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The UMS 2016 – Photo Gallery Flashback

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The 16th Annual Denver Post Underground Music Showcase has come and gone, but the images of such a stellar, bombastic weekend remain. Enjoy a selection of moments DenverThread caught – call it a little flashback. We had so much fun, and we can tell you did, too….


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The Underground Music Showcase at 16: Priceless

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gauntlet_hairFour days in the summer that change the course of the summer – almost every one of the last 15 times – The Denver Post Underground Music Festival is once again upon us. Featuring more than 400 bands – the vast majority of which are local Denver bands – performing on 20 stages along South Broadway, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest music festival (and, some say, the Only Festival That Matters this (and Every) Summer) starts this Thursday, July 28, and runs through Sunday night, July 31st.

Watch DenverThread.com for daily listings of “Best Bands To See at UMS By the Hour,” all weekend!

During this weekend, if you’re on South Broadway from about 4th Avenue all the way down to Alameda, you’ll probably see hundreds – thousands – of local and regional hipsters walking, both in packs and alone, faces in their phones and (as likely as not) gently stumbling from stage to stage, zombie-like. But this group won’t be the Pokémon Go-playing crowd. They’ll be stumbling from the exhaustion of seeing their 50th band over 2 days – and only half way through Day 3.

Dehydrated, delirious, afflicted by sound – some with earplugs still lodged in both ears. These music fans will be roaming the festival in search of new, undiscovered underground bands. Or they’ll be desperately trying to get to see their hometown faves after catching something they’ve never heard of – destined to become their next hometown faves.

Or, you may see some of them running wildly down Broadway – guitar, drums, bass (and sometimes amp, or mic, or mic-stand) in hand, rushing to get to the gig their first band is playing that started while their second band was finishing up. Denver’s got a friendly, cooperative scene – one that fully supports members of many bands playing in other bands with members from many other bands. Yet, they all sound different, unique.

It’s not the “Denver Sound” anymore

There’s something that comes through in all these local acts that’s somehow intrinsically Denver – despite recent floods of talent (and bodies) from both coasts that threaten to dilute the stream (but fail, for the most part, thank goodness). It’s hard to put your finger on it – and I don’t mean the country-goth “Denver Sound” of the ’90s & ‘aughts, born on the backs of classic Denver bands like 16 Horsepower and The Denver Gentlemen, and that lives on quite well in the sound of the brilliant Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and a few other bands. This sound just as often owes more to ’70s country or prog rock as it does to ’60s hard psychedelia, or to mid-’70s punk, late ’80s shoegaze, or ’90s grunge/metal.

Maybe it’s the sound of a town/scene that has largely accepted just about every genre at one time or another, as well as spawned as many that moved to the coasts and – in some cases, for some short periods of time – took over. I’m looking at bands like The Fluid, DeVotchkaNathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – bands that still (if they’re around) call Denver their home (or at least their birthplace). Denver’s always been a “stop on the way to somewhere else” – San Fransisco, L.A., Chicago, NYC. But it’s always been welcoming, and supported its musicians with more than enough venues, usually filled with more than enough wild, enthralled but discerning fans.

The UMS is a celebration of all of that talent, but it’s also a celebration of those fans, those audiences, the venues, the support systems – all of it. Brave the heat. It’ll be worth it.


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#UMS – The Best Music Festival in the West – Announces 2016 Lineup

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Another summer, another UMS. It’s become a highpoint and hope for the festival season around Denver, and continues to gain national and international notoriety every year, and this year’s bound to be no different – and maybe even better than ever!

The 16th Annual Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (UMS) has just shot the first volley of this year’s lineup – which will eventually encompass over 400 local, national and international bands playing in a buttload of unique and welcoming venues on South Broadway in late July. The Baker neighborhood is destined for its annual takeover byt a flood of bearded, tank-top-wearing hipsters and music buffs, aficionados, critics, fans – and the occasional professional musician here and there, from Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31.

You can get your tickets here, right now!

Each year, the UMS celebrates Denver’s constantly thriving music scene, and invites underground acts from across the country and around the world to play out in the summer sun and into the late evenings, serenading lucky natives and tourists alike across miles of South Broadway. Here’s a listing of the first 32 bands:

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Polica Thee Oh Sees Allah Las
San Fermin Lee Fields & the Expressions Yawpers
Adia Victoria The Bright Light Social Hour The Bunny Gang
Covenhoven Dirty Few Rob Drabkin
Emerald Siam The Epilogues Flaural
Fort Frances Methyl Ethel Plum
Porlolo Promised Land Sound Shady Elders
Slow Caves The Raven & the Writing Desk So Pitted
Sound of Ceres South of France SPELLS
The Still Tide Strawberry Runners Sunboy
Ultimate Painting Wiredogs

Take a look at all the options – and this is just the first volley  – and less that one-tenth – of the overall, four-day lineup. Can you afford to miss any of this? We think not. Especially now that you know – or you will by the end of this sentence – that the UMS proceeds go to the artists, first, and then to the Denver Post Community Foundation and Youth on Record – two heartily worthy causes.

 

Don’t delay – get your tickets here, today.  See you there.

 

 


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UMS 2016 Earlybird Ticket Alert!

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Once again, The UMS, Denver’s premier independent music festival, is literally around the corner! Not as close as we’d like – this year’s festival, the 16th consecutive edition, will take over South Broadway and show off Denver’s eclectic, almost overwhelming indie rock scene for four days, from July 28 – 31 – but it’s close enough that those of you with mad org skills and a love for the music can buy tickets now!

If you’re ready to commit to the long weekend – and we know you are – you can now take advantage of the availability of a limited number of four-day passes on sale now for a measly $40. That’s only $10 per day! Before  you know it, that price will be going up to a (still remarkably reasonable) $55 – only $13.75 per day of rockin’ madness.

The UMS is more than Denver’s best music festival – it’s a juggernaut of bands, speakers, panels, information sessions, innovation, booze, beer BBQ and mayhem, literally packed into a stretch of South Broadway. Past years have featured upwards of 350 bands, in more than 20 venues over the four days of the festival, and that’s just a part of the fun. This year boasts more than 400 acts, all housed in an eclectic selection of South Broadway venues between 6th Avenue and Alameda. The majority of acts are locals, though the past few years the number of national (but still largely underground) acts has increased – proof that everyone wants to be a part of the festival.

If, by some terrible mishap, you’re still unfamiliar with the UMS, take a look at this video recap from last year’s fun:

Now, go buy your tickets, and start catching up on rest – you’ll need it.


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#UMS2015, Day #3 – DenverThread’s Approved Lineup is Here!

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Well – here we are, in the thick of it, the UMS, day #3. At this point, you’re probably feeling the heat, sweating out the alcohol (soon to be replaced), trying to stretch your extremities and get them back under your control, and wondering how you’re still awake. But it’s really just begun. This is the long stretch, and it’s time for you to really begin to take in the deep, pungent aroma and humidity of the UMS.

We can help. Each and every day, DenverThread will publish recommendations – by the hour – for bands you need to see in this crazy, over-stuffed, incredible lineup. Come back here and catch the day’s recommendations before you head out!

Here’s our by the hour lineup recommendation for Day 3, Saturday, July 25…

12:00 PM – A Giant Dog – Hi-Dive

Reaching back to proto-punk roots in The Stooges, or “White Punks on Dope” Tubes, Austin’s A Giant Dog belts out garage rock that will light a fire under you. Everything is fast, loud and aggressive, exciting, and a little precocious. It may be early for a Hi-Dive Austin Party experience, but this band will help that breakfast beer cure your hangover, and get you in shape for another UMS day. Check them out a bit on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, to make sure your head’s in this game.

1:00 PM – Sun Blood Stories – Skylark Lounge

Boise, Idaho’s Sun Blood Stories weaves a sometimes dark and scary, sometimes playful brand of psychedelia that you’d probably expect to hear out in the Idaho landscape – or the Mars landscape. Echo-laden, majestic, big sound, and wide, open spaces come to mind and vision when they’re playing. It’s a ride through a black hole, but a comfortable one. Get some for yourself on Bandcamp and Soundcloud to feel that gravity.

2:00 PM – Obscured By Echoes – Hi-Dive

The Austin Day Party continues at Hi-Dive with the Texas-based psych band Obscured By Echoes. This band is sure to shake the ground beneath you, with overtones of Bowie, Eno, and TX faves Black Angels. OBE sounds a little more mature than Angels, really – more comfortable, not trying quite as hard. Take advantage of this chance to see it for yourself, and prove us wrong.

3:00 PM – Covergeist – Historians Ale House

Justin Dunning has his hand in something wet with rock n’ roll. Straightforward guitar – slide and otherwise – colors his jam, and an alternating smooth croon and Mudhoney howl. Take in this show as one that might just invigorate you the way a great adventure film could, and then slingshot to the rest of day #3. This is the kind of moonshine that’ll make that happen. Listen on Soundcloud and see if you disagree.

4:00 PM – Paw Paw – Eslinger Gallery

Now that the afternoon has likely started to turn into a more quiet affair, a little ambient, calming music may be in order. Step in Paw Paw – musical child of Eston Lathrop, formerly of Woodsman. Lathrop has a brilliant sense of rhythm and world music, which he uses to ground his ambient guitar, loop, echo work. Find Paw Paw on Bandcamp, and buy what you can!

5:00 PM – Codename: Carter – 3 Kings Tavern

The songs Pussy Galore listened to while dressing, tunes that Bond – James Bond – couldn’t get out of his head – these are the fodder of Codename: Carter. Skillful guitar work that makes you feel like you’re already on an impossible – and impossibly groovy – mission, just making it past the guards and into 3 Kings – this is what Codename: Carter has to offer. And you’ll love it.

6:00 PM – Pale Sun – Eslinger Gallery

Expansive, giant, cavernous – a few words that come to mind about Pale Sun. If you remember Denver heavy hitters Bright Channel and Orbiteer, or Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Monofog, and you like the heavier, echoing side of those bands, you’ll love Pale Sun. Huge guitars, colossal drums, endless reverb, the feeling of floating into the atmosphere of a gas giant, slowly descending forever to its tiny core, Pale Sun can ensure you land safely. Get you some, on  Soundcloud.

7:00 PM – Cloacas – Illegal Pete’s

Santa Fe’s Cloacas (\klō-kus\) take Americana to another level. On the one hand, they appear to be your common, garden-variety banjo, jug, nose harp and saw playin’ country ensemble. But then they bring in a kind of humorous gothic element, and twist it up into a jangly dancing good ol’ time. Before haunting the crowd again with something you’d hear, when  you’re lost in the desert, wafting on a hot breeze from just over that next hill. Down there. Yeah – just one more hill away, forever. Check them out on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, then get into Illegal Pete’s, before you get lost, too.

8:00 PM – Eros and the Eschaton – 3 Kings Tavern

Jump back into the dreamy pop side of the UMS with Eros and the Eschaton – recent transplants to Colorado Springs from way out Southeast. This group dabbles in shoegaze, with a rural, almost woodsy feel.  They comfortably mix Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine with muted sun in cedars, and a  little Yo La Tengo vibe. Check them out on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

9:00 PM – Shady Elders – 3 Kings Tavern

Shady Elders have been climbing up in the Denver scene for just a few years, but they definitely have a strong foothold. Dreamy is too simple a word for their style, but it’s close. Summer music, Lana Del Rey, Beach House – all of these apply, too. But Shady Elders doesn’t stop there. They expand into an all-encompassing, foggy world that feels more like the David Lynch side of a dream. Catch their tunes on Bandcamp and Soundcloud to get a taste for yourself.

10:00 PM – The Traveling Suitcase – Irish Rover

Oshkosh, Wisconsin spit out The Traveling Suitcase, after shoving a landfill of Led Zeppelin-era big guitar music, Black Keys-heavy blues strings and mathy, thumping beats into its mouth. This trio will wake you out of the dream state you’ve been in for the past few hours – if you’ve been following our map of #UMS2015’s best bands by-the-hour. Come prepared – listen to the Suitcase on Bandcamp and Soundcloud before you enter.

11:00 PM – The Gamits – Hi-Dive

Solid, loud and fast Punk Rock is still alive in Denver, and The Gamits are part of the tartan. The Gamits have been many parts of Denver’s punk scene for more than two decades, and they’re still going strong. Crunchy guitar bashing, bass and drums, fast lyrics and a little melody promise to inspire your second (or third, or fourth) wind, and propel you long into tomorrow. Get some on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, too.

12:00 AM – Accordion Crimes – Irish Rover

Accordion Crimes brings a Jesus Lizard/Big Black post-hardcore feel to the UMS, late at night in this case, designed to open your eyes to the pounding, screaming, scraping, bruising side of music. Angular, minimal and perfect are the best words to describe Accordion Crimes – but the best way to get the vibe is to see it yourself, In the meantime, here’s some from Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

1:00 AM – Zebroids – Hi-Dive

What better way to wrap up #UMS2015 Day #3 than with some bass-heavy, fast, loud and riveting garage punk? The Zebroids have the pill for you, and they’re administering heavy dosages at Hi-Dive. After feeling the heat of this group, you’ll feel fine crawling back to your bed and passing into palookaville – or you just as likely might want to just kick down the walls and open up some space into tomorrow morning, buzzing until sunup. Get some on Bandcamp.


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DenverThread’s Bands to Catch at #UMS2015, Night #2, Friday, July 24

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After a righteous kick-off evening for the 2015 Denver Post UMS, tonight the festival will no doubt really start to gain momentum. Over 300 bands in total, over four nights, across more than 20 venues, this year’s UMS is bigger than ever, and promises to push the South Broadway district in Denver beyond some limits. If you’ve been to any of the past 15, you’ve probably got a plan to navigate all the noise, talent, fun and debauchery that is the UMS. If not – make one (take Nate Hammond’s (of the Epilogues) advice on Reverb, to get an idea why).

We’re here to help, too. Each day, DenverThread will publish recommendations – by the hour – for bands you should probably see in the multivariate, over-stuffed, incredible lineup. Come back here and catch the day’s recommendations before you head out – and, ferfuckssake, bring plenty of water to STAY HYDRATED! Contrary to our belief around here, beer and whiskey can’t replace water.

Here’s our by the hour lineup recommendation for Day 2, Friday, July 24…

6:00 PM – In the Whale – Main Stage @ SSFCU

In The Whale will kill the Main Stage @ SSFCU at 6PM.

In The Whale will kill the Main Stage @ SSFCU at 6PM.

Straight outta Greeley, originally, this duo is making whale-sized waves just about everywhere they play – and rightfully so. Their take on garage punk meets some sort of mutated blues-metal inspires the courage grab the apple of your eye and lay a healthy, sweaty kiss on them, and then swallow a stupid-giant shot of rotgut, and then dump said apple and be on your way. Let the live show speak for itself, but, in the meantime, listen to the maelstrom on Soundcloud and Bandcamp to get a taste.

7:00 PM – A Shoreline Dream – Illegal Pete’s

A Shoreline Dream play at 7pm, Illegal Pete's (270 S. Broadway).

A Shoreline Dream play at 7pm, Illegal Pete’s (270 S. Broadway).

If you like your music with a long gaze into the mechanics and beauty of your shoes, then A Shoreline Dream is for you. Channeling bands like Slowdive, Ride, and the less bombastic sides of My Bloody Valentine, ASD create huge, beautiful noises drenched in reverb like gelatin, melodic, whispy, yet heavy and heady. ASD has steadily and methodically plugged away at their fame since 2005, and are building their own independent shoegaze empire along the way – and they deserve it. Try them on for size at Soundcloud and Bandcamp, and then catch them live at UMS.

8:00 PM – Deer Creek – Brendan’s Pub

Deer Creek will bury Brendan's Pub (404 Broadway) in doom at 8PM.

Deer Creek will bury Brendan’s Pub (404 Broadway) in doom at 8PM.

What better place than Colorado to foster and grow stoner sludge metal? Well, at least in the last couple of years, anyway. Deer Creek have been growing their doom metal in the progressive state of legal weed since 2002, and are turgid ambassadors of the genre. This band rides the same bongwater waves as Electric Wizard, Sleep, The Sword and Sunn O))) – all grandchildren of the legendary Black Sabbath – and they ride it well – slowly, heavily, darkly and doomed. Check them out on Bandcamp before you dive into the murk.

9:00 PM – Whilt – Brendan’s Pub

Whilt - the "h" is silent. At Brendan's Pub (404 Broadway) at 9:00 pm.

Whilt – the “h” is silent. At Brendan’s Pub (404 Broadway) at 9:00 pm.

While you’re slogging yourself out of the muck and doom, and still in Brandan’s, just take advantage of the location and schedule to rest and catch Whilt. This ooutfit brings much the same type of doom metal, but may even be a tad heavier than Deer Creek. While you’re there, maybe you can wonder why Brendan’s has all the luck, and is carrying all the weight of metal on #UMS2015 night 2. Maybe you’ll want to hear Whilt on Bandcamp, too.

10:00 PM – Echo Beds – Brendan’s Pub

Echo Beds brings demolition to Brendan's (404 Broadway) at 10:00 pm.

Echo Beds brings demolition to Brendan’s (404 Broadway) at 10:00 pm.

It’s beginning to look like Brendan’s is the place where all of our readers & fans (all ten of ’em) will be getting their drink on, listening to what might be the heaviest venue of this, #UMS2015, Night #2. Because now there’s the spinning, sparking, grinding wheel of noise rock that is Echo Beds. If you like the “Saw” series, you’ll love this set. Recalling greats like Einstürzende Neubauten, Crash Worship, and Throbbing Gristle, Echo Beds brings the chaos and beauty of factory-style industrial noise to the stage – endearing those who whistle to the sounds of traffic and construction. Get a load of this on Bandcamp and Soundcloud before  you opt into any sort of timpanic prophylactic.

11:00 PM – The Yawpers – 3 Kings Tavern

The Yawpers will demolish 3 Kings Tavern (60 S. Broadway) at 11:00 pm.

The Yawpers will demolish 3 Kings Tavern (60 S. Broadway) at 11:00 pm.

Imagine Led Zeppelin, on speed, headlining a bluegrass revival tent, and you might come close to the high-energy, skillful and fun rock n’ roll that Boulder’s Yawpers play with. If 3 Kings isn’t a single mass of sweaty, hopping and moshing humanity by halfway through their second song, well then, The Yawpers aren’t doing their job. But that’ll never happen, because these boys never fail to deliver, and in a big, explosive and sweaty way. If you need more convincing, get a taste on Bandcamp or Soundcloud before you frantically tear towards 3 Kings.

12:00 AM – Musclebeach – Brendan’s Pub

Musclebeach will entice with hardcore at Brendan's Pub (404 Broadway), 12:00 am.

Musclebeach will entice with hardcore at Brendan’s Pub (404 Broadway), 12:00 am.

Straight up, fast, loud and screaming hardcore – a little mathy, maybe – is what Musclebeach will treat you with at Brendan’s (I know – again witht he Brendan’s Pub!). Great fast guitar work, a scream in the midst of the mess and tight drum/bass arrangements will re-energize a likely exhausted South Broadway. Listen to this on Bandcamp, the get in there and bang your head to a few more PBRs.

1:00 AM – Plum – Hi-Dive

Plum will grace the Hi-Dive (7 S. Broadway) with serious psychedelia at 1:00 am.

Plum will grace the Hi-Dive (7 S. Broadway) with serious psychedelia at 1:00 am.

Nothing like ending a night of great music with a dip into some Beatles-y psychedelia, and Plum are the band to do it, and the Hi-Dive is the place to dance to it. Plum also brings in influence from Tame Impala and Ratatat, for good guitar measure, which is bound to please your groove-hungry ears. get a load on Soundcloud to see what we mean.

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Three Down, One More Night – Our Recommended #UMS2014 Day 4 Lineup

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One. More. Day. Much more music!

If you’re still walking today, or, like so many of us, reaching for that hair of the dog to keep going ONE. MORE. DAY., we applaud you. We’re starting our Sunday lineup late … after getting in some well-needed log-sawing….. Nonetheless, here’s our Day 4 recommendations. Now leave us alone. we just want to see some music.

 4:00 pm – StaG (presented by Reverb) – The Hi-Dive – 7 S. Broadway

StaGListening to StaG, we can’t help but be reminded of Alt-J, just a little bit. Innovative melodies, great pop hooks and rhythms layered on top of dancing rhythms and electronic atmospherics will bring you to a catharsis, even this early in the evening. Listen to their 2013 LP, “Difference,” to get  a peek.  ★★★★ (4 Stars)

5:00 pm – The Ghost-Towners – Gary Lee’s Motor Club and Grub – 176 S. Broadway

Ghost-townersThe Ghost-Towners pay tribute to some of the most American of Americana, shelling out gut-wrenching, shit-kicking classic country songs with real, honest-to-ghost flavor and passion. Grab a lager and just sit back and nurse your little black, broken heart to this one, sporting a few members from Denver’s legendary Bum-core band Slakjaw. You’ll be happy you did.  In the meantime, enjoy “Heartaches By The Number” to whet your appetite, below. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

5:00 pm – LSD Bags – 3 Kings Tavern – 60 S. Broadway

LSD-Bags-Jessica-Gregory-06-960x496Superfuzzy stoner rock that evokes part Pink Floyd and  T. Rex, part Flaming Lips, LSD bags both look and sound like you’d expect from their name. Con’t miss them, though – they’ve got what you need to get through the night, flying high. Check out “Creature,” below. ★★★★ (4 Stars)

6:00 pm – Codename: Carter – Skylark Lounge – 140 S. Broadway

Codename-CarterWear your shades and long coats to this set, and maybe an ascot. Codename: Carter step aside from an earlier instrumental (and brilliant) Denver project from years ago, Maraca 5-0, and have entered the world of the music behind high intrigue, spy missions and back alley information exchanges (most likely accompanied by steamy, quick romances). Get a bang of  “Truth Syrum” for your palate. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

7:00 pm – Bummer – 3 Kings Tavern – 60 S. Broadway

BummerRemember Ed Hall? Remember The Jesus Lizard? Big Black? Do you even remember last night? Bummer is here to force-feed you the noise – evoking recent heavy exploders like Metz, Buildings and Pissed Jeans, these guys are all scream, distortion and pure power. What else is there to do in Olathe, Kansas, anyway? Be prepared for some serious head-banging in the Tavern, complete with sweat, beer-mist, spit and – probably – a little blood. Since all four tracks are fucking awesome, check out their latest – “Milk EP” – to test your earplugs and neck/shoulder muscles. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

8:00 pm – Kitty Crimes – The Hi-Dive – 7 S. Broadway

KittyCrimesKitty Crimes – the hippy-trip-hop project of local celeb Maria Kohler (also home to M and the Gems, Harpoontang and more) – seems to be perpetually on the verge of national breakthrough. Since her self-release of the wildly popular “FInd A Penny,” she’s been closer and closer to a household name. Catch her in one of the places we’ve seen all of her personalities – the Hi-Dive – before she’s too big! Check out the high-test “Yogue Out” to prepare. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

9:00 pm – Joshua Novak – The Safari Room – 414 Broadway

Josh-NovakJoshua Novak has been a master of Pop for years, and has been one of Denver’s most accomplished and celebrated songwriters for as long. Now would be the time to catch his pop-hook brilliance, sweet melodies and heartfelt lovesongs, and to see him play the guitar left handed, upside down and backwards while he’s tearing your heart out. It’s pretty cool. Get a hit of “Breathing,” below. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

10:00 pm – Miss Miniver Rose – Irish Rover – 54 S. Broadway

Miniver_RoseLizzy Allen, who you may remember from Denver’s Vitamins, or from the Flaming Lips “Dark Side of the Moon” tour on backup vocals for “The Great Gig in the Sky,” moonlights on her own as Miss Miniver Rose, a truly shimmering, intimate – almost private – persona. Listen to the haunting “Bottom Feeders” to see what you think.  ★★★★ (4 Stars)

11:00 pm – Rose Quartz – The HI-Dive – 7 S. Broadway

RoseQuartzRose Quartz – formerly Flashlights – may be the best way to wind down your UMS experience. With their feet firmly planted in soul, this duo pulls off an electronic menage that evokes Soft Cell and Kraftwerk, as much as Marvin Gaye. What a great way to dance the last of your buzz from such an unmatchable weekend of great music. Check out “Scarves” and see what we mean. ★★★★ (4 Stars)


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Here’s Your #UMS2014 Day 3 Lineup

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The DenverThread hour-by-hour guide to The UMS, Day 3 – You’re Welcome!

After two days of ear- and heart-blasting music, lights, beers and friends, The UMS is probably starting to feel like home to you by now. The problem is, there are still two full days left – and more acts than ever to try and catch! So – we’re going to help you out again, with a lineup of acts by the hour, recommended by DenverThread, and guaranteed to leave a mark – on your soul as well as your record collection. Take a deep breath, a swig of your courage of choice and hold on – here we go with UMS 2014 Day Three!

1:00 pm – Eldren (Presented by Spokesbuzz) – Irish Rover, 54 S. Broadway

Eldren-I-Live-in-Beauty-02Eldren explode from the stage with an overwhelming psychedelia that evokes Polyphonic Spree and – yes, I’m gonna say it – Electric Light Orchestra. There may be just seven members, they sound closer to 10 or 15. Big, lovely bombast and pure party happiness. Check out “Yankee Stargazer,” below. ★★★ (3 Stars)

2:00 pm – Inner Oceans (presented by Holy Underground + MusicFestival App) – The Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway

Inner Oceans 1.jpg Griff Snyder of Inner Oceans. Photo: lucaventer.com.Sweeping synthesizers over thumping bass hits and soft, shoegazey vocals lead you down into a cool, cavernous calm. This is where Inner Oceans lives, and where they want you to come and stay. Check out “Ready Your Ghost,” and see how you feel about spending time there. (Inner Oceans also plays at 4:00 pm Sunday, at the Skylark, if you miss this afternoon’s performance). ★★★★ (4 Stars)

3:00 pm – TV Girl (presented by Holy Underground + MusicFestival App) – The Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway

TV-GirlTV Girl lands at the Hi-Dive from hometown L.A., and bring in happyhappyhappy trip-hop mixed with fresh samples and throaty harmonies. If this doesn’t start off your Saturday evening in grand, Summer Pop style, you’d probably better have a few more shots before your next band. Check out “The Getaway,” and tell us it doesn’t melt you like a popsicle. ★★★★ (4 Stars)

4:00 pm – E.C. Lab – The Hornet – 76 Broadway

EC-LabEC Lab plays a simple, powerful brand of bluesy garage that evokes a little bit of Black Keys, a little bit of Red Hot Chili Peppers (back when they were screaming about real men and coyotes, not lamenting their Californication). The duo is part of L.A.’s The Royal Heist, and will rock the heat into your afternoon. Bring a towel. Check out “No Longer” and see (The band is so far underground that the only place y ou can hear them – outside this afternoon at the UMS, is on MySpace. Go figure.) ★★★ (3 Stars)

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5:00 pm – Two Tone Wolf Pack – Skylark Lounge – 140 S. Broadway

2-tone-wolf-packTwo Tone Wolf Pack may be the strongest example of what used to be called the “Denver Sound” at this year’s UMS. Based in some mixture of Appalachian Mountain music, Pentacostal tent revivals and gothic country, the sound defined much of the music coming out of Denver around the time the UMS was just cutting its first teeth (see 16 Horsepower, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, The Denver Gentlemen, Munly, and so many more). Two Tone Wolf Pack aren’t reviving it, though. They’re living the music, and the backwoods, jumping a train to the next town lifestyle, and howling about it. Great, great stuff. Check out “Dead Men Hangin’,” below. ‘Nuff said. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

 

6:00 pm – Sugar Skulls & Marigolds – Brendan’s – 404 N. Broadway

Sugar-SkullsDanny and Andrew Aranow – both play in other Denver bands (Monroe Monroe, Microdots, Saturn Cowboys) – step right smack into the haze of Colorado’s most popular new retail item with this instrumental stoner rock band. If you’re not partaking – either with edibles, vape or the old fashioned way – you’re probably going to feel like  you have after their set. Great time to grab a basket of friings with those beers and mules. Have a listen to “The Coked Out Bunnies EP” while you spark up. ★★★ (3 Stars)

BONUS! Three – that’s right THREE – recommendations for 7:00!

We just couldn’t break these ties….

7:00 pm – AAN – The Hi-Dive – 7 S. Broadway

aaan.wideaAAN create melodious, dreamy folk that actually brings their home of Portland, OR to life in front of you. Easy, sweet pop hooks and vocals that approach the clean Jeff Buckley range over accomplished, math-ey guitars, synths and rhythms. This set should be a great time to wind down and re-charge for the rest of your UMS night. Check out “Amor Ad Nauseum” to get a taste of the Portland air. ★★★★ (4 Stars)

7:00 pm – A Shoreline Dream – Irish Rover – 54 S. Broadway

a_shoreline_dream_COASTAL_HIRESSimply put, A Shoreline Dream is HUGE. About to hit their 10th year in existence, they completely envelope the shoegaze genre, and then some. Their sound threatens to encompass the entire festival, but it feels as intimate as your 3am drunk dials or light blue 5am consummations. We don’t know how they’re going to fit all of that int the Irish Rover, but it’s definitely going to be worth it. Listen to “The Land of Those Who Wander EP,” below. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

7:00 pm – Joy Subtraction – Eslinger Gallery – 118 S. Broadway

If you stop by for a minute in the Shoreline Dream set to re-energize, then you’ll be ready for Joy Subtraction. Just don’t miss this one. Joy Subtraction welds together the heavy sounds of Black Sabbath and Black Flag with the screaming sarcasm and rage of Future of the Left in the heat of pure, molten rock ‘n roll. This band will make your skin crawl – in a really, really good way. Not to be missed! Check out their “Essential…” album, preferably very, very loudly, below. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

8:00 pm – Best Creeps – Illegal Pete’s – 270 S. Broadway

Best-CreepsWhen I found out that the Cramps spent years playing with no bassist, it blew my mind. Such an ominously, sickly sweet sound, seemingly from a torture chamber beneath some New Jersey garage, really. And I cried when Lux Interior died. If any of this resonates with your rock ‘n roll fantasy, you’re going to just love Best Creeps. Great, reverberating, old-school garage shockabilly at its best. Check out “A Fever,” again – loudly. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

BONUS! Two – that’s right Two – recommendations for 9:00!

9:00 pm – Shady Elders – The Hi-Dive – 7 S. Broadway

shadyelders2013-04-05Shady Elders may just be the best example of what might be the new “Denver Sound” (see Two Tone Wolf Pack, above, for reference). With the dreamy, almost shoegazy vocals of Fox Rodemich, alternately shimmering and thickly distorted guitars and a distinct pop sensibility, this trio delivers where shallow bands like Tennis just can’t cut it. Have a listen to their “No Favors EP” and see for yourself. ★★★★ (4 Stars)

9:00 pm – Sputnik Slovenia – The Safari Room – 414 Broadway

YelenickJim Yelenick may be the hardest working man in Denver punk rock. Besides relentlessly – and brilliantly – spewing out acoustic covers of punk rock (and other) classics like “Police On My Back,” “Beat On The Brat” and “True” (a more heart-wrenching cover of the classic Spandau Ballet song you will never hear), Yelenick also leads Denver’s habit-adorned Nuns of Brixton (the only Clash tribute band that matters), as well as his own punk troupe Pitch Invasion. He also works with Jet Black Joy, Evil Hick and Negative Man – and he somehow also finds time to sleep and eat. Take some time to catch him, and bathe in his comfortable humor, with and inimitable charm. In the meantime, sample some good old “I Fought the Law,” below. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

10:00 pm – Kissing Party – Moe’s Original Bar B Que – 530 Broadway

kissing-partyKissing Party is quintessential post-punk with strong pop hooks and shimmering guitars. In a word – sweet. But they’re also a bit weighty at times, crafting the perfect Denver love song from time to time. Have a listen to their “Winter In The Pub EP” to see what  you think, then get on over to Moe’s for some great BBQ while you take in their live antics. ★★★★ (4 Stars)

11:00 pm – Thanks For Everything – Illegal Pete’s – 270 S. Broadway

Thanks For Everything used to be The Life There Is. They make a sort of intense, slower psychedelic pop rock. Listen to “Weekend,” then go see them. ★★★ (3 Stars)

12:00 am – Black Lamb – Brendan’s – 404 N. Broadway

black_lambBrian Hagman leads the heavy, Black Sabbath in hell assault of Black Lamb. It’s something you need to see to believe. So do that. In the meantime, listen to a simple, glorious playllist, and relax your neck. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

 


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Girl Wreck hosts the 2nd Annual Girl Wreck Fest at the Oriental tomorrow, April 6, 2013

Girl Wreck takes over the Oriental tomorrow night for 12 hours of local rock

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Coachella? ATP? Lollapalooza? All of these mega fests are announcing/leaking their mega line ups – but who in Denver needs them? Wanna usher in the Spring and Summer music season in style?

Head up north to the Oriental Theater, where you’ll catch the 2nd Annual Girl Wreck Fest – two stages and 12 solid hours of music, all local, all woman-run (or at least woman-centric) bands – for only $10. How can you beat that? Staying off the street and listening, meeting, drinking with, wrestling with (if that’s your thing) some of Colorado’s newest, most exciting local acts – all brought together by Girl Wreck Presents.

GWP is the brainchild and obsession of Brandy Darling, a promotional company that’s dedicated get some of the coolest music nationwide – worldwide – to stop in Denver and play for you, and Darling is well-connected enough to be making the company a growing, successful operation. Paired with local venues – the Lion’s Lair in the past, and the Oriental now – Girl Wreck has become a force to be reckoned with. And this year’s festival is a perfect celebration of that force.

Featuring more than 20 bands on two stages – including The Blackouts, Throttlebomb, Gata Negra, The Ghost-Towners, Crash, Salt, 9 Volt Fatale, The Front (WY), Buteo Buteo, In The Company Of Serpents, The Cutthroat Drifters, Mike Borgia & the Problems (MO), The Lollygags, Chella Negro & the Charm, The West, Dead Orchids, Fujita Scale, Atomic Americans, Paris By Sea, Tender Krease (NE), Number Station, Brian Parton, and more – this is Denver’s first Spring festival.

Don’t miss it. You’ll regret it for years – I promise.

 


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Dirty Femmes will play Violent Femmes first LP in its entirety, Sat., April 7, 2012 at the Hi-Dive.

American Music: Local trio Dirty Femmes to cover the Violent Femmes first LP, Sat., April 7 at the Hi-Dive

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Dirty Femmes will play Violent Femmes first LP in its entirety, Sat., April 7, 2012 at the Hi-Dive.

Dirty Femmes will play Violent Femmes first LP in its entirety, Sat., April 7, 2012 at the Hi-Dive.

How often do you find yourself inadvertently – almost subconsciously humming Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, Add It Up, American Music or just about any of the seminal hits from early alt-folk (alt-punk? folk-punk? Angst-folk?) trio Violent Femmes? I know for me – and a whole sew of folks who were dragging themselves through college in the mid-’80s – it’s nearly a daily occurrence. For those of you unfamiliar with the minimalist (yet over-the-top dramatic, existential, provocative) style of the Gordon GanoBrian RitchieVictor DeLorenzo trio, now’s your chance to introduce yourself to a sorely missing spoke in your personal wheel of American pop music history.

Next Saturday, April 7, the Hi-Dive is going to host a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Denver to see one of the albums that defined a giant chunk of today’s music – if only by being a constant sonic backdrop to so many of us all growing up, going through college (or toilet training, for many of us) and just beginning to really see how music can end up really defining an entire section of your life – and others’- forever. Local trio Dirty Femmes – a supergroup of sorts that features Jen Korte (of Jen Korte & the Loss), Paul McDaniel (of Jen Korte & the Loss, Opie Gone Bad) and Neil Mitchell ( of The Raven and the Writing Desk, Champagne Charlie) – are endeavoring to cover the Femmes’ first seminal LP in its entirety – on the (OUCH!) 30th anniversary of its recording

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The 11th Annual UMS Starts Today – So do DenverThread’s lists – here’s day one

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The 11th Annual UMSIt’s here! And it’s definitely THE highpoint of Denver’s summer music season! A full Red Rocks schedule, the Warped and other festival tours, multiple nights of Widespread Panic – even the monster U2 show in Invesco Field at Mile High – all pale in comparison to the magnitude of this weekend’s pinnacle. The 11th Annual Underground Music Showcase (UMS) starts this Thursday evening, and will dominate a few square miles of South Broadway for the following three nights.

This year’s show features close to 300 bands, comedians , singer songwriters and other talents, and will be housed in a huge number of venues, restaurants, bookstores, skateboard shops and t-shirt shops along South Broadway (here’s a handy listing, with a MAP!) – including two major outdoor stages – from 6th Avenue at the top to Cedar at the bottom.

Needless to say, the choices for live music abound – heck, they’re pretty overwhelming. Let’s face it: there’s no way anyone can possibly see all that the UMS has to offer, and it’d be a miracle to see everything you’d like to see. So let us at DenverThread take a little of the pressure to decide off of your shoulders, with our daily preview lists for this year’s festival.

Through the weekend, we’ll be listing our choices of the best things to see – for a lot of reasons. Whether your tastes run into the sludge-stoner-metal quagmire, meander through dreamy twee-pop or get hypnotically lost in psychedelic shoegaze, we’ll get you where you want to be, and make sure you’re catching something you’ve hopefully never seen before while we’re at it.

We’re also going to run quick, haiku-style reviews of the previous night’s highlights – so you can see what you missed while catching the best – and we’ll be in full collusion with HeyReverb.com with loads of social interaction. Make sure you’re following @DenvrThread and @RVRB on Twitter, and searching for #UMS and #DenverThread hashtags to get the whole story!

Day One – Follow this list, if you can!

Here are our recommendations for a solid foray into the thick of the Rocky Mountain region’s largest single music festival. Times, of course, are scheduled – but may run late (as hard as all those UMS volunteers work to keep things going smoothly!). Scroll down past the top owners to see the DenverThread List!

Owning Thursday’s Lineup:

TRAINING TO BE A BAND ... OR JUST LOOK LIKE ONE.

TRAINING TO BE A BAND ... OR JUST LOOK LIKE ONE. (Photo: Barbizon - the band, not the agency)

Barbizon
3 Kings Tavern – Sailor Jerry Stage @ 7PM

Remember the old-school modeling house? This group of  local heroes from Hearts of Palm and Mouth Full of Thunder and few more offer up some crunchy dance, with a sort of  New Order funky metal tinge.

 

 

 

 

Guantlet Hair plays reverb-drenched surf punk. (Photo: Gauntlet Hair)

Guantlet Hair plays reverb-drenched surf punk. (Photo: Gauntlet Hair)

 

Gauntlet Hair
Hi-Dive – Illegal Pete’s Stage @ 9PM
7 S. Broadway

Denver’s Gauntlet Hair plays a cool, intriguing brand of reverb-soaked, psychedelic surf punk that’s easy to get lost in. The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drodz agrees – and if that’s not enough endorsement, take my word for it! Check out a brand new FREE MP3 from our friends at One Track Mind to see for yourself! GO!

 

 

No guarantees if Tiana's a no show!

No guarantees if Tiana's a no show! (Photo: Hot White)

Hot White
Club 404 @ 9PM
404 N Broadway

One of Denver’s most exciting live acts, with a solid No Wave feel – a la Lydia Lunch, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, The Contortionists, etc. But last year’s UMS had the trio performing as a duo because Tiana Bernard – lead singer, bassist and the transfixing center of the live show’s energy – had a conflicting engagement. The result was less a performance than a sad bitch session directed (strangely) at the crowd.

 

 

The Bonnie Situation

Aptly named - great garage rock, out of storage! (Photo: The Bonnie Situation

 

 


The Bonnie Situation
Club 404 @ 11PM –

Sporting an old school, pre-“Denver Sound” Denver sound, The Bonnie Situation blasts their audiences with a shrill garage punk – fast, loud and explosive. Worthy of the band’s namesake from the film Pulp Fiction, the band features members of local bands The Fluid, Blackouts and others.

 

 

 

And The List . . .

Four toppers just isn’t enough – we know that! So here’s a list of our Thursday night recommendations – in chronological order! (How’s THAT for help in planning!?) Each one has a few words of recommendation/direction. Comment as you will – we’re sticking by them!

Try and make it to all of these – we dare you! If you do, you’ll win the supreme satisfaction that can only come from a job well done! Well, that and a pretty rough hangover, we’d bet….

Bury my BonesClub 404 @ 6PM –  A newer shoegaze two piece – think  Lust Cats of the Gutters howling out moonlight-stricken melodies with Yo La Tengo

Science PartnerSkylark Lounge Verizon Wireless Stage @ 7PM – Tyler Despres’ latest project ( from Dualistics) is full of crunchy, funky pop – think Weezer meets Dump

Vicious WomenClub 404 @ 7PM – Plays a noisy, thrusting industrially pleasing mess – think Big BlackShellacMinistry

Dirty Mittens (Portland) – Skylark Lounge Verizon Wireless Stage @ 8PM – Play a pleasing, misty folk. Think Frente!  Or Nouvelle Vague well mixed with The Head and the Heart.

Amazing Twin (used to be Old Radio) – Moe’s Original BBQ Verizon Wireless Stage @ 8PM – Offers some sublimely sloppy-pop, guitar-driven psychedelic shoegaze folk rock – and features Denver scenesters from Houses, Action Packed Thrill Ride, Hindershot and others.

The Spires (Ventura, CA) – Hi-Dive – Illegal Pete’s Stage @ 8PM  – play a beautifully quiet rock – think Galaxie 500 redux, put simply, like the band.

Don’ts and Be CarefulsThe Hornet – RMCAD Stage @ 9PM – play Buzzcocks-inspipred dance pop – it’s super fun. And, their new, 2nd album is coming out this fall!

Porlolo3 Kings Tavern – Sailor Jerry Stage @ 10PM – plays a quiet, passionate and darkly humorous style of folk – think a higher-brow, more substantial Danielle Ate the Sandwich (probably asking for it there, huh?).

Fellow CitizensMoe’s Original BBQ Verizon Wireless Stage @ 10PM – play a solid post-rock passion, mixed in intriguing, psychedelic shoegaze – think American Mogwai.

Royal BangsHi-Dive – Illegal Pete’s Stage @ 11PM – Hmmmmmmm…. This makes us imagine a show where Flaming Lips meets Colourmusic (ALSO a UMS band playing Friday!!), at a Cheap Trick show with The Strokes opening. What say you?

Lexigram (formerly Yerkish) – Skylark Lounge Verizon Wireless Stage@ 11PM – Play a fun, furious post-core prog rock – fast & loud. They recently changed their well-worn name, but not their style – thank God!

El Ten Eleven (LA) – Hi-Dive – Illegal Pete’s Stage @ midnight – is a prog instrumental post rock duo – sort of Ratatat, a shade grunged – they do a great cover of Joy Division’s “Disorder,” which will leave your heart and soul enrapt.

The LandgrabbersClub 404 @ midnight – play a searing-hot style of country garage punk – fast, fun, furious – and perfect to wrap up the night with a few boilermakers.

So that’s our list for Thursday night, July 21, at the 11th Annual Underground Music Showcase. Follow, listen, learn – and love. It’s your town, and your scene!

Follow us!!

Be sure and follow @DenverThread on Twitter to receive live updates on UMS shenanigans! Follow @RVRB – the Denver Post’s HeyReverb.com Twitter, while you’re at it! We’ll be trolling the same places as you, and would love to say hi!

Tune in tomorrow for Friday night’s List!

 

 

 


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