Shake it: What Colorado bands make you get up and dance?

By John Moore
May 21, 2013

These are 18 songs by Colorado bands that just make me gotta dance. Like for reals, shake your tail-feather, you can’t stop the beat, dancing. They are very different kinds of songs … Sometimes poppy, sometimes reverent, sometimes angry. But always irresistible. I have no defense against their booty power.

This is not a definitive “best” list, or intended to be in any way comprehensive. It is a conversation starter. And I’ve missed some new stuff, so help me out: What songs would you add to the list?

My iPoddable playlist of irresistible dance songs by Colorado bands, past or present:

  1. Dressy Bessy: “Shoot, I Love You”
  2. The Heyday: “Come In or Stay Out”
  3. The Hollyfelds: “Bad Timing”
  4. Hot IQ’s: “Duck and Cover”
  5. Churchill: “I Still Remember”
  6. Chairlift: “Bruises”
  7. Hearts of Palm: “We Have No Water Here”
  8. Meese: “This is the Start of It”
  9. These United States: “I Want You to Keep Everything”
  10. Kissing Party: “Lets Face These Times”
  11. Jim McTurnan and the Kids That Killed the Man: “Give Up Suffering”
  12. A Tom Collins: “Pants Off Dance Off”
  13. The Knew: “Company”
  14. Matson Jones: “Good Advice”
  15. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: “Pine Box”
  16. Houses: “Mr. and Mrs. Kelly”
  17. DeVotchKa: “Gasoline Serpent”
  18. Me Llamo Rosa: “If John Cusack”

PS: The 13th annual Denver Post Underground Music Showcase is coming July 18-21. Do not miss it.

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I defy you to defy Tammy Ealom: Dressy Bessy at the 2009 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (The UMS). Denver Post file photo.

I defy you to defy Tammy Ealom: Dressy Bessy at the 2009 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (The UMS). Denver Post file photo.

Video: Churchill, Barcelona and Navy at the Bluebird Theater

By John Moore

Oct. 1, 2012

Churchill celebrated its recent major-label signing with two headlining shows at the Bluebird Theater in Denver on Sept. 29-30, 2012. On Day 2, the set included “Ark in a Flood,” above. The lineup included Navy and Barcelona. Video by John Moore.

Barcelona:

Seattle’s Barcelona played in support of Denver’s Churchill at the Bluebird Theater on Sept. 30, 2012. Video by John Moore

 

Navy:

The new band Navy fronted by Dan Craig played in support of Denver’s Churchill at the Bluebird Theater on Sept. 30, 2012. Members include Nathan Meese (The Centennial) and Tyler Rima and Joe Richmond of Churchill. Joining in for this song is Churchill’s Tim Bruns. Video by John Moore

 

More Churchill:
Photos, video: Churchill performs “Change” at Denver party

Photos from Sept. 30 at the Bluebird Theater:

Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill took to the balcony of the Bluebird Theater. Photo by John Moore.

Churchill played two sold-out shows at the Bluebird Theater on Sept. 29-30. Photo by John Moore.

Tyler Rima of Churchill playing an opening set with Navy. Photo by John Moore.

Nathan Meese of The Centennial and Navy joined Churchill for its set on Sept. 30 at the Bluebird. Photo by John Moore.

Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill took to the balcony of the Bluebird Theater. Photo by John Moore.

Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill took to the balcony of the Bluebird Theater. Photo by John Moore.

Churchill played the Bluebird on Sept. 30. Photo by John Moore.

Photos, video: Churchill performs “Change” at Denver party

By John Moore

Sept. 21, 2012

Just two weeks after signing with national label A&M Octone Records, home of Maroon 5, Denver acoustic indie-rock band Churchill played a down-low private party on Sept. 20 at a Denver art studio. The evening of mostly casual, unplugged goodness included a rendition of the popular new radio hit “Change” (video above), which Churchill singer-guitarist Tim Bruns credited as being the song that landed the band its record deal.

The evening included sets from Stephanie Dorman, Michael Morter, Bethany Kelly, and the band Churchill, sans bass player Tyler Rima. That’s Bruns (vocals and guitar), Kelly (vocals and guitar), Morter (mandolin and guitar) and drummer Joe Richmond (drums, or in this case – drum).

A&M has picked up Churchill’s latest release “The Change EP” for national distribution, and the band already has begun work on a full-length. Churchill has two shows scheduled Sept. 29-30 at the Bluebird Theater, the first of which is sold out.

 

From left: Michael Morter, Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

Michael Morter of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

 

Bethany Kelly of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

Bethany Kelly of Churchill with Stephanie Dorman. Photo by John Moore.

 

Joe Richmond of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

From left: Michael Morter, Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.

 

An artist at work during the Churchill party. Photo by John Moore.

 

Drummer Joe Richmond of Churchill in shadow. Photo by John Moore.

 

Party host Amy Bruns, wife of Churchill singer Tim Bruns. Photo by John Moore

 

Churchill drummer Joe Richmond, sister Nicole Mills (left) and party host Amy Bruns take in the set by Bethany Lelly. Photo by John Moore.

From left: Michael Morter, Tim Bruns, Bethany Kelly and Joe Richmond of Churchill. Photo by John Moore.