Last Night: Blitzen Trapper, Smoosh and Aqueduct @ The Hi-Dive

Last Night: Blitzen Trapper, Smoosh and Aqueduct @ The Hi-Dive

Blitzen Trapper, Smoosh and Aqueduct July 31, 2007 The Hi-Dive Better than: You’d think three bands with such silly names would be.

Blitzen Trapper started the night off with a set of deliriously giddy, loose-limbed indie pop built on a foundation of rattling drums, overdriven guitar, fuzzy synths and sunshine melodies. They came off for the most part like a more somber Flaming Lips or a more upbeat Minus Story, which isn’t bad territory to stake out.

After the pleasant surprise of Smoosh, Aqueduct took the stage and started off with a fantastic version of “As Your Girlfriend is Far Away” and steadily increased the level of awesome from there. As usual, Dave Terry managed to propel his irresistible junk-pop masterpieces to even higher levels live, stopping between songs to swear that Denver is one of his favorite cities to play (Aw, Dave, I bet you tell all the cities that), give a shout out to the large number of Tulsa kids present and take song requests from the audience. Although he refused to play any of the crowd-favorite covers that were called out, he did fulfill requests for “Who Wanna Rock?” and “Growing Up With GNR” before finishing up with a version of “Frantic” that easily lived up to its name. Apart from the rhythm section seeming a little behind the rest of the band at times, it was a stellar set that ranks among his best Denver appearances. Critic’s Notebook Personal Bias: I’m an Aqueduct fan, pure and simple. I own all the releases, I’ve seen them about six times, and I’ll see them again at the next opportunity. Random Detail: An infatuated female fan told me she was “kind of freaking out” after meeting Terry, then announced she needed a shot and headed to the bar. By the Way: This current Aqueduct tour will culminate in an appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago. -- Cory Casciato

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