Pink Fuzz Set To Unleash New Album! We Have The First Single "Someone" For Exclusive First Listen

One of our favorite local acts Pink Fuzz is about to unleash their latest album"Speed Demon" as well as embark on a new tour. We are debuting two of their newest songs exclusively right here on Ultra5280. Scroll down to listen to the first single "Someone" tomorrow we will be debuting "Right Where You Want Me". Sit back buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Having released two tracks in 2017, the band is excited to unleash a full album’s worth of their awe inspiring heavy rock into the world this fall. Pink Fuzz is comprised of brother/siste John and LuLu Demitro, and rounded out by childhood friend Forrest Raup. Together, Johnand LuLu share lead vocals , while LuLu’s signature fuzzed out Rickenbacker bass, and John’s signature guitar tone form a force to be reckoned with. Combine that with Forrest’s monstrous yet precise drumming style, and Pink Fuzz forms a wall of sound that is sure to melt the faces and blow the minds of every listener or concert goer that crosses their path. Recorded over the span of late 2017-early 2018 at Silo Sound in Denver, Colorado, the songs on “Speed Demon” are unique, forceful, and subtle all at the same time. The trio took their time writing and recording this album to make sure it was everything they wanted it to be. Having toured rigorously over the last 4 years, the band has been able to hone in their sound and focus it into something that is truly unlike any other band.

Pink Fuzz (Photo Credit: George Blosser)

The music on “Speed Demon” is a showcase of how far this band has come with their song writing. Sludgy riffs, ripping guitar solos (think your favorite track off Smashing Pumpkins “Mellon Collie” meets QOTSA’s “Era Vulgaris”) and driving rhythms are still a large part of this band’s sound. But what stands out on this album are those song’s counter parts. Pink Fuzzcan still throw down with the heaviest rock n' roll, but what is setting them apart is their ability to balance that with beautiful melodies and a wide array of dynamics. LuLu and John’s vocal harmonies in these melodic driven moments are a highlight of the LP, as their voices blend together in a way that is instantly recognizable. With John’s vocals taking on the style we’d expect from a love child of The Stooges era Iggy Pop and Marc Bolan. While LuLu’s silky smooth vocals channel more of a Josh Homme written melody with a Beth Gibbons (Portishead) style delivery. Their individual vocals drive the intensity and fluidity of other songs, the entire band’s talent and experience shines through seamlessly to create an incredible performance through out the entire album. There is no doubt that this band can shred, but it is clear that everything was played with intention; not a note or beat is wasted or over played.

Inspired by countless hours in the van listening to podcasts, and late night talks about how fragile the human mind can be, the band was transfixed on the development of serial killers. Pink Fuzz first touched on this subject in their debut music video for their song “Enough”, featuring “Fast Finger Frank” (the original “speed demon”) hunting down his victims in an 18 wheeler semi across barren desert roads. The video was written, produced, filmed, and acted out by Pink Fuzz themselves. The themes from this music video, along with other personal turning points, fueled the writing process for the new release. Pink Fuzz will be touringthroughout September 2018 and the later part of fall to support the album, and will be releasing two more music videos to support the singles from “Speed Demon”.

The album release show will take place in the band’s home town of Denver at Lost Lake Lounge, Sept 1st, 2018. Supported by locals Love Gang and BootGun.

“Speed Demon” September Tour 2018

9/1 Lost Lake Lounge, Denver, CO

9/6 Golden Light Cantina, Amarillo, TX

9/7 Backyard On Bell, Denton,TX

9/8 The Electric Church, Austin,TX

9/14 Auntie Maes, Manhatten, KY

9/15 PDM, Columbia, MO

9/16 The Boobie Trap, Topeka, KS

9/21 The Replay Lounge, Lawrence, KS

9/22 Rock the Prairie Fest, Dwight, KS

9/23 The Phoenix Lounge, Sioux Falls, SD

9/24 Hi Watt House. Minneapolis, MN

9/26 Liars Club, Chicago, IL

9/28 Castle Ellerbe, Louisville, KY

9/29 TBA, Columbus, OH

9/30 Foam, St. Louis, MO

The Lords Of Portland In Their New World Revolution

Portugal. The Man (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Although they've just hit it big this past year, Portugal. The Man is no foreigner to our historic Red Rocks. Wednesday evening marked their 6th Red Rocks appearance since the bands formation in 2006, yet since their profoundly popular, global 2017 hit "Feel It Still" they've made their way into the mainstream radio wave, headlined major US festivals, received publishing deals in film and commericals and managed to snag their first Grammy. PTM made their return to Denver this week and brought back their indigenous roots, fan favorites, covers and new hits from 8th full length album, 'Woodstock.' 

Claiming their sixth time on the rock Members of Portugal. The Man were sharp to see.

Before the bands arrival, PTM bassist Zach Carothers welcomed Native Lakota tribe leader and his two daughters to the stage. The group spoke about how we can preserve their native culture with daily kindness amongst one another and the rising female empowerment movement. As if we couldn't love PTM any feckin' more! The message resonated with the crowd and set the revolutionary mood as cheers erupted between the magical rocks that night. 

PTM's 90 minute set kicked off in their customary fashion. A dark crowd swayed as "Unchained Melody" welcomed the group to the stage and blended into a jam sesh with "For Whom the Bell Tolls" as the foundation, melting into their 2013 hit "Purple Yellow Red and Blue." The show's projected backdrop resembled back to album art for 'Satanic Satanist' filled with their recognizable, featureless, colorful beings and quotes featuring radical leader Malcom X and even satire quotes from the band themselves. Lead singer John Gourley appeared as if he was donned the "King of the Wild Things" with his horned devil cap. 

The 15 piece band dove into 'Woodstock' with album leading "Number One" followed by supported hit single off the new record, "Live In The Moment." Continuing with 'Evil Friends' favorites "Creep in a T-shirt" and "Atomic Man" with casual blends of riffs from "Children of the Revolution" (T. Rex) and "Gimme Shelter" (The Rolling Stones). 

Smack in the middle of their set we were blessed with groovy, pop hit "Feel It Still" it couldn't be defined whether they chose the placement as a shock to the crowd or a message to the audience that their hit song doesn't define their long history and catalog as a band over the last 12 years. That message was reiterated ironically in cheeky t-shirts such as the popular "I liked Portugal. The Man before they sold out." Some fans attending that had clearly been supporters since the beginning and refuse to be identified as "bandwagon fans." 

The last half of the set consisted of "Noise Pollution," crowd belting cherished hit "Modern Jesus" from 'Evil Friends,' an "All Your Light," "A Kilo," and "I Want You" fusion followed by more 'Evil Friends' favorites like "So American," "People Say," "Hip Hop Kids," and "Holy Roller." 

The encore featured a Red Rocks sing-a-long happy birthday wish to the group's guitarist, Eric Howk and the fused melodies of "Sleep Forever", "Live and Let Die," "Plastic Soliders," "Smile," and "Hey Jude."  

A Walk Through the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

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As if the naturally perfect outdoor acoustics of the rock formations at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre weren’t amazing enough to behold, nearby stands an epic bronze statue of a familiar figure. Upon closer inspection, it’s revealed to be none other than Colorado folk-rocker John Denver, complete with his trademark guitar slung over his back as a great eagle perches on his outstretched left hand. The Colorado Music Hall of Fame acquired the statue of Colorado’s favorite son back in 2013. There used to be some push back from John Denver fans as to where the statue should be located. Today, as the statue stands right next to one of Colorado’s greatest natural treasures, it’s plain to see that John Denver himself couldn’t have picked a better spot.

This is what The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is all about. The CMHOF is a privately sponsored non-profit organization with the mission of preserving, protecting, and propagating the state of Colorado’s varied contributions to music. It contains historical exhibits that feature artifacts from, and information about, Colorado’s most outstanding and influential musicians, venues, events, and institutions. The first inductees where John Denver, followed by the Red Rocks themselves for providing a Colorado venue worthy of hosting legends like the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and U2.

Another notable inductee to the CMHOF is the 1960s band The Astronauts, who were the first Colorado band to make it into the national charts. Despite being a landlocked surf band, their hit songs Movin’ and Baja gave the more famous Beach Boys a run for their money. Other artists featured in the exhibits include Billy Murray (also known as the Denver Nightingale), Paul Whiteman, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall, Harry Tuft, and many others. The most recent inductees include legendary singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, and the Caribou Ranch studio, all of which were recognized in 2017 at an induction ceremony at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

Apart from artists, places, and institutions relevant to Colorado music, the CMHOF also celebrates historic events that have shaped the music of Colorado and America. You can see this in one of their exhibits called Backstage Past, which features the photos of George Kealiher, the unofficial backstage photographer of the then-newly constructed Denver Coliseum in 1952.

Kealiher captured many of the national acts booked by the Denver Coliseum, including Patsy Cline, George Jones, Faron Young, Ray Price, the Louvin Brothers, Little Jimmy Dickens, and even Johnny Cash. At the time, most of these now iconic artists were directly influenced by a then-young Elvis Presley’s fresh rockabilly sound. This is what makes Backstage Past different from other exhibits about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s musical legacy. His hardcore fans already know the stories behind billboard hits like Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, and All Shook Up. Meanwhile, Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas is hailed by many as one of the greatest poker songs of all time. Alongside it is King Creole and Jailhouse Rock, which are also already famous for being titular movie songs. What many of his most hardcore fans might not know about is how much Elvis has influenced the Colorado rock and country sound. This is what Backstage Past is bringing to the fore.

These are just some of the exhibits you’ll see while taking a walk through the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Make sure to bring a good camera – a visit to the CMHOF would be remiss without at least a couple snaps of the nearby majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The Velveteers Set To Invade Europe (Again)

 The Velveteers consists of sister-brother duo Demi and John Demitro (Photo: Sierra Voss Photography)

The Velveteers consists of sister-brother duo Demi and John Demitro (Photo: Sierra Voss Photography)

Our favorite rock band is headed to Europe. Local rock band The Velveteers announce UK tour in October of 2018. The Denver locals led by siblings Demi Demitro and John Demitro are thrilled to be crossing the pond for the second time, this time on a headlining tour playing clubs across the UK. In 2016, the band was a support act for Los Angeles duo Deap Vally, playing to sold out UK theaters on their very first tour. The Velveteers released their first 6-song EP back in February of 2018 and are now excited to announce they are releasing the EP to vinyl. To celebrate the bands departure and vinyl release, The Velveteers will be holding two local kickoff shows. October 5th at Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins and October 6th at Larimer Lounge in Denver.

GOODNESS Block Party Set To Take Over Denver September 1st

Labor Day weekend just got a whole lot better here in Denver. Our good friends at Red Bull and DJ Low Key are putting together a block party of epic proportions here in the Mile High!

On September 1st, 2018, Red Bull Music presents a Goodness Block Party with DJ Low Key & friends.  A celebration of Denver music and community, the day-long event is inspired by DJ Low Key’s longstanding party “Goodness” a signature event of the city’s RiNo neighborhood since 2012. Taking over 27th Street between Larimer and Walnut, the Goodness Block Party will spill onto the space out front of its longtime home at The Meadowlark to feature a stacked lineup of hip-hop and soul inspired artists including DJ Low Key, DJ Jazzy Jeff, YaSi, CRL CRRLL, TiRon & Ayomari, Kayla Marque, and Sur Ellz. In addition, the event will host the debut of Goodness Greatness, an all-star band with Phonte, Exile and friends. Tickets are $10 in advance of the event, and are available HERE.

DJ Low Key has been an influential presence in the Denver hip-hop scene for well over a decade, with his summer series Goodness now in its 7th season and his weekly the Solution (with fellow Denver fixture DJ Lazy Eyez) turning 12 years old next February. Bringing celebrated DJs and hip-hop legends from Denver and beyond to perform, DJ Low Key has created a space to showcase Denver’s unique, independent hip-hop, soul and DJ culture. With the Goodness Block Party, Red Bull Music and DJ Low Key look to highlight and celebrate the uniqueness of Denver’s East Side/RiNo neighborhood, shining a light on the community that has continued to build the area’s renowned musical and artistic legacy.

“The name Goodness comes from the idea of featuring all the goodness possible at the party - from music to people to food to drink to art and beyond. Over time, that focus brought together a whole lot of interesting, like-minded people,” DJ Low Key explains.  “Everything starts with the love of the music and then expands out from there in different directions, with a lot of unexpected great things coming from it... it’s a party for everybody, but not just anybody."