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Story of the Year plays the Boulder Theater tonight.
Story of the Year plays the Boulder Theater tonight.

Local venues are getting back in gear after the long Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday night, the Boulder Theater features a triple-threat rock show with The Devil Wears Prada, All That Remains and Story of the Year.

This party’s guaranteed to shake off those extra Thanksgiving calories.

If you go

Who: The Devil Wears Prada, All That Remains and Story of the Year

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St.

Cost: $27

The members of Story of the Year are looking forward to playing Boulder and showing off tunes from their upcoming CD, The Constant. The record won’t be out until 2010, so the St. Louis band just released a new tune, “To the Burial” to keep fans intrigued.

“We’ve played Boulder a few times and we’re excited to be coming back,” vocalist Dan Marsala said. “We started the band in St. Louis and we all grew up skateboarding together. We got better at our instruments, so decided to start a band.

“We were originally called Big Blue Monkey. It was a horrible name, so we came up with the Story of the Year.”

The named may have changed, but Story of the Year has earned a solid reputation for its hard-hitting blend of post-hardcore and post-grunge sounds. The band was originally signed to Maverick Records, but now calls the more rocking Epitaph label its home.

“We take elements from all kinds of musical genres,” Marsala said. “We have hardcore, punk and metal sounds and we blend it all together. It’s a weird mixture of sounds, but it is hard rock.

“We pretty much have the formula down and we cover a lot of ground in our songs. Our new record is pretty solid and it has some of our best songwriting. It was also the easiest record we ever made — we got it done real fast.”

R.I.P. b.side Lounge

OK, it’s time to say R.I.P. to another Boulder music venue.

The b.side Lounge just announced that it will close its doors on Dec. 31. The venue will be booked all month and stay open for one final New Year’s Eve blowout.

That’s the second Boulder venue to go belly in recent months, as The Foundry shut down in early November.

B.side owner Betsy Workman sent out an e-mail confirming reports that her club was ending its run.

“Being a part of the b.side and being able to be part of so many different facets of the community has been really awesome,” Workman said. “I have loved this past year-and-a-half. I feel proud of the b.side and really see the importance of having a place like it in the downtown area.

“Unfortunately, our overhead expenses got the best of us — regardless of how busy we always seemed to be. I have it listed for sale in hopes of passing the torch to someone who has the resources and the enthusiasm to keep the doors open.”

Hopefully, someone will keep the music alive and prevent the venue from turning into an expensive bistro or clothing store.

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