Pimps of Joytime
Celebrating the release of their third full-length studio album Jukestone Paradise, The Pimps of Joytime have announced a sizable fall tour. Hailing from Brooklyn, this soulful quintet is known for their high-energy shows that incorporate New Orleans-influenced funk with electronic dance elements. Their latest album invites funk/soul legend Ivan Neville and Rubblebucket’s Alex Toth to help progress the band’s inimitable and animated style.
Although they formed at college in Indiana, Lotus became one of Colorado’s darling jamtronica bands when they signed on to the SCI Fidelity label. Their live shows are known for impressive light displays and electrifying improvisational jams, plus Lotus’ take on a plethora of covers. Having not made their usual Red Rocks appearance this year, the band, which released their latest album Gilded Age in June, is likely going to make up for it with their Halloween performance.
October 30 and 31
Combining elements of dubstep, trap, glitch and hip-hop, Mimosa brings his future trill music to the Fox Theatre for two nights of heavy Halloween bass. An underground pioneer of West Coast EDM, his latest album, Delusion of Grandeur, released on his own False Idol Muzik label, sees a guest appearance from hip-hop legend Too $hort for the track “On Fleek.” Mimosa is known to spin eclectic sets ranging from airy, mellow grooves, to in-your-face, wompy dub, plus some surprising remixes.
October 30 and 31
The electro-pop/dance duo out of Nashville known as Cherub will be gracing the Ogden for two nights of Halloween entertainment. Known for their falsetto vocalization and retro-synth tunes the group came to fame with their hit song “Doses and Mimosas.” Despite the popularity of the hit and its party-anthem connotation, the duo doesn’t want listeners to see them as just a party group, but one with more “heartfelt and serious” music, and it must be why they decided on naming this the “So… You DTF? Tour.”
October 30 and 31
Denver’s own DeVotchka has been performing historical Halloween shows for years and they return again with their orchestral gypsy punk/indie rock. The band was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 for their scoring of the film Little Miss Sunshine and they have garnered massive acclaim for their sold out Red Rocks shows and accompanying album with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The band is known for Nick Urata’s soaring vocals and Jeanie Schroder’s waltzing sousaphone playing, but some of their most epic musical moments come at the hands of Tom Hagerman’s violin playing.
Albert Hammond, Jr.
Lost Lake Lounge
Albert Hammond, Jr., formerly of The Strokes, is back touring with a vengeance on his third solo album, Momentary Masters. After struggling with troubles of addiction while playing with The Strokes, Hammond has decided to show people the changed man he is through his songs. Although Hammond says he was not satisfied with his early songwriting, his bio says that, “this time around his compositions were more sharply honed, fired by a desire to write and rework his music until he was 100 percent satisfied.”
On their 2013 release, Small Black grew their band to include live drums and horns for a more developed, complete sound. The synth pop group will release their third LP, Best Blues on Jagjaguwar on October 1. The 10-track album about loss, of both people and memories, and was inspired, at least in part, by many of the found photos that lead singer Josh Kolenik came across after Hurricane Sandy flooded his family’s home on Long Island. “I spent months trying to scan all these images and letters”, he says, “most covered with ocean dirt, and in doing so discovered what people often find in their family’s past: that they are a hell of a lot like those who’d come before.”
Summit Music Hall
This summer at their 6th annual GWAR B-Q weekend, the intergalactic overlords unveiled their new book “Let There Be GWAR,” a comprehensive 360 page hardcover book that chronicles the crack-smoking space mutants all the way back to the 1980s when they first formed in Richmond, Virginia. The band also unveiled a new Oder us Ale, a new hot sauce and ciGWARs. But the most Halloweeny of all bands isn’t just a marketing tour de force. Despite Gwar’s founder and front man Dave Brockie dying of a drug overdose last year, the band still continues to tour in his honor, and this year marks the astounding 30 year anniversary of GWARs first tour, and what they call their “total world domination.”
Con Bro Chill
The members of Con Bro Chill take high energy dance pop, disco funk, and ’80s rock, drape it in enough neon to make the Miami Vice set look bland, and couple it all with an absurd characterization of party boy antics. The Portland, Ore. brother duo of singer/keytarist Connor Martin, and producer Sam Martin have man-handled their friends Ty Andre and Steve Felts to form the ‘Neon Dance Army.’ Together they released 2013’s We Came To Party and they followed that with this year’s single, “What I Like.” If they didn’t have the comical edge, they’d be a disdained group, but their sense of humor and ability to laugh at popped collars, heaps of neon and all-around basic “bro-ness” makes them like most party boys — annoying as hell, but still fun to spend an evening with.
Coloween City Hall Event Center
Tallahassee singer-songwriter, rapper, and producer phenomenon T-Pain started busting rhymes at only 10 years old, when he converted his bedroom into a music studio with a four-track recorder. At the age of 19 he was finally signed to Konvict Musik and with immense help from auto-tuning, he began singing instead of rapping. He’s recorded a slew of hits, been nominated for a ton of Grammys, and taken home a few as well. Billboard said that he “had a hand in just about every hip-hop/R&B hit of the late ’00s,” and he’s collaborated with everyone from Taylor Swift to Lil Wayne. In late 2014, the singer appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, where he absolutely crushed the performance without any electronic tuning assistant. His latest album Stoicville: The Phoenix, his first full-length since 2011, was released in late September.
Shinedown, the rock band out of Jacksonville, Florida who has sold more than six million records worldwide, just released their fifth album Threat to Survival, and are being called one of the most successful rock bands of the last 10 years. Their single “Cut the Cord” was released on June 29, and the accompanying video has more than 3.8 million views on YouTube. The band will kick off the U.S. leg of their tour with Breaking Benjamin on October 16th, and will be touring the UK in 2016.
The Grouch & Eligh
Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
The monsters of the independent underground hip-hop The Grouch and Eligh have forged a dedicated fan base as the duo have, and continually release music together, and as solo artists. Last year the two put out the massive triple-disc project The Tortoise and the Crow. The package included a disc by the duo, a disc by The Grouch and another by Eligh. It debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #1. In addition to G&E that night, Cervantes’ has added “and very, very, very special guests.”
The Railsplitters pride themselves on not only playing a charming range of bluegrass, but for also playing “beyond-bluegrass.” The winners of the 2013 RockyGrass Band Competition released their debut LP earlier this year. The Faster It Goes showcases a blend of modern bluegrass, and original songwriting that in one regard pays homage to traditional bluegrass, and in another facet, tosses all of the constraints of tradition aside.
The Magic Beans
They call themselves space funk, groove grass and Ameritronica, and the heady quartet from Nederland take the foundation that other live-tronica bands have laid and build upon it with a fresh, organic sound that fluidly noodles from one genre to the next. Though the band is relatively young, they had built a solid enough local following that each summer the group has been able to host their own festival. 2015’s Beanstalk festival at State Bridge went big, bringing in Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.
The Patti Fiasco
Hodi’s Half Note
With an infectious all-energy front woman and more flannels than a fall rodeo, Fort Collins’ The Patti Fiasco released its Americana/rock full length in 2013. The album went to number five on the Colorado music charts and has gotten radio play throughout the Rockies and the Southwest. Originally from Wyoming and now residing just slightly to the south in Fort Collins, The Patti Fiasco has elements of twang peppered throughout the record, but first and foremost the group puts forth a rock sound that is led by guitarist/vocalist Alysia Kraft.
The dynamic Boulder-based band, Lula Granji, has been growing since its initial creation in 2011. Starting with the electrifying sounds of keyboard, electric guitar, drums and synths, the band has since added the mandolin, violin and bass, which all work together to create what they like to call “ethereal jazztronic dance parties.”