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.
Funeral Party – The Golden Age of Knowhere Tour with Deftones

 

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.

15 Apr 2011

 

Record Store Day 2011

Tomorrow, Saturday April 16, annual Record Store Day takes place in small towns, in big cities, spanning across the U.S. and internationally. In Colorado alone we have 32 stores participating, with exclusive vinyl and special releases, and in-store performances planned.

Viva City - Western Front

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.

Smith Westerns Play SXSW
 

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.

24 Jan 2011
 

Hurray! It’s that time again kiddies. The SXSW Music and Media Conference is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011, during the week of March 16 - 20.  With less than two months to go and literally thousands of performing acts, it’s time to start the music adventure planning now.

It’s a new year and if you’ve already dove into a quart of ice cream, annihilating your resolution to stay away from dairy therapy, then the Denver Art Museum (DAM) invites you to the cathartic theme for this month’s Untitled event, now at #33 – Pledge – on January 28 from 6pm – 10pm.

07 Jan 2011
 

As of January 13, Lyrics Born fans will be able to finally enjoy the tracks from the October 2010 release, As U Were, live and in person, something we've been clamoring for as well (as indicated by the KB review of the album by our esteemed writer, Jef Hoskins).

 

There are few television journalists that we can trust. Amy Goodman, an award-winning host of the daily, internationally broadcast radio and television program Democracy Now!, is one of them. The esteemed author of “Breaking the Sound Barrier” returns to Boulder to give a benefit talk for KGNU Community Radio & Fraser Valley Community Media.

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