Westword Music Showcase

Westword Music Showcase 2007

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If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Bearded Lady. She's a little rough around the edges, but she's got heart.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Robert Rauschenberg.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Falco 3 - Falco.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It may be the death of the music business, but it's mother's milk to music.

Who's on your iPod right now? It's actually an old yellow Sony Discman. And it's the National's Boxer right now.

Parting shot: Whiskey, of course.

FLOBOTS
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
7 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/flobots

Personnel: Brer Rabbit (vocals); Jonny 5 (vocals); Andy Guererro (guitar, vocals); Mackenzie Roberts (viola and vocals); Kenny Ortiz (drums); Joe Ferrone (trumpet); Jesse Walker (bass).

Native or transplant? Six natives, one transplant.

Releases/Discography: Platypus (2005); Fight With Tools (coming in September).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Adam...Cayton...Holland.

Favorite place to play a show: Anywhere but Albuquerque.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Vitamin Cottage.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Born in the Flood.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "I hate waiting for my girlfriend to get ready when we're goin' out" — Ben Kronberg.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Santa Fe Drive. Sometimes it's a street. Sometimes it's a highway. Either way, it proves more difficult to classify than it should.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? It would have to be Fall Out Boy. They're not from Denver, but wouldn't that be the bees' knees if they represented us? Wicka wicka.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Bach.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? How to Save a Life is putting us on stage at Red Rocks this summer.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Doesn't matter. People can do whatever they want as long as it keeps us the hell away from Albuquerque.

Who's on your iPod right now? Born in the Flood, Ray LaMontagne, 3OH!3, Kanaan, Lupe Fiasco, K-OS, Beck, Multitudes and Fort Knoxxx.

Parting shot: Funk soul? Really? The world changes so fast we can't keep up.

FORGED IN VIOLET
NOMINATED IN GOTH/INDUSTRIAL
2 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/forgedinviolet

Personnel: Damon Degner (vocals); Evan DeRolf (DJ/producer); Dan Booth (guitar).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Pura Vida (2006).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Dance-rock-hybrid.

Favorite place to play a show: Trilogy Lounge.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Any place is a good place to hang out and drink.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): The Swayback, Something Underground, Born in the Flood.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Curse Your Little Heart" - DeVotchKa.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I-25 because we're always under construction.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Swayback because the world needs to rock more.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Perry Farrell.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Violator - Depeche Mode.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? It's a good thing.

Who's on your iPod right now? Satellite Party, The Music, Planet Funk, Muse & Thom Yorke.

Parting shot: Jack Daniel's at last call.

FUTURE JAZZ PROJECT
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
4 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/futurejazzproject

Personnel: Dameion Hines (drums); Casey Sidewell (bass); Greg Harris (vibraphone, synths, vibrasynth); Greg Raymond (keys); Big House (MC).

Native or transplant? Mostly native.

Releases/discography: True By Design (2006); Check One (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Soulful, gritty, intelligent.

Favorite place to play a show: The Fillmore.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Appaloosa Bar and Grill.

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