By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
The Pitch Invasion met during the soccer riot of Manchester United vs. Chelsea. We beat the shit out of each other and then realized we were not even soccer fans. However, over a twelve-pack of RC Cola and a one-pound bag of grape Pop Rocks, we decided to form a country band. After being booed off stage at Farm Aid, we were told, "Get your city-slicker asses back to Denver, and take those damn skateboards with ya!" So we buttered our buns and called ourselves biscuits...and the Pitch Invasion was born. (Reverbnation.com/thepitchinvasion)
Potcheen is more than just a band; it's an ongoing journey of Colorado musical piracy bordering on chaos and mayhem. Founded by Christian Blochinger in 2003, the band has a lineup and sound that has evolved over the years. The crew has toured and played 36 states, from Florida to Alaska, playing roughly 140 to 180 shows a year, delivering high-energy sets fusing world music, Celtic, blues, funk, punk, folk, bluegrass, zydeco, Americana and rock music with a pirate sensibility, making folks shake their booty and drink their whiskey!
RACHEL & THE KINGS
Rachel & the Kings is a five-piece contemporary rock band made up of former Tickle Me Pink and Rachel James members. Their debut full-length album is in the final stages of production and will be released this fall. Though new, the band recently won a national competition (sponsored by Ford) in L.A. and was awarded recording time with legendary producer Don Was, as well as a professional music video. Their debut album is being described as sonically in line with Florence + the Machine, Adele, Grace Potter and Coldplay. (Rachelandthekings.com)
Raincheck features Steve Kovalcheck on guitar, Ben Markley on piano, Marty Kenney on bass and Chris Smith on drums. These artists are preservers of the classic Blue Note/hard-bop sound of the 1960s. This is memorable, swinging music.
RANDY RAMIREZ (THE HEYDAY)
THE RAVEN AND THE WRITING DESK
The Raven and the Writing Desk: crapping creativity since 2010.
With a summer tour around the corner, RED STiNGER is pursuing a conquest for bigger things. Denver has always treated us well, and we love it here. The scene here is a big part of us now, and we are doing what we can to help put our stamp on the state's musical attributes. We have currently recorded with Felipe Patino of Green Door Recordings for an upcoming four-song EP. Look for it to come out toward the end of summer or beginning of fall. We are also planning to record more in the fall. It will definitely be something different.
With equal parts Orange County punk rock, honky-tonk country and rockabilly swagger, Reno Divorce strikes a unique chord of its own with its brand of "punk rock and roll." The band's longevity is proof-positive that paying dues is the only way to the top. The well-crafted and deftly executed songs that straddle the line between Smithereens and Social Distortion are the bread and butter for these guys, and one listen is all it takes to realize you've got a band that truly stands out among the herd.
Rubedo is the physical manifestation of sound streaming from the psyche of its members. The group's debut album, Massa Confusa, has been crafted under the wing and direction of producer Ikey Owens (The Mars Volta, Jack White, Free Moral Agents). As a whole, Rubedo creates a familiar vibration that audiences actively relate to, integrate and use to transform their own individual state of awareness into one of universal love and collective understanding. This is the alchemy of rock and roll.
SAFE BOATING IS NO ACCIDENT
Initially part folk and avant-garde performance art, Safe Boating put on the kinds of performances people talked about for a long time afterward. For its next chapter, Safe Boating is temporarily setting aside its overtly miscreant ways in favor of sculpting cathartic pop songs akin to what you heard of early Elvis Costello and the Jam. Safe Boating has never been about gimmicks as much as involving those who show up in the moment if they dare.
Born from toxic sludge leaked from the Beach Boys' amps.
LUKE SCHMALTZ (KING RAT)
After eighteen years of playing in King Rat, I didn't just wake up one day and proclaim: "Okay. This is it. I'm now an acoustic performer!!" It's the sort of thing that slowly creeps into being. It starts with getting put on the spot to play a song at a party. Then maybe a bandmember gets sick the day of a show, and you say, "Fuck it. I'm doing the damn thing acoustic anyway." Then perhaps you lose a bet and get shoved out onto the stage, wasted with no pants and only a guitar to hide your parts...and so on. After the right mix of enough of these experiences, you just give in to the gravity of the phenomenon and get into it. It's nerve-racking, masochistic and lonesomely addictive. Tie me off.