Photos: 2013 Underground Music Showcase: The UMS

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By John Moore
July 21, 2013

Photos from the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, a little party I started in 2001 that now offers more than 350 bands over four days on South Broadway. Photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org

 

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Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper introduces one of his personal favorites to the UMS main stage: Sunday headliners Nathaniel Rateliff and Born in the Flood. Read more about it here.

 

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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.