Monday, June 16, 2008

What the future has in-store

Hello all -June is our unofficial in-store month here at Twist, or at least it feels that way. We just wrapped up a Sage Francis/B. Dolan in-store yesterday - check out the link for a wrap-up of the show by one of our favorite indie rappers around (Sage has performed at Twist 3 times now) and his protégé (Dolan made his first appearance) - and Americana/roots band Railroad Earth are just about to hit the stage to promote their new album Amen Corner. Next Wednesday the 18th, we'll be hosting Giant Panda and Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers. Both Raashan and Panda came out with new albums in late May (Push and Electric Laser respectively) that are definitely worth your time. Then, on Wednesday the 25th Rose Hill Drive will be making another appearance at the store (you may have caught their December '06 in-store when everything was brand new for us here on Colfax) and we're welcoming them back with open arms. Last show was a huge, high-energy affair and we're expecting nothing less this time around.Lots of live music abounding here and of course with the beginning of the nice weather season comes a lot of great live music around town. I've had the good fortune of seeing a couple great shows in the past week as well. Tuesday the Old 97's packed the Gothic and put on a fantastic show that was energetic, loud and about as enjoyable as I could've hoped, leaning heavily on their very good new album Blame It On Gravity. And last Friday I got a last minute ticket to go see Emmylou Harris and John Prine at Red Rocks. The catch? I didn't have a ride, so I had to bike it. Not so bad really, but I was totally wiped out for Emmylouis lovely opening set - a very mellow and beautiful affair with a crack band that featured about 6 or 7 cuts from her new record All I Intended To Be - and still really glad that most everybody remained seated during Prine's terrific set of all hits from his whole catalog. When I go see Rush on the 25th I won't be biking, thankfully.On the DVD front, this week has been all about Anton Corbijn's stark and beautifully photographed drama Control, based on the life and death of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. It has a great performance by Sam Riley as the troubled and epileptic Curtis and the concert scenes in particular are brilliant. For another look at Curtis and the band, check out the documentary about them (called Joy Division), which has gotten rave reviews all around. Together they constitute two looks at one of the best bands of the post-punk era.Until next time,Patrick

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