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UMS 2014 Day One: What you saw, heard, and shared (best tweets)

What's up Austin? UMS 2014, that's what. (Photo by Jordan Gonzalez, The Denver Post)

It’s the high holy days of music in Denver, Colorado. Yes, #UMS2014 is upon us, in all its aurally-drenched, sweaty, South Broadway packed-club glory. Here’s a recap of night one, as seen through your eyes.



UMS 2014 guide: 15 local and national acts to hear at the indie showcase

UMS 2012 Friday

To help you navigate UMS 2014, we’ve provided suggestions of 15 local acts and 15 national acts to catch this week.



Real Estate’s Martin Courtney on Woodsman, Tennis and the Denver music scene

Real Estate headlines The Underground Music Showcase on July 26.

On a November morning in 2009, Real Estate’s Martin Courtney woke up in a new city, in an unknown house and felt perfectly at ease.



Planet Bluegrass Ranch: The plucky mission to rebuild flood-ravaged grounds

Planet Bluegrass Ranch

Craig Ferguson stands at the entrance of the main pavilion on Planet Bluegrass Ranch gesturing above eye level to show the height of the river that tore through the Lyons festival grounds 10 months ago.



Syntax Physic Opera looking to make a statement in Denver bar scene

DENVER, CO - JULY 7: Preview of the new South Broadway restaurant/coffee shop/venue Syntax Physic Opera July 7, 2014. This ambitious multi-purpose performance and gathering space from the folks behind the Meadowlark serve as a place for bands, comedy, plays and cinema. Jonathan Bitz and his wife Joy head up the place. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

For Jonathan Bitz, co-owner of the fancifully-named South Broadway venue Syntax Physic Opera, it’s not about selling hollow ideas in service of a trend.



Obama in Denver: Analyzing the president’s pre-speech music

DENVER, CO - JULY 09: President Obama speaking to a crowd of hand-picked guests at Cheesman Park July 9, 2014 in Denver. Obama next headed to raise money for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall's re-election campaign at a private luncheon at the Westin Denver Downtown hotel. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

President Obama stopped by Denver’s Cheesman Park for a quick speech. But what songs did he play before he went on?



Watch: 30 seconds with The UMS band South of France

Watch: 30 seconds with The UMS band South of France

South of France tells Reverb what it takes to stand out in the Denver music scene and about their set at The UMS, which is their last Denver show before moving to L.A.



Watch: 30 seconds with The UMS band Sunboy

Sunboy chats with Reverb from the roof of the Denver Post. Photo by Sean Fitz-Gerald.

Sunboy’s Jordan Lempe and Justin Renaud talk to Reverb about how they’ve fine-tuned their live set in less than a year and how they filmed the impressive stop-motion video for “Highway Screamin’” video.



Riot Fest faces uncertain future in Byers

Riot Fest - Day 1 People Dylan

A large crowd of people turned out Tuesday to voice their feelings about a giant three-day music festival featuring The Cure, Rise Against, Primus and The Flaming Lips scheduled in September on a farm near Byers.



Five Colorado bands and their national doppelgangers, round two: Plume Varia, Covenhoven and more

Covenhoven @ Hi-Dive 3/28/14

To help you get into the mind-set of the UMS on July 24-27, we match five Colorado bands with the national act they sound most like.