.

Marilyn Manson.

Saturday 10/07: The Mile High City has big things on the agenda throughout October in almost every music venue. The spirit of the season starts with thousands of living dead wannabes at Denver’s Zombie Crawl, and the city will no doubt be bustling with dark spirits from then through the end of October.

Thursday 10/19: Marilyn Manson will bring his tour to the Fillmore Auditorium, as long as he’s healed up from his recent stage injury. While not a Halloween weekend event, it’s close enough, especially since he’s known for having the most disturbing Instagram account around. Enjoy. UPDATE: This show is rescheduled for 01/20/18 - details here

Friday 10/20: The Gasoline Lollipops are bringing you one scary hoedown at Denver's Lost Lake tonight. Hosted by 105.5 The Colorado Sound, Grayson County Burn Band and Whipperpool will join Colorado's favorite alt-country outfit on good 'ol Colfax for an eerie time. 

Friday 10/27: Lost Lake Lounge is throwing their Terrified Halloween party with Modern Suspects, a “popternative trio,” Optycnerd, an electo-indie-pop beats duo that bring the heat to the dance floor, and Vynyl, an electronic hip-hop pop duo. This one’s set for a full house of Denver-based musicians and beat-makers bound to terrify you into dancing the night away.

Friday 10/27: Syntax Physic Opera will host an early event starting at 7PM called Hell Toupee, A Lounge Night in Hell, which is a comedy and variety show. Then starting at 9PM, you can check out Lillian’s album release party.

Friday & Saturday 10/27-10/28: The Oriental Theater will have a weekend packed full of halloween celebrations. Friday night is the Third Annual Monster Ball with Alice in Chains and KISS tribute bands. Need I say more? Saturday night is reserved for a costume contest event called MORTIFIED, an international storytelling event where adults share their most embarrassing and hilarious childhood artifacts in front of total strangers. Dare I say terrifying?

Optycnerd.

Optycnerd.

Saturday 10/28: Bar Standard/Milk Bar will host a Colorado HELLoween Ball with TR/ST. It's the biggest event of the year from promoters Ritual Noize. TR/ST is considered a popular goth/industrial/dark electronic artist and HELLoween is a party for just such fans, so it should be a hell of a time if you’re into that scene. According to Ritual Noize, “HELLoween has always been about mixing club culture, the Halloween tradition and live musical performances with a horror theme attached.” This year the decor will be Psycho-themed; hurray for Hitchcock fans!

Saturday 10/28: Halloween Hootenanny at The Bluebird Theater will feature Denver DJ Wesley Wayne and a costume competition that can score you year passes to some of Denver’s most beloved venues. Click on the Hootenanny link above for details and if you plan to attend, you’d better come in your best costume yet.

Saturday 10/28: Gothic Theatre is throwing Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery party with Deer Tick and special guest Chris Crofton, who will open up the event with, hopefully, a very funny set before things get groovy and ghosts begin to apparate. Deer Tick hails from Providence, Rhode Island with a rebellious take on alternative, folk, rock’n’roll, and country vibes.

Saturday 10/28: Larimer Lounge is hosting their Halloween Edition of Dance Yourself Clean with DJs inspired by the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Grimes, Blood Orange, and more. Shake off the sugar with this one.

Estes Park

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Saturday 10/21: The Shining Ball at the Concert Hall of the famous Stanley Hotel will have yet another yearly Halloween staple with Denver’s beloved Gasoline Lollipops. We imagine the band will truly bring the spirit of Halloween to life, with growls from frontman Clay Rose and howls from the audience over the band’s poignant lyrics and dark, stompy tunes.

Saturday 10/28: The legendary Masquerade Ball at the Stanley Hotel will conclude the Halloween events at the haunted property with live music by Jonny Mogambo backed by a full band.

Fort Collins

Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Friday 10/13: Mishawaka Amphitheatre will host a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening all its own with a troupe of actors, games, and trivia. There will also be a costume contest and drink specials. Practice your time warp now.

Friday 10/27: Hodi’s Half Note is getting metal with Skinned, A Flood Foretold, Inficier, and Voracious Souls. Headbang until witching hour.

Greeley

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Friday 10/27: Sweaty soul outfit The Burroughs are headlining Moxi Theatre’s 4th Annual Halloween Extravanganza, and chill wave beach band Slow Caves are opening. No word on if the bands are dressing up yet, but fingers crossed.

Sunday 10/29: The Moxi is also throwing a purely metal Halloween show this weekend with Bash, Skinned, Last Word, Infinited Conscious, and Cyber Zodiac. Go get weird.

Jamestown

The Alcapones.

The Alcapones.

Saturday 10/28: If it’s in your interest to get away from all the debauchery and chaos of city life during Halloween, then the quaint town of James has something for you. They are hosting The Alcapones at the good ‘ol Merc. A ska/reggae band with a mountain flare, The Alcapones will definitely bring the house down and set this mountain roof on fire.    

And finally, for those of you wanting to see and hear live music without all of the Halloween hype, here’s what’s good:

Friday 10/27: Tonight at the Hi-Dive in Denver is Jocko Homo, an event to pay tribute to 90s and 2000s alternative rock bands like Incubus, Weezer, and Modest Mouse, with cover bands honoring all three respectively. Sidenote: Actual Incubus and Weezer play Red Rocks this month.

The Infamous Stringdusters.

The Infamous Stringdusters.

Friday & Saturday 10/27-10/28: Denver’s The Ogden Theatre will host two nights of The Infamous Stringdusters this weekend. Party down.

Saturday 10/28: Red Rocks Amphitheatre will be abuzz with Russ, an American hip-hop singer/songwriter, recording artist, and producer.

Tuesday 10/31: Dream pop four-piece Alvvays  are ringing in actual Halloween night at Denver's Bluebird Theater with Jay Som.

Tuesday 10/31: Denver's own Itchy-O play Summit Music Hall on Halloween, which is fitting for this avant-garde and experimental marching band. The show is sponsored by Meow Wolf, so expect to get weird. 

See you out there somewhere Halloweenies.

-Mirna

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PJ Harvey Brought Her Forceful Glory To Denver

By: Sierra Voss

A wild and unique force took hold of Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium this week. PJ Harvey and her 10-piece band put on a truly fierce performance for those that made it out to her show Tuesday night. PJ is friction: she is an uncomfortable feeling that pokes at you to engage with her music, and even more so, with her perception of the world around us. Like a human time bomb, you simply wait and watch to see what strange and fascinating things she will do next.

PJ Harvey.

PJ Harvey.

Tuesday night’s performance was everything. It was awkward, punctuated, solemn, powerful, creative and energizing. The show started as PJ Harvey and her 10 piece band walked out in a straight line, like a funeral march, as they took their places on stage. Harvey went almost unseen as she took a place amongst the horn section, playing her saxophone to start off the show. After the musical intro she stepped forward to the center mic and began the next song. Throughout the show she would flawlessly transition from singing, to howling on her sax, to fading back and becoming a part of the horn section between musical interludes and breaks.

Harvey’s songwriting is starkly different then most. Her lyrical phrases sound like she is reading from a book or report. Each song describing the topic at hand with facts, emotions, and opinions all intertwined. I couldn’t help but feel like Harvey was the audience's Alien Leader, dramatically describing to us the world she just visited. Her setlist included many songs from her new album, The Hope Six Demolition Project. They played “The Community Of Hope,” “The Wheel,” “The Ministry of Social Affairs,” “River Anacostia,” and “A Line in Sand,”as well as some old favorites like “Let England Shake,” “Down By The Water,” “The Words That Maketh Murder,” and “When Under Ether.” Harvey and her crew even played a surprise cover of “Highway 61” by Bob Dylan.

In a world full of musical and societal norms, PJ Harvey breaks free. Her recent Denver performance was a brief escape for everyone in the crowd. Check out my favorite song off PJ Harvey’s newest album below.

-Sierra

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Regina Spektor Tells Fans of Her Refugee Roots & Shines Bright at Denver Show

By: Sierra Voss

The very talented Regina Spektor took the stage at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium last week, and one thing was instantly made crystal clear: Regina is incredibly well-loved by her fans. Audience members cheered during the intros of every song, yelled out words of encouragement throughout her set, and clapped and sang along with her to almost every word.

Regina Spektor.

Regina Spektor.

Regina Spektor recently released her fifth album, Remember Us To Life, last summer. She originally hails from Russia, where she began to take classical piano lessons at age six. When she was nine, her family moved to the the United States where she continued to play piano and began her adventures in songwriting. She self-released her first three records, and was later signed. Both her records Far and What We Saw From The Cheap Seats debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, an impressive feat for any artist.

Regina played some fan favorites at her Denver show, including “Eet,” “Blue Lips,” “Bleeding Heart,” the theme song “You’ve Got Time” from the TV show Orange is the New Black, and a Leonard Cohen cover of  “Chelsea Hotel #2.” Spektor is well known for making each of her songs varied in musical style, and this was evident in her live performance, where every tune embodied totally different emotions, structure, and sound. Her style made for an extremely engaging performance.

Check out Regina Spektor’s latest single, “Bleeding Heart”:

One of the most powerful parts of the evening was when Spektor stopped mid-show to deliver a powerful message before she launched into her song, “Ballad Of A Politician.” Looking out at the crowd, she said:

“As we travel through this incredible country, I feel like it's really important for me to thank the United States and remind everyone that I am a refugee- I came here as a refugee. I am forever grateful that I was taken in and taken care of. When I swore I would fight and protect this country, I swore to fight for the environment, civil rights, equal rights, no bans and no walls. I don’t believe in this shit that’s currently happening right now. I believe in education, love, progress and f*cking fun.”   

The crowd once again cheered as Regina started in on the next half of her show. Her overall set was truly beautiful, thanks to her all-encompassing spirit and artistry. Fans were happy and Regina couldn’t stop smiling. Catch Spektor live for yourself on her current tour; show dates here.

-Sierra

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If you're looking for a weird night out, this could be it Boulder.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

For the deadheads. 

You trippin'.

You trippin'.

I don’t know why I didn’t anticipate the Grateful Dead following I’ve found here in Boulder. I know Colorado loves a good jam band- people are still insisting on telling me about their experience at that Phish show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park last month. And don’t worry- if you missed out, Phish are actually rolling back through Colorado for double nights at The Fillmore in November.

But yes. Colorado loves a good jam band. So it should have made sense that I’d find a collective of Deadheads in Boulder. And with the semi-recent opening of Owsley’s Golden Road on The Hill, it’s obvious there is a demand for the eclectic style of zee dead, “which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock. . . and instrumental jams.” And so Deadheads, this one’s for you. If you f*cking love jam bands, if you f*cking love space rock, if you f*cking love acid, then I’ve got two fine options for you tonight in Boulder:

1. The Dark Star Orchestra is playing the Boulder Theater tonight and you can go for $25. The DSO has been playing shows together for 17 years to “continue the Grateful Dead concert experience.” They’ve played small venues, giant festivals, and they even have their own gathering (of course) called The Dark Star Jubilee. Their set list will be comprised of songs throughout the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of touring, so you’ll get a little taste of all the magic. And if you happen to miss this (or you just want more), at the end of the month, two members of the DSO will play a show with their sons at Owsley’s, which you can read more about here. The fun starts at 8PM tonight kids.

Artwork at Owsley's.

Artwork at Owsley's.

 

2. Do you remember drinking purple vodka s*hit at The Goose? Well you can’t do that anymore, bro. What was once the Goose is now Owsley’s Golden Road in Boulder, a Grateful Dead-themed bar named after the famous sound engineer and LSD cook, Owsley Stanley. This actually completes a trio of Denver/Boulder based Grateful Dead bars for owner Jay Bianchi. You have probably been to Quixote’s True Blue and Sancho’s Broken Arrow if you love Owsley’s. In fact, allegedly, there are actually groups of people who just party between the three spots living out of their vans on a very consistent basis. But look the point is, tonight The Jive Tribe is playing Owsley’s and you could go check that out my dear Deadheads. The Jive Tribe are a Denver-based jam band and their show will hit Owsley’s stage from 7-11PM.

So go get tab it, you jam-band loving Boulderites.

-Hannah

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Back with Brand New in Denver

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Brand New is back, just how you remember them.

When Brand New announced a Denver show this year, I freaked. I first heard Brand New circa 2007 after a boyfriend included “Jesus” in a CD mix he gave me (because nothing said I love you back then like a bunch of emo songs). Jesse Lacey’s screams could make any high school girl toss her polos aside for studded belts and skater shoes, so this was a show I had to see.

But just when I thought I’d be splashed in nostalgia, Brand New opened the set with their first new song in six years, “Mene”. Weird title; cool song. The drums set the tone right at the start for what is a pretty rockin’ post-hardcore track. And the ‘don’t feel anything’ chants near the end of the two and a half minute jam caused an immediate moshpit, which I guess was Denver’s way of saying, “We approve.”

It's all in the backbends.  

It's all in the backbends.
 

Brand New then played a couple of tracks from Daisy, followed by “Millstone” and “You Won’t Know” from The Devil and God Are Raging Inside of Me. There were crowdsurfers galore, water bottles being thrown in the air, and that general chaotic vibe that only a good alt-emo show can provide. The guys then jumped into four tracks off of Deja Entendu, including “The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows” (the dramatic video in the link may make your inner emo cry). Frontman Jesse Lacey howled us into oblivion on this fan-favorite while picking away on (what else?) a pink Fender telecaster. Awesome.

The boys dove through their discography for the next few songs, and you can peep the full set list here. It got a little drony through a few of these, but they ended with guitarist Vincent Accardi riffing behind his head for a billowing rendition of “Jesus”. What more could a girl ask for? See Brand New’s tour schedule to catch a show here (if you can find one that isn’t already sold out).

-Hannah

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Duck and Cover: Desaparecidos Rock The Fillmore in Denver

By: Hannah Oreskovich

I missed you punk rock.

Desaparecidos (Denver, CO) 

Desaparecidos (Denver, CO) 

I’ve always been a Conor Oberst fan: Bright Eyes was one of my whinier favorites in high school, I frequented Saddle Creek Records when I lived in Omaha during college, and last year Conor killed it at his solo Boulder Theater show. But with the reunion of Desaparecidos, Conor has definitely entered a whole new level of cool. Maybe it was the gutteral screaming, maybe it was the jumping off the kick drum mid-guitar solo, or maybe it was the mosh pit. The Desaparecidos give zero f*cks and I’ve missed the attitude that is this band.

In true punk-rock style, before the Desaparecidos actually walked onstage, the audio for the 1950s propaganda “Duck and Cover” played. And that’s when the high school me reawakened: the skater-shoe-and-fake-lip-ring-wearing-wannabe-anarchist kind (because, like, fuck the corporations man). It was like being back at Warped Tour 2007, except it’s exactly where I wanted to be right now. The boys started off with “Left it Right” and the “Underground Man” and between every song of the set, the lights went dark and some sort of propaganda audio played. Then the lights would burst on and guitarist Denver Dalley would wail us into the next song with some sick guitar scratches that were almost as cool as his name. The band then tossed us into a new song, “City on the Hill” where Conor screamed at us that justice is blind/and so is love and we’ll all get rich together in America. WHERE DID THE EMO MOVEMENT GO? I WANT IT AND MY OLD SKATEBOARD BACK. Drummer Matt Baum kept us nosediving with the beat on this one and Dalley ripped a sweet solo near the end of the track. The Desaparecidos dudes followed this with another new one, “Ralphey’s Cut”, which has not yet hit the interwebs.

One of the best parts of the show was when the crowd erupted into a circular death-pit of moshing during “Greater Omaha” which is an awesome screw-the-suburbs mantra. Who knew the Midwest could bring such badass vibes?

Desaparecidos closed with “Hole in One” for their ten-song set, channeling an inner rage toward the ‘american dream’ with screams and (what else?) HEAVY SYNTH. Thank you Ian McElroy. And thank you Epitaph Records for bringing back this supergroup (with the recent annoucment of an upcoming album) that gives us exactly what we need every once in awhile: a good solid dose of angsty, middle-finger-to-the-institutions punk rock.

Read more about this Fillmore show in the Brand New article on our site.  

-Hannah

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