Westword Music Showcase

Westword Music Showcase 2007

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File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? The Devil in disguise.

Who's on your iPod right now? Marshall: The Queers; Ray doesn't have one; Mark: Slightly Stoopid.

THE HOLLYFELDS
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ALT COUNTRY
2 P.M., SUTRA ROOM

Website: www.myspace.com/thehollyfelds

Personnel: Eryn Hoerig (vocals, piano, autoharp); Kate Grigsby (vocals, acoustic guitar); Tim Mallot (dobro, mandolin); Sam Spitzer (drums); Keith Hoerig (bass).

Native or transplant? The band was formed in Denver. All of us have lived in Colorado for years, though we weren't born here.

Releases/discography: File Under 'H' For Toy (2006), debut full-length coming soon.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Pabst, Blue, Ribbon.

Favorite place to play a show: Three-way tie: Bender's, hi-dive, Meadowlark.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sam's Basement / Hall of the Worlds.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Big Fucking Thunder.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Whoomp! (There It Is)" - Tag Team.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Xanadu: Who wouldn't leave Mt. Olympus to go roller-skating?

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? The Casa Bonita Cliff Diving Team, because they are young and virile.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Jon Gries, actor.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? The Epsilon Rising - The Epsilon Rising.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsmack.

Who's on your iPod right now? Our daddies didn't buy us an iPod.

Parting shot: Whiskey.

HOT IQs
NOMINATED IN INDIE POP

Website: www.myspace.com/hotiqs

Personnel: Eli (vocals, guitar); Elaine (drums); Bryan (bass, vocals).

Native or transplant? Still on the waitlist.

Releases/discography: Dangling Modifier EP (2007); An Argument Between the Brain & Feet (2004); Follow the Architecture (coming in 2008).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Count. Chocula. Yum!

Favorite place to play a show: Ruthi's back yard.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Brooklyn rooftops in the summertime.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Matson Jones.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Happy Birthday" - Mr. Pacman.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Yosemite. Because, like the street, no one seems to get our name exactly right. No apostrophes. No "the." Just Hot IQs.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Shel Silverstein.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Kill the Moonlight - Spoon.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Are we still talking about this? How 2004!

Who's on your iPod right now? The National, LCD Soundsystem, Lil Wayne, Menomena, Feist, Panda Bear, Neil Diamond, Kinks, Andrew Bird.

THE INACTIVISTS
NOMINATED IN ART ROCK/AVANT-GARDE

Website: www.inactivists.com

Personnel: Scot Livingston (guitars, ukulele); Matt Sumner (bass); Kelly Prestridge (drums); Victoria Lundy (Theremin); Tess Halonen (flute).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Dreaded Concept Album (2007); Disappointing Follow-up (2005); The Inactivists (2004); It's an "The Inactivists" Xmas!!! (2004).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Formulaic, crowd-pleasing, inoffensive.

Favorite place to play a show: The Pepsi Center.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: My Brother's Bar.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Spatula.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "The Whitey Song" - Abbie Norm.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? 11th Avenue, because there are only ten bands better than us in Denver.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? There is a popular and well-known band in Denver, who shall remain nameless, but embodies the spirit of Denver by sounding just like a cover band although they are technically playing originals.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Billy Squier, because "The Stroke" rawks.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Has Been - William Shatner.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? We're in favor of people sharing their files with us for free. We are also in favor of the death penalty if anyone ever tries to use or share one of our songs without paying us first.

Who's on your iPod right now? No one, but the Jackson 5 are on our eight-track.

Parting shot: Ad: Looking for local idiophone players, accordionists, rock clarinetists, etc., interested in unprofitable but creative future with the Inactivists. Mention this ad and get 20% off all Yerkish CDs.

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