Meet 100(ish) of Denver's best bands: Part one

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Jason Carncross, Jason Hayes and courtesy of the band.
Clockwise from left: Amanda Hawkins, CRL CRRLL and Black Lamb
Your new favorite band is from Denver -- you just have to find it! No small task in a city with thousands of artists and hundreds of venues, we know -- but you can start this weekend at the Westword Music Showcase. More than 140 of our favorite local artists will play sixteen stages around the Golden Triangle neighborhood, and we'll tie the whole thing together with an outdoor main stage featuring a few party-starting out-of-towners, including Diplo and 2 Chainz.

This is our twentieth year putting on the Showcase, and it's a great place to find those new favorites. But it's also just one part of our ongoing effort to introduce you to the best of this city's music. All of the local bands playing the Showcase are also nominees for Westword Music Awards. That list is even more daunting, featuring over 300 bands and artists selected by our expansive nominating committee as the finest Denver has to offer. You can see the full list of nominees and vote for your favorites here.

See also: Meet 100(ish) of Denver's best bands: Part two

That list is organized by genre. You can find other introductions elsewhere in this section, including a playlist featuring many of the bands and some advice they have for newcomers to the scene. There will be more this week, including this series, where you'll find over 100 Westword Music Award nominees (those who filled out our survey) in alphabetical order. You can watch a video of each artist in action and read the one thing he/she/they hope you know about the project. If you're interested in what you see or hear, you can click on the name of any artist to go to a website, facebook or bandcamp page where you'll find information on buying music and upcoming shows.

No matter what kind of music you like, there are bands and artists making it right here in Denver. They've got that guitar tone that just sounds right to you, and harmonies that fill your head so perfectly, they must have been built specifically for you.


A Band In Pictures

Westword Music Award Category: Rock - Indie

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

How we write our songs, and how we decide each little noise and beat.
-- Emerson Murphy



Aires Jackson

Westword Music Award Category: Hip-Hop Group

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

We take pride in giving the listener truth and honesty in every song we do. We don't try to make music to "turn up" or "get jiggly" to. We make music for the everyday person that may need to know they are not the only one going though it at the moment.
-- James Ray



Allout Helter

Westword Music Award Category: Punk

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

If you're a fan of thrashy, melodic hardcore that's a blend of technical finesse and ferocious energy, then you've come to the right place.
-- Ross Hostage



Amanda Hawkins

Westword Music Award Category: funk -- soul -- R&B

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

This year I'm debuting new music,and a new sound. I'm just now getting back on stage after having two vocal cord surgeries and I'm feeling better than ever! If you like screaming guitar, with a grimy beat and R&b vocals, this is your show!
-- Amanda Hawkins


Andy Thomas' Dust Heart

Westword Music Award Category: Singer-Songwriter

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

I called my last album Wicked, Dark, I write and sing a lot about death, but I'm actually a pretty pleasant guy who fosters dogs and cats.
-- Andy Thomas



ATOMGA

Westword Music Award Category: World

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

"What is afrobeat?" A dance music, with lots of horns and percussion. Be prepared to shake your ass and sweat it out at an ATOMGA show.
-- Leah Concialdi



Babah Fly

Westword Music Award Category: Hip-Hip--MC (male)

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

The Music opens minds and chakras
--Babah Fly



Best Creeps

Westword Music Award Category: Rock -- Garage Punk

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

We love you, let's hang out.
-- Jeremy Spira



Black Lamb

Westword Music Award Category: Rock -- Heavy

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

"1999AD: On the eve of what would be the most uneventful Apocalypse in the documented history of human hysteria, a Black Lamb was born. A promise decades in the making that could be realized by simply combining equal parts: (a.) Punk-rock's Orwellian dystopia, blooming in full view, (b.) those venerable words of the profit Prince Rogers Nelson, to "Party like it's the last day on Earth," (c.) reverence for the cantankerous and bombastic, ruler of all it surveys, the almighty Riff! and (d.) a handful of warrior monks to follow the teachings as they have been ordained

"2014AD: "Glory Bound" the latest offering will spill its life to all, anointed or not, this summer.

"A Black Lamb was born, went forth, and lives this very day! Harbinger of HEAVY RAAWWKK and ROLL for the next Apocalypse and beyond."
--Brian Hagman




Bold Type

Westword Music Award Category: Punk

What's the one thing you wish a prospective new fan knew about your band or project?

Group of fellas not so different than you, having fun writing, expressing, and living the music they love.
-- Mike Waterhouse

More artists are on the next page.


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thur5day88
thur5day88

glad to see confluence is now covenhoven

meepsheepy
meepsheepy

Every single one of these sounds like some kind of shitty Arcade Fire cover band, which they may or may not be — I'm not too well versed in Arcade Fire.

boyhollow1
boyhollow1

@meepsheepy Really? Black Lamb sounds like Arcade Fire? DJ Lowkey sounds like Arcade Fire? In fact, few of the artists listed here bear any comparison to Arcade Fire whatsoever. Maybe instead of trolling you should be listening. I think you'll find it a far more enjoyable use of your obviously wasted time.

meepsheepy
meepsheepy

@boyhollow1 @meepsheepy Ok so maybe there's some sum182SmashNOFXMouth rip offs in there too, but the majority I heard were all Arcade Fire wanna-bes who probably subscribe to VICE

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