Keep Westword Free

XMU marks the Tennis

So this is kind of rad: I'm listening to Sirius XMU right now and in between cuts from No Age and LCD Soundsystem, I just heard that song "Marathon" from Tennis, the breezy, uplifting one that kind of reminds me of "Bruises" by Chairlift -- another lauded act with Colorado ties -- every time I hear it.

While I'm sure they might've played it before -- hell, it might be in regular rotation for all I know -- this is the first time I've heard it. And I've gotta tell you, it was a nice surprise to unexpectedly hear a song from a local band on a national broadcast. It also took a minute to register when I heard the DJ, Jenny, say something like, "This song's by Tennis, a group that's bad a making names but good at making music."

Clearly. And it's sort of crazy when you think about it, the notice the act has attracted, especially considering the outfit has been together less than a year and only played a handful of times locally. Just the same, its star continues to rise. As I write this, the act is in the midst of a short tour of the Midwest and East Coast, including a stop at Daytrotter today. There's something to be said for keeping your head down and just focusing on making compelling music.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.