Front Range hosts a ton of musical choices for ringing in 2009

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By Mike Hedrick

:: Flobots ::

:: Gothic Theatre :: Dec. 29-31 ::

Flow is a thing that, try as they might, not all hip-hop groups possess — especially when it calls for social action, but the Flobots have mastered the skill. Denver’s own socially conscious hip-hop group that made their name by using real instruments instead of beats will return home this New Year’s Eve for not just one, but a run of three shows at the Gothic.

:: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club ::

:: Bluebird Theatre :: Dec. 30 and 31 ::

If this band were a real auto club the only rides admitted would be lifted Gremlins, creepy vans and tricked out hearses. This defiance of convention is what has made SCAC great as they literally throw out the rules as if they were last week’s leftover pizza. Their gritty liquor-soaked style is something which must be seen to understand. Bluebird Theatre.

:: Rose Hill Drive ::

:: Boulder Theater ::

:: Dec. 30 and 31 ::

Rose Hill Drive is continuing their tradition started four years ago at the Boulder Theater — covering a full classic album before doing a blistering set of their own rock and roll. This year, the Boulder boys are tackling part two of their New Year’s Eve shows from several years ago, when they unveil their rendition of Led Zeppelin II.

:: Glitch Mob ::

:: City Hall Denver :: Dec. 31 ::

OOah, Boreta, edIT, and Kraddy know what normal is. More importantly, they know how to flip it off and instead create something that goes above and beyond challenging the eardrums. The Mob, living true to their name, are like an assaulting yet welcome glitch in the conventional hip-hop programming that rules corporate radio.

:: JGB with Melvin Seals ::

:: Owsley’s Golden Road :: Dec. 30 and 31 ::

Jerry, himself, would probably tell Melvin Seals and his hauntingly glorious B-3 to move on now, but for all intents and purposes one has to be eternally grateful that the Jerry Garcia Band is far from dead. Under Melvin’s guise, the band continues to explore the musical landscape with jams that resurrect Jerry’s spirit, and how sweet it is that they do.

:: Flogging Molly ::

:: Fillmore Auditorium :: Dec 30 and 31 ::

In a world of hipsters and coffee shops, thank the heavens that there’s still angry Irish drinking music — even if said music has, along the way, been influenced by L.A.’s riotous punk scene. Flogging Molly is renowned for its anchor in diverse influences that come from a decidedly non-MTV-friendly demographic, which keeps the music refreshingly wholesome, yet uniquely and madly ethnic.

:: Hot Buttered Rum ::

:: Owsley’s Golden Road :: Dec. 29 ::

:: Oriental Theatre :: Dec. 30 and 31 ::

Northern California’s high altitude bluegrass pioneers have made a name for themselves with a warm fireside style that goes down comfortably like, well, Hot Buttered Rum. Described as a rock band that plays bluegrass instruments, the band has become a staple in the mountain music scene.

:: Widowers ::

:: Larimer Lounge :: Dec. 31 ::

With a sound similar to M. Ward, Morrissey, Interpol and The Killers, Denver’s Widowers are a band that isn’t afraid of the generalized indie description. Having had the opportunity to play with acts like Pinback and Ladybug Transistor, they define the difference between laid back rock and psychedelic pop.

:: Project Logic ::

:: The Westin Resort (Westminster) ::

:: Dec. 31 :: (2 a.m. to 7 a.m.)

For those who just start partying at midnight, this post-Widespread Panic show is going to be THE place to be — with DJ Logic, Bernie Worrell, Papa Mali, Adam Dietch, Ron Johnson, Cecil P’nut Daniels, Hunter Williams and more.

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