Air Dubai, Thee Satisfaction, the Swayback, Overcasters, BLKHRTS, BRELL and DJ Comish, Uphollow, PANAL S.A. DE C.V., el Toro de la Muerte, The Taints, Special Guest!
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 2:00PM / Show 3:00PM
This event is 21 and over
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!
To describe Air Dubai as one thing, one sound, or one genre would be missing out on the other 100 things this band is. Whether soft and sweet like a love song or hard hitting and brash as a thunderstorm, Air Dubai blends genres, sounds and emotions without blinking an eye. With that said they're not trying to do anything but make heartfelt, believable music for the people who can't help but listen.
Born out of the mostly lacking climate that is Denver Hip Hop, MC Julian Thomas and MC/Singer Jon Shockness created Air Dubai as a way to shake up the norms of not only Colorado Hip Hop but Hip Hop in general. This plan was put into strong action when in October of 2008 the duo released their independent album "The Early October", a jazz tinged Hip Hop album that's topics ranged from love songs, to songs about the conflict between America and the middle east.
Quickly after "The Early October" was released the duo began writing and producing for an electronic Hip Hop EP which they were to title "The Okay Lemonade EP". However, by April of 2008 this EP was scrapped when both Jon and Julian decided they wanted to move into a more organic sound. Directly following the release of their last duo recording "The Party On! EP", a EP featuring the song "Party On!", 3 remixes and a acapella version for producers, both members decided the next step for Air Dubai was to move out of beats and move into a newer sound. Thus, transforming Air Dubai from a duo to a full 7 member band.
This change of instrumentation also changed the overall feel and spirit of Air Dubai. Adding members, Nick Spreigl on Drums, Wesley Watkins on Trumpet, Taylor Tait on Bass, Lawrence Grivich on Guitar and Michael Ray on Keys/Synth- Air Dubai was no longer a Hip Hop group but a group that could branch out and permeate the constrictions of the music they had previously created. With this, not only did their sound grow but their live performance improved as well. Colorado Magazine "Colorado Music Buzz" wrote about the group's live show and debut album saying "Not only did the young wordsmiths create an album that would lead one to believe they are more seasoned than some of their peers, but also do what so many of their predecessors seem to forgo: perform with unmatched tenacity."
The journey for Air Dubai has just begun and with their upcoming full band release on the way, Air Dubai is ready to take music to a whole new altitude
"Sitting at the judges' table, it was clear from the moment Denver hip-hop/rock group Air Dubai finished their first song that they'd be winning the competition." - Dave Burdick, Colorado Daily - Battle of Bands Review (October 26, 2009)
"(As) Air Dubai continues to find success in an ever-turbulent scene, we (can) take comfort knowing that their rise isn't based on some sort of hype created by a machine, but merely a product of their hard work, dedication and natural talent." - 7 Day, Colorado Music Buzz (September 1, 2009)
"Right now, the Front Range is brimming with a staggering number of talented hip-hop purveyors, an impressive class that includes Air Dubai" - Dave Herrera, Westword Magazine (June 9, 2009)
"I love it! Gym Class Heroes with more R&B influence. Really cool" - Chris Gordon, The Summer Circuit (Band) (Jul 09, 2009)
"It's going to be a treat to watch this act develop." - Eryc Eyl, Westword Magazine (April 16, 2009)
"These songs sound like they've been percolating in the imaginations of Julian Thomas and Jon Shockness for years in terms of what would make for killer hip-hop songs." - Tom Murphy, Westword Magazine (February 18, 2009)
THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Seattle and Hawaii. The pair live/laugh/love/dance and create in Seattle, WA. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. They met by what was clearly cosmic happenstance at the University of Washington and haven't stopped the flow since.
There's an album by '70s Blue Note flautist Bobbi Humphrey that's suggestive of THEESatisfaction. The cover is black and white, Humphrey's afro full and wide; next to her radiant smile a description is inscribed, a paraphrase of which might read:
THEESatisfaction. Where are they coming from? Where are they going to? If we're straight on our priorities, you'll be listening to their album while I tell you about some of the answers…
First principle: they're positive energy. Black energy, black women leaping oceans and continents at a single bound. With positive strength of purpose.
Further, they're black purity. Hear that in their intonation. Without trickery. They know the gimmicks, scorn to use 'em. Rather, they'll face you and relate what's in their hearts, faithfully and incorruptibly.
Immediately embraced for their singular sound, unflinching commentary, and immortal groove, Stas and Cat made friends, fans and family from coast to coast via their own immaculate grind; a combo of sharp digital hustle and self-booked, self-financed tours that connected them to like minds everywhere. Even crowds with nary a right foot between them find the steps when indoctrinated with THEESat's unorthodox but right-on-time rhythms. Synchronized, sinewy and sensuous, the regal Stas and Cat channel the higher, whipping like waves of space-borne radiation onstage, leaving a trail of glowing observers abuzz like Geiger counters.
Like their comrades Shabazz Palaces (you may have heard these two on last year's move Black Up), THEESatisfaction came upon the scene with lovingly handmade CDs of their self-released albums, the first of which was 2008's That's Weird. All has been in preparation for the album they've envisioned for years, their debut full-length on Sub Pop Records, awE NaturalE.
THEESatisfaction, the Queens Supreme. Bring yourself.
Merging the dark, spacious atmosphere of Joy Division with psychedelic fuzz and Detroit-derived noise, Denver's Swayback find an uncommon middle ground between moody post-punk and anarchic proto-punk.
If you've been paying attention for the past several years, you know that scores of bands have been cultivating atmospheric pop music with sweeping melodic hooks. While most claim Joy Division as a predecessor, too many are diluted third-rate Radiohead clones. It might seem foolish for Overcasters to tread such well-worn ground — but instead of trying to emulate their heroes or aping the latest trend, the group's members are focused on what they want to do with their music and the way they want it to feel. In the textured guitar sparkle and roil, you can hear hints of Will Sergeant's arresting tones, the House of Love's impeccable sense of phrasing and Catherine Wheel's swirling exorcisms, while the sinuous and forceful rhythm section accents and directs the music. The vocals are plaintive — not from desperation, but out of a conviction that life and music are much more than cheap commodities and that love, in the larger sense, is what keeps our fragile world going in the right direction.
Overcasters isn't a bunch of mope-rockers who came late to the Manchester scene plunder party only to shy away from the precipice of Ian Curtis' tortured psyche on the way to the dance club. The melancholy you'll hear in the music isn't born of anguish and despair. Rather, it is the expression of a preference for deep emotional experiences even if they leave you shaken to the core. Beyond the indigo atmospherics, Overcasters are a rock and roll band. Its defiant spirit and sonic exuberance can be heard across the entirety of its latest album, The Whole Sea is Raging.
experimental hip hop indie rap rock
BRELL and DJ Comish
Captivating, Emotional, witty and Lyrical Descibe this HipHop Duo. The lyrics of Brell and the Soundscape of DJ Comish embody a new sound to Hip Hop
Uphollow has been recording and touring since 1993. Formerly a power trio, Uphollow now includes four members playing cello, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and vocals. With three innovative and original songwriters, their style has never been more diverse than it is now.
PANAL S.A. DE C.V.
When you hear an act being referred to as a "musician's band," it usually means the band in question has incredible technical skill but not a lot in the way of emotional resonance when it comes to songwriting ó especially if the outfit is instrumental. PANAL S.A. DE C.V. bucks that trend in every way imaginable. The band's music, which speaks for itself, has evolved over the past several years. PANAL has written some of the most interesting and evocative rock music to come out of Denver, partly because it knows how to speak directly and powerfully to the heart without having to spell everything out with words.
PANAL S.A. DE C.V. is
Juan Carlos Flores
el Toro de la Muerte
"In a world where the perfect pop record can be made in your living room — given the right equipment, sufficient talent and all the time in the world — it's easy to lose track of the immediacy and spontaneity that make rock and roll so visceral and exciting. Fortunately, Colorado Springs-based El Toro de la Muerte hasn't lost track. On the forthcoming EP, "Dancer These Days," the veteran rockers prove that art-rock can still rock."
-Eryc Eyl, Denver Post Reverb
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