State Champs Rocked Their Sold-Out Denver Summit Show

By: Nathan Sheppard

Pop-punkers State Champs played a sold out show this past Monday night at the Summit that rocked our socks off. The Living Proof Tour is the band’s first tour of 2019 after having a crazy schedule in 2018, where they released their third studio album Living Proof and had multiple tours. Supporting bands for the tour include Greyscale, The Dangerous Summer, and Our Last Night to round out a banger lineup.

Philadelphia rockers Greyscale led things off with their unique, stripped-down pop-punk style. Their high-energy performance even caused a few people to crowdsurf up to the front, which can be a tough task for an opener. The Dangerous Summer followed shortly after with more of a laidback set compared to their fellow bands. It gave everyone a bit of a breather to prepare for the next two sets.

Batting third was Our Last Night, who are best known for their metalcore covers of radio hits like “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. They recently released their fifth album, Let Light Overcome, earlier this month. The band combines softer melodic pop-rock elements and heavier metal elements that give fans the best of both worlds, making them an easy band to like. Adding all of that to a great stage performance made for an epic show that set the stage for State Champs.

State Champs.

State Champs.

In the cleanup spot was State Champs, who were without guitarist Tony Diaz due to illness. Luckily, they were still ready to knock it out of the park. The set kicked off with the leading track and single from Living ProofCriminal”, and you could see a wave erupt through the Summit as everyone tried to get as close to the stage as possible. The dance party continued throughout the 20-song setlist, which included fan favorites like “Remedy” and “Perfect Score”. While 20 songs weren’t enough for some people, State Champs finished with their breakout single “Secrets” to put a cherry on top of this night.     

To stay up to date with everything State Champs-related, and with the current tour click here. If you can’t make it out to this tour, you can see them later this summer at Sad Summer Festival, a Warped Tour-esque festival featuring Mayday Parade, The Maine, and The Wonder Years.

-Nathan

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Fans Left Their Voice With Senses Fail At Their Recent Denver Show

By: Nathan Sheppard

Summit Music Hall turned back the clock to the early 2000’s last weekend as Senses Fail brought the noise. Touring in support of their newest album If There Is Light, It Will Find You, Senses Fail brought along Reggie And The Full Effect, Have Mercy, and Household.

Senses Fail.

Senses Fail.

An enthusiastic Denver crowd showed up early to support the opening acts, starting with Household, who pointed out that this was the most people they had performed for this whole tour. The Minnesota band played their hearts out for Summit and paved way for Have Mercy, who rocked the stage just as hard.

Reggie And The Full Effect, the solo project of James Dewees, keyboardist for The Get Up Kids, started up the night’s throwback vibes with their signature pop-punk/synth tunes. Their set was filled with some old fan favorites like “Karate School” and “Maggie,” and a couple from their latest album 41. They capped off their set with “Get Well Soon,” which had the building bobbing their heads and singing along to the catchy chorus.

Senses Fail was up next, but while the crew was setting up, the crowd enjoyed a mini Emo Nite with a plethora of 2000’s punk songs from Sum 41, Underoath, The Used, and more. The security team even had to work overtime, as the were a couple of crowd surfers during the intermission.

After the sing-along had concluded, lead singer Buddy Nielsen and crew took the stage and turned up the intensity. The place went nuts after the first notes of “Family Tradition,” and a mosh pit opened up and seemed to then last the whole show. Buddy matched the energy by jumping all over the stage and throwing in a cartwheel as well. In between songs, he shared stories about many of his past struggles and how he overcame them, encouraging others to do the same. This openness is what makes Buddy one of the best frontmen there is. The night concluded with a three-song encore of “187,” “Rum Is For Drinking,” and “Bite To Break Skin,” sending everyone home either drenched in sweat or with no voice from singing along.

Senses Fail have gone through almost a complete lineup change (minus Buddy and guitarist Gavin Casewell) since their last album Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, but seem to have hit their stride again after their newest album. If There Is Light, It Will Find You is a throwback to old-school Senses Fail and has had great reception since its release, which was evident at the show as fans sang along to the new songs and the old. There are still a handful of dates left on the band’s current tour. Check out their new album so you can sing along too here.

-Nathan

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Thunderpussy Are the Storm the Rock'n'Roll Revival Needs

By: Hannah Oreskovich

This Seattle four-piece are shaking up rock'n'roll with a vengeance.

Last Sunday, a thundering snow storm hit Colorado’s Front Range. As the sky rumbled and started spitting fat white flakes instead of rain, Seattle’s Thunderpussy rolled into Denver fresh off of four SXSW sets including an official C3 Entertainment showcase. The band recently made NPR’s “100 Artists to Watch at SXSW” and during the fest, debuted the new song “Show Your Colors,” which they co-wrote with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. Their Denver gig was hand-squeezed between a quick trip home and their upcoming Treefort Music Festival appearance and if you braved the storm, Thunderpussy rewarded you with a seductive, spitfire show of rock’n’roll that left the crowd swooning.

Thunderpussy.

Thunderpussy.

“Hi! I’m Molly!” frontwoman Molly Sides exclaimed as she traipsed inside Summit Music Hall, wrapped in a leopard-print coat. As I reached my hand out to hers, she giggled, “Sorry I’m freezing!” and after shaking hands, she held mine and laughed, “But you’re nice and warm!”

As we chatted about Sides’ affinity for snow as an Idaho native, the girls headed to the green room for wardrobe. If you’re curious what that entails, it’s velvet onesies, fishnet stockings, rhinestone bras, and thigh-high glitter boots. And those boots were made for stompin’ on more than just the stage. In a recent interview with Billboard, guitarist Whitney Petty talked about K.Flay’s Grammy nod as the only female artist in the rock category, musing, “I'd say the time is ripe for Thunderpussy to high kick the patriarchy where it counts with a thigh-high, rhinestone encrusted, platform boot.”

And that’s how Thunderpussy rolls- they’ll hold your hand right before serving up their brand of kickass on the stage.

Whitney Petty.

Whitney Petty.

After a session of greenroom pictures where the girls kept apologizing for the cloud of hairspray that hung above us (“Don’t worry! It’s organic!” bassist Leah Julius promised with a smile), the girls paraded out in their heels to the cheers of the crowd.

Currently touring on their 2018 record Greatest Tits with a full album dropping later this spring, the band opened with “Speed Queen,” a song which nods to Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and The Runaways all at once. As Sides sang into a vintage-looking mic, her gyrations soon turned to her crawling on the floor while locking eyes with audience members; meanwhile Petty stood above her with one heel pranced on an amp as she leaned into the crowd ripping on guitar and headbanging. Julius jumped off of drummer Ruby Dunphy’s “Pussy” emblazoned kick drum and jazz-trained Dunphy kept a steady beat while the chaos ensued. And this, truly was just the beginning.

Molly Sides.

Molly Sides.

As a frontwoman, Sides seems to pull from performance artists like David Bowie, Elvis, and even Lady Gaga. She is never found standing still, her soaring vocals envelope a room, and though I didn’t get to ask, I left feeling like she must have a dance background. Her stage persona is rock’n’roll seductress, something you can also see in the band’s music video for “Speed Queen.”

Sides is almost impossible to stop looking at, but when you do Petty, Julius, and Dunphy are equally engaging. Petty slashes on guitar in a way that 80s hair metal bands would look up to. She slays, and her solos bring forth those classic rock’n’roll eruptions you look for in this type of sound.

Holding down the low end, Julius’ performance is highlighted with fits of energy- she headbangs just as much as the crowd when she’s not jumping from amps and the kick drum. And Dunphy, who was flying back to Seattle the next morning so that she could make it to her classes at Cornish College of the Arts, is a damn riot. She’s all smiles whether she’s pounding cymbals on “Velvet Noose” or tapping the snare with a light jazz flair on “Torpedo Love.”

Apart, each of these women ooze talented prowess; together the four-piece have an undeniably intense chemistry, one which builds and disseminates throughout the room from start to finish. It’s no surprise that the band has been selling out shows on their Pour Morals tour at spots like LA’s Viper Room, where Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith was seen checking out the band. At Sunday’s Denver show, Kid Rock’s entire tour crew strolled in for a listen, blowing off steam before prepping for Rock’s Pepsi Center performance later in the week. When industry pros start showing up for you regularly, you know you’re doing something right.

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Thunderpussy closed the night with “Torpedo Love,” which they just premiered a video for with NPR. In it, Thunderpussy perform the track live in an abandoned nuclear power plant silo.

Said Sides about the video, "When working with Magic Mama Massy, enthused wild ideas literally explode everywhere…  As we crept up to the monstrous structures, it seemed as though they'd been waiting for us, and the concrete curtains calling to us. With both nature and nuclear walls hovering, a beautifully eerie collaboration ensued."

And somehow, that sums up Thunderpussy too: one part sensitive, seductive, and beautiful; the other nuclear, explosive, and ready to tear your heart out.

Sink your teeth into Thunderpussy’s newest music and catch them at Treefort and other major festivals all summer. They’re poised for a takeover, so best brace yourself for the storm.

-Hannah

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Starset Struggled Through Technical Difficulties At Recent Denver Show

By: Nathan Sheppard

Starset’s show in Denver last Friday hit a few snags with delays and technical difficulties, but pushed through to have the best show possible. The sold-out show at Summit Music Hall started out on the right foot with a line stretched around the block for the cinematic rock band with a line just as long at the merch table inside.

People went wild during Palisades.

People went wild during Palisades.

New York band Year of the Locust took the the first and put on a solid set highlighted by fan interaction and a sing-along to their single “Sunrise.” EDM up and comer Grabbitz then provided a change of pace to the show with “My Cloud” and a song by Deadmau5 call “Let Go,” which the two collaborated on. While the crowd bobbed their heads along, there seemed to be a lack of expected energy in the building- it just didn't seem to be the right kind of crowd for electronic tunes. Things picked back up with post-hardcore band Palisades, who provided a much needed energy boost complete with a couple of circle pits. The band had everyone singing along to the fan favorites “Better Chemicals” and “Let Down” and really shined as one of the best performances of the night.

Things took a more frustrating turn getting ready for Starset. The band was supposed to start around 9:30PM when the house light dimmed, but were met with the crew working on the projector setup for about 45 minutes until they finally got in to work... for the most part. The guys took the stage and started what was a very entertaining show, but unfortunately mid-way through the third song, their video once again went out. Fans were met with another long wait while they tried to fix the system again. It wasn’t until almost midnight when the band finally gave up on the video and decided to just go with their light show sans visuals. At this point though, about a third of the sold-out crowd had left disappointed. The people that did stay, however, were treated to a quality show that ended around 1AM.

Starset.

Starset.

The frustrated crew and band were able to salvage what they could of the night, but left many underwhelmed by the entire experience. We can only hope that all of the band’s technical difficulties are worked out before their next journey through space and time back to Denver. The rest of Starset’s tour dates can be found here.

-Nathan

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The 'Get Free Tour' Proves Why Post-Hardcore Is Still A Rockin' Scene

By: Nathan Sheppard

After coming off of a very busy 2017, releasing their eighth studio album, playing all of Warped Tour, and traveling across the world, Silverstein started 2018 right where they left off -with their Get Free Tour. Tonight Alive is co-headlining the tour; Broadside and Picturesque are also on the lineup. The show made its Denver stop at Summit Music Hall last Friday, and everyone packed it in early to start the weekend off jamming to some epic tunes.

Broadside was unable to make the show due to van troubles, but Colorado band Saints of Never After filled in with a solid opening spot. Picturesque followed up with their set, and have a sound which has hints of Circa Survive and Sleeping With Sirens baked in. They had most people intrigued by their unique mix of heavier guitar rhythms/breakdowns and high-pitched vocals, and even had fans asking lead singer Kyle Hollis how he gets his vocal range so high.

The room was buzzing with electricity ready to get crazy for Silverstein, who played second to last for the Denver show. One reason Silverstein remain one of the legends of the 2000 post-hardcore scene is because they put on one of the best live shows around. All of their members put in everything they have for each and every show, and this one was no different. They started their set off with a few songs from their past three albums to get the party started. Frontman Shane Told then talked about the importance of sticking to their roots and playing older songs, following this speech with their first big hit “Smashed to Pieces” which brought the house down. Continuing the old school theme, they also played “Smile In Your Sleep” and “My Heroine” which caused a massive wave of crowd surfers. Mixing things up with a couple of slow songs after that so that everyone could catch their breath, Silverstein closed with “Afterglow,” topping off a fantastic set.

Tonight Alive was the closing act for the night, and while a good amount of people left early, they missed out on an incredible performance by Jenna McDougall and Co. One thing that stands out is Jenna’s ability to make everyone feel like they are included in the band’s set- she can take a large crowd and make the show feel small and intimate. Playing a mixture of songs from their newest album Underworld, along with older favorites, Tonight Alive finished to roars with “Lonely Girl.” Overall, the night really showed why these bands have such loyal followings, and why post-hardcore remains a popular genre. 

The Get Free Tour continues on through February, and you can check out the remaining dates and Silverstein’s newest album Dead Reflection here, along with Tonight Alive’s new Album Underworld here.   

-Nathan

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Rain In July Rocked Their Moon Room Set From Start To Finish

By: Nathan Sheppard

While it was a chilly Tuesday outside, inside The Moon Room at Summit Music Hall, everyone kept warm while enjoying some excellent tunes. For what was arguably one of their best shows of the year, In My Room kicked things off with a bang. Their raw and edgy sound can be compared to Movements, loud and fast.

Coldfront.

Coldfront.

Next was Coldfront, hailing from Ontario, Canada, who put on a solid show with their energetic and upbeat style of pop-punk. They recently released a new album called Float Around that you can check out here. Hot Mulligan, who are on tour with Coldfront, followed with their angsty punk rock, and had the crowd singing along with them.

If I Fail took control of the stage next and showed why they are one of Colorado’s best pop-punk bands. Their infectious riffs had the audience on their feet and the band’s introspective lyrics gave our inner emo kid all the feels.

Rain In July.

Rain In July.

Rain In July was the final band to take the stage, and rocked it from start to finish. RIJ put on a lively show that had the crowd hyped and off their feet. Once everyone was singing along to their songs, they even threw in a cover of “Bodybag” by Hit The Lights. RIJ finished off their set with a fan favorite “Breathe” and a special guest appearance from Andrew Elofson from 1000 Miles of Fire, which was the perfect way to cap an epic show. The guys proved why they are one of Colorado’s best up and coming bands with a very bright future. You can check out their latest EP “Trying To Breathe” on Spotify.

Keep up with Rain In July here and check out the full gallery from this show for more photo madness.

-Nathan

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1000 Miles of Fire Headline Summit Music Hall This Saturday (10/21)

By: Nathan Sheppard

This Saturday, October 21st, some of Denver’s best up-and-coming local bands will take the stage at Summit Music Hall: The Violet Tides, The Backseaters, Saints of Never After, Rosedale, and 1000 Miles of Fire.

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Headliner 1000 Miles of Fire is an energetic alternative rock group from Denver who have built a very loyal following over the past six years. Their captivating live performances and catchy riffs and lyrics have scored them opening sets for bands like The Maine. In fact, The Maine's frontman John O’Callaghan said singer/guitarist Andrew Elofson of 1000 Miles of Fire “commands the audience more than anyone.” This infectious style will be on display this Saturday where you can hear some of 1000 Miles of Fire's newest songs from their EP Moving On, Moving Forward.

Tickets to the show can be found here.

-Nathan

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Summit Music Hall To Host Neon Masq 2017 This Weekend (10/20)

By: Nathan Sheppard

Summit Music Hall will host Neon Masq, a masquerade concert/art experience featuring black-lighted murals, face painters, aerial performances, and local bands/DJs, one of which is Adrienne O. The indie-pop band was founded by Adrienne Osborn who is a former software designer, and decided to make a major career change to become a musician.  

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Shortly after being founded in 2012, Adrienne O started gaining a following by playing different fairs and festivals in the Denver area. Osborn uses her previous life experiences as inspiration for the lyrics and music to encourage listeners to chase their dreams as well. Through this honest approach, emotional performances, and powerful sound, Adrienne O have been gaining more exposure and popularity through radio and headlining appearances. Neon Masq will be a unique experience that you won’t want to miss, with a show by Adrienne O that will show off both the band's passion and musicianship this Friday.

You can find tickets for the show here and for more details about Neon Masq here.

-Nathan

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Where To Catch Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs This Fall

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Earlier this summer, BolderBeat’s man on the street Zach Dahmen caught up with singer/songwriter Matt Rouch at Denver’s Underground Music Showcase. It had been a year or so since we’d last chatted with Matt, and the frontman of Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs has been busy.

Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs 

Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs 

After the success of his 2016 self-released debut record, The Beautiful and the Damned, Rouch and his band have been touring the state, opening for acts like Ian Mahan and Kristin Diable. The Americana quartet have also played a number of festivals, like Spread The Word, The UMS, and even Boulder’s Porchfest.

Listen to The Beautiful and the Damned:

Rouch, who describes himself as a “southpaw whiskey-loving Virgininian,” now calls Denver home, along with bandmates Alex Fostar (violin/guitar), Stu Guarney (upright bass), and Ricky Brewer (drums). The four-piece have been in the process of recording new music, some of which you may be privileged enough to here at one of their upcoming fall shows. Rouch still plays solo often as well, which is a special treat to hear if you can swing by one of his shows.

This Tuesday, September 19th, Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs will actually share the stage with renowned jazz and blues singer/songwriter Pokey Lafarge at Denver’s Gothic Theatre, marking one of their biggest shows to date. They’ve also managed to lock down a Summit Music Hall set with Cowboy Mouth on Friday, October 13th. Needless to say, Rouch & Co. are rising fast in Colorado’s scene, so make sure to snag tickets to one of their upcoming sets here. We’re excited to see this Americana folk outfit in action.

Keep up with Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs on Facebook.

-Hannah

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NYC's DIIV Are Back On The Scene & Playing This Saturday At Summit Music Hall

By: Sierra Voss

New York’s DIIV are back on the scene and taking the stage at Summit Music Hall this Saturday, May 13th via Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Denver as curated by The UMS. The band recently posted on Instagram, “YES… the DIIV is playing some shows. Same clothes, new outlook on life. #soberville #day33.” Sick.

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DIIV formed back in 2011 by frontman Zachary Cole Smith. The band released their sophomore album Is the Is Are last year after a three year gap from their first release, Oshin (2012). DIIV’s albums are known for there swooshy guitar lines and sonic song structure. The dream pop, shoegazing vibe the band started back in 2012 has been deepened and elongated in their newest release. This Saturday’s showcase also includes openers Candace, a trio of full of psych dream tunes from Portland, as well as Colorado’s own surf pop indie rock outfit Slow Caves! This is a powerful bill, so come check out the show! Just for being a BB reader, you can nab $5 tickets here ($15 at the door kids). Get to it and stay tuned for our photo gallery from the show-

Listen to DIIV’s Is the Is Are:

-Sierra

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Denver's Indie Shoegaze Outfit Corsicana Play The Mercury Cafe This Thursday

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Denver’s Corsicana is the brainchild of 18-year-old Ben Pisano, who started the project in 2014 while still in highschool. With influences including Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, Sufjan Stevens, and Tycho, Corsicana has evolved into a three-piece band live, with atmospheric soundscapes and a shoegaze ambience. Pisano (guitar/vocals) is accompanied by members Amos Chase (drums/synth) and Ryan Skiles (bass) for performances. And speaking of shows, you can catch this crew this Thursday (01/19) at The Mercury Cafe in Denver.

Ben Pisano of Corsicana. 

Ben Pisano of Corsicana. 

Pisano has recorded two EPs under Corsicana, the second of which caught the attention of Pandora Radio and is featured in the online radio’s catalogue. In September of 2016, Corsicana’s first full-length album Haven was released, a work which Pisano recorded himself in full as well. After the release of Haven last fall, Corsicana found themselves touring the Pacific Northwest and getting radio play on CPR’s OpenAir.

Check out Corsicana’s Haven:

Following their show at The Mercury Cafe this week, you can keep up with Corsicana’s 2017 gig schedule here. Whether you peep this ambient indie act digitally or at their show this Thursday, this is a band starting off the year with some sweet buzz from their release last fall, so lend them an ear. Listen to more Corsicana on their Bandcamp page.

-Hannah

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Your Guide To Colorado Shows For New Year's Eve

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s time to pop bottles Colorado! Here are our picks for New Year’s Eve shows this weekend:

Berthoud

Jeremy Mohney at City Star Brewing in Berthoud 9PM-Close

Jeremy Mohney.

Jeremy Mohney.

Boulder’s Jeremy Mohney released multiple EPs this year, both of which definitely caught our ear. The jazz/swing artist is throwing down at City Star Brewery to welcome in 2017, and we definitely recommend getting your swing moves on at this one. Mohney will have your feet tappin’ in no time, and after a few celebration libations, you won’t want to sit still. Details here.

Boulder

Andrew Sturtz & Friends at The No Name in Boulder 10PM-Close

Andrew Sturtz.

Andrew Sturtz.

Soulful singer/songwriter Andrew Sturtz will be holding things down behind the big brown door tomorrow night for NYE. Known locally for his solo work and his performances with The Constellation Collective and other groups, Strutz will croon you into the new year in style. Plus, there’s no cover. What’s not to dig? Deets here.

Lady and The Gentleman at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

Boulder’s Lady and The Gentleman have made some changes to their lineup this year, but they’re still bringing mad grooves to the Colorado scene. Tomorrow they’ll grace the stage at The Lazy Dog, and no cover means no excuses. Get to it! More info right here.

The Alcapones at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder 10PM-Close

The Alcapones.

The Alcapones.

If you want to be shaken up Boulder, here’s your chance! The minstrel show of The Alcapones will be taking over Conor’s to dance you into the wee hours of 2017. Come hang and get rowdy! There will be lots of funky horn playing for your listening pleasure. More info here.

Yonder Mountain String Band with The Railsplitters at The Boulder Theater in Boulder 8PM-Close

Yonder Mountain String Band.

Yonder Mountain String Band.

Nederland’s Yonder Mountain String Band are holding down the BT for NYE. The five-piece bluegrass band well-known around these parts will share the stage with Boulder’s The Railsplitters. Get over to get down! Tickets here.

Denver

Flobots with Nahko and Medicine For The People at The Ogden Theatre in Denver 8PM-Close

Flobots

Flobots

Denver’s Flobots members have been locally active in several awesome events this year, including Denver’s “Our Neighbors, Ourslves” refugee benefit and the Rock Against The TPP event. Tonight, the crew will swing you into the new year with Portland’s Nahko and Medicine For The People at The Ogden. Tickets here.

Fox Street & Friends with Tiger Party at The Bluebird Theatre in Denver 9PM-Close

Dever’s Fox Street & Friends will be rolling in the new year tomorrow at The Bluebird with a 12-piece band and double sets, which will include music from the movies Boogie Nights and Blow, and tracks by Rick James, David Bowie, and Prince. The band’s frontman Jonathan Huvard is relocating to NYC in 2017, so this show is your chance to catch this crew together in what may be their last local performance for awhile. Tiger Party will open the night with songs by LCD Soundsystem. Tickets for this dance party here!

Itchy-O with Total Unicorn at Summit Music Hall in Denver 8PM-Close

We actually spent our NYE with Denver’s Itchy-O last year, so we’re here to tell you this show is going to be a magical time! The mysteriously masked band will have you boogieing all over Summit Music Hall; Total Unicorn is opening. Enter the dark. Tickets here.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club with Kid Congo Powers at 3 Kings Tavern in Denver 10PM-Close

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club will be laying out their ‘Commandments’ for you tomorrow evening at 3 Kings Tavern, and we’ve actually got a whole interview with Slim himself for you here. This show will be one crazy ride into 2017, so take it! Tickets here.

The Yawpers with The Other Black at The Oriental Theater in Denver 7PM-Close

The Yawpers. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

The Yawpers. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

We love The Yawpers. And we love The Other Black. And both of them are sharing the stage tomorrow night at The Oriental for NYE! The Moved and Evan Holm & The Restless Ones are opening the show, making for a full lineup of Denver badassery. Get to this gig- seriously. Tickets here.

Winehouse Masquerade Ball with Judge Roughneck at Mercury Cafe in Denver 930PM-Close

Winehouse.

Winehouse.

Denver’s Amy Winehouse tribute band Winehouse are ringing in the new year at Mercury Cafe with plenty of sultry, soulful vibes. Presales are only $20 and Judge Roughneck is opening the night, so grab tickets while you can! This will be an awesome show. Deets here.

Durango

Nappy Roots with Jerney at Animas City Theatre in Durango 9PM-Close

Jerney.

Jerney.

Nappy Roots are closing out the year in Durango tomorrow, and Denver’s Jerney is opening the gig. Jerney has been dropping new music like crazy this year, and this is one of his last Colorado shows, so make sure to get to it! Tickets here.

Greeley

The Burroughs with Bryce Merritt at The Moxi Theatre in Greeley 8PM-Close

The Burroughs.

The Burroughs.

Greeley’s The Burroughs dropped some sweet new music this past year, and they’ll be playing that for you tonight + more tunes at The Moxi. The nine-piece soul pop outfit will be joined by Bryce Merritt for good measure. Wicked. Tickets here!

Fort Collins

Rose Hill Drive with The Velveteers at Hodi’s Half Note in Denver 9PM-Close

The Velveteers. Photo Credit:   Sierra Voss

The Velveteers. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Denver’s The Velveteers are arguably one of the most successful acts coming out of Colorado right now. Fronted by Demi Demitro, the heavy rock two-piece will make you headbang all the way up until Boulder’s Rose Hill Drive takes the stage at Hodi’s. Go get yourself hypnotized. Tickets here.

Rollinsville

Jaden Carlson Band at The Stage Stop in Rollinsville 10PM-Close

Jaden Carlson.

Jaden Carlson.

Teenage musical prodigy Jaden Carlson has had quite the year in the Colorado music scene. From impressive opening slots for bands like The Revivalists to her own headlining performances at The Fox, Carlson has proved she knows how to break. things. down. Head out to her last performance of the year tomorrow at The Stage Stop! We guarantee it will be an impressively good time. More info here.

That’s it for us for NYE Colorado! See you in 2017!

-Hannah

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Denver's Compliments to the One Release New Alt-Rock Track, "Overdose"

By: Hannah Oreskovich

The alt-rock scene in Denver is on-point. From gigs at spots like Summit Music Hall to festival appearances at The UMS and radio play on Denver’s 93.3, it’s easy to see how alive this genre is in Colorado. One band treading the Denver alt-rock waters is Compliments to the One, a four-piece project that started all the way back in 2012 when some of the members met in high school. Currently, the band consists of Daniel Del Real, Stephen Bell, Dare Otesanya, and Julio JC Santos. Bell, Otesanya, and Santos formed the band in Aurora, CO initially; in 2016 Del Real joined the outfit and the band is now Denver-based.

Compliments to the One.

Compliments to the One.

Compliments to the One have released a few singles since finding their footing in the Denver music scene. The titles of those include “Catch My Breath”, “Keep On Going”, and their latest, “Overdose”.

Check out C21's latest single, "Overdose":

“Overdose” is a stripped-down track recorded DIY basement-style. It started with chords and lyrics written by guitarist Bell; later the rest of the band contributed to the track. It’s an emotive song with vivid descriptions of struggling with addiction and a repetitive, catchy chorus. Compliments to the One have plans to release a full EP soon, and “Overdose” will be one of the tracks included on it. The band also have a live show coming up that you should check out to hear more of their new work! They play Herman’s Hideaway next Thursday, September 29th and you can get advanced tickets here.

Make sure to keep up with C21 for new music and more on their Facebook!

-Hannah

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Rival Sons Rip at Denver's Summit Music Hall

By: Sierra Voss

Last Saturday, Rival Sons tore up the stage at Denver’s Summit Music Hall. This Long Beach band has been serving up dirty guitar solos and ripping vocal lines since 2009, after the release of their album Before The Fire. From there, here’s a quick recap of their career: RS dropped a self-released EP in 2010, which caught the eye of Earache Records, who signed them later that year. Rival Sons’ third release, Pressure & Time, came out on Earshot in 2011 and ended up hitting #19 on the Billboard charts. And from that point forward, the band has power-housed full steam ahead: In 2012, their album Head Down annihilated music charts throughout the world, gaining huge recognition in the UK, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. The band then released Great Western Valkyrie to critical acclaim; this year they dropped their latest, Hollow Bones. And to add to their live credibility, Rival Sons have supported some serious legends on tour, including AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Sammy Hagar, and Black Sabbath.

Jay Buchanan.

Jay Buchanan.

It’s no mystery why this four-piece is so well-loved throughout the world. These boys know how to rock, and they do it well. Lead singer Jay Buchanan has a serious set of pipes. I am going to go ahead and say he may, perhaps, have one of the most beautifully dynamic and powerful male voices in this age of rock and roll.

Todd Ogren-Brooks.

Todd Ogren-Brooks.

I am a fan of headbanging. I have a serious amount of respect for those who do it, and I like to myself, but until this show, I had no idea I had an equal amount of passion for beardbanging. Keyboard slaying, tamborine-crushing band member Todd Ögren-Brooks had such a long luscious beard, he could literally beardbang with it. I will stop at simply saying I was highly impressed by this rare talent.

Scott Holiday.

Scott Holiday.

All in all Saturday’s show was a ripper. Rival Sons played fan favorites like “Keep On Swinging” and “Electric Man”, as well as a wide selection of songs from Hollow Bones. I will say that certain songs live come off a whole lot poppier than they are on the records. I was always impressed by Jay’s vocals, but longed for the drive of their well-known rock sound and less of their slower, strippped-down instamentals with elongated vocal lines. Still, it was a solid set.

If you can’t catch these boys on tour take a listen to my favorite track of theirs, “Pressure and Time”:  

Follow Rival Sons here

-Sierra

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"A Mixture of the Sanctity of Rock'n'Roll and the Accessibility of Pop": Denver's Always On My Mind

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Denver’s alt pop rock scene is bubbling, and local outfit Always On My Mind are helping to bring the heat. Comprised of Joshua Dillard (vocals), Travis Moore (guitar), Bryce Clark (bass), and Ryan Bannigan (drums), the Denver four-piece describe their sound as, “a mixture of the sanctity of rock’n’roll and the accessibility of pop”.

The band’s debut release, Battle Scarf: The Glassen Sea (2014), carried the group into a slew of successful Denver gigs. AOMM released an all-acoustic version of the album as well, widening their fanbase with their softer side. After building a solid local following, the group proceeded to release two singles, “Blazes”, and “Fever”. And then, just last month, AOMM dropped their newest track, “Float”. It’s a tune with a catchy backing melody, popping drum bursts, and a chorus that really makes you want to sing along.

Listen to AOMM’s new track, “Float”:

AOMM have kept busy this summer, playing at Soda Jerk Presents-sponsored shows at Summit Music Hall, and even playing a gig on 5280’s stage at Denver’s recent Comic Con event. They’re already working on their next single release and above all, AOMM’s message is this:

It’s the people we love, the people we’ve lost and the memories we have.
Our accomplishments, our pain and our dreams.
They live in our hearts and they are always on our minds.

So there you have it! Check out Always On My Mind for yourself, and keep up with Denver alt pop rock band here.

-Hannah

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The Best Weapon To Rock Against the TPP? Protest Music

By: Claire Woodcock

“There has never been a successful social movement in this country that has not had a great soundtrack,” Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage, and Audioslave explains in a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed piece on music and activism. “But what is the responsibility of the artist in troubled times to speak to the issues of the day?” he continues, “I believe the only responsibility we have as artists is to tell the truth as we see it.”

Tom Morello. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Tom Morello. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

And that’s exactly what Morello and friends did on Saturday at the Summit Music Hall. Joined by punk band Anti-Flag, Denver’s own hip-hop outfit Flobots, buzzworthy bi-lingual rockers Downtown Boys and Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit), Morello and friends mobilized a folk, funk, hip hop, rock ‘n roll, heavy metal throwdown to shut down the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Ryan Harvey. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Ryan Harvey. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Organized by Morello’s new social justice record label, Firebrand Records, and digital rights group Fight for the Future, the event brought out other activists and performers to shed light on multinational corporations with new rights and powers under the TPP that threaten good paying jobs, Internet freedom, the environment, access to medicine, and food safety.

Taini Asili. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Taini Asili. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

The setlist for the evening was a mixture of originals and covers that were meant to sound the alarm on all the harm the TPP can do. Musicians shared protest tunes reminiscent of musical activists like Ani DiFranco and Woody Guthrie. And then there was Morello, shredding hard:      

Speakers from Food and Water Watch, the Sierra Club, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and other groups described the TPP as a corporate power-grab disguised as a trade agreement that could empower corporate elites while having adverse effects on jobs and wages, the environment, public health, and democracy both in the U.S. and abroad. For years, the TPP was negotiated behind closed doors between the United States and other Pacific Rim countries with the aid of hundreds of corporate lobbyists, while the public and the press were barred from even reviewing what was being proposed in our names.

Anti-Flag and the Flobots. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Anti-Flag and the Flobots. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

“When folks learn about the TPP, they become opposed on a trans partisan basis- Democrats, Republicans, Independents- and they get engaged. We’re here on the dracula strategy tour. We need to drag this sucker into the sunshine, and when people find out about it, they join our fight to stop it,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch said.

Brer Rabbit of the Flobots. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Brer Rabbit of the Flobots. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Denver was the launching pad for the Rock Against the TPP roadshow, a nationwide series of activism-fueled music events designed to raise awareness about the toxicity and dangers of this deal. For a full lineup of Rock Against the TPP tour dates, roll here.

“Working people everywhere have had enough,” Morello said, addressing an eager Denver crowd, “The TPP is nothing short of a corporate takeover of our democracy. That’s why people are rising up to stop it. Corporate lobbyists want to sneak the TPP through Congress quietly; that means it’s time for us to get loud.” And get loud they did.

Do It. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Do It. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

To get involved locally, check out Colorado AFL-CIO, Colorado Jobs with Justice and Communications Workers of America. Learn more about the TPP here.

-Claire

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Shawn James & The Shapeshifters: Metal at The Moon Room & More

By: Zach Dahmen

Shawn James and the Shapeshifters went metal last weekend and it was delicious.

Last week, I crawled through a sea of black t-shirts emblemed with the gods of metal: Slayer, Metallica, and Anthrax, where beards as thick as midnight stretching until dawn were abound, and heavily tattooed arms were a part of the dress code for the evening. At the center of the room was an enormous square bar that left just enough room for the crowd to squeeze up to the stage. I was at Denver’s Summit Music Hall in the Moon Room, and if metal is a feeling, this space exudes it through the walls.

Shapeshifter Beats.

Shapeshifter Beats.

The night began with a pair of Colorado locals: Sea of Teeth and Champagne Charlie. Each set the tones of their performances by engaging with the crowd and creating anticipation for the headliner, and the band I was there to see, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters.

As I sipped a $7 Bulleit, I watched Champagne Charlie’s horn section tune up, a band who claims to be “a drinking man’s music” and delivers. In what was a set of gypsy punk/folk and soul, the band was a surprise of pure fun who are definitely worth seeing live. Frontman Ryan “Peepers” King brought an energy to the stage that spread to the audience, who was soon jumping and shouting to CC’s tunes. The group brought an element of raucous fun that continued to vibe until the venue closed.

Metal.

Metal.

The crowd grew as the openers packed up their gear, and soon it was time for the headliner. Shawn James & The Shapeshifters came out strong, as a high energy rock band with the precision of metal and the sensibility of southern rock’n’roll. The Arkansas trio kicked off their tour missing a few members for this Denver show (those who add the banjo, fiddle, and slide guitar, to be exact), and so, they went metal. In what several audience members told me was a “harder, grittier” version of the typical Shawn James show, the three piece ripped through their set like a pro wrestler tearing a phonebook in half: enthusiastically and without remorse.

Shawn James.

Shawn James.

Frontman Shawn James, who has worked in a number of capacities (solo singer/songwriter and in various group projects), sang with gospel-like pipes, belting his songs over thumping rhythms and heavy guitars. The Shapeshifters made use of their namesake, moving in and out of their songs one after the other while slyly subverting genres.

Hands Up.

Hands Up.

The crowd ate up every moment: they moshed, they howled, and they screamed every word right along with James. And the trio fed the audience’s enthusiasm right back to them: they expressed their love for their Colorado fans as they pulsed the room with heavy sounds, streaming through everyone’s heads. And yet, with all the attention (many people we talked to traveled to all of the band’s shows in CO, and had seen them several times over the years), the men on stage could not have had a more humble and gracious quality to them. They thrived off of the crowd’s adoration, all the while doing what they do best: making great music.

Whip.

Whip.

For a head-whipping good time Shawn James & The Shapeshifters are not to be missed. Keep up with their tour schedule, and pre-order their album On The Shoulders of Giants here.

-Zach

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Shawn James & The Shapeshifters: These Howling Hellhounds Hit The Moon Room Thursday

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We’ve been hitting the rock scene hard lately (see “My Weekend with The Yawpers and Blackfoot Gypsies” and “Rock and Roll Revival”), and we’ve got another one on the books for you Colorado! This Thursday, Arkansas’ rockin’ five-piece Shawn James & The Shapeshifters play Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room. With elements of bluegrass, folk, and metal intertwined into their rock roots, this show is bound to be a heavy-hitter with Colorado music fans.

Shawn James.

Shawn James.

This July, the band will release their newest album, On The Shoulders of Giants, with presales beginning May 7th. SJATS recently dropped their first single from the album, the roaring, guitar-heavy “Hellhound”. It’s a perfect showcase of James’ strong baritone vocals, howled over subtle percussion, catchy guitar riffs, and a droning violin. The track is a powerful introduction to On The Shoulders of Giants, an album full of swampy beats, banjos, slide guitars, bluesy melodies, and James’ captivating vocals.

Listen to Shawn James & The Shapeshifters’ “Hellhound”:

Shawn James is no stranger to these parts either. Not long ago, he filmed the music video below at the Colorado Springs Wolf Sanctuary. The howling artist had no problem making furry friends:

Denver’s dark folk/punk four-piece Champagne Charlie will share the stage Thursday night, along with Littleton’s blues outfit Sea of Teeth, a solid lineup put together by Soda Jerk Presents.

Listen to Champagne Charlie’s wild “Devil Bone Crazy”:

So roll with us to the Moon Room this Thursday 05.05 (yes it's Cinco de Mayo kids)! We’ll be there covering press and tickets are only $10 in advance; doors at 7PM. See you there for a night of rock!

-Hannah

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Get Along's Back At It With Their Live Recording of "Karaoke"

By: Jura Daubenspeck

After a musical hiatus, Nicholas and Cara Yañez, of the Denver group Get Along, are back at it. They've made live appearances at The Moon Room, Summit Music Hall, and at Larimer Lounge, alongside Teal and Tangent, Amy Kress, and Oh, Be Clever respectively. And the duo don't seem to be stopping any time soon.

Watch Get Along’s live performance of “DNA”:

On top of their shows and raising their infant daughter, Laika, the pair just recorded two live performance sessions at The Spot Studios for their songs "DNA" and "Karaoke," both of which will be featured on their upcoming album.

Recording at The Spot Studios.

Recording at The Spot Studios.

"Karaoke", which was officially released today, harnesses Get Along’s gift for the odd, the visceral, and the vibrant. It definitely tips its hat to their soul, punk, and electronic musical style, and it carries its own unique message within it.

Cara in the studio.

Cara in the studio.

The song starts off with a low rhythmic synth beat, almost something you'd expect to hear in a cultish noir film like Blade Runner; the tempo builds until it's surprisingly met with Cara's ukulele-playing, which takes you to a sunny, beach-side paradise. With this unique pairing, your expectations for this song are already shaken, and your attention is held. Cara's vocals are solemn, powerful, and moving, and all the while Nick gradually incorporates his drum playing, until the song reaches a punk rock crescendo, with the two singing in unison.

Watch Get Along’s “Karaoke”:

Even with its upbeat, alternative sound, "Karaoke" touches on a deeper meaning. It reflects not just the group's disdain of the musical "art form" of karaoke, but also the value of originality over conformity. It preaches finding freedom in one's unique design rather than "karaoke-ing" one’s way through life; and through that original journey, finding peace and empowerment. The lyrics are not a jab at karaoke, but a poetic reflection of keeping true to your own creativity, whether it's generally accepted or not:

But the songs never seem to sound the same,
with the lyrics rolling down on the video screen.
So sing a song that makes them remiss;
brings them back to the lovers and friends who are gone.
If Karaoke is as easy as they say it is,
then why can't I sing it for shit?
If it's as easy as they say it is,
then why can't I sing?

If "Karaoke" is the delicious appetizer for what's to come from Get Along's upcoming releases, I am incredibly excited. Their ability to juggle family life with crafting a totally new sound for their music continues to impress me, and I cannot wait to see what's in store for these two. Connect with the creative duo on Facebook to see what else they're up to.

-Jura

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Punk's not dead. In fact, it’s not even aging.

By: Nikki Steele

Rancid has the same punk rock energy they always have.

Rancid headlined a show at the Summit Music Hall this weekend (with opener 7 Seconds ) and both bands proved that punk rock is still kickin’.

the stage setup.

the stage setup.

Let’s be honest- the guys from Rancid and 7 Seconds are all older dudes who have been playing for 20+ years. None of these guys look like they’re in their 20s anymore. In fact, it was Lars Frederiksen’s (Rancid guitar/vocals) 44th birthday the day of the show. But what hasn’t aged is the power of their performances. Though  Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds vocals) told us, “we’re out here acting like we're 20, but feeling like we're 60,” you’d never know it. Both sets were full of kicks, spins and punk rock dancing. And this was after both bands had just played Denver’s Riot Fest, Rancid on Saturday and 7 Seconds just eight hours before their Summit set. Colorado usually welcomes out of breath singers, due to our altitude, but no such excuse was needed Sunday night. Neither band put their energy on pause for even a second, and neither did their fans.

The electricity of the punk fans was apparent even at the beginning of Rancid’s set. As Lars started to introduce a song, he got cut off by the crowd screaming his own album titles at him. It didn't take long for the screams to turn into the entire crowd singing “Happy Birthday,” which brought a look of surprise and satisfaction to Lars’ face. He was stoked, and so was everyone around me.

crowd love.

crowd love.

And even when you might have expected things to slow down, they didn’t. At one point, Lars’ amp blew out and the show was paused for ‘technical difficulties.’ Lars shouted, “This is just punk rock!” and proceeded to entertain us with jokes while the roadies worked to get the show going again. Though there wasn’t music happening, everyone was still having a great time.

Sometime after this, a fight broke out in the crowd. Here, Lars actually stopped the set and basically told us that he didn’t care what had happened, that the fight had to stop, and that “this is our time right now, and on our time there is no fighting.” Everyone was quiet. And this is when I had the chance to look around the crowd and realize that one of the most amazing parts of any punk rock show is the fans.

punk rock worship.

punk rock worship.

The crowd was made up of old rockers in their 1991 Rancid shirts, the new punk rock kids whose leather hasn’t even been broken in yet, and a bunch of people wearing Misfit clothes from Hot Topic. And then there were the ones who looked like they didn’t even listen to punk. But no matter which category you fit into, the crowd moved and worked with each other for the rest of the night.

Punk has always been about giving people a place to go to do what they want to do: to dance, to jump around, to mosh, to whatever. The entire crowd moved with the music, from the front of the barricade, to the circle pit in the middle, to the people in the very back of the venue. The mosh pit was crazy; there were even small children moshing! There were crowd surfers flying, people falling down, and beer cans being thrown left and right. The crowd pushed and moved, but when the music stopped, so did all of the chaos, and everyone walked away just fine.

When I left for the night, I couldn’t believe it: Here were these middle-aged guys with a (mostly) middle-aged crowd and everyone was getting down like nothing’s changed. But I guess that's just punk rock for ya.

-Nikki

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Watch a Rancid video here: