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:Devil’s Night Event Review: Robert Alfons (TR/ST) DJ Set – October 30, 2015 @ Bar Standard, Denver, CO

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Robert Alfons (TR/ST) DJ Set
Concert Date: October 30, 2015
Venue: Bar Standard
Location: Denver, CO

Review by Sarah Martinez
Photos by Andrea Antoine and Sarah Martinez

Lipgloss hosts a solid dance party every Friday night. It has bounced around a few venues around town and on October 30th held its inaugural night at Bar Standard with Robert Alfons of TR/ST as guest DJ.

Robert follows in a long line of an impressive list of guest DJs that Lipgloss has brought to town including Peter Hook, The Faint, Le Tigre, and Daniel Ash amongst others. Free PBR from 9:00-10:00 p.m. helps get the crowd going, as well as the easily dance-able tunes that DJ Tower and founder DJ Boy Hollow spun early on.

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Phoenix, New Order, Deee-Lite, and Crystal Castles were mixed with slightly darker fare from The Sisters of Mercy, Alien Sex Fiend, Peaches, and TR/ST themselves to create a pleasurable dancing experience which warmed up the crowd for Robert’s headlining set.

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Bar Standard is a pretty venue with its velvety sofas and on this night, web-laden chandeliers. There’s plenty of room to dance, two bars to serve your needs, and the aforementioned sofas lent themselves to people watching when one was fatigued from dancing.

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On this night we saw a bearded Missy Elliott, two Leeloos (it WAS a sci-fi themed party), John Snow and Khaleesi, and a wealth of other amusing ensembles. I did have to ask one girl if she was supposed to be Slash or Mark Bolan and received the foulest eye roll of a reply, “Slash.” Kids.

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Robert’s set included Lydia Lunch, Fad Gadget (woo hoo!), and contemporary staple, NIN. After a minor technical glitch, he came back in strong with Grimes and Nitzer Ebb mixed in with other choice somewhat darker, pre-Halloween goodness. I enjoyed Robert’s set, though I wish it’d gone on a bit longer. We caught Robert outside before he headed in, nondescript in a denim vest, his plume of lovely hair hidden under a black hoodie. He changed into a white sweatshirt for the performance and kept a somewhat stoic expression during his set, focused on the music, though he did get into the crowd at various points throughout the evening and we caught a smile or two here and there.

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Lipgloss is always a good time, and Denver was filled with fun things to do on this Halloween weekend, though I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d rather have been whilst there. We look forward to what they come up with next.

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