Talk Talk: UMS film fest, a new Rose Hill Drive video, stream a Fray concert and more local music news:By Julio Enriquez | July 13th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
The Underground Music Showcase is more than music this year. Take a load off and check out videos and documentaries by local filmmakers all weekend long. It all starts Friday, July 22 where festival goers can catch premieres of new music videos from Fingers of the Sun, Hindershot and more. Tickets, info and lineup over at theums.com.
Friday, July 22 @ Delite
7 p.m. – Local Music Videos
8 p.m. – Music video premieres featuring new music videos from Fingers of the Sun, Hindershot, Hot White, and more .
Saturday, July 23 @ Spark Theater
3 p.m. – “Soulz of the Rockies” – An oral history of Denver hip-hop in the ’80s and early ’90s, with director Musa and special guests in person.
5 p.m. – “Denver Undiscovered” – Westword writer Tom Murphy and local man-about-town Dane Bernhardt’s triumphant attempt to catalogue Denver’s kaleidoscopic indie music scene, directors in person.
7 p.m. – “Echotone” – An eye-opening look into the nuts and bolts of “making it” as a musician, this Austin-focused documentary is a must-see for any musician seeking fame, fortune, or even just a comped drink at the bar.
Sunday, July 24 @ Spark Theater
3 p.m. – “Friends Forever” – The classic Denver documentary about perhaps the most exciting band in the history of Denver DIY, Friends Forever. If you are new to the scene, this is essential viewing! Your ears will bleed.
4:45 p.m. – “We Are the Sea” – A Denver-produced, heartstring-tugging drama set to the haunting sounds of Iron and Wine, with director Neil Truglio in person.
Watch the Fray live in concert
The Fray, in collaboration with Jim Beam (mouth is currently salivating at the idea of a Beam and Coke right now), have put together a live concert video shot May 28 over at the The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. You can stream the show in it’s entirety over here.
A new taste of Rose Hill Drive
Rose Hill Drive’s new video for “Psychoanalyst” has a familiar face. It’s Denver funny guy Josh Blue. The Boulder crew is in full album support mode for “Americana” dropping this week and its upcoming tour with Stone Temple Pilots. I’m still trying to figure out some of the local spots of where the video was shot.
Titwrench 2011 is coming
Titwrench’s fabric is quickly ingraining itself as one of Denver’s most important cultural events and we caught up with Titwrench organizer Sarah Slater. The four day festival goes down July 28-31 and pre-sale fest passes (3-day, or individual days) will be available here (pre-sale prices are 12/day or $35/3 day pass). As we all know, nothing’s free these days, and Titwrench could use a little help from fans or believers in the cause. All support can be given via their Kickstarter page.
How has Titwrench changed from the first year to present?
We have grown a lot in the last three years! Every year has been a blast! Titwrench Fest has always been a really inclusive fest, open to all ages, and this year is no different. We are still completely volunteer-run and organized by a loose knit collective of people who really care about the fest and want to see it grow and thrive. Last year we added an art show to coincide with the fest last year, as well as hands-on workshops and a picnic at Cheesman Park, with live music.
Currently, we are looking into the possibility of fiscal sponsorship from a larger non-profit, so that we can apply for grants for next year, as fundraising is a constant challenge. Even though we are a small festival, we still have a lot of expenses that ticket sales don’t cover. We are currently running a Kickstarter campaign, wherein people can donate to the fest, in exchange for super cool prizes like zines, t-shirts and tote bags! Two of our collective members, Sara Century and Gretchen Blegan, are working on a 60 page festival zine of interviews and art, and Lance Stack, who does The Flat Response audio project, is making a compilation of live tracks from last year’s fest too. We will also have live screenprinting of t-shirts and tote bags, thanks to Good Thieves Press, in Five Points.
This year our fest is expanding to 4 days instead of 3, kicking off the fest at G.L.O.B. warehouse, with the next two dates being held at the legendary Mercury Cafe in downtown Denver. It will be really great for us to be at a somewhat more bike-able, central location like the Mercury. I started going to see music there when I was still a teenager, and saw some amazing shows like Bikini Kill, Bouncing Souls, Citizen Fish, even Cibo Matto! The Merc has always been an epicenter of art, dance, music and progressive politics in this city and we are so thrilled that they are hosting the fest this year. Not to mention how great it will be having access to their great local food and drink too!
What kind of impact are you looking to make with this year’s festival?
First and foremost it’s about the music. Titwrench is smaller than most fests, and both the performers and attendees in years past have really enjoed the intimate nature of it all. If you are a music lover, you’ll be in heaven at this fest! Everyone involved really pours their heart into it. I put a lot of work into the line-up and the overall feel and flavor of each night, and I think we offer something for everybody. We are bringing a really diverse and exciting line-up of musicians from all over, including Canada and Australia. Most of the bands are up and coming, and bringing really unique styles ranging from no wave to punk to electro and cabaret. Music is a great connector and brings a lot of inspiration to many people. We are bringing are a really massive line-up of bands, solo performers, DJs, VJs, and even a puppeteer! Come with an open mind and be ready to be inspired and see something you’ve never seen before!
Any chance of making Titwrench a traveling festival or expanding? What aspirations do you hold for the near future?
Titwrench is continually evolving and expanding its scope to include more communities, more discourse and more art forms. Taking the show on the road is definitely something we would love to do! We have a lot of ideas brewing about creating a cross-cultural fest with our friends in Mexico, where D.I.Y. and punk scenes are thriving there and there is a huge contingent of women making some really great music.
In the last few years we have been honored to collaborated with local organizations like Girls Rock Denver and Communikey Fest, as well as art spaces like the Dikeou Collection, Wazee Union and all ages D.I.Y. spaces like Astro-Land in Boulder and Rhinoceropolis in Denver. We plan on continuing to collaborate with more local organizations, academic institutions and art spaces in the Front Range, and hopefully far beyond!
Jim McTurnan and the Kids That Killed the Man are out of commission…for now
We’re sending virtual flowers and a card to Jim McTurnan. The poor guy broke his radius his left forearm as well as two bones and a ligament in his left wrist. OUCH! Jim will be in a cast till August and subsequently will miss the UMS. Get better, wildcat.
3OH!3 appear on Funny or Die
Check out the duo with the music A&R equivalent of Ari Gold from “Entourage” in this hysterical video shot for Funny or Die. After watching this video, you’re almost guaranteed to wanna punch the A&R guy in the belly.
Hollagramz to tour the Left Coast
Huge news from Hollagramz. The duo will be hitting the Best Coast and playing some high profile shows, namely the Echoplex with Franki Chan’s Check Yo’ Ponytail in El Lay and shows with Siriusmo and Fashawn.
Hollagramz West Coast Tour 2011
TUE 8/9 SEATTLE, WA TBD
WED 8/10 PORTLAND, OR -Rotture
THU 8/11 HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA -Jambalaya
FRI 8/12 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 103 Harriet -w/ Siriusmo & Hollagramz
SAT 8/13 VISALIA, CA Cellar Door -w/ Fashawn & Hollagramz
SUN 8/14 SANTA CRUZ, CA -Kuumbwa Jazz Center
MON 8/15 TBA
TUE 8/16 LOS ANGELES, CA Echoplex -Check Yo Ponytail Party,
with oOoOO & Hollagramz
WED 8/17 SANTA MONICA, CA -Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club
THU 8/18 SAN DIEGO, CA -Casbah
THU 8/25 -Larimer Lounge
FRI 8/26 DENVER, CO Denver Afterdark Festival
The Green Route Festival comes to 26th St this August
The late summer Denver music festival scene just got itself another cast member. The Green Route Festival is coming to 26th St in RINO between Blake and Larimer on August 27 from noon to 11 p.m. The environmental gathering is being labeled as “Denver’s first eco-music festival,” with an extra EMPHASIS on the ECO. There will be over 70 eco friendly food trucks, 10 live acts, an Odell beer truck with 22 beers on tap, fire dancers and a RINO art walk. Now I know why it starts that early. You might need to pace yourself if you start hitting the sauce early, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Tickets are $10 from now until July 31, at which point the price goes up to $15. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the non-profit organization, Flobots.org, and you can purchase them here.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.