UMS headliner Ha Ha Tonka records an exclusive Mile Marker - Reverb

Mile Marker (UMS edition): Ha Ha Tonka

Editor’s note: All month long we’re inviting artists into Uneven Studio to record Mile Markers in advance of their appearance at this year’s Underground Music Showcase, July 21-24 on South Broadway in Denver.

When Ha Ha Tonka pulled into Uneven Studio on a dreary, rainy Sunday in early April, all four members headed straight to the kitchen to warm up with tea and coffee. And then, before anyone seemed to notice, they started playing “Usual Suspects,” the charging lead single romp off this year’s “Death of a Decade.” Listen closely — you can hear the faint stomps of lead singer Brian Roberts on the linoleum floor. (Oh,so that’s why he changed into cowboy boots.) Here, the quartet plays stripped-down versions of its energetic folk-rock ballads. You can see and hear the real thing on the first night of the UMS. Whet your appetite below with three live, exclusive songs — free, of course.

Ha Ha Tonka plays 3 Kings Tavern at 11:55 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 as part of The 11th annual UMS. Click here to view the full line-up and buy tickets — $30 for a four-day wristband.

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John Hendrickson is the managing editor of Reverb and a multimedia journalist for The Denver Post. Follow his rants on music and more on Twitter.

Ryan Johnson is a freelance videographer, lousy guitar player, and a social media strategist at OnSight Public Affairs.

Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.

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