By Isa Jones
By Mary Willson
By Brian Turk
By Drew AIles
By Taylor Boylston
By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
TEMPA AND THE TANTRUMS
NOMINATED IN BLUES
4 P.M., DAZZLE
Personnel: Tempa (vocals, songwriter); Joseph Barton (guitar, songwriter); David Foret (bass); Phil Bassist (drums); JZ (guitar); Dave Camp (sax); Harold Rapp (sax).
Native or transplant? We are transplant/native hybrids.
Releases/discography: Tempa and the Tantrums, Foo Ya Live, and coming up: Holding on to the Blue.
Describe your music in a sentence: Wild-ass blues jazz zydefunk!!!
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? All of the bandmembers have already. :)
What's your idea of "making it"? Being heard and being humble about it.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? Melissa Ivey, Elizabeth Rose, Michael Hornbuckle, Brian Hornbuckle, Jen Fielder, Potcheen Folk Band, Steve Crenshaw, Mercury Project, Rubber Planet, Elana Rogers & the Reason, Jill Watkins Band, Erica Brown Band, Willie Houston, Bigga Digga, Uncle Monkey Band, Johnny O. Band, Rob Drabkin, Kirwan Brown, Lannie Garrett and Hazel Miller. These are just a handful of the people/bands we love, admire and are excited about!
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Joni Mitchell, Blue; Zappa, The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life; Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Cha's, Let's Go!; Koko Taylor, Live, Fleetwood Mac, Live, Earth Wind & Fire, Fantasy; Michael Brecker, Heavy Metal Bee Bop; Grover Washington, Inner City Blues; Beatles, the "White Album"; the Allman Brothers, Live at the Fillmore.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Grand Funk Railroad, The Beatles, Zappa, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples, Ralph Stanley, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor, Blind Willie Johnson, Janis Joplin, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Robert Johnson, Patsy Cline, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Louis Jordan and KISS!
Myspace: godsend or the devil? How about DEVIL? Bwahahahaha!
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? No iPod, but Tempa has a really cool Grafonola that she cranks up and plays 78s at dinner parties!
TEN CENT REDEMPTION
NOMINATED IN ROOTS/AMERICANA
6 P.M., SHELTER
Personnel: Rhett, Tony, Johnny, Bill.
Native or transplant? Native, except for Tony.
Releases/discography: Worst Plan Ever (2005).
Describe your music in a sentence: Sounds like a Mississipi clothesline being dried by a British breeze -- then we smashed our shit.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Yes.
What's your idea of "making it"? Not blinkin' at $240 worth of puddin'.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? Vaux, Born in the Flood, the Fray and Slim Cessna's Auto Club.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? The Cure, Disintegration; Jeff Buckley, Grace; Jimmy Eat World, Clarity; the Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Uncle Tupelo, Ryan Adams, Cowboy Junkies, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Wilco, Afghan Whigs, DJ Sasha and NIN.
Myspace: godsend or the devil? Godsend.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? Ryan Adams, Vaux, Cracker, Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, People in Planes, Led Zeppelin, Lots of Techno, the Real People, K's Choice, Solid Frog, Kanye West, Neil Diamond, Calexico, Neko Case, Hard-Fi, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Miles Davis, etc., etc., etc.
NOMINATED IN POP
4 P.M., BANNOCK ST. GARAGE
Personnel: Jonathan Tiersten, Mitch Dezwarte, Chris Childress, Paul Henry, Brion Neill and a whole slew of other people.
Native or transplant? Transplant from NYC.
Releases/discography: Tied Up (2004), Don's Club Tavern Part 1 (2006).
Describe your music in a sentence: I write about things that move something in me emotionally. You gotta feel it! That being said, it's rock music with an acoustic guitar.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Gosh, I hope so. Actually, we have already toured the West Coast, and I have played all up and down the East Coast. It looks like we will have a song on the CBS show Numbers this fall.
What's your idea of "making it"? You mean this isn't it? It's funny, we spend so much time trying to "make it," that we don't enjoy where we already are. I want more, but I appreciate that every day I get to sing and write and eat. I guess we could ask Nietzsche how he defined success.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? The Photo Atlas, Jimmie Austin, Rubber Planet, Lazy Face and Hot IQs.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? David Bowie's Space Oddity, Yes's Close to the Edge, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young's 4 Way Street and Joan Armatrading's Show Some Emotion.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Robert Smith, David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Joan Armatrading, Mike York and Gregg Allman.
Myspace: godsend or the devil? Guilty pleasure. Valuable tool. That being said, probably anything associated with Rupert Murdoch...?!%&*
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? I still listen to whole CDs. When did we criminalize attention spans? I am in the midst of a torrid affair with the band Yes. Who said retreads don't work?