By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
Individually, Caleb Slade's songs tell stories — engaging tales of love and revenge, hope and reason. Together, they convey a message that the path to bliss is not ignorance, but intellectual honesty. As compositions, his songs are full of bravado: strong vocals backed by steady and rhythmic piano. Their cinematic qualities create scenes of people finding the authentic victory in defeat and the determination to live a worthwhile life.
SlaughterHouse Rootz brings the party! Since 2007, this reggae-rock ensemble has evolved from a three-piece (think Sublime) to its current five-piece lineup, adding in more country and blues. Founding members Kyle Halligan and Dana Oviedo recently brought in friends Johnny Thieson, Glenn Marquez and Casey Hrdlicka to expand the band's drunken party sound. The group is currently working on its upcoming EP release, Let's Just Be Friends, featuring many other local artists playing a major role on the album. "Denver's reggae scene has just exploded in the last five years, going in different directions: hip-hop, dubstep, jam band — it's all merging. We like that, so we got our friends to help out," explains bassist Oviedo.
"Lush, atmospheric dream-pop.... Of all the year's new acts, Spires is the most promising." (Westword) "Spires is absolute post-punk bliss that takes you back to all those U.K. bands you've loved for years: the Sundays, the Smiths, the Cure, etc." (Jesse Livingston, Buzzine)
SPOKE IN WORDS
Working in its own self-contained bubble over the past decade, the Swayback has cobbled its own sonic recipe and aesthetic outside of trends or commercial pressure and is threatening to break into the national consciousness with its new album, Double Four Time. The album is named after a fictional dive bar where the jukebox plays an eclectic mix covering the full rock-and-roll spectrum, from the classics to the obscure, where the patrons aren't sure if they want to close their eyes, sit back and absorb the music or get up and dance. The Swayback is the Double Four Time's perfect house band, with its hard-to-succinctly-label sound that has elements of bluesy punk swagger, dark Brit-goth atmosphere and hauntingly beautiful vocal tones.
Face-melting pirate-punk rock and roll. Synthetic has been around for eleven years, and the only things these guys have ever cared about is creating kickass, feel-good music they love and having it shouted back in their faces from their fans. I'm supposed to write a hundred words about Synthetic, so...here you go: music, punk, ska, Irish, badass, life, humble, rock and roll, family, friends, brothers, extravaganza. Boom.
TAKE TO THE OARS
With a name based on the Latin proverb "If the wind will not serve, take to the oars," the members of Take to the Oars are no strangers to hard work. The act's sound is packed with soaring vocals, infectious hooks and a catalogue of instant rock anthems. Rising to the top of the burgeoning Denver music scene, TTTO's live show never fails to deliver. The band has been seen sharing a stage with Young the Giant, Rooney, Fuel, Sleeper/Agent and the Gracious Few, and is slated to perform at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 30 for Film on the Rocks. Fans can also expect a new EP from the quartet in the fall.
My style of deejaying is a forward-thinking blend of minimal, techno and dub, with an emphasis on the art of programming a DJ set. I try to introduce my audience to new tracks that may slide under the radar, or have been out for many years but for some reason have been passed over. As a live act, I like to create a high-energy performance by blending original tunes with live, improvised remixes. Dance music is often stereotyped as unintelligent, and my goal is to showcase the music that stimulates the brain as well as the ears.
TIN HORN PRAYER
God said, "Don't give me your tin horn prayers; don't buy roses off the street down there." Took it all and took the dirt road home, dreaming of Jenny with the light-brown hair. Night is falling like a bloody ax. Lies and rumors and the wind at my back. Hand on the wheel. Gravel on the road. Will the pawn shop sell me back what I sold? I'm gonna take the sins of my father. I'm gonna take the sins of my mother. I'm gonna take the sins of my brother — down to the pond.
Dan Treanor and the Afrosippi Band are considered one of the top blues bands in the Rocky Mountain region. The group has played all the major blues and music festivals at one time or another over the years. The music is a unique blend of world beats, blues, funk and rock and roll. Dan is the 2012 recipient of the Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive award and has released several award-winning CDs in the last decade. His Mercy CD was named Best Blues CD by Westword in 2006.