Denver’s Essential Concert Calendar for UMS 2010

Written by  //  June 23, 2010  //  The Problem of Leisure  //  16 Comments

The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase has made it through a decade! We’re gearing up for a huge summer festival July 22-25th and there will be more bands than you can shake your SXSWangs at. Donnybrook will help get you up to speed.


The Fire Drills

Triolet of The Fire Drills

Remember teen-age fun and punk rock thrills?
Summer nights were for us kids, the fun of rock n roll
That’s what it’s like with The Fire Drills
Remember teen-age fun and punk rock thrills?
Pop music intoxication, guitar riff spills
Promoted by a photocopy flyer stapled to a telephone pole?
Remember teen-age fun and punk rock thrills?
Summer nights were for us kids, the fun of rock n roll

By Anton O Masia

Hideous Men

Hideous Men are adorable! And their synth-based brand of hip-pop and electronics will have you swaying and bouncing, the bass notes rattling your insides against each other and making you believe, once and for all and without a doubt, that there is such a thing as the infamous military brown note. With vocals presented through auto-tune, summoning images in my head of a hybrid version of Barry White and the man behind the curtain in Oz, the husband and wife superteam of Ryan McRyhew and Kristi Scheafer exhibit a playful energy onstage that feeds off the emotion and reaction from the crowd.

Coming off well-received shows at Austin’s SXSW, the DAM’s Untitled event and a series of East Coast dates highlighted by a performance at Mass Art in Boston complete with vintage S&M projections, Hideous Men are playing shows more sporadically this summer, taking some time to focus on their music and process and to lay down tracks for a new album due out in the fall. Through their self-owned record label, Laser Palace, which distributes limited edition cassette tapes, Hideous Men released their self-titled debut EP in late 2009 to warm reception from fans and critics. In addition to the anticipated full length, Hideous Men plan to release a DVD of their visuals and audio concepts and participate in another installment of the Laser Palace Showcase. Hideous Men reside on the outer edges of pop music, questioning what the masses are calling art and music, and presenting their own, very worthwhile, alternative.

By Baron Chrysler LeBaron

Hot White

To put it bluntly, Hot White sounds like getting your ass kicked. Unflattering, ferocious and maybe even painful, their distinctive brand of experimental noise rock embodies both the intensity and cathartic rush of a swift kick to the face, served fresh at your local back-alley brawl. Promising to be one of the most forceful and idiosyncratic ‘up-and-comers’ at the UMS this year, Hot White’s show is surely not one to be missed. Bastard sons and daughter of Henry Rollins, Lightning Bolt, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney and the like, Hot White is sure to leave you on the ground and screaming for more. While this may make them seem like a band not made for the faint of heart, Hot White does have a little something for everyone. Whether you’re focused on their raucous live act, aberrant music or seductively spooky vocals, you’re in for a treat.

By Danny Sax

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16 Comments on "Denver’s Essential Concert Calendar for UMS 2010"

  1. Eryc Eyl June 30, 2010 at 9:36 am · Reply

    The Tuesday before the UMS will be Our Quiz Could Be Your Life, a UMS music trivia quiz. This will be Donnybrook’s chance to redeem itself after its shameful 1-point win over the Reverb team. I hope they don’t chicken out. *wink-wink*

  2. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook June 30, 2010 at 11:02 am · Reply

    meh…how many times do we have to beat you guys? It’s exhausting. We have plans to bang the pool boy that day.

  3. Eryc Eyl June 30, 2010 at 11:10 am · Reply

    bring the pool boy. maybe he can help you prove that the first win wasn’t a kipper-fueled fluke!

  4. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook June 30, 2010 at 11:23 am · Reply

    Kipper is for peasants! Ours was a booze-fueled win. The Colonel had come fresh from the opium den, picking street-walker flotsam from his teeth. Professor Honeydew had been up all night watching Steve Martin films. We thought, the only kind of battle of wits we could win while this fucked up would be with a drunk three-year-old. And yet somehow we still beat the Reverb team….

  5. John Wenzel July 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm · Reply

    Cowardz! We’ll only forgive you if you finance the reupholstering of our Reverb-themed divan collection.

  6. Professor Honeydew July 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm · Reply

    “Wah wah wah! My butt hurts because I was publicly depantsed by Donnybrook’s Eliterati! I demand an endless series of rematches until I win. Boo hoo!”

  7. John Wenzel July 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm · Reply

    Ah, the gloves are starting to slide off! (As much as a Donnybrooker’s white satin, elbow-length fancy-boy gloves can slide off).

    And need I point out that you’re the ones declining the rematch? We’re prepared to win or lose, either way. You clearly are not.

  8. John Wenzel July 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm · Reply

    P.S. I warned Angora I wasn’t going to let this go… I fully expect some absinthe or other trifle thrown in my face the next time we meet (and let’s hope it’s on the field of trivia battle!!)

  9. Eryc Eyl July 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm · Reply

    Wenz is right. I’m fully prepared to lose with my pants off. Wait. What?

  10. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook July 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm · Reply

    When someone loses at the Olympics, they can’t just say, well, I’m going to make my own Olympics out of my garage, and I’m going to invite everyone back next week, and if I don’t win that time I will keep doing it until I win.

  11. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook July 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm · Reply

    Eryc Eyl, you just made my day.

  12. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook July 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm · Reply

    PS – we are smarter than everyone in the world

  13. Eryc Eyl July 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm · Reply

    we are, too, but only when we’re wearing our smarty pants.

  14. John Wenzel July 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm · Reply

    I guess that’s the funny thing about the Olympics: If you try and host your own, it just looks fake and ripped off and desperate. (And whoever’s afraid to play in them gets to pretend that’s why they’re not playing — and not for some other reason, like a barely-earned title at stake!)

    But I see your point… especially since the first and more stately Olympics were held on a Sunday afternoon in the basement of a bar on East Colfax.

  15. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook July 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm · Reply

    The Irish Snug is a very fine drinking establishment! Let’s not drag drinking establishments into this, that’s just low! And how did you get back into the Manor? We had guards put you in a large parcel heading to Africa.

  16. John Wenzel July 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm · Reply

    You might be amazed how well a nip of bourbon works as a bribe for a UPS deliveryman.

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