Underground Music Showcase just around the corner, July 19-22, the Denver Post announced the lineup and schedule.With the
Topping the bill this year are Atlas Sound, Shabazz Palaces, Black Moth Super Rainbow, A Place To Bury Strangers, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Cloud Nothings and Gauntlet Hair. It's a nice balance of buzzier national acts and locals on the rise. Funky, lo-fi rock duo Gauntlet Hair hails started in Lafayette, and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake will represent Denver with its eerie, rhythm-heavy rock.
Then there's Cloud Nothings, an Ohio-born “power pop” group blew critics with 2012's super loud and super fuzzy Attack On Memory. Atlas Sound, a project from Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, released the off-kilter and atmospheric Parallax in November 2011 to equally excited reviews.
Last year's showcase attracted about 11,000 attendees, who packed the more than 25 venues along South Broadway. This year 331 bands will take the stages at spots like the hi-dive, 3 Kings Tavern, Sputnik, Delite and the Skylark Lounge.
It's a lot to choose from, but here are some Colorado bands to look out for: Air Dubai, Bonnie and The Clydes, Bad Weather California, Bike Theft, Paper Bird, The Photo Atlas, Idlewhile and A Tom Collins. There are many, many more, so check out theums.com for the full lineup. On a non-local note, don't miss Big Freedia & The Divas, whose New Orleans-style bounce music needs to be seen live to be truly appreciated.
Wristbands are on sale now for $40 and badges are going for $100. Purchasing either on the day of the show will cost $50 and $120.