Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

THREE MILES WEST
NOMINATED IN ROOTS/AMERICANA
3 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.threemileswest.com

Personnel:Russ, Mindi, Todd and John.

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography:Dead Reckoning (2006).

Describe your music in a sentence: Three Miles West plays a brand of Western, spacious alt country that is an intriguing companion for a nighttime drive in the desert.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?With GPS, it should be possible to get out of Denver.

What's your idea of "making it"?We have arrived once we a) have an actual fan; b) sell a CD for full price to non-family members.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Angie Stevens.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? U2's The Joshua Tree, since I waited all day in line to get a copy at midnight at a record store; Echo & the Bunnymen's Ocean Rain let me know you could be dark, psychedelic, and have hooks at the same time.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Josh Ritter. He can't play rhythm guitar, either, but the songs still say enough.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? The Final Solution in drag.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? A what? Vinyl, baby, vinyl.

TRISTRAUM
NOMINATED IN GOTHIC/INDUSTRIAL

Website: www.tristraum.com

Personnel: Randall Erkelens (keyboards); Pierre Norman (keyboards); Krystyna Eller (vocals/lyrics).

Native or transplant?Randall moved to Denver from San Francisco ten years ago. Pierre and Krystyna are natives.

Releases/discography:See: www.tristraum.com/disco.html

Describe your music in a sentence:Modern electronica with fiery female vocals and lush synth textures.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Most of our success is in other countries. The real question is, can we make it in Denver?

What's your idea of "making it"?Have one or more of our songs become a club anthem. The songs you hate hearing every week.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?DeVotchKa, the Dignity of Labour and Rhythmic Symphony.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Depeche Mode, Some Great Reward; Orbital, Insides; Neil Young, Harvest.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Depeche Mode, Yaz, Japan, VNV Nation and '80s synth pop.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?A great way to promote.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Dead Can Dance, Erasure, Assemblage 23.

MICHAEL TRUNDLE
NOMINATED IN DJ: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
6 P.M., VINYL MAIN

Website: www.Denver3.com

Native or transplant?I was transplanted here from Ohio at five years old.

Describe your music in a sentence:Well, since I DJ, I play other people's music, so I can't really call it mine. But what I play is what I hope will make you dance -- some rock, some indie, some soul, some remixes. If it's good, it'll probably find its way into a set at some point.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?As long as I-70 doesn't close down for some reason, making it out of Denver shouldn't be a problem.

What's your idea of "making it"?Depends on what "it" is. If "it" is a drink, then my definition is Grey Goose vodka, tonic, and a squeeze of lime. Now go make "it," 'cause I'm thirsty.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Red Cloud, Ghost Buffalo. The Laylights rock pretty hard. Machine Gun Blues. The Tarmints. And Denver Joe -- that guy's a dick, but he's funny.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Bauhaus, The Sky's Gone Out; Muse, Origin of Symmetry; Joy Division, Closer; Pink Floyd, The Wall; Snort Attack, The Imitations.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Leonard Cohen, Joy Division, Sparklehorse, Muse, Diplo, MSTRKRFT and Grandaddy.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?For promotional purposes, Myspace is a godsend. For the sake of relationships and creating unnecessary drama, it's the devil.

Do you have an iPod? If so, what's on it right now?Hmmm...it's set to random. Let's see what comes up next: "Taschenrechner," by Kraftwerk. How very apropos and cliche for the hipsters. I totally cooked it that time.

12 CENTS FOR MARVIN
NOMINATED IN REGGAE/SKA
5 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.12cents.com

Personnel: Tom Werge (vocals); Hilary Spriggs (bass); Nik Levinsky (guitar); Soren Daugaard (drums); Aaron Spriggs (theremin); Greta Cornett (trumpet); John Giordanengo (trombone); Dave Clapsaddle (sax).

Releases/discography: Yellow Raincoat (1998); King of the Ring (2000); The EP (2002); Change (2006).

Describe your music in a sentence: Ska/reggae/rock.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? 12 Cents has persisted for the love of performing live shows and making records. Although we have gone out on many tours to the West Coast and other places, our goals continue to revolve around enjoying every minute of what we are doing more than making it out of Denver.

What's your idea of "making it"? We will never truly "make it," since the journey is the destination. Or should we say that we have already made it? For nearly ten years, we have been playing live shows and writing fun and entertaining music. If we continue to become better known to a larger audience base and start making enough money to quit our day jobs, that would be an accomplishment. However, “making it” is not what the band is about. The journey is the process, and the journey continues.

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