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2011 Westword Music Showcase nominees

by on Apr.14, 2011, under "Best of" Lists

Every year for the last 3 years I have been invited to act as a nominating committee member for the Westword Music Showcase. Every year I publish my picks for the sake of total transparency and because I think these bands deserve some recognition (even if they didn’t make the final ballot cut). The rules for nomination were simple: name 20 local bands which have had an impact on me in the past year (with the stipulation that none can have business ties to me, because that would be a conflict of interest). I have taken things a step further and decided to not re-nominate any act which I nominated in a past year. So here they are, in no particular order:

Thrifty Astronaut
Hot White
Night of Joy
Dan Craig
Mike Marchant
Monroe Monroe
American Tomahawk
Oak Creek Band
Fingers of the Sun
Lil Slugger
Panal SA De CV
Weather Maps
School Knights
Gauntlet Hair
Otem Rellik
Accordion Crimes

I would have also nominated the following, but can’t since they’re all affiliated with my record label (don’t let that stop you from checking them out).

Force Publique
The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact
Safe Boating Is No Accident

You can vote for your favorites online over at Westword’s ballot page. See my picks from 2009 and 2010.

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American Tomahawk at the Meadowlark

by on Sep.05, 2010, under Concert Reviews

It would be hard to imagine music in Denver without the constant stream of fresh projects and musicians who refuse to stay tied to a single group.  Friday night’s show at the Meadowlark served as a showcase for three new bands full of Denver-music veterans.

Jimmy Stofer, former touring bassist for The Fray, current member of Hello Kavita, John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light, and Dualistics released the debut album from his new project Weather Maps earlier this summer. Employing a few friends from other bands, Stofer played through a handful of often-soft, always-melodic tunes as the space began to fill for the evening. A few of the tunes reminded me of  Bon Iver with less emphasis on falsetto and more weight on song structure.

When Meese broke up earlier this year it was unclear what would happen to the Meese brothers. A few months later it was announced that there would be a slight revival: The Centennial was created; moodier and more matured than what had been. While this was only the group’s second show, they still managed to fill the Meadowlark to capacity.

Adam Halferty’s gratitude was apparent as his close friends and family gathered to celebrate the release of Contradictions, Generalities, and Future Criminals, the debut album from American Tomahawk (expect a full review in the near future). Halferty, drummer for Young Coyotes (current), 3OH!3 (touring), and Axe That Chopped the Cherry Tree (former), enlisted six other musicians to help American Tomahawk see a proper live lineup. The sheer musicianship of the entire group was impressive and the quality of songwriting made me wish they had more songs in their repertoire.

Click for more photos | Weather Maps | The Centennial | American Tomahawk

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