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Sleeping in the Aviary

Never satisfied with trying out just one sound, Sleeping in the Aviary started out as a lo-fi pop band with a quirky live energy like that of Eat Skull before quickly evolving into something a bit more nuanced and delicate. Although the name of the group's sophomore effort — Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel — had the familiar ring of an Alice Donut album title, the record's acoustic, almost twee yet haunting sound found the band trading in adrenaline for emotional intensity. Its latest release, Great Vacation, is yet another stylistic shift, into bubbly pop territory, with a penchant for surprising melodic and dynamic twists. Known for its charismatic and lively performances, Sleeping in the Aviary is not just worth seeing, but seeking out.

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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.