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

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Clockwise from top: Rowdy Shadehouse, Koo Qua (photo by Derek Nez) and Pizza Time (photo by Eryck Nid)
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 one and 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.

Khemmis

Westword Music Award Category: Metal

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

"We try to make music that is more than just 'heavy,' whatever that word means in today's music world. Sure, we have a wall of amps and loud, fuzzed-out guitars, but we're really just a rock 'n' roll band who tries to write memorable songs, instead of just stringing together a series of unrelated riffs."
-- Ben Hutcherson
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Kissing Party

Westword Music Award Category: Pop - Indie

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

"We won't change."
-- Gregg Dolan
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Koo Qua

Westword Music Award Category: Hip Hop - MC (Female)

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

"(It's) highly energetic, with positive representation."
-- Niquasia Waddles (a.k.a. Koo Qua)
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Lil' Thunder

Westword Music Award Category: Rock - Alternative

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

"Marie is the only female in the band, but 3 out of 4 members have PMS."
-- Dan Fox
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Lotus Drops

Westword Music Award Category: DJ - EDM

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

"Lotus Drops isn't just pushing buttons, she's creating a sonic environment for your ultimate dance floor experience."
-- Anastasia Culbert
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Low Gravity

Westword Music Award Category: Rock - Heavy

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

"How hard we really work on writing our material. We seem like we're just goofing off but we really out a lot into our craft."
--Jess Ellis
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Magic Cyclops

Westword Music Award Category: Avant-garde/eclectic

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

"I am actually shorter in person."
-- Scott Fuller (a.k.a Magic Cyclops)
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Man Mantis

Westword Music Award Category: Electronic

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

"I actually think I get the best reception from people who don't know what to expect. There's a lot of stereotypes about electronic music that create a certain expectation in the listener and they end up weighing your work against that expectation. After my most fun sets I usually get someone coming up to me and saying something like, 'That was great, I had no idea.'"
-- Mitchell Pond
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Marty Jones & the Great Unknowns

Westword Music Award Category: Country

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

"I wish folks knew how much fun we deliver. An hour of watching us play makes one much happier and better informed about the healing power of beer and hillbilly music."
-- Marty Jones
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Megan Burtt

Westword Music Award Category: Singer-Songwriter

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

"New album The Bargain will be released in early 2015."
-- Megan Burtt

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3 comments
William Luther
William Luther

"More than just heavy" is now a part of my withit vocab.

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