Tennis Delivers On Their New Album Yours Conditionally | Review

Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore comprise Tennis. Photo Credit: Luca Venter

Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore comprise Tennis. Photo Credit: Luca Venter

Tennis... according to Merriam-Webster is, a noun, often attributive | ten.nis | \'te-nes\ : an indoor or outdoor game that is played with rackets and a light elastic ball by two players or pairs of players on a level court (as of clay or grass) divided by a low net, or, in our case (thankfully)... one of the most exciting bands to come out of Denver in the last decade. Sure, they're known for getting hitched, buying a boat and cruising up and down the Eastern Seaboard writing songs that would eventually be the band's debut album Cape Dory, but let's face it... Tennis (the band) has done so. much. more.

There's something so perfectly subtle and innocent, yet edgy at the same time that emanates from the band's aura. Everything from the album teasers we've seen over the years (remember the hotline number they had us calling on repeat a few summers back?), to the music videos, and through the look and feel of the album artwork over the years. It all just feels right and fits perfectly together like a well-thought out puzzle.

The husband and wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley consistently manage to evolve their sound in such an intricate way around every single piece of music that the band manages to muster up at just the right time. The band's new album, Yours Conditionally, which is due out March 10 on Mutually Detrimental via Thirty Tigers, is the band's fourth, and highly anticipated full-length album.

Yours Conditionally feels like a grand culmination of the Denver-based band's catalog. Over the last few years, Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore have managed to put together an extensive and diverse catalog of easy going pop songs that spoke to an often overlooked generation through upbeat, rhythm-heavy pop ballads that rarely grow tired. Backed by the one and only Jim Eno (Spoon, Future Islands, Telekinesis, and much, much more.) as producer, the band was able to let their wings spread and create something unique, fresh and memorable.

"At my request, we rented a cabin in Fraser, CO. Proper studios always feel a bit like a man-cave to me. I wanted to work in a more neutral space. We brought our own gear and gave ourselves two weeks to work. Our experience working with producers in the past gave us the confidence and understanding we needed to take the project on ourselves."- says Riley (describing the studio setting)

I'll be honest, it took me a few listens to really grasp the album, but after the third or fourth listen of, "In the Morning I'll Be Better," the album's first track -- I was hooked. It gave me that warm fuzzy feeling, like when you first get a tattoo and all you can think about is getting more tattoos, and then soon enough you're running out of space on your arm, so you decide to get a triangle tattooed on it. Which triangle? Isosceles, obviously. But, you see that short spiral I just went down? Yours Conditionally made me do that from start to finish, over and over again. Every time I listened, I found myself discovering something new. Something that made me feel a different way after each listen. There was something that kept pulling me back in some sort of Godfather style. I couldn't stop listening to it for a week or so. 

After the albums first track comes "My Emotions are Blinding," an emotional (no pun intended) track that's full of Moore's elegant, yet youthful vocals backed by Riley's cascading guitar licks that feel like they go on forever, and ever. The consistent drumming matches perfectly with its rhythmic brother on bass. It's catchy. It's harmonious and tells a story that feels like the band is putting on you to decide what it means.

"Baby Don't Believe," is a brooding track full of lo-fi channeling choruses and, wreaks of some sort of '70s Laurel Canyon influence that I can't quite put my finger on. Give the album a few spins and see what sticks.

Overall, this album is a confident and refreshing take on a band that is full of so much potential. Watching this band grow, develop and evolve has been an absolute pleasure, and as always, I can't wait to see what's next.

Plus, The band just released a commercial for the album starring Zosia Mamet ("Girls"), you can watch/share the video here.

-Tobias Krause

The band currently kicked off their tour this week which will take them through the end of March. They will be playing their hometown show on March 4th at The Bluebird Theater.

February 21                                                 Phoenix, AZ                                       Crescent Ballroom
February 22                                               San Diego, CA                                                  The Irenic
February 24                                             Los Angeles, CA                         The Roxy (SOLD OUT)
February 27                                                Portland, OR                                       Wonder Ballroom
February 28                                                 Seattle, WA                                                      Neumo’s
March 1                                                     Vancouver, BC                                       Biltmore Cabaret
March 3                                                  Salt Lake City, UT                                      The State Room
March 4                                                       Denver, CO                                          Bluebird Theater
March 7                                                   Minneapolis, MN                          Triple Rock Social Club
March 8                                                      Madison, WI                                     High Noon Saloon
March 9                                                        Chicago, IL                                                   Thalia Hall
March 10                                                      Detroit, MI                                             The Magic Bag
March 11                                                     Toronto, ON                                       Horseshoe Tavern
March 14                                                  Cambridge, MA                                              The Sinclair
March 18                                                  Philadelphia, PA                                    Underground Arts
March 19                                                 Washington, DC                                                 9:30 Club
March 21                                                   New York, NY                                      Bowery Ballroom
March 22                                                   New York, NY                                      Bowery Ballroom

ULTRA EXCLUSIVE | New Music From The Savage Blush

You saw them play UMS 2016; the High-dive house-guests were piled high to see the high water set of The Savage Blush, Denver's favorite family band comprised of Rebecca and Josh WIlliams. But where have the sibs been since? Hunting wild-game in South Africa? No. Living off of drippings from the ceiling? No. Watching Full-House? No.

The Blush have been on what they termed a months long "desert-sabbatical". For the Blush, their desert hours entail a lot of dirt, dust, and writing music in their camper van. The perfect storm that results in that gritty sand-in-your-eyes sound. Their fresh minted singles will make you want to sell your belongings and become a desert rover too. 

Read our interview with Rebecca Williams here, and listen below for Ultra5280's exclusive release of The Savage Blush's 'Singles'. Available on Bandcamp. 




At The Drive In Announce New Album And Denver Tour Date

Hometown favorites (El Paso) At The Drive In are about to release their first album in 17 years and a full scaled tour along with it.

With praise still reverberating from December’s unveiling of “Governed By Contagions,” At The Drive In has issued another clarion call from its first album in 17 years: “Incurably Innocent” is the second track to be released in advance of that record, titled in • ter a • li • a, now available for pre-order and confirmed for release May 5 on Rise Records.

Pitting spacey phaser and thrash-y riffing against a sidewinder hook and siren wail, “Incurably Innocent," described by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala as "a song about sexual abuse and being able to finally speak out,” reveals additional facets of the kaleidoscopic in • ter a • li • a (Latin for “among other things”). Produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey at Hollywood’s Sound Factory, the 11-song 41-minute in • ter a • li • a picks up where 2000’s Relationship of Command left off… and rockets off into myriad other trajectories as unpredictable as they are intense.
in • ter a • li • a’s release will be immediately followed by a new series of live dates beginning in At The Drive In’s native El Paso, Texas and including headline dates at the likes of the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco, the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and more. Le Butcherettes will support on the new dates (below in BOLD). For further information, updates and tickets, go to

in • ter a • li • a tracklist:

At The Drive In is Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Paul Hinojos, Tony Hajjar and Keeley Davis.
At The Drive In
Live 2017
3/17/17 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
3/18/17 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
3/20/17 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
3/22/17 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
3/25/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
3/27/17 – Detroit, MI -- The Fillmore
3/29/17 – Toronto, Canada – Rebel (formerly Sound Academy)               
5/6/17 — El Paso TX — County Coliseum                                              
5/8/17 — Phoenix AZ — Marquee Theatre
5/9/17 — San Diego CA — Soma                         
5/12/17 — San Francisco CA — Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
5/13/17 — Los Angeles CA — Shrine Auditorium
5/17/17 — Mexico City — Pepsi Center WTC
6/7/17 — Austin, TX — Stubb’s
6/9/17 — San Antonio, TX — Aztec Theater
6/10/17 — Houston, TX — Revention Music Center
6/12/17 — Dallas, TX — South Side Ballroom
6/13/17 — Oklahoma City, OK — The Criterion
6/15/17 — Denver, CO — The Fillmore
6/17/17 — St. Paul, MN — Palace Theatre
6/18/17 — Chicago, IL — Aragon Ballroom
6/20/17 — Columbus, OH — Express Live!
6/21/17 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theatre
8/15-17/17 — St. Pölten, Austria — FM4 Frequency Festival 2017
8/16-19/17 — Paredes De Coura, Portugal — Paredes De Coura Festival 2017
8/16-19/17 — Kiewit, Belgium — Pukkelpop Festival 2017
8/25-27/17 — Weatherby, UK — Leeds Festival 2017
8/25-27/17 — Reading, UK — Reading Festival 2017

Shady Elders Celebrates "Inside Voices" LP | 2/17 Syntax Physics Opera

 On Feb. 17, Syntax Physic Opera hosted one of Denver’s best local lineups yet this year. The show, which was a record-release celebration for headliner Shady Elders, had an opening bill consisting of Kyle Emerson, Male Blonding, and Ned Garthe Explosion, all local acts. The venue, with its classy décor, plush walls and great beer, created a fitting atmosphere for the night.

First up, Kyle Emerson shined despite this being his debut show as a solo act. Emerson’s music obviously draws inspiration from rock of the 60s and 70s, but includes a fresh edge that’s as refreshing as a breath of clean air. With a psychedelic edge and a taste of the blues, Emerson has proved that there is more to come.

Next up, Male Blonding, amid jokes of the band’s marriage to Shady Elders (member Michael-Daniel Perkins is literally married to Shady Elder’s Fox Rodemich), spurred the tempo higher with its post-punk vitality and intensity.

 Ned Garthe Explosion, despite slightly awkward stage banter, was a fiery ball of energy that woke everybody up from the dim lighting and chill atmosphere of Syntax Physic Opera. The garage rock outfit drew out more energy from the audience by directly speaking to them, cracking jokes and asking questions between songs.

 Finally, Shady Elders brought some of its best material yet to this sold-out show. With luxuriant guitar and a bit of dreamy synth, “Inside Voices” is a testament to the true talent of Shady Elders. The band’s music does not seem from this world—rather, it was born out of a murky landscape littered with palm trees, where the wind blows warm at night and precious gems drop from the sky. The new material sounds notably darker than previous works such as “The Night Air,” but Shady Elders handles it with a sense of powerful finesse. Of course, nearly five years together as a band definitely allows a strong support system for experimentation. Rodemich’s velvet vocals matched perfectly with the lush, scarlet walls of Syntax Physic Opera, and glittering LED lights served as the perfect backdrop. Nick Berlin was a site of kinetic prowess on the drums, playing with a sort of effortlessness talent that comes with years of practice. Miles Eichner, guitarist, and Dan Vollmar, bassist, are as equally talented as they are energetic.

While playing mostly new material, Shady Elders also dropped in a few older tunes, satisfying the many attendees that have been supporting the band for its entire career. Shady Elders will certainly gain more fans with “Inside Voices,” as they rightfully should. The dark indie rock of the album is a particularly alluring invitation into the band’s own little world. 


On Thursday, March 9th, Dan Deacon will headline the The Marquis Theater (2009 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205) with Red Bull Sound Select acts Flaural and Oyster Kids performing in support. The show is only $5 with RSVP, $15 without. The RSVP link can be found here:

Dan Deacon is an inimitable electronic composer and DJ known for his signature live shows which are typically accompanied by a healthy dose of raucous audience participation. Famous for his frenetic and expansive electronic soundscapes, the Baltimore-based artist is coming off the release of his critically- acclaimed 2015 offering, Gliss Riffer, his seventh studio album. More recently, Deacon collaborated with the New York City Ballet to produce a score inspired by music from America, his 2012 symphonic ode to the U.S. The ballet production, entitled The Times Are Racing, premiered in January.

Known for their infectious blend of psych-pop and new wave, Denver quartet Flaural will support. Having shared the stage with the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Built to Spill, the band is heading into 2017 strong with new music in the works and national festival and club dates ahead. Fresh off a west coast tour, breezy indie pop duo Oyster Kids from Los Angeles round out the bill. Having amassed a sizable following thanks in part to the viral success of their singles, this is a duo you don’t want to miss. Take a listen to these artist’s music below:

Oyster Kids: