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Pueblo's All-Ages Punk Haven Phil's Radiator Closes After Twenty Years

Until recently, Sunday nights in Pueblo meant everything to kids who were into the city's music scene. Phil's Radiator was the only all-ages venue within a thirty-mile radius, and the old mechanic's shop would fill up with teenagers displaying Xs on their hands and band names on their Converse All Stars. But on January 12, after twenty years in business, Phil's quietly closed its doors, leaving everyone to wonder what's next for live music in southern Colorado.

"It was devastating," says D.J. Polivka, a 24-year-old Pueblo resident and former lead singer of the small town's screamo band Dorian Gray. "All of my close friends are into music, and that was the place that got them started. It was a starting point for a lot of people's lives here, including mine."

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