Single File

1:45-2:15 p.m. Main Stage

Sloan Anderson and Chris Depew, who had been playing music together since middle school, formed Single File sometime during their high-school years, as they were growing out of an early swing phase. Single File is what happens when a bratty, melodic pop-punk band gets serious — writing songs you'd actually want to listen to past your teenage years without losing the heightened emotional colorings that make those years so significant. In 2006, Single File's star began to rise with the popularity of its song "Zombies Ate My Neighbors," which received extensive spins on KTCL. Although the band eventually landed a major record deal, it wasn't a question of waiting to be discovered. These guys put out their early releases themselves and garnered a slot on the Warped Tour on their own. Not content with being merely a local band, Single File has shown that it's possible to break out of Denver on your own terms.

Ghostland Observatory tops this year's Showcase bill.
Ghostland Observatory tops this year's Showcase bill.

Varlet featuring Lilly Scott

1:00-1:30 p.m. Main Stage

Lilly Scott was born in Houston, Texas, but she has lived in Colorado since the age of four. This year, Scott was a contestant on the ninth season of American Idol, making it to the semi-final rounds before being eliminated. For the show, Scott toned down her experimental leanings, something she doesn't need to do with her band. Varlet, which formed in 2005 when Scott was just sixteen, straddles the divide between the freak folk of artists like Devendra Banhart and the more haunted end of blues singers like Billie Holliday. Joined by, among others, guitar wizard Cole Rudy of Wetlands and Vaughn McPherson (formerly of Oblio's Arrow), Scott has been writing songs that sound like they could have come out fifty years ago or just yesterday, informed by the ghosts of musical legends. With a new EP, cheekily titled I Win!, Scott probably will.

Oh My Stars

12:15-12:45 Main Stage

Like a punky Better Than Ezra without all the angst, Oh My Stars came together with a mutual interest in making hook-oriented modern rock. Though technically still an unsigned band, Oh My Stars has made quite a name for itself by breaking singles in cities outside its home town of Los Angeles — including this one. An upbeat anthem of anger at romantic betrayal, "Bloody November" spent six weeks at the top of KTCL's chart at the beginning of 2010.


10:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. City Hall

Anyone with more than a passing familiarity with the history of rock and roll and R&B knows the importance of the unlikely locale of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It was only a matter of time before a band would emerge from that milieu, rather than a noteworthy visitor turning out a landmark album from its famed studio. BoomBox started in that town in 2004, setting out to not taint its creative output by trying to play a specific style of rock. Consisting of Zion Godchaux on vocals and guitar and Russ Randolph on electronic instruments and turntables, BoomBox manages to bring together elements of improvisational rock composition, hip-hop and jazz for a sound that would be welcome at a hippie club or a more adventurous dance club.

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