There are more Denver bands than you could credibly hope to get to know right away. It's a good problem to have -- this city is rich with talent and creativity. Over 140 of the best bands in town will play at next Saturday's Westword Music Showcase in the Golden Triangle. We've tracked down 96 songs by bands you might hear at the festival and gathered them in a playlist below.
A Few Highlights:
"Child Stars" -- Science Partner
Why it stands out: This song just cuts so hard, especially live. It's an epic, edgy tune with Science Partner's characteristic vocal harmonies. Go see the band play it at 12:45 PM at Krewe during the actual Showcase.
"Weatherman (feat. Mathenee)" -- Foxfield Four
Why it stands out: So happily pop-driven, this song is among the catchiest on the playlist.
"Folklore" -- Josh Quinlan Quartet
Why it stands out: Josh Quinlan shows off his chops in this smooth, Charlie Parker-esque groove, embodying the "sheets of sound" mindset.
"Feeling Good Again" -- Rob Drabkin "Golden Some Day" -- Jeremy Dion
Why these stand out: The melodies, energy and delivery of both Rob Drabkin and Jeremy Dion rival most performers at any level. Get lost in the sweet, sweet crooning of these artists.
"Should've Been Me" -- Devan Blake Jones
Why it stands out: Devan Blake Jones' voice is in the apex of smooth. Jones is a blossoming artist -- he was on American Idol during seasons eleven and twelve and released a mix tape this year.
"Riot" -- MTHDS
Why it stands out: MTHDS is weirdly addicting to listen to. MTHDS has an unbelievably unique sound, drawing inspiration from unlikely sources such as Cake, Lupe Fiasco and Black Sabbath. MTHDS, in its own words, "combines the fury of punk, the street-wise soul of hip-hop and funk with an over-the-top bombastic roots party groove."
"Sweetest Girl" -- Vices I Admire
Vices I Admire harnesses an unbelievable amount of energy in their studio recordings. Lead singer Dave Curtis can really belt a song.
And here's a bunch more information about the Westword Music Showcase: -Science Partner and In the Whale will play the Westword Music Showcase pre-party on June 6 -The 36 best songs you might hear on the main stage at this year's Westword Music Showcase -The 2014 Westword Music Awards nominees -The people of Westword Music Showcase 2013 -Ticket page for this year's Showcase
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