American Authors | Review & Interview

Brooklyn, NY band American Authors graced the 303’s own Larimer Lounge last night as the opener for Lousiana indie rock band Royal Teeth.

Where have you been all my life? That’s all I have to say. These guys have amazing chemistry.

American Authors put on a show that was passion-loaded and one hundred percent awesome. I was dancing and singing along side stage - and so was everyone else. Simply the way they interact with one another on stage makes them a force to be reckoned with.

They bring a unique sound to indie rock. With banjo riffs and animated drum beats, they don’t perform songs - they perform anthems. Their music is relatable and honest, and that’s much more than most bands can give you these days. They are a refreshing act to witness as they allow equal contribution from all of the members. They exude appreciation and humility - and they totally rock. Seriously. I don’t know what’s wrong with you if you don’t want to dance your ass off when you hear these guys.

I had the pleasure of chatting with the boys before they played - and believe me, they are just as lovely and genuine as their music makes them out to be.  Enjoy getting to know Zac, Dave, Matt, and James of American Authors - and keep your eyes peeled for their first full length album coming out soon!

Halloween at the Bluebird Theater: Air Dubai, The Epilogues, Monroe Monroe, ManCub

All Hallows Eve in the Mile High City was pretty rockin’ this year despite it falling on a Monday night. While many people chose to celebrate over the weekend, those interested in keeping their festivities local couldn’t have asked for a better line up than at The Bluebird Theatre on Monday night. Air Dubai, The Epilogues, Monroe Monroe, and ManCub all came out in full “cape and cowl”, ready to rock the east end of Colfax and help their fans celebrate Halloween.

This show was the grand finale to a four-day mini tour hosted and co-headlined by Air Dubai and The Epilogues, hitting each end of the state and featuring different acts from the respective areas as they went. With In The Whale, The Photo Atlas, My Body Sings Electric, and Monroe Monroe all being featured as main support to the co-headliners on separate nights, it was nearly impossible to pick a night you wouldn’t love to attend. Monday night went off without a hitch, as the costume-adorned audience found the Bluebird’s capacity at a perfect medium: packed full of fans, but not crowded to the point where it was uncomfortable. With ManCub opening the night with their distinct brand of techno-electronic beats, and Monroe Monroe following them with their Indie-punk energy, the crowd was obviously warmed up and excited to see The Epilogues take the stage at 9:30.

In their typical style, the band played a generous mix of new and old favorites like “King Arthur”, “Futurebox”, and “The World is Yours”. Fans were excited to hear lead singer Chris Heckman announce that their new music video for their song “The Fallout” will be released “very, very soon”. The Bluebird went wild as they finished their set with their radio single “Hunting Season”, made famous by it’s airplay from local radio station KTCL and their “Local’s Only” segment. Fans seemed very happy with the set, as the band also seemed happy to finally be home after a long, and fun weekend.

Air Dubai finished out the evening with fun for both new and old fans. Celebrating the release of their newest EP, “Day Escape” which just hit stores this past week (available online at or on iTunes), the crowd was treated to a great mix of fan favorites like “Lasers”, “Modern Gold”, “Warm Days”, and“I Know How”, as well as new tracks like “Summer Solstice”, “Lights Out”, and “Still Searching”. Their certainly something new happening with tracks found on “Day Escape”. It might be the fact that all but one song on this new CD was recorded in California this past August, but in my opinion there’s a bit of a vintage, summery vibe to these tracks, and I LOVE it. Check out Castro’s review of the record -> HERE <-  Overall, this was one of the stronger sets I’ve seen Air Dubai play, probably thanks to the newest tunes added to the setlist. The band sounded on top of their game, and didn’t seem to stutter over any new material. Dressed like The Wiggles, the band gave the crowd an amazing set from beginning to end, closing with their radio single “restless Youth”. 

Currently The Epilogues don’t have any tour/show dates listed on any of their websites, so be sure to “like” them on Facebook to keep updated. Air Dubai is playing a big show November 19th at The Fox Theatre in Boulder. Be sure to grab tickets soon, as the band just announced a free copy of their new EP "Day Escape" with an e-mailed proof of purchase to their Boulder show! Hope to see you all out there showing Denver’s artists some love!


Toro Y Moi at The Larimer Lounge-Review

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Openers Flashlights had a celebratory announcement to kick off the show; they had just signed a deal with Atlantic Records! They got the audience started on the right foot with their mix of auto-tuned electro dance. Think Cut/Copy meets Kanye's 808s and Heartbreak. You get the picture.

Next up was Adventure, from Baltimore MD. Their laid back stage presence didn't prevent us from getting into the show, though. Adventure manages to inject a wide array of urban synth loops into their otherwise poppy sound, throwing us back to memories of 80's synth bands such as New Order.

When Toro y Moi graced the stage, the sold out Larimer Lounge was heavy with anticipation. Immediately, expectations were met and exceeded as they began to play. Tracks from Underneath the Pine, Toro y Moi's newest album, made up much of the set list. Chaz Bundick and his counterparts managed a superb, precisely played hour-long set with little to no banter between songs. Toro y Moi will be continuing their tour through the midwest and on to the east coast. If you are fortunate enough to see him live you can bank on dancing non-stop straight through the set.