Who: El Ten Eleven
When: 8 p.m. tonight
Where: hi-dive, 7 South Broadway, Denver
Cost: $24-$40 for DUMS wristband
The Denver Underground Music Showcase is the largest indie music fest in the Rocky Mountain Region.
The 2011 DUMS features 325 bands playing 25 venues. The music party starts today and runs through Monday, and it features some of the top up-and-coming local and national bands hitting the tour circuit.
This year’s line-up features national sets well known artists like El Ten Eleven, and tons of local sets by artists that range from The Photo Atlas to Danielle Ate the Sandwich. This is the perfect time to check out all these bands for the price of one wristband ticket.
Check out all the full line-up at theumas.com.
El Ten Eleven
El Ten Eleven is an indie post-rock duo that creates some amazing sounds. The LA outfit is known for its looping tricks and it’s standout instrumental tunes.
Last year, the duo played Club 156 and its returning to show off its new material for the DUMS.
“We’re an instrumental duo that creates highly moving, danceable and impassioned indie, textural rock,” said guitarist/bassist Kristian Dunn. “I can’t sing, so we’re instrumental out of necessity not design.
“I’m a big fan of instrumental music and I wanted it to be a challenge to see if we could move people. We do a lot of live looping and build things up during the shows. It sounds like a five person band.”
El Ten Eleven’s touring behind its 2010 release, It’s Still Like a Secret. The project came out on the band’s own Fake Record Label.
“We already have our next three records planned,” Dunn said. “Each one will be more and more different than what we’ve already done.”
Fake Records just signed its first artist, Jerry Joiner. The 21-year-old goes by the name Girlfriends, plays multiple instruments and has amazing synth and looping skills.
Last week, El Ten Eleven released a double A-side 7-inch that features its new singles. Girlfriends new tunes are on the flip side of the record.
El Ten Eleven also has special treat for Denver Underground Music Showcase fans.
“We’re going to be playing our first record in its entirety for this tour,” Dunn said. “A lot of people love that record. And we’ll play a set of newer stuff.
“This should be a great show.”
The Magic Beans
The Magic Beans are brewing up a local music night for their CD release party. The fun takes place at the Fox tonight, and features Pamilco Sound, Whiskey Tango and Technicolor Tone Factory.
Boulder’s Magic Beans create a very cool blend of cross-genre music.
The band members throw funk, folk, bluegrass and electronic music into the mix. The Magic Beans’ Facebook site describes the blend as space funk, slamgrass, shredtronica and rage step.
“We wanted to include something everyone would like,” guitarist Scott Hachey said. “We liked a dancing aspect to bluegrass, funk and electronic music. Our goal is to get people involved and moving.”
The Magic Beans wanted to create a true dance experience, so the band creates all its music live. That’s given the group the chance to develop lots of tunes and its double CD.
“We recorded it live in a studio and it has some improvisation on it that’s huge,” Hachey said. “We felt this CD would catch people up on what we’re doing.”
“The show should be awesome,” Hachey said. “It will be a party and there will be lots of dancing. We’re going to bring the house down!”