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Music Monday: Lilith Fair

Like Michael Jordan or Jay-Z before it, Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair is coming out of retirement. The estrogen-fueled tour bus rolls into Live Nation's Comfort Dental Amphitheatre--formerly Fiddler's Green--Tuesday. Colorado's lineup isn't my personal favorite, but there are certainly some "sexcellent" specimens involved with the festival's reanimation. Janelle Monae, La Roux, Sia, Suzanne Vega, Erykah Badu and Marina and The Diamonds, to name a few. Sadly, not a single one of them is doing Denver....
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Moving Pictures: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Spoiling the plot of this documentary would be a crime more severe than the supposed vandalism it depicts, but, rest assured, it's a reel doozie. The cast includes Shepard Fairy, most famous for the Obama stencil he's allegedly being sued over, Banksy (whose mysterious identity remains intact) and a number of other notable graf artists including Space Invader and LA-based newcomer Mr. Brainwash, who was recently commissioned to do a Warhol-like piece for one of the biggest pop artists on the planet....
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Boob Tubin’: Denver’s Got Talent

As some of you know, I auditioned for America's Got Talent this year. Although singing and playing guitar on Power Risers—pogo stilts in layman's terms—impressed many who witnessed it, I did not advance to the televised competition. C'est la vie. There's always next year. I'm not quitting the entertainment business—ever. Turns out I wasn't the only Denver performer who tried out, though. If you caught last night's episode, you probably witnessed “belly dancing best friends” Kaya and Sadie. While each is exotic in her own right, both women reside right here in our own backyard....
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NocturnOwl: Dubsteppin’ into the Mainstream

In last week's Music Monday blog, I mentioned Rolling Stone's “Dance Takeover” mini-feature. Black-Eyed Peas producer David Guetta kicks off the section and LCD Soundsystem scores the majority of ink, but half of one page is dedicated to “Fresh Beats”, a chart-like breakdown of popular emerging electronica genres or “Clubland's Latest Sounds”. Dubstep sits at number two on the list. Duh....
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Aural Pleasure: Janelle Monáe

Metropolis is in trouble. A secret society known as The Great Divide is using time travel to suppress freedom and love among its citizens. Thankfully, heroic ArchAndroid Cindi Mayweather is here to save the day. If this all sounds like the plot of a science fiction flick, that's because it's inspired by the godfather of science fiction flicks, Fritz Lang's Metropolis....
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Stage Advice: Reefer Mania

Pot is hot. Especially in The Mile High. Captain Obvious strikes again. But if you thought pot was hot before, wait til you get a load of weed-themed striptease. Reefer Mania, the self-described “Vaudevillesque Pot Opera” now playing at Five Points' Crossroads Theatre, takes pot's hotness to another level....
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Fork It: TAG

Troy Guard is a cuisine genius. The gastronomical mind behind some of the Mile High's most cutting-edge eateries (Zengo, now-defunct Nine 75), he's been my taste buds' best buddy since first bite. If I were Troy, I'd hire armed guards to stand watch over my recipe box 24/7. TAG, his current “Continental Social Food” experiment in LoDo's Larimer Square, celebrates its first anniversary today. Word is there's Pop Rocks in one of the entrées. Trust Troy and try it....