Nature Kids (pavement tribute), The Epilogues, The Photo Atlas, Git Some, The Mallard, Kingdom of Magic, New York Rifles, Enemy Planes
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 5:00PM / Show 6:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The 12th Annual Underground Music Showcase takes place July 19-22, 2012. More than 300 performances on 25 stages along South Broadway for FOUR days. Tickets available at www.theums.com!
Nature Kids (pavement tribute)
Nature Kids are Eli (Hot IQs), Josh (Lion Sized), Bryon (Accordion Crimes), Rob (d. biddle), and Lew Alcindor (UCLA). We're unreasonably focused on playing Pavement's seminal album, "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" and drinking Tecate.
The Epilogues are a commanding indie/synth/rock outfit hailing from Denver, Colorado. Combining pristine melodies, meaningful lyrics, and dynamic keyboards, the band delivers polished and danceworthy tunes that carry a kick. After their hit single “Hunting Season" became a staple on the radio in Denver, The Epilogues gained explosive momentum with dazzling live shows, popular headlining tours, a
nd enchanting music videos. From SXSW in Austin to The Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, and CMJ in New York City the band has played with a plethora of incredible acts and taken the stage at some of the most exciting events across the country. The passionate urgency with which they play each show leaves fans both elated and yearning for more.
The Photo Atlas
The Photo Atlas is a high-powered, enterprising alternative rock band hailing from Denver, Colorado. Melding together the fast tempo and blistering guitars of punk rock, with the undeniable edginess of indie rock and the perfectly punctual melodies of dance rock, The Photo Atlas truly delivers one of the most unique sounds in the industry. Top that off with intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics
belted out by Andrews’ one-of-a-kind voice and you have an absolutely unstoppable band. Formed in 2004, the band is the creation of longtime childhood friends and gifted musicians Andrews, Threlkeld, and Hawkins, whose only goal was to create and share the music that dwelled in their souls. After experimenting with different drummers, the band solidified its lineup with the addition of Taylor at the beginning of 2011 and The Photo Atlas has never sounded better.
A do-it-yourself band in the purest sense of the words, The Photo Atlas has never required the assistance of anyone else in the industry. A stint on Stolen Transmission Records in 2007 saw the release of their first full length album "No, Not Me, Never" and the band busted out on to the national scene. Shortly after the label went under, and the band had no problem returning to its independent roots. Playing by their own rules, sticking to their tough musical standards, and never compromising their art or passion, the men of The Photo Atlas can proudly say that they have consistently and unfalteringly followed their hearts throughout their entire career- and it has paid off. In 2009 they released the cleverly titled "To Silently Provoke The Ghost" EP which received a hard-to-beat four star review in Alternative Press magazine.
The Photo Atlas has received countless awards and recognitions, both regionally and nationally, including snagging a spot on SXSW’s “Best 100 Bands to Watch” compilation; being featured as the Band Of The Day on Spin.com; getting listed in AP Magazine’s “22 Best Underground Bands That Won’t Stay Underground For Long”; being chosen as one of the top 100 “Feed the Beat” bands by Taco Bell; winning Westword’s “Best Post Punk Band” four years in a row; and becoming a finalist in KTCL’s Hometown For The Holidays. The Photo Atlas has also performed numerous times at the famed SXSW Music Conference in Austin and CMJ in New York, as well as at the Winter X-Games, Mile High Music Festival, Monolith Music Festival, and Vans Warped Tour. In addition, the charismatic artists have shared the stage with powerhouse bands such as Jet, The Bravery, Portugal. The Man, Neon Trees, Tokyo Police Club, and many, many more.
2012 included three extraordinary shows at SXSW, during which the band dazzled every last person in Austin, the band continued on to complete an incredible east coast tour. Touted for their magnificent live performance, The Photo Atlas never disappoints an audience, giving every show 110% and leaving nothing behind on stage but shoe scuffs and sweat drops. The band came back to Colorado and finished up their brand new full length album, "Falling For A Honeytrap", which will unleash some of their fastest, boldest, most dance worthy tracks to date. Delving into the world of synthesizers and keyboards, the new music of the Photo Atlas takes a walk on the darker side, while still retaining the fun, upbeat attitude of records past. Due for release early 2013. The band also was awarded the Independent Music on Tour program from the state of Colorado. Now with the state behind them, the forthcoming release, coupled with a daring new music video and an undoubtedly packed tour schedule, 2013 promises to crystalize The Photo Atlas’ dominant position in the music scene and ensure ever-growing success.
We like to play Rock music. We like to have a hell of a good time. We play Rock Concerts in bedrooms, basements, garages, l"living" rooms, hallways, bars, clubs, theaters, both indoors…AND outdoors. We have a Rock record called “Cosmic Rock”, and it was released late in the summer of 2008 by 1234go! Records, of Oakland California. We are also on a split 7inch record with our good friend Mike Hale and his band, “In the Red”’ also released by 1234go! Records. We done many tours, most recently a two-month tour of Europe in the Fall of 2008. We made so many awesome new friends, and met some absolutely amazing people. No doubt we will continue to do so. We are once again touring the west coast beginning on May 20th at the Atomic Cantina, in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico. Please see the tour dates below. Drop us a line, and we will write you back. Come to a show and say howdy. We will prolly look like a bunch of dirty scumbags, but we really like to meet new friends. We’re lovers, not fighters, but if you fuck with us, we will kick your fucken ass like a satanic ninja! We like to drink lots of coffee. We are into Hall and Oates. We will dance in your living room to Lee Perry at 3 a.m. We will cook you a hell of a breakfast if you let us sleep on your couch/floor/roomates bed. ..
The Mallard are a garage psych-rock duo from San Francisco. Their songs harness the naked abandon of 60's punk, but inject the form with a deranged spirit all their own. The overall feeling is of a reckless ascent (or of a delirious plummet). Close attention to tone and dynamics allow the band to explore unusual terrain – to grant access into unexpected realms of beauty, fear, and humor. . .
Greer McGettrick (guitar/vocals) and Dylan Tidyman-Jones (drums/vocals) met playing music in Fresno, California, and later moved independently to San Francisco. McGettrick helmed the Mallard through several incarnations (including stints as a quartet and a solo act) – and self-recorded an initial eight-song cassette tape – before inviting Tidyman-Jones to play drums with her in early 2011. Late summer of '11 will see The Mallard embark on their first major west coast tour, with a full-length album to be released in the fall.
"The Mallard wows me with the ability to mix a sort of top-down beach attitude with the gravel-and-glass of a good garage act. " --Sound on the Sound
"[E]very bit as gritty as the four-track cassette tapes she records her music on." --DLM
Kingdom of Magic
Best Live Band Kingdom of Magic "Frontman/guitarist Luke Fairchild is a gnarly motherfucker when you put him in front of a mike. The seasoned musician, who has charmed crowds before in such stellar acts as White Dynamite and Sparkles, is now allied with equally formidable musicians drummer Devin Rogers (of Munimula) and bassist Joe Ramirez (another ex-Whitey). The trio commands the stage with a vehemence that induces riotous fist-raising and metal finger salutations. Like Bad Brains filtered through an Eyehategod guitar pedal, Kingdom is the perfect blend of super-heavy rock and energetic punk. Barely a year old, the Denver-based outfit has cultivated an ardent following of metalheads, hardcore kids, scenesters and rock snobs alike. Enter the Kingdom."
New York Rifles
New York Rifles, from Portland, OR, is the impudent progeny of guitarist/lead singer Scott Young, joined in musical ranks by Nate James (drums), and Jamie Gould (bass). Amidst Young's lyrics of social transgressions and private loss is a driving, slop-pop-rock guitar, flanked by backing vocals and coerced into cohesion by an ebb and flow rhythm section. New York Rifles sounds like: The Stranglers of The Soft Boys, riding in The Cars, wearing X-Ray Spex, listening for The Undertones,and upsetting The Saints for touching The Buzzcocks, while high on X. Oh Yeah, also, they rock.
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