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We thank everyone for your understanding and cooperation around our reinstated mask policy here at Twist & Shout. We will, of course, be closely following all local and national information about Covid infections and restrictions, but while Denver and the region remains in or above the “substantial” range of infections, we are following CDC recommendations that it is everyone's best interests to require masks within the store for all staff and customers. We will be glad to provide you with a mask if you have forgotten yours — just ask for one at the front counter when you enter. We also continue to provide hand sanitizer, to encourage social distancing inside the store, and have our ventilation system that features virus-killing technology and will remain in place after the pandemic. Curbside pickup, in-store pickup, and mail order services continue to be offered with phone orders and purchases at shop.twistandshout.com, and you can read all our most up-to-date information about our Covid policies HERE. Thank you for supporting Twist & Shout and our ongoing efforts to keep everyone safe.

Outside the store, we've got a cool music-related event that's not a concert that might be of interest to many of you. At the Emmanuel Art Gallery (on the Auraria campus at the intersection of Larimer and 10th Street Plaza, across from the Auraria Library) they are featuring an art show highlighting the artworks around punk and new wave culture. The titles are too long to include here, but you can read all the details of the show, which opened last week and runs through Dec. 21 if you click HERE. Also, our neighbors at the Sie FilmCenter are going to do a soft reopening, running limited screenings from Oct. 28th – 31st in advance of the upcoming Film Festival. Check out what will be playing by clicking HERE and be sure to check out the link to the Film Festival info below as well! And in the realm of music, you can catch Todd Snider when he loops back to Colorado to play Washington's in Fort Collins on Wednesday October 27th. He's a terrific live performer — stage banter between songs is at least as good as his excellent songs themselves - and if you haven't seen him in concert, it's definitely worth the trip up north! Read more about the show HERE. Itchy-O continues their Halloween weekend tradition of Hallowmass — a multi-night event, now back at The Summit Music Hall. There are different openers each night, with the Friday night show featuring Munly & the Lupercalians, Saturday night with Jim “Foetus” Thirlwell creating synth soundscapes in the opening spot, and then Sunday again will be something special with a rare set from Wovenhand opening things up. The link below is to the middle Saturday show, but once again, you can easily bounce to the shows on the 29th or 31st from there. Read about it or purchase tickets HERE. Also note that these shows set the stage of Itchy-O's upcoming double live album Sypherlot/Hallowmass 2020, out on 11/5, so make sure you get yours when it drops! And for something a little more family-oriented for Halloween weekend, be sure to check out the 15th annual Boo 'n Brew event throughout the Bluebird District, taking place all day Saturday October 30th. During the day there is a trick-or-treating event for kids at more than 20 businesses throughout the stretch of Colfax from Josephine to Colorado Blvd. (including here at Twist!), then in the evening things shift to a more adult-oriented pub crawl — in costume, of course — on the same stretch, complete with costume contests, live music, and more. Read all the details of the event HERE and have yourself a spooky Saturday the 30th!

And moving to next month, electronic/experimental musician Yves Tumor will be performing at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park on Tuesday Nov. 2. He stole the show at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival and the Stanley is turning into a great place to see live music, the only catch being that it's a bit of a commute unless you stay overnight (highly recommended!). Check out more details of the show and get tix HERE (and also check out the LP release of his latest album out this week!). In non-music events, the Denver Film Society's 44th Denver Film Festival will be taking place November 3rd through the 14th. The schedule is live now and tickets are on sale to the public today, so check it all out and get your festival planned out HERE. I've got my tix locked up, so I'll see you there! Also out there in film-land, one of my favorite things - the recurring horror and horror-adjacent film series Scream Screen - will be making its in-person reappearance at the Sie Film Center right on the heels of the Film Festival, starting on November 19th, and running on Friday evenings through to December 17th. This series is one very near and dear to my heart: There's Something About Larry, featuring the films of the great B-movie auteur Larry Cohen! Films featured in the series will be a double feature of The Stuff and King Cohen (a doc about Cohen's films - Cynthia Costas Cohen and King Cohen director Steve Mitchell will be joining for a Q&A) taking place on 11/19; Cohen's 1972 feature film debut Bone (starring Yaphet Kotto) on 11/26; a triple feature of all three films in the It's Alive series on 12/3; the little-seen 1984 thriller Special Effects on 12/10; and the series closes out on 12/17 with 1977's terrific God Told Me To. You can read more about the whole series and get advance tickets by clicking HERE. And then back in the land of music, the Hi-Dive is bringing the excellent experimental punk/electronic group Black Dice to town on Thursday Nov. 4. It's been a long time since they released a new record, so this ought to be a special one, and you can read deets and get tickets HERE. Also happening in November music, the Lion's Lair is once again bringing punk legend Mike Watt for two nights of concerts on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th. You can read details and get your tix for Saturday by clicking HERE and bounce to the Lair's Sunday event from here if that one is more your speed. For something a little bit more classic, you'd do well to check out Nick Lowe's Quality Rock Revue, featuring openers Los Straitjackets at the Oriental Theater a couple weeks later on Tuesday Nov. 16th. As I understand it, they may actually be his backing band, so it should be a rockin' good night overall! Read about it and get your tickets HERE. And the next night, Wed. November 17th, the Boulder Theater is bringing two notable modern electronic musicians — Canadian artist Caribou, who released the fine album Suddenly on Merge Records last year just weeks before the pandemic set in, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, whose 2020 album Mosaic of Transformation hit last May, deep in the heart of things. Both of the records are worth hearing and the live show should be a real winner as well. Check it all out and get your tix HERE.

In new music releases, take a minute to peek at some of these items that I wouldn't want to slip under the radar. Check out the bigger featured items below as well, but here are some smaller ones deserving of your attention: hip-hop duo Atmosphere has several reissues out on vinyl this week, of their albums Family Sign, Overcast!, and You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having; Brooklyn's Sacred Bones label has released CD, cassette, and gold vinyl LPs of the new Black Marble record Fast Idol; U.K. electronic musician Dean Blunt returns with his latest release Black Metal 2 on both Cd and LP; there's also a CD reissue of James Brown's seminal (and long out of print on CD) 1971 album Hot Pants, his first for Polydor, and it's loaded with superb bonus material as well; Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have released a second volume of their B-Sides and Rarities on both CD and vinyl, plus a limited, super-deluxe LP box set that contains both volumes; Impulse! Records has done another exceptional vault dig with a CD and LP release of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle, one of the few times his masterpiece was performed live in its entirety; indie rockers Deerhoof have a new one, Actually You Can, out on CD and cassette (no vinyl yet announced); the long-running project of singer/songwriter Roberto Carlos Lange, Helado Negro, has a brand new album, Far In, out on both CD and vinyl this week; Freddie Hubbard's Ready For Freddie is the latest LP reissue in Blue Note's Blue Note Classic series; La Luz's fourth album, La Luz, is in stock now on both limited edition orange vinyl and on CD (cassette is scheduled for release as well, but hasn't arrived); jazz guitar great Pat Metheny's album Side-Eye NYC is out on both LP and CD; experimental rock/electronic musician and poet Moor Mother had put out her third album in two years, Black Encyclopedia of the Air, on both CD and indie exclusive colored vinyl; Orquesta Akokan is back with their second Daptone album 16 Rayos on indie exclusive colored vinyl and CD; legendary metal band Sepultura has released the limited edition box set Sepulnation: The Studio Albums on both CD and LP; Spiritualized has continued their reissue program with a repackaged, remastered, reissue of Let It Come Down on LP (CD shipment delayed and should be here soon); Superchunk has also reissued a 20th anniversary edition of their album Here's To Shutting Up, on both CD and an indie exclusive orange vinyl LP; and as always, there's much more!

Over in DVD and Blu-ray, we've got a bunch of cool stuff this week. On DVD we've got a box set the complete series of the superb 70's TV show Maude (sorry Bea Arthur fans, it's available on DVD only); and on Blu-ray only, just in time for the season, we've 4K upgrades of a couple terrifying classics — the original Scream and the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs; also Blu-ray only this week is the Criterion Collection remastering of Lynne Ramsay's wrenching debut film Ratcatcher; and out this week on both DVD and Blu-ray, we've got the latest M. Night Shyamalan thriller Old, and the Criterion Collection has also brought in one of the finest sci-fi/thrillers of the 50s, The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Hope you're all doing well and staying safe and healthy!


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