Two New In-Store Events: Cowboy Junkies and Lucero!

Hey all –

Thanks to everyone who came down to our great in-store event with Brent Cowles! We always appreciate a great crowd and a great performer and we had a ton of fun at the event. If you couldn’t make it, check out our wrap-up for the event HERE. And right on the heels of that, we got confirmation for two more upcoming in-store events! On Sunday July 8th at 1PM, Michael Timmins, Margo Timmins and their longtime accompanist Jeff Bird will hit our stage to promote their upcoming album All That Reckoning. The album will be out on Friday July 13th, but we will have copies available at the in-store for those who pre-purchase the CD or LP! Come on down and pre-purchase your copy now to get a wristband for first entry to the event and a guaranteed spot in the autograph line – plus you get bragging rights for having the record nearly a week before anyone else! And then on Thursday August 2nd at 6PM, we are pleased as punch to welcome Lucero back to our in-store stage! Back in 2012 a stripped-down version of the band performed for us and once again we’re getting a mini-Lucero in August celebrating their upcoming release Among the Ghosts. The album will be released the day after the in-store, but we are pre-selling copies now and will have them available at the event for signing. Pre-purchase your copy now on CD or LP to get a wristband for first entry to the event and a guaranteed spot in the autograph line. You can read all the details of the event HERE.

And coming up this Friday we’re expecting a solid batch of LP and CD releases and catalog reissues which include titles by Jill Barber, Paul Cauthen, The Cure, Miles Davis, Dawes, 4th Movement, Gang Gang Dance, Peter Hook & the Light, Jedi Mind Tricks, Khemmis, Hardy T. Morris, Nine Inch Nails, Panic at the Disco, The Record Company, Soulwax, Kamasi Washington, Wire, and more, so give us a call or come visit and see what all we’ve got!

Also please note that we still have tickets to the Westword Music Showcase, taking place next Saturday June 23rd. This year’s Showcase features headliners Galantis, Bonobo, and St. Lucia, plus dozens of other national and local acts also on the bill. You can get all the deets 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! 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 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 John gets into step with the early 2000s indie scene with a review of Cat Power’s You Are Free. 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 the influential 1967 music documentary Festival, about the legendary Newport Folk Festival. As always, the review is available to read in the DVD room, or on our Spork blog HERE.

Outside of the store, the spring/summer concert season is fully underway and it’s worth noting that the new Levitt Pavilion will be featuring a great concert by the double funk blast of War with Tower of Power on Saturday August 4th (read about that show HERE) among many other great shows. This show requires a ticket purchase, but the Levitt Pavilion also features a huge variety of free concerts by both local and national acts, including a July 7th concert by the great East Bay area rapper Lyrics Born (read about that one HERE). From either of these links you can click around and check out the entire announced lineup of their ticketed events and many, many free events. And coming up in July we want to note a special event that might fly under the radar since it’s at a non-standard venue. The Clyfford Still Museum hosts a monthly series of summer lawn concerts that are free to the public, and though it’s worth checking them all out, you should pay special attention to when they pair with sponsors Swallow Hill to bring Brooklyn-based Bhangra/funk/jazz/rock ensemble Red Baraat to their lawn in what’s sure to be a delightful party for all ages. Check out all the details of the event (and bounce around their site to check out other events) by clicking HERE and if you don’t know Red Baraat, check out their recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert HERE to get a taste of what they do!

And taking place next door at the Sie Film Center, we want to make sure you’re aware that they’ll be doing a special, one-night-only 50th anniversary screening of the classic animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine on Tuesday July 10th at 7:30. It’s been given a cleanup for its birthday and should look stunning! Check out the deets and get tickets HERE. And throughout July on Friday nights, Theresa Mercado’s Scream Screen series returns to the Sie. As always, she’s selected some of the finest horror goodies for us and paired them with some of Denver’s coolest bands to play beforehand and warm us up for the show. This time around the series is “Beyond Elm Street: A Tribute to Wes Craven” happening the first three Fridays and the last Saturday in July. The series includes: July 6th The Hills Have Eyes; July 13th The Serpent and the Rainbow; July 20th The People Under the Stairs – all these showtimes are 9:30 PM – and on Saturday the 28th, there will be a day-long series of the four Scream films, starting with the original Scream at noon and running throughout the day up to Scream 4! Get all the details by checking out the Facebook page HERE or get info and your tickets on the Film Center’s website HERE.

Lastly, note that the Underground Music Showcase (UMS), a three-day, local-centeric music festival running July 27-29, has tickets on sale now. After reorganization it was in question just how one of the city’s best music festivals would turn out, but judging by the acts they’ve announced – including headliners like Superchunk and Digable Planets in additions to dozens of local acts – the indie spirit of the festival seems to have been kept intact. You can check out all the details and get your tickets by clicking through to the festival site HERE.

For this week’s Monday Timewaster, we point to you a recent article in The Guardian about Irmin Schmidt of the legendary Krautrock band Can. He’s recently written his memoirs and they took the rare opportunity to talk to him about his book, his band, and his life. Enjoy!

Interview with Irmin Schmidt

Until next time,


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