Six Queer Bands in Denver Whose Music Beats Most Crap Played at Pride

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Sur Ellz
Neo-soul singer Sur Ellz produces catchy pop songs with an experimental undercurrent and hip-hop flare. Sometimes he beatboxes; other times he uses looping pedals to produce hypnotically rich harmonies. Whatever he's doing, he brings an edgy style and an appreciation of music from across the spectrum to his work. Find out more about Sur Ellz online.

Teacup Gorilla
If you're craving moody indie rock with poetic lyrics and delightfully off-key vocals, press "play" on Teacup Gorilla. The group delivers songs like "Just Like That" with an arty, post-punk political sensibility, and the brooding tune "I'm Not Ready to Go (Yet)," sung in a style that delightfully evokes the Weakerthans. Listen to more Teacup Gorilla online.

Wheelchair Sports Camp
Rhyme-slinger Kalyn Heffernan brings her politically charged hip-hop to the mic, tackling everything from gentrification and ableism to queer politics. Heffernan has assembled a wildly talented crew of bandmates who push musical boundaries as she masterfully raps. Whether she's on stage with her fellow musicians or freestyling at a protest, she's proven herself, time and again, to be one of Denver's greatest MCs. Hear more of her music online at

Queer in the Headlights, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 18, Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, $5-$10.
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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