Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Myspace is a froo-eet of the dev-eel and some kind of wacky kitty-cat factory.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Stereolab is playing on Curtis's Creative Nano. Josh is probably listening to a kid trying to play a Green Day song on his guitar. Ryan and Jared are most likely listening to the mysterious beep-beeps of space-bound satellite equipment.

ANGIE STEVENS
NOMINATED IN SINGER-SONGWRITER
9 P.M., BANNOCK ST. GARAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/angiestevens

Personnel: Evan on bass, Damon Scott on drums.

Native or transplant? Transplant (Midwest girl).

Releases/discography: I'm Okay (2005), Stand Up Girl (Summer, 2006).

Describe your music in a sentence: Honest songwriting with a dash of country, a cup of rock sprinkled with Americana -- stir well.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? I stay focused on playing shows locally and nationally, connecting with people and building a successful business. I am incredibly honored to be where I'm at and feel hard work will always pay off.

What's your idea of "making it"? Making it, to me, is connecting with my audience -- anything from selling a single disc to selling out a venue.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about? We have an amazing local music scene! To name a few: Railbenders, Oakhurst, John Common, Meese, Zack Nichols and Born in the Flood.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Jeff Buckley, Grace; Joni Mitchell, Blue; Patty Griffin, Living With Ghosts; Martin Sexton, Live Wide Open; Radiohead, The Bends; Dixie Chicks, Fly; Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life; Mason Jennings, Birds Flying Away.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Any artists who bare their souls impact me greatly.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? Godsend! I've heard countless unsigned artists who have just floored me in every way.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? I have over 2,000 songs, everything from Ray Charles to Joanna Newsome.

THE SWANKS
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE
4 P.M., TWO A.M.

Website: www.theswanksrock.com

Personnel:Rex Burdick (guitar, vocals); Phillip Atencio (drums); Shanda Kolberg (guitar, vocals); Shay Moss (bass, vocals).

Native or transplant?We're all transplants. Shay came here from Texas, but has lived here for thirty years; Rex moved here from Hawaii, by way of Pennsylvania; Phillip's from Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Shanda hails from Iowa.

Releases/discography:The Swanks (1999); Keep America Rollin' (2003); The Swanks vs. The World (2005); appeared on Undead in Denver Vol. 1 and Vol.2; upcoming release: The Brides of Electric Frankenstein.

Describe your music in a sentence:Loud, angry, kick-you-in-the-nuts rock and roll.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Who knows? We've never sent any of our music out to anybody. The motivation just isn't there. We'd rather drink beer, I guess.

What's your idea of "making it"?In our eyes, we've already "made it." We get to do what we want, when we want to do it. We don't need some record exec mucking it all up.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?King Rat, Reno Divorce, Valio Mierda, Alcoholiday, the Swindlers, Black Lamb, Ghost Buffalo, Jett Black, Fallout Orphan, Cobra Kai and the Mansfields.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Slayer, Reign of Blood; The Ramones, Rocket to Russia; Betty Blowtorch, Get Off; Lars Friedrickson and the Bastards, Viking; Gluecifer, Atomic Thrill.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Slayer, the Ramones, Betty Blowtorch, Motörhead, etc.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Phillip says, "I like it! A trend in the electronic entertainment industry is user-created content. Developers create tools which enable users to create personalized content. The end result can be something as creative and diverse as user pages found in myspace. Great idea!"

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?None of us own an iPod.

SWAYBACK
NOMINATED IN ROCK
7 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/theswayback

Personnel:Eric Halborg, Bill Murphy, Martijn Bolster.

Native or transplant?Transplants.

Releases/discography:Swayback (Too Bad You're Beautiful Recordings, 2004); Forewarned EP (What Are Records, May 2006).

Describe your music in a sentence:Equal parts completely enchanted/completely disgusted with everything.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?On the backs of the hounds of Denver go we.

What's your idea of "making it"?Some Muddy Waters on the phonograph, a little drunk on wine.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Jef Kopp and the people who make the Horndribbles (and most of the stuff at Andenken).

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Unknown pleasures /Kill 'em All.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Mudhoney, Love and Rockets, Death, Leonard Cohen, Bowie, My Bloody Ridedriver, Dungen, My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth, Hendrix!, Bob Marley, Stooges, Smiths, Kraftwerk, Daramarama, Murder City Devils, Bukowski and Henry Miller.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Bit of both, I guess.

Do you have an iPod? If so, what's on it right now?Twenty gigs of the good stuff.

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