Ultra5280's Best Albums of 2014

With so many great albums that came out this year it is always a task at hand trying to chose our favorites. This year was no different, we are fortunate to get to see as many shows as we do, as well as open our inboxes to early releases and exclusives. The great thing about our staff is that we each have our own unique bands that we love, thus making our lists an eclectic mix of great music. There were a few newcomers to the list as well as some established bands making great albums this year. A couple late additions from J. Cole and D'angelo that barely missed the cut stood out as well. Without further adieu, Ultra5280 presents the Best Albums of 2014. These are in no particular order. What were your favorites this year?

FKA Twigs | LP1

The War on Drugs | Lost In The Dream

First Aid Kit | Stay Gold

Sylvan Esso | Self Titled

Alt-J | This Is All Yours

Broods | Evergreen

Against Me | Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Future Islands | Singles

Interpol | El Pintor

Jack White | Lazaretto

Run The Jewels | Run The Jewels 2

St. Vincent | St. Vincent

Taylor Swift | 1989

Jenny Lewis | The Voyager

Weezer | Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Lucius | Wildewoman

Phantogram | Voices

Caribou | Our Love


Entourage | Teaser Trailer

One of the films we are looking forward to this coming summer has released its first teaser and by the looks of it and numerous cameos it looks like it will be a hit!

Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Pivon star in ENTOURAGE, in theaters June 5th! https://facebook.com/Entourage -- Based on the HBO Comedy series. Movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon), are back...and back in business with super-agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven).

Hometown For The Holidays | A Hometown Christmas Carol

This past Saturday marked the 2014 Hometown For the Holidays competition, a show which led to local newcomers AMZY taking home both the crowd favorite award of the night as well as the top prize of taking 1st in the music surveys, winning them time at the Blasting Room, and the opportunity to open next year's Not So Silent Night

The contest itself might be over, but this year showcased a delightful new level of camaraderie between the competing bands than we've ever seen before. Although there was less "#DenverBandBeef" than we've come to expect (and love) from this competition, we did get one big band medley out of it, and it's this fabulous rendition of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" that the boys from Filthy T put together with fellow competitors Amzy, DeDoz, Rumours Follow and Ivory Circle. Just in time for Christmas, you can throw this awesome local cover onto your holiday party playlist and just wait for friends to ask you who it is. Mad props to Filthy T for putting this all together, and consider this your "happy holidays" from your Ultra5280 family to yours. 

Friday Night Fun | Wild High Album Release feat. Turner Jackson

It's the Friday before Christmas and we are smack in the middle of Hanukkah. Even if you don't admit it, this time of year everyone can get a little overrun by the holiday spirit - sometimes you just need a break from the spiked egg nog and ugly sweater parties. If you're looking for a good excuse to get out of your holiday office party, or just looking for a fun way to spend one of the last Fridays of 2014, look no further than Wild High's release party tonight at the Larimer Lounge. 

Local indie-psych rock band, Wild high, has had a huge year. After joining the Red Bull Sound Select roster wowing crowds with sets on the main stage at Denver's UMS, packing the stage at Denver Psych Fest, and performing a CPR Open Air studio session, the band refuses to end this pivotal year without a band. In fact, they are celebrating the end of the year with the highly anticipated release of their debut 10-track album SDREAMS. 

If you're familiar with Ultra5280, the name Turner Jackson might be familiar. A Local hip-hop artist, and entertainer extraordinaire, Turner helped us get "turnt up" at our Ultraversary party this past April. Tonight he will be opening the show for Wild High, and taking this opportunity to debut his brand new live backing band, an exciting change to the rapper's already charismatic live show. 

Tickets are an easy $10 at the door tonight, and this is a show you do not want to miss! Doors are at 8:00pm, the show at 9:00pm, and we hope to catch a few of you getting down tonight. 

CRL CRRLL | Exclusive Video Premiere | CHEERS

For those of you who didn't make it out to The Solution last Friday to check out the video release of CRL CRRLL's "Cheers", no need to worry we have the exclusive online premiere right here for you to see. This song has been burning up our playlist all Summer long and the video was shot at Meadowlark.

Video directed, shot & edited by Jonathan Martin for Black Sock Productions (http://www.BlackSockProductions.com). “Cheers” produced, written & engineered by CRL CRRLL. Video filmed on location at The Meadowlark during both The Solution w/DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez and Goodness w/DJ Low Key & friends. Still photos by Armando Geneyro aka Knower Of The Ledge. Stay tuned for The Solution Tape #2 in February 2015 and CRL CRRLL’s Ghostwaves double-EP in early 2015 and don’t miss The Solution w/DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez, every Friday night at The Meadowlark in Denver, CO!!!

GOLDLINK REPLACES ELLIPHANT DENVER DECEMBER 11TH WITH RED BULL SOUND SELECT ARTISTS HUSTLE AND DRONE, LILY FANGZ AND POVI TAMU

WHAT:  Red Bull Sound Select, an ongoing program to support local music scenes and the people who push them forward, announces a line-up change for it’s last Denver show of 2014 with curator Souls in Action. Headliner Elliphant had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts - GoldLink has been added to the bill performing from his new album 'The God Complex'.  Red Bull Sound Select Artists Hustle and Drone, Lily Fangz and Povi Tamu will perform in support. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 for non-RSVPs and is open to all fans 21+. Fans can reserve their ticket here.

Every month, “Red Bull Sound Select Presents” showcases are curated by local music influencers and feature two to three new Sound Select artists and one to two headliners, this month is curated by Souls in Action.

:: GoldLink ::

To call GoldLink an aspiring rapper would not do him justice. The DMV-bred emcee accrued over three million plays on his Soundcloud and captured the attention of an entire industry with the first project he ever released. GoldLink’s sound doesn’t throw it all the way back to the boom-bap, New York style, nor is it entirely a product of digital production. Instead, the music mixes the buttery grooves of 90’s R&B with classic hip-hop breaks to give it an essence of nostalgia, and then turns on its head with bouncy, forward-thinking production style led by the likes of Ta-Ku and Kaytranda. Add that to GoldLink’s ability to fill every pocket of the dynamic instrumentals he tackles with a roller-coaster delivery, and suddenly your head is bobbing to the self-proclaimed “future-bounce” genre.*

https://soundcloud.com/goldlink

:: Hustle and Drone::

Hustle and Drone formed in early 2012 when keyboardist Ryan Neighbors parted ways with his former band (Portugal. The Man) and began collaborating with long-time friend Kirk Ohnstad (Hello Electric). The band released their debut EP in the summer of 2012 which blends electronic beats with 80's synthesizers, driving bass, and vocal pop melodies. Hustle and Drone has completed their debut full-length "HOLYLAND", to be released 9/2/14

https://www.redbullsoundselect.com/artists/hustleanddrone

:: Lily Fangz ::

Lily Fangz is a passionate performer based in Denver, CO blending hip-hop, R&B, soul, electronic, funk, and island music with layers of conscious content, and witty wordplay. Bless Up. Chomp Down..

https://www.redbullsoundselect.com/artists/lilyfangz

:: Povi Tamu ::

Povi Tamu is a songstress for our times.A philomath of music.Balancing her upbringing in Soul, R&B and HipHop, with a hunger for dance driven breaks and BPMs. Merging the two, bringing you future RnB...

https://www.redbullsoundselect.com/artists/povitamu

EVENT DETAILS

December @RBSoundSelect Presents: @redbullDEN Curated by @SoulsInAction -

RSVP FOR FREE TICKETS ($5/door): http://win.gs/1FaRstS

WHEN: 12/11/14 at 9pm

WHERE: @The1upColfax

FACEBOOK EVENT: http://win.gs/11Dbzlk

Twin Shadow | Turn Me Up | Video

One of our favorite artist LA-based artist Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis, Jr., has debuted a new video for the track 'Turn Me Up' which was directed by Alex Turvey.
 
The track premiered yesterday on Pitchfork, while its accompanying video premieres today on Dazed Digital. Watch it here.
 
The striking black and white video was styled by creative director Milan Zrnic, and features clothing from Diesel and KTZ. 'Turn Me Up' is taken from Lewis's upcoming album 'Eclipse' which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on March 17th.  He will tour North America in support of the album throughout March and April.
 
"I think it's important to let people take what they need from songs instead of explaining too much about what they mean for me personally," says Lewis. "But my friends keep asking, 'Turn me up' - what's that mean? I keep saying, 'Take more from me. Ask more of me. Give me more back. Stop fighting against the things you want the most.'"
 
He adds: "I'm surrounded by great people right now, people who are pushing me, like my twin sister Ligia Lewis, my creative director Milan Zrnic, and Alex Turvey, who all worked with me to create the visuals for 'Turn Me Up'."
 
Earlier this year, Twin Shadow released the single 'To The Top' which he performed on 'Conan' in June. Billboard stated that "Twin Shadow's canyon-sized 'To The Top' has lofty goals and proceeds to soar straight past them," while Stereogum deemed the track a "masterpiece" and "possibly the biggest, grandest thing that Lewis has ever recorded." 
 
The Dominican Republic-born, Florida-bred Lewis adopted the Twin Shadow moniker in 2006. He has released two previous albums on indie labels Terrible and 4AD, 2010's 'Forget' and 2012's 'Confess'  - an internationally acclaimed album that Pitchfork hailed for its "brash lyrics [and] laser-focused songwriting." Uncut called it "an impeccable sequel to an immaculate debut" and NME described it as a "thrill ride."
 
Live performances opening for Florence & the Machine and The Strokes, appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, plus his own headlining shows have earned Lewis a reputation as a charismatic and compelling frontman. He has also performed on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' and 'Conan'. His track 'Old Love, New Love' featured in 'Grand Theft Auto V' was named one of the best songs of 2013 by RollingStone. 

I think it’s important to let people take what they need from songs instead of explaining too much about what they mean for me personally. But my friends keep asking, ‘Turn me up’, what’s that mean? I keep saying, Take more from me. Ask more of me. Give me more back. -Twin Shadow

New tour dates have been added including a stop at SXSW and here in Denver on April 17th.