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Front Range happenings this weekend and beyond

Ted AlvarezVail CO, Colorado

Its hard to find quality hip-hop in the mountain states but once in a while, your ship will come sailing through town. The Cool Kids hail from Chicago, but they dont belong to any scene that exists as of now: They use electro-riffic, future-80s samples and rap about black mags on BMX bikes, referencing everything from Eric B. and Rakim to Voltron. They come as an injection of fresh life in the hip-hop scene, right as the rap mainstream is starting to feel a little stale. Theyre unabashedly urban, but bear strong connections to both retro and skateboarding scenes, and their nimble, old-school rap is anything but style. Watch out, gangstas: Old is new again, and youre looking a bit tired.What: The Cool Kids.When: Tonight.Where: Club Vinyl, Denver.Tickets: $15.Info: http://www.coclubs.com/vinyl/vinylMain.html

Being good for the holidays is so 1964: Its time to let a little sin in to the holiday spirit. A RED HOT Burlesque Christmas features ’70s funk rock from Boulders 8TraC and sexy, provocative dance routines from nationally-known burlesque superstars like Peggy Tulane, Orchid Mei and Buttercup. Dont think youre all bad, though: A RED HOT Burlesque Christmas benefits Estrojam, a non-profit organization that supports art and music by women. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day-of-show and available at 303-946-9227 or http://www.estrojam.org.What: A RED HOT Burlesque Christmas.When: Tonight, 9 p.m.Where: 4th & Main, Longmont.Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 day of show.Info: Call 303-946-9227 or visit http://www.estrojam.org.

In the pantheon of British next-best-things, The Kooks dont really wear the mantle any better than previous heirs to the throne, like Arctic Monkeys, Art Brut, etc. But that doesnt take away from the fact that they make the catchy, competent Brit-Rock you and your mates dig so much. Tracks like See The World and Sexy Beast nod Jackie Big Tits meld scratchy garage-rock with comely pop hooks.What: The Kooks.When: Tonight, 9 p.m.Where: Fox Theatre, Boulder.Tickets: $20.Info: Visit http://www.foxtheatre.com.



Vincent Gallo, he of the odd films (Buffalo 66; The Brown Bunny) and even odder modeling career, has been making music for as long as hes been making movies and art. Hes played both solo and with bands like Gray, which included Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Bunny with actor Lukas Haas. Hes now joined forces with Lukas little brother and drummer Nikolas Haas, keyboardist Rebecca Casabian and Hole axman Eric Erlandson to create RRIICCEE, a live act that improvises all of their music. They have no recordings and no plans to release any albums, so expect gigantic weirdness spiked with occasional brilliance and the potential for a trainwreck or two. With a band comprised entirely of credible musicians, theyre at least likely to make a beautiful mess together. What: RRIICCEE, followed by an extended Q&A with Gallo and blog Backbeat.When: Monday.Where: The Walnut Room, Denver.Tickets: $16 in advance, $18 day of show.Info: http://www.thewalnutroom.com.

Ah, theres nothin like the olde Oirish Christmas me ma an me da used to sing and dance round the coves of County Cork … OK, so Im obviously not Irish, but you dont have to be to enjoy the high-kicking song-and-dance routines of The Christmas Revels: An Irish Christmas. More than just Riverdance blarney, The Christmas Revels includes researched conversations and actual journal entries from 19th-century Irish families as they awaited departure for a better life in America. Your dose of Irish cultural history gets delivered by the best, including 2006 North American Stepdancing Champ Alexander Siega, a full Irish band, the Flagstaff Brass Quintet and a sixteen-strong childrens choir. What: The Christmas Revels: An Irish ChristmasWhen: Sunday and Dec. 22, 2 and 7 p.m.Where: Boulder Theater, Boulder.Tickets: From $14.75 – $31.50.Info: Visit http://www.bouldertheater.com or call 303-786-7030.


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