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The Show Is the Rainbow

It's hard to say if Darren Keen, this band's sole member for most of its existence, is more of a standup comedian/performance artist or a musician. His well-documented barbs directed at (and pseudo-rivalry with) Conor Oberst aside, Keen is one of the hardest-touring performers in the country, and his act, whatever it is at the moment, is surprisingly well-honed, despite how loose and over-the-top it tends to be. Fortunately, Keen isn't worthwhile for the gimmicks and spectacle alone: His music holds up well on its own as a hybrid of eccentric electronic pop crossing over into punk and hip-hop. Keen's acerbic wit is as playfully wicked as ever on the recently released Wet Fist, and his live show promises to be as eccentric and wildly energetic as ever.

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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.