Tom Murphy

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    April 22, 2012

    Pierced Arrows at Hi-Dive, 4/21/12

    PIERCED ARROWS @ HI-DIVE | 4/21/12As the last notes of "The Wait" ended, they blended into the Toody Cole's familiar bass pulse that introduced Pierced Arrows' epic, and much beloved, "Paranoia." Fred Cole tapped the Bigsby on his Guild Polara to modulate the feedback before heading into one of the ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Review: Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO at Larimer Lounge, 4/8/12

    ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 4/8/12 It would be a tough to pinpoint a specific climax of this show, but a true high point of feeling for the band -- and probably the crowd -- came with the last number of the set when Kawabata Makoto used some kind of white, plastic object that looked lik ... More >>

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    February 26, 2012

    Review: Gathering of the Clouds at City Hall, 2/24/12

    Gathering of the Clouds Day 2 @ City Hall | 2/24/12One of the main reasons for the festival was the release of the new Overcasters album, Curses/Prayers and as usual, Overcasters delivered a solid set of music. Bathed in various shades and hues of shifting light over the course of the show, with hig ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Review: Tennis at Bluebird Theater, 2/16/12

    Tom MurphyTennis at The Bluebird Theater TENNIS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/2/12 For a band whose music is so bright and sunny, the tinge of melancholia that swirled around "Waterbirds" gave this Tennis performance an otherworldly feel. The breakdown section in the middle was one of the most evocative ... More >>

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    February 11, 2012

    Review: Spatula at Climax Lounge, 2/10/12

    SPATULA @ CLIMAX LOUNGE | 2/10/12Almost without warning, King Lexie looked like she was either wheeled or aided on to stage, her bulging belly indicating a ripe pregnancy. Joining her were Summer Snover and Jesse Roadkill as well as Evan Brown and Paul Cousineau. All were dressed in various costumes ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Review: Tantric Picasso at BluebirdTheater, 2/2/12

    Tom MurphyTantric Picasso at The Bluebird Theater TANTRIC PICASSO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/2/12 Sometimes when bands come out on stage and look like they dressed for the show it can seem like a put-on. But when Tantric Picasso came on they looked like a band that had stepped out of a door to the ear ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Review: Yob at Larimer Lounge, 1/22/12

    YOB @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 1/22/12 Mike Scheidt of Yob was replacing a string on his guitar that had just snapped and he told us, "Two more songs and we'll end it brutal." True to his word on behalf of the band, Scheidt and company escalated quickly into the rampaging cyclone of burning sludge that rim ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Review: Nurses at the hi-dive, 1/15/12

    NURSES @ THE HI-DIVE | 1/15/12 This was one of those Sunday shows where a lot of people showed up and everybody seemed to be very into all of the artists on the bill, from the opening set from The Don'ts and Be Carefuls all the way to the end, through Nurses. The headliners took the stage with Aaro ... More >>

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    January 8, 2012

    Review: The Skeleton Show at Bar Bar, 1/7/12

    Tom MurphySara Century with Tana Thornock on tamborine​THE SKELETON SHOW at Carioca Café ("Bar Bar") | 1/ 7/12Halfway through her set, after hitting who knows what chords and wailing about being hatched from a witch's egg and flying high, Sara Century held up the guitar she was playing and a ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    December 17, 2011

    Review: Speedwolf at The Marquis Theater, 12/16/11

    Tom MurphySpeedwolfSPEEDWOLF at the MARQUIS THEATER | 12/16/11Speedwolf vocalist Reed Bruemmer feigned surprise at the end of the band's set last night and asked the audience if they actually wanted to hear the band cover KISS. Of course everyone did, so the guys closed the record-release show with ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Review: ohGr at the Bluebird, 12/07/11

    Tom MurphyohGr last night at the Bluebird Theater​OHGR AT THE BLUEBIRD | 12/07/11"Don't do coke," Ogre urged the audience at the Bluebird last night. "Because I sure fuckin' did, and it nearly killed me." This unvarnished pronouncement from ohGr's frontman came at the end of a particularly str ... More >>

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    November 20, 2011

    Review: Plaid at The Bluebird Theater, 11/19/11

    PLAID at the BLUEBIRD | 11/19/11 One of the most vividly enduring memories of last night's Plaid show at the Bluebird Theater came at the end of the show, when the band performed "At Last." The video projected on the screen and the group itself made it seem like we had all entered some kind of alte ... More >>

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    November 13, 2011

    Review: Orbit Service at The Walnut Room, 11/12/11

    Tom MurphyOrbit Service​ORBIT SERVICE at the WALNUT ROOM | 12/11/11At the end of the Orbit Service set last night at the Walnut Room, Randall Frazier and his bandmates conferred after repeated requests for an encore, and performed the first song of the set again in order to get a better take o ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Review: Check Yo Ponytail 2 at Summit, with Spank Rock, Franki Chan and more, 10/25/11

    A Pictureplane associate last night at the Summit​CHECK YO PONYTAIL 2 at THE SUMMIT | 10/25/11The highlight of the evening last night came in Big Freedia's set when she showed the audience that she wasn't one to just tell people how to bump, but that she knew how to do it herself, and as she p ... More >>

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    October 1, 2011

    Review: Wolves in the Throne Room at Rhinoceropolis, 9/30/11

    WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM at RHINO After Skully Mammoth's set, some of us waited patiently, cracking jokes as various people brought in items needed to set up the room for the Wolves in the Throne Room performance, which was held next door at Glob as it's a bigger room than the one in Rhino. When w ... More >>

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    September 25, 2011

    Review: Come As You Are, a covers show for Nirvana's Nevermind, at Hi-Dive, 9/24/11

    Tom MurphyThe Swayback and friends covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit"One of the obvious highlights of last night's exceptional Nirvana covers celebration in honor Nevermind's 20th anniversary was when Eric Halborg of The Swayback told us we knew the words to the third song the band played and invite ... More >>

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    September 24, 2011

    Review: Dwarves and Nashville Pussy at the Bluebird, 9/23/11

    Tom MurphyBlag Dahlia of Dwarves crowd surfing to the back of the BluebirdThere were no costumes on stage until near the end when some silly fan got up with a shirt over his head like some low-rent imitation of HeWhoCannotBeNamed and sang into the mic. And yet somehow The Dwarves created a spectacle ... More >>

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    September 18, 2011

    Review: Goldrush Festival Day 2 at Delite and the Hi-Dive, September 17, 2011

    Tom MurphyHappy New Year​Day two of Goldrush Festival also felt like you had stepped into an alternate universe where a good friend with good taste in music was introducing you to his or her favorite bands of the moment were gathered together in one place instead of being handed some kind of m ... More >>

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    September 17, 2011

    Review: Night 1 of the Gold Rush Festival on South Broadway

    Tom MurphyR E A L M A G I C with dancers​With no real low points at the first night of the Gold Rush festival, one performance that stood out was that of Drew Englander during his set as R E A L M A G I C. He was like the Pied Piper of dance and he got the crowd both inside and outside of Deli ... More >>

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    September 10, 2011

    Review: The Don'ts and Be Carefuls at Hi-Dive, 9/9/11

    Tom MurphyThe Don'ts and Be Carefuls​THE DON'TS AND BE CAREULS at the HI-DIVE | 9/9/11 The Don'ts and Be Carefuls did something at this "Triple EP Release" show that you just knew the band had in it but you might not expect to see: they fused the exuberance and innocence of its original sound ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Review: BLKHRTS at Old Curtis St. Bar, 8/6/11

    Eric GruneisenBLKHRTS: FOE, Karma and Yonnas Abraham​BLKHRTS at OLD CURTIS ST. BAR | 8/6/11In advance of this show, BLKHRTS spread the word that there would be a sacrificial ceremony to kick off its tour. Considering the names of the opening acts and the lyrical content of the band's music, th ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Titwrench 2011 travelogue: Sin Desires Marie, Christina the Hun, Coathangers and much more

    Tom MurphyBast at Titwrench 2011 doing some belly dancing​TITWRENCH FESTIVAL | 7/29-7/31/11Friday, July 29 - Glob Every year it seems as though someone involved with Titwrench (likely Piper Rose) comes up with some kind of ritual to start off the festivities. This year, a woman calling herse ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    UMS Travelogue: Mercuria and the Gem Stars, Zebroids, Bad Luck City, Piña Chulada and more

    Tom MurphyMercuria and the Gem Stars​UMS on S. BROADWAY | 07/23-24/11An especially hot summer day made navigating various venues an enervating experience, not to mention the humid heat indoors at times. Nevertheless, it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits in performing the music, even in th ... More >>

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    July 10, 2011

    Review: ManCub at the Hi-Dive, 7/9/11

    ManCub last night at the hi-dive.​Nothing you've heard about ManCub can probably prepare you for ManCub. It would be easy to compare the duo to Daft Punk because both make groove-heavy electronic music and have an arresting visual element to their shows, but ManCub seems more tied-in with a ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Review: The Skivies at The Meadowlark, 6/25/11

    "Toshi Fest," featured the Skivies, with Action Friend and OsyluthTHE SKIVIES at THE MEADOWLARK | 06.25.11This show almost didn't happen. A little after 9:15 or so, the power went out in the neighborhoods north of Broadway. About that time, you could hear Danimal from Osyluth playing his drum kit fr ... 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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    May 24, 2011

    Review: The Unsane at the Marquis, 5/23/11

    Tom MurphyThe Unsane THE UNSANE With Holly 750 and Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire 05.23.11 | Marquis Theater With very little fanfare, The Unsane took stage and immediately played one of its best songs, "Against the Grain," with that great doleful neck-and-body bend in the beginning that i ... More >>

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    May 14, 2011

    Midday Veil at Rhinoceropolis, May 13, 2011

    Tom MurphyMidday Veil​ MIDDAY VEIL With Décollage, Tjutjuna, Midday Veil, Mike ZormanNigh tshark and Night of Joy Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011

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    May 8, 2011

    Hunx and His Punx at the Hi-Dive, May 7, 2011

    Tom MurphyHunx and His Punx​ HUNX AND HIS PUNX With Lust-Cats of the Gutters, Thee Goochi Boiz and Shannon and the Clams Hi-Dive | May 7, 2011

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    May 3, 2011

    Mogwai at the Bluebird Theater, 5/2/11

    Tom MurphyMogwai​ MOGWAI With Errors 05.02.11 | Bluebird Theater Errors, from Glasgow, Scotland, started things off with what seemed like the intro to an ethereal, somber set of music. Turns out, though, the foursome was just getting warmed up with a slow drift into its first song. Clearly t ... More >>

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    May 1, 2011

    Collapse, Swells, Barnacle, Reproacher and Clinging to the Trees at Blast-O-Mat, 4/30/11

    Tom MurphySwells COLLAPSE AND SWELLS With Barnacle, Reproacher and Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire 04.30.11 | Blast-O-Mat The pedigree of Barnacle is fairly impressive (former members of Elucidarius and Ascaris and Nick from Cephalic Carnage), but the music stands on its own. If guys with ... More >>

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    April 3, 2011

    The Inactivists with Little Fyodor & Babushka Band and The Skivies, 4/1/2011

    Tom MurphyThe Inactivists​ The Inactivists With Little Fyodor & Babushka Band and The Skivie sWalnut Room | April 1, 2011 At least this show didn't turn out to be a April Fool's Day joke of some kind. But that's a possibility given that The Inactivists are jokers with a wickedly mischievous ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Spring Break in Denver: Days 2-4 of a week of shows with Sara Century and Tom Murphy

    ​Hot on the heels of SXSW and in the midst of spring break, we sent Sara Century and Tom Murphy on the town for a week of shows and had them report back what they saw/heard, with Sara drawing all of the pretty pictures and Tom stringing all the words together. Click through for the next three ... More >>

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    March 27, 2011

    Pure Sunshine at the Bluebird, 3/16/11

    Tom MurphyGit Some PURE SUNSHINE Overcasters • the Buckingham Squares • the Purple Fluid The Omens • The Geniuses • Git Some 03.26.11 | Bluebird Theater Git Some kicked off night two of Pure Sunshine last night at the Bluebird Theater. The act's lyrics are often washed out by the torrent o ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Welcome to Spring Break in Denver: A week of shows with Sara Century and Tom Murphy

    Hot on the heels of SXSW and in the midst of spring break, Sara Century and Tom Murphy hit us up with the idea of sending them out on the town for a week of shows and then reporting back to us what they saw/heard, with Sara drawing all of the pretty pictures and Tom stringing all the words together. ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    MEN at the hi-dive, 3/18/11

    Tom Murphy MEN With Hideous Men 03.18.11 | hi-dive Before any bands played, DJ Sl8er and Piper Rose, the dynamic duo behind Titwrench, played a variety of records that could loosely fit into the context of dance music, if you go back just over thirty years, including some Joy Division and Tones O ... More >>

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    March 6, 2011

    Miracleman, Bury My Bones, Night of Joy and Thee Goochi Boiz at Rockaway Tavern, March 5, 2011

    Tom MurphyMiracleman​ Miracleman, Bury My Bones, Night of Joy and Thee Goochi Boiz Rockaway Tavern | March 5, 2011 Miracleman set up on the floor in front of the stage. The duo, comprised of Chris Westin and Sara Century, had a bedraggled drum set, keyboards, a tape player with samples and a ... More >>

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    February 27, 2011

    Windows with Temples and Epileptinomicon at Ash From Sweat House, 2/26/11

    Tom MurphyWindowsWINDOWS With Temples and Epileptinomicon Ash From Sweat House | February 26, 2011 The flier for this show said, in no uncertain terms, "NO COPS" and, as it turns out, none did appear to show up at the house where the event was being held. It was mostly an intimate gathering of frie ... More >>

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    February 20, 2011

    Black Lamb at Bender's Tavern, 2/19/11

    Tom MurphyBlack Lamb​ BLACK LAMB With Audio Dream Sister 02.19.11 | Bender's Tavern It's anyone's guess -- well, except for those close to the band -- when Audio Dream Sister last went on stage. Seems like it's been at least a few years. As the second to last band of Pit Fest II (a benefit f ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Meat Beat Manifesto at Summit, 2/15/11

    Tom MurphyMeat Beat Manifesto​ MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO 02.15.11 | Summit Music Hall It would be easy for any electronic artist to be incredibly boring live no matter the quality of the material. With this in mind, Jack Dangers and Benjamin Stokes of Meat Beat Manifesto make up for any possible v ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Best Coast and Wavves at Fox Theatre, 2/14/11

    Tom MurphyTour Banner at back of stage. Should've been a t-shirt.​ BEST COAST With Waaves and No Joy 02.14.11 | Fox Theatre Opening the show with "Ghost Blonde," No Joy provided the perfect blend of noisy garage rock and dream pop. The title track to the group's debut full-length is one of i ... More >>

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    February 5, 2011

    King Mob, Modern Witch, Married in Berdichev and Hideous Men at The Meadowlark 2/4/11

    Tom MurphyKing Mob​ Most people who have seen Ben Martin perform have probably seen him as a guitarist and singer in experimental rock band Lil Slugger. But for last night's show he teamed up with his brother Sam for a duo that made some legitimately soulful synth pop. Turns out Ben is a tale ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Lady Parts at Mercury Cafe, 01/29/11

    Tom MurphyLady Parts LADY PARTS With Doo Crowder, Samantha Doom Blows Up the Band, Maudlin Magpie 01.28.11 | Mercury Cafe Lady Parts hosted its CD-release party over the weekend amongst a group of musical friends, including Doo Crowder, who opened the evening's proceedings with a further evolution ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Crocodiles at Larimer Lounge, 1/22/11

    Tom MurphyCrocodiles​ CROCODILES With Hearts In Space and Overcasters 01.22.11 | Larimer Lounge With the stage bathed in shifting hues provided by Shane Williams, Overcasters opened its set with a new song -- something a little more on the bluesy and noisy side of the band's repertoire. Whil ... More >>

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    January 22, 2011

    Last Night: Cast viewing of music documentary Denver Undiscovered

    ​Last night at Illiterate Callery, bands and members of the music community who participated in the making of Denver Undiscovered got a special sneak peek of the film before its public debut on February 4. The yet-to-be-released documentary -- which is a collaboration between filmmaker Dane B ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Denver Undiscovered documentary slated to premiere next month at the Meadowlark

    A date has finally been set for the premiere of Denver Undiscovered, the eagerly awaited documentary project spearheaded by Dane Bernhardt of Crazy Horse Studios and our own Tom Murphy, focusing on the high points and underexposed aspects of the Denver scene. The film, which is being presented in ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Mike Marchant's Outer Space Party Unit, Le Divorce and I Know You, Rider at Larimer Lounge, 12/11/10

    Tom MurphyMike Marchant's Outer Space Party Unit​ MIKE MARCHANT'S OUTER SPACE PARTY UNIT With Le Divorce • I Know You, Rider 12.11.10 | Larimer Lounge Le Divorce has always been good, but it seems the quartet has really honed its stage craft and sound in the past few months. Shrouded in a ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    The Black Angels at the Bluebird, 12/07/10

    Tom Murphy​ THE BLACK ANGELS With Overcasters 12.07.10 | Bluebird Theater For some shows, the vibe is everything -- a mix of the crowd's attention (or a lack there of) the lighting and other air-changing provisions, the quality of the sound and a band's presence, all factor into the success ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    No Age at Bluebird Theater, 12/01/10

    Tom MurphyNo Age​ NO AGE With Hot White and Lucky Dragons 12.01.10 | Bluebird Theater Hot White was first on stage and discharged its signature shards of angular, off-kilter, eruptive sound. It looked like the trio was more comfortable playing a big stage, and yet Tiana Bernard crossed over ... More >>

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