Best of Denver 2013: A look back at the Best New Band winners from the past decade

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Our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands today. It's a painstaking issue to put together each year, but one that everyone looks forward to. This edition is even more significant, however, as it's the thirtieth edition. It's also a minor milestone for Backbeat, as it marks the tenth edition since we established the Best New Band category, when we started singling out the local act that made the biggest impression on us in the previous year. Looking back, it's quite an esteemed list. Continue on for a look back at the Best New Bands from the past decade. -- Dave Herrera

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Tom Murphy

THE DIRTY FEW (2013)
With the constant influx of great new bands that flood the scene every year, it's tough to pick the best of them. But the Dirty Few made that task infinitely easier this year. The trio makes the kind of fun, no-frills, boisterous, beer-can-foisting rock that you thought didn't exist anymore. The bouncy bombast could inspire even the most bashful of wallflowers to spring up and raise their fists without a moment's hesitation. And while the music itself is 100 percent pure exuberance, the group's live shows are even more energetic and engaging. Get Loose, Have Fun is the act's debut album title -- and motto -- but it also describes the attitude adjustment you'll experience after a dose of the Dirty Few.

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Brian Kaplan

SPIRES (2012)
It's hard to recall a band in recent memory that made as much of an impression as Spires, a quartet that appeared quietly but instantly engaged us with its auspicious four-song debut, which was far too short for our tastes. Somehow the group's lush, atmospheric dream-pop sound -- which has plenty in common with acts like the 77's and Slowdive, as Spires itself acknowledges -- manages to be familiar enough that you can identify the well it draws from without it seeming like some blatant carbon copy. Of all the year's new acts, Spires is the most promising.


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Broox Pulford
Broox Pulford

All except for The Fray and Matson Jones... Still do, and love them all.

Angie Nanos
Angie Nanos

How about you? I haven't heard a one :)

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

oops, I get "seen" and "listened to" confused

Christina Nanos
Christina Nanos

how do you know it's the worst band that ever existed if you've never listened to them?

Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

zero... and i've only heard of 2 of them... and one of those is the Fray, the worst band that has ever existed.

gadzooks
gadzooks

except for The Fray are any of these Best Bands of Denver still even together?

dudesy
dudesy

@gadzooks   Snake Rattle and Widowers both have new records coming out this year - BLKHRTS just got signes to a great label.  Spires is still together too

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