The complete Denver music fan field guide
Noah Van Sciver
The Fraydians are a fairly placid bunch. They're casual fans of pretty much any modern, middle-of-the-road rock and pop act you can probably list. Put it this way: If a Pandora station were programmed to suit the individual tastes of these folks, the station would primarily consist of the same sort of earnest, reflective and poignant but ultimately banal tunes favored by bands like the Fray -- the kind of songs you're likely to hear at Starbucks or over the speakers at American Eagle Outfitters. These folks are the reason the Triple A and Hot AC formats exist.
It's hard to peg someone as goth these days in Denver and elsewhere because, for the most part, the identity has become so crowded with people wearing the stereotypical attire of goths that it's become hard to tell the difference between authentic goths and those in costume. True goths have a pronounced disdain toward society, preferring to be social misfits. These folks might or might not worship Satan.
In 1965, Drop City, one of the first rural artist communes, was formed in southern Colorado. Hippies have been flocking to the state ever since, attracted by the laid-back lifestyle, 300-plus days of sunshine and plethora of farmers' markets. Are you feeling the love? Using crystals to affect your mood? Have you started seeking the source of your problems in the rotations and movement of the planets? Have you ever given a significant chunk of your life to a Phish tour? You, or someone you know, might be a hippie.