Rot Congress III - the Prequel

Oct 23

YEAR ONE: We witnessed the unholy rite that brought the Hot Congress Collective back from the dead as ROT CONGRESS – a ghoulish band of ...bands hungry for human flesh. Only the the most desperate of last-ditch plans banished them back to the dark regions of nightmare hell.

YEAR TWO: The devilish hordes of ROT CONGRESS rose once more to plague the living with gruesome rock'n'roll damnation. They utterly destroyed human civilization as we know it and erased any possibility of future life on planet Earth.

The Don'ts and Be Carefuls: A Farewell Interview

Aug 30

After four years, much-loved Denver band The Don'ts and Be Carefuls are calling it a day. They play their final show Friday, August 31st at the Hi Dive, with I Sank Molly Brown, Hindershot, and Kissing Party. Frontman Casey Banker sat down with Jesse Livingston to talk about the band's origins and evolution, as well as plans for the future.

Jesse: How would you describe The DBC's music? I have a hard time categorizing it.

Casey: I know, right? I think at first I wanted it to be this electro dance band or something. That's what I was into in Greeley when I started the band. It was in 2008. I just tried to find some people who wanted to be in a band, who liked the idea. We just recruited anyone we could find who could sort of play their instruments. Everyone was really new at their instruments. Luke had just started drumming. I think Cody had been in one other band in high school. I had never been in a band, and I think the other guy – Tom – had never been in a band. We had a lot of growing pains... But, yeah, that's what I was going for at first. I turned into this indie rock thing, I guess. [laughs]

Jesse: So, did the music just develop organically as you went along, or did you have a certain thing you were aiming for?

The Blue Rider - Way Out West 7" Record Release this Saturday

Aug 23

Way Out West, the debut from Denver-based throwback garage-rockers The Blue Rider sounds right at home on 7” vinyl record. The title track’s yelping vocals and prominent organ and guitar riffing shows off the record’s great retro production values and charged-up songwriting. B-side THTD (short for too hip to dance) finds the band playing with the format, adding a spaced-out, spoken-word breakdown smack dab to the middle of a raucous Bo Diddley-style ditty.

Release Party details:
The Blue Rider
A. Tom Collins
Colfax Speed Queen
hi-dive (7 S. Broadway)
Saturday, August 25th

Hot Congress signs on as sponsor of Too Much Funstival

Aug 9

Hot Congress is pleased to announce that we will be one of the sponsors for Too Much Funstival, the Fine Gentleman's Club's all-over-Denver-four-day-mega-party aka the-most-aptly-named-festival-ever. We're putting together some really great music/merch packages that will be raffled off during the events, some of which will be free (and if not won't cost more than $5!) August 23rd-26th.

Here's what those Fine Gentlemen have in store for all of us:

Shepard Fairey, The Knew, The Outfit, Faceman, and Hindershot at Miami Steve's, Friday, August 3rd at 8pm!

Aug 1

You've seen street artist Shepard Fairey's iconic designs everywhere. He came up with the cult classic sticker featuring the face of Andre the Giant and the word OBEY -- part homage to John Carpenter's THEY LIVE and part surrealist curio. More famously, he designed the HOPE poster for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. Although initially unofficial, the posters were later adopted and supported by the campaign, leading Obama to write Fairey and thank him when it was all over. It was a rare happy marriage of art and politics, and the poster was eventually placed in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery.

SAUNA West Coast Tour starts Friday

Jul 25

Fri. July 27th - Denver - Mouth House w/ ORCA TEAM, School Knights

Sat. July 28th - Grand Junction - Tenacious Brothers Pub w/ ORCA TEAM, Dreamboat

Sun. July 29th - SLC - The Garage w/ ORCA TEAM

Sun. July 29th - Provo - Black Pyramid Studios w/ ORCA TEAM

Mon. July 30th - Caldwell - The Crux w/ ORCA TEAM, Paperhead

Tues. July 31st - Seattle

Weds. August 1 - Portland

Thurs. August 2nd - Sacramento - Luigi's Fun Slice w/ Deep Time

Fri. August 3rd - San Francisco - Makeout Room w/ Cocktails

Sat. August 4th - Oakland - The Rec Center w/ G. Green

Underground Music Showcase starts tomorrow

Jul 18

Ah, it's our favorite time of the year. Denver's greatest festival takes over South Broadway for four days starting this Thursday. The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase features nearly 400 bands, including over a dozen Hot Congress artists, tons of great other local acts, and more national acts than ever.

For more information, tickets, and to view the full line-up visit The UMS homepage.

Free Show tonight at Miami Steve's

Jul 6

If you're celebrating First Friday at the Santa Fe art walk tonight we recommend ending your walk at Miami Steve's, the new venue located in the back room of the Black Book Art Gallery (555 Santa Fe.) Playing tonight will be Magic Cyclops, The Outfit, and Indigenous Robot. Oh yeah, the show's free!

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