By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
Inspired by artists like Jamiroquai, Chromeo, Prince and Daft Punk, Trichome brings an experience nothing short of a rowdy, high-energy dance party. Taking elements from funk, Afrobeat, rock and electronica, Trichome fuses a sound that will make your body move. Couple that with tailored, unique set lists and song transitions for each outstanding live show, and the energy this band exudes is a force to be reckoned with. Trichome's electrifying shows have been creating rabid fans across the state of Colorado and beyond, including appearances at major music festivals like Summer Camp and Wakarusa. (Trichomemusic.bandcamp.com)
VALE OF PNATH
Being a musician in a band today means having the same level of excitement about a "record deal" as hearing back from that pizza-slinging job you applied for. Hi, I'm Eric W. Brown. I play drums for melodic death-metal band Vale of Pnath. I also play for death/grind outfit Vimana, pirate-metal trio Swashbuckle and dark electro-pop songstress Roniit. I spearhead two electronic projects: Rainbowdragoneyes and Magic Hammer. It sounds counterproductive to be flat broke and investing all of your brain cells, time and money on endeavors providing little to no valuable return (and I assure you, it is). But I sure as hell can't think of anything better.
Varlet is female-fronted Doors-revival-meets-Gillian-Welch, with the earthiest drums you've ever heard — and a buried pop-catchiness delicately woven in. Minted from psychedelic, dream-woven and driving '70s rock influences, Varlet breaks the genre boundaries of independent music. On the band's November 2011 release, The Drifter, Lilly Scott's vocals rise like bubbles bursting into a rocking jazz wail, as if Billie Holiday were resurrected and fronting a Neil Young-inspired indie act. The drums pulse with earthy distinction and song structures on guitar, lap steel and piano range from classical composition to jazz to intricately woven '60s and '70s psychedelic progressions.
Hello. I'm Coles. I've been singing since I was seven, but only recently did I settle into a style. It's a tricky thing, determining a style. I'm going with singer-songwriter, including, but not limited to, country, blues, jazz and pop. Presto Colesio. My fifth record came out in February of this year on my own label. I've become a big fan of the do-it-yourself model: We do all booking, press and social media in-house and are really enjoying it. I'm loving living in Denver, and really happy to be a part of this great music scene.
WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CAMP
From its inception, Wheelchair Sports Camp has turned heads without regret. From Kalyn Heffernan's high-pitched, technical rhymes and strange beats to Abi McGaha Miller's wailing tenor saxophone and Isaac's boom-bap drum styles to Joshua Trinidad's screaming trumpet, WSC is a unique mixture of independent hip-hop, soul and jazz that is simultaneously thought- and dance-provoking. Having already been featured in Spin magazine, the Huffington Post, Colorado Public Radio and the cover of the Village Voice, Wheelchair Sports Camp is a band primed and ready to take its place in the national hip-hop scene.
Whiskey Tango uses its diverse musical talents and tastes, combined with its intense passion for music and telepathic communication, to create a dynamic, highly energetic, feel-good musical environment. The band will play anything from a hundred-plus-year-old traditional bluegrass song to many different styles of originals, varying from bluegrass to funk to rock! You can catch live shows all over Colorado, from the Front Range to the deepest depths of the Rocky Mountains.
Whygee is one of those effortless MCs that you can tell has been rapping forever. Openly known by his peers as the grumpy rapper, he has at least ten projects out there floating around the web. Backed by a technical DJ named brikabrak, who some would say is one of the best, Whygee is still a staple in Denver's music scene. His most recent release, I Need $, was produced entirely by Qknox and showed a different, more grown-up sound that hadn't been heard from Whygee yet. As he prepares HK2012, the sequel to his first mixtape, Hype Killz with DJ Sounds Supreme, Whygee continues to champion lyrical prowess.
Stylistically blending elements of post-punk with a more "groove-focused" experimental rock, Denver's Wire Faces has gained a wide regional acclaim over the past few years. The group's 2011 release, the Diamonds & Gold EP, which finds the band examining a more raw, visceral approach, charted on the CMJ's Top 200. Diamonds & Gold was recorded, mixed and mastered in the world renowned punk-rock studio the Blasting Room (the Descendants, Rise Against, the Lemonheads, Drag the River) over seven days during 2010 and the beginning of 2011. Wire Faces has been writing extensively since then and will have a whole set of new songs for this year's Westword Music Showcase! The album is yet to be titled and is set for release in fall of 2012, so here's your chance for a sneak peek at the new material!