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After their long-awaited return, the Underground Music Showcase wrapped up this weekend and while we’re sad to see it go, we have at least a few new favorite bands to help us get through these tough times. With local music at the forefront of our minds, this month’s local music roundup features artists of all genres.
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Five upcoming local acts
Relics of the fireplace
Listen if you like Modest Mouse
Rough around the edges and perhaps a little dirty, The Smokestack Relics are unabashedly rough in their approach to music. They are also one of the best bands we have seen at UMS this year. The duo’s raw sound is a stripped-down take on southern rock that keeps distinctive vocals and folk-inspired lyrics in the foreground.
Listen if you like CloZee
Originally from Ohio, local producer Comisar began to gain attention after performing alongside some of electronic music’s biggest names at festivals like Electric Forest and Sonic Boom. By interweaving synths with psychedelic basslines, Comisar creates intricate soundscapes that are easy to get lost in.
Listen if you like Band of Horses
Led by Patrick Meese – whom you might recognize as the drummer for Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats or his performances with local favorites Gregory Alan Isakov and Tennis – The Centennial was born out of a night out at the Underground Music Showcase. With the release of a five-track album earlier this summer, The Centennial proves he’s a remarkable new voice on the local music scene.
Listen if you like Allie X
“Now I’m not afraid of the dark anymore,” DeEtta Jain says on the opening track of her last outing, A walk in the park. The four-song release draws inspiration from Jain’s life – from his admiration for electronic music to his brief stint in New York – offering an authentic look into the local artist’s innermost being.
Listen if you like The Oh Hello’s
A transplant living just outside of Longmont, Jackson Maloney discovered his passion for songwriting in a creative writing class while studying at CU Boulder. Drawing inspiration from Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, Maloney’s simple style keeps his lyrics and storytelling front and center.
Five new local songs
Los Mocochetes – “Tacos”
Listen if you like Bomba EstÃ©rÃ©o
As they proved when they performed it live during one of UMS’s best sets, Los Mocochetes’ newest single is an irresistibly fun dance tune. An upbeat tempo complemented by light and fun lyrics, it stays true to the Los Mochochetes style and makes fans love the local band even more.
Auracane – “Ataraxis”
Listen if you like Gold Panda
Formerly WhompO, Auracane made his debut on the Colorado music scene with the release of a multitude of singles followed by a debut album, Album I, in 2020. “Ataraxis” is the opening track for this year’s EP, Ascension.
Bison Bone – “Tell All Our Friends”
Listen if you like John Mellencamp
Another preview of Bison Bone’s fourth studio album – slated for release this fall – âTell All Our Friendsâ keeps singer Courtney Whitehead’s distinctive voice at the forefront, allowing her narrative lyrics to tell their powerful story.
Cole Scheifele – “She’s the pretty one”
Hear if you like the tallest man in the world
The second track from Cole Scheifele’s latest album, The hiding places, “She’s The Pretty One” is an intimate and beautiful look at isolated love. Showcasing the emotion present throughout the album, “She’s The Pretty One” is one of the album’s most low-key tracks and is certainly worth listening to.
READ: Cole Scheifele gets serious with reality on ‘The Hideaways’
Silver and Gold – “Save Face”
Listen if you like Motion City Soundtrack
Capturing a richer sound than on their previous versions, Silver & Gold established themselves with the release of “Saving Face”. Holding the tension of their sound’s heavier leanings in direct contrast to their refined melodies, the single shows an exciting development of the ever-evolving sound of Silver & Gold.
Five new local music videos
Said the sky – “Walk on water”
Listen if you like Seven Lions
The painful closing act of a two-part series from Colorado music producer Said the Sky, “Treading Water” follows the release of “We Know Who We Are.” While the first clip in the series featured the two central lovers of the story, the video for âTreading Waterâ tells the story of their relationship’s demise.
NÃ©oma – “FIXXIÃN”
Listen if you like Felipe Moon
Produced in Ecuador at Zombi Studios, Neoma’s music video for “FIXXIÃN” is one of her first releases to feature the group’s contributions from the local Denver-based artist. âFIXXIÃNâ pulses with synth beats you can’t help but groove with, making it a perfect addition to anyone’s playlist looking for an excuse to dance.
READ: Neoma talks about building community and getting moving
Alex Blocker – “Good Love”
Listen if you like Kali Uchis
With Boulder singer Angelique, Alex Blocker’s latest single combines hip-hop and jazz influences to tell the story of a relationship at its breaking point. Originally published on Moonlit palace, the recent release of the clip breathes new life into the song.
Jackson Melnick – “Trouble”
Listen if you like Mandolin Orange
Calling attention to an often overlooked problem, “Trouble” is inspired by Owens County, Calif., A farming community that has been plagued by suicides. Jackson Melnick tells the story of farm life, its ups and downs, with a focus on the harsh realities of this life.
Moon Walker – “Disrupted Suburbs”
Listen if you like Led Zeppelin
Set in sepia and grayscale, âDisturbed Suburbiaâ flashes with bright scenes and pops of color, helping to illuminate the song’s lyrics which comment on what it takes to look well-adjusted in society. ‘today.