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Cut Copy performs at the Ogden Theatre on Oct. 29, 2014. Photos by Nathan Iverson, heyreverb.com.

Fans of dance music and 126 beats-per-minute (sometimes 120) got exactly what they paid for Wednesday night at the Ogden Theatre, by way of an endearingly straight-forward set from Australian indie-pop-rock-dance veterans Cut Copy.

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GWAR’s Vulvatron on battling sexism, Oderus Urungus, the band’s future

GWAR plays Denver's Summit Music Hall on Oct. 31.

GWAR plays Denver’s Summit Music Hall on Oct. 31.

There’s a hint of tragedy in Vulvatron’s metallic, otherworldly voice when I ask the new GWAR singer if Scumdogs cry.

On March 23 Dave Brockie, the singer of the metal band GWAR, died of an accidental heroin overdose. In the band he played the character Oderus Urungus, the leader of GWAR, which according to its own mythology, is made up of creatures from another planet called Scumdogs, who are gods among men and bent on destroying the planet. On stage the band will spray the audience with blood and sacrifice effigies of celebrities and political figures.

Even in interviews the members of the band don’t break character — they talk about sex, blood, drugs and other activities pleasing to the vile Scumdogs. But when we’re talking about Oderus, Vulvatron is somber.

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Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford on the weirdness of Australia, how that translates to good dance music

Cut Copy performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Cut Copy performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Australia is weird, according to Cut Copy founder Dan Whitford.

It’s nothing like New York or L.A. or even for that matter, pot-smoking-Denver. It’s historically a land of the disconnected. It’s a continent full of strange traffic laws, condiments and landscapes. But most poignantly, it’s home to a productive and cutting edge dance music scene. One that Whitford and Cut Copy – within the last decade – have put on the world’s musical map. When we caught up with Whitford over Skype, a pinch past 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday, he had just woken up, jogged, eaten breakfast, and visited his favorite local Melbourne Café.

It was 10 a.m., Thursday in Australia, a morning we hadn’t even seen yet in Denver.

So it seemed fitting to ask, given the opportunity to speak with a man from the future, why now? How did Australia’s dance music scene get so far ahead?

“Australia is untouched by the rest of the world, where we kind of find our own weird way of making music or art,” he said. “It’s a strange mutation, from being so separate from everyone. Like all these strange creatures, which are part of Australia, where everywhere else people think: What is the kangaroo and platypus?”

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