Filthy T | Album Release Show | May 10 | Larimer Lounge

Local group Filthy T will be releasing their first acoustic album on May 10 at Larimer Lounge. As you may be well aware we love giving tickets away here at Ultra5280, why not help celebrate the release album of one of the hardest working bands in Denver. As always check out our Facebook Page for all the deets. In the meantime check out "Can It Be" as featured on their new album. Let's just say we have been blasting this one at the office all week.

Filthy T is the brainchild of six Denverites intent on blending modern rock and smart rap. The band’s signature sound is articulate vocals over soulful guitar parts and driving rhythms.

What We’re About:
The city of Denver is a successful mix of polar opposites – tech startups flourish in a cowboy culture, East Coast and West Coast natives live together in harmony, and hippies and republicans co-celebrate 420. Growing up together in the Mile High City, rapper-producer Russell Ben Hedman and guitarist Joe Barnholt envisioned that the same effortless integration could be achieved in mixing the clever rhythms of hip-hop with edgy rock sounds. The original duo has been joined by bassist Kirby Beegles, drummer Adrian Hernandez, vocalist Nikki Smith and axe man Joe Shull.

Filthy T’s three studio albums to date have garnered continual accolades, including selection for 93.3 KTCL’s Hometown for the Holidays Top 10 and Big Gig Competition Top 10. As a live band, Filthy T has headlined and sold out numerous venues (including the Bluebird Theatre), won a spot as a finalist for Westword's Best of the West, and landed stage time to represent the Denver music scene at the first ever Denver County Fair. The group has opened for touring artists including The Flobots, Vanilla Ice, Rehab and Sidewalk Chalk. The band is also committed to doing great things for the Denver community. Filthy T has organized and played
fundraising concerts for organizations like Children’s Hospital, the victims of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, Claire Davis (Arapahoe High School shooting victim) and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado.

Fanfarlo at Larimer Lounge | Ticket Giveaway

We are excited for this show coming up on Wednesday, due to this excitement we want to send one lucky winner and a guest to attend the show on our dime. Simply follow us on Facebook for all the details. We will choose a winner on Wednesday morning. Click on the flyer for ticket information. Also be sure to RSVP on the Facebook page.

"What if we realised we were all descended from a tiny seed that hitched a ride here from space? Or if evolution took us in a drastic new direction, like making us all into conjoined twins, no longer born to be landlocked in a geography of loneliness. Would we still qualify?

Perhaps it's time to think about what our ideas of 'us' boil down to. To consider afresh where one thing ends and the next begins. Because the harder you try to zoom in on you, the more 'you' becomes a riotous congregation of cells, a whole galaxy of cooperating matter, together performing the mass rituals of walking and talking.

Each of us compelled to spend our blink-of-an-eye existence with these strangely incomplete mirror images, broadcast and projected inside one another's minds. You and me: a heartbreaking 24-hour live reality show. It's a pretty good show, mind you."

Fanfarlo's third album, "Let's Go Extinct," could be seen as a concept album about human evolution and possible futures, but it's also a big beautiful pop record, and somehow manages to juggle both simultaneously. Yes, it does grapple with the big questions, but always with a glint in its eye, a sense that nothing could ever be weirder than the truth, and with a stirring chorus just about to break.

"All the songs we'd written seemed to deal in direct or roundabout ways with the things that the theory of evolution tries to answer: where the hell are we, and where are we going next?," says singer and main songwriter Simon Balthazar. "The weirdness of being this thing we call a person and the double weirdness of other people. So we set about dealing with the subject matter with all the flippant playfulness and childish seriousness it deserves."

In its way, "Let's Go Extinct" is a return to the warmth and liveliness of the band's much-feted debut, "Reservoir." After their forays into the more austere landscapes of their second record ("Rooms Filled With Light"), "Let's Go Extinct" is the sound of the band cutting loose from all expectation, and just letting whatever's going to come, come.

It was recorded partly with David Wrench at the band's old haunt, the eccentric Bryn Derwen studio in North Wales, ("the surroundings there eerily remind me of the village where I grew up in Sweden. It's a place that makes you helplessly happy but at the same time instills a sort of spiritual sadness." -- Simon). The band then took away the 'tapes' and set up studio in an isolated Welsh house that had previously stood empty for 20 years. This process gave them the freedom and time to let the record take its own musical shape.

Channeling the 50s electronic experimentations of Raymond Scott, Shadow Morton rockabilly filtered through Suicide, West Coast sacred cows Brian Wilson and Fleetwood Mac, a little prog rock here, a spaghetti western flourish there, a blast of 'Young Americans' soul all the way over there, the band take freely from their favourite music and the pantheon of cult artists, and use them to create something utterly modern and entirely their own.

Balthazar, meanwhile, has accelerated from a talented contender into a commanding and intriguing presence, both as lyricist and singer. Even his more elliptical musings on the human condition -- such as 'Myth of Myself' -- rendered in his warm tones, enter your brain as completely acceptable things to say in song, no matter how wacko they may appear in black and white.

"In a way we went a bit metaphysical with this one," admits Balthazar. "We took inspiration from the theory of Panspermia and visions of post-apocalyptic London, as well as Kurt Vonnegut, Alan Watts and Miroslav Holub, neuroscience and love, because at the end of the day, you can listen to these songs as simple stories of love, hunger and loss."

Fanfarlo have never been ones to dwell on the stock-in-trade of the rhyming dictionary journeymen. Instead of romantic leads there have always been UFO obsessives, outsider philosophers and lone visionaries in their central casting. But the songs on this record are expressed in such an irresistible palette of colour and form that you could thrill to them without ever unpicking its various Gordian knots and discovering the hidden joys within.

In the wake of recording of "Let's Go Extinct," Fanfarlo has undergone another lineup change: they are joined this year by Valentina Magaletti on drums. The band are completed by Cathy Lucas (violin, keys), Leon Beckenham (trumpet, keys) and Justin Finch (bass).

Skaters | March 25th | Larimer Lounge | Ticket Giveaway

One of the top acts we caught at SXSW this year was a band from Brooklyn, Skaters impressed us and we think you should attend this show. Better yet we want to give you a pair of tickets to check it out. Follow us on Facebook for all the details.

SKATERS formed in NYC in 2012. The group's birth can be traced to a hectic 24 hours in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011, when singer and songwriter Michael Ian Cummings met English guitarist Josh Hubbard at a party at a "really fancy-ass house," as Cummings recalls.

A few months later, the still band-less Cummings got a call from Hubbard announcing that he'd be arriving in NYC the following day from the U.K. He'd be in town for a month and a half and wanted the group to play a gig. So they hooked up with Drummer Noah Rubin and local bassist Dan Burke, booked three shows, learned some songs Cummings and Rubin had been tinkering with (and a handful of Pixies covers), and SKATERS was formed. Later that year, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records.

Their debut record, MANHATTAN, shares stories of the city where they met. "We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band," Cummings says.

The disc was recorded by John Hill (Santigold, Wavves) in the API room at Greenwich Village's iconic Electric Lady Studios, named after its one-of-a-kind board, which Laura Nyro had custom-made to match the drapes in her NYC apartment.

"It's like short stories," Cummings adds, deadpanning, "It's Salinger's Nine Stories but it's Eleven Stories by SKATERS. "And the writing is much worse.”



Gardens & Villa | Larimer Lounge | Review

Last night Gardens and Villa played the Larimer Lounge. The Larimer Lounge has to be one of my favorite venues in Denver, possibly due to it’s the overabundance of PBR drinking hipsters, the small intimate feel the venue lends, or maybe it’s just the fact that really great (really understatedly great) music comes through; either way, it all adds to a certain experience.

While Miley was undoubtedly twerking her heart out just a few short miles away at the Pepsi Center last night, Gardens and Villa packed the house and delivered a fucking great show. Kicking the show off was a band based out of Berkeley, CA, called Waterstrider. They were weird, and quirky and I loved their entire set. Anyone who can cover Little Dragon, and pull it off, gets major points in my book. By the time Gardens and Villa came out, the whole venue was packed tight. There’s just something about a sold out show and a band that is there simply to deliver good music, without all the fuss. It also doesn’t hurt that Chris Lynch(lead vocals) can play the flute like every 15 year old band geek only wishes they could. Basically their set was full of some awesome flute solos, as much synth as a girl could ever want (which is a lot) and it was all around a great show.

I highly recommend seeing Gardens and Villa next time they hit up the 303 because they really have it goin on. They are currently on tour and will be playing a handful of dates during SXSW.