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The Weekend Showdown: Mike Marchant and KVDU form like Voltron

The Weekend Showdown: Mike Marchant and KVDU form like Voltron
Photo by Stephanie Borgman

We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments.

All the cool kids are releasing music this weekend. At least, Mike Marchant and Wire Faces are. And KVDU put together a hell of a compilation of in-studio performances, featuring more than one now-defunct Denver staple. Meanwhile, Reggae godfather Toots and the Maytals should feel right at home in Boulder.

1. KVDU Live Comp./Mike Marchant Release Party With Blue Million Miles, Old Radio, Mike Marchant's Outer-Space Party Unit Hi-Dive Friday, May 7. Show starts at 10pm. $6.00

Why you should go: The comp is free and sounds way better than it has any business sounding. Credit Eric Peterson and his excellent ear for creating workable in-studio mixes. Featured bands include Everything Absent or Distorted, Pee-Pee, Hearts of Palm, Brothers O'Hair, Old Radio, Widowers... the list goes on. Mike Marchant, meanwhile, is finally releasing new music under his given name. He only pressed 100 copies, so get it before its gone.

Listen: Blue Million Miles Old Radio Mike Marchant

2. Wire Faces CD Release With Astrophagus, Achille Lauro, Milton Melvin Croissant III Meadowlark Friday, May 7. Doors open at 8pm.

Why you should go: The subject of this week's feature, Wire Faces are headed in a new direction. Bocumast label mates Astrophagus and Milton Melvin Croissant III join them as some of Denver's most interesting bands. And Achille Lauro is always great.

Listen: Wire Faces Astrophagus Achille Lauro Milton Melvin Croissant III

3. Houses With Action Packed Thrill Ride, It's True Meadowlark Saturday, May 8. Doors open at 8pm.

Why you should go: There's a reason Houses gets so much attention. Still waiting on that Winter EP, but we have good reason to believe it will be, for lack of a less duderiffic description, epic. Action Packed Thrill Ride are working on big things too.

Listen: Houses Action Packed Thrill Ride It's True

4. Toots & the Maytals Fox Theatre Sunday, May 9. Show starts at 8pm. $26

Why you should go: You may not know them, but the Maytals have been around for half a century, hailing from Jamaica and paving the way for reggae worldwide. The list of bands that have covered them include: The Clash, The Specials, No Doubt, Robert Palmer, and Amy Winehouse.

Listen: Toots & the Maytals

5. Melissa Auf Der Maur With The Swayback, Glass Hits Hi-Dive Saturday, May 8. $12.00

Why you should go: Miss Auf Der Maur's previous work includes time with Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins, back when both bands kicked ass. She still does -- you saw that video, right? Say what you will about the 90s nostalgia taking over festival lineups, etc., it's always nice to see someone like this get another chance.

Listen: Melissa Auf Der Maur The Swayback Glass Hits


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