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Drop Switch will compete in the 2012 Battle of the Bands in the Glenn Miller Ballroom.
Drop Switch will compete in the 2012 Battle of the Bands in the Glenn Miller Ballroom.
If you go

What: CU Battle of the Bands

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder, 303-492-8833

Cost: free

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I t’s that time of year again. CU’s Battle of the Bands, presented by CU Late Nite, Program Council and the Dennis Small Cultural Center, will showcase nine local bands (one had to drop out) that have at least one CU student.

Each band gets a 15-minute set to impress the crowd and a panel of music-industry judges. We asked the musicians to describe their sounds for us so you can see what you’re in for…and most of them had something to say:

Drop Switch

Groove cats with fat beats just like your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.

Barren Waves

Barren Waves is one of the rowdiest, most exciting and unique bands you’ll see. Merging punk rock and traditional Irish/European music, this 6-piece band brings tales of pirates, songs of wild nights, and most of all an undying love of fans to every show. To quote main vocalist/guitarist Sam, “if you want to be my lover, you’ve got to get with my friends.”

The 100 Percent

The 100 Percent is a blend of the finest musical ingredients: soul, funk, jazz and rock, with a dash of folk and Americana. The music is many things: dirty and loud, sweet and soft, heartfelt and noisy, gritty and mellow, but always a pleasure. Born and bred in the rusty foothills of Boulder, The 100 Percent is true to its roots: local, organic, and raw as hell.

Brent Crane and A Band

Brent Crane and A Band are people who play music. The music they make is made up of notes arranged in various forms over various time signatures and in various tempos. A Band is made up of band-members and Brent Crane is made up of mostly water with some carbon thrown in there too. The music they make is a little bit like music made by them, specific and to the point without being over-dramatic or salient. Goh-zilla Goh-zilla Goh-zilla.

Brandon Calano

Inspired by artists such as Trevor Hall, Michael Franti and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandon soulfully addresses social issues in his music, while also writing songs about the joys and pains of growing up. After winning the “Buffs Got Talent” event last spring, Brandon has gained momentum as a solo artist, appealing to audiences young and old. On Friday, Brandon will open the battle of the bands with backup from Forest Raup and John Demitro of Branded Bandits, and Lauren Stovall of the Railsplitters.

Petey Purcell

My style/music genre is pop and indie pop. I also incorporate elements of hip hop and ‘alternative and punk.’ My style will no doubt evolve and change as I find myself as a published artist. I plan to continue to produce indie pop music and I hope to influence the evolution of the genre.

Cold River City

Cold River City’s music is funky and fun, while strongly influenced by the rhythms of reggae music. They love to draw from sounds across the musical spectrum from blues to hip hop, and even electronica. The result is a dynamic yet cohesive groove that is guaranteed to make you dance.

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