Hearsay bits: Meese reads, Aloft in the Sundry gives it away, Life In Electric car crash, Paper Bird on NPR and Vices I Admire moves its listening party

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Of Meese and Spin: You know what we love about life? We learn something new every day. Today, for instance, we learned that the members of Meese are literate -- well, at least Nathan Meese, anyhow. And we also learned that Spin files the band under up-and-comers. We discovered this thanks to a Spin.com article in which the act's guitarist espouses his favorite book of the moment, an intriguing little tome called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. According to Nate, the presumed page-turner centers around an austistic kid as he attempts to solve the murder of his neighbor's dog. Sounds positively riveting.

Giving thanks: Today, in an effort to thank everyone for listening, coming out to shows and for just being "rad, in general," as they put it, the Aloft in the Sundry guys have made their music , including songs from the new album, Modestine, available for free download. That's nada. Zip. No dinero. Not exactly sure how how you can get your hands on the tracks, though, as there's currently no download links, but that's the word from the band. Better get your fill while the gettin's good, amigos.

Life savings: Speaking of giving thanks, from the sounds of it, a few of the guys from Life in Electric have plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. Earlier this week, the group was involved in a serious car accident on 13th and Josephine on their way to Shotgun Willies from Pete's Kitchen. They had just picking up producer Lee Miles (Oh My Stars) at the airport and were out on the town showing him a good time, when a drunk driver ran a stop sign in front of the guys and they ended up smashing right into him going about 50 mph. Singer Jason McGinnis was driving at the time, and Ross Ryan's brand new Civic SI was totaled. Everyone made it out alive, luckily, and no one was seriously injured, including the other driver, who was evidently a habitual offender, and was subsequently jailed. Catch the act, which is just beginning pre-production for a new unnamed EP, due after the first of the year, next Tuesday, December 1, at the Ogden Theatre with 30 Seconds to Mars..

Bird is the word: Just came across an interview that Paper Bird did on NPR a few weeks ago. Definitely worth listening to, if you have the time. If not, we suppose you can just read the transcript. If you're going to do that, though, you might as well just read the feature that Andy Thomas wrote last month. It covers pretty much the same stuff, only without the quaint sound bites and Guy Raz's NPR-style narration. Esme Patterson and Caleb Summeril discuss how the harmonies are arranged, how the group developed its sound and the role that Colorado plays in the music and how the banjo isn't just for bluegrass.

Switching Vices: Vices I Admire, an act featured in last week's Freeloader, has moved the listening party for its forthcoming album, The Politics of Apathy, from Andrews On Lincoln to Moe's Barbecue, a place of special significance to the band, as it was where Vices performed its first show after its exhaustive seven-month long search for a new bassist, a search which ended when former Fray five-stringer Dan Battenhouse joined the fold, replacing outgoing bassist Robert Marston. The listening party is now an all-ages affair and kicks off at 9 p.m. on Friday, December 11.

Best bet: KBPI's annual Best Band in Denver contest is down to the last three contestants. After five weeks of competing, the field of fifteen contenders has been narrowed down to just three. It's a rematch between last year's champs 20XIII and the runner-ups, No 1 Left Standing, and newcomer, The Bitter Forgiven. All three acts played this past weekend at Eck's Saloon and now it's down to an online vote. The winner, which will be selected by listeners, will be announced during drive time tomorrow night at 5 p.m.

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