RSD Comedown, Westword Tix On Sale

Hey all –

Thanks to everyone who braved the chill to come out and make this year’s Record Store Day a success! It was a massive day – as it always is – and we appreciate every one of you who came here to celebrate record store culture (and score yourself some cool limited releases). And now that that’s over, we can relax a little here before we start gearing up for RSD 2019!
In more immediate news though, we have begun selling tickets to this year’s Westword Music Showcase, taking place on Saturday June 23rd, with headliners Galantis, Bonobo, and St. Lucia, plus dozens of other national bands and local acts also on the bill. They’ve only published the first round of performers so far, but you can keep up on everything as it gets announced by checking their site HERE, and remember that you can get tickets here at our service counter – regular admission tix are $30 and VIP tix are $60.

And in case you missed it in all the RSD hoopla, note that it was 30 years ago (almost) today that Paul and Jill Epstein opened up the store you know in a humble little space on South Pearl Street before winding through several locations to the space we now occupy on East Colfax Avenue. In honor of this milestone, Paul has made a video summarizing the history of the store and its journey through all our locations, and you can check it out along with more info about the anniversary HERE!

And though it’s a relatively mellow week in the wake of Record Store Day, coming up this Friday we’ve still got several notable LP and CD releases and catalog reissues expected, including titles by Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Cicada Rhythm, Del the Funky Homosapien, Dr. Dog, Jean Grae, Hawthorne Heights, Johann Johannsson, Kid Koala, Janelle Monae, Van Morrison/Joey DeFrancesco, Willie Nelson, Okkervil River, Speedy Ortiz, Chris Squire, Twin Shadow, McCoy Tyner, Keith Urban, Steve Wynn, and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got!

And it’s always worth a visit to our Facebook page HERE, where there are all kinds of giveaways and tons 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 check out the link for Twist & Shout Digital Downloads. We now 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 Jonathan tackles Jamie Lidell’s 2005 album Multiply, a soulful pop album released on Warp Records, mostly know for cutting edge electronica. 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 has reviewed the DVD release of Pink Floyd’s legendary Live at Pompeii concert. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.

Outside of the store this week there are a pair of shows that should be spectacular – the Boulder Theater will be bringing Tune-Yards this Thursday April 26th. They’ve been fantastic the last two headlining shows I got to see here in town, so I’d note that it’s definitely worth your time to check it out! You can read more details of the show and get tickets HERE.

Of course, you may have other plans that night, since legendary hip-hop duo Eric B & Rakim have officially reunited and planned a tour that will also be landing in Denver the same night at the Fillmore Auditorium. Check out details of the show and get tickets HERE.

And coming up this weekend, this year’s Denver Silent Film Festival runs from Friday the 27th through Sunday the 29th. This year’s series focuses on some rarities and will also have Carl Th. Dreyer’s mesmerizing The Passion of Joan of Arc, plus films by Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, and much more! Read all about the film festival HERE.

And following right on the heels of Record Store Day, please be sure come back to the Lowenstein complex this Saturday April 28th and visit the Tattered Cover for Independent Bookstore Day! Just like our RSD event, they’ll have a bunch of rare and super-limited items for sale that weekend only! Read all about the event and what you will be able to find there by clicking HERE.

And coming up next week, existing somewhere in the world where hip-hop overlaps with indie rock overlaps with soul, you’d find Dessa. You will also be able to find her at the Bluebird Theater on Wednesday May 2nd where she’ll undoubtedly be putting on another excellent show, and you can read more about the details of that show HERE.

Peeking out to next weekend’s musical events, local drums-and-noise performance art collective Itchy-O will be filling the Oriental Theater on Saturday May 5th for their “Sci-Fi Freakout.” Carnivale De Sensuale will open the show with Sci-Fi burlesque and other performances TBA, and then Itchy-O will take the, uh, reins. This will sell out, so if you need tickets, you’d better check click through to get them HERE. They’ve also announced a pair of June shows at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, but that’s a little out of our jurisdiction. Look it up online though if you like them as much as I do!

Also, please note that our neighbors at the Sie Film Center have begun a new film series, Great Adaptations, which focuses on five films that have made the leap from the printed page to the big screen. It kicked off last week, continues with the next entry (the classic comic detective film The Thin Man) on May 13th with, and runs on through into June, where they’ll close the series on June 12th with last year’s creepy take on Stephen King’s It. Read all about the series showtimes, buy tickets, and more on their site HERE. Before the next entry in the series though, they’ll be continuing the Tattered Cover Film Classic series that takes place the first Sunday of every month with their screening of Luis Bunuel’s 1961 Palme d’Or winner Viridiana on Sunday May 6th at 1PM. Cost for this is only $1.00, so make sure you get there early enough to score a seat for this classic of international cinema!

And back in the world of music, the Levitt Pavilion has announced its full lineup of free shows for the upcoming season including concerts by Tea Leaf Green, The Posies, Paul Thorn with the Blind Boys of Alabama, and many more. Read about all their free events HERE. And don’t forget they will also feature several shows that are ticketed events, including the rarely-touring Alan Parsons Project, who’ll play there on Saturday June 2nd (read more about that show HERE), and the double funk blast of War with Tower of Power on Saturday August 4th (read about that show HERE) among other great shows. And from any of these links you can click around and check out the entire announced lineup

For this week’s Monday Timewaster, we are still stunned and delighted that last week the Pulitzer Prize awards committee chose to honor Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 album DAMN. with a Pulitzer Prize for music. We knew it was a great album, the runaway winner of our employee poll (along with many national publications) for the best albums of the year. But the Pulitzer Prize, which has traditionally only gone to classical composers, only opening up to even the respected field of jazz three times in the last 20 years, seemed like something that couldn’t even be thought of for a hip-hop album. It’s a remarkable honor for both Kendrick himself and for the field of hip-hop. Check out an excellent New York Times article about the process below and then maybe bounce around the internet a bit because it is LIT UP about this award. Enjoy!

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for DAMN.

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