The UMS Artist Spotlight: Povi

Povi (Photo Credit: Sam Keller)

No longer a newcomer to the scene Povi has harnessed her musical ability to become one of the best things out of Denver in recent years. It seems like she is always pushing the envelope and putting out amazing music for us to vibe to. We have been following this sultry songstress for quite sometime now and are still in awe every time she touches anything, which is instantly turned into gold. Coming from the Red Bull Sound Select group of local artist (Sur Ellz, Crl Crrll) Povi has matured beyond her years with a more infectious pop sound that is bound to take over the world. Check out her most recent single "Only One" ft. A Meazy. You can catch her set at this years UMS.


Sunday July 30th / Hi Dive / 10:00-10:40

The UMS Artist Spotlight: The Still Tide

Our first UMS Artist Spotlight is The Still Tide. DO you ever listen to a song/band and are instantly  falling in love with their sound. We had a chance to see The Still Tide a few years ago and since then they have been one of our favorite bands in the Denver music scene. Originally from Brooklyn and now making Denver their home, the duo of Anna Morsett and Jake Miller have been winning fans over for a couple years now. We recently reviewed their most recent EP Run Out and   gave it the Ultra5280 stamp of approval. Catchy lyrics and masterful guitar play makes for a truly enjoyable listening experience that just makes you want to fill up that wine glass to the brim, kick your feet up and explore the true meaning of a complicated relationship. The band is set to play two shows during this years festival:

The Still Tide

Saturday July 29th / 3 Kings Tavern / 2:00-2:40 PM

Sunday July 30th / Main Stage / 4:30-5:10

Garbage and Blondie Took Us Down Memory Lane For The Rage And Rapture Tour

Shirley Manson of Garbage (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

This past Sunday night Fiddler's Green played host to The Rage and Rapture Tour featuring 70's-80's New Wave pioneers Blondie and 90's Alternative darlings Garbage. A pretty awesome bill featuring two of the most prominent lead front-woman of all time. The two iconic stars have been instrumental in providing a musical landscape for us for many years now. From the cavernous catacombs of CBGB Blondie and company got their famed start with a new wave sound not often heard at the punk rock venue before the 80's. It was there were they honed their craft and her unique style often brought her songs to life on a live stage with a sense of grittiness and confidence.

The legendary Debbie Harry of Blondie (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

For Blondie, who is now 72 years old, she continues to provide that same flamboyant stage presence today. Decked out in a black coat and bumblebees on her head, Debbie Harry let us know she wasn't to thrilled with the costume, after all we've all known her from the ripped t-shirt and holes in the jeans attire from the early 80's. On the heels of a new album Pollinator, it was a chance to listen to new music and also remind us of all the hits that have influenced the current album. Classics like "Call Me", "Heart of Glass", "Rapture", and "Dreaming" still resonate the same raspiness and danceable feel today as they did back then. Newer songs like "Long Time" provide from the original recipe with an updated dance appeal for todays generation.

Getting things started was one of the most influential commercially successful alternative bands of the 90's Garbage. Fronted by the red headed fiery Shirley Manson, the group has long established a foundation for an array of hits that got us by the 90's generation of music. With over 17 million albums sold throughout their career it was a chance for us to relive our days of 90's alternative with hits such as "Stupid Girl", "Push It", "#1 Crush", and "Special" who was dedicated to a member of an audience who Manson saw holding a sign exclaiming Girl Power! Manson went on to dedicate the song to the girl explaining the importance of woman's rights and equality that resonated with everybody in the audience! The band has been around for 22 years now with it's original core (unheard of nowadays). Here's hoping the band continue to make amazing music down the road.

Words and Images: Robert Castro

Final Wave Of The Denver Underground Music Showcase Announced With Schedules

Like the finishing touches on a well smoked brisket, The UMS has released their final wave of acts to perform at this years showcase. Latino rockers and Ultra5280 favorites iZCALLi round out the list with many more. The festival is a mere weeks away and if you haven't purchased tickets you probably want to pretty soon.

This years festival boasts headliners such as Benjamin Booker, Aldous Harding, Zola Jesus and Red Fang. Expect some of the best local bands/musicians in Denver to participate such as CRLCRRLL, The Still Tide, Edison, Dragondeer, Slow Caves, and The Velveteers to pack the streets of South Broadway. Stay tuned to see who we name as our "Must See" acts of the 2017 edition of this amazing festival. Check out the schedules below!