Concerts

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Sat | Propagandhi at Summit Music Hall | 3/8/14 In an era where many punk bands form and release their first album less than a year after starting, Propagandhi's development seems remarkably long. Formed in 1986, playing its first live shows in 1989, the band released its early demos a years after that and its first full-length, the now classic How To Clean Everything in 1993 on Fat Wreck Chords. Propagandhi spent all that time honing its irreverent humor and songwriting skills, and became the sort of cult band with a widespread underground popularity. It's pointedly political but always with a sense of humor and humanity and ultra catchy songs to carry the message. While in later years Propagandhi took on a more metallic edge in its guitar sounds and sonic quality, it has never lost its gift for writing songs that are fun but which also challenge conventional thinking.
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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.