By Brian Turk
By Drew AIles
By Taylor Boylston
By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
ROCK — INDIE
2:15-2:45 Curious Theatre
With fourteen adult elephants, a pair of pliers and a cricket, FaceMan's unique sound can be created naturally in under ten steps. Unbelievably, this will be happening at 2:15 p.m. at Curious Theatre. Bring earplugs and a mom. The last song will be followed by a quick adoption process for the raw materials. Everything but the pliers has to go to a good home. The pliers are ours. Please bring two forms of identification. Definitely be prepared to die. Bye.
ROCK — AMBIENT
5:15-5:45 Curious Theatre
Julie Davis wishes that a torch song, a smoky bar and a velvet curtain meant what they used to. Joseph Pope III, James Han and Patrick Meese are working hard to get this back for her. They hope to spend less time working under fluorescent lights and waiting in traffic and more time reading Scientific American, making soup, dancing in stocking feet and drinking bourbon. Fairchildren makes music for this.
HIP-HOP — BAND
12:00-12:30 City Hall Amphitheatre
The brainchild of the two brain lovers, Ben "b.heded" Hedman (producer/ songwriter) and "Sloppy Joe" Barnholt, Filthy T started in 2008 as a favor from Ben to then-rookie guitarist Joe. What was never supposed to leave the bedroom (where they recorded) has turned into a four-year obsession. Three CDs, countless concerts and numerous sleepless nights later, Filthy T has emerged as a unique force in an ever-changing but always well-represented Denver music scene. With the help of Kirby Beegles, Adrian Hernandez, Lance Sweenhart, Brent Schulze and Nikki Smith, the live show has transformed into not just a concert, but a spectacle.
FINGERS OF THE SUN
POP — INDIE
3:00-3:30 Vinyl Main
Fingers of the Sun rocks your mother-f'ing world, my friend. Like a throbbing lump of awesome, they will drip all up in your brain and grab little parts of it and stuff. Listen, my friend, and listen good: They are hulk, and hulk get mad. Hulk get strong! Strong in your ears! Strong in your heart! If they were soup — we have not determined that they are not — they would be love soup, my friend. Got it? Then wiggle it around just a little bit!
ELECTRONIC — POP
4:30-5:00 City Hall Street Level
Described as "deliciously sweet Glo-Fi basement party jams," Denverites Ethan and Alex are electro-pop duo Flashlights. Known for their impressive live performances and light shows, Flashlights has been featured in NME's Buzzworthy Artists, was named one of Westword's twelve acts to watch in 2011, and has been playing high-profile shows with the likes of Toro Y Moi, Youth Lagoon and Miami Horror. With their continuous festival participation (SXSW, Westword, UMS, Goldrush, CMJ, Snowball, Treefort) as well as embarking on a West Coast tour this past fall, it's clear that the members of Flashlights are among Denver's hardest-working musicians.
HIP-HOP — BAND
3:45-4:15 City Hall Amphitheatre
The Foodchain collective, which comprises four MCs, two producers, a bass player and a drummer, took to the road and spent much of 2011 touring and spreading the positive vibes of fun, authentic hip-hop and just good ol' music. In the fall of 2011, the act released its sophomore album, Brunch, for free, and once again the fans and the industry answered with positive reviews! We are building our movement one fan at a time. Where do you fit in the Foodchain?
ROCK — TRADITIONAL
5:15-5:45 La Rumba
Paul McCartney once described world-renowned rock band the Foot. as "the best music I've heard from the 21st century."* Yes, with a musical career of a mere fifty years, Paul's praise shouldn't be taken as gospel. But don't let him decide for you. Let Shakira decide for you. When asked what she thought of the four-tet, she said, "I love those guys! Their music makes me shake my truthful hips. Plus they are totally hot, and I want to make out with all of them."** (*Not based on actual fact. **Quote taken from dream interview and translated into English)
6:00-6:30 City Hall Street Level
Attempting to incorporate varied musical backgrounds into a cohesive whole, Cassie McNeil and James Wayne quickly fortified a unique sound that is equal parts past and present. Combining the dark atmosphere of post-punk with shoegaze's noisy wall of sound and witch house's focus on beats, Force Publique crafts melancholic pop songs for a dystopian future.
ROCK — ROOTS
12:45-1:15 La Rumba
We've fielded comparisons to the Replacements, Billy Joe Shaver, the Hold Steady, Van Halen, the Bottle Rockets, John Prine, Lucero and Thin Lizzy. So if you enjoy any of those artists, you may find us to be the kind of thing that you like. We're looking forward to playing for you. If this is your first Westword Music Showcase, don't forget sunblock, shades and cash money.
3:45-4:15 Bannock Street Garage
D.S.P. (Denver Skate Punk)... If you've been involved with the Denver punk scene within the last ten years, there's a good chance you've seen a Frontside Five show. No? Well at least you've seen a sticker in some random bathroom stall or road sign. Also check out the Trade Ins, the Pitch Invasion, Prescription and Valiomierda for more music from the members of Frontside Five.