Rock Out To Our 2017 Underground Music Showcase Playlist

By: Hannah Oreskovich

With Denver’s Underground Music Showcase just a couple of weeks away, our very own tastemaker Sierra Voss has created a sweet summer playlist full of tunes from tons of artists on this year’s lineup.

Denver darling (and headliner) Esmé Patterson opens our playlist, followed by fellow headliners Benjamin Booker, Zola Jesus, and Red Fang. There are a ton of Colorado favorites to bop your heads to after that-  déCollage, Dirty Few, Dragondeer,  CITRA, The Velveteers,  Slow Caves, Television Generation, and Whiskey Autumn- are just some of the artists you’ll find on our UMS playlist!

So get ready to pop a cold one at Irish Rover, headbang at Hi-Dive, and dance with us up and down South Broadway at the 2017 UMS! Get your festival passes here!

Listen to our 'Underground Music Showcase 2017' Playlist:

Make sure to follow us on Spotify to check out more of our playlists, and if you’re an artist looking to submit your song for playlist consideration, roll to our contact page and do it!

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat. 

Things We Found at Black Lips' Denver Show: Nudity, Silly String, & Mosh Pits

By: Sierra Voss

Black Lips filled the Gothic Theatre with some rowdy ass behavior last Friday night. The wildness started as soon as the doors opened and Dirty Few took the stage. This local band is a well-seasoned Denver favorite, often frequenting the Hi-Dive’s stage. As audience members filled the venue, Dirty Few set the vibe, ripping guitar solos, slapping on tambourines, and head-banging around stage. They wrapped their set with a bold stage dive into a not-so-crowded pit, making the impossible, possible. 

The second opener, Timmy’s Organism took the stage next. This band hails from Detroit City and embodies a rock and roll sound that feels like it is whacking you over the head with a jagged rusty edge. They are the band you want to party with, but fear you might die while trying to keep up. Song by song, frontman Tim Lampinen introduced new stage props, like a bouquet of flowers he used to play his guitar with, silly string he pretended to shoot out of his nose, green paint he splattered all over his face, and finally a large paper-mâché head mask of a one-eyed baby monster thing that he proceeded to rip the hair out of.  

By the time Black Lips took the stage, the room was packed and buzzing with eagerness for them to begin their set. Black Lips formed in 1999 in Dunwoody, Georgia. Since then they have released nine albums, their most recent being Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?, which was produced by Sean Lennon. Black Lips’ shows certainly have a high level of rowdy expectation from fans, as their record promises at least one random and crazy stunt to go down. As soon as they took the stage, literally almost the entire audience formed into one massive mosh pit. Quite frankly, it was challenging to keep track of each of the five band members unique stage antics throughout the rest of their show. The stand-out moment of last Friday night’s performance, however, was when Cole Alexander (guitar/vocals) dropped down and stuck his dick in the horn players saxophone. Yep.

So here’s the thing. Even if you don’t like their music (thought you'll be hard-pressed not to), I suggest at some point you take the time to see the debauchery that is a Black Lips show. Check out a one of there tunes, “Bad Kids” here!    

-Sierra

All photos per the author. All videos, and embedded tracks per the artist featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The 2017 Underground Music Showcase Announces Second Round of Artists

The Underground Music Showcase 2017 just announced their second round of artists for this year's festival! Additions include: Headliner Zola Jesus and artists like Bad Licks, Chocolate Diamond, Dear Rabbit, Decatur, Edison, HERESTOFIGHTIN, The Hollow, innerspace, The Kinky Fingers, Ned Garthe Explosion, Retrofette (we should mention here we're premiering something awesome from this band this Friday), Sleepy SunSIR, Sugar Skulls & Marigolds, Sur Ellz, Treehouse Sanctum, Turvy Organ, & more! Make sure to get your tickets for the July 27th-30th festival in the heart of Denver here. And see our previous story for initial lineup announcements at our original announcement link.

Reminiscing on last year's UMS? Peek back at our coverage of 2016:

-Hannah

Follow Hannah on Instagram and Twitter.

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Denver's Project Pabst 2017: Ice Cube, Phantogram, Unicorns, & Plenty of PBR

By: Sierra Voss & Hannah Oreskovich

Project Pabst Denver 2017 rolled into town this past weekend for a full day of music and PBR-fueled fun. The RiNo District was alive with the sound of music, lots of people in red, white, and blue Pabst regalia, and a giant unicorn stood in mighty glory at the heart of it all. Festival-goers held PBRs in hand for a full day of music as they strolled the streets for good times and stopped by the two outdoor main stages and the local venues on the block, including Larimer Lounge, Meadowlark (which hosted shows in the kitchen and bar areas), Cold Crush, and Nocturne.

The beer started flowing when the festival gates opened around 1PM as Project Pabst-goers meandered around and gathered near the Laser Horse Stage to catch the first band of the day, Chicago’s Twin Peaks. These boys were a rowdy, rockin’ start to kick off festmode. Headbanging and epic guitar jumps were commonplace throughout their set. Needless to say, the TP dudes started the fest off with killer energy.

Deap Vally. Photo Credit:  Sierra Voss

Deap Vally. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Deap Vally were the next touring act to take an outdoor stage over at the Captain Pabst Stage on the opposite side of the festival grounds. The rock’n’roll lady duo christened listeners with deep guitar cuts and barefoot, drum-stomping beats. They had the crowd foot-stomping along to hits like “End of The World” and at one point gave a shout-out to Denver’s The Velveteers, who toured Europe with them at the end of last year.  

Montoneros. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Montoneros. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

The next touring act was supposed to be Chicago’s Noname, who played Denver’s Lost Lake not too long ago. Unfortunately for festheads, she actually pulled out of the show last-minute (and several other tour dates). She was replaced with Denver’s math rock outfit Montoneros, who stirred the crowd with their post-punk sounds and kept the afternoon grooving on.

Surfing space with STRFKR. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Surfing space with STRFKR. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

STRFKR took things up a notch mid-day when they unleashed astronaut dancers who crowdsurfed on inflatables and launched confetti into the crowd. By this point in the afternoon, RiNo was abuzz as the crowd continued to grow and fill in the festival streets. Festivalists stopped at the food truck circle near the Captain Pabst Stage for eats, checked out artwork by Denver’s So Gnar, and explored local acts like All Chiefs, Dave Devine Quartet, Kinky Fingers, Other Black, and Whole Milk.

DB. Photo Credit:   Sierra Voss

DB. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Outside, Danny Brown took the energy STRFKR unleashed and ran with it. His set was straight fire as he jumped around the stage and stopped mid-phrase to let the audience prove their fandom by filling in the missing words to his tunes. Like his music, Brown’s entire energy was playful and unpredictable, which kept the audience awaiting his every move.  

Kurt Vile. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Kurt Vile. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Kurt Vile slowed things down as the sun started to dip lower into that late-afternoon warmness outdoors. His incredible and unhurried songwriting skills allowed for a much needed break in the day before the shenanigans of the night took over. He kept the crowd smiling with quick quips and played tunes across his catalogue, including his well known “Pretty Pimpin,’” announcing before he started the song’s iconic guitar line, “I’m going to play you my favorite song.”

Phantogram. Photo Credit:   Sierra Voss

Phantogram. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Vile’s set was followed by Phantogram’s sunset show on the Laser Horse stage. By this time, the streets were packed to the brim with showgoers. Phantogram, as per usual, gave their audience an amazing performance with sweet beats, synth sounds, and their duality of strong vocals.

Ice Cube. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Ice Cube. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Ice Cube closed the outdoor part of the festival, opening his set with a mashup of several N.W.A. hits. Shortly thereafter, he yelled, “F*ck this show!” and ran offstage, to which his hypeman announced, “If you paid too much money for Ice Cube to play three songs and leave the show, say this with me, ‘F*ck you Ice Cube!’” It wasn’t long before the crowd began this chant, which Ice Cube apparently loved, as he re-entered with a smile and proceeded to run around the stage crushing his catalogue. At one point, a giant painting of Ice Cube was passed from the back of the crowd to the front, where fans held it up and continued to cheer throughout his set. From the crowded barriers that made it nearly impossible to exit the photo pit to the thousands of fans singing along every word to “Straight Outta Compton,” one thing was clear: Denver loves the Cube.

After Ice, the outdoor stages of Project Pabst closed for the night, and festival-goers packed the block’s local venues for continued sets by Dirty Few, Dragondeer, and Flaural, with Colfax Speed Queen closing out the entire festival.

Denver loves yah PBR. Photo Credit:   Sierra Voss

Denver loves yah PBR. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

At the end of the night, festival attendees left with unicorn koozies in hand, bellies full of tasty food truck eats, and memories of rad musical performances. Missed this year’s Pabst Project Denver? It never too early to start planning for next year Colorado…

-Sierra & Hannah

All photos per the authors. Gallery One per Sierra Voss. Gallery Two per Hannah Oreskovich. All videos and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The 2017 Underground Music Showcase Initial Lineup Has Arrived

By: Hannah Oreskovich

The long-awaited and highly anticipated Underground Music Showcase 2017 lineup has arrived. With headliners Benjamin Booker, Red Fang, & Esmé Patterson, this year's fest will take place July 27th-30th. Colorado’s Bandits, Britt Margit, This Broken Beat, Bud Bronson & The Goodtimers, Brent Cowles, The Burroughs, Chloe Tang, CITRA, Coastal Wives, Colfax Speed Queen, Corsicana, déCollage, Dirty Few, Dragondeer, Wolf van Elfmand, Evan Holm & The Restless Ones, Gasoline Lollipops, Get Along, Jilly.FM, Joseph Lamar, King Cardinal, Last of the Easy Riders, Loretta Kill, Mawule, Modern Leisure, One Flew West, The Other Black, Povi, RL Cole, The Savage Blush, Silver and Smoke, SIXXXD, Slow Caves, SYCDVK, Television Generation, The Velveteers, Whiskey Autumn, Whole Milk, Wildermiss, and Yasi are just some of the acts on the bill we've featured in the last year, so needless to say, we're stoked on this lineup. And there are more artists still TBA!

Stay tuned for more UMS info and get ready to join us on Denver's South Broadway for one of our favorite events of the summer! Tickets here.

Reminiscing on last year's UMS? Peek back at our coverage of 2016:

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Denver's Project Pabst Will Return This May With Insanely Awesome Lineup

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Last year, we had an absolute blast at Denver’s Project Pabst. Fronted by Denver’s own Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, the first annual fest was a massive, PBR-fueled success. Project Pabst will return to Denver this Saturday, May 20th, and boasts a lineup including Ice Cube, Phantogram, Danny Brown, Kurt Vile & The Violaters, STRFKER, No Name, Twin Peaks, Deap Vally, Dirty Few, and more. We literally CANNOT wait for this fest.

Join us for this tall-boy ride and get your tickets here.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

'Resolution As Revolution' - Give Our January Spotify Playlist A Listen!

By: Joliene Adams

Did I make a New Year’s resolution? Did you? Whether any of us did or didn’t, the fundamental spirit behind it is a worthy reminder. Every day is an opportunity to begin a personal revolution in all the ways you might dream. Here is a playlist that, for each of its own various sonic and lyrical reasons, can help you toward your own resolution for revolution in 2017.

Click here for our 'Resolution As Revolution' Playlist or play it below:

1. “Highways” - REIGHNBEAUSister Grotto – Blood (Deluxe) (2016)

“Highways” has audible ebb and flow. Electronic pulses fuzz and fade in close while ten words make up the lyrical content and are given constant return. The repetition begins to act on the ear and body/brain like a mantra. A collaboration between New Mexico’s REIGHNBEAU and Denver’s Sister Grotto (Madeline Johnston), this one is dream fuzz that occupies a space somewhere between the here and there of the slightly awake and half asleep. What begins with gentles sounds of a rainstick fades to what sounds like a resampling of the rainstick with more static and fuzz interlaced. Sophisticated subtleties keep this song interesting alongside its relaxed and meditative feel. Let this one help you develop your own mantra for the year to come. Open your heart throttle and imbibe sound poetry: 2017 is a wholly open road.

2. “When” - RUMTUM – Mystic Wonders (2013)

Sampling Vincent Gallo’s hauntingly wistful and imminently gorgeous 2001 “When,” RUMTUM puts a pip in Gallo’s depressive downtempo and melancholic step. RUMTUM takes it away and makes it fresh, fun, and comparatively light. Basically, they take Gallo’s frown, turn it upside down, and give it proverbial jazz hands. They take Gallo’s gentle cooings and splice them to a tune to tap your toe to. RUMTUM isn’t afraid to experiment with anything, and you shouldn’t be either. It’s the new year after all.

3. “Elevate” - Kid Astronaut – Moon Theory (2015)

“Elevate” is chalk full of takeaways. “We were not born to be complacent,” Shockness maintains. Agreed. His loungy R&B sound with a soft hip-hop thump to undergird here goads and uplifts you gently into that place of higher being. And, “We were born to be special.” The task is yours to become the most special version of yourself you can. The possibility to be that is the gift you are given at birth. You owe it to yourself, and the most fundamental things between you and better you at any given time is complacency if you’ve fallen into it. Shake yourself awake. “Elevate” is loaded positivity; it is, in other words, more than positivity for positivity sake. Kid Astronaut summons the best of you.

4. “Base” - CRL CRRLL – Wave (2015)

CRL CRRLL (Carl Carrell) successfully builds a musical jenga tower with “Base” one piece at a time. The song retains solid structure despite the increased pressure of newly added elements, balancing R&B notes in lead vocals, hip-hop in backup vocals, a jazzy quality to the drums and keys, and  then you already have several musical layers by the time her chill lead vocals come in clear. As the song chugs forward into jazzier fusion with all these elements, it ends with a sudden peaceful fade out of ocean shorescapes and the faintest mutterings of what could be voices at the wharf: “Lovin’ just what I am, lovin’ just what I ain’t.” The creed of self-acceptance will serve you well in the next year if you can abide.

5. “Into the Wind” – King Cardinal – Once a Giant (2015)

Remember that scene from Ace Ventura where Ace himself rips out a waiter’s heart and gives it to him in a doggy bag? Welcome to how it feels to listen to King Cardinal’s soulful alt-folk. This is a safe one to cry, mourn, long, hope, and remember to. Brennan Mackey gives the term singer/songwriter new meaning, and he wants your second chance. You enter without words, while Ben Waligoske’s steel pedal daggers you in the side. It continues to supplement, yet give that country-underbelly feel that allows heart pangs to echo through the room. Lean into life as you would gale force winds. Looking back too hard can get you depressed, looking forward too much can bring you anxiety. Just lean where you are, lean into the wind; trust your struggle and be not afraid.

6. “Just Don’t Stop” – The Kinky Fingers – Vagabond (2015)

Tone and message make this a happy, head-bop worthy (or inducing) tune. There is a delightful float in Taylor Doyle’s guitar, and soar in his vocals. Eventually, he stops crooning as he sends you off on a couple high notes, punctuated neatly with three steps back down and low, “Just. Don’t. Stop.” We take instrumental flight with Daniel Hogan and Travis Page’s soft rhythmic drums keeping it steady while the guitar takes surf rock-esque flight with reverb indulgences. This one’s a fun journey for the ear that never loses its path despite its wanderings. It’s a good one to get, or keep, you going in the new year.

7. “Get Loose Have Fun” – Dirty Few – Get Loose, Have Fun (2012)

Dirty Few touts warm beer and out-of-tune guitars; they never get too serious about themselves save two exceptions: partying and playing drinking man’s music. They want you to have a jolly good sullied blast of a night, and they shake it off with the tambourine whose sound drops into the background but propels the track forward from the get-go no less. Dirty Few here has that slight 60s pop beat in its pulse and the “ooh, ooh, OHH, OOH” backup vocals. It’s the kind of 60s vibe you can readily imagine leading to proto-punk on down the line, and then to skate rock. But we’ll call it dive-bar rock because no matter the acoustics of the place, any dive-bar is the best venue to catch Dirty Few in. It’s homecourt. Let’s get this 2017 party started!

8. “The Mtn Song” – Rayland Baxter – Ashkelon (2013)

Uh oh. We’re getting sentimental again. But Rayland Baxter could be singing about shoelaces and nonsense and get you to emote. Fortunately, he knows not just how to sing with all his heart, but to storytell both as musical abstraction and in literal lyrical composition. This is one to give you chills. It’s so soft and sweet. He whistles, serenades, and implores, turning over tender phrase after tender phrase as drums and guitar support this gentle, unhurried, and earnest offering of love. Love is all he has to give. Is that enough? Normally I’d say no. But syrup-ing from his earnest, low-lyrical valleys and high peaks, I’d say, “I’ll think on it. Ask again tomorrow,” and know I’ve already decided while falling asleep to the sound of those endearing whistlings in my own head. Even if love is all you have to give in 2017, it’s better than nothing at all, and is, quite truly, one of the best things in the world you can give. So take a note from Baxter and do it with all your heart, soul, and perhaps even your singing voice, should you be so inclined.

9. “Whistle While You Work” – Wheelchair Sports Camp – No Big Deal (2016)

You come in building off mixed whispers of Emcee Kalyn Heffernan. It’s a sheer drop at 00:20 into straight hip-pop thereafter, coming at you with melodic and rhythmic whistles and Joshua Trinidad’s synchronized trumpet horn on blast. Intermixed are, by comparison, callous, hard-cutting electronic beats. They all join together and maintain the BPM to make this track the banger that it is. From the first, Emcee Kalyn Heffernan’s vocals and lyrical delivery are all her own. She captivates. And when she turns the phrase, “they call me Little Miss Guided,” it’s just one of her many lyrical delights. In reference to Wheelchair Sports Camp, the Village Voice reported, “If there were ever a moment for a queer, disabled rapper with a love for pot, jokes, and revolution to be a star, the moment is now.” It’s about time. Thank you 2017.

10. “Left Fist Evolution” – Bianca Mikahn – Left Fist Evolution (2010)

A low, thumping beat and hushed, bluesy choral vocals reel you into this tune. Bianca Mikahn weaves her story in poetic clips and fragments that suggest a certain story without really telling a story in the classic sense. But there’s a story there, for sure. She leads the listener to hear, see, and feel what she’s driving at unequivocally without saying who, when, where, or why. Lyrically, vocally, and stylistically, “Left Fist Evolution” is powerfully evocative. I’ve heard the word “fortified” used to describe Bianca Mikahn, and that is how the listening process and outcome of “Left Fist Evolution” feels. We all need fortification, and music is the next best supplement to vitamins. So take yours by taking this one in.

11. “No Worries” – Trigga ManThe Reminders – Hit Man (2012)

Sampling another old favorite, The Specials’ “Ghost Town” is featured in the background here, and their reggae and ska influence comes through beyond the sample in this song. Where it’s got a pinch of dance hall in the female vocal chorus, there’s a dash of hip-hop with male vocal delivery in verse. Where musical components blend samplings and reminisce on interrelated genres, the content delivery blends too, packed full of literary, cultural, and political references. “Get it twisted like Oliver, yo.” you hear. This is a composite piece of precocious stature that makes it easy to miss if you’re too busy getting down to it the first go around. But also, in 2017, tell yourself as often as possible: “Me no worry with what them say and me not goin’ to be afraid.” Hold strong with Trigga Man and The Reminders’ beats.

12. “Music Is a Gift” - Grim & Darling - Beauty Through Pain (2015)

Music is good for you: mind, body, and spirit. And Grim & Darling part with their musical gifts for your benefit as gentle organs and strings grace your entrance: “Create a song as a gift just to give it a way, royalty free, no fee, just in hopes to teach about loyalty, honesty, forgiveness, giving second chances lovingly. Nobody’s above the beat, in fact we need it to breathe. That’s the mentality. Give away your masterpiece as if we never had to eat, leave your ego as a casualty. I’m glad to be passing this to all of you, it’s all truth, try to use it, I will too. I hope we can all focus on the consequences of what we do.” Grim & Darling’s mindful tune serves as an homage to what you musicians do for us. This isn’t empty flattery. Being a musician isn’t easy work, but humans thrive in music, so thank you. Scaling up and down graduated xylophone bars with patience, the delicate clear sounds ring a victorious and encourage your feeling the same about your own power. Get after the new year.

13. “Ready to Live - Pt. 1” - Thug Entrancer - Death After Life (2014)

We start and end on a meditative note, only here we go pure electronic instrumentation. This one’s a sonic journey from sound artist Ryan McRyhew. Thump off to the pace of an electronic pulsating heartbeat as horn-reminiscent tones enter. Sounds begin to grind in and on top, creating an ever complex liftaway into layered reflections on itself. McRyhew does his personal sound poetry one to two new sounds at a time, letting you slowly take in the cerebral, but ready flow of this musical peregrination. Get work done or space out in daydreams to this one. It’ll get you where you’re going if you let it take you there. I hope 2017 finds you more ready to live than ever, and this playlist serves as a continued asset in your endeavor.

Make sure to follow us on Spotify to take a listen to this playlist and more Colorado music playlists at BolderBeat.

-Joliene

All songs per the artists featured. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/12, 08/13, & 08/14

By: Hannah Oreskovich

With all of our recent weekends spent festing in Colorado, it’s been a minute since we dropped a six! Here’s our latest:

Today (Friday 08/12):

Hillary Susz at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Hillary Susz.

Hillary Susz.

Hillary Susz, who we profiled here awhile back, plays The No Name Bar tonight. Originally from Spokane, WA, Susz is a Boulder transplant who describes herself as “operatic indie rock”. Just last month, Susz dropped a new single, “Pollution”, from her forthcoming record, The Heart Will Jump (With Nowhere to Fall). Check it out below and get behind the big brown door tonight if you like what yah hear!

Listen to “Pollution”:

KingFriday the 13th at Zio’s Alley Bar in Denver 10PM-Close

KFT13.

KFT13.

Denver’s four-piece progressive funk and jam band King Friday the 13th play Zio’s this evening. It’s the band’s first headlining gig at the bar, so they’ve promised “a couple big sets” and “to get pretty weird with it”. Sounds like a start to the weekend, alright. Get details here.

Check out a KFT13 live performance video for yourself:

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/13):

The Blind Pets, Dirty Few, Fast Eddy, & Bad Licks at the Hi-Dive in Denver 8PM-Close

The Blind Pets.

The Blind Pets.

Austin’s rock trio The Blind Pets headline the Hi-Dive tomorrow night with a sweet lineup of Denver acts opening their show. Dirty Few and Bad Licks, two standouts we featured in our UMS coverage, are both on the bill. Blues garage rock four-piece Fast Eddy will play as well. Sweet gig; $10. Get tickets here.

Watch The Blind Pets’ music video for “Big Kids”:

Eldren with Sunboy and Quiet Elks at Marquis Theatre in Denver 8PM-Close

Eldren.

Eldren.

UPDATE: Eldren's bass player, Steve Holloway, passed away this week but this show will go on. Please leave your love for Steve on Eldren's band page here

Denver’s mainstay psych rock outfit Eldren play Denver’s Marquis tonight, with lush and dreamy indie group Sunboy, and the rowdy rock’n’roll band Quiet Oaks. At our last Sunboy show, the band released a ton of smiling mylar happy-face balloons into the crowd that were then seen tied to people’s festival gear throughout The UMS. So here’s a show guaranteed to make you smile. See you there! Tickets here.

Check out Eldren’s track “Sunny Rain DayMoon”:

Ben Barron of the Infamous Flapjack Affair and Jam key JAM at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse in Boulder 8PM-Close

Jam key JAM.

Jam key JAM.

Multi-instrumentalist and indie folk musician Ben Barron will open up the LG stage tomorrow night. He’ll be bangin’ on the banjo for some tunes, followed by the string trio Jam key JAM. Based in Boulder, members of JKJ include Nabin Shrestha (tabla), Bijay Shrestha (sitar), and Ajar Shrestha (guitar). We’re stoked for strings on strings on strings. Read more here.

Peep Jam key JAM’s Game of Thrones cover:

All Weekend (08/12-08/14):

Boulder’s Hootenanny at Bankers Cabin in Gold Lake in Ward- Various Sets & Times

Speaking of festing, there’s a party going down in Boulder this weekend with a slew of great local acts on the bill. Conscious Alliance, an awesome nonprofit that you should read more about here, is throwing its 9th annual Hootenanny in Ward, CO. Ben Hanna, Danny Shafer, Gasoline Lollipops, and The Farmer Sisters are just a few of the talents that will be gracing the stage over the course of the weekend, and tickets are only $50 for the whole shebang! All donations and some ticket profits go toward the goal of providing 10k meals to those in need, so get out there and support great music for a great cause!

See yah ‘round Colorado.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat. Header photo of Sunboy per the author. 

Day Three at The UMS: Are You Ready to Rip, Denver?

By: Sierra Voss

Alright UMSers. Saturday started off for me with a, “holy wow, is-it-really-this-epically-hot-outside?” kinda vibe.

I’m not scared. I will say it. I woke up Saturday morning exhausted from a 10+ hour day of awesome music the night before. I found myself really starting to wonder if I was going to be able to crush another non-stop day of tunes. Amidst my doubts, I quickly remembered that UMS was created by champions for champions. So I prepped up and started chugging water, coffee, and mimosas. The time was soon upon me. The first band I wanted to see was taking the stage only blocks away from where I pleasantly laid on my friend’s cozy couch. It was time to crush again.

Residual Kid. 

Residual Kid. 

The day was ripping away as I popped in and out of venues strewn along S. Broadway street. Each hosted different genres of music, from soulful singer-songwriters to thrashing heavy metal bands. It was all right there for me, beckoning, as I created my epic Saturday journey through The UMS land. But no matter where I was as the day continued, I found myself longing to return to the Hi-Dive.  

SPELLS at the Hi-Dive.

SPELLS at the Hi-Dive.

The Hi-Dive is truly the beating heart at the core of The UMS. You think about her when you leave. You wonder what’s happening in her life when you’re not around. You make sacrifices in order to see her. You wait in line with other people who love her equally as much, just for a chance to hang out with her for a couple of hours. But at the end of the day, it’s all worth it, because once you’re in there, it feels so good. You stop worrying about all the other venues and you're there, you’re with her, in that pulsing core of it all.

Dirty Few at HD.

Dirty Few at HD.

Time truly warps while you’re in the Hi-Dive. Hours become minutes as you thrash around, dancing to show after show after show actually after show, stopping only for bathroom, drink, and picture breaks. The lineup last night at the Hi-Dive was fierce: Dudebabes, SPELLS, Dirty Few, Ned Garthe Explosion, and Bud Bronson & The Good Timers.

The aftermath of Ned Garthe Explosion.

The aftermath of Ned Garthe Explosion.

My favorite set of the night was Ned Garthe Explosion. They no doubt know how to party. In fact, they started off their set counting down as Garthe himself held up a disco ball and let it drop while the audience cheered, “3-2-1!” The band tossed out glow sticks and champagne bottles as confetti, and their homemade fog machine filled the air. Within what seemed like seconds, people were spraying champagne throughout the crowd. And by the second song, people had cut open their glow sticks in order to create what I like to call a galaxy party, as neon goo speckled the venue walls, and our bodies.

Life in the depths of the Hi-Dive.

Life in the depths of the Hi-Dive.

Hot damn that Hi-Dive! She takes you in. She fills you up, and then she spits you out exhausted to the bone, but with a smile on your face, and crazy-fun reeling in your head for days to come.  

Day three was an epic one for The UMS books. Who’s ready for round four? Sunday-funday here we come...

BONUS: Yesterday’s stops summed up in one sentence:

Marshall Poole: The band that is perfect for when you just wanna hang, but also wanna rock.

Shilo Gold: A soulful performance set at the perfect venue under South Broadway Church’s towering organ and stained glass windows.

South of France.

South of France.

South of France: Dreamy surf rock vibes.

Residual Kid: These guys know how to rip 90s style, even though they were born in the 2000s.

Thee Oh Sees.

Thee Oh Sees.

Thee Oh Sees: Awesomely unique sound, repped by a crazy frontman who likes to lick his guitar and suck on his pick.

Dudebabes: Girl dressed as guy and guys dressed as girls with turkey legs, lemonade, and more.

SPELLS: Loves nothing more than to mosh with the audience.

Dirty Few: The lead singer jumped in the air and did the splits at the end of their third song of the set.

Ned Garthe Explosion: Champagne galaxy. See above.

BBGT Jorts.

BBGT Jorts.

Bud Bronson & The Good Timers: American rock rippers that you can count on to bring it home and seal in the epic vibes of a truly rockin’ night at the Hi-Dive. Also, they look damn good in jorts.

-Sierra

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15 Must-See Bands at The Underground Music Showcase 2016

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Denver’s premier indie festival, Underground Music Showcase, is back for its 15th year and ready to kick it into high gear. The four-day festival (July 28-31) will take place in the eclectic Baker Neighborhood, with over 400 performances showcasing an array of talent. With so many incredible performers to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. Even so, we thought we’d help out by sharing our picks of must-see artists (in no particular order) at this year’s festival.

RL Cole and the Angels

With a voice like warm molasses and a sinfully inviting way with the guitar, RL Cole’s music will take you to another dimension that resembles the underground New Orleans Voodoo rock scene.

Gasoline Lollipops

"Dirt floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk" is one of the phrases used to describe Gasoline Lollipops. You’re sure to get a high-energy set with these guys, who are no strangers to entertaining large crowds.

Plum

Psychedelic rock fans will not want to miss Plum’s performance. Their groovadelic sound and overall stage persona will make you move between headbanging to swaying with trance-like delusions.

Lee Fields & The Expressions

With a worldwide music career that spans over 40 years, Lee Fields set will be history unfolding in front of you. From lo-fi rock to Southern blues, all soul fanatics must get themselves to this show.

Porlolo

It’s “creep rock” mixed with folk flavor and dream-like vocals sure to bring out all the feels. If you’re in the mood to float into some music, check out Porlolo and let yourself vibe a bit.

Open to the Hound

Enter into singularity with Open to the Hound, who are not afraid of exploring the weird. They’re wilderness rock, grunge folk, and a ton of fun to watch.

Methyl Ethel

Australian-made and internationally-known alternative pop group Methyl Ethel aim to dissociate their fans from the present and bring them into their musical multiverse.

Sunboy

Another psychedelic treat for any attendees who want to escape themselves for a bit, Sunboy’s multi-layered musical concoctions will leave you talking about their set for weeks.

Thee Oh Sees

Garage rock, psych-pop rock, or however you interpret their style, Thee Oh Sees are a headliner you do not want to miss.

SPELLS

Often known for saying “screw it” to the stage, SPELLS will have you moshing, flailing, screaming, and sweating all over each other.

Dirty Few

Dirty Few is the perfect group to celebrate your Saturday night second wave with. Their party ‘til you drop mentality is sure to blow the roof off of the devilishly fun Hi-Dive.

KITTY CRIMES

If you’re a fan of badass chicks who can rap, sing, and play guitar, check out KITTY CRIMES, who will keep your booty shaking even after her set is over.

Bud Bronson & The Good Timers

Playing at their second home, the Hi-Dive, Bud Bronson & The Good Timers are a group of hilariously charismatic rockers who just want their fans to have a good time. Their feel-good summertime party rock is impossible not to like, so grab a beer and get in on the fun.

DéCollage

One of the most unique sets I’ve ever witnessed came from DéCollage. With costumes, lights, fog machines, and shiny mylar galore, you won’t be able to stop your body from moving.

The Yawpers

Rock music resembling the moments right before a fever breaks, The Yawpers will leave you wide-eyed and craving another dose of their mania.

The UMS this year is bound to be one for the books, and with so many talented performers on the bill, it is encouraged to see every band you possibly can. If you can barely walk by day four, you’ve done it right. So grab those tickets, coordinate your schedule, and prepare yourself for a wild weekend. We'll see you out there!

-Jura

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See This Fourth of July Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Three day weekends rule, and so does ‘Merica:

Today (Friday 07/01):

Ramaya & The Troubadours at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

Ramaya Soskin plays The LG tonight, and will share the stage with some of his talented friends. Soskin’s sound has been described assimultaneously blending echoes of Iron & Wine, Ryan Adams, Wilco and Jeff Buckley”, and he’s a familiar face on the Goat’s stage. Ease into the party-filled weekend with some good tunes from Ramaya and a glass of wine tonight. Can yah dig?

Check out a Ramaya original, “All In Good Time”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/02):

BANDITS Vinyl Release Party with Blanket Empire and Meeting House at Larimer Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

Colorado favorite BANDITS are dropping their highly anticipated 7” tonight at the Larimer, and local talents Blanket Empire and Meeting House will also grace the stage for the show. We’ve seriously been diggin’ on BANDITS tracks “Kill Tonight” and “Wheels” lately, so we’re stoked to hear ‘em on wax. This is a sweet lineup and one of BANDITS’ last hometown shows before they hit the road for the summer! Come party!

PS: Make sure to catch our most recent features on BANDITSBlanket Empire, & Meeting House yo.

Listen to BANDITS’ tune “Wheels”:

Wow! Signal with Portobello Road and Hi-Fi Gentry at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

Denver’s Wow! Signal, self-described as “90s punk rawk with a bit of heavy throw in” are headlining a show at the triple L tomorrow evening which promises to “ROCK YOUR FACE OFF!” The band will be sharing the stage with Portobello Road, a blues and punk rock four-piece, and Hi-Fi Gentry, one of our favorite Denver indie outfits. Wear your best American flag memorabilia! It’s gonna be a fun one.

Have you peeped our recent Hi-Fi Gentry coverage? Iz right here.

The Next Day (Sunday 07/06)

Bud Bronson & The Goodtimers with Dirty Few and Lizard Police at the Hi-Dive in Denver 8PM-Close

Bud Bronson & The Goodtimers want to celebrate America with all the things they love this weekend, which means “hot dogs and domestic brews and good friends and rock and roll”. The crazy Denver rock group are sharing their show with local outfit Dirty Few (who just killed at Westword’s Showcase) and touring Tulsa group Lizard Police. Did we mention they’re screening Independence Day before and after the show? Yeah. This is gonna be a good one.

Check out BBATG’s album Fantasy Machine:

Tomorrow & The Next Day (Saturday 07/02 & Sunday 07/03)

Dead & Company at Folsom Field in Boulder 630PM-Close

Dead & Company are resurrecting the concert atmosphere that once existed at CU’s Folsom Field in Boulder this weekend. For the first time in 15 years, the field will host a public show for not one, but two nights in a row! Dead & Co. are currently on their summer tour, which has consisted of a slew of festival appearances. Anddd there are plenty of after parties following their performances if you missed your chance at tickets- check out Owsley’s Golden Road, Sancho’s Broken Arrow, The Lazy Dog, The Fox, and The Boulder Theater for some late night options Deadheads.

Watch Dead & Company’s live performance of “Bertha”:

The Holiday! (Monday 07/04)

Xavier Rudd with Dustin Thomas at The Fox Theatre in Boulder 830PM-Close

The ever-traveling Xavier Rudd plays The Fox Monday night, so spend your final eve of the weekend with him! He’ll be coming straight from his Mishawaka show on Sunday to the good ‘ol B and bringing lots of talent along for the ride. Plus, singer/songwriter Dustin Thomas is opening. Catch the show and walk outside for Folsom’s fireworks afterward. Should be a sweet end to a great holiday weekend of music. Tickets here.

Watch Xavier Rudd’s “Let Me Be”:

Happy Fourth Colorado!

-Hannah

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Westword Music Showcase 2016 Served Up Denver's Best Of The Best

By: Jura Daubenspeck

Festival season is in full force, and this past weekend was one for the books for Denver music lovers. Last Saturday, the city was taken over by Coors Light South Platte Riverfest, Denver Taco Festival, and of course, the 22nd Annual Westword Music Showcase.

The crowd at Westword. Photo Credit:  Ashleigh

The crowd at Westword. Photo Credit: Ashleigh

The Westword Music Showcase offered the chance to frolic freely around Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, bouncing between the festival grounds and a number of bars in the area. This ten-hour-long jam-fest brought some big names to the table, but what was truly special about it was the opportunity to immerse oneself in over 100 local music acts that transcended a wide spectrum of genres.

888. Photo Credit:  Aimee Giese

888. Photo Credit: Aimee Giese

My day began at the Mike’s Hard Lemonade stage, which shared the space with the Coors Light stage. While there, I watched local alternative pop/rock band 888 deliver an electrifying performance. I then moved on to City Hall’s Cue Room, which was home to local musical collective and youth empowerment group YOR (Youth on Record) & The 10th Avenue Exchange. Their main room hosted the talented and unapologetically bizarre KITTY CRIMES.

Listen to our Westword Music Showcase 2016 playlist:

Stoney’s Bar catered to Porlolo and Eros and the Eschaton, both of which emanated the delicate power of what I like to think of as “dream rock.” Cosmic roots rock band Bison Bone took the stage afterward, and had the crowd jumping around and praising the afternoon light.

SPELLS. Photo Credit: Charlotte

SPELLS. Photo Credit: Charlotte

One of my favorite acts of the festival was DeCollage, who transformed the stage at Bar Standard into an underwater psych-tropolis. They reminded us that dancing clams, iridescent cellophane, and fog machines can make anyone’s day that much better. Their cosmic and disarranged pop style forced bodies to explore new movements and decipher hidden rhythms. They were followed by Brent Cowles, former member of You Me & Apollo, whose startlingly beautiful voice is only matched by his complex guitar work.

As the day crept on, the waning daylight was matched by continually amplified tunes, thanks to crazed punk garage band SPELLS, who damn near tore the roof off of The Church, and another personal favorite, Dirty Few. Both had the crowds moshing and sweating all over each other, and Dirty Few even enticed an attendee to jump off of Broadway's rooftop into the arms of the crowd. You can always count on Dirty Few to make your heart skip a few beats and deliver one hell of a good time.

Cold War Kids. Photo Credit: Katelyn

Cold War Kids. Photo Credit: Katelyn

The crowd pleasing Matt and Kim and Cold War Kids both had huge turnouts, and had the crowds singing their tunes. Finally, the festival’s headliner, EDM powerhouse Dillon Francis, gathered an entirely different crowd than the rest of the festival, and kicked it up a notch for anyone who may have mistakenly thought they were too tired to keep dancing.

Matt and Kim. Photo Credit:  Jillian Granger

Matt and Kim. Photo Credit: Jillian Granger

Westword Music Showcase left me drained, but totally fulfilled. It reminded me why I moved to this beautiful and eclectic city. If you didn’t have the chance to check out this festival, never fear! You’ll have another chance to get in on the Colorado festival action with Underground Music Showcase, which takes place on South Broadway Avenue from July 28-31. This festival showcases amazing local acts, alongside big-name headliners. So go grab those tickets now- you don’t want to miss out CO!

-Jura

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artist featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.