The eleven must-see sets at this weekend's Underground Music Showcase

Categories: Music Festivals

From the Aww Shucks tape cover
High Plains Honky plays Sunday night at Gary Lee's.
The Underground Music Showcase is underway. Last night's kickoff of the 400+ band festival featured standout sets from the likes of Jux County and Homebody. But there's plenty more to see and hear. We've picked out eleven of the sets we're most excited about.

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Men in Burka
Friday, 7 p.m.

If genres were actual representations of the music they are supposed to encapsulate, Men in Burka would be at the forefront of world music. Kamran Khan Strange Powers and Mario Zoots are culture mixmasters, seemlessly blending hip-hop and pop with Middle Eastern sonic influences to create something smarter than your average club-banger. --Bree Davies

The Other Black
Friday, 9 p.m.
Illegal Pete's

Wesley Watkins' The Other Black is a party band in the sense that it physically is the party. More than a dozen members fill the stage at any given show, creating a dance floor of its own full of expert musicians and vocalists that pay respect to soul's history while creating a futuristic funk all its own. At the top of it all is Watkins, who leads The Other Black with his big voice, bigger persona and an even bigger afro to match. BD

Colfax Speed Queen
Friday, 10 p.m.
3 Kings Tavern

Electrifying in that rock-n-roll-as-religion way, Colfax Speed Queen is one of those bands that only feels right live. These blues-oriented garage dudes have tapped into that thing the Cramps once executed so well -- finding the perfect balance of sarcasm and hedonistic rock excellence in under two-and-a-half minutes. BD

Glass Hits w/ Accordion Crimes and Mako 1972
Friday, 11 p.m.
Eslinger Gallery

After two stellar (and gorgeously appointed) releases, Denver's own Glass Hits is calling it quits. Finals shows are always bittersweet but tend to also be a little bit nuts, so even if you never caught Glass Hits before make sure you can say you were there for this one.
Luckily Accordion Crimes and Mako 1972 will carry on the torch of noisy, bombastic post-punk here in town, but that's not to say things will be the same. --Oakland L. Childers

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