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On the Grid

On The Grid - Your Guide to Winter's Early Throes

Caden Marchese

Brr, cold much? Spouting about the weather may be pedestrian, but the first gusts of the real winter ahead may unfortunately mean many are hunkering down. Alas, do not be one of them, refrain from neglect of your local live scene, your tightly-knit collective that still comes out to dance when a little white stuff falls onto the streets. We've got a lot of great stuff on the radar for the holidays and beyond. You know you want it.


Kicking off the second half of December as an active member of Denver's emerging psych-rock scene plays Plum, a band who plans to hit the Hi-Dive on Dec. 11th. Plum played our Local Shakedown not too long ago, so if you're on the fence about this one you can check out the KVCU Studio Sessions to scope their sound. A few days later on the 17th we welcome the Red Bull Sound Select back to Denver, this time hosted at the glorious Bluebird Theatre with Battles at the head and a smattering of class-A openers. On the 19th and 20th both we welcome local legends Nathanial Rateliff & The Night Sweats to the Ogden Theatre, an artist that's been hoarding Denver's affections and weekly magazine features throughout recent memory. We can't wait.


And then, the countless New Years shows commence, with many locales and artists to choose from if you're itching to kick off 2016 with a beer and a band. If you're steering clear of Decadence, we recommend The Black Angels, a group headlining the Gothic on the 30th and 31st set to drone you off into the oblivion of the New Year that you haven't realized is right around the corner. If you'd rather celebrate by dancing hard, hit Boombox on those very same nights at the golden Ogden Theatre. There's also a solid bid from large locals DeVotchKa! who will be playing the 31st, the 1st, and the 2nd all at the Bluebird Theater. I've also caught wind of a naughty New Years Eve taking place at the Lost Lake starring Rowdy Shakehouse, featuring burlesque dancers and free champagne at midnight, and it seems like it may be difficult to beat that one.


After all that debauchery is over and done, there are some near-future shows you need on your radar. We're excited to present Car Seat Headrest's gig at the Hi-Dive this January 15th, sure to bring that lo-fi grit to your ears. February 21st sees the return of the instrumental soul of The Budos Band to Denver, headlining at the Gothic Theatre for some sunnier tunes to dry up the streets. I also heard Rob Crow is back in the music game and will be passing through in 2016, wink wink! In the mean time, make sure you regularly thumb through our concert calendar and catch some of these great gigs coming up, having the best possible holiday. Cheers!


- Caden

On The Grid - Your Guide to (The First Half Of) Fall Semester

Dan Burney

by Caden Marchese

The freshman have moved in, the sun is still shining, the tunes are still bumping, and Boulder is crowded once again! As the beginning of Fall semester rounds the corner, so do the countless tour busses and events that Radio 1190 is so stoked about. Kick back, grab a beverage, and check out what we're promoting for the next few months. 

Our pals Male Blonding are rocking the Larimer Lounge on August 27th, co-headlining with local companions Safe Boating is No Accident. It's a 21+ gig so stop by Larimer Lounge for happy hour before the show, and enjoy the countless murals that line the old buildings in the LoDo/Rhino district of Denver. A few days later on the 29th, stop by the Bluebird to see singer songwriter Chelsea Wolfe's blend of dark and drone-y folk. 

If you're a fan of Burger Records and their classic SoCal sound, you won't want to miss Natural Child headline two whole nights at the Hi-Dive as they lay down nostalgic and grooving blues rock. This is happening September 11th and September 12th, and we look forward to seeing our friends there. You only have to be 18 or older to get into this one (thanks Hi-Dive!) so there's hardly an excuse to miss it. 

Larimer Lounge and Radio 1190 are excited to welcome punk band The Coathangers on September 16th, bringing a riot girrl rock approach to the stage. This one will get loud! A few days later on the 20th, Larimer Lounge is hosting session-bassist-groove-guru Thundercat, bringing an intricate blend of jazz and funk that just oozes talent. He's spent the last few years working with Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, so what can go wrong?

Art-pop-prog-rockers The Dear Hunter will once again headline the Marquis Theatre on September 19th, supporting the release of a live album as well as their most recent studio album, 2013's Migrant. If you prefer a more eclectic sound, psych-rockers Shannon and the Clams will be headlining the Larimer Lounge on September 29th. Their most recent record enjoyed Radio 1190 CD of the Month status, so the show should be nothing short of quality. 

Do you like gospel music but also noise rock and sonic Satanism? Check out Algiers at the Larimer Lounge on October 3rd. They are touring in support of their debut self titled album that brings a tribal chill to the bones. On the 7th of October, our CD of the Month featured band Titus Andronicus will be headlining over at the Marquis Theatre in LoDo, bringing experimental punk rock anthems that will wrench your feelings and shred your eardrums.

On a different and more saxophonic note, Destroyer will be bringing his unique blend of woodwind-infused indie rock to the Bluebird Theater on October 13th, in support of his latest record Poison Season. Meanwhile, keep checking up on the concert calendar here on for more shows and events that will be happening this semester and next!

On the Grid: July

Liam Comer

30 Jun, 2015

On The Grid – Upcoming Summer Events

by Caden Marchese

I know those who are 1190 fans, listeners, DJs and friends of independent music are probably also looking for things to do this beautiful summer, and one of the many options for these excellent warm nights are shows and concerts that are happening in the Denver and Boulder areas. Check out some of these amazing shows Radio 1190 is promoting, presenting, and looking forward to, and bring a friend!

We’re especially excited about the brand new music fest that’s coming to the East Colfax neighborhood, and on July 10-12 you can mingle outside the legendary Bluebird Theater and see some of the best local and touring music at the first-ever Bluebird District Music Festival. BDMF is a collaboration between the venues in the East Colfax neighborhood including Lost Lake, Bluebird Theater, Goosetown, and Southside. Be sure to come and catch acts such as A Tom CollinsDragondeerDirty Few, and King Rat.

On July 16th you can hear the spacey post-rock/emo hybrid that is The Appleseed Cast once again making their annual visit to the Hi-Dive on South Broadway. Hailing from Lawrence, Kansas, The Appleseed Cast have been making interesting and pleasurable indie rock for almost 20 years now, achieving the most success with albums Low Level Owl and Peregrine.

Japanese noise rock band Melt Banana will be bringing their unique blend of shredding fun pop metal on July 24th at Larimer Lounge in LoDo with noise-rock friends Torche, and a few days later on July 29th rising indie pop stars and record store darlings Lower Dens will be rocking the same stage. These will be fun nights for us and we look forward to seeing you there!

Also, come and party with us at Unknown Mortal Orchestra at the Bluebird Theater on July 31st! Formed in 2010, Unknown Mortal Orchestra achieved big success with their 2011 single “FFunny FFriends” and have released two amazing records since then. 2015 brought the new release of their third record Multi-Love, and it’s a jam that manages to bring in the new while reminding you of the old. A few days later on August 1st, local indie pop heavyweights My Body Sings Electric will be pounding away on the same stage, offering an accessible and fun alternative rock performance.

On August 4th at the Bluebird Theater, we’ll be swaying to the bizarre art-rock stylings of Django Django, a group that achieved commercial and critical success in 2012 with their self-titled debut. In May of this year, Django Django followed up Django Django with an album called Born Under Saturn, one that keeps up their tradition of sounds from the future.

Last but not least, we’re excited to welcome Screaming Females to the Larimer Lounge on August 4th to deliver their fast and loud brand of indie punk. Touring on their new release titled Rose Mountain, Screaming Females are sure to shake the floor.

I hope we’ve given 1190 listeners some cool things to do this summer, and we encourage our fans to check out these shows, rock out, and support the best independent music happening in the Denver and Boulder areas.