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Over the weekend: Tauntaun and Kingdom of Magic at the Bluebird

Over the weekend: Tauntaun and Kingdom of Magic at the Bluebird
Photo by Soren McCarty

Tauntaun, Kingdom of Magic and Wetlands
Friday, March 6, 2009
Bluebird Theater
Better than:
banging your head against your steering wheel

Friday night's Bluebird crowd came prepared to rock, and they certainly weren't disappointed. As metal reasserts itself in the mainstream Denver music scene, fans of nosehair-singeing rock are lucky to have the chance to catch lineups like this one.

Over the weekend: Tauntaun and Kingdom of Magic at the Bluebird
Photo by Soren McCarty (click to enlarge)

Tauntaun whipped the metal-ready crowd into a seething, steaming froth, all while making their intricate riffs, incisive harmonies, start-stop rhythms and melodic hooks look easy. A crew of dedicated horn-throwers was so moved by the metal mayhem that they kept trying to start a vicious pit at the apron of the stage. Unfortunately, they were either too drunk or too old (and believe me, I can relate to both) to sustain the momentum. Nonetheless, Tauntaun filled the theater with so much simmering energy that the end of the show left the crowd chanting and shouting for more.

Critic's Notebook:
Personal Bias:
Had I not gotten lost while driving to the Bluebird after a fantastic dinner in Greenwood Village (!), I would have had the pleasure of catching Wetlands' set. I look forward to my next opportunity to catch that quickly developing outfit.
Random detail: I was absolutely delighted by a woman grinding her hips during Kingdom of Magic's set as if it were an Usher show.
By the way: While purists can get Tauntaun's debut on vinyl, a digital download of the album will set you back a mere five bucks - a bargain at twice the price.


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