The Chain Gang of 1974

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    June 13, 2014

    The eleven best shows in Denver this weekend

    Summer was underway. It was. But just in case you were waiting to roll down the windows and put away your sweaters, the Ink Monstr pool party series kicks off on Sunday. There are shows for those of us no interested in thigh exposure as well -- Reckless Kelly is in town, as is moe. and Tech N9ne. Th ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    Chain Gang of 1974's Kam Mohager on how surfing changed his sound and his life

    It's been a few years since Kam Mohager (aka the Chain Gang of 1974) has called Denver home, but if cellphone area codes are any sign of geographical allegiance, then he still keeps a little bit of Colorado close to his heart. He returns to the Mile High City to ring in the New Year with old friends ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Ten best concerts this weekend, Friday, September 7, through Sunday, September 9

    Welcome to the weekend! We know, it's here already? Indeed. As always in our beloved Mile High City, the options are ripe for the picking and plentiful. We have them all listed in our massive concert calendar. If you're feeling industrious and have some time to kill before lunch, print that bad boy ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Chain Gang of 1974 on World Cafe

    While Kamtin Mohager started performing under the moniker of Chain Gang of 1974 in Denver about five years ago, he's been living in Los Angeles for close to a year now. As he tells David Dye in a recent interview with World Cafe, "I was just never a big fan of Denver. I moved out there as a young ki ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    The Chain Gang of 1974 takes on "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins for Under the Radar

    ​Fresh off a stint at this year's Lollapalooza, The Chain Gang of 1974 is steadily gaining momentum and garnering tons of attention from every corner of the web. In addition to giving Wayward Fire, the act's latest effort, a seven out of ten rating and listing it amongst its 20 Must-Hear Artis ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Rescheduled screening of Pineapple Express showing tonight at Film on the Rocks

    ​When Pineapple Express was originally scheduled to be screened at Red Rocks a few weeks ago as part of Film on the Rocks, it was canceled due to a lightning storm. Keith Garcia, programming manager for Denver Film Society, said it was the first time the organization had to cancel a Film on th ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.

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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW Travelogue: Air Dubai engages in water gun fight and plays its first showcase

    ​ Saturday, March 19 (or Friday, March 18 -- since the night just isn't over) Let me first start today's travelogue by saying how amazing a time it has been here in Texas. It's 4 a.m. currently (technically, still the night of Friday the 18th, but whatev), and I am writing from our hotel roo ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on-sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Flaming Lips have announced a co-headlining date with Primus this August at Red Rocks. Kenny Chesney is also at the Rocks in July, and Panic! at the Disco is due at the Ogden in June. Meanwhile on local radio, Air ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    The Chain Gang of 1974 listed among SPIN's 35 Must-Hear Acts at SXSW

    ​ Props to the Chain Gang of 1974, who has really captured the attention of the editors at Spin. Last fall, after the outfit's performance at CMJ, the magazine praised the act for delivering one of the best sets at the festival. And now, the group, led by former Denverite Kamtin Mohager, now ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Chain Gang of 1974 signs... something or other

    So it looks like there's been some interesting developments in the Chain Gang of 1974 camp. Over the weekend, Kamtin Mohager -- whose band attracted a substantial amount of notice at CMJ -- posted this video in which appears to be signing some sort of contract, while "Everybody Wants to Rule the W ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Tennis gets lacy, Pictureplane goes bowling, and Chain Gang readies re-release White Guts

    ​So far, in its notably short life span, Tennis has had a completely whirlwind and storied existence. Not too long after launching, the band generated a nearly deafening buzz in the blogosphere, one that ultimately resulted in a deal with Fat Possum Records. The label, also home to WAVVES, A ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    The Photo Atlas at Pure Volume House in NYC

    ​ Lest it seem like The Chain Gang of 1974 was the only Denver band rocking the absolute shit out of NYC last week, we've received visual confirmation that Alan Andrews and company, better known collectively in these parts as the Photo Atlas, were setting off sparks at the Pure Volume house. ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    The Chain Gang of 1974 attracts a fair bit of notice at this year's CMJ

    Luca Venter​After spending the better part of the past couple years touring with 3OH!3's as a sideman, Kamtin Mohager stepped away from his hired gun duties earlier this year, which has enabled him to focus all of his attention solely on cultivating his own band, the Chain Gang of 1974. To tha ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    CMJ 2010 partial list of performers announced

    ​This afternoon, the second round of artists due to perform at this year's CMJ Music Marathon in New York on October 19-23 was revealed. In addition to DeVotchKa which had already been announced, near as we can tell after wading through the massive list, three subsequent Denver acts have been ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    3OH!3 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno reflecting on "My First Kiss"

    In case you missed it, 3OH!3 was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night performing "My First Kiss," the first single from their new album Streets of Gold. Compared to their shiny vest, bulging-chest-hair and mustache flaunting turn on Jimmy Kimmel last month, this performance is slightly mor ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    2010 Westword Music Showcase Awards wrap up

    Kate LevyCheck out the slideshow for more pics from last night.​ Whoo boy! What a time we had last night. Every year, I'm always so energized after hosting the awards ceremony -- not to mention hungover (more on that in a minute). As I mentioned last night (numerous times, apparently), I'm re ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    3OH!3 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night

    Ah, so this is why Kamtin Mohager from the Chain Gang of 1974 wasn't on hand to collect his Westword Music Showcase award last night. The 3OH!3 cats are sounding tighter and tighter in the band context, eh? And props to Kimmel and company for being much more generous in devoting screen time to the ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Nathaniel Rateliff, Sleigh Bells and Bruno Mars top our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    The Chain Gang of 1974, Alan Alda, Bop Skizzum get spins on local radio this week. See who else got love.

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado, ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    The Chain Gang of 1974, Fresh Breath Committee, the Rouge and Hazel Miller get spins on local radio this week. See which other locals got love.

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown*, KTCL's Locals Only, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Backbeat presents: A first listen to White Guts from the Chain Gang of 1974

    ​ Earlier this week, we offered up an exclusive advance listen of The Pirate Signal's brand new album, No Weak Heart Shall Prosper, and pointed out the notably significant artistic progression the group had made since its debut more than half a decade ago, Norma(l) Hugh Manchild's American Re ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    See which local acts got love on local radio this week

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown*, KTCL's Locals Only, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Twitterpated: the scene speaks tweets its mind 140 characters at a time

    ​The Twittervese has become one of the most entertaining and insightful places to catch a glimpse inside the lives of some of the most outspoken members of our local music community -- 140 characters at a time, of course. We never ceased to be entertained by the tweets of various members of the ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Hearsay Bits: Chain Gang of 1974 streaming new album, Battleship Agenda on hunt for new singer, Enemy Reign breaks in new bassist

    Luca Venter​ The Chain Gang of 1974 has finally completed work on its new album, White Guts, slated for release on Tuesday, April 27. Impatient like us and don't feel like waiting that long to hear it? No worries. Head on over to the hi-dive next Friday, April 16 (with former Chain Gang drumm ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    The Weekend Showdown: The (Andrea) Ball

    ​ 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. Andrea Ball's g ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado, 99.5 t ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Over the Weekend: The Chain Gang of 1974 at The Bluebird

    The Chain Gang of 1974, The Pirate Signal, Pictureplane Friday, January 29 Bluebird Theatre The Chain Gang of 1974​ By the time midnight rolled around on Friday night, the Bluebird was dark. A few stragglers stood by the doors. The marquee had already been changed for Saturday night. What had ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    The Chain Gang of 1974 drops free remix album tomorrow

    ​Later today, in an effort to thank fans and to tide them over until the upcoming full-length is released in January, the Chain Gang of 1974 will be posting a new album for free download on its MySpace page. Guerilla, as it's been titled, is comprised of b-sides, remixes and also features "F'n Hea ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    MP3 Freeloader: New tracks from the Epilogues and the Photo Atlas

    ​Yesterday, we told you about this Friday's split CD release party featuring the Photo Atlas and the Epilogues. Today we present you with a track from each of the bands for free download. The full split, titled the Friendship EP, will obviously be available at the show, and features the Photo Atla ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 5, 2009

    ​​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    The Chain Gang of 1974 premieres new video

    Even though Kamtin Mohager is touring the country right now playing bass in 3OH!3's backing band, his group, the Chain Gang of 1974, which also features guitarist Luke Osbourne and drummer Brandon Anamier, hasn't been idle. Over the weekend, the act premiered its new video for the track "DANCEKISSLO ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    Need a midweek pick-me-up? Behold the Band Formerly Known as Prince

    Feeling a little uninspired? Need a midweek pick-me-up? Craving your fix of electro-disco-hip-hop-emo-crunk? Sure, we all are. Luckily for all of us -- especially those who live in the Denver area -- there's the Band Formerly Known as Prince.

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    February 2, 2009

    Spinning the Wheel

    I had the pleasure and delight to DJ last Wednesday at the Larimer Lounge with some absolute luminaries among Denver's deck wreckers: DJ Ginger, DJ Klaw and the one and only Tyler Snow. The extremely talented Klaw mans the Thursday night Mommy's Little Monster party at Bender's Tavern, with El ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Download the Chain Gang of 1974's Mad Mixtape for FREE!

    Man, oh, man! Merry freaking Christmas, folks. It's two-for-Tuesday. First we pointed you in the direction of the Cephalic boot we found, and now we've just learned that Kam from the Chain Gang of 1974 -- who's just returned from a stint on the 3OH!3 tour and is due this Friday, December 19, at the ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Mile Hi-Fidelity playlist - 12.10.08

    Well, Andy Thomas and I -- with the help of Jon Solomon, who sat in with us for the second half of the show -- made it through the second edition of Mile Hi-Fidelity, our new local show on 101.5 FM. Aside from some novice board-op flubs on my part (rookie!) and the fact that I'm an insufferable dork ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Fleurs de Mall

    I'm calling for a revitalization and renewal of that time-honored cheapskate gift: the mixtape.

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    October 29, 2008
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    September 17, 2008

    The Chain Gang of 1974 debuts new video

    The Chain Gang of 1974, who's getting ready to embark on a massive two-month long tour supporting 3OH!3, debuted its new video for "We At the Disco." The retro-leaning clip features departing drummer Adam Halferty and a cardboard robot toting around a vintage jambox interspersed with full on Missy E ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Live Review: 3OH!3, Chain Gang of 1974 and the Pirate Signal @ The Fox Theatre

    Photo: Dave Herrera 3OH!3, Chain Gang of 1974 and the Pirate Signal Saturday, August 23, 2008 Fox Theatre, Boulder Having seen 3OH!3 at each of the past two Warped Tours (click here and here for details), I expected more of the same on August 23 at the first of two sold-out Fox shows -- and tha ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    The Chain Gang of 1974 tapped as support for 3oH!3's upcoming fall tour

    Photo: Dave Gaslin That's the sound of a man working on a Chain Gang. With nearly 150 shows under his belt since he began making music under the Chain Gang of 1974 moniker a year and a half ago, two EPs of recorded material (both available for free download) and fans by the truckload, Kamtin Mohag ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    The Blog Shortcut, August 12 Edition

    Chain Gang of 1974's Kamtin Mohanger. Papa's got some brand new blogs. Backbeat Online introduces you to Chain Gang of 1974, which has just been named the opening act of 3Oh!3's first-ever national headlining tour, and offers a live review of Eyedea & Abilities. It's good stuff no matter how you ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    Music Showcase Awards: And the Winners Are...

    The 14th annual Westword Music Showcase Awards ceremony is now in the books. Holy crap! What a party! We haven't seen that many inebriated folks in one place since...well, probably since the last party we threw. In his Fluid review, Michael Roberts joked that "if terrorists wanted to rob Denver of i ... More >>

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    June 16, 2008

    Over the Weekend...the Chain Gang of 1974, the Heyday, Laylights, Swayback, Born in the Flood, Ra Ra Riot and Drive-By Truckers @ Westword Music Showcase

    Photos by James Mitchell Evans, Soren McCarty and Bert Ross. Westword Music Showcase Saturday, June 14, 2008 Outdoor Stage Better Than: For the cost, any show in Colorado this summer On a blisteringly hot summer day, the outdoor stage at Westword’s 2008 Music Showcase reverberated with a consis ... More >>

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    June 4, 2008

    Westword Music Showcase Lineup and Schedule Revealed

    You know when your mom sometimes goes on and on about how handsome you are, or how talented you are and whatnot, and you're all like, "Ah, ma', you're supposed to say that crap. You're my mom"? Keep that sentiment in mind right now as we tell you just how wicked cool our kid is. The lineup is for th ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008

    Monolith Announces 22 More Acts

    Photo by Aaron Thackeray Just received word that Monolith, the two-day music festival slated to take place at Red Rocks on September 13-14, has added 22 more acts, including Atmosphere (pictured above from the second show of a two-night stand last night at the Ogden Theatre), Hercules and Love Affa ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008

    Over the Weekend...The Chain Gang of 1974 @ Urban Outfitters(?!)

    Photo Courtesy of Kara Davidson/Urban Outfitters The Chain Gang of 1974 Saturday, May 10, Urban Outfitters, Boulder Better Than: The last show you saw at the Gap You wouldn’t expect a chain retail store to support local live music, but this weekend, on the increasingly homogenized and decreasing ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock and Hearses!

    Summer is almost here and Spring is in full bloom. And what better way to celebrate this time of rebirth and renewal than with the gathering of retooled hearses that each, in their day, hauled countless dead folks to their graves and crematoriums? This weekend saw Hearse Con 2008, an annual event th ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    Elitists, Unite!

    Bastille Day is the perfect reason to get your snob on.

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