We know you’re getting impatient to see the 2014 Underground Music Showcase lineup, so today Reverb has a taste of what’s to come this year on South Broadway. Our friends over at the UMS have shared a portion of the 2014 lineup, which brings Real Estate, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Baths, the Men, Cayucas, Roadkill Ghost Choir and more on July 24-27. Many more bands will be announced soon, which will bring the entire lineup to more than 400 local and national acts. See more of this initial UMS 2014 lineup announcement below.
UMS 2014 tickets are available here. Musicians who want to play UMS this year have until June 2 to fill out the showcase submission form.
See the full list of acts in this initial lineup announcement and listen to selected tracks below:
Real Estate is the first UMS 2014 headliner that we’ve gotten wind of, and it hints at good things to come. Exploring the wispy and relaxed ranges of indie-rock, the band released its third album, “Atlas,” to good reviews early this year. Read our recent interview with Real Estate here.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
For the last year, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been touring in support of its excellent sophomore album, the fittingly named “II.” With an affinity for nostalgia-drenched vocals and scratchy psych pop, the band has ended up on some of the top U.S. music festivals within the last year.
Baths’ unconventional rhythms set him apart from most traditional electronic producers. His experimental sound draws more comparisons to Flying Lotus with its awkward, glitched out beats and jazz-like soundscapes. But Baths’ Will Wiesenfeld is unique in that his classical training shows through on nearly every track, especially on his 2013 album, “Obsidian.”
There’s something romantic about a punk band that can find its softer side. Listen to the Men’s early material from “Open Your Heart” or “Leave Home” then compare it to 2013’s “New Moon.” You’d think it’s a different band, but it’s actually just a talented group of musicians experimenting in a new sonic realm. This also means that the Men’s set at UMS will be as dynamic as you can get — alt-rock juxtaposed with thrash.
Cayucas will still be leaving sand in its wake when it stops in Denver for UMS 2014. The Santa Monica pop act’s 2013 release “Bigfoot” is sprayed with ocean breeze, and if you don’t believe us, grab a hammock and watch the beach hipster-ness video for “Cayucos.”
UMS 2014 initial lineup:
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Roadkill Ghost Choir
A. Tom Collins
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
In The Whale
Eros & the Eschaton