Westword Music Showcase 2011

The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers

Nominated in Electro-Pop

6:45-7:15 Broadways

Once upon a time in the early 2000s, Ryan McRyhew went through a mall goth phase — well, maybe it was more of a Mindless Self Indulgence/Orgy kind of thing. But his high school girlfriend, Kristi Schaefer, had a Propagandhi and NOFX problem, too, and he hated that pop-punk crap. Fast-forward a decade, and you'll see that true love prevailed: The now-husband-and-wife duo found DJ Screw and Le Tigre, and Hideous Men was born. We could bore you with all of the modular-synth details, but instead just know that when you experience Hideous Men — between drips of Ryan's warbled samples and Kristi's trance anthemic voice — you feel love. The weird, awesome, uncategorizable kind of dance-floor love that exists between two people, a mixer, a microphone and a box of almost-melted cassette tapes.

Fingers of the Sun
Fingers of the Sun


Nominated in Rock — Indie

3:45-4:15 Broadways

Hindershot was founded on a simple premise: Music, however challenging, should always be a good time. Despite poetic lyrics, unusual chord changes, complex harmonies and an eclectic list of influences (Beck, T. Rex, David Bowie, the Beach Boys, the Pixies), Hindershot boasts a repertoire of post-whatever jams you can dance to, with lyrical content ranging from the mundane and lighthearted (inhalers, insects, and oscillating fans) to the grandiose and grim (black holes, death, political unrest). The immediacy, earnestness and breathless energy of punk rock still grins through, missing teeth and all.

Ideal Fathers

Nominated in Post-Punk

3:00-3:30 Bar Standard

Seeking to inject the Denver punk scene with a new life, Ideal Fathers formed in the spring of 2006. Taking influence from both the angular, groove-oriented post-punk of the '70s U.K. and blending it with more frantic, noisy '80s U.S. post-punk influences, Ideal Fathers carved out an almost exclusively unique sound that's aggressive and danceable. Ideal Fathers have had a great time playing with national acts such as the Giraffes and So Many Dynamos. For fans of Gang of Four, Wire, Jesus Lizard, Big Black, Mission of Burma.


Nominated in Ambient/Noise

2:15-2:45 Opal

Iuengliss ( pronounced "eye-wen-gliss") is the music of Northern Colorado-based Tommy Metz. Growing up in Fort Collins and later moving to Denver, Tommy is heavily involved in the Denver and Fort Collins DIY/Indie music scenes, co-running Bocumast Records and releasing music with Plastic Sound Supply (CacheFlowe, Scaffolding) and Laser Palace (Hideous Men, Pictureplane). He is also one half of the drill-and-bass experimental duo Yawn Tron with drummer Shane Zweygardt.

Kid Hum

Nominated in Hip-Hop — Producer

7:00-7:15 La Rumba

A philosophical young man, Kid Hum is an unaffiliated DJ/producer who makes beats. His albums include Fossil Fuel, Offshore Drilling and Suicide Watch. His influences include such luminaries as Paul Simon and John Belushi. 


Nominated in Rock — Traditional

5:15-5:45 City Hall, Amphitheatre

It would take at least 125 words to explain exactly why we are, unquestionably, the greatest band of all time. So we'll have to skip the question.

King Mob

Nominated in Electro-Pop

1:30-2:00 Opal

Denver's newest electro-warriors, King Mob, light the way to a radical future of body modification, strange portends and never-ending sexy time. This electronic soul odyssey is a bio-machine engineered to excite your heart, brain and loins in equal measure. Take my hand, I'm changing.

King Rat

Nominated in Punk

4:30-5:00 Bannock Street Garage

King Rat was formed in the basement of a music store/head shop in the summer of 1995 by Luke Schmaltz. Sixteen years, seven records and a slew of tours later, King Rat is rocking with more pungency than ever, seamlessly linking together and slinging out two-and-a-half minute, riff-heavy, anthemic tirades of venomous melodic rancor for an hour straight — sometimes two. This band doesn't need a light show. It doesn't use fancy pedals or effects. No stage props (doucheboxes). No apology. The music grabs you by the ears and rattles your bones, reminding you that life is short, brutal and beautiful, and you are the keeper of timepiece, wielder of battle axe and beholder of glory.

Kissing Party

Nominated in Pop — Indie

2:15-2:45 Broadways

A few lyrics from one of our favorite Guided by Voices songs: "When you motor away beyond the once-red lips/When you free yourself from the chance of a lifetime/You can be anyone they told you to/You can belittle every little voice that told you so/And then the time will come when you add up the numbers/And then the time will come when you motor away/Oh, why don't you just drive away?"

The Knew

Nominated in Rock — Alternative

6:45-7:15 Sutra

The Knew does not believe in guilty pleasures. We like to play American music and water basketball. We are surly young men. We aren't too into modern sounds. Our songs will remind you of times past but will loosen you up just the same. We've been fortunate enough to play stages large and small with some other damn fine talents, and we always have a good time doing it. We are recording a new LP as you read this, and guarantee it to be sticky. We firmly believe in the power of rock and roll.

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Dovekins really stole the show this year! They were definitely the best act I saw.


When does the MUSIC STOP??? Just a bunch of loud noise...someone should put a ban on this for next year. A true disturbance to the neighborhood!!!!


the westword music fest sucks ass an is a major annoyance to the neighborhood!!!!!


Is there an updated schedule somewhere? Some of the bands appear to have changed stages. Sauna, for one.


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