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Weekend's Best Live Music Bets: The Autumn Film, Wovenhand, the Hive Dwellers and more

The Autumn Film celebrates the release of its new record, 8-Track Tape, tonight at the Walnut Room.
The Autumn Film celebrates the release of its new record, 8-Track Tape, tonight at the Walnut Room.

Welcome to the weekend! Spring has officially sprung, and just as you can count on a another delightful couple of days weather wise, there's some great music awaiting you in the Mile High City. Locals rule this weekend. Tonight at the Walnut Room, the Autumn Film celebrates the release of its new album, 8-Track Tape, while Wovenhand pulls into the Oriental Theater tomorrow night for a show that many have been waiting for since it was announced with Swans frontman Michael Gira. Those are the biggest shows this weekend, but there's plenty of other options. Page down for your best bets.


FRIDAY, MARCH 23

AUTUMN FILM (CD RELEASE) @ THE WALNUT ROOM

Last August, the Autumn Film launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their new album, 8-Track Tape. After successfully raising $8K, the outfit recorded the record and released it at the end of February. Tonight the group celebrates the release of its magnificent new recording. If you're a fan of the group's past releases, the Ship and the Sea and Safe and Sound, you're absolutely going to love this one. While Tifah Philips (formerly Al-Attas) and company are in dependably fine form, the latest batch of songs, which bare all the earnest heartrending hallmarks you've come to expect from the band, sound even bigger and more considered.

FAST GEEK BOUTIQUE ART OPENING AND CONCERT SERIES

"Showing your work at a Santa Fe gallery is like having your mom and dad home at a party," says artist Vincent Fasano. That's why he and twin brother Charly (also known as "City Mouse") have been putting on art shows at the Phoenix Gallery in the basement of 3 Kings Tavern. This month, the brothers Fasano will present their own work alongside that of two other artists, Heretik Art and Faim Worldwide, during the March Art Show and Live Music Series, which features Booger Sugar tonight at 8 p.m. "It breaks the ice if there's a [rock] show going on," says Charly when explaining his preference for art shows at a music venue rather than a gallery. "I like my art to be surrounded by punk-rock music," agrees Vincent, whose vintage-themed Fast Geek Boutique is sponsoring the March series. "I'd take that over a gallery any day."

Also Tonight:

- Eligh & Amp Live at Aggie Theatre

- Soul Rebels Brass Band with Strange Arrangement at Fox Theatre

- The Epilogues with Take To The Oars, the Say So, Eldren, Royal Heist at Gothic Theatre

- Gemini with Koan Sound at Bluebird Theater

- Sophistafunk at Quixote's True Blue

- Alan Baird Project with Be the Ant, In the Whale, the Maykit and Musuji at Marquis Theater

- Antennas Up with Flashbulb Fires and Jen Korte at hi-dive

- Best of the West Battle of the Bands Semi-Finals 1 With Your Own Medicine, Solar, Filthy T, Midknight Run, Nemesys at Herman's Hideaway

- Bill McKay Band at Appaloosa Grill

- The Dyrty Byrds (CD release) with West Water Outlaws and Jonah & The Whales at Cervantes' Other Side

- Vaporfest 2012 featuring At Dawn We Rage, Mikey Thunder, Spanalicious, P-Nuckle, Bedrock, Fayuca, Papa Skunk and more at Summit Music Hall

- Frogs Gone Fishin' at Highland Pacific Restaurant and Oyster Bar

- The Hunger Artist with Lionized, Paul Holland Band and The Number Station at Bender's Tavern

- Devil Whale with Patrick Dethlefs, Eye & the Arrow at Little Bear

- Catfish Kray at Zephyr Lounge

- Brian Hornbuckle Duet at Chinook Bar & Grill

- Beat Train at FuNuGyz

- The Atomic Drifters at Rock-A-Billies

- Astrobeats at The End Pub & Grub

- American Beauty at Cactus Jack's Saloon

- All Points West at Platte River Bar & Grill

- Hit List at Baker Street Pub & Grill

- John Brown's Body with Meditations, Na'an Stop and DJ Nikka T at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

- Lindsay & the Lost Caravan at Tennyson's Tap

- Mad Dog & the Smokin J's at Continental Room & Lounge

- Missed the Boat at Oskar Blues

- Mojo Watson at Lincoln's Road House

- Mosey West with the Whiskey Bottles, the Longest Day of the Year at Larimer Lounge

- My Teenage Angst at The Bar

- "Neon Nights" Dance Party at Meadowlark

- Papa Juke at Jake's Roadhouse

- Randy Rogers Band at Grizzly Rose

- Raven & the Writing Desk with Land Lines and Jill Stevenson (CD release) at Oriental Theater

- Reggae Fest featuring Yvad and The Posse (former lead vocals of the Wailers) at Casselman's Bar & Venue

- Vibes on Velvet at Skylark Lounge

- Resonance & Glyphic with Paint, Rightfully Accused and Wither Without at Toad Tavern

- Adam Stern & High Country Gentlemen at Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge


SATURDAY, MARCH 24

WOVENHAND @ ORIENTAL THEATER

In his early bands, Bloodflower and The Denver Gentlemen, David Eugene Edwards was developing an aesthetic that some consider synonymous with all the significant music to have come out of Denver. But really, Edwards's ideas about music just gelled into a sound that embraced traditional American music while infusing it with an air of hazy mystery and raw emotional intensity when he formed 16 Horsepower in the early 1990s. Horsepower's immediacy and musical intimacy struck an immediate chord with audiences in Denver and further afield, to the point where the band enjoyed great popularity in parts of Europe. Equal parts folk and country but informed by the darkness of post-punk and the more haunting end of the blues, 16 Horsepower was an arresting live band. In the early part of the past decade, the band split, and Edwards formed Wovenhand, sometimes performing without accompaniment but often with side players to help flesh out the next phase of his songwriting.

THE HIVE DWELLERS @ YELLOW FEATHER COFFEE

If you haven't heard of K Records, you should seek it out immediately. The label's founder, Calvin Johnson, has embraced the idea of the eternal teenager in all of us as articulated by filmmaker John Cassavetes and run with it from the beginning. The history and catalogues of his bands, Beat Happening and Dub Narcotic Soundsystem, bear that out. So does his latest project, the Hive Dwellers. An unabashed celebration of minimalist rock and roll woven into bouncy electro pop, Johnson and his many collaborators have reinvented and kept relevant a spirit of artless creativity. The most recent Hive Dwellers release featured Karl Blau and LAKE's Andrew Dorsett, and it may turn out that both support Johnson on his ongoing song-and-dance-fueled revolt against the corporate ogre.

Also Tonight:

- Deicide with Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne at Bluebird Theater

- The White Buffalo with Christopher Hawley and Danny Shafer at Fox Theatre

- Z-Trip at Boulder Theater

- Faderhead with Synapse at Gothic Theatre

- Delicate Steve with Janka Nabay and Pink Hawks at hi-dive

- Joey Porter's Shady Business Featuring The Shady Horns (Soulive / Lettuce), Nigel Hall (Warren Haynes Band / Lettuce), Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What?!), Dave Watts (The Motet / Juno What?!), Garrett Sayers (The Motet) and Ryan Jalbert (The Motet) at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

- LoudKings with Spock Marten, Sunray Breaker, Cozmos, Mudwulf, VJ Dizypixl at The Walnut Room

- Soul Rebels Brass Band at Quixote's True Blue

- Vapor Fest 2012 featuring Macabre, Suspended, Legion of Death, Lauphing Dog, Satan's Host, Black Lamb and more at Summit Music Hall

- Revolvr at Larimer Lounge

- Best of the West Battle of the Bands Semi-Finals 2 with Be Brave, Dielectric Sound, Matt Nasi Band, Thanks to Philo and the McRae at Herman's Hideaway

- Chuck Hughes Band at Skylark Lounge

- The Constant Tourists at The Laughing Goat

- Forever in Blue Jeans (Neil Diamond tribute) at The Soiled Dove Underground

- Fredi & the Soulshakers at Baker Street Pub & Grill

- The Heavy Pets at Cervantes' Other Side

- Holden Young Trio at Appaloosa Grill

- Jakarta with PJ Zahn at Little Bear

- Jet Edison at Pete's Monkey Bar

- John McKay Band at Jake's Roadhouse

- Kristin Kay Band at Cheers Pub

- Myanard Mills at Lincoln's Road House

- Regret Night with Places, Kill Paradise, Offcolor at Marquis Theater

- Solution Showcase with Che Grand, Dealz Make Beats, 1984, DJ Low Key and Lazy Eyez at Meadowlark

- Steve Morelock at Historic El Rancho Restaurant

- Tyler Walker Band with Inotio, Ironwood Rain, Boomslangs at Toad Tavern

- The West with Walter at 12 Volt Tavern

- Woodsman with Dustin Wong and Tjutjuna at Moe's Original BBQ & Bowl

- William Fitzsimmons with Denison Witmer at Swallow Hill Music Hall


SUNDAY, MARCH 25

"LATIN QUARTER" WITH THE MANUEL LOPEZ JAZZ TRIO @ DAZZLE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

Colorado native Manuel Lopez discovered a fondness for Latin music after he stared playing congas in his early teens, and then found his way to the drum kit. Together with pianist Peter Ellingson and bassist Eduardo "Bijoux" Barbosa, Lopez's trio delves into a variety of repertoire from old Cuban standards to more modern arrangements. The trio plays at Dazzle every Sunday evening.

Also Tonight:

- Darol Anger & Friends featuring Grant Gordy, Sally Van Meter, Brian Adams, Matt Gallagher and David Tiller at Cervantes' Other Side

- Cheyenne Marie Mize with M and the Gems, Kyle James Hauser at hi-dive

- Forest Wayne Allen at Little Bear

- Groove Session at Quixote's True Blue

- Hillbilly Hellcats at Lincoln's Road House

- Josh Blackburn at Jake's Roadhouse

- The Last Castrato with Genetic Engines, Missing Man Formation, Anti-Curse Vehicle and Handsome Grandsons at Larimer Lounge

- Petals of Spain with the River Monks and Sonic Angels at Lion's Lair

- Project 3 at Sidekicks Saloon

- Ras Kass at Cervantes' Other Side

- Simes Carter (CD release) with NB Ridaz, Juan Gotti, Lil' Flip and Lucky Luciano at Firehouse Tavern

- Stumble Monkey at Cheers Pub

- Tin Horn Prayer with Bonnie and the Beard, Saturn Cowboys (CD Release) at Lion's Lair

- Tyler Carson with Todd Carey Dave Tamkin at The Walnut Room

- Bluegrass Sundays at Quixote's True Blue

- Blues Jam with Michael Hornbuckle at Tennyson's Tap

Compiled by Nick Callaio



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