First Look: Tyto Alba "Shadow Monster"

Tyto Alba (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Filmed by Colin Anders of Slice Cinematics and edited by Danny DiMarchi, this lighthearted video shows the band gearing up and facing off against an opposing baseball team all consisting of members of other local Denver bands. The childlike energy of the video and music deceitfully contrasts the dark lyrical content in which the singer, Melanie Steinway, talks about her younger sister's downward spiral into heroine addiction, personified through a shadow monster, and the loss of childhood innocence.  



We are also super excited to share “Shadow Monster” the first single off their upcoming album. The band is set to kickoff off their tour and if you live in any of the cities below please come out and support this amazing band. Be sure to come out to Pon Pon tonight to see the video release and send the band off on their tour, we heard they will have some limited goodies.

First Listen: "Summer Vibes" ft. Levi Double U, Adiel Mitchell and Alex The Great

Artwork by Zak Kinsella

We love new music, especially when it’s from three of our favorite artist on one track. Coming in hot just to end your seasonal flow. You will remember Adiel Mitchell from our anniversary party and Levi Double U who is an amazing producer and has rocked a couple of our parties (He will be playing a Grandoozy after party known as AfterDoozy this weekend) and Alex The Great a Dallas artis who is on the rise.

Summer Vibes is a nostalgic upbeat track that reminds you to "Live it up." Reminiscing on the good times of growing up, the song recreates the care-free feelings of Summer. The song is a collaboration between Dallas Hip Hop artist Alex The Great, Denver-based R&B singer Adiel Mitchell, and Denver producer Levi Double U. Relive the nostalgia with Summer Vibes!

The song is also for purchase through several platforms click the link here and buy the hottest track of the season.

Our Adventures At Bumbershoot


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Our Labor Day weekend saw us spend it in the Pacific Northwest once again as we had a chance to take in the long established Bumbershoot Festival. We were so impressed last year we decided to revisit and take in three days of amazing music, art, and culinary delights. This years lineup heavily favorited some of hip hops elders as well as the newer generation. Artist such as Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and T-Pain had us feeling nostalgic while main stage headliners J-Cole and SZA gave us a look at the future of the genre. The festival itself sits right in the middle of the Seattle Center making for easy access between stages set upon the picturesque Space Needle as the backdrop. With a variety of stages the festival sets itself apart from most with the lush views and unique sight-lines of the stages. B-Eats is also a huge draw as some of the city’s most renowned food spots are on hand to sample their delicious dishes. This years lineup was a mix of all genres that had crowds range from high schoolers to those elders who appreciated bands such as The Revolution and more. This is a festival we love and hope to return to again next year as it has become one of our favorites.

Day One Photos: Photo Credit: Robert Castro

Lil Wayne (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)


Day Two Photos: Photo Credit: Robert Castro

T-Pain (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)


Day Three Photos: Photo Credit: Robert Castro

Blondie (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Macky D, Making Denver Extra Happy!

 Mac Demarco (Photo Credit: Coley Brown)

Mac Demarco (Photo Credit: Coley Brown)

Have you ever seen an episode of Trailer Park Boys? The boisterous Canadian comedy tv show is described on Wikipedia as a “mockumentary television series focused on the lives and misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of who are convicts.” Seeing Mac Demarco is like that, but to a wonderfully sentimental indie soundtrack.

Monday evening, surrounded by dad hats and rolled up blue jeans, Red Rocks may have only been 80% full, but the Macky D spirit was alive and well. I met kids as young as 16, and saw people waaaaay older than myself, which I always appreciate. If you know Mac Demarco’s music, you know it is way more introspective and sweet than his outward demeanor, so it was nice to see people who appreciate the music for what it is attending the live show. True to his often rowdy behavior, Mac caked some people in the crowd on behalf of a bandmate’s birthday (Steve Aoki style), gave a girl in the front row the microphone, to which she exclaimed she was on K to the crowd (hehe, oh Red Rocks), and layed down flat on his back to sing most of “My Kind of Woman”. A slowed down, mildy hilarious back and forth between a crowd who only half knew the words was genuine, fun, and interactive. How often does the crowd feel that the artist on stage could be their friend?

The setlist included newest songs from most recently released album This Old Dog(2017), but old boy knows his crowd, and knows his fans run deep, so he included fan favorites running back as far as 2(2012). Talk about a crowd pleaser! Also, maybe a personal bias, but choosing to finish with 2013 hit “Still Together” was really awesome to see! Plus, it was a wonderfully soft finish before the after show at Larimer Lounge, which frankly I only saw Instagram stories of, but looked much rowdier and lit as hell. Going back to the Trailer Park Boys, Mac Demarco is a sweet, talented, rowdy Canadian boy to the core, and it is truly an experience.

Noname opened for Mac Demarco and did an incredible job, warming the crowd up for the fun to come. Although a slightly strange combination in the lineup, the crowd seemed to be into everything involved, despite the difference in genre and general vibes. I would have liked to see the older EP era Noname, but really glad to see her saucy self nonetheless.

My only criticism towards this show has to be towards Red Rocks Ampitheathre itself, because despite being the most beautiful venue in the world, every time I attend, I am continuously disappointed by the sound, or rather the lack thereof. Every show would be better if the artist had the opportunity to let their music ring through the rocks as was the case only a few years ago.

 10/10 would recommend, y’all! Mac Demarco is continuously fun, talented, and always growing as an artist. If you get the chance, check him out!

Unplugged II

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I had a chance to take some photos of some familiar faces and some new friends this year. My Unplugged photo project took place earlier this summer and I was able to capture 40 plus artist all up and down the concrete jungles of South Broadway. This is a project that I hold dear to my heart and love to be able to capture musicians with their guard down in their most intimate setting. Thank you to all of the bands that participated (and showed up on time). 

KING EDDIE

TYTO ALBA

DUSTIN MORRIS

TELEVISION GENERATION

CRL CRRLL

MODERN LEISURE

OTHER BLACK

IZCALLI

HAIR CLUB

KYLE EMERSON

THERE'S AN APE FOR THAT

THE TRUJILLO COMPANY

OXEYE DAISY

MADGE

PPL MVR

WILDERMISS

REDIVIDER

SLOW CAVES

THOMIE

DEEZIE BROWN

THE OVERCOATS

VIRETTA

POUT HOUSE

GOLDJOY

WHISKEY AUTUMN

HR PEOPLE

LADY GANG

OPTYCNERD

MAXWELL HUGHES

MAXWELL HUGHES AND SARAH SLATON (EDISON)

MOTION TRAP

LOLA RISING

KAYLA MARQUE

CITRA

THE VELVETEERS

BROTHERTIGER

JEN GANUN and ANDY THOMAS FROM LOST WALKS & DUST HEART

WATER AEROBICS

YASI

CHLOE TANG

ESCORT

PARALLELPHANTS

CORSICANA

ONE FLEW WEST

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