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Montoneros, whose debut album comes out in August, is playing The UMS on Saturday.   Outside of the Main Stage, The UMS offers the best opportunity to discover emerging artists. Steal “Como Yo” from Montoneros, a band awaiting your discovery.   Unless you are so far removed from the Denver music scene that you think Big Head Todd and the Monsters are the best music to hit Colorado...

Watch Pharrell, Miley Cyrus in the “Come Get It Bae” video |Check It >>

Pharrell’s obsession with females continues in his video for “Come Get it Bae” off “G I R L.” Like his video for “Marilyn Monroe,” the “Come Get it Bae” features the producer/singer dancing in a series of hats with a series of girls, but with one notable difference: Miley Cyrus. Cyrus makes a small cameo looking as ridiculous as you would expect...

Foreigner, Styx at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 7-22-14 (photos, review) |Check It >>

You could count on one hand the number of original members in both bands Tuesday night when Foreigner and Styx played Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – especially with Foreigner’s founding guitarist Mick Jones inexplicably missing from the stage. But to dismiss their Soundtrack of Summer Tour – with the bands co-headlining and taking turns going first – for that reason would be like going to...

Watch: 30 seconds with The UMS band Rachel and the Kings |Check It >>

Rachel and the Kings chat with Reverb on the roof of The Denver Post. If you ask Rachel and the Kings how their group began, they might give you the boring version: That frontwoman Rachel James was recording an album and, thanks to happenstance, came across a handful of willing musicians in the process. If not, they’ll definitely tell you the cool version: They were part of a hostage situation in...

Nick Waterhouse at the Bluebird Theater, 7-21-14 (photos, review) |Check It >>

With his signature clean cut look and cozy stage arrangement, Nick Waterhouse transports fans back to an R&B recording studio in the 1950s. And that was the feeling at the Bluebird Theater on Monday, as Waterhouse made Denver an early tour stop in support of his 2014 LP, “Holly.” The comfortable stage was perfect for his fantastic band, which uses big instruments through small amps....

Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples at the Ogden Theatre, 7-21-14 (photos, review) |Check It >>

Los Angeles “backpack rappers” Jurassic 5 and Dilated Peoples enjoyed a convivial crowd Monday at the Ogden Theatre during the first of a two-night stand. Maybe it was J5′s sweet nod to Colorado in its recent video “The Way We Do It,” or the fact that this summer’s “Word of Mouth” tour marks the 20th anniversary of an important rap collective —...

New Flying Lotus album: Producer announces “You’re Dead!”, tour with Denver date |Check It >>

Since Flying Lotus dropped his fourth LP, “Until The Quiet Comes,” he’s been, well, quiet, save for a collection of B-sides and some touring. That’s about to change. After teasing it last week on his Instagram account, the experimental electronic producer just announced his new album, called “You’re Dead!.” It’s slated for an Oct. 7 release. Little else is known about the...

Goldrush Music Festival 2014 initial lineup: Mount Eerie, clipping. and more |Check It >>

Goldrush Music Festival has announced its initial 2014 lineup. In the last four years, Goldrush Music Festival has defined itself as one of Denver’s most unique DIY events. The venue changes every year, the performers are wide-ranging — from electronic to ambient to lo-fi — and today it has announced its initial 2014 lineup. Taking place at Larimer Lounge and Meadowlark on Sept. 13-14,...

Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 7-21-14 (photos, review, video) |Check It >>

There are two distinct camps when it comes to nostalgic rock tours. One is filled with aging rockers sleepwalking lazily through their greatest hits in a clear attempt to relive their glory days and rake in the dough. (Like Foghat. Why are those guys still touring? Exactly.) The other, an undertaking by earnest musicians who still have energy and passion for creating art, and who feed off of playing...
Watch Pharrell, Miley Cyrus in the "Come Get It Bae" video

Pharrell’s obsession with females continues in his video for “Come Get it Bae” off “G I R L.” Like his video for “Marilyn Monroe,” the “Come Get it Bae” features the producer/singer dancing in a series of hats with a series of girls, but with one notable difference: Miley Cyrus.

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Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, Wye Oak and more make our list of best Colorado shows this week.

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Local Natives Mile Marker

Download exclusive versions "Ceilings," "You and I" and "Columbia" by Local Natives recorded in Denver for Reverb's Mile Marker.

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Foreigner, Styx at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 7-22-14 (photos, review)

Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder @ Fiddlers Green by John Leyba

ENGLEWOOD, CO - JULY 22: Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder perform during their tour stop July 22, 2014 at Fiddlers Green. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

You could count on one hand the number of original members in both bands Tuesday night when Foreigner and Styx played Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – especially with Foreigner’s founding guitarist Mick Jones inexplicably missing from the stage.

But to dismiss their Soundtrack of Summer Tour – with the bands co-headlining and taking turns going first – for that reason would be like going to dinner at a famous chef’s restaurant to eat the delicious mashed potatoes he made but then skipping the chateaubriand put on the table by the rest of the talented staff.

Big mistake.

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UMS 2014: Artists, fans and media remember the biggest surprises after 14 years of music

Underground Music Showcase co-founders John Moore (left) and Ricardo Baca enjoy themselves at a UMS after-party.

Underground Music Showcase co-founders John Moore (left) and Ricardo Baca enjoy themselves at a UMS after-party.

A great music festival can usually be pared down down to a series of memorable moments, and The Denver Post’s annual Underground Music Showcase has had no shortage of them over its 14 years and thousands of shows.

In advance of this year’s July 24-27 event, which features more than 400 performances at 20 venues along South Broadway, we polled musicians, writers, festival organizers and fans about their favorite memories from years past — the unexpected triumphs, the craziest live shows, and the flat-out bizarre surprises that make The UMS the reliable summer party that it is.

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UMS 2014 guide: 15 local and national acts to hear at the indie showcase

UMS 2012 Friday

Scenes from Day 2 of the 2012 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase. Photos by Seth A. McConnell, heyreverb.com.

It’s always a good idea to do your homework before The Denver Post’s Underground Music Showcase. Sure, you can wander South Broadway, catching great bands at nearly every possible venue, gallery, bar, restaurant or storefront, but with more than 400 performances, you might want to approach July 24-27 with at least a broad outline of who to see.

Along with hundreds of local and national acts, the 14th annual UMS will bring big headliners Blonde Redhead, Real Estate and People Under the Stairs. To help you navigate the Rocky Mountain region’s largest indie music festival we’ve provided suggestions of 15 local acts and 15 national acts to catch this week.

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