Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

Website: www.myspace.com/rubberplanet

Personnel:Brice (guitar); Silver (bass, vocals); Vitamin G (guitar); C9 (drums).

Native or transplant?75% local, 25% transplant: Brice is originally from Baltimore.

Releases/discography:Lovejones 2000 (1999); Just Visiting (2000); Fun With Rubber (2002); Out There (2004); Cosmic (2005).

Describe your music in a sentence:We are radio-ready pop/rock that makes you want to jump up and down.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Why would we want to make it out of Denver?

What's your idea of "making it"?Being able to play music for a living.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Born in the Flood, Epilogue, More Than Medium.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?The Cars, The Cars; Sonic Youth, Dirty;Led Zeppelin, IV.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Bob Marley, Depeche Mode, the Cars and Van Halen.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?The devil.

Do you have an iPod?Nope.

SAVAGE HENRY
NOMINATED IN ROCK
4 P.M., MILK BAR

Website: www.savagehenry.com

Personnel:Damon Guerrasio, Stuart Miller, Ryan Morrow, Mike Rice and Dave Wruck.

Native or transplant?Native band.

Releases/discography:All In.

Describe your music in a sentence:Good feel rock.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We believe persistence pays off -- and a huge briefcase of cash wouldn't hurt.

What's your idea of "making it"?Drinking with Hef at the Playboy Mansion while our mortgages are being paid by the band. (Ain't talking about some small studio apartment, either...)

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?The Jars, Kevin Meleski, Jason Laroy & Friends, and the Fong Jones Band.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Everything! We're the melting pot (I know it sounds cliche, but it's true).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Any touring act we meet on the road. These are the people we learn and grow from. Nothing happens sittin' on your butt at home.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?BOTH! It's got us!

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Yes, the new Umphrey's McGee.

THE SPUTTER
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING
8 P.M., DAZZLE

Website: thesputter.com, myspace.com/thesputter

Personnel:Jon Wirtz (piano, keys); David Kurtz (drums, percussion); Jonathan Rakstang (upright bass).

Native or transplant?The Sputter was born in a Denver basement in Fall 2003.

Releases/discography:Great Unseen (Bocumast Records).

Describe your music in a sentence:Experimental independent jazz & electro-cosmic groove fusion.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We have played many a mountain town.

What's your idea of "making it"?Never having to answer a question like this one again.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Astrophagus (www.astrophagus.com), Nightshark, Born in the Flood, Dave Cieri, Mercury Project, Pat Bianche and Voices Underwater.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Miles Davis, In A Silent Way; Medeski, Martin and Wood, Combustication; Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Esbjorn Svennson Trio, Coltrane, Radiohead, Monk, Brad Mehldau, David Bowie, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Mike Clark and Beck.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?What would Mr. T say?

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Detachment Kit, Beirut, Fiery Furnaces, Brian Eno, the Books, Wayne Shorter Live!, Legendary Pink Dots, Calexico, Sam Prekop, Chad VanGaalen, Sufjan Stevens, Flotation Toy Warning, Hella, the Ills, Jenny Lewis, the Jolly Rogers, Bright Eyes, David Cross, Bob Moses, Sun Ra, Miroslav Vitous, the Flaming Lips, Sex Mob, Mingus, Wynton Marsalis, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Misfits, Turin Brakes, Swearing at Motorists, TV on the Radio, Art Blakey, Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, Bill Hicks and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

STARFUZZ
NOMINATED IN POP
6 P.M., MILK BAR

Website: www.starfuzzband.com

Personnel:Josh Skelton, Ryan Countryman, Jared Schiltz and Curtis Durham.

Native or transplant?Our band was raised in the hothouses of Indiana, Illinois, Florida and Colorado, and then transported here to the high desert climate of Denver for further growth and blossoming.

Releases/discography:You Are Food(2004); Product for American Radio (2006).

Describe your music in a sentence:The music of Starfuzz makes you tingle all over like the anticipation of biting into a tart kosher dill pickle.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Without a doubt.

What's your idea of "making it"?Our idea of "making it" is being able to create music as a career, having the opportunity to leave our mark in the world of music and playing Stratego ALL DAY LONG.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?We are very happy for the success of bands such as the Fray, Born in the Flood, Rose Hill Drive and others. But in truth, we are mostly excited about our own band and the music we are creating.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Zip Zap Rap, by Devastatin' Dave the Turntable Slave, has influenced us greatly.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?I think Josh got in a fight with the guitar player from Flock of Seagulls and got punched pretty good in the eye. But Josh totally kicked his ass after that. Oh, do you mean musically?

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