The Flobots brought all kinds of entertainment to the Second Story Garage this week.
The Flobots brought all kinds of entertainment to the Second Story Garage this week. (Ashley Dean)
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Flobots tunes will be up on Tuesday. In the meantime, check out the latest acts at secondstorygarage.com .

We're proud of the music videos and interviews we produce in the SecondStoryGarage, but sometimes, some of the best stuff happens when the cameras aren't rolling and mics are off.

So, I decided to recap and go behind the scenes for some of our memorable sessions -- this time, it's the Flobots, one of the most well-known acts to come out of Colorado in recent years. Check out the videos when we release them every Tuesday to see the polished final product.

Who: Flobots

What's their deal? You probably first heard this Denver alt-rock and hip-hop group on the 2008 hit "Handlebars." Maybe you knew them before the big break, if you've been around the Denver scene since the members started coming together under the Flobots moniker in 2000. It's also possible you know the group from its charity work and Flobots.org, which has brought music education programs to thousands of Denver high school students.

The lineup has changed slightly over the years, and you can find two former Flobots, guitarist Andy and trumpet player Joe Ferrone, in the Denver funk band Bop Skizzum.

The band -- whose current members go by real and stage names Jonny 5, Brer Rabbit, Kenny O, Jesse Walker and Mackenzie Gault -- is also highly political. Their most recent release is a free song about Bradley Manning, for example. They happened to be in our studio the day the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and on the heels of President Obama's climate change speech, so we were treated to some songs about just that.

What they played: "Occupyearth," "Superhero" and "Good Soldier."

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Outtakes: Sound check led to a solid cover of "Jesse's Girl" and I'm pretty sure I heard Gault warming up on her viola with a couple licks from "Under the Sea."

At one point, I found fellow music reporter Quentin and Jamie (Jonny 5) sitting on the floor outside the studio, in the middle of a discussion about drones, half worrying and half joking about constant surveillance. I'm told this stemmed from a lengthy talk about NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Somehow, this lead the three of us pondering our survival chances in a horror movie called "Drone Swarm."

Brer Rabbit gave us a lesson in Greek mythology. Now we know: Priapus was a demigod known for his enormous permanent erection (hence the medical term priapism) and his absurd likeness was used for directional signs in ancient Greece. This will most certainly be useful information someday. I'm sure of it.

What the office thought: We let people know when a band is coming through in advance, and this time, one staffer brought her son and his girlfriend, who are big fans. While the band was hanging out in the newsroom, sitting on the floor and cracking jokes with the staff, one photographer said it felt like summer camp. Pretty accurate.

Watch: The videos from the session will go live on secondstorygarage.com and on coloradodaily.com next Tuesday.