Concerted Effort in conjunction with the Hi-Dive is proud to present Le Divorce's video release party on Saturday, March 10. As if the prospect of seeing this acclaimed Denver band and their new video wasn't enough, they will be joined by two other impressive local bands that will make the night a must-see start-to-finish event for indie rock fans. Seeing that all the bands feature styles and influences that stem from many eras of music, it essentially makes the night an encompassing journey through time viewed through the lens of modern rock.

Fresh off the release of their EP The Sting And The Light, Le Divorce returns to the stage for more celebration - this time for the video release of their single "Under The Boxcars". This four-piece band is Denver's premier representative of post-punk and alt-rock, heavily influenced by pivotal bands from the late '80s through mid '90s, but given a fresh interpretation that holds its own today. With performances full of energy and presence, Le Divorce is sure to deliver a party, and if you haven't seen the new lineup yet, you are in for a treat. Check out "Under The Boxcars" in preparation for the video below.

The next band on the bill, Varlet, will bring an indie rock sound rooted from influences a little further down the timeline. Varlet is a five-piece band from Denver with a truly genre bending sound. It is as if they took elements from '60s and '70s psychedelic rock, blended in a little '50s doo-wop and '40s classic country, put in elements of folk rock and jazz, and deliver the resulting sound draped around the framework of modern indie rock. Check out "Dirty Sock".

The night will begin with a performance from locals Rowboat. This evocative band creates a sound that seems to merge acoustic singer-songwriter folk with a subtle yet powerful addition of contemporary atmospherics - almost like a reincarnation of a classic folk-country-blues songwriter with its honest grit. They should evoke a mood of older, simpler times yet keep the listener rooted in the present. Check out "Under Street Lamps".

The Hi-Dive doors open at 9:00PM and the show starts at 10:00PM on Saturday, March 10. The show is 21+ and tickets are $6. Tickets and more information are available online here. (The lineup was recently modified and the link may not yet reflect those changes.)
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The first show I covered for this blog at the Fox Theatre was an indie folk show, and since then I've developed an affinity for the two together. I've seen many different types of shows there before and since, and they were great, but there is something powerful to me about going to the Boulder Valley to the storied Fox Theatre for a show like the one upcoming on Friday, March 9th. Two of Denver's finest contemporary folk bands will be at this show, joined by a visiting a singer-songwriter.

The headliner is Paper Bird, a local eight-piece ensemble that has been continually capturing listener's ears and hearts since their inception about five years ago. With four albums under their belt, they have revealed incredible songwriting skill and musicianship through their repertoire of songs. Their music is driven by banjo, guitar, stand-up bass, percussion, trombone and intricate multi-part harmonies, creating contemporary folk songs with a host of other influences including world music, jazz, roots music and blues. Check out this amazing and eclectic piece, "Drekovsky", from their latest album Carry On.

Two other amazing musical forces will join forces in a performance on this night - Eye & The Arrow with Patrick Dethlefs. I have covered Eye & The Arrow on this blog before, and they have always impressed me with their rustic style folk. This time, the Denver trio will work together with singer/songwriter/guitarist Patrick Dethlefs. Patrick Dethlefs is based out of Kittredge, CO, where he learned to play guitar and began penning his own songs at an early age. His soothing voice, acoustic guitar and well crafted songs should pair well with the musicality of Eye & The Arrow. Check out "The Farther You Go".

Nick Jaina is a singer-songwriter based out of Portland, OR. He performs his music in various configurations, be it solo or with the help of up to a ten-piece backing band. He is doing a small tour in between a couple festivals, and this Fox Theatre show will be a stop along the way. For this show, he'll be accompanied by a drummer and bassist. It seems that in any configuration, Nick Jaina is able to deliver his beautifully constructed and heartfelt songs with powerful performances. Check out "Sebastopol (A Bird In The Opera House)".

The show takes place on Friday, March 9th at the Fox Theatre. The doors open at 8:30PM and the music starts at 9:00PM. The show is all ages and tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show (+$2 for under 21 tickets). Tickets and more information are available at the Fox Theatre website. You can also win tickets from Concerted Effort - check the Concerted Effort Facebook page for more details!
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Rock: it comes in many forms and from many places, a constantly evolving genre that musicians continue to explore. On Wednesday, March 7, the Hi-Dive will host a couple indie rock bands from across the country whose experimental approach make them a couple of the genres modern explorers. Their creative use of influences and innovation make this show very appealing.

The headliner is Reptar, a five-piece band from Athens, GA. With guitar, bass, drums and keyboards in their arsenal, they create a synth driven modern rock sound that combines elements of psychedelic rock, indie-pop, disco-funk, world music, progressive rock, and a little bit of punk attitude - a truly eclectic combination of sounds that makes perfect sense once seen in the context of Reptar. Their fun, upbeat sound is propelled by the incredible presence and energy of this band - check out their prior coverage on this blog. They will be releasing their first full-length album this summer, so Denver will get a chance to hear some of their new songs live before they get released. Check out "Sebastian".

Finn Riggins is an indie rock trio originally from the small town of Hailey, ID. The best way to describe their sound would be experimental rock, but only because the songs in their repertoire encompass a wide range styles - from avant-garde to psych-rock to indie-pop, this trio is quite versatile. Despite only having three members in their band, they each exhibit a bit of multi-instrumentalism with a wide range of musical tools, including some items not normally considered instruments. Check out "BENCHWARMERS".

Quiet Hooves is indie pop-rock band also from Athens, GA. This band is a self-described "weird pop" band, an eight member ensemble who specializes in an unconventional sound. The band experiments with a range of styles drawing from influences both past and present to create a sound that sounds like a futuristic version of vintage music - think synth heavy classic country western or experimental, future-forward folk. Check out "Your Body".

The show takes place on Wednesday, March 7 at the Hi-Dive. The doors open at 8:00PM and the music starts at 9:00PM. The show is 18+ and tickets are $10. Tickets and more information are available online at the Hi-Dive website.
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For the last part of Concerted Effort's SnowBall preview, here's a brief look at all the artists performing on the final day of the festival, Sunday, March 4. If you haven't taken a look at the previews for Friday and Saturday's lineups, be sure to do so. Also, SnowBall has released the schedule of events for each day, so you can plan which acts you would like to see. If you check out their schedule app on Facebook, you can share which acts you are going to see with your friends and look at the schedule on your mobile phone while at the festival so you'll always know what's up.

This independent rapper from Los Angeles broke out onto the scene about a decade ago with his signature hit "Because I Got High". Since then, he's released a host of other albums with songs along the same vein - all about partying and just plain having a good time. See his prior coverage on this blog and listen to "Crazy Rap".
12-afroman-crazy rap 2009 by AFROMAN

Los Angeles and Phoenix, AZ based At Dawn We Rage performs as a duo; producer Stormy with Travis on live drums. At Dawn We Rage creates a combination of trance-like electronica with dubstep and drumstep - songs that can be both slightly atmospheric and moody but also hit hard when it's time for the drop. Check out "Flashing Lights".
AT DAWN WE RAGE - FLASHING LIGHTS by at dawn we rage

Bassnectar, from San Francisco, CA is an electronic music producer with a very eclectic style. His repertoire of songs includes genre influences from across the spectrum - hip-hop, alt rock, metal, punk and more - all fused to bass heavy soundscapes that makes this headliner's music as hypnotizing as it is intense. Check out "Color Storm".
Bassnectar - Color Storm by Bassnectar

Beats Antique is a fusion of gypsy influenced music with hard hitting electronic beats and production from Oakland, CA. The synthesis of live instrumentation and clever production creates a seamless, sultry sound - enhanced by the tantalizing visual addition of live dancing. See their prior coverage on this blog and listen to "She Is Looking For Something".
Beats Antique - She Is Looking For Something by Madison House

Originating from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, BoomBox is a duo that fuses electronic beats with psychedelic rock and dance floor disco. They create a smooth groove with an organic feel but incredible danceability. Check out "Me And My Baby".
Me and My Baby - Live by boomboxmusic

Boulder, CO based Crushendo (formerly Slim Thugz) seek out cross genre lines with their bass heavy electronic sound. These proponents of jazz-step and intelligent bass music combine melodic production with rattling hip-hop style beats and big bass. Check out a mix of their Drop Logic EP.
Drop Logic EP Minimix by Crushendo

DallasK is an Orlando, FL based electronic music producer. His style incorporates elements of progressive house and hard-hitting and glitchy electro, making for a big room sound that has taken clubs by storm. Check out a preview of one of his original tracks, "Jupiter".
Jupiter (Original Mix) OUT NOW ON BAZOOKA RECORDS! by DallasK

Gardens & Villa are a Santa Barbara indie rock band that carefully balance retro and modern sensibilities into a fresh and contemporary sound. They are a modern rock band with a synth-heavy sound, and when they perform nothing is pre-recorded - everything is reproduced live. See their prior coverage on this blog and listen to "Black Hills".
Gardens & Villa - Black Hills by Lesliekins

Gosteffects is an electronic music producer from New York that creates energetic dance floor electro drenched in dark mood. It'd be the perfect soundtrack to a vampire's underground rave, and it's coming to take over the Vail Valley. Check out "House of God".
Gosteffects - House of God by Gosteffects

The duo of Biorhythm and Dialogue comprises this Denver based band, joined live by drummer Jonas Otto. They create a hybrid of electronic music and hip-hop, a combination of soulful grooves, downtempo feel, and dancey rhythms. Check out their prior coverage on this blog and listen to "From The Gun's Barrel".
From The Guns Barrel ☆ FLOW ☆ by Human Agency

This Denver based band delivers positive vibrations through a soulful combination of pop, funk and rock. Their live shows are delivered with high energy and dynamic stage presence - traits that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Check out "Everything".

A six-piece band all the way from Caracas, Venezuela, Los Amigos Invisibles will bring psychedelic disco funk with Latin flair to the Vail Valley. Their dance floor friendly sound is rooted in  the past but delivered with a distinct contemporary flavor. Check out "Dulce".
Los Amigos Invisibles - Dulce by Nacional Records

This band from Nederland, CO creates music from a host of different genres; funk, folk, bluegrass, rock and a touch of electronica. The result is spaced psychedelic Americana rock, a future forward take on a long-standing genre. Check out "Nisswa".

Somewhere between electro-pop, chillwave and noise-pop, this analog synth driven band creates a futuristic sound with a lot of danceability. Merging together retro 80s tech-like sound and influences with forward-thinking visions of dance music, ManCub's sound gets crowds moving on the dance floor. See their prior coverage on this blog and check out "Summer Rain".
Summer Rain by Mancub303

This now Boulder, CO based DJ has nearly two decades of experience behind the DJ decks. His experience allows him to work any crowd, using a variety of genres and styles in his arsenal to elicit the greatest crowd response, driving parties with a combination of bass, funk, hip-hop electronica and more. Check out his mash-up, "My Eyes Can See A Spot Licker".
My eyes can see a Spot Licker (Mustard Tiger vs Busta) by Mikey Thunder

Based out of Santa Cruz, CA, Minnesota is an electronic music producer that specializes in all things bass music. Throughout his remixes and original productions, he will incorporate dubstep, purple, glitch hop and more, creating music that is both atmospheric and heavy. Check out "Jetstream".
Jetstream (Free Download) by Minnesota

The Motet is a collective of musicians dedicated to exploring the far reaches of musical creativity. This Boulder, CO based group fuses jazz, afro-beat, and funk with electronica to create soundscapes that capture dance floors. Check out "Dig Deep".
The Motet - Dig Deep by SEG: Sweetwine Ent. Group

This San Jose, CA electronic music producer has been called one of the hardworking artists in the American dubstep movement. With a background in various electronic genres, NiT GRiT combines ethereal melodic production with the dramatic hard-hitting bass-heavy intensity of dubstep. Check out "Dimethyltryptamine".
Nit Grit - Dimethyltryptamine by waylortitt

Originally from Sydney, Australia, this Los Angeles based DJ and producer is a master when it comes to summery down-under style disco house. It might not be summer yet in the Vail Valley, but Plastic Plates constant stream of smooth grooves might have the crowd thinking otherwise. Check out "More Than Love".
More Than Love by PLASTiC PLATES

Not much information is available on this mysterious artist, but by the sound of things, Satellites is spaced out electronic-funk - a psychedelic excursion into the far reaches of sound. Satellites seems to blend downtempo hip-hop beats with electronics and synths to create a sort of deep space soul. Check out "Here's A Ghost You Can Find".
SATELLITES - Here's a Ghost You Can Find by Kid Without Radio

Based out of Los Angeles, this electronic music producer bends genres, bringing a variety of influences to his west coast style dubstep sound. He'll also foray into glitch hop, crunk and more throughout his slew of originals and remixes. Check out "Groove Around You (Disciples of Headtron Vol. I)".
Stephan Jacobs - Groove Around You (Disciples of Headtron Vol. I) by Stephan Jacobs

Two instrumental hip-hop producers and a live drummer comprise this Asheville, NC based group. Although the foundation of their sound is instrumental hip-hop, Two Fresh explores a host of sounds to create a musical product that is as laid-back as it is energetic, a smooth blend of atmosphere and force. Check out "Give Us Your's"
Give Us Your's by Two Fresh

One of the most exciting indie rock bands in the musical landscape, this Portland, OR based trio creates catchy indie-pop gems that go far deeper than what initially floats on the surface. When it comes to live performance, what one hear's on their recorded material is just the tip of the iceberg, as this band exudes the spirit of rock 'n' roll. See their prior coverage on this blog and listen to "Little Blu House".
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Little Blu House" by fatpossum

This five-piece band from Austin, TX creates indie folk-rock that blends folk, blues, country and modern rock into one complete package. Their blend of acoustic and electric sound gives this band versatility and a solid foundation. Check out "Portraits".
Wheeler Brothers - Portraits (Texas Folk Rock) by ATX Music Mag

This trio from Denver combines experimental electronic music with modern R&B, creating a futuristic offshoot of the genre that is full of soul but explores new instrumental territory. Their atmospheric yet beat-heavy sound matches perfectly with emotive, melodic vocals. See their prior coverage on this blog and listen to "Mr. 100".

SnowBall Music Festival 2012 is now just about one week away. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, find more information and purchase passes at the SnowBall website. Also, be sure to check out the newly released schedule so you can plan which acts you are going to see. If you haven't seen the previews for Friday and Saturday yet, be sure to check those out too!
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Concerted Effort continues its preview look at all the artist performing at SnowBall Music Festival 2012. If you didn't catch the overview for the artists on Day 1 (Friday, March 2), click this link to check it out. Day 1 offered a good mix of genres - folk, hip-hop, indie, reggae, jam, and various electronic acts. Day 2 keeps that variety going with both homegrown and national acts. Check out the alphabetical list of Day 2 bands below:

This indie rock band from Denver stands out on its own for its clever use of both retro and modern influences. Combining aspects from '40s and '50s jazz with modern rock and off-the-wall lyricism, this band delivers a memorable live show. Check out this band's prior coverage on this blog and listen to "Pants Off Dance Off".
a. Tom Collins - Pants Off Dance Off by StealThisTrack

This New Orleans based rapper is at the forefront of the bounce movement, a style of hip-hop known for its high energy and call and response style that originated but has been evolving since the '80s. She is sometimes called the "Queen Diva" of sissy bounce, an off-shoot of the bounce genre featuring cross-dressing musicians and gay themes. Her performances are said to be incredibly explosive, so strap in for a thrill ride. Check out "Azz Everywhere".
Azz Everywhere by Big Freedia

This mysterious duo hails from Los Angeles, slowly raising to prominence although not much is known about them, due to their ability to rock incredible parties full of smooth, groovy, sexy sounds. Check out their edit of  an '80s soul classic, Brenda Russel's "Piano In The Dark".
Brenda Russel - Piano in The Dark (Bixel Boys Re-Stroke) by stampfactory

Founder of Denver's longest running and one of the most awarded club nights, Lipgloss, boyhollow will be bringing his versatile mixing style to the Vail Valley. Originally a rock DJ, he continues to incorporate a wide range of styles into his repertoire, including indie dance, house, '80s, electro and more. See some of his prior coverage on this blog and check out his opening set for Denver's last MSTRKRFT show.
Opening set for MSTRKRFT 09•10•11 by boyhollow

Cassian is a DJ and producer from Sydney, Australia that crafts together mixes and remixes into delectable disco dance affairs. His ear for disco house will have the Vail Valley dancing. Check out his remix of The Rapture's "How Deep Is Your Love".
How Deep Is Your Love (Cassian Remix) [mastered 16-bit] - The Rapture by cassian

Cherub is an electro-pop duo from Tennessee with a unique approach to the genre. Their love for retro '80s funk, disco and pop is a heavy influence on their modern sound, where they combine electric guitars with crafty production to keep the crowd dancing. See their prior coverage on this blog and listen to "XOXO".
Cherub - "XOXO" by Vitalic Noise

This Denver based band combines rock 'n' roll with classic southern R&B influences and a little bit of Americana. They can pick up the crowd with energetic rock, or hit the crowd softly with something a little more soulful. Check out "Minutes".

This Stockholm, Sweden electro house duo has become one of the more prominent names in the electronic dance music scene. Known for their incredibly energetic live sets and their own party-centric Dada Life philosophy, they'll be sure to bring the club atmosphere to the mountains. Check out "Happy Violence".
Dada Life - Happy Violence (Vocal Extended) by Dada Life

This indie rock band from Detroit is like no other, incorporating elements of rock 'n' roll, electro-pop, folk and more into their varied but definitive sound. This band is truly in their element when it comes to live performance, escalating their characteristic sound in incredible ways. See this band's prior coverage on this blog and listen to "Skeletons".
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Skeletons by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Digital Connection live is Denver producer Ricky Shine joined by live drummer Nick Layne. Digital Connection creates bass music and dubstep productions designed to captivate the crowd. Check out "Rest Assured".
02 Rest Assured by The Digital Connection

Dillon Francis is a Los Angeles electronic music producer whose desire to experiment with a wide range of electronic styles, such as luvstep, electro and moombahton, has brought his name to the forefront and gained him wide recognition. Whether it's an original production or a remix, Dillon Francis's work finds a way to dominate dance floors. Check out "Falling Up".
Dillon Francis - Falling Up by DILLONFRANCIS

Originating from the small town of Eerie, Indiana, Figure's productions have anything but a small sound. He came up as an electro house producer, but became a prominent name in dubstep and drumstep, known for making productions that destroy dance floors. Check out "Must Destroy".
Figure - Must Destroy (Original Mix) OUT NOW! by Figure

One of the most coveted indie rock bands in Denver, Gauntlet Hair pairs experimentation with modern rock to create an infectiously unique sound. Noise heavy guitar, vocals, and an electronic drum kit drive their characteristic sound, delivered live with incredible energy. See their prior coverage on this blog and check out "Keep Time".
Keep Time by Frenchkisspub

Ghostland Observatory is an Austin, TX duo that melds an amalgamation of different genres into dance floor fuel. They combine elements of psychedelic rock, techno, disco and funk into a unique sound that commands crowds. Check out "Glitter".
Ghostland Observatory - Glitter by bukkh

GRiZ is a producer from Detroit who creates monstrous dance floor crushing dubstep creations. He performs live at times with Muzzy on the guitar to create a unique concert experience. Check out "Shogun".
Shogun by GRiZ

Guns In The Sun is a Los Angeles based record label and production/entertainment company. They've got their own stable of in-house DJs that also rock parties. Find out more info about Guns In The Sun on Facebook.

This Seattle, WA indie folk band also incorporates elements of modern rock and indie-pop, a combination of sounds that have endeared them to many. Their songwriting has great depth, but their instrumental fervor and live energy keeps everything fun. Check out "Sounds Like Hallelujah".
The Head and the Heart / Sounds Like Hallelujah by kylemadson

The Kooks are coming to Colorado all the way from the UK. This English indie pop-rock band's sound largely stems from the band's interest with early '60s era British pop and a post-rock influence. Check out "Naive".
The Kooks - 'Naive' by plus one

My Goodness is a two-piece blues and rock 'n' roll band from Seattle. Their stripped down punk-like blues rock has a lush but raw energy and sound that's sure to reverberate throughout the whole Vail Valley. Check out "I've Got A Notion".
05. I've Got A Notion by MyGoodness

Nathaniel Rateliff is a Denver based singer/songwriter who, with the help of a backing band, creates masterful indie folk-rock. Known for his distinctive voice, his songwriting permeates deep into the soul. Check out "Another Heart Gone Limp".
Nathaniel Rateliff - Another Heart Gone Limp by dropdeadcrazy

Founder of a quickly growing monthly party called TheHundred and a resident DJ at the weekly party Lipgloss, this Denver DJ and producer is known for his deep, disco and tech house mixing skills. Check out his prior coverage on this blog and listen to his remix of Exosphere's "Violet Winter".
Exoshpere - Violet Winter (option4 remix) by option4

Paul Basic is a Denver producer who pairs sampling with hard-hitting drums and bass. He finds old sounds like an experience digger, reinventing them for the modern dance floor, adding extra helpings of soul and energy. Check out "Daydream".
Daydream by Paul Basic

Aside from his music projects, Pictureplane is already a Denver fixture. With his edgy, experimental electronic music productions in the mix, Pictureplane is one of the more important names in the Mile High City. His combination of darkwave and synth-pop productions definitely set him apart. Check out "Post Physical".
Post Physical by PICTUREPLANE

This Vermont based producer and DJ is one of newest faces to be making waves in the house music scene. Through live sets, remixes and originals, Pierce Fulton's skill at progressive house and other electronic genres have been gaining notice. Check out "Smiles All Around".
Pierce Fulton - Smiles All Around (Original Mix) by PierceFulton

SAUNA is a young Denver indie-pop surf-rock band with an incredible sound that is influenced by music way before their time. They bring a sunny coastal sound to landlocked Colorado, bringing about bright surf-style garage rock 'n' roll instrumentals with catchy vocal melodies and lyrics. See their prior coverage on this blog and listen to "Roadrunner".
Roadrunner by SAUNA

This group from Brooklyn, New York creates music that has the dreamy yet danceable aspect to it known as chillwave. Combining retro elements from new wave and synth pop with reverberated vocals and futuristic, dancey beats, Small Black will have the crowd finding a groove. Check out "Moon Killer".
Moon Killer by Small Black

Smalltown DJs is a Canadian DJ duo who create mix sets with a great vibe, despite using a lot of music outside of what many typically consider to be dance music. They combine a lot of hip-hop, breaks and indie dance into sets that are sure to have a lot to please. Check out their remix of Beatie Boys' "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win".
Don't Play No Game · Beasties Boys Feat. Santo Gold (Smalltown Djs Remix) by Smalltown Djs

It would be hard to believe if you claimed you didn't know who Snoop Dogg was, considering he's been a rap and hip-hop superstar since the early 1990s. But if you didn't know, this SnowBall headliner has been a rap and hip-hop superstar since the early 1990s.

This trio creates a fusion of electronic and analog sounds to create a laid back but beat heavy electro-funk hybrid. They seamlessly mix electronic production with live instrumentation to create a fluid listening experience. Check out "Catastrophic".
Catastrophic by SunSquabi

A resident DJ at one of the most well known clubs in Denver, Beta Night Club, Tommy Michael DJs house music sets that are tailored for maximum crowd response. Check out his mash-up called "Leave Babylon Behind".
Leave Babylon Behind by Tommy ★ Michael

Trampled By Turtles is an alternative bluegrass band from Duluth, Minnesota. Their acoustic driven blend of Americana, bluegrass and folk is delivered live with amazing energy and break-neck pace that has endeared this band to a faithful and ever-growing fan base. Check out "It's A War".
It's A War by TrampledbyTurtles

Hailing from London, this four-piece indie rock band with a spirit deeply rooted in rock 'n' roll. Their modern, alternative rock sound is propelled by seemingly the same energy that propelled the pioneers of rock 'n' roll. Check out "We Were Children".
We Were Children (EP) by TRIBES

TV On The Radio is a veteran indie rock band formed in Brooklyn, New York whose body of work spans the past decade. Always willing to experiment, this band's indie rock sound also encompasses influences from other genres like soul, electro and more due to the band's own personal eclectic musical tastes. Check out "Will Do".
TV On The Radio - "Will Do" by Interscope Records

Check out the previews for Friday and Sunday too if you haven't yet. SnowBall is just around the corner, tickets and more information are available at SnowBall's website.
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