Day Three - and we're hitting top speed!
The 11th Annual UMS is now in its third day, and rounding the inside corner to slingshot itself into full, reckless, dangerous and foolhardy speed, and you’re going to want to grab on for dear life about now, and hold on. It’s going to get a lot more beautiful before too long, and there’ll be more than you can imagine to see, hear, taste and drink.
All the more reason to follow our recommendations for which bands to see, where, and just a little bit of why.
Today’s also the day that the all ages crowd can take the most advantage of the many, many options – and we’ve put a little emphasis on the bands playing that anyone can see, to encourage you to get out from under the Xbox and GET OUT HERE, NOW!
Today’s UMS is brought to you by:
Mombi plays beautiful, deep ambience. Deep, and sexy. (Photot: Mombi)
Breathy, quiet atmospheric electronic ambient sounds that almost beg to be visual. Mombi’s sounds infiltrate the air like watercolor paint into wet paper, and then imbues the audience. It’s addictive. Watch out.
The Blackheart Procession will dazzle you with heavy hearted love stories. (Photo: The Blackheart Procession)
They used to be Three mile Pilot (and some say they are again), but they made their biggest splash in the late ’90s and ‘aughts as the Procession. With their slow, dirge-like folk, they leave you with a feeling of being magically fucked with. Depressed, but strangely careless and optimistic. You’ll probably skip down Broadway when you get out. Seriously.
They should call him Marathon Mark. (Photo: Darin Spring)
Chances are you’ve never seen anything like a Mark Mallman performance – and maybe you never will. They don’t make them like Mark anymore. They stopped with the likes of Freddy Mercury, Elton John and Roger Daltry (which in NO WAY is supposed to bring Mallman’s sexuality to mind). But speaking of sex, did we mention he’s got the sexiest show around? Minneapolis must have to get written consent from other cities before they let him visit – his shows are HUGE, passionate cathartic piano-based anthemic pop-rock – and 1000% (typo intended) pure fun…. If you see one show Saturday, MAKE THIS ONE IT.
(But seriously, why would you limit yourself with only one?)
BNLX bring the fuzz to the table. (Photo: BNLX)
BNLX are a duo of noise that mixes a little New Order/Joy Division with a little Jesus & Mary Chain and X feel, and add their own fuzzy, fun style. Criptic press notwithstanding, they’re currently riding a national buzz – and it’s well-deserved. Check ’em out, and let them singe your ear-hair.
Accordion Crimes will get your Loaf up and screaming. (Photot: Accordion Crimes)
Accordion Crimes seems drunk sometimes, on skinny NC punk legends Archers of Loaf, with a Big Black back. It’s all smashing noise, noise, noise – and worth the inevitable Hi-Dive heat.
Fairchildren - one of Denver's gems - oozes sophistication. (Photo: Fairchildren)
Fairchildren started as Nathaniel Rateliff’s backing band and includes some of Denver’s finest talent. Fronted by the fantastic Julie Davis (of Bela Karoli, among millions of other projects), they bring an air of sophistication, and a touch of Euro-folk, to the air. Well worth the time to see both sets, in our humble opinion.
The DenverThread List:
Tulip Wars – 3 Kings Tavern – Sailor Jerry Stage @3 PM – Moody postpunk, dream-surf
Mercuria and the Gem Stars – Indy Ink (All Ages) @ 3PM – Indy space folk
Marcus Church & the Levels – Club 404 @ 3PM – Early REM-ish Brit-pop
Microdots – TS Board Shop – Bands for Lands Stage (All Ages) @ 3PM – Moody, quiet post-punk with poppy ends.
Blue Million Miles – Hi-Dive – Illegal Pete’s Stage @ 4PM – Spaghetti Western meets dark surf, slow metal.
All Liver No Onions – Indy Ink (All Ages) @ 4PM – Nathan & Stephen/Polyphonic Spree madness – WITH 15 MEMBERS!!
Instant Empire – TS Board Shop – Bands for Lands Stage (All Ages) @4PM – Somewhere between The Hold Steady and The Decembrists in style, passionate and cool in delivery.
Boulder Acoustic Society – Goodwill Parking Lot – Sailor Jerry Main Stage @4:30 – Deep rooted acoustic with punk enthusiasm – might be one of Denver’s Avett Brothers.
The Caves – Indy Ink (All Ages) @ 5PM – Remember Prefab Sprout? The Caves do, with a dose of shrill psychedelic folk from KC, MO.
Young Cities – TS Board Shop – Bands for Lands Stage (All Ages) @ 5PM – Emo punky power pop – perfect for the all ages crowd
Bare Bones – 3 Kings Tavern – Sailor Jerry Stage @ 6PM – Probably among the last defenders of the old “Denver Sound,” Bare Bones brings back a beautiful alt-country gothic folk to the stage.
The Knew – Goodwill Parking Lot – Sailor Jerry Main Stage @ 6PM (also Irish Rover – Red Stripe Stage on Sunday @9PM) – Straight up hard rock, ‘70s reo-phyte style, originating from Greeley. Also sporting a reputation as really, really great guys.
Deerpeople – Goodwill Parking Lot – Groove Automotive Stage @ 6PM – More beautiful, strong indie Oklahoma piano-led rock – recalls the The Wedding Present, and maybe some White Rabbits and Belle & Sebastian.
My Gold Mask – Hi-Dive – Illegal Pete’s Stage @ 7PM – Electro-proto-new wave, sample and rhythm driven, with strong, sultry vocals. Fittingly from Chicago.
Maudlin – Skylark Lounge – Verizon Wireless Stage @ 7PM – Holy Pixies, Batman! Talk about the ultimate complement. Adding a little Peter, Bjorn & John makes this band a solid Weezer power pop rival.
Cotton Keys – Indy Ink (All Ages) @ 7PM – Guitar pop, with a sort of Superchunk meets Built to Spill feel. Nicely done.
Le Divorce – Hi-Dive – Illegal Pete’s Stage @ 8PM – Punky PJ Harvey heavy rock ‘n Roll – Superstar Kitty Vincent fronts this with her powerful personality. It’s a perfect fit.
The Beaten Sea – South Broadway Christian Church (All Ages) @ 8PM – Iron and Wine-esque quiet folk, also a little Mumfords.
Vitamins – Club 404 @ 8PM – Is there something called “Post-New Wave”? Vitamins has it. Guitar-based pop rock. Lizzy’s vocalizing w/ Flaming Lips on tour for the Dark Side of the Moon tour.
Safe boating is No Accident – Indy Ink (All Ages) @ 8PM – Fun Americana-folk.
Red Eye Gravy – 3 Kings Tavern – Sailor Jerry Stage @ 9PM – Literally country punk from Oklahoma. Bring your shit-kickers!
Goldenboy – Skylark Lounge – Verizon Wireless Stage @ 9PM – recalls the beautiful stillness of Elliott Smith, with strong guitar – a soft melodic pop treat.
Wanderdusk – Club 404 @9PM – A funky, American almost version of Bjork or CocoRosie, believe it or not – maybe the UMS’s most original sound.
The Dendrites – TS Board Shop – Bands for Lands Stage @ 9PM – Fit for your rock steady/ska fix!
Mike Marchant’s Outer-Space Party Unit – Club 404 @ 10PM – Space folk, “drugs to take music to” music, One of Denver’s best, and truly a great lyricist.
The Hollyfelds – Irish Rover – Red Stripe Stage @11PM (Also at Goodwill Parking Lot – Groove Automotive Stage, Sun @ 3:45) – Brilliant Americana, country folk with strong harmonies.
Two Tone Wolf Pack – Michelangelo’s Coffee & Wine Bar @ 11PM – Think Violent Femmes’ “Country Death Song.” Yep – ’nuff said.
Houses – 3 Kings Tavern – Sailor Jerry Stage @ Midnight – Sort of a Denver supergroup – huge, classic rock sound – well done.
Powerpoint – Club 404 @ midnight – Straight up hardcore punk rock. Need we say any more? No stage diving – since there’s no stage!
Barnacle – Club 404 @ 1AM – The dirt underneath true metal, thick with thrash, and rust.
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 Sunday’s List!