Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Hours and hours of Fela Kuti and the Africa 70 and Egypt 80.

PHOTO ATLAS
NOMINATED IN INDIE ROCK/POP
9 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/danceatlasdance or www.thephotoatlas.com

Personnel:Alan, Devon, Mark, Bill combine to form the atlas robot.

Native or transplant?We swing both ways.

Releases/discography:2004 self-released EP; No, Not Me, Never (Morning After Records, 2006).

Describe your music in a sentence:"A happy marriage between Q and Not U -- hard, drum-driven rhythm and claps -- and At the Drive-In's screamy vocals." -- The Daily Californian, Berkeley, CA.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Only if we change our name to Fear Before the March of Atlas or possibly Rose Hill Atlas.

What's your idea of "making it"?Ten-hour drives and sleeping in a van.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Swayback, Born in the Flood, A Novel Form, Signals to Noise and Vaux.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Devon has a Cursive tattoo -- does that answer your question?

Myspace: godsend or the devil?We love the myspace and purevolume.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Little Brazil, Statistics and a bunch of favorites...oh, and TV shows.

PLAYALITICAL
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- MC

Website: www.playalitical.net

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography:The FA.Q Album (2001); The Re-uP(2002); Catch the Buzz Volume One (2003); AmeriCon (2003); Catch the Buzz Volume Two(2004); Underground Bosses (2005); Code Green (2006).

Describe your music in a sentence:The New West.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Yes.

What's your idea of "making it"?A gold record and/or a Top 20 Billboard hit!

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Spoke-In-Wordz, Duce Stabs and Dent.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Jay-Z's In My Lifetime Vol 1. and Tupac's All Eyes on Me.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Jay-Z, Nas and Eminem.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? Godsend.

Do you have an iPod?No.

P-NUCKLE
NOMINATED IN REGGAE/SKA
3 P.M., MILK BAR

Website: www.p-nuckle.com

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography:Colfax Satisfaction (2003); Resident 303 (Fall 2006).

Describe your music in a sentence:Reggae dub punk.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Yes.

What's your idea of "making it"?Touring full-time.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?P-Nuckle.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Sublime's 40 oz. to Freedom.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Slightly Stoopid and Pepper.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Godsend.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?N.W.A, Slightly Stoopid, Ween, Easy E, the Ziggens, Spice One, Primus and Psychedelic Zombiez.

POLYTOXIC
NOMINATED IN JAM/IMPROV
3 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.polytoxic.biz

Personnel:CR GRUVER (keys); CHADZILLA (drums); TORI (geetar).

Native or transplant?I'm a transplanta from Atlanta.

Releases/discography:First Step, Three Sheets to the Wind (DVD).

Describe your music in a sentence:You bring the booty, we bring the party.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We've put 16,000 miles on our van so far in 2006, so I guess "Yes."

What's your idea of "making it"?Making it means not having to duck my landlord's phone calls.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?John Bukaty.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Personally, I only listen to live music recordings.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Led Zep, Widespread Panic, anyone who plays from the heart.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?God, the devil and myspace are all useless.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Twenty disco songs (mentally rehearsing for our July 7 All Disco show @ Cervantes').

POTCHEEN FOLK BAND
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE/ECLECTIC
9 P.M., MILK BAR

Website: www.potcheenfolkband.com

Personnel:Christopher Shelby (lead vocals, guitar); Christian Blochinger (vocals, drums/percussion); Dave LaMothe (vocals, bass); Chris Field (fiddle, mandolin). Former members that appear on our CDs: Michele MacGregor (fiddle); Angela Kimber (cello).

Native or transplant?50/50: Shelby and Dave are native Coloradans. Block and Field are from the East Coast.

Releases/discography:The Potcheen Folk Band (2004); Up She Rises (2005).

Describe your music in a sentence:We are a high-energy Celtic-pirate-folk-punk-rock band that mixes traditional music with high-energy rhythms and a pirate's attitude for drinking, revelry and rebelry. YARRRRRRR!!!!

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We have a tour bus and have already toured outside of Denver twice (fifteen cities in California, Phoenix and Vegas). We have a fifteen-city Midwest/East Coast tour planned for July (Nebraska, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, NJ, Boston and DC). So, yes, I think we can!

What's your idea of "making it"?It's about enjoying what you do, gaining a following, getting recognition for your craft by your peers and eventually embarking on a national tour with some label support.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Melissa Ivey, Step Short, Oakhurst, Opie Gone Bad, Ten Cent Redemption, P-Nuckle, Polytoxic, Yo Flaco!, Tempa and the Tantrums, Jill Watkins, Judge Roughneck, Ion and Rubber Planet.

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