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, coming up in a week and a half, there's a terrific afternoon show worth checking out — San Antonio's Chicana punk quartet Fea (who are two records to the good on Joan Jett's Blackheart label) will be playing at the newly re-opened HQ (formerly 3 Kings Tavern) at 60 S. Broadway on Sunday September 26th, from 3:30 — 6:15. You can get tickets and read details about the event HERE. We're also about the upcoming show from Esmé Patterson, who will be playing Monday September 29th at Globe Hall! It's sure to be an excellent show in support of her latest album There Will Come Soft Rain which hit stores only a week and a half before the pandemic shut everything down last year and hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves. So pick up the album if you don't have it already and read more about the show HERE. And though his Denver show on the 29th is sold out, 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 and if you haven't seen him in concert, it's definitely worth the trip up north! Read more about the show HERE. And coming to the Levitt Pavilion on Saturday October 9th, Shovels & Rope will be offering up another great show in the venue's free events series. Read all the details and reserve your tickets HERE.
On Sunday October 17th, Dazzle Jazz will be bringing saxophonist/bandleader Jane Bunnett and her all-female Cuban sextet Maqueque to continue her career-long exploration of Afro-Cuban music at the club. She's doing two shows, and THIS LINK will give more info and allow ticket purchases to the later show, but once there you can bounce over to the early show easily enough. Another killer show coming up soon will be Tinariwen, who will be returning to the Bluebird on Monday October 18th to rock the crowd with their unique brand of Tuareg desert blues. They've been here many times and never failed to put on a great show, so check out more info or order tix HERE. Last but definitely not least, 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, and Saturday and Sunday openers yet to be announced. 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.
In new music releases, we've got a good solid week of larger releases, plus a few that I wouldn't want to slip under the radar. Check out the featured items below, but take a look for these as well: Lindsey Buckingham has long worked his solo career alongside his tenure in Fleetwood Mac, but once he was officially given the boot a couple years back, he began work in earnest on another solo album, out now on both CD and LP, which is perhaps rightfully titled Lindsey Buckingham, since it kind of functions as his first real solo album; this week also sees a 25th anniversary release of the Buena Vista Social Club's self-titled debut album, in a deluxe package that has two LPs, two CDs, and a hefty book as well; Blue Note continues its superb Tone Poet series of LP reissues with a nice pair this week - Lee Konitz/Gerry Mulligan's Lee Konitz Plays With the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Wayne Shorter's excellent but unsung classic The All Seeing Eye, featuring a larger ensemble than his small group recordings for the label; jazz legend Roscoe Mitchell of the Art Ensemble of Chicago made a pandemic album entitled Dots/Pieces for Percussion and Woodwinds in which he performed all the instruments himself and it's out on CD this week; and last but not least, in lieu of a new full album SZA has released a vinyl 10” LP called Good Days to tide us over until she gets that new full-length finally finished!
Over in DVD and Blu-ray, as always there are a few goodies to focus on and bring to your attention: Scream Factory has released a Blu-ray of the 1982 slasher film Alone in the Dark, the directorial debut of Jack “Nightmare on Elm Street 2” Sholder and featuring Jack Palance; Kino has released a Blu-ray upgrade of Stanley Donen's classic 1966 thriller Arabesque, starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren; the Criterion Collection has upgraded to Blu-ray their previous release of Neil Jordan's 1986 gangster film Mona Lisa, starring Bob Hoskins as a low-level gangster fresh out of prison; and Shout Factory has release a limited Blu-ray steelbook edition of Satoshi Kon's famed 1997 anime Perfect Blue.
Hope you're all doing well
and staying safe and healthy!