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Westword Music Showcase 2007

Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Westword Music Showcase! This year's Showcase, set for Saturday, June 16, in the Golden Triangle, is bigger and better than ever (yes, I know we say that every year, but it happens to be true). For starters, the all-ages Outdoor Stage has moved two blocks to the north, to a parking lot on the corner of 12th Avenue and Acoma. To find it, all you'll need to do is follow the sound, since Dinosaur Jr., one of the loudest bands on earth, will be headlining, along with Lucero. We've also added a few new clubs to the parade route: DC 10, the Sutra Room and Andrew's on Lincoln have joined such stellar repeat locales as the Acoma Center, Shelter, La Rumba, Two AM and Dazzle.

This year's lineup of nominated bands includes quite a few newcomers, too, along with returning favorites from all parts of the scene — 23 categories of music in all. More than sixty of these acts will play at ten stages throughout the day and evening, making the Westword Music Showcase the perfect opportunity to sample some of the best music our amazing town has to offer. You can get an idea of what motivates these bands in the Q&As that fill this section. The Showcase schedule below reflects a few changes: Ian Cooke has been gracious enough to switch his 8 p.m. Sutra Room slot with Gregory Alan Isakov's 7 p.m. slot, since Isakov is flying in from a tour stop in Portland, Oregon, to perform at the Showcase. Nathan & Stephen and the Omens also swapped spots — the former will perform at 2 p.m. on the Outdoor Stage, while the latter will fill the 8 p.m. slot at the Acoma Center. Since Ion just parted ways with a key member of the group, that act has had to bow out altogether — and Love Me Destroyer will now close out the Two AM lineup at 7 p.m.

Keep an eye on our website, www.westword.com, for other updates, as well as Q&As with nominated bands that won't be performing. And regardless of who winds up getting the most votes in each category (winners will be announced at the Showcase Awards on Monday, June 25, at the Bluebird Theater), I just want to say that it's an honor and a privilege to be able to showcase our scene — hands-down the most vibrant, diverse and exciting in the country. — Dave Herrera

ACTION FRIEND
NOMINATED IN ART ROCK/AVANTE-GARDE
2 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.myspace.com/actionfriend

Personnel: Paul Alexander (drums); Shaun Solomon (bass); Jeremy McLean (guitar).

Native or transplant? One native, two transplants.

Releases/discography: Demo (2006); Demo (2007); Untitled (coming in 2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Genre-hopping. Experimental. Rock.

Favorite place to play a show: 3 Kings Tavern.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: N/A

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Roseanne Barr.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): No comment.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? My parents' street, because I love my parents.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Prolly, because they represent Denver best although they're from Fort Collins.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? The Melvins.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Grease soundtrack.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Neat.

Who's on your iPod right now? Two out of three of Action Friend think iPods are lame.

Parting shot: I know we're friends and all, but you came all over my leg.

BELA KAROLI
NOMINATED IN AMBIENT/ELECTRONIC
4 P.M., SUTRA ROOM

Website: www.myspace.com/belakaroli

Personnel: Julie Davis (upright bass, vocals, soft instruments); Brigid McAuliffe (accordion, vocals); Carrie Beeder (violin).

Native or transplant? We were each transplanted at an early age.

Releases/discography: Bela Karoli will be releasing our first full-length album in late September.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Retro-future chamber pop; that's two adjectives and one noun.

Favorite place to play a show: Meadowlark.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: My front stoop.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Bela Karoli would most likely be the alley between Marion and Downing streets on Capitol Hill. We practice in a garage off that alley, and since it's been repaved, you can ride your bike or roller-skate really fast down it.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? T. S. Eliot.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Nutcracker Suite - Pytor Illych Tchaikovsky.  

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now: Andrew Bird, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Sufjan Stevens, Porlolo, Gregory Alan Isakov, Nina Simone, the Wheel, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, Björk, Thom Yorke, Miles Davis, Feist, Ravel, the Ravens, Ian Cooke, Radiohead, Slim Harpo.

BLACK LAMB
NOMINATED IN METAL/HARDROCK
6 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.myspace.com/blacklamb

Personnel: Bill Stewart (guitar); Mykel Martinez (guitar); Tim Vigil (bass); Shane Hartman (drum intern); Brian Hagman (tambourine, hollerin').

Native or transplant? Commerce City.

Releases/discography: Pillar of Salt, High and Mighty, The Low Road, Hang the Moon.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Soulful, heavy, stanky.

Favorite place to play a show: Late, loud, and loaded.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: See above.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Fluid.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Whoomp! (There It Is)" - Tag Team.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, but it's getting so commercial! It used to be about the drugs and hookers!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Cephalic Carnage. Everybody likes a li'l carnage!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? The Cro-Mags, Age of Quarrel era.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? (see above).

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? We were broke before! So have at it, kiddies!

Who's on your iPod right now: Our wha?

Parting shot: Kentucky mfkn Deluxe!

BLUESMAN WILLIE HOUSTON AND THE BLUES PROWLERS
NOMINATED IN BLUES
3 P.M., DAZZLE

Website: www.myspace.com/williehouston

Personnel: Willie Houston, Hubert "Blues" Lawhorn, Randall Dubis, Tony Pantelis and Holly Hoverson.

Native or transplant? All transplants.

Releases/discography: Bluesman Willie Houston and His Guitar (2001).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Electric, Delta, seasoned blues.

Favorite place to play a show: Festivals.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Any venue supporting live music.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Jello Biafra.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Green-Eyed Lady" - Sugarloaf.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax Avenue — it has it all!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Too many.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Muddy Waters.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? These Blues Are All Mine - Tab Benoit.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Neutral. You can't stop people's determination to re-record and share music.

Who's on your iPod right now? Hundreds of artists.

Parting shot: The Blues is the roots, and the rest is the fruits.

BOP SKIZZUM
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
2 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.myspace.com/bopskizzum

Personnel: Andy Guerrero (lead vocals, guitar); Serafin Sanchez (tenor saxophone, rhodes, keyboards); Tohbias Juniel (drums); Chris Harris (bass); Joe Ferrone (trumpet); Jeff Valentine (trombone); Brittany Moser (vocals).

Native or transplant? Natives and two transplants.

Releases/discography: Propeller EP (2005); Waiting For (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Black, white and brown.

Favorite place to play a show: The Gothic Theatre.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sputnik.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Psychodelic Zombiez.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Anthem" - Born in the Flood.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? We would be Broadway, because it is has a little bit of everything. But we would totally hang out with Colfax and 13th avenues — they're the raddest!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Psychodelic Zombiez, because after not playing together for ten years, at their reunion show, they still sounded fucking flawless.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? James Brown, R.I.P.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? God send us some money for our records!

Who's on your iPod right now? Born in the Flood, K-OS, Amy Winehouse, Imogen Heap, Kneebody and Flobots.

Parting shot: Come check us out at Bender's Tavern on June 23! Obama 2008!  

BORN IN THE FLOOD
NOMINATED IN INDIE ROCK
6 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/bornintheflood

Personnel: Nathaniel D. Rateliff, Joseph Pope III, Matt Fox, Mike Hall.

Native or transplant? Transplants.

Releases/discography: If This Thing Should Spill (2007); For Fear That We May Not Be (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? N/A

Favorite place to play a show: hi-dive.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sputnik, back yard.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Monofog, A Dog Paloma, Love Letter Band.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Monster" - Uphollow.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Probably the Fray. They are doing a pretty keen job so far, no matter what kind of crap they get locally. They seem very committed to the people and bands here, almost exclusively using local folks to run sound, lights, tech support, as well as opening acts. Bright Channel opening at Red Rocks? Those kids are in for a treat.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? My child, who plays the drums on my head.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Neither — just evolution. Vinyl shall prevail in the end, mark my words.

Who's on your iPod right now? ELO.

Parting shot: Please support Montessori education, PBS and the K.L.O.O.S.B.A. (Keep LoDo Out Of the South Broadway Alliance).

THE BOTTESSINI PROJECT
NOMINATED IN JAZZ
7 P.M., DAZZLE

Website: www.myspace.com/paulriola

Personnel: Paul Riola (saxophones, electronics, production); Ron Miles (cornet); Mark Harris (alto saxophone); Doug Anderson (bass); Melvin Gibbs (bass); Keenan Wayne (bass); Nels Cline (guitar); Jeff Parker (guitar); Janet Feder (guitar); Farrell Lowe (guitar); Dave Devine (guitar); Roger Green (guitar); CacheFlowe (laptop/programming); Glenn Taylor (pedal steel); Scott Amendola (drums); Tony Jefferson (drums); Art Lande (drums, piano); Ernie Crews (drums); Richard Von Forster (cello); Eric Moon (keyboards, programming); Greg Harris (vibraphone); DJ Olive (turntables).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Naima's Grass Pajamas (set for fall release).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Crazy, sexy, cool.

Favorite place to play a show: The Oriental Theater.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Mario's Double Daughter's.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Bill Frisell and Ron Miles.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Coward of the County" - Ron Miles.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? North Walnut, because it has raw, creative potential.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Ron Miles, because he is by far the most brilliant and pure musician in Denver.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Pharoah Sanders.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Live-Evil - Miles Davis.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Bahamadia, Beta Band, Betty Davis, Dosh, Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake, Nomo, Radio Citizen, Pete Philly and Perquisite, Scotty Hard's Radical Reconstructive Surgery and Dave Douglas.

Parting shot: Denver is truly a musically gifted city. We are so privileged to have such a progressive and creative community.

BRIGHT CHANNEL
NOMINATED IN INDIE ROCK
Website: www.flightapproved.com

Personnel: Jeff Suthers (guitar, vocals); Brian Banks (drums); Shannon Stein (bass).

Native or transplant? 2/3 native.

Releases/discography: Self-Propelled (2006); Bright Channel (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Blinding, seismic, loud.

Favorite place to play a show: Larimer Lounge / hi-dive.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sputnik.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Astronauts.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Calypso" - John Denver

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? John Lennon.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? EVOL - Sonic Youth.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Neither.

Who's on your iPod right now? Monofog and Mothership.

THE BROTHERHOOD OF DAE HAN
NOMINATED IN METAL/HARDCORE

Website: www.myspace.com/thebrotherhoodofdaehan

Personnel: Jeff (vocals); Joey (guitar, vocals); Justin (guitar/vocals); Chris (bass); and Brett (drums).

Native or transplant? The band's native, but two of the members are out of Virginia. Do bands really move out to Colorado to make it?

Releases/discography: For the Glory of Olde Virginia (2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Crazy, sexy, cool (Like TLC).  

Favorite place to play a show: Our favorite venue to play was the Starlight (R.I.P.). Then it closed down and turned into a bluegrass bar. Weak sauce.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Road 34.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Sound of Sinners (R.I.P.). They only played one show but were amazing.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "The Break Up Song" - Single File. Simple, catchy, amazing!

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Any street in Five Points. It's hard out here for a pimp.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Single File. They are one of those bands who play amazing music, are amazing guys and have earned everything they've gotten. Living proof that if you hustle long enough, good things can happen!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? He Is Legend: They opened our eyes to the way music should be played.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? I Am Hollywood - He Is Legend. Simply amazing!

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend! It's our responsibility as artists to release a CD that isn't shit and has more than one good song on it. These days, that's not always the case, and people (including me) don't want to waste their money paying for an entire record for one song. Therefore, they download it! Thanks a lot, rap music!

Who's on your iPod right now? "Five Minutes Alone" - Pantera.

Parting shot: That's brisk, baby!

BUCKSKIN STALLION
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ALT COUNTRY

Website: www.buckskinstallionmusic.org

Personnel: Dave Shapiro (guitar, vocals); John Macy (pedal steel); Todd Livingston (lap steel, guitars, vocals); Brian Schey (bass guitar); Tom Post (drums); Troy Schoenfelder (acoustic guitar, vocals).

Native or transplant? Transplant.

Releases/discography: Blue Ribbon Buzz (2004); currently working on sophomore release.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Rousing ruralism with haunting lyrics. Where the tire hugs asphalt.

Favorite place to play a show: On a stage.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: In a yellow '63 Ford pickup.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): DeVotchKa.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Road to Old Mexico" - Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams (have you seen Halden's children's book — The Long Gone Lonesome History of Country Music? Check it out!)

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, because it's long and oh, so dirty.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Slim Cessna's Auto Club: gold tooth, long-neck beer and fire-and-brimstone soapbox crooning. Now, that's weird old America!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Bob Dylan.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? I dunno, but I suppose we're standing upon the threshold of a new era. From this doorway, it's leaning toward godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? 'Eye' what?!?! Oh, you mean my Victrola. Talk to me, Blind Willie McTell, talk to me!

Parting shot: Dig yuhself.

BUCKWILD
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ALT COUNTRY

Website: www.myspace.com/buckwilddenver

Personnel: Rex Moser (lead and rhythm guitar, lead vocals); Susan Phelan (upright bass, vocals); Carlos Newman (drums, cowbell, smoke machine).

Native or transplant? Rex and Susan are transplants; Carlos is a native.

Releases/discography: Live CD to be released soon — still working in the studio (for the last two years).

What three adjectives best describe your music? HARD, FAST & LOUD.

Favorite place to play a show: The Skylark Lounge.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Cricket on the Hill.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Railbenders.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Not the Devil" - Bob Whales.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? East Colfax — isn't that where all the strip clubs are?

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Railbenders — see them live and you'll know why!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Rex: Culture Club; Susan: Her Dad; Carlos: Johnny Cash.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Rex: Charlie Christian With the Benny Goodman Quintet; Susan: Rock and Roll Over - Kiss; Carlos: At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash.  

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? We'll tell ya once WE get to share some files.

Who's on your iPod right now? Rex: i-what?; Susan: Two Ton Boa, Amy Winehouse, Throw Rag; Carlos: Waylon Jennings, Jesse Dayton, the Supersuckers.

Parting shot: You're only as good as your last show!

CACHEFLOWE
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
4 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/cacheflowe

Personnel: Justin Gitlin (computer, guitar, bass, vocals, triangle, etc).

Native or transplant? Transplanted from New Hampshire in 1998.

Releases/discography: Automate Everything (2005); Musique Discrete (2003); various remixes and singles for compilations (2004 to present).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Electronic, experimental, breakbeaty.

Favorite place to play a show: The Bluebird is the coolest venue I've played.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Björk at Red Rocks. Or Sputnik, if I want to stay in the neighborhood and see some friendly faces and get a grilled cheese.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): George&Caplin. They've created a large collection of very original and beautiful music over the span of many years and albums. You wouldn't think they could improve their sound, but each new album is more impressive than the last.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): I'm not sure about that one, but I used to get excited when I'd hear hip-hop MCs shout out Colorado on their albums.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Emerson, because it's got a lot of good, a little bad, it's way stealth, and it doesn't have many stop signs.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? There's so much great local talent, but at this moment I would say Scaffolding and Sarah Marcogliese. They bring together elements of music that spread across a wide spectrum of different sounds coming out of Denver: electronic/organic/sexy/experimental/dancey.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? It isn't musically, but the artist Bit Meddler had a big impact by influencing my recording-name decision. After hearing his name I laughed for a few minutes and decided to come up with a tongue-in-cheek play on words that would refer to my computer geekiness.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? There are so many, but right now I would say Jazzanova: The Remixes (1997-2000). The production and style blew me away and made me realize the limitless possibilities of melding genres into something new and interesting (and accessible, if you're into that kind of thing).

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend. There's so much music out there to sift through to find artists you really like. Downloading is a great way to find out about new music, but I think everybody should try to support the artists they like by buying the albums, etc. Personally, I'd rather have someone download my music "illegally" and enjoy it than not have the chance to hear it.

Who's on your iPod right now? I took a stand against iPods and never got one. But I've been listening to the new albums from Brightblack Morning Light, Amon Tobin, Björk, the Bird and the Bee, and some dubstep, which is a pretty cool new-ish electronic-music genre.

Parting shot: Big up, everyone who makes Denver/Colorado a great place for music and the arts. Let's bring it to the next level. Extra special love to the people who helped me get started in Denver: DJ Idiom, Tyler Potts, Equulei, Dojo, George&Caplin and more.

CAT-A-TAC
NOMINATED IN INDIE ROCK
6 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/catatac

Personnel: Andy Tennant (guitar, vocals); Jim McTurnan (guitar/vocals); Connor Bailey (bass); Warren Wonders (drums).

Native or transplant? Transplants from NY, London, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Releases/discography: Past Lies and Former Lives (2007); CAT-A-TAC EP (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Good, bad and ugly.

Favorite place to play a show: The Stage.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Bar.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): DeVotchKa.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Closer Than You Think Pt. 1" - Everything Absent or Distorted.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Speer: We're all over the place and can rarely walk a straight line.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Someone on Needlepoint — we need money.  

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Jackson Pollock.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Songs for a Blue Guitar - Red House Painters.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? We're all for file-sharing. You know you've arrived when people start stealing your stuff.

Who's on your iPod right now? Pet Shop Boys.

Parting shot: Stay in school, don't do drugs

CEPHALIC CARNAGE
NOMINATED IN METAL/HARDROCK

Website: www.myspace.com/cephaliccarnage

Personnel: Lenzig (vocals); John (drums); Nick (bass); Zac (guitar); Steve (guitar).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Xenosapien (2007); Anomalies (2005); Perversion and the Guilt After (2002); Lucid Interval (2002); Halls of Amenti (2001); Exploiting Dysfunction (2000); Conforming to Abnormality (1998).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Crispy, minty, chappy.

Favorite place to play a show: At a venue.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: 3 Kings, of course.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): DeVotchKa.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Dance Like an Asshole" - A-no.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax. It's one of the most entertaining streets in the world. It's a great street to get and listen to some good rock.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? South Park. Every topic they take on, from our homeless sitch to Casa Bonita, is just spot-on.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Miles Davis.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Master of Puppets - Metallica.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? As long as you go buy the record after you check it out, right on. I hate buying a CD and being disappointed that I just wasted my money. But after you download it and know you like it, go pick it up at a record store.

Who's on your iPod right now? Steve Hughes the comedian. Check him out!

Parting shot: Pick up, Xenosapien! Yar.

CONSTELLATIONS
NOMINATED IN NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL
7 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/constellations

Personnel: Brandon Weaver (drums); Zak Brown (vocals, guitar, keyboards, sequencing); Mark Weaver (bass); Davey Hart (guitar, bass); Mark Shusterman (Rhodes, sound manipulation).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Sistering EP (2005); Necrogeister EP (2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Future, urban, sadness.

Favorite place to play a show: hi-dive.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Gabor's.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Fissure Mystic.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Vinyl Psyche" - Fissure Mystic.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Federal Boulevard, because we've got it like that.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Women Gathering Gems, because we've got it like that.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Autechre.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Fela Kuti.

CONVERGENCE
NOMINATED IN JAZZ

Website: www.jazzconvergence.com

Personnel: Greg Gisbert (trumpet); John Gunther (sax); Mark Patterson (trombone); Eric Gunnison (piano); Mark Simon (bass); Paul Romaine (drums).

Native or transplant? John and Mark P. are natives, the rest transplants, but we always Converge in lovely, sweet Colorado.

Releases/discography: Modern Man (2004); Hometown (2002); As One (1998); Big Lunage (1994).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Exciting, joyful, sincere.

Favorite place to play a show: Dazzle.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Paul's house (aka "The Hey Cafe").

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Bill Frisell.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "America the Beautiful" written by Katharine Lee Bates at the summit of Pikes Peak during the summer of 1893.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? West 29th, because that's the street "La Cocinita," THE best Mexican restaurant, is on!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. It may not be an act, but it's an organization doing great things for kids.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Pablo Picasso.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Grandma's old photo album.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Music will never die. File-sharing is just another technological stop on the way, like sheet music or the '78.  

Who's on your iPod right now? Juana Molina, Coltrane, Miles, Monk, Bach, Squarepusher, Brazilian Girls, Coldplay...and Convergence!

Parting shot: We want to thank all our dear friends and fans who have supported us over the years!

IAN COOKE
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER
7 P.M., SUTRA ROOM

Website: www.myspace.com/iancooke

Personnel: Ian Cooke (vocals, cello, piano, percussion); on occasion: Ian O (guitar, piano); Whit Sibley (bass, vocals); Justin Ferreira (drums, percussion); Sean Merrell (drums, percussion).

Native or transplant? I am a Colorado native. Greeley is my home town.

Releases/discography: The Fall I Fell (2007); Vasoon EP (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? I asked a friend for three adjectives that best describe my music. She came up with beautiful, tragic and mesmerizing.

Favorite place to play a show: Intimate venues and houses are my favorite places to play shows.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Lately, I like dinking at the Horseshoe Lounge. Tuesdays and Thursdays at JR's are fun every once in a while.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The best band from Denver in my book is Rabbit Is a Sphere. As for solo artists, I'd say Rachael Pollard. This question isn't fair. There are too many good ones. Other contenders include Paper Bird, Bela Karoli, Handsome Bobby, Supply Boy, Ghost Buffalo, Porlolo, Joshua Novak, Mark Darling, the Wheel, Peña, Gregory Alan Isakov, A Dog Paloma, Laura Goldhamer, Meese, Bad Weather California — I could go on for days.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Again, there is more than one best song to come out of Denver. I'll narrow it down to five: "Motorcycles" - Supply Boy; "New Year's Day" - Joshua Novak; "Sacrifice" - Paper Bird; "No Ability" - Laura Goldhamer; and "My Hanging Surrender," by the Wheel.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I would be 16th Avenue, because it has a generous and clearly marked bike lane — the kind of bike lane all streets should have. On second thought, I might be Colfax, because I always have at least two prostitutes on me.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The act I would choose to represent Denver is Malas Semillas. Those cats are the illest and have hearts of gold.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? ABBA is my all-time favorite band. They fleshed out my understanding of the form of a pop song.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? There are several albums that could hold the title of having the biggest impact on me, but if I had to choose one, it might be Cafe Tacuba's Reves.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? I wouldn't say file-sharing is the death of music, but it may be overpopulating it a bit. It definitely makes selling records more difficult, but sometimes I consider it a godsend. I would rather have free exposure to more people than make money off of a handful. I'd like to think the people who find music via file-sharing will buy it if they like it.

Who's on your iPod right now? I possess no iPod. If I did, it would most likely be playing "Colleen," the first track on Joanna Newsom's new EP.

Parting shot: Go swimming this summer and recycle.

COWBOY CURSE
NOMINATED IN INDIE POP
5 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/cowboycurse

Personnel: Ben Bergstrand (vocals/guitar), Tyler Campo (bass/vocals), Erin Tidwell (drums/vocals).

Native or transplant? 2/3 transplant: Ben is from Kentucky and Ohio — two states that nobody really gives a shit about. Tyler is from Connecticut and is a Yankee elitist snob. E is a native and even smells like the Rocky Mountain Columbine, Colorado's state flower. It's kinda freaky.

Releases/discography: Nod Up and Down (to the Simulcast Singing) (2006); Welcome to Cowboy Curse (2004); Cap Gun Memo (2003).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Beautiful, violent despair?

Favorite place to play a show: Does playing a painfully slow, out-of-tune version of "Crazy Train" at Guitar Center count? Our whole set is awesome, actually, from our blistering "Come As You Are" to Tyler's bass work on "Aenima." You'll be blown away!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Timmy T's Sante Fe Lounge. Sorry, it's members only.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Clarinet Guy on the 16th Street Mall — sometimes he can even play while sleeping!!!  

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Um, not "Cable Car" or "How to Save a Life" — but those songs are really out of L.A., anyway.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Hmmm... 14th Avenue. It's nice in some parts, shitty in others. Lots of people know about it, but very few people actually give a shit about it.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? In all seriousness, Red Cloud, because they have great lyrical content, they're passionate players, they put on great live performances, they behave semi-respectably about town, and they have always been very supportive of other bands in town and don't play into the bullshit hype that has been very pervasive and divisive to our music scene. Then again, Red Cloud has too much scruples to accept such a title as Supreme Denver Representatives, and they'd decline, and we'd have to ask Bright Channel, and, for the same reasons, they'd decline, and then we'd ask Tarmints, and the same thing would happen, and it would just be a goddamned mess to even get into choosing one band to represent such a diverse city. We wish Coloradans would spread their roots a little more to support all the bands, artists and good things Denver has to offer.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? I guess we can be serious here, too. Wilco — obviously musically, but it's more the drama surrounding the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. It just goes to show you that everything can be falling apart — people can try to crush you from inside and out and you can still make a great album your own way, give it away for free on the Internet, have the same major buy it TWICE after telling you it's crap, and it can still go multi-platinum, to boot! Maybe there is some hope after all.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Knee Deep in the Hoopla - Starship. You do remember what they built that city on, don't you?

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Hmmm. According to the Bible, GOD will send DEATH in the form of the apocalypse, so those terms are wishy-washy.

Who's on your iPod right now? You're kidding, right? Would you like a listing for all 80MB? Don't put this question on the survey next year!

Parting shot: Haven't you already seen King Rat and Swayback, like, a thousand times? You should be watching Cowboy Curse at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Acoma Center. You should vote for Cowboy Curse on the Indie Pop ballot because a Vote for Cowboy Curse is a Vote fur Amuricuh! The rest o' them bands are hippies and freedom-haters! Look at Tyler Hayden's hair (hippie) and them Hot IQs with their subversive lyrics (freedom-haters). Man, don't even get us started on that Nathan & Stephen or EAOD... Something just ain't right about havin' that many folks in one band; it's like them al-Qaeda terror cells.

DENT
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP
6 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/dentsmusicissaulgood

Native or transplant: Native, the Nutty North!

Releases/discography: The Blunt Sessions (2007); Confi'DENT LP (Summer 2007); Make Yall Feel It (Mix CD-2006); Low Budget Soul (2006); Hip-Hop Love Jazz (2005 UK); Platinum in the Shower EP (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Heavy, groovy, energetic.

Favorite place to play a show: The Fillmore.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Roxy, 2549 Welton Street.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Well, let's say outta Colorado. I'm a fan of Distrakt, the Procussions, D.O. & O.G., Bumpy Chill, just a few. Colorado has a lot of dope headz. It's time to Wake Up!!

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Man, I dunno, there's a lot of hot music out here, a lot to choose from. It's up in the air.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Humm. Probably Federal, 'cause that's a classic Denver street, and it goes north to south all through the city.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? As far as hip-hop goes in Denver, there are many artists who are creating their own network; we all need to continue playin' our part to truly build a stronger scene, support each others' movements. We're all from CO and all in the same struggle. It's time to build.  

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? I'm going to say Big Daddy Kane. Without him, there would be no raw, smoothed out, mack daddy, gangsta true wordsmith MCs. He posed it all and blessed the rap game.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Illmatic - Nas.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Humm. Send it thru; I need all the new heaters I can get, just as long as it don't mess up my computer.

Who's on your iPod right now? I just got an iPod recently. I've been listening to a lot of my records that I've burned on MP3 to my iPod.

Parting shot: "Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow."

DISTRAKT
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP
5 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/distrakt

Personnel: Omar Jones, EMU SP1200.

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Distraktions (2006); Calculate Depth Thru Introspect (2002); See Thru the Dirt (1999).

What three adjectives best describe your music? 1) Better Best 2) Soulful 3) Catchy.

Favorite place to play a show: The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Wire Short Studios.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Broadway, because of all of the vintage antique stores.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? There are so many great acts in Denver to choose just one.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Quincy Jones.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Listen - Johnny "Guitar" Watson.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Distrakt catalogue dated back to '89 to '07 of unavailable and available songs.

Parting shot: Thank you for the opportunity.

DJ BEDZ
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: HIP-HOP - CLUB/ TURNTABLISTS
2 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/djbedz

Personnel: Just myself — although Radio Bums is the crew. Por favor, believe it.

Releases/discography: I've done upwards of one hundred mix CDs (and when I say "mix CD," I actually mean that the songs are mixed and scratched together). My most recent batch of CDs features Whoo Kid, Brown Boy, Xzibit, Paul Wall, Carmelo Anthony and Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock as hosts. Go to Independent Records and buy one, please — otherwise, the Recording Industry Association of America will win. And nobody wants that to happen.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Technically proficient, intricate and clean.

Favorite place to play a show: The Pepsi Center.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Loft.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Is there a time frame on this question? If not, it's hard to argue with the Denver members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Honorable mention goes to that one guy from Tag Team. Whoomp, there it is, baby.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Constance" - Mr. J Medeiros/Procussions. I know the Pros don't live here any longer, but you can't fade a song written about the Philippine prostitution epidemic over an amazingly produced beat.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I'm sure this is going to be the clique answer, but I'll run with Colfax. It's a long, hard, culturally diverse adventure where all your dreams can come true. Pow! Chalk one up to the obvious, poorly used sexual innuendo.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? I think I'd choose Playalitical. He's not only talented on the mike, but behind the boards as well. He has the ability to make different-sounding songs, so he's the Denver hip-hop artist least likely to suffer from being pigeonholed should he be able to break out nationally. He also has a unique vocal sound, and I think not sounding like everything else out there is an important quality in giving some identity and definition to Colorado.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Ice Cube. He's the outright epitome of political sensibilities/anti-establishment overtones blended with inner-city street sense and raw anger. And he's a lyrical virtuoso, very naturally talented. The man was just born with the "it" quality.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy. This album really solidified, in my young mind, what a powerful tool for social change hip-hop could be. For me, it was the album that best articulated the frustrations of impoverished minority groups during the post-Reaganomics era. On top of that, it was musically a huge milestone for sampling and creative use of sound in the context of hip-hop production. Chuck D and the Bomb Squad were about twenty years ahead of their time, respectively. It's an amazing piece of music, both culturally and musically.  

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It's great; I love it. It's taken the power away from the record companies and given musicians the ability to promote themselves independently through a direct and effective means. Music revenues might suffer in the short term, but there's a lot more music being heard by a wider range of people — and that can only be a good thing.

Who's on your iPod right now? Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Parliament, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers and a whole bunch of random Motown and '80s R&B.

Parting shot: C'mon, ask around, the Radio Bums got this whole town locked down. Go, Nuggets!

DJ PSYCHO
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: HIP-HOP - CLUB/TURNTABLIST

Website: www.myspace.com/djpsychorb

Native or transplant? Denver Native!

Releases/discography: Capone Carmelo Kustoms Vol. 1 and 2; Hard 'N' Da Paint (featuring Ron Artest); Quit Actin Brand New (featuring Rhymefest).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Eclectic, rhythmic, classic.

Favorite place to play a show: The Bluebird Theater.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Purple Martini.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Melissa Lujan.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Over My Head (Cable Car)" - The Fray.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Raleigh Street, because I grew up on 14th and Raleigh, and that's where my first memories of music began.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? I would have to say Melissa Lujan. She has the talent and a solid team behind her.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Wow — this is tough, because there are too many amazing artists that have influenced my life, but I will say that Nas has had the biggest impact on me.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Illmatic - Nas.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? As a professional DJ, it's so nice to have limitless access to music, but I can understand how it's hard for bands to have their music bootlegged so often.

Who's on your iPod right now? I'm a starving DJ; I can't afford an iPod.

Parting shot: "Shampoo is better."

DJ VAJRA
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: HIP-HOP - CLUB/TURNTABLISTS
3 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/djvajra

Personnel: Just me.

Native or transplant? Transplant: originally from Indiana, but Colorado is my real home.

Releases/discography: Cuts & Drums Vol.1; Hydef mixtape; Saul Good the Mixtape.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Fun, funky and fresh.

Favorite place to play a show: I've played all over the world, but I can honestly still say the Fox Theatre.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Round Midnight on Tuesdays.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Fast4wrd.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): ): "LiFEY for tha' WiFEY" - Fast4wrd.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Hopefully, my career will run as long as Colfax! (I'm probably the seventeenth artist to answer with that street.)

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? If you are an artist who is only concentrating on being the best in Denver, then that's as far as you will ever get.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? All artists impact me in some way, be it positive or negative, but I'll say DJ Q-Bert.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? If you like an artist, you should support them by paying for the music.

Who's on your iPod right now? Music that helps me sleep while sitting upright.

Parting shot: Get involved with something that will affect the world in a positive way. PEACE!!!

DRAG THE RIVER
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ALT COUNTRY

Website: www.dragtheriver.com

Native or transplant? Honorary natives.

Releases/discography: It's Crazy (2006); Hobo's Demos (2006); Live at the Starlight (2005); Chicken Demos (2004); Hey Buddies... EP(2004); Closed (2002).  

What three adjectives best describe your music? Country and Midwestern.

Favorite place to play a show: They were all fun.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Probably 3 Kings.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Tower.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Magic Cyclops, cuz he'd do a good job.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Who knows?

Who's on your iPod right now? No one in our band has one.

ERICA BROWN BAND
NOMINATED IN BLUES

Website: www.ericabrownband.com

Personnel: Erica Brown (lead vocals); Scott Rivera (lead and harmony vocals, drums); Rich Sallee (bass, background vocals); Jim Ayers (keyboard, Hammond organ, background vocals).

Native or transplant? All transplants except Rich!

Releases/discography: Rough Cut Stone (2003); Body Work (2000); new CD in works.

What three adjectives best describe your music? High-energy rockin' blues. (Sorry, I'm working on my counting skills; they shouldn't have let me do this! - Erica)

Favorite place to play a show: Anywhere people listen and appreciate!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: It's different for all of us (of course, not all of us drink, but some of us make up for the others).

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Wow — there's too many to pick just one!

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): It's a toss-up: "One Word (Peace)" - the Subdudes, and Sam Mayfield's cover of "Tonight's the Night" or ANYTHING by Dianne Reeves!

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Denver is so diverse, I don't know if that's a fair question!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? This year? Me, personally, Bob Margolin.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? I can't list just one! All of us would have different ideas.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? There was a time when all music was basically free. The more folks hear you and like you, the more they'll support you anyway!

Who's on your iPod right now? What's an iPod? Is that like an eight-track?

Parting shot: The road is like a good man: long and wide, and sometimes he takes me home... Wow, there's a blues song in there somewhere!! (Can I say that in a national magazine??)

EVERYTHING ABSENT OR DISTORTED (a love story)
NOMINATED IN INDIE POP

Website: www.myspace.com/everythingabsentordistorted

Personnel: All eight of us sing and rotate around multiple instruments; those eight players include Robert Rutherford, John Kuker, Trevor Trumble, Jody Pilmer, Andy Maher, Joe Grobelny, Ryan Stubbs and Bryce Merrill.

Native or transplant? The band is a Colorado native and was formed in Denver/Boulder. We have Denver and Colorado natives in the band as well as former Texans, Alabamans, Illini, Nebraskans and Wyomingites. John Kuker currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and spends way too much time on I-25 driving to and from Denver.

Releases/discography: The Soft Civil War EP (2006); upcoming debut full-length.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Proustian, apocalyptic, homoerotic, Sisyphian, empyrean, pyrrhic and circumlocutory.

Favorite place to play a show: Mile High Stadium (the old one).

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sputnik or the Pig (our practice space, a former Italian restaurant in the Highlands).

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Neutral Milk Hotel (They get in on a technicality, as Jeff Magnum was living in Denver while recording In the Aeroplane Over the Sea with Robert Schneider at a now-demolished space on Speer Boulevard — see below.)

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Holland 1945" - Neutral Milk Hotel.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Anything from the City Beautiful movement, but probably Speer, since it turned an eyesore into a grand boulevard, though it was somewhat of a joke at the time for being Mayor Speer's personal driveway for him and his country club friends. Striving to preserve and enhance Denver's meager waterways, Mayor Speer walled Cherry Creek and began landscaping it with trailing vines, shrubbery and trees. Small triangular parks were created along Speer Boulevard, where the diagonal boulevard intersected downtown streets. Two larger tracts were acquired for Sunken Gardens Park, in front of West High School, and Alamo Placita Park, at First Avenue. To honor the man who made the town eyesore into the scenic centerpiece of a grand boulevard, the city council, in 1910, renamed Cherry Creek Drive as Speer Boulevard. Speer Boulevard led to Washington Park via the Downing-Marion Street Parkway. East Sixth, Seventh and 17th avenues extended the plan into east Denver. Most of the parkway plan has been implemented, although subsequent mayors have failed to complete a few remaining segments such as a proposed South Platte River Parkway.  

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Bearded Lady. She's a little rough around the edges, but she's got heart.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Robert Rauschenberg.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Falco 3 - Falco.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It may be the death of the music business, but it's mother's milk to music.

Who's on your iPod right now? It's actually an old yellow Sony Discman. And it's the National's Boxer right now.

Parting shot: Whiskey, of course.

FLOBOTS
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
7 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/flobots

Personnel: Brer Rabbit (vocals); Jonny 5 (vocals); Andy Guererro (guitar, vocals); Mackenzie Roberts (viola and vocals); Kenny Ortiz (drums); Joe Ferrone (trumpet); Jesse Walker (bass).

Native or transplant? Six natives, one transplant.

Releases/Discography: Platypus (2005); Fight With Tools (coming in September).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Adam...Cayton...Holland.

Favorite place to play a show: Anywhere but Albuquerque.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Vitamin Cottage.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Born in the Flood.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "I hate waiting for my girlfriend to get ready when we're goin' out" — Ben Kronberg.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Santa Fe Drive. Sometimes it's a street. Sometimes it's a highway. Either way, it proves more difficult to classify than it should.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? It would have to be Fall Out Boy. They're not from Denver, but wouldn't that be the bees' knees if they represented us? Wicka wicka.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Bach.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? How to Save a Life is putting us on stage at Red Rocks this summer.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Doesn't matter. People can do whatever they want as long as it keeps us the hell away from Albuquerque.

Who's on your iPod right now? Born in the Flood, Ray LaMontagne, 3OH!3, Kanaan, Lupe Fiasco, K-OS, Beck, Multitudes and Fort Knoxxx.

Parting shot: Funk soul? Really? The world changes so fast we can't keep up.

FORGED IN VIOLET
NOMINATED IN GOTH/INDUSTRIAL
2 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/forgedinviolet

Personnel: Damon Degner (vocals); Evan DeRolf (DJ/producer); Dan Booth (guitar).

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography: Pura Vida (2006).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Dance-rock-hybrid.

Favorite place to play a show: Trilogy Lounge.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Any place is a good place to hang out and drink.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Swayback, Something Underground, Born in the Flood.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Curse Your Little Heart" - DeVotchKa.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I-25 because we're always under construction.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Swayback because the world needs to rock more.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Perry Farrell.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Violator - Depeche Mode.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It's a good thing.

Who's on your iPod right now? Satellite Party, The Music, Planet Funk, Muse & Thom Yorke.

Parting shot: Jack Daniel's at last call.

FUTURE JAZZ PROJECT
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
4 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/futurejazzproject

Personnel: Dameion Hines (drums); Casey Sidewell (bass); Greg Harris (vibraphone, synths, vibrasynth); Greg Raymond (keys); Big House (MC).

Native or transplant? Mostly native.

Releases/discography: True By Design (2006); Check One (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Soulful, gritty, intelligent.

Favorite place to play a show: The Fillmore.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Appaloosa Bar and Grill.  

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Ron Miles.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Everything DeVotchKa did on the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? First Avenue — you know why.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Us, because we're good-looking. As opposed to all those other ugly bands in town. We're a handsome bunch.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? J Dilla.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? You can't pick one album, but Slum Village, Fantastic Vol. 2.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Certainly not the death of music, but may be the death of the twentieth-century business model for the music industry.

Who's on your iPod right now? J Dilla, Joe Henderson, Black Milk, Phat Kat, 4 Hero, the Roots, Kenny Garrett, the Brazilian Girls, Koushik and a bunch of other stuff.

Parting shot: Support local music! Support local art!

GEORGE&CAPLIN
NOMINATED IN AMBIENT/ELECTRONIC
5 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/georgeandcaplin

Personnel: Alfred Hitchcock's spirit, Jeffrey Stevens (vocals, sampler, trumpet); Jason Iselin (guitar, keyboards, loops); Robin Rozum (flute, keyboards); Josh Gondrez (guitar, keyboards).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: He Really Got Through to Advertising (2007); Things Past (2006); Electronic Eulogy From Morse Code Infinity (2004); Fate's First Lonely Night (2003); The Nature of Leaving (2002); The Lost Basement EP(2001).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table." So we choose "exquisite," "simple" and "homey."

Favorite place to play a show: The Hipster Youth Halfway House.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Alfred refused to answer this one.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Tyler Potts.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Carolina Clouds" - Joe Sampson.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Where Wyoming Place meets Arkansas Drive, because we'd like to watch ourselves grow up again.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? We have to agree with Alfred on this one when he says, "The sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on." So we choose the band that looks the coolest. Who is that??

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Mr. Corey Ryan of Sandusky.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Another Green World - Brian Eno.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Mr. Hitchcock once said, "Self-plagiarism is style." So we spend a lot of time trying to steal our own music.

Who's on your iPod right now? "The paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book — it makes a very poor doorstop." We heard Alfred say this once long ago, and we think iPods will make better doorstops in the future. But in the meantime, our iPods hold A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Flying Canyon, A Place to Bury Strangers and Nadja.

Parting shot: "My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like." We can't wait, Mr. Hitchcock!

GHOST BUFFALO
NOMINATED IN ROOTS/AMERICANA
4 P.M., ACOMA CENTER
Website: www.myspace.com/ghostbuffalo

Personnel: Marie Litton (guitar, vocals); Matt Bellinger (guitar); Ben Williams (bass); Jed Kopp (drums).

Native or transplant? We all met here in Denver.

Releases/discography: Ghost Buffalo (2006).

Favorite place to play a show: Red Rocks, although that's only a guess, since we have not yet played there.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Overtime Bar and Grill.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Eyes and Ears.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Coonskin Cap" - Red Cloud West.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? 13th. It's our lucky number.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Red Cloud West — they never cease to amaze.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you: Neil Young.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you: Gentlemen - Afghan Whigs.  

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music: Possibly both.

Who's on your iPod right now? Mine is busted.

Parting shot: We are so stoked to a part of this community right now. There is so much great music in this city; we are just happy to be here in this place in time.

ROGER GREEN
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER
3 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/rogergreen

Personnel: Roger Green with occasional guests.

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Roger Green: Clear, Running Water (2007); Ron Miles (Roger plays guitar): Blossom (2006); Roger Green: Roger Green (2005); Roger Green/Porlolo: What Would This Be For? (2004); The Czars: PS2 Compilation (2004); The Czars: Goodbye (2004); The Way Things Go: The Way Things Go (2003); The Czars: X Would Rather Listen to Y Than Suffer Through a Sea of Z's (2002); The Czars: The Ugly Versus the Beautiful People (2001); Manifesto (2002); The Czars: Music for I'd Rather Be . . .Gone (2001); Idlemind: Idlemind (1995).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Intimate, blue, autumn.

Favorite place to play a show: Haven't found one yet.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: City O' City.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Joe Sampson of A Dog Paloma is the most talented songwriter I've ever met.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Grew Up Lowell" is a beautiful Joe Sampson song about his father in Massachusetts.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Downing: it has a bit of everything.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Rachael Pollard. Her music is a witty, whimsical confrontation with the surrounding world. At times, it's sad enough to make you cry, but instead it makes you smile — and wonderful, wonderful phrasing.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Ron Miles.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Another Green World - Brian Eno.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Who's on your iPod right now? Don't own one.

GREG HARRIS VIBE QUINTET
NOMINATED IN JAZZ
6 P.M., DAZZLE

Website: www.myspace.com/gregharrismusic

Personnel: Greg Harris (vibraphone); Erinn Bone (trumpet); Matt Fuller (guitar); J.C. Thompson (bass); Bill Larson (drums).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Frames Live (2007); Open Space (2006); Memory of Pilots (2006).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Melodic, progressive, expressive.

Favorite place to play a show: Dazzle, since we recorded our new album there.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Pete's Kitchen.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Dragonfly.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Nuggets theme song.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Broadway, for the thrift shops.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Ron Miles, great music.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you: Jeremy Averitt (DJ this that and the other).

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Blues -Jimi Hendrix.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Ah, that's a tough one. File-sharing helps music evolve and disperse, but there need to be changes so art doesn't get taken advantage of.

Who's on your iPod right now? Dilla, Steve Reich.

Parting shot: "I believe that music surpasses even language in its power to mirror the innermost recesses of the human soul." — George Crumb

THE HAGGARDIES
NOMINATED IN REGGAE/SKA
6 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.myspace.com/thehaggardies

Personnel: Mark Eddy (vocals); Ray Calmette (guitar); Eric Marshall (drums); Could be you...(bass).

Native or transplant: All natives and a transplant.

Releases/discography: So Good You'll Think You're Eating! (2007); Live EP(2006); EP (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Original Mountain Punk.

Favorite place to play a show: The Bluebird Theater.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Streets of London.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): 12 Cents for Marvin and Buckwild. And look out for Apex Vibe. They are on the rise.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" - John Denver.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? High Street. Why?

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Kurt Russell.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers.  

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? The Devil in disguise.

Who's on your iPod right now? Marshall: The Queers; Ray doesn't have one; Mark: Slightly Stoopid.

THE HOLLYFELDS
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ALT COUNTRY
2 P.M., SUTRA ROOM

Website: www.myspace.com/thehollyfelds

Personnel: Eryn Hoerig (vocals, piano, autoharp); Kate Grigsby (vocals, acoustic guitar); Tim Mallot (dobro, mandolin); Sam Spitzer (drums); Keith Hoerig (bass).

Native or transplant? The band was formed in Denver. All of us have lived in Colorado for years, though we weren't born here.

Releases/discography: File Under 'H' For Toy (2006), debut full-length coming soon.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Pabst, Blue, Ribbon.

Favorite place to play a show: Three-way tie: Bender's, hi-dive, Meadowlark.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sam's Basement / Hall of the Worlds.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Big Fucking Thunder.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Whoomp! (There It Is)" - Tag Team.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Xanadu: Who wouldn't leave Mt. Olympus to go roller-skating?

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Casa Bonita Cliff Diving Team, because they are young and virile.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Jon Gries, actor.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The Epsilon Rising - The Epsilon Rising.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsmack.

Who's on your iPod right now? Our daddies didn't buy us an iPod.

Parting shot: Whiskey.

HOT IQs
NOMINATED IN INDIE POP

Website: www.myspace.com/hotiqs

Personnel: Eli (vocals, guitar); Elaine (drums); Bryan (bass, vocals).

Native or transplant? Still on the waitlist.

Releases/discography: Dangling Modifier EP (2007); An Argument Between the Brain & Feet (2004); Follow the Architecture (coming in 2008).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Count. Chocula. Yum!

Favorite place to play a show: Ruthi's back yard.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Brooklyn rooftops in the summertime.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Matson Jones.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Happy Birthday" - Mr. Pacman.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Yosemite. Because, like the street, no one seems to get our name exactly right. No apostrophes. No "the." Just Hot IQs.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Shel Silverstein.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Kill the Moonlight - Spoon.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Are we still talking about this? How 2004!

Who's on your iPod right now? The National, LCD Soundsystem, Lil Wayne, Menomena, Feist, Panda Bear, Neil Diamond, Kinks, Andrew Bird.

THE INACTIVISTS
NOMINATED IN ART ROCK/AVANT-GARDE

Website: www.inactivists.com

Personnel: Scot Livingston (guitars, ukulele); Matt Sumner (bass); Kelly Prestridge (drums); Victoria Lundy (Theremin); Tess Halonen (flute).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Dreaded Concept Album (2007); Disappointing Follow-up (2005); The Inactivists (2004); It's an "The Inactivists" Xmas!!! (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Formulaic, crowd-pleasing, inoffensive.

Favorite place to play a show: The Pepsi Center.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: My Brother's Bar.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Spatula.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "The Whitey Song" - Abbie Norm.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? 11th Avenue, because there are only ten bands better than us in Denver.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? There is a popular and well-known band in Denver, who shall remain nameless, but embodies the spirit of Denver by sounding just like a cover band although they are technically playing originals.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Billy Squier, because "The Stroke" rawks.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Has Been - William Shatner.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? We're in favor of people sharing their files with us for free. We are also in favor of the death penalty if anyone ever tries to use or share one of our songs without paying us first.

Who's on your iPod right now? No one, but the Jackson 5 are on our eight-track.

Parting shot: Ad: Looking for local idiophone players, accordionists, rock clarinetists, etc., interested in unprofitable but creative future with the Inactivists. Mention this ad and get 20% off all Yerkish CDs.  

GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER
8 P.M., SUTRA ROOM

Website: www.myspace.com/gregoryalanisakov

Personnel: Jen Gilleran (drums); Jeb Bows (fiddle); Jon Souza (banjo); Phil Parker (cello); Sarah Levin (the letter R).

Native or transplant? Transplant.

Releases/discography: That Sea, The Gambler (2007); Songs for October (2005); Rust Colored Stones (2003).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Wooden, guitary, chairy.

Favorite place to play a show: Chautauqua.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: My garage.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): If DeVotchKa, the Wheel, Bela Karoli and Porlolo made a band, that would be my favorite band.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "My Hanging Surrender" - The Wheel.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Park Avenue West, because it takes me to every where I play.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? That's a hard one.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Leonard Cohen.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? In between death of music and godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Reed Foehl, Gasoline Lollipops.

Parting shot: Here's to the groundhog.

MELISSA IVEY
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER

Website: www.melissaivey.com

Personnel: Micki Conte (agent); Mike Whalen (lead guitar); James Han (organ); Dean Marold (bass); Ryan Hayden (drums).

Native or transplant? Natively transplanted.

Releases/discography: Lovers and Stars (2005); From the Inside Out (2004); Live From Herman's (2000); Solo Cherry Sound Recording (1999).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Powerful, lyrical, honest.

Favorite place to play a show: The Walnut Room.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Gypsy House.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): India.Arie.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Sevens" - Coles Whalen. It slays me every time!!

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Speer, because it's very curvy.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Maris the Great, so people elsewhere don't think we are such a cowtown.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you:? Janis Joplin.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Dilate - Ani DiFranco.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Still not that cool to have an iPod; awaiting the iPhone.

Parting shot: Denver's been very good to me. The scene, the bands, the vibe — but most of all, the people. I've been doing some world traveling lately, learning about other cultures firsthand, and have seen some amazing things, but I find that Denver's vitality is still an unknown wonder. Our music scene is definitely just beginning to get the recognition from the industry, and I think the best is yet to come.

IVY
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
5 P.M., SHELTER PATIO

Website: www.blackbridge.tv

Personnel: Ivy (not Josh Ivy, as people seem to be in the habit of billing me these days — turntables).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Gray V - Various Artists, 3 Disc Set.

What three adjectives best describe your music? I think the names of my three cats will work perfectly for this - Chunky (aka Chunky Lover 53), Snowplow (aka Snowflake Mustache Rodriguez) and Squeeze (Squeeze Louise).

Favorite place to play a show: State Bridge Lodge, Colorado!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: No question: Sundown Saloon, Boulder.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Bright Channel.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): ??

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Ivy Street. No, really, I don't have a good answer for this.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Honestly, my musical tastes are so diverse, it would be impossible to say. But let's say I'm going to represent downtempo/left-field/electronic music. Right now — Grandpa Mojo.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? The Beatles.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? It's hard to have a definitive answer on this, as my moods and opinions shift with the wind. but T Power's Self-Evident Truth of an Intuitive Mind is still, to this day, one of the most mind-blowing albums I've ever experienced. But, hell, tomorrow I'll tell you it was the "White Album" that's had the biggest impact on me.  

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? I think it's essential to the times that we live in to share music with each other. I also think it's absolutely essential to support the music industry and your favorite artists by purchasing their music.

Who's on your iPod right now? Still don't have an iPod — but here's what's on my iTunes kickin' right now: Back to Black - Amy Winehouse; Mexican Sessions - Up Bustle & Out; Expressions 2012 - Dudley Perkins; Bastard Boots 02 - Rebel Crew; Spaceflight Orchestra; Drop Logik.

Parting shot: Let's all bow our heads in a moment of silence for State Bridge Lodge.

KAN'NAL
NOMINATED IN WORLD MUSIC

Website: www.kannal.org

Personnel: Tzol (vocals, guitar); Tierro (lead guitar); Gilly (drums); Rodolfo (bass); Brock (percussion, didgeridoo); Teresita (performance); Akayate (performance, design).

Native or transplant? Transplant.

Releases/discography: Live at the Boulder Theater (DVD, 2007); Dream Walker (2005); Kan'Nal (2001).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Tribal, trance, rock and roll.

Favorite place to play a show: Outdoors.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Coffee shops.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): LYNX.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax — the most culture.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? John Denver — the name fits.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Grateful Dead.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The Wall - Pink Floyd.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Depends on what level you're at.

Who's on your iPod right now? Thievery Corporation.

KING RAT
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE
5 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.myspace.com/kingrat

Personnel: Luke Schmaltz (guitar, lead vocals); Mike Makkay (lead guitar, vocals); Anthony Delilli (bass, vocals); Doug "Pockets" Hopper (drums, attitude).

Native or transplant? Waiting for the mothership to come pick us back up. Low on fuel, but Ant eats a lot of beans, so we'll fart our way back to the sun.

Releases/discography: Holy Shit I'm Still Alive! (2007); Duct Tape and Dreams (2005); You Call That a Fuck You Lazy Bitch (2002); Sorry That's Not My Finger (2000); Knockin' Up Heaven's Whore (1998); The Towne Liar (1996).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Courage, integrity, swagger.

Favorite place to play a show: 3 Kings Tavern.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Upside down.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Hell's Half Acre.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Song for My Father."

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, of course. For the metaphor of longevity.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Hollyfelds, because it is sonic beauty personified.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Denver Joe.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Bone Machine - Tom Waits.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? The death of God.

Who's on your iPod right now? The box in front of it on the shelf at the store.

Parting shot: Drew: Life is gonna get you, you slimy, squint-eyed little shit.

LAYLIGHTS
NOMINATED IN INDIE POP
7 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/laylights

Personnel: Tyler Hayden (vocals, guitar); Ian McCumber (guitar); Chris Martucci (bass guitar); Martin Baker (drums and percussion).

Native or transplant? Mutts.

Releases/discography: Laylights EP(2006).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Impassioned, amorous, assertive.

Favorite place to play a show: Gothic.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Couches or chairs.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Different reasons and different seasons, one band, two bands, red band, blue band, this band has a little star, this band has a little car. Hate this question.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "You Are the Woman" - Firefall.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? The 16th Street Mall, so you could keep walking all over us with these challenging, challenging questions.  

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Mannheim Steamroller and the Lee Lewis Harlots. Does this really need an explanation?

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? No one has had a chance to land a good square punch yet. Or they're just generally nice people and aren't aggressive.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Whoa Nelly! - Nelly Furtado, and Boy - U2.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Death of the album, godsend for the unknowns.

Who's on your iPod right now? Scratch recordings of new Laylights material, LCD Soundsystem's "Someone Great," Arcade Fire's "Windowsill," etc.

Parting shot: is a picture of a man combing his hair.

THE LIFE THERE IS
NOMINATED IN AMBIENT/ELECTRONIC
6 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/thelifethereis

Personnel: Jim Cleveland (sequencing, sampling, bass); Eric Larson (vocals, guitar); Travis Rosenberg (pedal steel, guitar); Austin Keeble (drums, tasty treats).

Native or transplant? We are all transplants — Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville.

Releases/discography: The Life There Is EP.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Sweet, sour and spicy.

Favorite place to play a show: Our basement.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Again, our basement.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Bela Karoli, 3OH!3.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Chokechain" - 3OH!3.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? We're not quite a street yet, but we're definitely at alley level.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Bela Karoli, one word: class.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? What? A question like that can break a band up!

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Caddyshack soundtrack?

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It's a good thing.

Who's on your iPod right now? Our buddy Rick is sitting on it, and it's probably broke now. (He's a husky doodle).

Parting shot: The fade-away jumper... swoosh!!

LION SIZED
NOMINATED IN INDIE ROCK

Website: www.lionsized.com

Personnel: Josh Bergstrand (guitar, vocals); Duncan Barlow (bass); Number Three (drums).

Native or transplant? We came to Denver for a Depeche Mode concert and decided to stay.

Releases/discography? Shabangles EP (2006).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Awesometastic, radicalous, gnarlized.

Favorite place to play a show: Wherever the kids are picking up what we're throwing down.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Wherever our friends are.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): John Denver.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Josh: A couple years ago, Public Service Records put out a Roger Green/Porlolo split called What Would This Be For. It's loaded with great songs, but if I have to pick one, Roger Green's "December" is my favorite. Number 3: Everything from Brainhammer. Duncan: "Basket," by Danghead

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Magic Cyclops. He'll tell everyone he's from Davenport, Iowa, thus keeping our little scene safe in obscurity.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Number 3: Drive Like Jehu; Duncan: Franz Kafka.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Josh: I picked a Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols cassette out of a bargain bin when I was eleven because I liked the name. I had no idea what Johnny Rotten was singing about, but I wrote some of the lyrics on my skateboard. I still listen to that record a lot, because I love how thoroughly pissed off Johnny Rotten sounds. I still have the cassette tape somewhere, but now I also have it on my iPod. Duncan: My War (side two) - Black Flag.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Jesus cries every time you steal an MP3. So steal away!

Who's on your iPod right now? Josh: "Bullet Train to Vegas" - Drive Like Jehu;Number 3: Rough mix of the new D. Biddle record. July 13!; Duncan: Sky Blue Sky - Wilco.

Parting shot: Come to our tour kickoff show Friday, June 22, at the hi-dive!

LOVE ME DESTROYER
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE
7 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.myspace.com/lovemedestroyer

Personnel: Ryan Welter (guitar, vocals); Cody Hull (drums); Taylor Harris (bass); Scooter James (vocals, guitar).

Native or transplant? Native, baby! 303 !

Releases/discography: The Things Around Us Burn (2007); Black Heart Affair (2003).  

What three adjectives best describe your music? Dirty, hot, heavy.

Favorite place to play a show: The Gothic.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Shelter (Saturday nights). The DJs kill!

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): John Denver, duh!

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "I'm Outside Your Window" — Lee "rollin the dice" Rudland.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I-25, 'cause we are nationwide!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Us, 'cause we own the night with the wolves by our side!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Butch Walker.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Rocket to Russia - Ramones.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Death of our paycheck!

Who's on your iPod right now? Cody: Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails; Ryan: Aqua Teen Hunger Force; Taylor: Jars of Clay; Scooter: still no iPod, Slaughter - Stick It to Ya on the turntable! What! Yeah!

Parting shot: "When the sun goes down, stars will always shine!" — Scooter James

MACHINE GUN BLUES
NOMINATED IN ROCK
3 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/machinegunblues

Personnel: Two cousins, one blonde kid, a black guy, and every now and then a drummer.

Native or transplant? Mixed, racially and demographically.

Releases/discography: Couple demos, couple live shows, couple EPs — you know the drill.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Intuitive, smelly, oblong.

Favorite place to play a show: Anywhere there are kids into rock and roll.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Why, you holding?

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The James Gang, but that was in Boulder, back when it didn't feel kind of icky being there.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): That one Coldplay song.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? What kind of fucking metaphorical bullshit is this?

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? That is not possible. Denver is too diverse musically to blow our load on one musical trend or style. We have too much good music to ask ignorant fucking questions like that.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Fuck off.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Stop with the rubbing; you're going to make it bleed more than it already is.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Well, if it makes you sick, then you should not put it in there.

Who's on your iPod right now? Michael Yonkers.

Parting shot: Who?

MANELINE
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP

Website: www.myspace.com/maneline

Personnel: Mane Rok (fan-fucking-tastic MC); InkLine (MC, producer extraordinaire); DeeJay Tense (if you can't tell, we don't know what the fuck to tell you?!).

Native or transplant? C-O-3-0Third!!!

Releases/discography: ...Till Then... (2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Feel-good, political, real.

Favorite place to play a show: The Fox, if they would stop being stash and hit us up some more!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: With your girl, at the Giggling Grizzly every Friday! — DeeJay Tense on the 1's and 2's!!

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Tense: Cysko Rokwel. Mane: The Pirate Signal. InkLine: Deca. (Note: There are a handful of artists, but we had to choose one. They include Ichiban, Distrakt, Whygee, Crunk Bros., the Individuals, Playalitical, Spoke in Wordz, Debajo del Agua, F.O.E. and Jewell Tyme, Contact, A.V.I.U.S/Es-Nine... Do we really have to name you all?!?!?)

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Strung Out Dreamer" - Deca.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax and Broadway. What better sums up the heart of the city!?

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Us. Most well-rounded hip-hop act, and not because of Mane's center of gravity. Deejaying, emceeing and stage presence — oh, yeah, you know, InkLine got that fiyah on the beats, man!!!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Tense: Cysko Rokwel - he continually inspires me to push harder; InkLine: Andre3000 of OutKast; Mane Rok: Common.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Tense: Midnight Marauders - A Tribe Called Quest.; InkLine: The Bends - Radiohead.

Mane Rok: Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde - The Pharcyde.  

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend. People have access to music they might not otherwise. We just have to learn to use it so it doesn't kill us totally!

Who's on your iPod right now? "Popular Demand" - Black Milk.

Parting shot: Tense - "To Moms, Fam and my Crews!!"; InkLine -"Smoke 'em if you got 'em!!"; Mane Rok - "Quit hating already and get your game up!! I am not responsible for you and your success — but willing to help if you approach right."

MEESE
NOMINATED IN POP

Website: www.myspace.com/meesemusic

Personnel: Patrick Meese (vocals, keys, guitar); Nathan Meese (guitar, keys); Mike Ayars (guitar, keys, backing vocals); Ben Haley (drums).

Native or transplant? We've got one native (Mike) and three Midwesterners with Rocky Mountain morals and license plates.

Releases/discography: Winter 2007 Recordings EP (2007); Our Album Year (2006); Oh No EP (2005) .

What three adjectives best describe your music? Tasty, chewy, tolerable.

Favorite place to play a show: Anywhere that isn't the Q Bar in Iowa City — so probably the Gothic Theatre.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: City O' City.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Born in the Flood.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Cutback" - The Photo Atlas.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? 17th Avenue, cuz its sooo hott right now.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Jeff Davenport's electro side project "Davs 3031," because it's time Denver showed the world that a concept album about a family of dysfunctional rabbits trying to colonize an abandoned space station CAN be made using only PVC pipe and mouth harps.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Radiohead.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Weezer (The Blue Album) - Weezer.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Neither. Or both. Whatever...

Who's on your iPod right now? Maria Taylor, Feist, the new Travis.

Parting shot: Meese 3's you... E.T. TELEFONO MI CASA!

THE MOTET
NOMINATED IN WORLD MUSIC

Website: www.themotet.net

Personnel: Dave Watts, Garrett Sayers, Dominic Lalli, Adam Revell, Ryan Jalbert.

Native or transplant? Transplant.

Releases/discography: Breathe, Play, Live, Music for Life, Instrumental Dissent.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Fuzzy, pernicious, intrepid.

Favorite place to play a show: Bonnaroo.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Mexico.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Don't know any.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I-70, mountain access.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Fela.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Animals.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Death of greedy corporate music-biz bastards.

Who's on your iPod right now? Brazilian Girls.

MUNLY & THE LEE LEWIS HARLOTS
NOMINATED IN ROOTS/AMERICANA

Website: www.myspace.com/munlytheleelewisharlots

Personnel: Munly Jay Munly (stories); Rebecca Vera (cello); Jay Shewman (bass); Jeff Linsenmaier (drums); Elin Palmer (violin); Frieda Stalheim (violin).

Native or transplant? Both.

Releases/discography: Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots (2004); Jimmy Carter Syndrome (2002); Galvanized Yankee (2000); Munly De Dar He (1998); Blurry (1996).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Gothic, Americana, folk.

Favorite place to play a show: Lodge #5.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Not allowed to.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Diggie Diamond/Foreskin 500.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Morrissey Rides a Cockhorse" - Warlock Pinchers.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Lincoln or Washington, because they make good men better.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Can we really choose just one? They are all so deserving.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Graham Greene.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The one we're working on, The Kinnery of Lupercalia.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Don't care.

Who's on your iPod right now? Still don't have one.

Parting shot: There is no need for a parting shot when you are not going anywhere.

NATHAN & STEPHEN
NOMINATED IN INDIE POP
2 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/nathanstephen

Personnel: Stephen Till (and eight or so other people he forgot to list).  

Native or transplant? Transplant from Athens, Greece. I have to throw that in whenever I can.

Releases/discography: The Everything EP.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Simple, catchy, singable.

Favorite place to play a show: The Meadowlark (we are a nine-member band).

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Club 404.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Barbizon.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Grew Up in Lowell" - A Dog Paloma.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Park Avenue or Speer. I am a sucker for diagonal streets.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Denver Joe, because he has Denver in his name.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you: Split between Idaho or the Cardigans.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Hearts of Palm - Idaho.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? God sending death to music.

Who's on your iPod right now? Hearts of Palm - Idaho.

Parting shot: "This place is dead anyway."

ZACK NICHOLS
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER
2 P.M., ANDREW'S

Website: www.myspace.com/zacknichols

Personnel: Zack Nichols (vocals, guitar, piano); Cody Swanson (guitars); Jinji Thompson (bass); Mark Emmons (drums).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Elizabeth St. (2004); Next Time I'll Be the Heartbreaker (2003).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Vulnerable, soulful and optimistically heartbroken.

Favorite place to play a show: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Soiled Dove Underground, the Mint in L.A., Red Carpet in St. Cloud, Minn.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Royal Hilltop.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Angie Stevens, Born in the Flood, Gregory Alan Isakov, John Common and Meese.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "You Hate to Know" - Born in the Flood.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? My last album easily takes on the Denver street name Elizabeth St. However, I think I would be Josephine. Just when you think you know what it's all about, it'll turn the corner and lead you in a different direction.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Angie Stevens; her songwriting takes you instantly to the world she sings of, while her smile lights up a crowd of any size, and her personality is out of this world. With this combination, she will see success most could only dream of.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Jonny Lang.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? You Can Tell Georgia - Joe Purdy.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend. You can't go wrong with mass exposure that became so easily accessible with file-sharing. It's now up to us to figure out a way to capitalize through some other medium.

Who's on your iPod right now? James Morrison, Brandi Carlile, Paolo Nutini.

Parting shot: Look for a brand-new album out late summer/early fall.

NIGHTSHARK
NOMINATED IN NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL
8 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/111538979

Personnel: Becca Mhalek (saxophone); Mike Buckley (guitar); Andrew Lindstrom (drums).

Native or transplant? Mixed.

Releases/discography: Nightshark (2006).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Hot, cold, lukewarm.

Favorite place to play a show: Rhinoceropolis.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Bar Bar.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Zephyr.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write):"Morrissey Rides a Cockhorse" - Warlock Pinchers.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Michael McDonald.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Aja - Steely Dan.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Death of the music industry — huzzah!

Who's on your iPod right now? No iPods in this band. MP3s sound like shit.

Parting shot: You're gonna reap what you sow.

9TH & LINCOLN ORCHESTRA
NOMINATED IN JAZZ
5 P.M., DAZZLE

Website: www.myspace.com/9thandlincolnorchestra

Personnel: Denver's top jazz and progressive musicians, including members of the Future Jazz Project, the Czars, Hamster Theatre and teachers from Colorado's top music schools.

Native or transplant? The ensemble is made up of all local musicians, though many of us come from other places originally (myself from the mighty musical mecca that is Wyoming).

Releases/discography: We are going into the studio to record our first CD this month!  

What three adjectives best describe your music? Alive, evolving, exploring.

Favorite place to play a show: Dazzle, of course.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Same.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Bill Frisell.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Ron Miles's writing is beautiful, so it must be something of his.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why: See band name and venue.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Again, I (speaking for the band) would choose Ron Miles's Group. Ron has been consistently producing intimate, thought-provoking sounds for more years than I've been a musician. He remains unpredictable in his writing and playing, and can be found on a plethora of great "new music" sorts of CDs.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Miles Davis.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Joys & Desires - John Hollenbeck.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It's just natural progress, which will have its ups and downs but in the end will only serve to evolve the scene.

Who's on your iPod right now? Witold Lutoslawski, Prefuse 73, Maria Schneider, Björk, Mew, Kenny Wheeler, David Sylvian, Kneebody and Scriabin.

Parting shot: Check us out at Dazzle every last Sunday of the month, and look out for our first CD in fall/winter!

JOSHUA NOVAK
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER
6 P.M., SUTRA ROOM

Website: www.myspace.com/joshuanovak

Personnel: Kit Peltzel (drums, sounds and machines); Giovanni Toninelo (electric bass guitar and mustache); Joshua Novak (everything else).

Native or transplant? We love Denver!

Releases/discography: Dead Letters (2007); The Five Day Romance (2004); Metropolis Songs (2001).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Ambiguous, dashing, libidinous.

Favorite place to play a show: Larimer Lounge and the hi-dive.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sputnik.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): So many, but currently love Cory Teruya of Hello Kavita.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "How It Ends" - DeVotchKa.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I know everyone's going to write "Hooker," but I won't. How about Gaylord?

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Born in the Flood, because they are genuine men and brilliant artists.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Neo Rauch.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Thriller - Michael Jackson.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It's a gentle shank to music, but not the death of it.

Who's on your iPod right now? Midlake, Amy Winehouse, Rufus Wainwright and Colder.

Parting shot: "Never get so attached to a poem that you forget truth that lacks lyricism."

THE OMENS
NOMINATED IN ROCK
8 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/12070164

Personnel: Michael Daboll (guitar futurist, vocal); Matt Hunt (bass modernist, vocals); Edward Breidenbach III (combo organist, maracas); Sam Schiel (premier drum deconstructionist).

Native or transplant? Transplants.

Releases/discography: Make It Last (Single, 2007); Destroy The ESP (2006); Diggy Diggy Dead (Compilation, 2005); Yeah-Yeah (Single, 2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Uptight, alright and out of sight!

Favorite place to play a show: Your venue or club, of course!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Please see our last answer.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Rainy Daze or even the Grape Apes spring to mind!

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Leaving on a Jet Plane" or "Annie's Song" - depends on our mood.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? That is a tough one.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Remember, Denver, if you vote for us, we promise to lower taxes and provide new vistas of Go-Go sounds for your listening entertainment. We mean it this time, really!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Little Richard.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It depends if you need to pay your rent or not.

Who's on your iPod right now? Lots of stuff that sounds way better on vinyl.  

Parting shot: Help save Internet radio! http://www.savenetradio.org/

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NOMINATED IN NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL

Website: www.page27.com

Personnel: Currently John Rasmussen, Ezra Nye and John Gross.

Native or transplant? Lakewood.

Releases/discography: Smell the Stench #27 (Mp3, 2006); Ten Years (Box Set, 2004); Hurts So Good: The Cock E.S.P. (Remix CD, 2003); Live Electronic Action Vol 2 (Comp, 2003); Split w/ Novasak (CDR, 2002); Split w/ Elisabeth Jaworski (Tape, 1999); Split w/ The Violet Grind (Tape, 1998); Split w/ Chlamydia Test Cloud (Tape, 1997); Moonman (Tape, 1997); Split w/ Odal (Tape, 1996); Stupid Records (Comp 7", 1995); N.G.W.T.T. Records 7" (1995).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Experimental, ambient, industrial.

Favorite place to play a show: Rhinoceropolis.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Bar Bar.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Friends Forever.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Man on a Mission to Kill Birds" - Bio-Bitch.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Lipan Street, because that's where we practice.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Warlock Pinchers, because they know the ins and outs of suburban life.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Merzbow.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The Science of Ecstasy - Crash Worship.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? No iPods.

Parting shot: Death to False Noise!

THE PIRATE SIGNAL
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP
8 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/thepirate-signal

Personnel: Yonnas (MC/Beats); DJ AWhat (cuts); Joey Kuvo (engineer).

Native or transplant? All native, all the time.

Releases/discography: The Name of This Band Is the Pirate Signal (2006); The Norma(L) Album (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Fast, hard, sex.

Favorite place to play a show: We love all our venues and shows like children: equally.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Any one of our beloved venues.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Deca.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): The Hedonist, "The Summer of '05 to the Winter of My Discontent"- Deca.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, because my crew is just teeming with hookers, crackheads, pushers and people who ride the bus.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Some backwoods, boondock, uncivilized, alt-country, hootenanny cowboy shit sums this place up real nice, I think. Or elevator music.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Lil' Wayne.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? OK Computer.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend. Down with the evil record industry.

Who's on your iPod right now? Strictly gangsta rap of all shapes and sizes. And us and Radiohead.

Parting shot: Vote for us, because we're bouncing out of this bitch to blow the fuck up. And when we do, if you've shown us no love, we will pretend like we don't know who you are when you try to come up and talk to us. If you even get to see our famous asses again. Real Shit.

PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE
4 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/pmfs

Personnel: Gared (guitar, vocals); Neil (bass); Chuck (guitar); Mongo (drums).

Native or transplant? Common-law native.

Releases/discography: Fuck With Fire (2001); Up in Them Guts (2004); Mercy (2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Majestic, sweaty and mean.

Favorite place to play a show: 3 Kings Tavern, hi-dive, Marquis.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: 3 Kings Tavern.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Kingdom of Magic, Git Some, Red Cloud.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Anything by Christie Front Drive.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? In order to procure a royal title, we pick GayLord.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Maris the Great, because he is a giant gay Zombie.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? For '07, it's R. Kelly all the way. Unh!

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? We will not share with you our trade secrets.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Buy a turntable.  

Who's on your iPod right now? iWhat?

Parting shot: May your swords stay wet like a young girl in her prime.

P-NUCKLE
NOMINATED IN REGGAE/SKA
7 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.myspace.com/pnuckle

Personnel: Chris LaPlante (guitar, vocals); Cliff Pfeifer (drums); Justin Spahlinger (DJ); Andrew Bailey (bass).

Native or transplant? Native Coloradan.

Releases/discography: Resident 303 (2006); Colfax Satisfaction (2003).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Dub reggae salad.

Favorite place to play a show: Anywhere with free booze.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: See answer above.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Psychodelic Zombiez, India.Arie.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Sleeping Bag Mat" - Psychodelic Zombiez.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax Avenue, because it's long and dirty and you never know what you're going to see or get from it.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? P-Nuckle has been representing the 303 for more than ten years. We're the most qualified.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Josh Fishel, Bargain Music.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Straight Outta Compton - NWA

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? GODSEND — like porn.

Who's on your iPod right now? Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Reckless Kelly, the Railbenders, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Townes Van Zandt.

Parting shot: The World is a stage. You can make it be in a Vibrant Theater or in the Donkey Show in Tijuana. Either way, it's your job to play the part.

RACHAEL POLLARD
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER
2 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/rachael-pollard

Personnel: Just me, mostly, sometimes some duets with my good friend, Bonnie Weimer, my paleroo Shana and my hunky huzbin, Nate. I have been singing and playing guitar for many, many years, and it is a treat to be noticed by your magazine.

Native or transplant? I was born in Montana, raised in Oklahoma, and I moved here from Arkansas in the late '90s.

Releases/discography: The Quiet Songs EP, Frilly Demo (2005); DIY cassette tape (2000); A Good Thing (soon to be released).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Quiet, slow, sad.

Favorite place to play a show: 1. Walnut Room for sound. 2. Meadowlark for atmosphere. 3. Hi-dive for best chance of seeing my friends. 4. Boulder Theater for monetary perks.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Birthday parties at people's houses, because everyone is happy and carefree.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Bad Weather California.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Flood" - Ian Cooke.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? River Drive — it's short.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Rainbow Sugar, because of the good times.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Joni Mitchell.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Disintegration - The Cure. I would skip school and hide in this big stupid bush and listen to it on my tape player until the batteries ran out.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? I don't know. I have had negative and positive experiences. I think it's a miracle, really.

Who's on your iPod right now? No have iPod.

Parting shot: I am always grateful for the friends I have and for the love of my family. We are going through a tough time right now, so I want to just say thank you a million times: Robin, Sarah, Alison and Josh.

THE POTCHEEN FOLK BAND
NOMINATED IN WORLD MUSIC
8 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.myspace.com/thepotcheenfolkband

Personnel: Christopher Shelby (singer, guitar); Christian Blochinger (drums, vocals); Dave Lamothe (bass, vocals); Evan Sitchler (electric guitar, vocals); Braden Rauen (fiddle).

Native or transplant? All Denver natives except Christian (New York).

Releases/discography: Bottom of the Bottom Battle (2006); Live at the Bluebird (DVD, 2006); Live at the Soiled Dove (2005); Up She Rises (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Turbo, celtic, pirate.

Favorite place to play a show: The Gothic Theatre.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: That's hard, 'cause we drink a lot. But we'll have to say "Grace," our bus, 'cause she goes where we go, and we go everywhere. She's our own personal green room on the road.  

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Remember May & Jason Vigil.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Zydeco Jam" - Tempa and the Tantrums.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, because there is no one street in Colorado with more diversity in culture, genre-specific clubs and representation of the music scene.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? That's a really tough one. Denver has so much talent. I'd have to say Dan Walker; he writes so many great songs about Colorado.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you" Christian: the Grateful Dead; Shelby: Nirvana; Dave: the Pogues; Evan: Jimi Hendrix.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Death of music. The artists work hard to create it and spend a lot of cash to produce their music. Then no one buys the CDs; they just download it for free. Musicians are already poor people — give 'em a break!

Who's on your iPod right now? Heh. I don't have an iPod.

Parting shot: Tiocfaidh Ar La (Our Day Will Come).

NATHANIEL RATELIFF (THE WHEEL)
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER
3 P.M., SUTRA ROOM

Website: www.myspace.com/thewheel

Personnel: Nathaniel D. Rateliff.

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Desire and Dissolving Men (soon to release).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Super duper alright.

Favorite place to play a show: Any quiet, attentive place.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: hi-dive.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): A Dog Paloma.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Plow."

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Broadway — it's smooth.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? John Gates, yo-yo champ. Well, the yo-yo is round with no ridge edges and stays in movement.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? It depends on the day or week or year.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The "White Album"- The Beatles.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It still gets heard.

Who's on your iPod right now? I don't have one.

Parting shot: Sleep well. Love, Nathaniel.

RED CLOUD WEST
NOMINATED IN ROOTS/AMERICANA

Website: www.myspace.com/redcloudwest

Personnel: Ross Etherton (vocals, guitar); Jason Heller (guitar); Neil Keener (bass); Andrew Warner (drums).

Native or transplant? Andrew is the only native Coloradan. The rest of us hail from Nebraska, Connecticut and Illinois.

Releases/discography: (Please note, these dates are guesses. We really don't obsess over this shit.) Split With Big Timber (2006); Dragonland (2005); Live at the Larimer Lounge (2005); Red Cloud (2003). We also had a track on one of them spiffy Public Service Records comps.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Sloppy, weird, sad.

Favorite place to play a show: Pancho's Villa. May she rest in peace.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Paris on the Platte.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Christie Front Drive. For fuck's sake, Denver, figure it out.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Every song by Joe Sampson.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? The railroad tracks. Just 'cause it sounds pretentious.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Andrew is in another band called Bad Luck City. Pardon the nepotism, but they're fucking horrendously awesome. They should be the one act to represent Denver, because they're our friends and we think that would be rad.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Talking Songs for Walking - Lungfish.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Ask Woody Guthrie.

Who's on your iPod right now? Born Against, Cheap Trick, Christ on a Crutch, the Damned, the Dicks, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Galaxie 500, Gene Clark, GG Allin, Hoover, Laughing Hyenas, Minutemen, Pentagram, the Replacements, Soundgarden, St. Vitus, Scratch Acid, the Troggs. That's verbatim.

Parting shot: We're not a Roots/Americana band. Seriously, we mean it this time.

REVEREND DEADEYE
NOMINATED IN BLUES

Website: www.myspace.com/reverenddeadeye

Personnel: Rev. Deadeye, his goddamn wife, and a whole bunch of other folks now and again from time to time.  

Native or transplant? I was here first, dammit.

Releases/discography: I don't like disco.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Holy, holey, and wholly.

Favorite place to play a show: At a tent meetin'.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Front row of the Church on a Saturday-night hellfire-and-brimstone revival.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): ). Hi, how ye doin? I'm doin perty good, you got somethin' on yer chin.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Get Out of Denver" - Bob Seger.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I'm already a street in Denver, but that's a private matter.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The act of kindness.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? My daddy.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? My mama's photo album.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Anyone who doesn't like file-sharing hates music and is a capitalist PIG.

Who's on your iPod right now? You! Get off it, asshole!

Parting shot: Antifreeze.

ERIN ROBERTS (PORLOLO)
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER
5 P.M., SUTRA ROOM

Website: www.myspace.com/porlolo

Personnel: Erin Roberts, Tom Mohr, Steve Brooks, Jonathan Till, Carrie Beeder, Julie Davis.

Native or transplant? Combo.

Releases/discography: Storm and Season (2006); What Would This Be For (split EP with Roger Green, 2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Dark, poppy, folk.

Favorite place to play a show: My garage.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Your front porch.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): TJ's Horizon.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Carolina Clouds" - Joe Sampson.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? MLK — never a dull moment.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Bad Weather California. He's the heart and soul of Denver music.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Will Oldham.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Talking Songs for Walking - Lungfish.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Ummmm...

Who's on your iPod right now? Still using a Sony tape cassette Walkman.

RON MILES QUARTET
NOMINATED IN JAZZ
8 P.M., DAZZLE

Website: www.sterlingcircle.com

Personnel: Rudy Royston, Greg Garrison and Kent McLagan (bass); Eric Gunnison, Erik Deutsch, Eric Moon (piano); Roger Green, Glenn Taylor (guitar).

Native or transplant? Transplant.

Releases/discography: Stone/Blossom (2006).

What three adjectives best describe your music? I'm not so good with words.

Favorite place to play a show: Old Main, Boulder.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Bill Frisell.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? This is a time with so many great bands; it would be too difficult to choose.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Prince.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy.

Who's on your iPod right now? Feist; How Low Can You Go: Anthology of the String Bass; Out to Lunch - Eric Dolphy; Wayne Shorter, Peaches, Ornette Coleman, Jill Scott. Lots from YouTube.com.

Parting shot: Thank you, Westword.

ROSE HILL DRIVE
NOMINATED IN ROCK

Website: www.rosehilldrive.com

Personnel: Yes.

Native or transplant? White people.

Releases/discography: Rose Hill Drive.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Cool, really cool, super cool.

Favorite place to play a show: hi-dive.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Alone.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): I wasn't aware that John Denver had any children.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Rocky Mountain High."

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, because of all the stand-up gals.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? John P. Denver.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? John Denver.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The Essential John Denver.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? That's a little dramatic.

Who's on your iPod right now? My friend Ryan. Get off, man!  

Parting shot: Close-up of my balloon knot.

SAVAGE HENRY
NOMINATED IN POP
4 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.myspace.com/savagehenry

Personnel: Damon Guerrasio (vocals); Stu Miller (guitar, vocals); Bill Travis (drums); John Jeffers (bass, vocals).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: All In (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Catchy, snappy, poppy.

Favorite place to play a show: Red Rocks, Gothic Theatre, Paul's House.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Red Rocks, Gothic Theatre, Paul's House.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Psychodelic Zombiez.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Rocky Mountain High" (it came out of Denver — John Denver, that is).

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Gun Club Road.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? John Denver.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you: Hunter S. Thompson.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you: The Transformed Man - William Shatner.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend for unsigned artists.

Who's on your iPod right now? iPods are the devil's playground.

Parting shot: You rock me good, Denver, party time. OK for you, cowboy!

SCAFFOLDING
NOMINATED IN AMBIENT/ELECTRONIC
3 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/scaffolding

Personnel: Lui Ferreyra.

Native or transplant? I was born in Mexico, but I've been in Colorado for twenty years now (Jeebus!).

Releases/discography: Personal Space (2006); Field of Opposites (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Simple, complex, paradoxical.

Favorite place to play a show: The Walnut Room — the sound is killer, soundcheck is what it should be, great stage and expert soundmen.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Mezcal, WaterCourse, Sputnik, Buenos Aires Pizzeria.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): CacheFlowe.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Prelude 2," by Bela Karoli/T.S. Eliot.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I'm afraid this question does not apply to me, since I am a vegetarian.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Sarah Marcogliese, 'cause she's the best!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Funkstorung.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Homogenic - Björk.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsendeathofmusic.

Who's on your iPod right now? In order to answer this question, let us first pretend that I have an iPod. Okay, let's see: Prince, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Jamie Lidell, Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Julieta Venegas, Erik Satie, Arovane, Folie, Slicker, lots of boleros, traditional flamenco and loads of minimal techno!

Parting shot: Barcelona, I miss you!

A SHORELINE DREAM
NOMINATED IN AMBIENT ELECTRONIC

Website: http://www.ashorelinedream.com, myspace.com/ashorelinedream

Personnel: Erik Jeffries (guitar); Ryan Policky (vocals, guitars, keys, programming); Enoc Torraca (bass, programming).

Native or transplant? Ryan: Native, lived in the crazy land of Littleton growing up; Enoc: "Transplant," grew up between Puerto Rico and NYC; Erik: Native.

Releases/discography: 2006 EP (2006); Love Is a Ghost in America EP (2006); Avoiding the Consequences (2006); COASTAL (coming July 31, 2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Ryan: Ethereal, hazy, atmospheric. Erik: Epic, sonic, lush.

Favorite place to play a show: Ryan: Portland, OR, or the hi-dive. Enoc: The Bluebird Theater. Erik: Star Shoes, L.A.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Ryan: Cinespace rocked. Had fun drinking it up with Carina Round. Enoc: Barramundi (NYC). Erik: Sputnik

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Ryan: Peña. Enoc: DeVotchKa. Erik: The Photo Atlas.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Ryan: "Night Eyes" — Bright Channel. Enoc: "Light Workers" — Bright Channel.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Ryan: That's a good question cause I've always wanted to be a street.... Probably 6th, 'cause it's sick and dank. Enoc: 19th, because it's a nice street? Erik: Colfax, because it has a ton of variety and many perspectives.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Ryan: Probably the second act. Usually the best act of the night. Enoc: So many good ones, I can't answer that. Erik: The Fray. Because they are incredibly talented and a wide reach. Their music and approach should also have lasting power - but time will tell.  

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Ryan: Mike Patton. Enoc: Gustavo Cerati. Erik: Billy Corgan.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Ryan: "To Venus and Back" — Tori Amos. Enoc: "100th window" — Massive Attack. Erik: "Siamese Dream" — The Smashing Pumpkins.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Ryan: Gotta get your name out their somehow. Sharing music generally compels fans to come back for more. Enoc: Music is about sharing, right? just don't give the whole album away. Erik: Necessary evil.

Who's on your iPod right now? Ryan: I don't have an ipod. Can't support a product that demands $100 to change the battery out when it fails. But the bands I'm loving right now are The Inner Banks, Lansing-Dreiden, The Daysleepers, Magnet & Hammock. Enoc: Lucybell, Gustavo Cerati, Easy All-Stars. Erik: Innaway, Modest Mouse, Silversun Pickups.

Parting shot: Ryan: Shots usually give me headaches in the morning so I avoid them unless they are really tasty and fun. Like really, really fun. For serious. Enoc: Tequila.

THE SKIVIES
NOMINATED IN ART ROCK/AVANTE-GARDE
3 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.myspace.com/theskivies

Personnel: DJ Von Feldt (gadgets, vocals); Zahari (guitar); Steven (bass); Xian (drums).

Native or transplant? Zahari is a transplant from Bulgaria, Steven is a transplant from New Jersey, Xian is a transplant from Chicago, and DJ is a native.

Releases/discography: Between Appliance and Apparel (2007); Writhing With Magnets EP (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Ambipolar, cromulent, flatigious.

Favorite place to play a show: Old Curtis St. Bar, the Cricket, the D-Note.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Gabor's and Dazzle.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Outerdrive (w/ Scott Hill, Jason Vernier, etc.), not to be confused with the Chicago-based show band of the same name.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Absence" - New Ancient Astronauts.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Park Avenue, heading north from Colfax all the way until it becomes 38th. In a relatively short drive, myriad distinct aspects of the city are woven together in a seamless, evolving, non-jarring but occasionally unsettling conceptual chain, which serves as a lovely (if not a tad self-congratulatory) metaphor for our music.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Gosh, we don't know. Just do a Yahoo search on "best band in Denver" and go with whatever pops out.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Post - Björk.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Neither. If computers weren't networked, people would burn MP3s to CD-ROM and trade them with their friends. If there were no computers, people would trade tapes — just like they've been doing for the last thirty years. Technology doesn't change what humans do, it just helps them do it faster.

Who's on your iPod right now? "Shield for Your Eyes" - Melt-Banana.

Parting shot: Nothing says "I love you" like a funnel cake.

SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB
NOMINATED IN ROOTS/AMERICANA

Website: www.slimcessnasautoclub.com

Personnel: Slim Cessna (vocals, guitar); Munly Munly (vocals, guitar, banjo); Lord Dwight Pentacost (dobro, banjo, guitar); John Rumley (banjo, pedal steel, keyboard); Shane Trost (upright bass, electric bass, trumpet); Ordy Garrison (drums).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/Discography: Jesus Let Me Down (live at the Gothic, 2005); Bloody Tenent Truth Peace (2004); Always Say Please & Thank You (2000); American Country Music Saved Her Life (live at the Bluebird 1998); Slim Cessna's Auto Club (1996).

What three adjectives best describe your music? American, Colorado, Denver.

Favorite place to play a show: Denver.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Denver.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Broncos Fight Song.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Bruce Randolph — Mile High Stadium.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Magic Cyclops; his entertainment is something the world is not quite ready for yet, obviously.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Glenn Miller.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? SuperHits of the 70's - K-Tel.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Its good to share.  

Who's on your iPod right now? We haven't got one yet.

Parting shot: Go, Broncos!

SOMETHING UNDERGROUND
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
5 P.M., ANDREW'S

Website: www.myspace.com/somethingunderground

Personnel: Seth Larson, Josh Larson, Trevor Mariotti.

Native or transplant? Seth and Josh are transplants, Trevor is a native.

Releases/discography: Slides (2003); Sounds From the Basement EP (2001).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Rock and roll.

Favorite place to play a show: The Bebop (Pai, Thailand).

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Falling Rock (Denver), The Foundry (Boulder).

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Big Head Todd (do they count as Denver?)

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Bitter Sweet."

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? High Street, because we're high on life.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Something Underground. We would like to represent Denver, and the human race in general, as good-will and good-time ambassadors.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Prince.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend. The Internet rocks.

Who's on your iPod right now? Amazingly, we don't have an iPod, but we've been listening to a lot of CCR lately.

Parting shot: To the good people of planet earth, we love you. Let's rock together.

ANGIE STEVENS
NOMINATED IN SINGER SONGWRITER

Website: www.myspace.com/angiestevens

Personnel: Angie Stevens (guitar, vocals); The Beautiful Wreck: Evan Beatty (upright, electric bass, backing vocals); Damon Scott (drums, percussion); Susan Phelan (upright bass); Jon Wirtz (keys).

Native or transplant? Transplant.

Releases/discography: Stand Up Girl 1, 2 (2006); I'm Okay (2005); early recordings circulating the Internet (1999-2003).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Vulnerable, real, heartfelt.

Favorite place to play a show: Red Rocks Amphitheatre; Eclectic Cafe - Brainerd, Minn.; Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles; House Concerts - Anywhere, USA.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Royal Hilltop in Aurora, Acoustic Tuesdays.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Railbenders, Meese, The Wheel, John Common, Gregory Alan Isakov.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Top 5: "Anthem" - Born in the Flood; "Won't Last Long" - Gregory Alan Isakov; "Drive Away" - Railbenders; "I Don't Buy It" - Meese; "Arkansas River" - Oakhurst.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I would be Dakota Avenue, because I am where I came from.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Railbenders. Who else has Colorado theme songs like "I 70 Westbound" and "Drivin' Back to Denver"?

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Patty Griffin. She is the whole package. I strive to connect with my audience the way she does to me.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Led Zeppelin (untitled). I was given my brother's copy after he died. I couldn't believe how deep it cut. It definitely connected me to the pain he felt.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Definitely not the death of music; maybe the death of major labels. Music was meant to be shared; technology makes that process a whole lot easier.

Who's on your iPod right now? I have more than 300 artists — anything from Amos Lee to Zero 7.

Parting shot: I spent way too much time overanalyzing my answers. Thanks for the nomination!!!

THE SWAYBACK
NOMINATED IN ROCK
5 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/theswayback

Personnel: Eric Halborg (bass, vocals); William Murphy (guitar, vocals); Martijn Bolster (drums).

Native or transplant? Transplants.

Releases/discography: The Swayback (2004); Forewarned (2006).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Denver, propulsive, haunted.

Favorite place to play a show: New York.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sputnik, Kokopelli's, Rockbar.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Moccasin.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Chokechain" - 3OH!3.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Federal, 'cause we spicy.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? They're from Boulder, but I'd say the 3OH!3. Crunk & Smart: It's a good combo.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Bob Dylan.  

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Nowhere - Ride.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Let it die.

Who's on your iPod right now? Westside Connection and Steely Dan.

Parting shot: Practice.

SWEET SUNNY SOUTH
NOMINATED IN BLUEGRASS

Website: www.sweetsunnysouth.com

Personnel: Rob Miller (guitar, vocals); Shelley Gray (upright bass, vocals); Cory Obert (fiddle, vocals;) Bill Powers (mandolin, banjo, vocals).

Native or transplant? All transplants.

Releases/discography: Showtime (2007); Live From the Radio Room (2006); Wild-n-Swingin (2005); Bell Creek Dance Club (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Dusty, rusty and real.

Favorite place to play a show: Good-sounding rooms with enthusiastic crowds; theaters, not bars.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Grass.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Cowhause.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Any Cowhause song.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, 'cause it's gritty and feels right, and Tom Waits agrees.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Gov. Bill Ritter. Give that boy a guitar and let him protect the sweetness of my state.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Frapehoopers, Garcia, Zappa, Wesley Willis, B. Monroe, Violent Femmes, Michael Doucet, the Wilders, for one and for two.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? PersuasivePercussion - Enoch Light.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Relax...

Who's on your iPod right now? Gurf Morlix.

TARMINTS
NOMINATED IN ROCK

Website: www.myspace.com/tarmints

Personnel: Class A Bobby J (guitar); A.J. Hathaway (drums, low frequency tremors); Sonya Decman (bass); Kurt Ottaway (shouting, spitting, ranting, guitar).

Native or transplant? Half and half.

Releases/discography: Toil Like Devils (2006); Black One EP(2004); East of Erie (2000); Tarmints (1998).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Talk minus action equals zero.

Favorite place to play a show: Our warehouse, tar shack.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: See above.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Bright Channel, far and away.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): Nothing...yet.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Kmart parking lot — where the action is.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Cowboy Curse — too much darkness in Denver anyway, and Mitch Easter loves them.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? The Scientists, from Australia.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Outburst - the Nomads.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? People need to break out the wallet for new artists.

Who's on your iPod right now? Bauhaus, Lords of the New Church, Wipers, Bad Luck City.

Parting shot: Live for today. It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually try to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checked by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." — President Theodore Roosevelt (cf. Hamilton Club speech on the strenuous life, Chicago, April 10, 1899).

TEMPA AND THE TANTRUMS
NOMINATED IN BLUES
4 P.M., DAZZLE

Website: www.myspace.com/tempaandthetantrums

Personnel: Tempa, Joseph Barton, David Foret, Peter Gregory.

Native or transplant? Both.

Releases/discography: Tempa and the Tantrums, Foo Ya live, Angels & Voodoo (to be released soon!).

What three adjectives best describe your music? WildAssBluesJazzZydefunk.

Favorite place to play a show: RED ROCKS!!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Kokopelli's, Wednesday nights, Tantrums Jam!!

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Fray is making us proud!

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): We really love "Words," by Angie Stevens, and Michael Hornbuckle's "Baton Rouge."

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, always an adventure.  

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? We have way too many talented artists in Colorado, cannot choose just one.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Bessie Smith.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Lounge Against the Machine - Richard Cheese . . .hahaha.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Mixed feelings on this.

Who's on your iPod right now? What's that? ;)

Parting shot: LOVE & LIGHT!!

TEN CENT REDEMPTION
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ALT COUNTRY
8 P.M., ANDREW'S

Website: www.myspace.com/tencentredemption

Personnel: Rhett Lee (vocals, guitar); John Waggoner (guitar); Bill Thomason (drums); Tony Burke (bass).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Worst Plan Ever (2005); feverishly working on the follow-up as we speak.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Hollow, zippy, zoned.

Favorite place to play a show: Bender's.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Our drummer's house (we're supposed to practice there, which was going pretty well until he got that cursed pinball machine).

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Born in the Flood.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Last Song About Satan" - Slim Cessna.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? 14th Avenue - Bail Bond Row, 10 Cent Redemption, baby!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Slim Cessna, because they helped start what is now known as the "Denver Sound."

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Whiskeytown.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Being There - Wilco.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? The National, Appleseed Cast, the Cinematics.

Parting shot: Rhett and Tony answered this survey; actual results may vary. See other bandmembers for details.

3OH!3
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP

Website: www.myspace.com/3oh3, www.3oh3.com

Personnel: Sean Foreman (level-three mage summoner and level-six demon-raiser); Nathaniel Motte (level-up specialist and level-five enchanter).

Native or transplant? Natives.

Releases/discography: Nunn as of yet.

What three adjectives best describe your music? "Seal, Kelly, Clarkson."

Favorite place to play a show: The Fox Theatre in Boulder.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Olive Garden, also in Boulder.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Grace Gale.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "River" - Dartanian.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? If we were a street, we'd be Josephine, because underneath it all, we're hot-ass Swedish babes that decided to go ahead and move back to Sweden and leave people all alone — all alone — wondering — was it just a fleeting grasp at something magic, Josephine??? Sorry...

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Grace Gale — they're big dudes, on 'ludes, with LOTS of tattoos.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? SEAL.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? LEGALIZE IT, BRO.

Who's on your iPod right now? Blake Lewis.

Parting shot: I'm a spaceman; it's an outer-space race, man. I'm wearin' moon boots in my outer-space space suit.

TIFAH
NOMINATED IN POP
6 P.M., ANDREW'S

Website: www.myspace.com/tifahmusic

Personnel: Latifah Al-Attas, Aubrea Alford, Juli Royster, Dann Stockton, Reid Phillips.

Native or transplant? Latifah and Juli are transplanted from Texas, while the rest are Colorado natives.

Releases/discography: Safe & Sound (2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Dramatic, deep and layered.

Favorite place to play a show: The Walnut Room.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Our favorite beer is whatever porter is on nitro at the Southern Sun in Boulder — the dollar tacos are delicious, too.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): We are kind of new to the Denver scene. We like Greg Isakov, Ian Cooke, Bela Karoli, Sixteen Horsepower, Sunday at Vic's, etc. We're just getting to know these artists, but we love what we're hearing.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Rocky Mountain High" - John Denver.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I-25 — it's practically home! And you can drive 75 mph on it in Colorado.  

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Zip Code Man. He's Boulder, but it still counts.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Ben Gibbard.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? OK Computer - Radiohead.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? File-sharing is the death of commercial music, but not so bad for the rest of us.

Who's on your iPod right now? Patty Griffin, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Pedro the Lion, Rufus Wainwright, Maria Taylor, Imogen Heap, Andrew Bird, Sting, Mutemath, Thom Yorke and more.

Parting shot: Read Westword; it speaks truth.

THE TRAMPOLINES
NOMINATED IN POP
7 P.M., ANDREW'S

Website: www.myspace.com/thetrampolines

Personnel: Chris Stake (vocals, guitar); Mark Sundermeier (vocals, guitar); Todd Davis (bass, keys, vocals).

Native or transplant? Native, as a band — not as far as personnel!

Releases/discography: Trampolines EP (2005); One Night Live (2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Soulful, thoughtful and neato!

Favorite place to play a show: The Fox Theatre, Walnut Room.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Anywhere that is cheap, baby!

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): No Fair Fights, the "best" metal band in town!

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Cable Car" — it IS awesome, sorry!

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? High Street...um...yeah and stuff.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? There are far too many good ones to pick one, but...

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Jellyfish.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The entire Beatles catalogue — can't list one!

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? On the fence — ho hum.

Who's on your iPod right now? Alternate Routes, Brandi Carlile, Autovaughn.

Parting shot: Thanks to all who voted us into this category. We now feel worthy! You are the best!

MICHAEL TRUNDLE
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: ELECTRIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
6 P.M., SHELTER PATIO; 8:15 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.denver3.com

Personnel: Myself and a bottle of Absolut Citron.

Native or transplant? I am a transplanted native.

Releases/discography: Nocturnal releases/finite discography.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Pale, remote, Prussian.

Favorite place to play a show: On a remote island just outside of Japanese waters named Lipgloss.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: In Marlene Dietrich's boudoir.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Laylights.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Brighter" - Twice Wilted.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I wouldn't be a street. I'd be a circle, because then I'd be a destination rather than a mere thoroughfare.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Myself, of course, because I'd never delegate such a job to anyone I didn't trust. And I don't trust anyone.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Leonard Cohen.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? AEIOU Two - Making Music Your Own - Diplo.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend for that hard-to-find track, death of music if bandmembers can't pay their rent.

Who's on your iPod right now? First artist to show up on shuffle: Hollertronix.

Parting shot: Kamikaze w/Blueberry Stoli.

12 CENTS FOR MARVIN
NOMINATED IN REGGAE/SKA

Website: www.myspace.com/12CentsforMarvin

Personnel: Tom Werge (vocals); Hilary Spriggs (bass); Nik Levinsky (guitar); Aaron Spriggs (Theremin); Soren Daugaard (drums); Greta Cornett (trumpet); John Giordenango (trombone); Dave Clapsaddle (saxophone).

Native or transplant? Born at CSU in Fort Collins in 1996.

Releases/discography: The B-Load (release date July 7, 2007); Change (2006); King of the Ring (2000); Yellow Raincoat (1998).

What three adjectives best describe your music? High-energy, fun, groovy.

Favorite place to play a show: The Mishawaka Amphitheatre on July 7 for our CD-release party — come to the show, rock out, then camp with us!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The North Star Brewery in the Highlands.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Filthy Children - we love the funky horns!

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "The Magic Planet" - Magic Cyclops, anything this guy does just turns to gold.  

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? 12 Cents would be Colfax Avenue, because Aurora is so far away.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Drag the River — although their sound could be called nearly the opposite of 12 Cents'. Their amazing music has the perfect Colorado vibe.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? The Psychodelic Zombiez have had a huge impact on us, both musically and by helping us get our start.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The Specials - the Specials, two-tone ska represent.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Digital recording and distribution have been a huge help to independent musicians, including 12 Cents. File-sharing is definitely a Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Oolooloo - the Pietasters; Countryman - Willie Nelson; Still Stuck in Your Throat -Fishbone.

Parting shot: 12 Cents' new album, The B-Load, will be released July 7 at the Mishawaka Ampitheater, west of Fort Collins, as part of the "Skankin' Up the Poudre" ska show.

U.S. PIPE & THE BALLS JOHNSON DANCE MACHINE
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
5 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.myspace.com/uspipe

Personnel: Chris "Citrus" Sauthoff (lead guitar, vocals and ringmaster); Jimmy Giachetti (rhythm guitar); Kurt Rosenbecker (bass); Chris Murphy (drums); Richie "Shakin'" Nagan (percussion); Gustav Hoffman (trombone); Scott Osborne (baritone saxophone); Missy "Bubbles Johnson" Gutreuter (vocals); Natalie "Stretch Johnson" Millican (vocals).

Native or transplant? Citrus, Jimmy, Scott and Natalie are natives. Everyone else is a transplant who now resides in the Denver/Boulder area, with the exception of Richie, who lives in da Bronx, NY.

Releases/discography: Party With the Pipe (scheduled for 2007 release); Live @ Herman's Hideawawy (2005); Pipe Dreams EP (2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? The three adjectives that best describe U.S. are dirty, stanky and nasty.

Favorite place to play a show: The Ogden Theatre has been our favorite so far, when we got the opportunity to open for George Clinton and P-Funk in February.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: We prefer to drink press pots of dark coffee at Dozens.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Tommy Bolin is the best artist ever to have come out of Denver.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): We really dig the song Butter, by Filthy Children.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax, because its the epitome of life and the Funk — down and dirty, nasty, stanky. Everything that happens in life happens on Colfax — and its a microcosm of the universe.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Denver Joe, because he rocks, but hes country; hes humble and amazing. Hes the cat.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? P-Funk.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? The death of record labels = godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Django Reinhardt and Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba.

Parting shot: Funk you, Denver!

VAUX
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE

Website: www.wearevaux.com

Personnel: Quentin Smith (vocals); Chris Sorensen (guitar); Adam Tymn (guitar, keys); Greg Daniels (bass, keys); Joe McChan (drums).

Native or transplant? We have a couple natives and a couple transplants.

Releases/discography: Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice (2006); Cocaine James (single, 2006); Are You With Me single (2006); Live at the Fox Theater (DVD, 2005); Plague Music EP (2004); There Must Be Some Way To Stop Them (2003); VAUX: On Life, Living EP (2002); Eiffel: On Life; Living EP(2001); Eiffel: AudibleNarcotic (2000); Eiffel: To Write a Symphony (7 inch 1999);various other compilations and such.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Isn't it your job to come up with these?

Favorite place to play a show: Indoors.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Tacos Rapidos on Federal and Evans.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): There's a lot: Angel Hair, Christie Front Drive and Winger.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): That one about the party and the dancing, where the guy gets the girl and then dumps her 'cause he's such a bad-ass player. Have you heard that one? Man, I hate music.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I'm sure everyone's answer is Colfax, and I'm gonna have to agree. There's this new dance that all the hipsters and bums alike are doing; it's called the "Colfax Shuffle," and it's awesome!  

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Any band who isn't just an "act" is fine by me.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Standard Answer: Radiohead. Beautiful, timeless songs.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? I would say Siamese Dream, fourteen years ago. But the most recent album that really hit me like a frat guy hitting the ground after falling off a second-story balcony is probably Tiger Lou's The Loyal. Brilliant.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Both. Who has time for the CD store, where you can't preview anything? I'm shopping for music all day long on the Internet. But the downside is that stupid-ass MySpace, Guitar Center and Apple's Garage Band have convinced everyone and their cheesedick cousin that they can be in a rock band. So its kind of taxing digging through the trash dumps to find that hidden golden necklace.

Who's on your iPod right now? Arcade Fire, People Noise, Kent, dEUS, Dethlok, Longmont Potion Castle, Charlie Whistlenut, Tiger Lou, Dungen, Blonde Redhead, Silversun Pickups, TV on the Radio, Morrissey.

Parting shot: VAUX is alive and kicking. We've just finished tracking out five new songs at Detroit's High Bias Recordings. They're being mixed right now. You will be blown away. We're working out details for a release now.

WASABI
NOMINATED IN JAM/IMPROV

Website: www.wasabiband.org

Personnel: Marshall Van Stone (drums); Sean Waters (guitar, vocals); Brian Collins (keyboards, vocals); Ehren Crumpler (guitar, vocals); Eric Skjurseth (bass, vocals); Tom Gray (saxophone, vocals).

Native or transplant? Natives!!!

Releases/discography: The Border (2007); Greetings (2003).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Hot, sweet, awesome.

Favorite place to play a show: Fox Theatre in Boulder.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Town Pump in Fort Collins.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Psychodelic Zombiez.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Desert Flower" - Psychodelic Zombiez.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Wasabi would be Colfax Avenue. So dirty, yet so pure.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Motet. Dave Watts plays amazing drums, and the band explores world soundscapes while remaining a cohesive unit.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Led Zeppelin.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Primus.

Parting shot: "Give me one good reason you can't leave this all behind."

WESLEY WAYNE
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: ELECTRONIC/NON-TRADITIONAL
6:45 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE; 8 P.M., SHELTER PATIO

Website: www.myspace.com/wesleywayne

Personnel: Han Solo.

Native or transplant? Transient.

Releases/discography: Plenty of mixes. Remixes and new mix CDs coming soon! Stay tuned.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Brilliant, complex, "Krunkto" (Wesley Wayne coined).

Favorite place to play a show: Bender's, Red Rocks.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Streets of London, Sputnik, Rockbar, Rockmada, Bender's.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Fluid.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Morrissey Rides a Cockhorse" - Warlock Pinchers.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Broader than Broadway.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Mr. Pacman, because they are entertaining, clever, unique, original, creative and awesomely bangin'.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Diplo.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Paul's Boutique - The Beastie Boys.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It's all right, because people get to check out new artists or artists they were previously unfamiliar with for free, and then if they get into them, will usually support the artist. Whereas before they might not have risked their dollars on the unknown.

Who's on your iPod right now? The Hotchip remix of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab," Diplo, 8Ball & MJG, UGK, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chromeo, LCD.

Parting shot: I am trying to make Denver a more colorful city, bringing a little of NYC/SF here through the many different nights that I deejay/rock — from Night of the Living Shred, a retro skateboarder's house party with '80s/'90s rap, metal, new wave and electro thrown down at Bender's, to Wesley Wayne's Celebrity Pool Party Sundays at the Ramada Inn Colfax, to Saturday Night Special at Rockbar, with Southern rock, classics, metal vs. krunk and gangster-rap remixes. Every event is different, or the music and genres are put together differently, and I try to make them extremely fun and have people rocking out no matter what type of music they like — as long as it's good. Isn't that what it's about? It's certainly not about me being the cool "DJ" guy —that's not why I started deejaying. It was about the music and the art of deejaying. I was one of the very few "white" hip-hop DJs in '93. That was a hard road, and not exactly popular in some "black" clubs back then. At least not until I rocked it.  

YERKISH
NOMINATED IN ART ROCK/AVANT-GARDE
4 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.myspace.com/yerkish

Personnel: Ryan Eschenbach (drums); Ian Pinder (bass); Nate Huisgen (guitar); Tony Brown (guitar); Tim Kaminski (vocals).

Native or transplant? Natives.

Releases/discography:The Return of Douglas Jupitor (2007); Vignettes (2006); Yerkish (demo, 2005).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Dynamic, exciting, thoughtful.

Favorite place to play a show: Cricket on the Hill.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Drummer's house.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): All the members of the Denver Art Rock Collective.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Catastaroid" - New Ancient Astronauts.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? We already own Raleigh.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Denver is not determined by one act, and to single them out doesn't show the true brotherhood that is the Denver scene. We work together to better each other's art.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Trent Reznor.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? OK Computer - Radiohead.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend: Art is for everyone, not just those willing to shell out cash to show off how "on top" of the scene they are.

Who's on your iPod right now? We just put out a new disc, so us. We have to hear what we can do better on the next outing.

Parting shot: Denver Art Rock Collective, the force creating free-thinking artists and fans. Support the DARC side.

ZEBRA JUNCTION
NOMINATED IN JAM/IMPROV
4 P.M., ANDREW'S

Website: www.myspace.com/zebrajunction

Personnel: Micah Lundy (mandola, baritone archtop guitar); Skratchbox (tape deck, bass, vocals, mouth trumpet, percussion, slide whistle, toy piano); Shawn "Flitz Alan" Palmer (electric baritone guitar, percussion, banjo ukulele, acoustic and electric guitars, harp, vocals, mouth trumpet, jaw harp).

Native or transplant? Micah's from Washington State and Flitz is from New Hampsha. We're both about 5 percent "Native American," as well.

Releases/discography: Pomme de Terre (2007); Waterborne (2005); Orange Porridge (2001).

What three adjectives best describe your music? 1) Hokedelic 2) Hurdy Gurdy 3) Zebalicious 3) Horny 3) Hairy.

Favorite place to play a show: Red Rocks!!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Either the Appaloosa Grill or the Oriental Theater, depending who's playing. The staff is Zebalicious in both joints!

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): 16 Horsepower definitely slammed us up against the head when we were first forming this band! Haven't been the same since.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Anchor" - The Reals. Don't listen to this song after a bottle of wine, because you WILL cry your eyes out if you have any soul.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Santa Fe Drive. It is the lifeline from our studio/recording/rehearsal space to one of Denver's best art districts and, of course, the Denver music scene. It's got the best place for smothered chile relleno burritos. Viva El Taco!!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Clam Daddys. They've inspired us to no end! Two cats with deep, deep soul and hearts the size of Denver drive this duo. They're connected to countless Denver musicians, due to their ever-revolving back-up bandmembers. They are truly one of Denver's greatest unknown treasures!! If Zeb were in a band, he would be a Clamdaddy. With all our hearts, thank you, Tommy and Moe!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? That's a tough one, but it would have to be the Beatles.  

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Also a VERY tough one, but that would have to be the Beatles' Abbey Road. A mega-feast for the ears and soul from beginning to end. George had the last laugh on that one!

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Music is folk art, after all. It doesn't physically exist! It's meant to be shared. The "album" is going back to selling the live show again. Alas, musicians must kick ass in the studio and on the stage!

Who's on your iPod right now? We don't own one yet. We're still enjoying good ol'-fashioned tape decks, CD players and turntables. We're listening to a lot of Leon Redbone, Manu Chao, the Beatles, DeVotchKa, Medeski, Martin & Wood and Ian Cooke lately.

Parting shot: Please come see us play the main outdoor stage at Red Rocks on July 9! We're part of the Film on the Rocks series, opening for The Big Lebowski. We're honored to be nominated again and feel blessed to be a part of Denver's rich music scene. Thanks!


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