Virgil Dickerson was one of the first people I met after moving to Denver from the Bay Area. It was at a show (of course) at the Bluebird and he was working the merch table for one of the artists on his indie label, Suburban Home Records.
We've made it to the last day, Sunday, July 24, of the 11th Annual Underground Music Showcase (UMS). In today's picks is a reminder to check out EyeRock Art and Music show, Colfax Speed Queen, Flashlights,Timber Timbre, along with A Shoreline Dream, The Down and The Outfit.
Whew. Day 3. Late-night / early-morning afterparty after a day of heated venues and blasting music, and then waking at 9:00am; the combo just doesn’t mix. Okay caffeine, do your magic. Please. If I don’t recognize you on the street its because I’m sleepwalking. Here are my UMS picks for Saturday, July 23.
On to Friday, July 22: Day 2 of UMS, my picks include Metermaids, Mr. Anonymous, Colourmusic, ManCub, Twin Guns and Broken Tongues, a mixture of hip-hop, electro, genre-defying musical experiences, and good old-fashioned rock 'n roll, a true testament to the diversity of UMS 2011.
Time is flying and so will most people I know when the annual Underground Music Showcase (www.theUMS.com) kicks off Thursday, July 21. I hope to see the event's organizer with a full head of hair, if he hasn't pulled it all out by then. This music festival in Denver has grown significantly over the years and in 2011, the event boasts over 300 bands. So pack your ear plugs and get out your comfortable shoes, 'cause there are four fun-filled-non-stop-music days ahead of us. Here are my picks for Day 1.
Out May 10 on Secretly Canadian, Here We Go Magic returns with The January E.P. and a subsequent tour that takes the New York outfit across the U.S. and Canada. Musically, this 5-song E.P. takes the group into the next logical chapter following the 2009 self-titled release on Western Vinyl Records; an aural experience that lures the ears to new, mystical lands, sans the cliché unicorns and rainbows.
If there’s ever been a reason to get to a show early to catch the opening act, Funeral Party is it. On tour with Deftones in support of the long-awaited debut release on RCA, The Golden Age of Knowhere, Funeral Party has an overflowing dance card that began at the end of March in New York City – includes an instore performance at Independent Records in Denver on April 22, two nights at the Ogden April 22 & 23 - and keeps going non-stop across the country through the end of June.
Monday night I had the pleasure of hanging out with of my long-time friends and fellow music snob Tyler Jacobsen and his co-host of Danger Radio, Jake Ryan, to talk about our favorite subject: music. The good. The bad. The annoying. We bitched and moaned as usual about Lady Gaga and other wastes of airspace. But as always, we have a great time.
In between a slew of tour dates that start in Vancouver, go through Denver next week and finish up with festivals dates in June, Chicago's Smith Westerns are slated to play SXSW 2011 from 3/16 - 3/19.