UMS 2013 – 5 PICKS FOR SUNDAY

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Here’s 5 picks for Sunday @ the UMS

1. CHIMNEY CHOIR   Sun 3pm 3 Kings Tavern

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Chimney Choir skillfully interweaves genres resulting in a “folk meets world music sound, steeped in psychedelia” (Concerted Efforts). All multi-instrumentalists, writers and singers- Kevin Larkin, David Rynhart and Kris Drickey change instruments (sometimes within a song) and sing in three part harmony while balancing field recordings and computer synths with traditional acoustic instrumentation. In February, the Denver trio released a new album (ladder), recorded live in front of a small audience inside of a pipe organ chapel. The interludes between the songs are surreal collages made entirely out of banter with the audience and any found sound from the evening. (ladder) is an artistic interpretation of an actual concert experience capturing the synergy of the band and the crowd on a studio quality recording. The band has been on the road for much of 2012 and just returned to Colorado from a European tour in June. (via UMS)

2. VICES I ADMIRE   Sun 5pm Illegal Pete’s

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Vices I Admire is an alternative/indie rock band dedicated to writing honest and passionate music. Dave Curtis, Mickey Dollar and Mark Towne met in 2002 while studying at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. During that time they balanced college-life with rehearsals, performances, a few DIY regional tours and the release of their first album, Plan B. (recorded at The Blasting Room, 2005).

In 2007 Vices I Admire relocated to Denver and parted ways with original bassist, Robert Marston. The band continued to write new material and develop as musicians while they searched for Rob’s replacement. 8 months and 21 candidates later, Vices I Admire welcomed Daniel Battenhouse onto the team. The addition of Battenhouse revitalized the group and together they worked around the clock to produce the material that would engender their new album, The Politics of Apathy.

The Politics of Apathy was recorded at Colorado Sound Studios in May/June of 2009. JP Manza (engineer) and Ian Pinder (producer) provided the necessary direction and perspective to best capture the particular mood and style of each song: from the dance-pop inspired, “Sweetest Girl”, to the anthemic head-banger, “Kiss Kiss”, The Politics of Apathy showcases the musical maturation and diverse talent of Vices I Admire. (via UMS)

3. DIRTY FEMMES (Feat. GORDON GANO)   Sun 6pm Punch Bowl Social

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Jen Korte first had the idea to start The Dirty Femmes 5 years ago but quickly realized she didn’t have the chops or the musicians she needed to pull it off. So she put the idea on the back burner for some day when she knew it would be the right time. Finding out that 2012 was the 30 year anniversary of the recording of the platinum debut album,”Violent Femmes,” she knew the time was now.
Jen quickly sent out to find a rhythm section that could handle the audacity of Brian Ritchie’s well known bass playing style and the complicated sounds of Victor DeLorenzo’s minimalist drum kit. Now enter Neil Mitchell and Andy Bercaw who back her with the same truculent musical styling that the Violent Femmes possess.
The Dirty Femmes pay tribute to the original Violent Femmes debut album its entirety along with the bonus tracks and a few songs off the second album, “Hallowed Ground”. (via UMS)

4. VS   Sun 7pm Lil Devils

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Producing with an array of electronic and analog mediums, VS, is sure to move people not only through speakers and headphones, but with a live production set like none before. Stay tuned in the coming months for more from this dynamic duo including an EP, full length album, and live performances across the country!

“Combining their fatefully complementary pieces of electronic gear to create a studio in which they could explore an electro-organic sound that blended tangible musical elements with the purely electronic, the duo has developed a richly detailed and inventive sound that’s got one leg in EDM and the other in improvisational rock, without properly sounding like either. You can hear the results on the latest VS album, the fascinatingly eclectic Somewhere. Overthere.” – Westword Dec. 2012 by Tom Murphy

Never genre specific, and blended to create a “roller-coaster ” feel for live shows. The project was created to help inspire the limitless progression of ideas and artistic creativity through that very activity. It’s about fun, and dreaming, and bringing people together to create unique, memorable, and inspiring moments. This live progressive band will impress the earls and enlighten the mind! (via UMS)

5. TWIN PEAKS   Sun 11pm Hi-Dive

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Twin Peaks are a rock n’ roll act that seek to blend different guitar noises with the sounds that drums sometime make then add a layer of the deep, tonal bass into a form or pattern that can be perceived in a linear fashion that makes sense to your brain and appeals to your sense of the familiar. Watch and marvel as we plug into your heads and mesmerize you with rapid-fire imagery and guitar solos and shit. (via UMS)

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Kevin Dale Ringgenberg is a connoisseur of world cinema, classical music, vaudeville comedians and a trenchant observer of the vulgar realms of popular culture. You can reach out to Master Ringgenberg personally (maybe intimately) at the Smokin Monkey. When Kevin isn't reviewing films at the Manse you can read his reviews at 303Magazine. Follow Kevin on Twitter!

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