Tom Metz

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    May 21, 2014

    Trumpeter Joshua Trinidad on writing music for his own funeral

    While trumpeter Joshua Trinidad is a deft jazz player and performs with his own quintet and quartet, he also plays with Wheelchair Sports Camp and Poets Row. As evidenced with some of his previous efforts, Trinidad, who sometimes runs his trumpet through guitar effects, is well versed in electronic ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND @ RED ROCKS | SAT, 8/10/13 If any band typifies the Colorado approach to contemporary bluegrass, it's Yonder Mountain String Band. The quartet built up its chops playing in venues in Boulder, Nederland and beyond in the late 1990s, and its fusion of traditional instrument ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    The best DIY shows in Denver in August

    NO AGE @ RHINOCEROPOLIS | WEDS, 08/28/13 Blurring the line between punk rock and noise, No Age could be mistaken for a particularly frantic and raw garage rock band. But this Los Angeles duo was one of the handful of bands that played at the Smell in L.A. in the mid-2000s and helped champion the DIY ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    #WMS 2012 recap: Rooster & Moon

    Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Mark Sanders ho ... More >>

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    May 29, 2011

    Review: Stag Hare at Rhinoceropolis, 5/28/11

    Stag HareSTAG HARE at RHINOCERPOLIS | 5/28/11"If you allowed your imagination to synch up with the music, it felt like you'd been on a journey through inner space across vast plains lit only by the moon."

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    December 29, 2009

    More picks from Moovers and Shakers 2009

    ​In this week's issue, as we do every year around this time, we published our annual Moovers and Shakers list and talked about how much the scene is thriving. In a testament to just how much the scene is thriving these days, we didn't have room to print all the write-ups of our favorite local ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    MP3 Freeloader: Behold the majesty of Yawn Tron

    ​In last week's issue, we weighed in on Open Captioning, the brand new Yawn Tron record and also the latest release from the burgeoning Bocumast imprint. "Had Front Line Assembly emerged now instead of in the '80s and dispensed with vocals entirely," wrote Tom Murphy, "it might have come up with s ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Yawn Tron

    Opened Captioning
    Bocumast Records

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    July 27, 2009

    Over the weekend: UMS Festival

    Julie Davis of Bela Karoli (A.H. Goldstein)​Last night, the four-day UMS festival wrapped, and most of our crew made it out for at least part of the fest. And while we rarely agree on anything, we're all pretty much in agreement that Danielle Ate the Sandwich absolutely stole the show with one of ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009
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    April 20, 2009

    Over the weekend: Iuengliss at the hi-dive

    Iuengliss, BDRMPPL and Josephine and the MousepeopleFriday, April 17, 2009hi-dive, DenverBetter Than: The mixture of snow, slush and thunder that barraged the city all day. In spite of one of the most schizophrenic patches of weather in recent memory, the show went on at the hi-dive and came as a mu ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009
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    March 5, 2009

    Next Astrophagus gig to feature Astrophagus playing, uh, its own songs?

    Last night, I was bellied up to the bar next to Jason Cain at Sputnik, and he was telling about this show that his band, Astrophagus, has coming up on Saturday, April 4, at the hi-dive. If you look on the hi-dive's calendar, it's billed like any other show -- Cain's crew with Blue Million Miles, Dor ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Last Night's Show: Broken Spindles, Born in the Flood, Iuengliss at hi-dive

    Broken Spindles, Born in the Flood, IuenglissThursday, February 26, 2009hi-diveBetter than: Eating chips and looking at a borrowed book of David Byrne's weird photography of furniture, which is what I would have been doingHere's what was weird about this show: Broken Spindles stole all the press. Th ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    July 10, 2008
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    June 11, 2008

    MP3 Freeloader, Music Showcase Edition: Iuengliss

    IUENGLISS NOMINATED IN AMBIENT/ ELECTRO Personnel: Tom Metz; contributors Discography: Sammy’s Wildest Dreams EP (2008); Wake-Up Time (2007) Download "Genuine Love and Care" or stream the entire track after the jump.