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.

The Ballroom Thieves | Interview & Ticket Giveaway | Larimer Lounge 12/07

This trio are definitely thieves. Thieves of my heart, that is. We had the pleasure of speaking with lead vocalist and guitarist, Martin Early this afternoon while they were on their way to Durango, CO for a show. After our conversation, it is evident that music is at his core existence and that this band means everything to him. Not just the music, but the people behind the instruments as well. With passion and excitement embedded in each word he spoke; we delved into some interesting topics. Like hula-hoop fails and getting lost in Mexico. And of course their new album debuting in the spring of 2015 and their upcoming show at the Larimer Lounge this Sunday (check out our Instagram @Ultra5280 for the deets on how to score a pair of tickets).

The Ballroom Thieves sounds like a fitting name for your band, how did you come up with it?

It’s an interesting story but maybe not as interesting as you might think... I was up in Newport at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Which has always been a place where I find music that I'll listen to for the upcoming year. It’s a pretty small festival but it’s just a beautiful place and the people that run that festival really know what they’re doing. The drummer and I had been touring under our names which doesn’t really roll off the tongue and we had been thinking of a band name and while I was there it kinda came out of no where. It may have been the amount of drinks or just the idea of people dressing up in fancy clothes and stealing things but it kind of stuck.   

How would you classify your genre of music?

We have been describing it is as a rock band in a folk suit. We’re not truly folk because we’ve got some pretty heavy rock influences. Our influences come from all over the place too. It’s really tough to pin down an exact genre.

If you were stranded on a desert what is one record that you’d have to have with you?

One record is really tough. I cant speak for the other two, but I guess it would definitely be “Blood On The Tracks” by Bob Dylan. He stands across multiple genres.

Which band member is the most likely to end up in Mexico on a random Tuesday?

Oh. That’s a tough one too. We’re all pretty likely to be there together. I don’t think we’re likely to end up there alone, but we'll all be there together. We’re getting to the point where we’re pretty much a family and if one person gets lost, we’ll be there with them.

What is your pregame ritual before you go on stage?

Umm usually we just like to be around each other. We just like to be in a little group. We do some vocal warm up stuff and keep our voices happy. Just water maybe some tea and some company of the band. Preferably just the band, getting into that space is really important.

What is the biggest inspiration for you guys when it comes to writing and recording music?

Honestly, our biggest inspiration are usually the bands that are our peers. Ya know, trying to make a living out of music. Some of them are: Darling Side, Tall Heights and a band form Maine called, The Ghost Of Paul Revere. We’re all challenging each other. It’s definitely a competitive environment, but in a really positive way. We want to push each other to do interesting things and keep writing inspiring music.

Name the peak and pit of this last year for you guys.

Umm, well I mean any show that we play in Boston is a peak because it’s our hometown. We finished our first record and it won’t come out until the spring 2015, but we finished it and were just really excited to share it and show everyone what we’ve been working on. That's definitely the highlight, the process of writing and recording, just everything about it. We also signed with an agency and record label. There’s been a lot of standard and interesting things happening for us. But definitely the record and having that finished product.

The pit... I don’t know there’s been a couple pits but it’s really easy to get through them. We’ve played a couple college shows and its to an empty lunch room with a Magic The Gathering game going on in the back and kids with head phones on. We just kind of view them as paid rehearsals. We’ve played shows with maybe 12 people there but maybe one person there really connects with the music and that makes the hour really worth it to us.

What is the weirdest thing that has happened to you on stage?

Umm, hmm good question. Umm I think there was a festival in Poconos called Campfire and it was an absolute blast. It’s held at a Jewish summer camp and it feels like you’re actually at camp. They have a huge blob and basketball courts and volleyball and yoga on the beach in the morning, it’s awesome. Right before we played our show, Devon had found a hula-hoop at a house and he actually got pretty good at it. So, at the festival there were a couple people hooping around and I challenged Dev to hula-hoop on stage and he couldn’t do it (enter: cute giggles). I was so confident in him because he had gotten so good at it. Maybe the hula-hoop wasn’t regulation size or something but he failed miserably.

Are you excited to come to Denver?

Yeah, we love Colorado. I’ve got some family here and so does Cali. We’ve also got some friends in the area as well. It’s just one of the states where its comfortable and cozy to come to. We’re also really excited for the show. It’s been awhile since we’ve played in Denver.

So there you have it. An adorable family from Boston that hula-hoops and sticks with each other through thick and thin will be playing at the Larimer Lounge this Sunday, December, 7th. Drop by, listen to some amazing rock-in-a-folk-suit and meet these guys. Because, they were sure a blast to get to know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b9qDuiUhcU

 

Hometown For The Holidays, Episode 2

Tomorrow is it. They day local bands have been waiting and waiting for. At some point during tomorrow night's Not So Silent Night, the staff of KTCL will announce this year's Top Eleven contestants for 2014's Hometown For the Holidays (HTFTH) competition. We've been trying to help you all get acquainted a little early with some potential contenders for this year's show, and today our final installment before the real games begin features Denver based group Wiredogs. 

Originally hitting the scene with the daring name The Hate, Wiredogs changed their name quickly and quietly after their inception in the summer of 2013. They first submitted for Hometown For The Holidays last year, and made it into the Top Eleven with their track "Suicide Queen". Sadly, the band didn't make it into last year's Top Three, but they're back at it again this year, hoping that the glory of being crowned champions might finally be theirs. I chatted briefly with lead singer Dan Aid about what it's like being involved in this competition, the bands progress in the last year, and their brand new record, Kill The Artist Hype The Trash which will be released early next year. 
(In the following interview, questions from Ultra5280 will be marked with "MC" indicating Maddie Casey, and answers from Wiredogs will be marked with "DA" indicating Dan Aid)

MC: Hey Dan! Today we're talking a bit about Hometown For The Holidays. How many years have the Wiredogs participated in Hometown? What Keeps you coming back? 
DA: Last year was Wiredogs' first time participating in Hometown For the Holidays. We submitted again this year because it's an amazing opportunity to have your music heard by some of the biggest musical proponents in this state, and it has the potential to give you airtime on one of the biggest radio stations in the world, AND it gives you the opportunity to (possibly) play one of the largest venues in Colorado. 

MC: HTFTH sees hundreds of submissions from across the state, and has a proven track record with helping break local artists on a national scene. What benefits do you feel like a band gains from participating in an event like this? 
DA: You gain exposure. Getting anyone to listen to what you're doing these days when every fucking kid with a laptop is flooding the internet with their "creative" whatever-the-fuck is really difficult. Hometown gives you a chance to get heard and get feedback on what you're doing musically. Also, If you make top 10, KTCL plays your song for a week during prime air time, and if I'm remembering correctly, they have something like 200,000 listeners at any one time... Then if you win the whole contest, you get to play the next Not So Silent night, which is always a sold out show at 1st Bank Center. 

MC: Last year your band placed in the Top Eleven, what did you learn from that experience? Did you take any of that to heart thinking about this years submission? 
DA: I think we just submitted what we were most proud of and what resonated with us. We don't play a style of music that is very popular on radio right now, but we do play music and record songs that are honest, and thoughtful, and created with purpose. Hopefully that comes through to the listeners and the judges, regardless of perceived genre.

MC: You guys are getting ready to release a new record early next year - what can fans expect from Kill The Artist Hype The Trash?
DA: Kill The Artist Hype The Trash is agressive and honest. The whole record, from writing, to demoing, to recording, happened at a time in this band when there was a ton of transition going on. Stefan moved to Chicago, I ended a relationship and moved, Mark started a relationship, and we struggled as a band to find our relationship with each other and with the music. I think that struggle comes through on the album in some pretty weird, but profound ways. This wasn't an easy record to make. It was really personal. But I think the vulnerability of that time was captured, and I think it will resonate with listeners.

MC: We cannot wait to hear it! Finally, our locals only question - what is your bands favorite pre or post-show snack?
DA: Marquis Pizza! Mosh With It!

MC: Amen! My sentiments exactly.

Check out the bands last EP, Resistance, available on Spotify just below, and be sure to watch for our upcoming feature on their new album next month. 

Denver Music Round-Up | You, Me & Apollo part ways, announce final show

It's with a heavy heart that we report You, Me & Apollo are parting ways. The quickly growing band based out of Fort Collins announced today on their Facebook that it's time to say goodbye, giving fans one last chance to see them perform this month at Hodi's Half Note on Saturday, December 20th. 

The quick post released this morning did not cite reasons for the bands seemingly sudden end, but did tip their hat to their humble beginnings, the local scene that raised them, and the ever-faithful Illegal Pete's, who will be hosting an official after-party for the bands farewell show. 

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the final You Me & Apollo show will take place in our hometown of Fort Collins, CO on Dec 20th. Although, Brent had been performing as a solo artist under the You Me & Apollo moniker previous to this, Hodi's Half Note was where You Me & Apollo had it's inaugural performance as a full band on July 13th, 2011. It only feels right that our last performance as a band also take place on the same stage. We will be joined by our friends and locals, Slow Caves and The Covz. The night will come to completion with an after party at Illegal Pete's Ft Collins. The generous folks at Illegal Pete's have also provided you Denverites with a bundle package that includes a ticket to the show and transportation for $30. There are only 48 spots available, so check out bit.ly/YMAAPartyBus for more details. 
We cannot begin to tell you how much appreciate all of the support we have received throughout the years, we love all of you fine people very much.

Last year the band took a huge leap into the national spotlight, playing a handful of shows at SXSW in 2014, including one festival Official Showcase. We first saw the band play opening for Churchill at The Walnut Room way back in October of 2011 when the group was still a solo project for lead vocalist Brent Cowles. Believe it or not, that was my very first show ever reporting for Ultra5280, so seeing this band break up truly marks an end of an era for me in Denver's music scene. Opening for acts like Brandi Carslile,  ZZ Ward, Paper Bird and more, the band was poised to break on a national level - another Mile High success story. Last fall CU Denver's student-run record label CAM Records chose the group to be the focus of their work for the 2013/2014 academic year, assisting the band with the Kickstarter campaign funding their 2013 release Sweet Honey. It has been a true pleasure watching these impressive musicians take flight from their hometown and reach new levels every time we saw them. As purveyors of local talent, the staff at Ultra5280 are disheartened to see them disappear, and can't wait to see what's next for each of the band's members. 

If you'd like to take a quick walk down memory lane, here's all the Ultra5280 articles about the band, and a quick link to some of the latest music. 

You, Me & Apollo with ZZ Ward. 

You, Me & Apollo Need Our Help

You, Me & Apollo at Snowball Music Festival