Westword Music Showcase

Westword Music Showcase 2007

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Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Jackson Pollock.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Songs for a Blue Guitar - Red House Painters.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? We're all for file-sharing. You know you've arrived when people start stealing your stuff.

Who's on your iPod right now? Pet Shop Boys.

Parting shot: Stay in school, don't do drugs

CEPHALIC CARNAGE
NOMINATED IN METAL/HARDROCK

Website: www.myspace.com/cephaliccarnage

Personnel: Lenzig (vocals); John (drums); Nick (bass); Zac (guitar); Steve (guitar).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Xenosapien (2007); Anomalies (2005); Perversion and the Guilt After (2002); Lucid Interval (2002); Halls of Amenti (2001); Exploiting Dysfunction (2000); Conforming to Abnormality (1998).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Crispy, minty, chappy.

Favorite place to play a show: At a venue.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: 3 Kings, of course.

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

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Dance Like an Asshole" - A-no.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Colfax. It's one of the most entertaining streets in the world. It's a great street to get and listen to some good rock.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? South Park. Every topic they take on, from our homeless sitch to Casa Bonita, is just spot-on.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Miles Davis.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Master of Puppets - Metallica.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? As long as you go buy the record after you check it out, right on. I hate buying a CD and being disappointed that I just wasted my money. But after you download it and know you like it, go pick it up at a record store.

Who's on your iPod right now? Steve Hughes the comedian. Check him out!

Parting shot: Pick up, Xenosapien! Yar.

CONSTELLATIONS
NOMINATED IN NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL
7 P.M., SHELTER

Website: www.myspace.com/constellations

Personnel: Brandon Weaver (drums); Zak Brown (vocals, guitar, keyboards, sequencing); Mark Weaver (bass); Davey Hart (guitar, bass); Mark Shusterman (Rhodes, sound manipulation).

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Sistering EP (2005); Necrogeister EP (2007).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Future, urban, sadness.

Favorite place to play a show: hi-dive.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Gabor's.

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

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Vinyl Psyche" - Fissure Mystic.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Federal Boulevard, because we've got it like that.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Women Gathering Gems, because we've got it like that.

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

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys.

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

Who's on your iPod right now? Fela Kuti.

CONVERGENCE
NOMINATED IN JAZZ

Website: www.jazzconvergence.com

Personnel: Greg Gisbert (trumpet); John Gunther (sax); Mark Patterson (trombone); Eric Gunnison (piano); Mark Simon (bass); Paul Romaine (drums).

Native or transplant? John and Mark P. are natives, the rest transplants, but we always Converge in lovely, sweet Colorado.

Releases/discography: Modern Man (2004); Hometown (2002); As One (1998); Big Lunage (1994).

What three adjectives best describe your music? Exciting, joyful, sincere.

Favorite place to play a show: Dazzle.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Paul's house (aka "The Hey Cafe").

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

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "America the Beautiful" written by Katharine Lee Bates at the summit of Pikes Peak during the summer of 1893.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? West 29th, because that's the street "La Cocinita," THE best Mexican restaurant, is on!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. It may not be an act, but it's an organization doing great things for kids.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Pablo Picasso.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Grandma's old photo album.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Music will never die. File-sharing is just another technological stop on the way, like sheet music or the '78.

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