Hot Town, Summer In The City

Hey all –

First off, thanks to everyone who came down for our midday in-store lady Wednesday with Dawes! Given that it was the middle of a workday, we were surprised and delighted by the devoted fans who came out to support the band. If you missed it (because you were, you know, working or whatever) you can check out photos and video of the event along with our wrap-up HERE. And be sure to check out their headlining set at the Ogden on September 26th – you can read all about that event HERE.

And coming up this Friday we’re expecting a batch of new LP and CD releases and catalog reissues, including titles by Animal Collective, Blue October, Circles Around the Sun, Julee Cruise, Death Cab For Cutie, Neil Diamond, Ariana Grande, Great Lake Swimmers, Judas Priest (LP reissues), Yo-Yo Ma, Mitski, Cullen Omori, Open Mike Eagle, Papa M, Pere Ubu, Siouxsie and the Banshees, STRFKR, Thee Oh Sees, Why?, , and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got! Note that it’s always worth a visit to our Facebook page HERE, where there are all kinds of giveaways and more up-to-the-minute information. Check back regularly, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to keep on top of things!

On our website, please take a minute to check out the link for Twist & Shout Digital Downloads. We have a phone app that allows you to scan most items in stock and check them out on your phone – which will be immensely helpful for vinyl records that we can’t open for listening – and also check out other featured items and more info. Follow the link through and get the app now!

Also be sure to check out our latest I’d Love to Turn You On reviews. In the CD version of ILTTYO Doug reviews one of the earliest albums by Denver jazz legend Ron Miles – Witness. His review is available to peruse on the regular display endcap in the center of the store near the C and D section of the Rock CDs, or you can read it on our Spork blog HERE. In the DVD version, I’d Love to Turn You On – At the Movies Paul reviews Lawrence Kasdan’s steamy 1981 neo-noir film Body Heat, featuring a young Kathleen Turner and William Hurt at their sexiest. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.

Outside of the store, our pals at the Levitt Pavilion continue their variety of free and ticketed concerts by both local and national acts all summer long, with a free concert by Denver’s own Esme Patterson taking place this Friday August 17th (and you can read about that HERE, and a ticketed concert at the beginning of next month featuring Yes performing a 50th anniversary tour on Monday September 3rd (and you can read all about that one HERE. They have many more free and ticketed events, and from either of these links you can bounce around their site and check out the entire lineup of both free and ticketed events.

Next door, our neighbors at the Sie Film Center will be bringing a rare treat to their screens when they open Dennis Hopper’s long-unseen 1971 drama The Last Movie, which opens August 31st. You can read all the details of screenings and buy tickets by checking their website HERE. And coming up at the beginning of next month, the Sie will continue their Tattered Cover Classic Film series on Sunday September 2nd with Alexander Korda’s classic 1936 portrait of the great Dutch painter in his film Rembrandt. These series only costs one dollar to get into, starts at 1PM, and it sells out every time so get there early! Read about this screening HERE.

Also of note, running throughout the entire summer the MCA Denver features its inimitable summer series B-Side Music Fridays. Every Friday evening on their great rooftop patio event space that overlooks downtown, they play host to a wide selection of Colorado’s best bands in a setting that can’t be beat. Happy hour starts at 5PM, music starts at 7PM and admission is included in your museum ticket, which is just $5 after 5PM (and as always, members get in for free)! Check out the lineup HERE and make your way down any – or every – Friday this summer!

Last but not least, we want to make sure that fans of all things heavy and loud are aware that Green Druid – fronted by former Twister Chris McLaughlin! – will be bringing their brand of riff-heavy metal to Streets of London on Saturday September 22nd! Bring earplugs, because your ears will never be the same. Read all about it HERE.

For this week’s Monday Timewaster, as summer passes its halfway point, it seems like the perfect time to take a look at this Paste magazine article celebrating the music of the Beach Boys, ranking (and doing a solid job describing) the best albums the group ever did – there’s a lot more than just Pet Sounds out there, folks! Enjoy!

Eight Best Beach Boys albums

Until next time,


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