New Music Tuesday | Locals Only Edition: Wiredogs "Kill The Artist Hype The Trash"

Happy New Music Tuesday, friends and foes! This month is packed full of new music from some of our favorite local bands, so brace yourselves as last week, this week, and next week are all heavy hitting hometown releases. Last Tuesday we brought you coverage of the new Filthy T album set to debut this weekend, but they’re not the only band who will be bringing new tunes to your earbuds in the next seven days. Local rockers Wiredogs will be premiering their brand new EP this Saturday night at The Marquis Theatre, but we got our hands on a sneak preview this week to tell you all what to expect. 

This three-piece from Denver are certainly not new to the local scene, nor to rock and roll. Originally named The Hate (a name so punk that they were forced to change it), the groups first EP titled Resistance garnered interest in Denver and led to shows at UMS in 2013 and 2014, performances with Agent Orange, Residual Kid, The Ataris, fellow rock locals In The Whale and more. This past fall they were one of three local bands asked to play at Riot Fest Denver, but they’ve kept a bit quiet since that show, working hard on this new, EP Kill The Artist Hype The Trash. When we first were introduced to the awesomeness that is Wiredogs, it was inherently apparent that there was massive talent and potential spiraling around, but the band seemed unsure of which direction they were headed musically. Straddling the lines of punk, classic rock and even sometimes ska, the groups live show was so high energy and the tracks so catchy that you couldn’t not love it, but every track still felt different from the next…different enough that it left you to wonder what was precisely at play. 

    The groups new EP seems to have taken that next step forward, finally locking their sound to a more specific genre, creating a more coherent experience for the listener. Kicking off with the high energy track “Violence”, frontman Dan Aid’s grungy voice elicits a forced awareness from the listener; one can not passively listen to this album. The driving guitar riffs and consistent melodies roll from track to track, complimented by drummer Stefan Runstrom’s choice to hold nothing back. One of my favorite drummers currently playing in the Denver scene, I really appreciate how much this recording allows the listener to hear him playing as hard as he does at every live show - something hard for an audio engineer to successfully reproduce. This magical drum sound happens to be a known talent of The Blasting Room, the infamous Fort Collins-based studio the band recorded at. Aid has always delivered catchy hooks and memorable chorus’, but there’s something new about the writing on Kill The Artist Hype The Trash that I can’t quite place. The ability for the listener to focus on this more might honestly be thanks to the consistency of the music behind the lyrics, although I can’t be certain. My favorite song of the record is the last track, “Fear Is A Lie”, a memorable, anthemic, beat-driven single thats a surefire hit with both new fans as well as those familiar with the group’s past work. To say i’m anxious to hear these new songs live would be an understatement. I’ve always enjoyed the band’s live show, but I finally feel like the group’s music is consistent enough to make their performances what they’ve always hinted at: a coherent build up of emotion and release, driving impassioned fan reaction beginning to end of the set. 

If you want to check out this newly revised version of Wiredogs, you don’t have to wait long. The band is releasing this brand new EP this coming Saturday, January 24th at The Marquis Theatre. Tickets are going quick, but I implore you to pick one up quick and not miss out on what will be a strong local release of 2015. For now, check out the group's last single, "Chelsea Hotel" here on SoundCloud: 

Catch DeVotchKa Frontman Nick Urata's Music in new Film "Paddington" Out Today

Have you seen the adorable new movie trailers for the film Paddington? It's about a young Peruvian Bear who travels to London in search for a new home, and through some outrageous adventures with his new family, he might just be there for good. This adorable kids movie might sound a little off from our regularly discussed films here, but it's all with good reason. Nick Urata, frontman of Denver group DeVotchKa, actually wrote the score to this film! We all fell in love with DeVotchKa for their work on Little Miss Sunshine, but Urata has also scored films like Crazy, Stupid, Love and Ruby Sparks. If you're looking for a fun film to see with family this weekend, or just looking to celebrate some awesome local success stories, then Paddington just might be the film for you. It hits theaters today, and you can check out the trailer just below: 

If this adorable, fur-filled flick won't quite cut it as your DeVotchKa fix for the month, worry not! The band will be back with their annual Valentine's Day celebration with February 14th at The Fillmore Auditorium. Tickets are available now, but grab them quick before they disappear! 

Locals Only | Breach & Bellow Timelapse Music Video, "The Sun Will Rise"

This weeks Local's Only feature is not only a beautiful visual tribute to the state, but also a awesome showcase of our state's musical talent. Jesse Spencer is a drummer who's performed in many different groups throughout Denver's music scene over the years: The Wild After, Leash of Foxes, Ivory Circle, but recently he's released his first full-length solo record the moniker Breach & Bellow. Mr. Spencer hopped in his Jeep this past November for twelve days to explore the landscape of Colorado and all the magic it has to offer. The result of Jesse's adventure has culminated in a beautiful time-lapse video for the album's second single, "The Sun Will Rise". Featuring backing vocals from Ivory Circle front-woman Connie Hong, this video is not only a dynamic visual of the Rocky Mountains one does not usually see, but also is super cool introduction to one of Denver's newest groups. There are no dates booked to see Breach & Bellow live as of now, but check out the stunning video below and let us know what you think! 

Alvin Risk | January 24th | The Fox Theatre

Alvin Risk is playing at Fox Theatre on January 24th, his latest EP Venture features his vocals, songwriting and production. The EP was "leaked" by cool friends he's made like UFO abductee/author of "Fire In The Sky" Travis Walton and Giorgio Tsoukalos from Ancient Aliens. He co-produced "Try It Out" on Skrillex's debut album and worked with Hans Zimmer on The Amazing Spiderman 2. Alvin first caught our attention with his remix of "We Are Young" by FUN ft. Janell Monae. Be sure to venture out to Boulder to check out one of our favorite DJ's. Tickets can be purchased here.

BONNAROO 2015 | Lineup Announcement

The image below might be just a little blurry, but that's because Bonnaroo has let fans take their lineup announcement into their own hands for their 2015 lineup. The Tennessee-based festival had fans call a phone number, and they would be told the name of one artist playing the festival. Fans were then supposed to take that name, and find a unique way to share it using social media using the #bonnaroo hashtag. The posts have been piling in all day, and if you go check out Bonnaroo's website, you'll be sure to find some clever and fun Instagram/Twitter posts as they keep rolling in.

What do you guys think of this lineup? Better than Coachella? Still leaving some of you feeling unsatisfied? Tell us what you think in the comments section below, and start picking out your perfect set list! You know you'll be catching us heading south this June, and we can't wait. 

New Music Tuesday | Filthy T's "Twice The World Away, Vol. 1" EP

It’s a new year, so why not jazz up life with a little new music to match? This year KTCL’s Hometown For The Holidays competition formally introduced Denver to Filthy T, a new age rock and hip hop collision who’s produced a sonic boom of funky jams soaring right to our earbuds. Although the band has been together for nearly eight years, this year seems poised to be the band’s biggest yet. We all fell in love with their radio single “Hearts On You” during the Hometown competition, but the band is set to release five more tracks for fans on January 23rd with the release of their new EP “Twice The World Away, Vol. 1”.

A mix of dance beats, funky horn and guitar lines, and upbeat lyrics, the new “Twice The World Away” EP showcases the unique blend of genres the band has mastered during their time together. The calculated feel of the rapping on track “Colors” reminds listeners of the style of Atmosphere, while the next song “Never Been Alone” feels much more closely related to the up-beat, anthemic pop tracks that have been all over the radio lately. Not sure how you’ll feel listening to something so eclectic? I guarantee you’ll be on board by the end of the album’s first track, “Horns”, a high energy welcome to Filthy T family that you can’t sit still to. With distant familiarities to other locals Air Dubai and Bop Skizzum (who they’ve opened for multiple times), Filthy T’s EP is a sampler platter, showcasing the band’s diversity to it’s fullest and acting as an easy introduction for any new fan. Be sure to dig around once you get your hands on the EP for a hidden track that has totally become my jam recently. The band is playing a release party the night of the 23rd at the Marquis Theatre (tickets on sale here) and we’ll be giving away a pair tickets for you and a friend to check it out, so keep your eyes on all things Ultra5280 early next week.

Ultraween 4

Here it is folks the Ultraween 4 video courtesy of the very talented Govinda Tamburino. Many people ask about our parties. Let's just say we like to turn it up to 11 and get a bit crazy. A huge thanks once again to our presenting sponsors Deep Eddy Vodka and Breckenridge Brewery for their support. Next up Ultraversary 4 this coming Spring. Prepare your liver now.