Rhino and Glob in Photos: The Lost Years

Iceage | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
Iceage | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
Tom Murphy

For a few years around 2011, it seemed like not as many touring bands were coming through on the DIY venues circuit as there had been. Many bands were going through booking agents at that time and most DIY venues aren't likely to give a guarantee, even though certain bands would do better from a financial standpoint outside the bar culture. This impacted the number and types of shows that happened at Rhinoceropolis.

Additionally, on a personal level, I felt like something had shifted in the local culture or the focus of what happened at Rhino from around 2011 to early 2013. It felt temporarily darker. It felt less like a place I wanted to spend much time in, even though several shows that cast off that vibe took place and plenty of creativity found expression there. After all, the multi-media event Fantasia started during that time. It seemed as though so many people were showing up not for the music, not for the art, but for the party and while that was not something at all mutually exclusive from what I loved about Rhino, it seemed to permeate the climate of several events in a way that often felt toxic to me. At that time more than a little of the artwork that adorned Rhino was destroyed and disposed of and that took away some of the charm of the place for me as well. Perhaps it was necessary for some reason but it just seemed puzzling. Maybe I was just in a bad place in my life and that clouded everything.

The infamous show I didn't attend where black ink or paint in balloons were thrown about and American flags decorated some of the walls sounded like a disaster. At that show, Sole nearly got into a fight with someone and another person punched Chris Westin in the face. It sounds amusing now to think about it, but at the time it reflected to me the darkness and chaos I felt sometimes at Rhino during those years. I also remember going one night after playing an early evening show and thinking the Rhino show couldn't possibly be over. Nothing was going on in the front room but I heard some people cracking up with laughter in the back room. A woman who was around the underground music world at that time had stripped down and was doing acrobatics and challenging people to get naked with her. I believe she tried to shame people into joining her by calling them “pussies.” At least one person made a half gesture. Other people seemed to not know what to do about the situation. It seemed like a good time to get out of there.

Nevertheless, despite incidents like that and rumors of Rhino ceasing to exist sooner than later, the people that were involved also made positive changes to the place. Chris Westin taking over the lease in 2011 meant he was also active in cleaning Rhino on a regular basis. No one else was able to step up and take on those responsibilities at the time, and when Westin left, John Gross picked up where Westin left off with keeping Rhino a relatively hospitable and welcoming place to come to. But more on that in the next and final edition of this photo retrospective of Rhinoceropolis and Glob. What follows are several photos from Rhino and Glob from 2011 to 2012.

Alexis Gideon | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
Alexis Gideon | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
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Alexis Gideon (video projection) | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
Alexis Gideon (video projection) | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
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Alphabets | Rhinoceropolis | February 12, 2011
Alphabets | Rhinoceropolis | February 12, 2011
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Art at Rhinoceropolis hallway | Rhinoceropolis | February 3, 2011
Art at Rhinoceropolis hallway | Rhinoceropolis | February 3, 2011
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As I Cry "Triumph!" Into the Sun | Rhinoceropolis | August 31, 2011
As I Cry "Triumph!" Into the Sun | Rhinoceropolis | August 31, 2011
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Bongo Fury | Rhinoceropolis | March 20, 2011
Bongo Fury | Rhinoceropolis | March 20, 2011
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Broken Water | Rhinoceropolis | May 10, 2011
Broken Water | Rhinoceropolis | May 10, 2011
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Chop Chop | Rhinoceropolis | July 1, 2011
Chop Chop | Rhinoceropolis | July 1, 2011
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Civilized | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
Civilized | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
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Civilized | Rhinoceropolis | August 17, 2011
Civilized | Rhinoceropolis | August 17, 2011
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Constellations | Rhinoceropolis | January 16, 2011
Constellations | Rhinoceropolis | January 16, 2011
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déCollage | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
déCollage | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
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Dugout Canoe | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
Dugout Canoe | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
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Echo Beds | Rhinoceropolis | May 1, 2011
Echo Beds | Rhinoceropolis | May 1, 2011
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Echo Beds | Rhinoceropolis | September 26, 2011
Echo Beds | Rhinoceropolis | September 26, 2011
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Foot Village | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
Foot Village | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
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Gemini Trajectory | Rhinoceropolis | May 10, 2011
Gemini Trajectory | Rhinoceropolis | May 10, 2011
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Gem Trails | Rhinoceropolis | May 10, 2011
Gem Trails | Rhinoceropolis | May 10, 2011
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Get Your Going | Rhinoceropolis | June 12, 2011
Get Your Going | Rhinoceropolis | June 12, 2011
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Hideous Men | Rhinoceropolis | April 8, 2011
Hideous Men | Rhinoceropolis | April 8, 2011
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Holophrase | Rhinoceropolis | May 1, 2011
Holophrase | Rhinoceropolis | May 1, 2011
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Iceage (crowd shot) | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
Iceage (crowd shot) | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
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Karma Vision | Rhinoceropolis | August 31, 2011
Karma Vision | Rhinoceropolis | August 31, 2011
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Keep | Rhinoceropolis | June 18, 2011
Keep | Rhinoceropolis | June 18, 2011
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Kevin Greenspon | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
Kevin Greenspon | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
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Kevin John Wesley | Rhinoceropolis | May 10, 2011
Kevin John Wesley | Rhinoceropolis | May 10, 2011
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King Mob | Rhinoceropolis | April 8, 2011
King Mob | Rhinoceropolis | April 8, 2011
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Kissing Party | Rhinoceropolis | July 1, 2011
Kissing Party | Rhinoceropolis | July 1, 2011
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Lust-Cats of the Gutters | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
Lust-Cats of the Gutters | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
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Married in Berdichev | Rhinoceropolis | May 28, 2011
Married in Berdichev | Rhinoceropolis | May 28, 2011
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Midday Veil | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
Midday Veil | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
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Mike Zorman | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
Mike Zorman | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
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Milton Melvin Croissant III | Rhinoceropolis | June12, 2011
Milton Melvin Croissant III | Rhinoceropolis | June12, 2011
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Miracle Man | Rhinoceropolis | March 3, 2011
Miracle Man | Rhinoceropolis | March 3, 2011
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Mjolniir DXP | Rhinoceropolis | June 18, 2011
Mjolniir DXP | Rhinoceropolis | June 18, 2011
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Mr. Pacman | Rhinoceropolis | January 21, 2011
Mr. Pacman | Rhinoceropolis | January 21, 2011
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Negative Degree | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
Negative Degree | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
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Negative Degree | Rhinoceropolis | August 17, 2011
Negative Degree | Rhinoceropolis | August 17, 2011
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Night Beats | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
Night Beats | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
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Night of Joy | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
Night of Joy | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
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Night of Joy | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
Night of Joy | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
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Nightshark | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
Nightshark | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
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L-R: Noah Van Sciver, Lonnie Allen and Sara Century | Rhinoceropolis | September 2, 2011
L-R: Noah Van Sciver, Lonnie Allen and Sara Century | Rhinoceropolis | September 2, 2011
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No Babies | Rhinoceropolis | September 26, 2011
No Babies | Rhinoceropolis | September 26, 2011
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No Funeral | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
No Funeral | Rhinoceropolis | March 21, 2011
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No Thought | Rhinoceropolis | September 30, 2011
No Thought | Rhinoceropolis | September 30, 2011
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Poppy Red | Rhinoceropolis | September 2, 2011
Poppy Red | Rhinoceropolis | September 2, 2011
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Punch | Rhinoceropolis | August 25, 2011
Punch | Rhinoceropolis | August 25, 2011
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Religious GIrls | Glob | August 17, 2011
Religious GIrls | Glob | August 17, 2011
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The Bag The Cat Was In (L-R: Rianna Brown and Porscha Danielle) | Rhinoceropolis | June 12, 2011
The Bag The Cat Was In (L-R: Rianna Brown and Porscha Danielle) | Rhinoceropolis | June 12, 2011
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Rubberbandaid | Rhinoceropolis | April 8, 2011
Rubberbandaid | Rhinoceropolis | April 8, 2011
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Ryat | Rhinoceropolis | April 8, 2011
Ryat | Rhinoceropolis | April 8, 2011
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Sarabelle | Rhinoceropolis | September 2, 2011
Sarabelle | Rhinoceropolis | September 2, 2011
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Sara Century | Rhinoceropolis | September 2, 2011
Sara Century | Rhinoceropolis | September 2, 2011
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Seven Feathers Rainwater | Rhinoceropolis | May 28, 2011
Seven Feathers Rainwater | Rhinoceropolis | May 28, 2011
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Sic Alps | Rhinoceropolis | March 20, 2011
Sic Alps | Rhinoceropolis | March 20, 2011
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Skully Mammoth | Rhinoceropolis | March 20, 2011
Skully Mammoth | Rhinoceropolis | March 20, 2011
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Stag Hare | Rhinoceropolis | May 28, 2011
Stag Hare | Rhinoceropolis | May 28, 2011
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Sterile Garden | Rhinoceropolis | February 12, 2011
Sterile Garden | Rhinoceropolis | February 12, 2011
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Thee Goochi Boiz | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
Thee Goochi Boiz | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
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The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact | Rhinoceropolis | May 1, 2011
The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact | Rhinoceropolis | May 1, 2011
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The Men | Rhinoceropolis | August 17, 2011
The Men | Rhinoceropolis | August 17, 2011
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The Shrapnelles | Rhinoceropolis | April 7, 2011
The Shrapnelles | Rhinoceropolis | April 7, 2011
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The Story of Rats | Rhinoceropolis | June 18, 2011
The Story of Rats | Rhinoceropolis | June 18, 2011
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Tinsel Teeth | Rhinoceropolis | June 12, 2011
Tinsel Teeth | Rhinoceropolis | June 12, 2011
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Tjutjuna | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
Tjutjuna | Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
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Tollund Men | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
Tollund Men | Rhinoceropolis | August 2, 2011
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Topless Mongos | Rhinoceropolis | April 7, 2011
Topless Mongos | Rhinoceropolis | April 7, 2011
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TRMRS | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
TRMRS | Rhinoceropolis | March 25, 2011
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Truman Peyote | Rhinoceropolis | March 3, 2011
Truman Peyote | Rhinoceropolis | March 3, 2011
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Vitamins | Rhinoceropolis | July 23, 2011
Vitamins | Rhinoceropolis | July 23, 2011
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Voices Of | Rhinoceropolis | February 12, 2011
Voices Of | Rhinoceropolis | February 12, 2011
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Voices Of | Rhinoceropolis | May 28, 2011
Voices Of | Rhinoceropolis | May 28, 2011
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Wolves In The Throne Room | Glob | September 30, 2011
Wolves In The Throne Room | Glob | September 30, 2011
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Xander Harris | Rhinoceropolis | July 23, 2011
Xander Harris | Rhinoceropolis | July 23, 2011
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Yao Guai | Rhinoceropolis | July 22, 2011
Yao Guai | Rhinoceropolis | July 22, 2011
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Zach Khan | Rhinoceropolis | March 20, 2011
Zach Khan | Rhinoceropolis | March 20, 2011
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Bartleby | Rhinoceropolis | April 13, 2012
Bartleby | Rhinoceropolis | April 13, 2012
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Cerealman | Rhinoceropolis | February 29, 2012
Cerealman | Rhinoceropolis | February 29, 2012
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Courtship Disaster | Rhinoceropolis | March 15, 2012
Courtship Disaster | Rhinoceropolis | March 15, 2012
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Dugout Canoe | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
Dugout Canoe | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
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Echo Beds | Rhinoceropolis | June 20, 2012
Echo Beds | Rhinoceropolis | June 20, 2012
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Echo Beds | Glob | February 29, 2012
Echo Beds | Glob | February 29, 2012
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Garrincha | Rhinoceropolis | April 13, 2012
Garrincha | Rhinoceropolis | April 13, 2012
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Gemini Trajectory | Rhinoceropolis | February 29, 2012
Gemini Trajectory | Rhinoceropolis | February 29, 2012
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Japanther | Glob | June 5, 2012
Japanther | Glob | June 5, 2012
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John Gross | Rhinoceropolis | March 15, 2012
John Gross | Rhinoceropolis | March 15, 2012
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Kevin John Wesley | Rhinoceropolis | February 3, 2012
Kevin John Wesley | Rhinoceropolis | February 3, 2012
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Leather Sky | Rhinoceropolis | June 20, 2012
Leather Sky | Rhinoceropolis | June 20, 2012
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Men In Burka | Rhinoceropolis | March 8, 2012
Men In Burka | Rhinoceropolis | March 8, 2012
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Milton Melvin Croissant III | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
Milton Melvin Croissant III | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
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Milton Melvin Croissant III (video art) | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
Milton Melvin Croissant III (video art) | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
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Night of Joy | Glob | June 5, 2012
Night of Joy | Glob | June 5, 2012
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No Funeral | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
No Funeral | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
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Pedestrian Deposit | Rhinoceropolis | June 10, 2012
Pedestrian Deposit | Rhinoceropolis | June 10, 2012
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Rosenkopf | Rhinoceropolis | June 20, 2012
Rosenkopf | Rhinoceropolis | June 20, 2012
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Sagan Genesis | Rhinoceropolis | April 13, 2012
Sagan Genesis | Rhinoceropolis | April 13, 2012
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Sang Real | Rhinoceropolis | May 18, 2012
Sang Real | Rhinoceropolis | May 18, 2012
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Sterile Garden | Rhinoceropolis | March 11, 2012
Sterile Garden | Rhinoceropolis | March 11, 2012
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Strange Powers | Rhinoceropolis | March 8, 2012
Strange Powers | Rhinoceropolis | March 8, 2012
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The Funeral and the Twilight | Rhinoceropolis | August 26, 2012
The Funeral and the Twilight | Rhinoceropolis | August 26, 2012
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The Haircut | Rhinoceropolis | February 29, 2012
The Haircut | Rhinoceropolis | February 29, 2012
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Tollund Men | Rhinoceropolis | June 20, 2012
Tollund Men | Rhinoceropolis | June 20, 2012
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Tripp Nasty | Glob | May 18, 2012
Tripp Nasty | Glob | May 18, 2012
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Voices Of | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
Voices Of | Rhinoceropolis | January 14, 2012
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Zombie Bite | Rhinoceropolis | March 15, 2012
Zombie Bite | Rhinoceropolis | March 15, 2012
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*Author's Note on the High Plains Underground Archive: In the late 1990s, I started going to local shows on a regular basis. Growing up in the '70s and '80s, I didn't know there was such a thing as local music worth checking out. But I was drawn in after seeing a band called Rainbow Sugar (an all-female punk/hip-hop/experimental guitar rock extravaganza) opening for Sleater-Kinney's first show in Colorado at The Fox Theatre in October 1998. Next, I learned about a show at the now-defunct Rebis Galleries. From there I went to the first Monkey Mania show, and there was no looking back.

Rainbow Sugar was the first local band I photographed at Herman's Hideaway in 1999. But it was in 2005 when I got my first digital camera that my extensive photo archive started. In this series, called High Plains Underground Archive, I will share a small fraction of the tens of thousands of those photos, focusing on specific venues, bands, time periods, movements and whatever else seems to make sense. The title of this series comes from the working title of my book on the history of underground music in Denver 1975 to the present.

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If you'd like to contact me, Tom Murphy, on Twitter, my handle is @simianthinker.

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