By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
Turner Jackson, a Colorado-born, New York City-bred MC, is ready to lead. Nat Turner, a slave that led a rebellion rooted in the exploitative conditions of the Southern slave system, is the inspiration behind Jackson's moniker. Coming from a proclaimed "new-school mentality," Jackson's aim is simple self-expression; he has a deeper yearning to convey a message through the spoken word. Calling on the spirit of his namesake, Jackson believes that the ultimate goal is to facilitate freedom with a higher purpose.
JOHN COMMON AND BLINDING FLASHES OF LIGHT
John Common says he dreams about being a filmmaker or a painter, but we're lucky that he ended up with an obsession for making music instead. His voice, his music and his words can pin you to the wall, break your heart, move your ass or just send you off for a while to think. Blinding Flashes of Light stretches the traditional definition of a band; it's more like a collaborative crash pad where musicians, artists and friends cycle through, making music, films and written and visual art. John and his band's live shows are always powerful, emotional, living things. Come to any show — you'll feel it.
Joy Subtraction's sound has been described as "a hearty slab of progressive yet heartwarmingly old-school artcore" by Westword and "adequate" by a jealous friend. But Joy Subtraction likes to think of itself as high-energy, punk-influenced hard rock for fans of the two Blacks — Sabbath and Flag.
Julox (aka Da Crookit Teef Bandit), from Ugly Azz Ent, has been a major factor in the Colorado music scene for many years. His debut album came out in 1998, and since then, he has released 28 projects (13 albums and 15 mixtapes). Julox has also performed with many different artists such as Brotha Lynch Hung, Gym Class Heroes, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and even the classic rock band Firefall. That said, Julox is a seasoned veteran who has proven he can evolve with the times. From sagging jeans to skinny jeans, he has found a way to stay relevant. In the words of Julox, "Awwready."
THE KENTUCKY STREET PARLOR PICKERS
The Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers is an outfit from Denver that specializes in its own unique brand of music known as "Roadhouse" (a blend of good ol'-fashioned rock and roll, blues, country and bluegrass). We formed around Christmas 2009 and released our first EP, A Stewart Family Christmas, which was mainly given to friends and family as a Christmas gift. After continually busking on lamp-lit street corners, playing in the rowdiest of bars, honing our musical prowess in burrito shops and lighting up many a small-town stage, we released our debut full-length album, Barn Burner, in May 2011. Judging by the overwhelming support of the music from literally every age demographic, we believe the unique sound and the party atmosphere of the Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers speaks for itself.
KEVIN COSTNER SUICIDE PACT
Kinetix just got back from tour. They lost three shoes, one wallet, a car key and two jars of marijuana. One of the guys even lost a rotten banana in the fridge for eight days. That said, they crushed two packed summer festival showcases, so the one thing they held on to was their dignity.
The Knew is Patrick John, Timothy Paul, Tyler William and Jacob Ryan. They play rock and roll and enjoy it. So do the people who see them play live. Their new album, Man Monster, will be released August 24 and 25 at the Lion's Lair.
Hey, Denver! My name is Koo Qua. I'm from Aurora, Colorado, and I have a deep passion for music and art. I grew up surrounded by music and started rapping at the age of seventeen with my high-school friends. I have multiple music projects produced by me and my close friends, and I have designed my own logo for my own T-shirt line of clothing. I'm a college student striving to get to the next level in life. I believe the love and support of my family and close friends has motivated me to continue making music, and with that, I quote: "All I can do is leave it in God's hands and hope that my fans feel where I am coming from." — Aaliyah
Featuring former members of the Fort Collins-based group Matson Jones, Land Lines is the continuation of a longstanding collaboration between close friends. They have been playing and making songs together for ten years.
Le Divorce is a guitar-driven indie-rock foursome from Denver. They draw from music that is raw, honest and mixes melody with distortion. They are inspired by early indie-rock bands like Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey and Joy Division, as well as contemporaries like the National, Blonde Redhead and the Kills. This will be Le D's third Westword Showcase, and in the last three years, the band has been fortunate enough to play SXSW, CMJ, UMS and Red Rocks. Their second EP, The Sting and the Light, was released in February of this year, along with their first video for "Under the Boxcars."