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

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From top: Ivory Circle (photo by Chelsey Farnum), Fingers of the Sun (photo by Tammy Shine) and Glowing House (photo by Cameron Parsons)
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

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.



Emerald Siam

Westword Music Award Category: Rock -- Ambient/Psych

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

"We like naps, puppies, and ice cream."
-- Kurt Ottaway



Extra Kool

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

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

"That my music is very honest and energetic and always will be. I'm a very easy person to approach and I'm always willing to grow."
--Extra Kool (Danny Vincennie)



Final Blow

Westword Music Award Category: Hardcore

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

"We're an old school hardcore band heavily influenced by New York hardcore like Sheer Terror and Agnostic Front. Way too often is the term "hardcore" applied to bands that are anything but."
--Vino



Fingers of the Sun

Westword Music Award Category: Pop -- Indie

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

"We recorded our latest album "What Is The Life?" at the same recording studio where the Beach Boys recorded "Pet Sounds" and The Mamas and The Papas recorded "California Dreamin'," the energy in the room was unbelievable!"
--Nathan Brazil



Flood of Souls

Westword Music Award Category: Metal

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

"That everyone in the band is approachable, come up and say hi!"
--Johny Fysh



Fox Street

Westword Music Award Category: Rock -- Traditional

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

"We're a high energy Rock and Soul band, and we are what we sound like. Our mission is to stay true to ourselves, and feel this is evident in audiences new and old."
--Jonathan "Skippy" Huvard

More artists are on the next page.


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