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MP3 Freeloader: Tonight, Houses EP release party at the Meadowlark

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With the release of its Spring EP this past April, Houses has quickly become one of Denver's most exciting bands, both live and on record. If there's any outfit that personifies the exuberance and exhilaration of living in the Mile High City, it's Houses. So it's fitting then that the group has taken a seasonal approach to making records, issuing a new platter every quarter with tunes that match the time of year. Much like the temperamental weather of its hometown, with its knack for offering contrasting seasons sometimes all in one day -- from the rapturous sunshine to the temperamental bursts of sideways rain to sudden, unrelenting deep freezes -- Andy Hamilton and company always keeps things interesting.

Although the Spring EP was very well received, those who caught the band early on knew what lay in store and subsequently eagerly anticipated the release of the Summer EP in all its pop granduer. Well we've heard it and suffice it to say, it was well worth the wait. Well worth the wait, my friends. From the very first notes, the aptly titled Summer EP instantly feels timeless, thanks in part to the fact that the sunkissed tunes alternatedly evoke the best moments of various '70s classics.

Opener "Fairweather," for instance, the disc's strongest track, splits the difference between Thin Lizzy, with its meaty riffs, and the Band, with effervescent melodies and sublime harmonies. "Me and Mr Kelly," with a bouncing bassline that doesn't so much walk as strut, filters ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" through a Liverpoolean lens, while "O Queen City," another standout cut which serves as a loveletter to its namesake ("Denver city weather intoxicates me with its sunny afternoons/Never in my wildest of dreams did I see myself sitting here thinking of you/...How I love this town, full of hooligans and drunks, and Lord knows, I'm one") does one mean George Harrison impression. Despite its short running order -- the EP clocks in at just under 25 minutes -- the record feels just long enough and will undoubtedly dominate your playlist for the rest of the summer and more than tide you over until the Fall EP is released.

Get a taste of Summer by downloading "Fairweather" below, and then make your way to the Meadowlark tonight to pick up the rest of the disc at the band's release party, which also features Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Joseph Pope III.

Download "Fairweather," from Houses' Summer EP.

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