Denver is brimming with bands taking it to the next level, and November 2016 is particularly bountiful with new album releases. Here are fifteen of the noteworthy albums and EPs being released by Colorado artists this month. Let us know what else should be on our radar.
This compilation benefiting Amnesty International is ostensibly relevant only for the election, but whether or not the Orange One is elected, he may continue to be a blight on the American cultural landscape. So these 53 tracks, few of them specifically about Donald Drumpf, are a great variety of underground rock and punk in Denver. Standout topical track? “Don't Vote for Donald Trump,” by Rotten Reputation. The release show already happened on November 6, but you can contact Major Letdown Records at the website above to get a copy of your own.
2. Cocordion, with I2M1 and Joseph Lamar
Tuesday, November 8
Mitch Macura of Eros and the Eschaton is celebrating the latest release from his pop soundscaping project, Cocordion. Following the release of the album, titledCOS (home=audio), Cocordion will go on a two-week tour to the West Coast.
This trio is releasing its latest EP, titledDork Mansion. Calling the band surf rock does little justice to its greater kinship with the noisy pop songs of Dinosaur Jr and Ty Segall.
4. Homebody, with Body Meat and Heavy Dose DJs Meadowlark
Wednesday, November 9
Somewhere between its last proper album and the new one, Better Use of Leisure Time, Homebody went from northeast Canadian post-punk into darker, more atmospheric territory. Think the kind of evolution between Wire's Pink Flag and 154.
5. Cody Statz, with Seed Ling and Dayton Stone & the Undertones
Thursday, November 10
Cody Statz used to be an associate producer in Hollywood's film industry. The Loop is his attempt to grapple with the anguish of loss and overcoming failure and tragedy, which makes it a truly relevant album for the times in which we find ourselves in America.
6. Nevayda Gunn with Samvega, Today's Paramount and Grammar School
Friday, November 11
Nevayda Gunn's Glitchkrafttakes an amalgam of post-rock atmospherics and psychedelic rock to dark, daydreamy places where they should go more often.
Lost Walks is a band made up of various Denver music luminaries such as (Westword contributor) Andy Thomas, Jen Ganun, Kelly O'Dea, Trent Nelson, David Thomas Bailey, Chad Johnson and frontman, Dameon Merkl. Merkl is likely to regale the audience with darkly humorous, outlandish stories throughout the show and in the songs, which is worth the price of admission alone. Wolf, Woman, Man is the project's debut release, and this show marks the band's debut performance.
Read on for eight more albums by Denver bands released in November 2016. 8. Big City Drugs, with Low Forms and Born Dumb
Friday, November 11
Big City Drugs, the punk band whose members are all comedians, is finally releasing its debut EP.
CRL CRRLL occupies a place between EDM, house, hip-hop and R&B with always surprising and creative results. His set at Cloak & Dagger 2016 was one of the most entrancing of the festival; Catch Me If You Can is his latest EP.
This Colorado Springs-based feminist punk band, which includes former Abracastabya members David Grimm and Geoff Brent, has the kind of pointed, witty and intensely energetic songs you'd hope for. Nailed It is the group's fiery debut.
Ryan Peru is known by many for his ambient project Mondo Obscure and his fantastic video work with 75 Ohms. But for a short while now, he's been playing guitar and singing with sludge-rock trio Never Kenezzard, whose debut album, Never Say..., can be heard and purchased at this release show.
Time is a rapper who combines surreal imagery and sounds with thoughtful social commentary. This show is for the official release of Ephelant and Time's collaborative album How to Sew Wounds With Words.
14. The Beeves, with Velveteers, Meeting House and The Ephinjis
Seventh Circle Music Collective
Friday, November 25
Erie-based band the Beeves have really only been playing out for less than a year, but their energetic live shows have already made a splash with fans. To some listeners, these guys sound like they've drawn more than a bit from the Offspring and Weezer, and they display a musical chemistry reminiscent of Mike Watt and D. Boone of Minutemen fame. This show celebrates the release of their self-titled debut EP.
Kayla Marque's songwriting erases the boundaries between down-tempo R&B and more imaginative electronic pop. With her new full-length album, Live and Die Like This, Marque masterfully demonstrates her gift for blending melancholia and soulfulness.
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