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Dan Kaufman Superstar Eruption at Meadowlark

Dan Kaufman is the musical equivalent of Colonel Kurtz, in that he seeks to awaken his audiences to their authentic selves. With the appropriately named Dan Kaufman Superstar Eruption, he burns through a flood of expansive and abrasive atmospherics that swirl around darkly warped melodies and fever-dream visions of a world where imagination, intelligence and passion are essential survival traits. At any one of this act's shows, the audience is challenged, even confronted, by acts of art terrorism ranging from bandmembers running into the crowd mid-set to mysterious and provocative imagery. Perhaps the music of the Superstar Eruption (due at the Meadowlark on Saturday, August 15) is essentially a particularly heavy kind of space rock. However, Kaufman doesn't so much want an audience of shoegazers as much as fellow seekers of a vital and inspired existence.

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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.