By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
6:00-6:30 Vinyl Main
We've followed the rules of how a band is expected to act with our past projects. We've played the game. We've paid our dues. Maybe we're old, but that doesn't bother us. That said, we're not jaded. We love our band and put all we have into it. The music is educated as well as furious, aggressive and loud. Glass Hits is more than a list of influences, ex-members and similar artists. We are our own band, creating art for the sake of what we love.
12:45-1:15 Vinyl Main
Initially drawing inspiration from a chance hearing of Gary Numan's Replicas album, Glass Homes perfectly melds deeply rhythmic noise rock with experimental electronic pop. Primary songwriter Nick Salmon, electrified by wildly frenetic outfits like the Locust and Blood Brothers, brings that raw energy to his performances, replacing the abrasiveness with brooding intensity channeled into futuristic dance rock. Glass Homes trades in the kind of freewheeling, electro-inflected post-punk that perfectly straddles the divide between frantic pacing and the angular melodies. Yes, this is dance music, but dance music for people who can't fake it anymore and for whom complacency is no longer an option.
GREG HARRIS VIBE QUINTET
After three independently produced records, playing SXSW, giving clinics all over the United States and bringing in vocalist Venus Cruz, the Vibe Quintet's newest album, Glass Gold, was released on Denver's premier jazz label, Dazzle Recordings. "Lyrically sensitive," "unfailingly lush and rich" and "mature, no tricks, just pure melody" are some of the words used to describe the Quintet's music. Sounds find their solitude and comfort within the family, find a balance between being revolutionary and being in harmony. Sharing what we create becomes a way of collaboratively evolving as a community — teaching, hearing and inspiring each other.
DJ — HIP-HOP
12:25-12:35, 1:00-1:10 City Hall Upstairs
GypDaHip is a DJ and a producer who resides in Colorado. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of music and a ton of energy, Gyp is a force to be reckoned with when tasked with rocking a party. True to his Memphis roots, he keeps everything soulful and raw, all while exposing audiences to the newest and best music. As a member of GirlGrabbers, he is a man capable of flipping any sample into a head-nodding beat. Give him some instruments to play, and he will write with those, too. Gyp is full of music, and his main concern is to let it all out every single day!
HEARTS IN SPACE
ROCK — INDIE
5:15-5:45 Bar Standard
Hearts in Space is a Denver four-piece comprising Ezra Darnell on vocals, guitar and bass, Jordan Hubner on vocals and guitar, Johnny Lundock on drums, Zale Hassler on keys and vocals, and Ryan Slowkowski on bass and guitar. Sonically pleasing, with touches of lush vocal harmonies and soul, psychedelia is no stranger in their landscape of Southwestern-born garage explorations.
1:30-2:00 La Rumba
The Hollyfelds take classic country, rock and pop, put it in a pot, add a touch of folk and bluegrass, and, baby, they got a stew going. It's music that the Denver Post called "alt-country perfection." According to Westword, it contains "just enough of the whiskey and heartache that makes great country music." We've been happy to see our music featured on a number of national television shows, including NBC's The Voice, as well as to have opened for some great artists, including the Be Good Tanyas, Southern Culture on the Skids, Robert Earl Keen, Junior Brown and Slim Cessna's Auto Club.
"Huffman's southern-fried folk-pop is perhaps a bit counterintuitive to her West Coast roots, and so well contrived you'd expect to find her kicking up her boots in Nashville. She soulfully and magnetically vocalizes woebegone tales of passion, nerves and infatuation that are plaintive yet conversely empowering. Huffman's Etta James-esque delivery is laid down amongst a mix of folksy instrumentation like a pair of misfit lovers, but the genre-bending seems genuine and even contemporary." (Radio Free Chicago). Huffman, a Seattle-to-Denver transplant, currently works with Suburban Home Records and will be backed by members of Boulder Acoustic Society during her Westword Music Showcase debut.
Human Agency is the Denver-born duo of super-best friends Ryan Kjos and Seamus Moore. Emerging alongside the very recent surge of gifted Colorado-based beat acts, they cultivate organically sampled production and rhythms while infusing them with a chemical twist. Using dance styles and instrumental performances, they are formless in style and pool listeners from many sounds. Playing live shows with drummer extraordinaire Jonas Otto, Human Agency aims toward a collaborative stage effort to create a mixed-media spectacle. The live performance is everything, and the Agency seeks to constantly evolve its own.
IAMTHESHOTGUN is a whiskey-fueled machine of Colorado chaos and destruction. Over five years of blasting through the scene, IAMTHESHOTGUN's proverbial sawed-off is pointed at your face and waiting for you to blink. Bringing the grittiest of grinds and sickest waves of groove, the shotgun lays down its style of metal the only way they know how: fast, mean and clean. Influenced by decades of music, including everything from Death and Iron Maiden to Black Dahlia Murder and Slipknot, IAMTHESHOTGUN blends its loves and guilty pleasures in a frantic barrage of intensity. Whether it is your little brother's sixteenth birthday party or sharing the stage with acts like Emmure and Carnifex, IAMTHESHOTGUN always brings the heavy and the party.