Mar 222013

Whether you’re wrapping up your spring break, or just starting it, there is plenty of great live music in Denver this weekend to help you celebrate. Here are just a few suggestions to help you narrow down the choices.


Local indie-folk act Paper Bird are headlining an album release show at The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. in Denver. Also appearing are He’s My Brother She’s My Sister and Chimney Choir. Tickets are $15 plus service charge, available through The Oriental Theater. Doors at 8:00 PM; music starts at 9:00. Ages 16+.

If you’re a fan of local bands Regret Night or Be Brave, tonight is your last chance to see them for awhile. Regret Night are headlining a farewell show at Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. in downtown Denver, with Be Brave also on the bill playing their final show. Other acts on the bill include Places and Defy You Stars. Tickets are $12 each, available from Soda Jerk Presents. Doors at 7:00 PM. This is an all-ages show!


Denver neo-folk act Glowing House are having an EP release show at Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. in Denver. Opening acts include The Raven and the Writing Desk and Anthony Ruptak. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of show, available from Larimer Lounge. Service charge may apply. Doors at 8:00 PM; music starts at 9:00. Ages 18+.

Boulder-based singer-songwriter Jeff Brinkman is having an album release show at The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. in Denver. Also appearing are I’m With Her and Kaia Nutting. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 day of show, available from The Walnut Room. Service charge may apply. Doors at 7:00 PM. Ages 21+.

Happy weekend!

Mar 072010

Regret Night EP

This post is supplementary to my article on

When you first start writing about a local music scene, you are, in a sense, late to the party. You find yourself running to catch up becuase all you have to go on is what you see in front of you, and you have to try and make sense of it without the advantage of previous history.

The first time I saw local powerpop band Regret Night do a show, I wrote a less-than-flattering review of them based entirely on their performance, with a peek at their MySpace page for a frame of reference. That show was a fundraiser to help them fund the recording of their new EP. I could tell from that first show that Regret Night had a fairly solid fan base, which told me there must be something to them–but that night there just wasn’t a lot of substance behind the hype.  So I wrote what I saw, trying to give the band the benefit of the doubt for what I hadn’t seen, and throwing in some suggestions for how they could step it up. 

A few weeks later, I received a gracious email from Regret Night (whom I’d not told about my review), thanking me for my candor and telling me they were taking my suggestions to heart–and inviting me to review their new EP when it came out.  Just the fact that they took the time to respond (instead of react) and invited me to give my opinion again said a lot to me about them.  After all, for all I knew, they’d just had one bad night.

It would be presumptuous to think they were acting on my advice alone (or at all), but since that email conversation I’ve watched from a distance while Regret Night has seemingly been doing several of the things I had put on my list of suggestions.  When I found out that they were finally releasing their EP, Living the Night Life, at a concert at the Marquis Theater last Friday, I felt I owed it to them to see them again and to give their new project a spin.

I’m happy to say that Regret Night did step it up, both with the EP and their concert.  The recording has catchy tunes and great production value, and their live performance (though riddled with technical difficulties which must have been frustrating) was definitely an improvement over the last time I saw them.  And the bands they had with them on the ticket did them proud as well–which was one of the things I really harped on in my previous review.  Best of all, I was able to see some of the elements of their appeal that has won them their fan base, the things I knew must be there but couldn’t see the first time I saw them.

It would be dishonest to say Regret Night doesn’t still have some growing to do. But kudos are definitely in order for these guys, for several reasons.  First of all, behind their carefree party persona, it’s apparent the band hasn’t always had an easy time of it, especially in getting this EP done.  The fact that they pressed through their obstacles to get it done–and did it so well–says they are serious.  Second–simply put, they have grown, likely as a result of their perseverance.  And third, and possibly most important–Regret Night accepted with grace the criticism of a newcomer-upstart and took it seriously.  And that is why I know they will continue to grow–because for bands with that attitude, growth is inevitable.

Way to go, guys.

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Living The Night Life EP on Amazon