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Steal This Track: Bonnie and the Beard, Carbon Choir, Glowing House

Denver's Bonnie and the Beard just released its second EP. Photo by Gary Isaacs.

Denver's Bonnie and the Beard just released its second EP. Photo by Gary Isaacs.

This week, we have the carny folk blues of Bonnie and the Beard, the emotive pop of Carbon Choir and the acoustic indie rock of Glowing House.

Bonnie and the Beard’s new EP, “Cascavel,” finds the trio of Megan Fong, Tony LoVerde and Alex Ferreira maturing its approach to blues-based Americana into a sound that is truly its own. Recalling the Denver sound of bands like 16 Horsepower, Kal Cahoone and even a little bit of Reverend Deadeye, with an added sprinkling of sawdust and the dirt of country roads, all wet down with tobacco juice and whiskey, the threesome (with a little trumpet help from Wesley Watkins of Air Dubai and Petals of Spain) creates a saucy mash that makes “Cascavel” (funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign) a grin-inducing listen. Steal “Lightin’ Up” for a little taste of what this crew can do, then pick up the whole EP on Bandcamp for a mere $5. The band is playing all over Colorado lately, but your next chance to catch Bonnie and the Beard in Denver is a Saturday afternoon show on June 16 at Great Divide Brewing Company. Mark your calendar.

Denver indie pop quartet Carbon Choir just released a new EP. Photo by Dave Lehl.

Denver indie pop quartet Carbon Choir just released a new EP. Photo by Dave Lehl.

Carbon Choir is another band whose sound has matured greatly since its last release. Still centered on Joel Van Horne‘s powerful songwriting and evocative vocals, the six tracks on “Sakhalin” — also funded via Kickstarter — showcase a quartet that has found its sound and knows itself well. Comparisons can still be made to a number of melodic pop rock acts, but those would be both lazy and unfair. “Sakhalin” is richly arranged, expertly performed and beautifully recorded, with a solid soul of well-crafted songs and thoughtful lyrics. Steal “Cracks” to hear for yourself, then grab the whole EP directly from the band for whatever price you think is fair. You can catch Carbon Choir live on June 8 at the Marquis Theater, playing with Abandin Pictures, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and the Epilogues. Advance tickets are just $9.33.

Husband-and-wife led Glowing House will turn loose its sophomore release next month. Photo by Scott McCormick.

Husband-and-wife led Glowing House will turn loose its sophomore release next month. Photo by Scott McCormick.

It’s been three years since husband-and-wife duo Steve Varney and Jess Parsons of Glowing House released their debut EP, but from what we’ve heard from the forthcoming follow-up, “Days Run Out,” the wait was worthwhile. Nurtured and developed with a host of talented local musicians — and captured in the unique environment of the tiny and picturesque Morrison Community Church — the new release shows off Varney’s increased confidence as a front man. With support from new Denver music company and record label, Holy Underground, Glowing House is poised to make a big impression on the local music-loving community with “Days Run Out.” Steal the hauntingly hopeful “Taming Lions” for a sneak preview of the release, then catch the group live at the Hi-Dive (7 S. Broadway, Denver) on June 9th, with stunning openers Poet’s Row and You Me and Apollo. Ticketsare just $10.

Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.

If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Eryc Eyl for consideration.

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 for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.

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