Congratulations! You made it through the first night of The UMS! And was it as amazing as we’d promised? Yes. I know. Pretty great. And thanks to last week’s installment of the Mile High Makeout, you already have a pretty good idea which acts you’re going to catch tonight.
But I wouldn’t leave you hanging. I know you’re making that UMS mixtape to impress your girlfriend or your ignorant out-of-state friends who don’t understand why you’d live in Denver. And I also know that we’re blessed with just far too many great bands for anyone to go it alone. Don’t worry. I’m here to help. Let’s bust out the schedule for Saturday and Sunday, and see what we can find.
Once again, I’m highlighting the acts below only because you can easily give yourself a little audio primer by checking out their music via Steal This Track. These selections are NOT meant to be definitive recommendations. After all, there are simply a ton of amazing bands who haven’t yet been featured in Steal This Track. Make sure you spend plenty of time perusing the schedule, visiting the artist profiles and doing your homework. Let’s go!
If you get started early tomorrow night, you can catch Tim Pourbaix — a Denver singer-songwriter who’s been living in Brooklyn for the past year — at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Stage at the Walnut Room Pizzeria. If you miss him, though, you’ll have the chance to catch him on Sunday at the South Broadway Christian Church.
At 6:30, you can pop over to the Marquee Magazine Stage at Indy Ink to catch the bizarre charm of Hideous Men, before sprinting up the street to catch Wire Faces at the Evergroove Stage at 3 Kings Tavern at 7.
When 7:30 rolls around, you’re going to have to make a tough choice between Married In Berdichev at Indy Ink and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake at the CarToys Stage in the Goodwill parking lot. However, you’ll have a second chance to catch Snake Rattle at 10 p.m. on Sunday at 3 Kings, in case that helps your decision.
You might choose to get your polka on at 8:00 with the Polkanauts, who are playing the Beonair.com Stage at the Irish Rover. You could also catch them on Sunday at 3 at Club 404. Bop over to South Broadway Christian Church at 9 to hear Dan Craig‘s set.
Speaking of Sunday, don’t think we let up just because it’s the last day. Things kick into gear at 3 p.m., when you might want to check out the riotous rock of Lust-Cats of the Gutters at the Floyd’s 99 Barbershop Stage at TS Board Shop, or opt for something poppier with Missing DuFrenes at the Skylark. Either way, you’ll be free by 5 to catch Robin Walker at the Walnut Room Pizzeria.
At 6:45, the Floyd’s Stage at TS Board Shop will host the newly rechristened Vicious Women, formerly known as the Getdown!. Their garage bombast should get you plenty ready for the headier, heavier sounds of Panal S.A. de C.V. at the Evergroove Stage at 3 Kings Tavern.
By 9 on Sunday night, your eyes will be burning, your feet will hurt and you’ll be grinning from ear to ringing ear. Power through, though. You have a good four hours of Colorado-grown music left to enjoy. You’ll have a tough choice at this point, among the radio-ready sounds of the Autumn Film in the Goodwill parking lot, the psych-country of Oblio’s Arrow at the Skylark and the acid-damaged pop of Widowers at Club 404.
As with every choice you’ll have to make during your four days of UMS-induced bliss, it’s hard to go wrong. And the venues are close enough together that you might choose to catch a bit of each set. But be forewarned. The night is still young. And bands are taking the stage until 11:55 p.m. The festival ain’t over until those final bands unplug, you close out your bar tabs, the long weekend slouches slowly into Monday, and we tuck the 10th Annual Denver Post Underground Music Showcase cozily into bed.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Tuesday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet.