The Velveteers Shine As They Embark On Their UK Tour

Demi Dimitro of The Velveteers (Photo Credit: Kate Rose)

On Saturday The Velveteers kicked off their UK tour with a show in Denver at the Bluebird Theater. The venue was filled with fans eager to support this badass trifecta and wish them well on their tour. The eerie mood was easily set between the incredible stage design, created by Sierra Voss, and fog rolling out into the crowd. The stage was covered in candles and roses, five floating eyes, a handpainted banner, along with vintage TVs displaying hypnotizing clips of the band. Add all of that to the already impactful sound of The Velveteers and you were left with an almost out of body experience. Your eyes continuously move around the stage between the set design, Demi’s euphoric voice paired with her fluid guitar strokes, to wanting to watch John and Adrian complement each other’s drumming prowess. This has been a wonderful group to watch grow, and we’re definitely ready to see where they go from here.

The band is set to hit the stage again overseas on September 10th at Broadcast in Glasgow.

Words and Images- Kate Rose

First Look: Queen Eider "Homebody" Video Premiere

We give you the exclusive premiere of the debut video and single from Queen Eider. The solo project comes from Melanie Steinway (Tyto Alba and Corsicana). Smooth layered rhythms complimented by Steinway’s usual lyrical mastery set the tone for the song while the video makes us feel comfortably creepy yet portrays the message being given.

The song's a summery musing on where I'm at in life right now. Settled into a routine, but it's unsettling. Gently coasting through an existence where I'm filled with gratitude but also occasionally slipping into a strange dark place in my head where you question everything around you.

For the song the track ended up being very collaborative actually. Both Danny and Ben (Corsicana) helped out a lot with the recording. Danny programmed the drum track, Ben played and recorded the live drums, as well as recorded vocals, guitar, and mixing. Ben and Casey (Modern Leisure) sang back-up vocals and the track is mastered by Joe Lambert. Expect more from Queen Eider in the coming months.

Homebody Lyrics: 

A placid breeze became a hurricane

Now I can’t see straight

Don’t want my mood hinged on the weather

Who’re you gonna get today?

Who knew I could sleep so much

Disillusioned and out of touch


I can’t keep feeling old

I think I’m being told

I should get out of this house

I better come around

Anxiety’s resounding, drowning

All in it’s path

I gotta gotta get back

Just a self-indulgent twenty-something

With big things to do

And if you think you’re getting lucky

I got a surprise for you

Silence comes in short supply

Modern culture’s got me mystified 

(chorus x2)

Westword Music Showcase Celebrates 25 Years

Bishop Briggs providing one of the best sets of the day. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Earlier this month we had a chance to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Westword Music Showcase here in Denver. The entertainment outlet has been putting on this amazing festival for years and lucky for us we have had a chance to cover a handful of them. Taking place in the Golden Triangle neighborhood of Denver, the festival went all out for this year’s lineup which featured everything from indie to electronic dance. With temperatures in the mid 90’s it was a perfect opportunity to grab a White Claw and Breck Brew Summer Pils to cool off. Festival goer’s were able to escape the heat taking refuge inside venues along Broadway to see some of the best local music bands from our area. From rockers Citra to up and coming star Bailey Elora, the lineup catered to the masses. This year Breckenridge Brewery took hold of the main sponsorship and their presence was felt as a “Breck Brew Camping” area adorned the parking lot between the main stages offering games, live art installations and a silent disco. Standout performances included main stage acts Yasi, Bishop Briggs, The Knocks, Slow Caves, Jai Wolf, and CHVRCHES. Local acts that shined included Adiel Mitchell, Los Mocochetes, CITRA, The Velveteers, Briana Straut, Corsicana, Vic N’ Narwals, as well as DJ sets by Erin Stereo and Polyphoni.

The festival itself has always been the unofficial kickoff to summer in the mile high and provides an amazing day with an amazing layout to be able to catch multiple stages. This years talent was as good as any of the previous years we have covered. Cheers and hopefully we get to celebrate the next 25 years with the Westword Music Showcase.

-Robert Castro

Photo Gallery: Robert Castro

The elegant and dazzling Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES. (Photo Credit: Kate Rose)

Crooked Colours shined. (Photo Credit: Aly McClaran)

Motion Trap Give Us The Feel Good Song Of The Summer

Motion Trap (Photo Credit: Jake Blackson)

Motion Trap is infectious, delightful and a pleasure to occupy anybody’s summer time playlist. Their new single is a throwback that makes you want to lace up your skates and make rounds around the ring while strutting your best moves and giving the significant other your cheesy smile.

Denver’s Motion Trap isn’t f**king around anymore. Duo Kyle Williams and Nathan Rogers are honoring a victorious year after winning the popular vote for Best Pop Band in Denver via 303 Magazine, opening a 3,400 person show at The Fillmore and scoring a feature on a Vinyl Me, Please compilation album amongst notable acts like DeVotchKa, The Motet, Tennis and more. Now, they’re tackling 2019 with a single release paired with the party of a lifetime.

Starting today, the world will have a new summertime anthem. “N2U” (listen here) is Motion Trap’s futuristic and fun contribution to the indie synth-pop genre. A celebration of summer love, it’s reminiscent of poolside vacations and beach sunsets galvanized with a newfound fling. It’s more than just a single — “N2U” is a disco interpretation of lust and passion and the irresistibly danceable desire that comes with them.

Motion Trap is commemorating the release at Lost Lake on Saturday, June 21 with support from Retrofette and Graveyard Club. This won’t be an ordinary single release show, though — the band is gearing up for a futuristic night of dance music that you won’t soon forget. Expect holograms, live projection and spacey surprises as Motion Trap sets the bar high for 2019’s single release parties.

“We have a few surprises in store.  Along with having some of the sickest synth/pop bands on the bill, and our good friends Retrofette, we are going to unveil a new live set, that hopefully will blow some minds.” - Kyle Williams, Motion Trap

Motin Trap set to take over Lost lake on June 21st. (Photo Credit: Kelly Molumby)