Vignettes from UMS 2014 day two: Alcohol, humanity and mosh pits |Check It >>

All this weekend the Reverb staff will be sharing short scenes from UMS 2014. On day two we saw the collision of alcohol and humanity with bathroom arguments at Pie Hole, beer showers at 3 Kings Tavern and the smell of crowds at Skylark Lounge. (more…)

UMS 2014 photos, review, video of day one: People Under the Stairs, Tanlines, StaG and more |Check It >>

“No, no, no. You can’t pull on it like that,” an exasperated door man yelled at the stream of people flowing out of the Skylark Lounge just before midnight on Friday. Fans were seeking a respite from the muggy heat of the venue, which was packed with bodies to see Roadkill Ghost Choir’s 11 p.m. set. As if it were some sort of hive mind decision, they all headed for the cool night air at once....

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DENVER, CO – JULY 25: Doug Varner relaxes on a bench as he listens to People Under the Stairs perform on the Main Stage during the Underground Music Showcase on July 25, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post) Some music festivals are more about the people watching, finding somebody to make-out with, shoving your face with late-night food, or how sexy you looked in...

Video: Ark Life plays a stripped down “Sweet Revenge” in a front lawn during UMS 2014 |Check It >>

OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'ExNWY4bzoipK_4qHxp1sOMMIXv-kxGZI'); }); Please enable Javascript to watch this video By Kent Nishimura and Mary Stevens Shortly after playing a pre-UMS set at Illegal Pete’s on South Broadway, Ark Life grabbed a snare drum, an acoustic guitar and attached a mic to a twig to perform “Sweet Revenge” for us in a front lawn....

Vignettes from UMS 2014 day one: Sharing whiskey, people watching at Sputnik and more |Check It >>

All this weekend the Reverb staff will be sharing short scenes from UMS 2014. On day one we watched the Irish Rover share whiskey, ate at Sputnik and listened to Hollow Talk’s hot wall of guitars. (more…)

UMS 2014: Photos of the people and culture on day one |Check It >>

UMS 2014 kicked off on Thursday, and like a storm, the hip, weird and musically-inclined descended on South Broadway. People in bear suits, skinny jeans, tattoos and lines outside of the Hi-Dive, were all in abundance, even on the typically mellow first night of the four day festival. The night also brought performances from Somerset Catalog, In The Whale, Homebody, Roadkill Ghost Choir and more. ...

UMS 2014 photos, review, video of day one: Roadkill Ghost Choir, Somerset Catalog and more |Check It >>

The 14th annual Underground Music Showcase opened with a score to settle on Thursday. Well, one venue did at least. “Show Austin TX what is up UMS starts Thurs,” reads the sign outside of The Hornet on South Broadway. Groups of fans walking to shows or arriving to pick up their wristbands stood in front of the sign, cell phones pointed to the sky, taking pictures of Denver’s bold statement about...

UMS 2014 Day One: What you saw, heard, and shared (best tweets) |Check It >>

What’s up Austin? UMS 2014, that’s what. (Photo by Jordan Gonzalez, The Denver Post) The high holy days of music in Denver, Colorado are upon us. Yes, #UMS2014 is here, in all its aurally-drenched, sweaty, South Broadway packed-club glory. Here’s a recap of night one, as seen through your eyes. Be sure to share your UMS experience by tagging your tweets, Instagram photos and more...

Video: Roadkill Ghost Choir plays “See You Soon” on S. Broadway during The UMS |Check It >>

OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'duZDU4bzoSFkSIoFBocg_W8Wp7rql4G5'); }); Please enable Javascript to watch this video By Kent Nishimura and Mary Stevens Ahead of the band’s set on the first day of UMS 2014, Reverb caught up with Roadkill Ghost Choir‘s Andrew Shepard to film him playing video on South Broadway. As festivalgoers walk by, Shepard plays a somber take...
A vehicle has crashed into the UMS venue Skylark Lounge. At least one person has been injured.

A vehicle has crashed into Skylark Lounge, the South Broadway venue, which is scheduled to host a number of Underground Music Showcase performances on Friday night, according to reports. As of 4:30 p.m. UMS organizers did not know if the venue would hold concerts on Friday.

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UMS 2014: Live from South Broadway, July 24-27

Join the conversation in our UMS 2014 feed, where we’ll discuss the bands, venues, hilarious and/or spot-on hipster outfits and all the rest of the 14th Annual Underground Music Showcase, live from South Broadway in Denver, Colorado.

400 bands in 20+ venues over 4 days. It’s all happening at #UMS2014.

UMS 2014 photos, review, video of day one: People Under the Stairs, Tanlines, StaG and more

UMS 2014 Day Two Seth M

Day two of the 2014 Underground Music Showcase featuring Roadkill Ghost Choir, People Under the Stairs, Residual Kid, Covenhoven, A Mouthful of Thunder, Accordion Crimes, Dawn Safari, Catch Lungs and Turner Jackson. Photos by Seth McConnell/heyreverb.com

“No, no, no. You can’t pull on it like that,” an exasperated door man yelled at the stream of people flowing out of the Skylark Lounge just before midnight on Friday. Fans were seeking a respite from the muggy heat of the venue, which was packed with bodies to see Roadkill Ghost Choir’s 11 p.m. set. As if it were some sort of hive mind decision, they all headed for the cool night air at once. But the problem was, the front gate of the venue was wasn’t working 100 percent, and for good reason. A car had driven through it about nine hours beforehand.

About two hours before Underground Music Showcase sets were scheduled to start at the venue, a blue Honda crashed into the front of Skylark Lounge. At least one person was injured in the mid-afternoon incident, and the entrance to the venue had been battered. Fans, organizers and musicians all had the same worry: Will shows still take place at Skylark? Safety the main concern, responders and UMS organizers made sure the building wouldn’t endanger concertgoers before giving word that the shows would go on. Obviously, the frightening “what ifs” dominated the conversation on Friday at the UMS. But sets continued as planned, well, with the exception of the busted front gate and the poor door guy who was given the new job of directing inebriated fans through the entrance.

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UMS 2014 Day Two: What you saw, heard, and shared (best tweets)

DENVER, CO - JULY 25: Doug Varner relaxes on a bench as he listens to People Under the Stairs perform on the Main Stage during the Underground Music Showcase on July 25, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – JULY 25: Doug Varner relaxes on a bench as he listens to People Under the Stairs perform on the Main Stage during the Underground Music Showcase on July 25, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Some music festivals are more about the people watching, finding somebody to make-out with, shoving your face with late-night food, or how sexy you looked in your new outfit.

Day two at the Underground Music Showcase wasn’t about any of that. Well, wait – I can’t say that none of those things were happening — primarily the food, or the making out — but I can say that day two was all about the music.

When it rains outside, it pours inside. It pours out the sweatiest and most sultry sounds, and helps remind everyone that even though your makeup may be running, your white shirt may be completely see-thru and your shoes may not be the best for the rain (aqua socks probably would have been a better choice) you’re all in it together, and you’re all in it for the music. And the cheap beer.

Also, is the #UMS2014 more classy this year, or is it just me? Maybe it’s just the fact that I only had two shots of fireball, but I swear, I’m onto something.
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