Oko Tygra Is Proud to Represent Denver at CMJ in New York This Week

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Luca Venter
Oko Tygra
Oko Tygra is one of the Denver bands representing the Mile High City at this year's CMJ in New York City. The group is slated to play at Niagra on Wednesday, October 22. For a group that started in March 2014, getting selected for CMJ is certainly an achievement. For songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Joshua Novak, it's also a bit of a way for him to break with his past and establish a new musical identity as well. Recruiting a couple of old friends, bassist Tyler Rima and drummer Neil Robertson, as well as a gem of a Craigslist find in guitarist Russell Ault, Novak was able to realize a vision for starting the kind of band that had bright, hazy atmospheres and finely textured melodies.

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The Sidewinder Tavern Is For Sale, Faces an Uncertain Future

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Tom Murphy
Bludded Head (Denton, Texas) at the Sidewinder Tavern | October 8, 2014
The future of the music venue and bar known as The Sidewinder Tavern is currently up in the air. The building housing the establishment is on sale, two years after Sidewinder opened its doors. The hundred-year-old building has been home to numerous bars over the years.

Both the business and the building itself went on the market near the beginning of October. The property itself is listed at $350,000 and the business entity at $205,000. The current leaseholders (the owners of the Sidewinder Tavern) have the first option, and prospective buyers would have to come up with a sum of $555,000 to buy out the lease. According to Fernando Guzman, son of co-owner Kyle Ramirez, a few people have come to check out the property but there are no firm offers at this time.

See also: From Late 2012: Local Musicians Take Over the Sidewinder Tavern in Globeville

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Denver's DJCHAP Joins Forces With the Influential Teklife Crew

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DJCHAP
DJCHAP is off to a good start. So far, he's earned the respect of one of his biggest musical influences, grown an online following from around the world, and just dropped an EP of fresh footwork tunes that has earned praise from influencers like XLR8R and Potholes in My Blog, among others. But he remains relatively unknown in his hometown. "I feel like my reach globally is much greater than it is in Denver," he says. Sometimes it's easier to get thousands of Soundcloud followers than steady local bookings.

See also: The Aztlan Theater Once Hosted Slayer, Run-D.M.C. and More, but Now It Needs Your Help


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Radke May Be the Best Band at Riot Fest Not Playing the Main Stage

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Shawn Brackbill
Radkey
While a lot of the focus during Riot Fest this weekend will be on the headliners playing the May Farms stage and the Byers General Store, the festival includes up and coming bands, local and otherwise, worthy of attention. These are generally not the bands riding in large tour buses or flying in for the show and who most often load their own gear and sell their own merch on tour. With the recent announcement of the robbing of its tour van, clearly legendary emo band Mineral qualifies as one of these bands. One of the most promising of these up and coming bands of recent years is the brother trio Radkey from Kansas City who have made quite a buzz for its heavy rock and roll sound and wildly energetic performances.

See also: Allout Helter on the Value of Riot Fest to the Local Scene

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Colorado's You, Me & Apollo Wins National Award for "I Don't Want to Be Loved"

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You, Me & Apollo
The winners of the 2014 Unsigned Only Music Competition have been announced, and the Fort Collins band You, Me & Apollo won in the Americana category for its song "I Don't Want to Be Loved." The competition received more than eight thousand entries with a finalist group presented to a panel of judges consisting of famous musicians and other music industry types, including John Oates, Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis and Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC to decide eleven categories. Selected based on the strength of its songwriting, the quality of the vocals, the overall likeability of the song as well as the originality and creativity of the music, "I Don't Want to Be Loved" stood out from the pack in a style of music that has certainly received a boost in popularity with the commercial success of acts like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons.

See also: A Reminder of Why You Should Go to Local Shows, Courtesy of You, Me and Apollo

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Why the Gaslamp Killer at 1up Will Be This Week's Most Interesting Show

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Caroline Lessire
The Gaslamp Killer
The Gaslamp Killer is making an appearance at The 1up on Colfax this Thursday, August 7. Born William Benussen, GLK has been involved directly in producing and creating some of the most innovative electronic music and hip-hop of recent years. When he moved to Los Angeles from San Diego in 2006, GLK co-founded the popular and influential club night Low End Theory. The reach and impact of that weekly showcase went as far as Denver and proved inspirational to Qknox and Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp's Quantized Fitness.

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What to see at UMS, according to Enrique Jimenez of Altas

Adam Rojo
Enrique Jimenez
Enrique Jimenez is a man about town -- if you've been to more than a handful of local shows over the last several years, chances are you've crossed paths with him. His own band Altas (formerly Panal S.A. de C.V.) is an experimental instrumental rock band par excellence and can be caught at Eslinger Gallery tonight, July 25th, at 10 p.m. and at Mutiny Information Cafe on Saturday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.. Because of his expertise (born of his natural curiosity about the local music scene), we caught up with the affable guitarist about his own top picks for the UMS this weekend. He provided a rather extensive list, but we asked him about ten of his favorites as a kind of shortened user guide for anyone attending the festival.

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Tim Gerak of Mammoth Cave Studios is debuting a line of hand-made audio gear

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Denver's Tim Gerak is in love with sound. So much so that, on Monday, July 28 , he will launch his own line of boutique audio gear under the name Mammoth Cave Audio.

This isn't Gerak's first foray into sound, though. While growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he started making basic four-track recordings in his basement. Then, after several years of honing his recording techniques (as well as his musical chops) Gerak joined the Akron-based post-rock outfit, Six Parts Seven, and began recording the band's albums.


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The biggest weekend of Lily Fangz's promising young career

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Jeremy Pape of Welcome to the D.O.P.E. Game
Lily Fangz bounces on the balls of her feet, looking out on the crowd from the stage at Red Rocks. Her long hair flows past her shoulders. She raises the mic. It's time to go.
Fangz, aka Lileana Krenza, is a rapper and hip-hop artist, and she's diving into reggae work. Her "merch" is made up of drawings rather than T-shirts. Her songs are like a breath of fresh air. Her lyrics challenge gender expectations and encourage personal spiritual consciousness.

Krenza has had a fascination with rhyme and spoken word since she was a kid listening to East Coast hip-hop. She started doing slam poetry, which she put to music as producer friends started giving her their beats. Her career really took off when she joined the Souls in Action booking agency -- a local Colorado group -- and when she was initiated into Welcome to the D.O.P.E. Game, a creative community.


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Itchy-O signs to Alternative Tentacles and prepares debut full-length and coloring book

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Tom Murphy
Itchy-O Marching Band at Botanical Gardens performing after David Byrne and St. Vincent, July 13, 2014
Itchy-O Marching Band announced its signing to Alternative Tentacles last Thursday, May 8th. It becomes the latest in a roster of creative weirdos on Jello Biafra's long-running imprint. Those not familiar with the band in Denver should make an effort to catch it when you can for the sheer spectacle of thirty-plus costumed figures performing what can only be described as experimental marching band music.

With its full drum section, synths, a guitar, bass and sundry noise-makers with dancers roaming through the crowd, Itchy-O puts on an unforgettable performance. The group's debut full-length is scheduled for a release in the fall. Itchy-O (its members wished to remain unnamed and collective) answered some questions for us recently about its signing to Alternative Tentacles as well as some memorable shows inside and outside of Colorado.

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