DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 22: Artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh is photographed in front of what he calls an untitled coagulation of rugs and video exhibit that is part of his show called Myopia at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), in Denver, CO on October 22, 2014. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
Mark Mothersbaugh, founder of the pop band Devo and the star of a current retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, will next curate an exhibit at another city institution, the Clyfford Still Museum.
The exhibit will open March 6 and run through May 3, overlapping with the MCA show, which closes April 12.
Denver punk band Spells might have songs about fake dance crazes and be fronted by comedian Ben Roy, but it’s far from a joke, having made it onto the official South by Southwest lineup this year. Photo provided by Crystal Allen.
Early into SPELLS’ 7-inch release show at the Hi-Dive on Dec. 21, the moment comes for the big balloon drop. Singer Ben Roy spent the afternoon rigging a net of balloons suspended above the audience to release when he pulls a string.
“I grab the string and I’m hyping everyone up in the middle of the song and the string just breaks,” Roy said. “And now there’s this turd of balloons that is just hanging from the ceiling. Then people started tearing it down and things got even more ridiculous after that.”
This is how Roy tells the story of SPELLS’ best show ever.
“No Cities To Love,” Sleater-Kinney’s first album since going on hiatus in 2006, sounds as fresh as is does familiar.
In the weeks leading up to Sleater-Kinney’s first album since the band went on hiatus in 2006, Carrie Brownstein told Billboard, “It’s not a reunion, it’s a continuation.”
And a reunion album this is not. “No Cities To Love” sounds as fresh as is does familiar. It couldn’t have been made nine years ago, though the trio sounds as lively and inspired as it did back then. Sleater-Kinney didn’t make a new album to relive old glories. The band came back because they once again found they had something new to say together.