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DIY Collective Moon Magnet's Last Show Before Demolition

Moon Magnet sign.
Moon Magnet sign. Tom Murphy
Art collective Moon Magnet's building is scheduled for demolition. Saturday, the group held its last hurrah in its current location.

Part record label, part DIY music and workshop space, part studio, Moon Magnet had operated at its space on East Bayaud Avenue since March 2013. The collective, led by Reed Fuchs, held DIY classes on building and operating music gear, taught music lessons and hosted the occasional house show. The collective has a new space that will open in the near future.

Moon Magnet, the former location of Snozberry Studios, has been a creative hub for Denver musicians. Bands including Ancient Elk, déCollage, Wild High, Sunboy, Inner Oceans, Channel Strange, Lzrwlf, Grease Pony, OptycNerd and Suspender Defenders, among others, have called the space home. Some musicians lived there; others practiced and recorded their albums. The collective drew a diverse crowd of artists, many of whom would be as likely to be working on projects as sleeping until dawn.
click to enlarge In the background sits "Rot Disney," meat slices on a picture of Walt Disney. - TOM MURPHY
In the background sits "Rot Disney," meat slices on a picture of Walt Disney.
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At its final event, the Moon Magnet collective showcased its in-house family of artists as well as noise/visual artist orchidz3ro. Guests drew with markers and crayons on walls covered in the space's signature Mylar sheets. “Not spray paint,” quipped resident musician Trey Tafoya. Other artists produced live artwork inspired by the bands' music.

Saturday living-room lineup included performances by Rot Disney, Edward Almost, Ghoulfriend and Ancient Elk. Fuchs deejayed under the moniker Cosmic Pineapple, alongside Matt Tanner of Snozberry Studios. Rubedo singer Kyle Gray didn't wax on much about the space before performing with Edward Almost, who asked how many people had slept at Moon Magnet. Few had not.


Below are images from the final night at Moon Magnet's first space.
click to enlarge A "Hippies Use Backdoor" sign hung above to entry to the kitchen at Moon Magnet. - TOM MURPHY
A "Hippies Use Backdoor" sign hung above to entry to the kitchen at Moon Magnet.
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click to enlarge Artwork hung on the wall at Moon Magnet. - TOM MURPHY
Artwork hung on the wall at Moon Magnet.
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click to enlarge Edward Almost - TOM MURPHY
Edward Almost
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click to enlarge Ghoulfriend plays Moon Magnet. - TOM MURPHY
Ghoulfriend plays Moon Magnet.
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click to enlarge A partial list of Moon Magnet accompanied by graffiti. - TOM MURPHY
A partial list of Moon Magnet accompanied by graffiti.
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click to enlarge Ghoulfriend at Moon Magnet. - TOM MURPHY
Ghoulfriend at Moon Magnet.
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click to enlarge Graffitied light switch at Moon Magnet. - TOM MURPHY
Graffitied light switch at Moon Magnet.
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click to enlarge Ancient Elk at Moon Magnet. - TOM MURPHY
Ancient Elk at Moon Magnet.
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click to enlarge Ancient Elk covering David Bowie at Moon Magnet. - TOM MURPHY
Ancient Elk covering David Bowie at Moon Magnet.
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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.