Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Ozomatli.

FRIENDS IN STEREO
NOMINATED IN DJ: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
8 P.M., VINYL MAIN

Website: www.friendsinstereo.com

Personnel: Colin Chapman, Reggie Lafaye & orange peel moses (vocalist).

Native or transplant? One native, one near-native (born in San Francisco) and one transplant.

Releases/discography: Beatport.com/Friends_in_Stereo

Describe your music in a sentence:Our music is primarily electronic breakbeats with an electro vibe.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Beatport MP3s are already available to anyone in the world with web access. First out-of-state gigs tentatively set for August 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

What's your idea of "making it"?Earning the freedom to write and produce music full-time.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about? Community Recordings, Grandpa Mojo, Melinda Dickson, DeVotchKa and Little Mike.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?The Pixies' Trompe le Monde; Radiohead's OK Computer; Beck's Odelay; Depeche Mode's Violator; Bassnectar's Motions of Mutation; The Faint's Dance Macabre; King Missile's Happy Hour; Ween's Chocolate & Cheese; Aphex Twin's Richard D James Album; Johnny Cash's American II.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Pixies, Radiohead, Beck, Bassnectar, Björk, Depeche Mode, the Faint, Soul Coughing, Ween, King Missile, King Crimson, Aphex Twin, Johnny Cash, Underworld, Miles Davis, A Tribe Called Quest, Chemical Brothers, CSN&Y and Plump DJs.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? All of the above. :) On the one hand, it's an exponentially viral promotional tool. On the other, the fine print says they own the rights to your soul (or, at the very least, all content you upload).

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?Deep Dish, Beck, the Killers, Outkast, Bassnectar, Friends in Stereo, Chemical Brothers, Alice in Chains, Herbert, Cut Copy, Ladytron, Goldfrapp, Jimmy Edgar and so much more.

FUNKIPHINO
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
5 P.M., DAZZLE

Website: www.funkiphino.com

Personnel: Cathy Griffin (vocals); Jenn Butler (vocals); Chris Fischer (keyboards); Rich Benge (guitar); Chris Sutliff (bass); Kevin Lehman (drums); Jeremy Sandoval (percussion); Jessica Fischer (trumpet); Jason U’ren (trumpet); Greg Warren (tenor sax); Pete Jeffryes (tenor sax); Scott Osborne (baritone sax).

Native or transplant? The band was born in Colorado and is made up of people from Colorado and all over the country.

Releases/discography: Lovin’ Life (2004); Rise Above (July, 2006).

Describe your music in a sentence: Great songs with big horns and slammin’ vocals.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver? We make it out of Denver once in a while -- to Boulder, Keystone and even Colorado Springs.

What’s your idea of “making it”? “Making it” is being successful at what you do, by achieving the goals you set for yourself and your band. What local artist(s) are you most excited about? We’re excited about releasing our new disc, Rise Above, next month.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Brand New Heavies, Brother Sister; Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life; Tower of Power, Live and in Living Color; and so many more...

What artists have had the biggest impact on you? In regard to our new album, Rise Above, the biggies would be Tower of Power, the Brand New Heavies, ABBA, Jamiroquai, Rufus and Journey.

Myspace: godsend or the devil? Both.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who’s on it right now? Tower of Power, Oakland Zone.

FUTURE JAZZ PROJECT
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- GROUP
8 P.M., VINYL ROOFTOP

GHOST BUFFALO
NOMINATED IN ROOTS/AMERICANA
8 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.ghostbuffalo.com

Personnel:Matt Bellinger (guitar); Josh Coyle (acoustic guitar); Marie Litton (vocals, guitar); Andy Thomas (drums); Tom Ventura (bass).

Native or transplant?Our Coloradans are Marie (Pueblo) and Andy (Black Hawk). The rest of us are transplants from Central Illinois or the Chicago area.

Releases/discography:Ghost Buffalo (Suburban Home, 2006); Little Thunder EP download (Suburban Home, 2005).

Describe your music in a sentence:We would like to think that we mix up our influences -- like Emmylou and Neil Young with a little Siouxsie Sioux and the Cure -- but that's probably way off from what it actually sounds like.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We have this tour bus that goes 65 mph, tops. Making it out of Denver was no problem, but we kept breaking down all over the East Coast. So, really, the question is, "Can we make it out of Hoboken?" The answer is, "No."

What's your idea of "making it"?We work pretty hard ourselves, but thrive on the support of others. Virgil Dickerson and Suburban Home have been instrumental to us in that respect. As long as we remain interesting enough for people to keep coming to see us play, we've made it.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?American Relay, Big Timber, Drag the River, Munly, Peña, and the unbreakable Red Cloud West.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot; Neil Young, Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere; Jawbreaker, Bivouac; the Cure, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Let Love In.

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