It’s officially the holiday season in Denver! Alf announced the top ten bands for this year’s Hometown for the Holidays song contest at Not So Silent Night this weekend. They are listed in alphabetical order below with their song and social media links. I am lucky to know several of them but can’t wait to cheer them all on as KTCL Channel 93.3 starts putting their songs on the air. The free HTFTH concert (unless you want the VIP upgrade) is December 17 at The Summit. Previous winners AMZY are headlining and the top three bands (as voted by us music nerds!) will battle it out for the top prize. See you there? Continue reading…
I fell in love with Grouplove with Never Trust a Happy Song in 2011 but I had never seen them live. I had no idea what to expect. This indie band is pretty eclectic and has evolved quite a bit over the years. I certainly wasn’t expecting the explosion of energy that splattered on stage when Grouplove performed at Denver’s Ogden Theatre. Singers Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi (who also are a couple) smashed back and forth as the whole band gave a sincere high-energy pop show while still maintaining their indie-rock roots.
Opener MUNA is a 3-piece band of ladies who were new to me but blew me away. I loved their dark and moody brand of electronic pop and had a blast chasing lead singer Katie Gavin around the stage (with my camera).
Grouplove picks up on a 2017 Winter-Spring tour in the US. Be sure to catch them live if you can!
Muna Concert Photos
Everyone has always said how great Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) was in concert. They are right up my alley music-wise, with a cool mixture of American and English alternative rock, and have been recording since 2001. What the hell was I thinking waiting until 2016 to see them live?
BRMC played Denver’s Ogden Theater last month to a very enthusiastic crowd. There are only three members in the band but they don’t need any more than that. People who know music better than me can tell you about how talented they are; I will tell you they kicked ass.
According to Westword, there is an album due in 2017, so hopefully there will be another tour.
I, for one, won’t miss it.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Denver Concert Photos
Phantogram in concert was exactly what I thought it would be and the photos prove it. Dark, moody, sexy and fun. The duo released their third album, aptly titled Three this year, but I have to say the song “Fall In Love” from 2014’s Voices is the one that really got me hooked on the band. When Phantogram played Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, the place pretty much pulsated to the rhythm of their songs and Sarah Barthel slinking around the stage. Killer.
The band continues to tour through December, be sure to catch them live.
Phantogram Concert Photos
I have been lucky enough to photograph both Bastille and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness separately before – but what a treat to have them play together for this year’s Jeep On The Rocks. This season at Red Rocks was phenomenal, and this show was a definite highlight.
Andrew McMahon is one of the most expressive singers I have ever seen, and his voice ain’t too shabby either. Of course, given he sits behind the piano with two microphones in his face, it’s sometimes hard to catch those expressions – but trust me – he’s the master.
As for Bastille – the new album Wild World is among my faves of 2016. Dan Smith and his pals conquered our airwaves this summer with Good Grief and proceeded to do the same at Red Rocks. I don’t think the man stood still for 30 seconds straight. As a bonus, his voice is like honey in your tea.
A great night for indie music.