Machine Gun Blues destroyed themselves at The UMS - Reverb

UMS Video, Day 3: Machine Gun Blues reunion show @ 3 Kings Tavern

Aaron Collins checks the floor to make sure its OK during a Machine Gun Blues show. Photo from the band's MySpace page.

Aaron Collins checks the floor to make sure its OK during a Machine Gun Blues show. Photo from the band's MySpace page.

Now that we have a few days of rest, we started asking around about The UMS performances that left the most impact on our festival friends. We’ve gotten lots of great feedback — from the special-secret Murder Pinchers sweatfest at 3 Kings Tavern (that was a partial Warlock Pinchers reunion) to Flobots’ mesmerizing hour-plus set at the CarToys Stage (which drew thousands of people to The UMS’s outdoor festival area).

But perhaps the most infamous performance of the weekend came from Machine Gun Blues, the Denver garage band that reunited to headline 3 Kings on Saturday night. The show is already the thing of legend — enhanced by a series of prophetically apologetic posters and T-shirts the band printed up — and here’s video proof of the group’s self-destructive take on T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy.” (Looks like the above video was shot by the Swayback’s Eric Halborg).

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