Friday, December 28, 2007

Hip hop tackles corporate rock radio

Flobots won 93.3 FM's Hometown for the Holidays!

The top 3 bands in 93.3's contest, whittled down by listeners over the past few weeks, all performed last night at Andrew's on Lincoln. Flobots won a thousand bucks as the best live performance. The Heyday and Roe rounded out the top 3. You'll probably hear much more from all 3 bands though in the future.

On Feb. 16, Flobots bring hip hop to the Gothic in a show with wit-pop trio Hot IQs and folksy, Americana band Paper Bird. $8. ($10 day of)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Free holiday fun

The Larimer Lounge FREE Christmas party is Thurs. night, 12/20. With music late into the night.

The Hot IQs play FREE this Saturday at the Bluebird. Go to their Web site to print out your tickets, or go here. With Cat-a-Tac, D. Biddle and The Knew.

(And put this on your new 2008 desk calendar: In the new year, 1/12, Eric Bachman plays at the Hi-Dive. Ian Cooke is one of the openers. $8 (advance).)

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Meese played to a packed, sold-out house Friday night to celebrate signing onto Atlantic Records. It was a night for the fans, with Meese giving away 3-song CD samplers and cards for a free download of their single "Start of It," and copies of their full-length album for a mere three bucks (free w/ a T-shirt! How bout that!) Pint-sized Patrick Meese pranced like David Bowie, there was a full-on light show going, and Meese played all the crowd pleasers. They also played "Colder Where You're From" (hope I got the name right) -- an aptly titled song about how when you go back home, things aren't quite the same as you remembered. Plus Nathan and Patrick Meese are from Cleveland, so xceppin' fer this week, it probably is colder in Cleveland than Denver most of the time. Another song dealt w/ Patrick's stint in rehab as a teen. Anyway, the crowd ate it up. Meese will be back for more shows in the new year. Stay tuned

Friday, December 14, 2007

Fashion Denver

If you can brave the cold, head out to Fashion Denver's winter market, Freeze, at the Hot House on 29th and Larimer Saturday, 12/15. From noon til 7 p.m. Designers who will be there include Melissa May (you saw her stuff at Frock Out Denver) and DVLP Clothing.

Meese is playing at the Bluebird w/ Tickle Me Pink tonight, 12/14. It's sold out altho I hear there are some extra tix floating around. Good luck finding them. If you can't get in, check out "Juno" playing at the Mayan.

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Stephanie Ohnmacht won Frock Out Denver, after a fashion show with models including Christy from ManiaTV (for Melissa May). Check out the designs here

Voxtrot is done touring for a bit after their show in Denver, so they have time to record. Opening band Division Day got stuck in a snowstorm in Wyoming, and Voxtrot was sharing some equipment with them. So Voxtrot had to borrow somef stuff for the Denver show. Seems like they had a good time celebrating the end of the tour.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Forecast

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Voxtrot plays at the Bluebird on Friday, 12/7

Before that, stop by Orange Cat Studios on 26th and Larimer (near the Larimer Lounge) for 4x4x400: Brainbox Creative has organized what it calls the biggest SMALL show on earth, w/ 400 pieces, all 4x4 inches in size. Pieces start at $5 apiece.

Also this weekend, as part of Vail Snow Daze, Social Distortion is playing in Vail for $25 on Friday, 12/7. The Roots and Ludacris play Saturday for $40. (Ziggy Marley plays Thursday) Ticket prices go up if you wait to buy until Saturday.

If you're stuck in Denver on Saturday night, go to the Larimer Lounge and catch Office, out of Chicago.

The Headlights play at the Hi-Dive Monday, 12/10, for a mere $6 if you get tix early (buy them from Sputnik next door). Openers include Kissing Party of Denver. An early show.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Frock Out Denver

The new season of Project Runway is under way, and now the Denver Library has Frock Out Denver, a contest giving 12 local designers three months to create five looks to be shown off in a runway show this Thursday, 12/6, at 8 p.m. Tickets are free, although donations are encouraged. VIP tix are also available, to help the library raise money. Details here. Each designer has a look on display now at the main library downtown. Or you can see them online and vote for your favorite.

Designer Melissa May is one of the youngest in the competition. She took some time to talk with us:

How did you get involved with the competition?
I honestly do not remember how I found out about the competition but I saw a note about it online and thought I would give it a shot. I had just graduated from college and was looking for every opportunity to get my name out in Denver. I knew that being so young (21) I might not get in, but I knew that I had something special to offer and felt pretty confident that I had a chance.

We were assigned five different outfits to make. We had to make one for each season from specified materials and then one that could be anything we felt really showed our style. Four of the five outfits are not due until the show, but the Winter dress made from silk was due at the end of October so they could put up the gallery exhibit (at the downtown library). Our budget for our Winter and Fall outfits (silk and wool) was $200 supplied by Denver Fabrics and our Spring and Summer outfits (linen and cotton) was $150 and $100. Our choice outfit could be made from any material for any amount.

How would you describe your design style?
I create day and party dresses that are a mixture of girly and rock 'n' roll. I like to keep the silhouettes simple but focus on creating special details that make the outfit really stand out.

As far as the dress on display at the downtown library, who do you see wearing it?
I wanted to make a dress that was beautiful with some edgy touches that could be easily worn by a younger woman (18-26) to a holiday party. I kept it short because I feel that that is a more realistic look and that it also stands out in a crowd.

How can people buy designs from you?
Right now I am selling my pieces in local stores, such as The Fabric Lab and Fancy Tiger. I also have dresses on my myspace page that are available for purchase. In the next few months however I am remodeling my company to include a professional website and seasonal lines available for wholesale or custom orders.

Would you ever consider doing something like Project Runway? What do you think about that show?
I actually tried out for the season on right now. They told me that they saw potential but to come back when I had a little more professional experience. I think it is a very entertaining show and that it can do great things for the designer's careers, but I do not take it too seriously since it is, after all, a show. In the end it is about ratings.

Anything else you'd like to add?
I'm really looking forward to getting to compete against some of the best designers in Colorado. To them I say bring it on!