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Video: Denver “The Way It Is”


Denver released its self-titled, debut LP back in August. The album was released on upstart Portland, Oregon imprint Mama Bird Recording, Co. The band is the fun-loving side project of Blitzen Trapper veterans Eric Earley and Michael Van Pelt, who mixed the debut. However, songwriting and vocal duties are handled by Birger Olsen, Mike Elias and Tom Bevitori. Denver recently shared a video for the single “The Way It Is,” which can be found below. The video centers around a honkytonk brawl while the band performs behind chicken wire in an homage to the infamous b-movie Roadhouse, starring the late Patrick Swayze. The party comes to a close after fellow Portland songwriter Hip Hatchet takes an acrobatic fall through a barroom table. Needless to say, it’s worth letting the footage roll until the end.

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Written by Rob Peoni


Band to Watch: The Lumineers

An artificial layer continues to spread through the musical landscape that encompasses my listening experience.  The rise of the low budget DIY approach in the independent music scene has paved acres of innovation, while embracing alternate forms of musical communication. The number of musicians that use drum machines and synthesizers to substitute band members mounts. As the electronic influence rises and machines slowly chip away at the human element of music, it grows more difficult to dig up a project that roots itself deep in the dirt of traditional Americana sound.  While I appreciate the new direction of independent music, I find myself trying to break the earth for its missing authenticity. Luckily for me, I have cracked my shovel on a dependable band whose roots are deep in the stratum sound.

The Lumineers hail from Denver, CO and have shown that they treat tradition with a specific respect. Their songs ring with an authentic emotion that sends chills down my neck with each play. This band embraces the feeling of vulnerability as their songs are stripped to let the voice of Wesley Shultz shine through their surface. A sense of honesty lures me in, as it feel like I am being let in on a secret with each line.  Track, “Ho Hey” highlights their return to the rustic while promoting the rich vocals of Shultz.  This song resonates because it perfectly pairs sound with lyrics. Shultz pleads, “I belong with you, you belong with me, my sweetheart,” displaying his confident honesty.  This track hangs on an acoustic guitar, tambourine, and back up vocals.  While stripped and simple, Shultz’s powerful vocals create a mountain of sound. After each listen of “Ho Hey” I reflect on not only the elevation of this song, but also the future of The Lumineers.

The Lumineers will release their first full length LP on April 3.  If you like what you have heard and need to continue your Lumineers fix make sure to check out their Daytrotter session.

Live in Indianapolis:

When: Friday – May 25, 2012

Where: Radio Radio

Tickets: $10-12 via MOKB Presents (On sale beginning March 30th)

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Written by Brett McGrath


Fresh Track: Balue “Australian Summer”

Denver native Eli Thomas is the brain behind a new lo-fi, dream pop project called Balue. Earlier this month, the band released a five-track EP entitled Worry Toobs. The first words of the opening track set the tone for the rest of the release: “Yeah we’re goin’ to the beach.” Balue is the latest, in a slew of indie artists, to build its sound on a foundation of surf, sand and sea shells. The beach has always served as a welcome destination for the mind’s wandering eye. Though the Midwest winter has proved mild this year, a summer escape is never a bad thing – even if only for the length of a song. Thomas does the season justice from his wintery, mountaintop view in Denver. Stream “Australian Summer” below. Pick up a copy of the EP for the price of your e-mail via Balue’s Bandcamp page.

Written by Rob Peoni