Editor's note: Whitney the Intern is in New York for CMJ, the annual music festival and conference. She filed this dispatch.
An upstanding establishment serving beer in Solo cups on tables lit by candles in bar glasses, Wicked Willy's was precisely the venue one would hope to see an act like The Knew. The small, basement level bar played host to an interesting array of people -- not surprising, considering it's a pirate-themed bar in the middle of SoHo.
After sets by Brass Beds and Seattle-based The Purrs, CMJ first-timers (and Denver residents) The Knew took the stage, playing an energetic and well-rounded set that represented their hometown well. Striking that balance between subdued vocals and guitar-driven builds, they promptly won over the SOHO crowd, which reacted with a nice mix of head banging, stomping and the occasional spurt of clapping.
Part of that audience, by the way: Members of the Photo Atlas and the Epilogues, who ducked in to support their fellow Denverites.
The Knew has played a handful of shows in the city this week, and said they were happy with their New York reception. They also had the chance to check out some new artists -- including Des Roars, which impressed Knew bassist Tim Rynders. In true festival fashion, artists and fans alike are all about discovering new music -- and for those who discovered The Knew tonight, welcome aboard.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.