By Team Backbeat
By Amber Taufen
By Jon Solomon
By Tom Murphy
By Jesse Livingston
By Alejandra Loera
By Stephanie March
By Tom Murphy
Lola Black is the kicking, screaming, fire-breathing epitome of rock and roll! With a middle finger raised high up to the sky, Lola takes shit from no one and is ripping audiences in two across the country! Fresh off a mini-tour with national hard-rock heroes Pop Evil, Lola has been killing it on 106.7 KBPI with the hit song "Borracho" bouncing around in the top ten, in rotation for over three months! Sugar and spice and everything nice were never a part of what makes Lola one of the most dynamic frontwomen in music!
LORDS OF FUZZ
The Lords of Fuzz are releasing Broken Bottles and Knives, their first album in three years, this summer. This is a seven-track EP recorded at the new Sailor Records studio here in Denver. Pete deBoer (Living Color, Biohazard, Creed, Crash Test Dummies) produced the album, and mixing was completed at World Famous Studios in Breckenridge. Mastering was by Joe Gastwirt (311, Neil Young, Tom Petty...) in Los Angeles. Check Lordsoffuzz.com for more information and updates.
M & THE GEMS
The earth-shattering presence of frontwoman Maria Kohler (Harpoontang, Kitty Crimes) is powered and accompanied by the supersonic sounds of the Gems, whose music intoxicatingly expels from the stage alongside her. M & the Gems could be simply described as loud, shimmery, dark and fun. Their objective, as musicians and performers, is to create a sonic-visual environment that allows the listener to feel immersed in the present moment with as much enjoyment as possible.
Described as "a [sound] that will most likely define a new breed of dance music for Denver," ManCub is producer/multi-instrumentalist Alex Anderson. Joined live by a rotating cast of Denver musicians, ManCub is known for its wildly entertaining live shows, which feature a strictly analog setup of Casiotone keyboards, drum machines and effects pedals, used to tastefully blend elements of noise with electro-pop songwriting. ManCub has recently supported live acts such as Mickey Avalon, Bag Raiders and Walter Meego and will be hitting the road this fall for its first tour. Keep an eye out for the new EP Business Dogs, out May 25 on Hug Records!
"Like a lion stalking his prey through golden strands waving on the Serengeti, so Mane Rok is to hip-hop, waiting for that exact opportune moment to pounce on beats." "Prowler's prey try to dodge but meet the end of their road" (Mane Rok — "Beast Mode," Ft. Ichiban & Deca, from En Stereo)
Breaking out of the concrete-slabbed and plywood-stacked warehouse known as Unit B in 2009, the Manxx has taken aim with singing keyboard melodies, pounding drums, flailing guitar, noisy love songs, fists shaking, asses shaking. What else could we do? With a new lineup, two seven-inch records and a split ten-inch (Snappy Little Numbers, Chutzpah, Mouth Bomb), we continue to sing about love and partying. Let's shake our fists and our asses.
MEN IN BURKA
When MF Ruckus hits the stage, a nexus in the universe forms, creating a place where all is in perfect harmony: War ceases, poverty becomes abundance, and all the starving children of the world dance and sing. MF Ruckus is a turbocharged rock-and-roll supergroup made up of salvaged and Frankensteined pieces of Denver and Chicago's most legendary unknown bands. Following the concurrent demises of Forth Yeer (aka Forth Yeer Freshman), the STDs, Road Crew and Home of the Brave, the surviving members joined together over a number of years to create a six-headed rockstrosity which is known as "the Motherfucking Ruckus" (or MF RUCKUS, for use in polite company). Tay Hamilton, Tony Lee, Aaron Howell, Jerry Cass, Logan O'Connor and Tyrell Blosser write songs in the key of fuckin' A and throw shows that will blow your mind into a million tiny pieces. Better bring your party pants, suckas.
Bianca Mikahn is a dynamic lyricist steeped in the traditions of hip-hop and focused on the visionary aspects of modern progressive music movements. Matching wits and rhymes with many of the underground's most notable MCs, she pushes the envelope on acceptance and expectations from all songwriters in the scene, regardless of gender. Coming from an award-winning competitive poetry background, Mikahn combines intricate rhyme patters, vivid imagery and relatable social-justice themes to bring a sound and presence unique to the scene in Denver and beyond.
Aakash Mittal is emerging as a fresh voice in the creative-music scene. His latest self-released album, Videsh, has been hailed as "point[ing] toward new possibilities in improvised music." (Denver Post) This stems from his approach to composition and improvisation, where Mittal is not held back by specific genres but draws inspiration from an eclectic mix of modern jazz, rock, Indian raga music and field samples of our modern world to tell a story of the human experience.
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