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Cody Blanchard of Shannon and the Clams on his love for H.P. Lovecraft and Troma movies

In a scene oversaturated with bands mining the 1960s, Shannon and the Clams manage to stand out in stark contrast to their peers. That's partly because their songwriting is simple and strong, but mostly because of Shannon Shaw's powerful, soulfully melodic and emotionally gripping voice. Shaw sounds like she took a time machine back to 1965, burned through producers at the Brill Building and Motown, then set out to do make music on her own, on the heels of getting ditched by the love of her life.

See also: - Sunday: Shannon and the Clams at the Larimer Lounge, 6/30/13 - The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend - Ten essential albums of the 1960s

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.