Interviews and Features

UMS 2014: Artists, fans and media remember the biggest surprises after 14 years of music

Underground Music Showcase co-founders John Moore (left) and Ricardo Baca enjoy themselves at a UMS after-party.

A great music festival can usually be pared down down to a series of memorable moments, and The Denver Post’s annual Underground Music Showcase has had no shortage of them over its 14 years and thousands of shows.



Blonde Redhead to fine-tune new album at UMS 2014

Blonde Redhead headlines the Underground Music Showcase on July 27.

When Blonde Redhead fans crowd the outdoor stage at The Denver Post’s 14th annual Underground Music Showcase on July 27, they’ll see a band consumed with artistic purity and delicate moods, a band renowned for its mysterious melodic gifts.



UPDATED: Riot Fest denied permit in Byers, will move to alternate Denver location

Riot Fest - Day 1 People Dylan

The curtain officially closed Friday on the Riot Fest show in Byers, with Arapahoe County announcing that it will not issue a temporary-use permit for the three-day music extravaganza.



Mac DeMarco isn’t the stoner and slacker you think he is

Mac DeMarco performs at Colorado's Gothic Theatre on July 14 with Denver's Homebody. Photo courtesy of Captured Tracks.

Mac DeMarco has an ear for jazz. When decompressing from tour he sits around and smokes cigarettes or goes to his favorite laundromat/pinball arcade to play the Addams Family machine. He doesn’t smoke weed.



Underground Music Showcase 2014 schedule: 439 performances on 18 stages

UMS 2012 Friday

With 439 performances and 18 stages, you’d better use the next three weeks wisely and get familiar with the Underground Music Showcase 2014 schedule.



Riot Fest decision expected within 10 days

Riot Fest Day One Seth

With Riot Fest scheduled in Byers less than three months away, it’s not known what might happen to the three-day punk and rock festival — and the thousands of fans who plan to attend — should Arapahoe County deny a permit for the show.



Mark Mothersbaugh’s jukebox: Devo founder makes one-of-a-kind artifact for Denver bars

Mark Mothersbaugh's jukebox: Devo founder makes one-of-a-kind artifact for Denver bars

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh is heralding his Oct. 31 MCA Denver exhibit “Myopia” with a custom vinyl jukebox of random, rare, unreleased music and poetry.



Watch: 30 seconds with The UMS band Dragondeer

Watch: 30 seconds with The UMS band Dragondeer

Dragondeer gives Reverb a mythological lesson, a tour of the band’s practice space and a reason why harmonica isn’t annoying.



Air Dubai has high hopes for new album, “Be Calm,” exposure from 2014 Warped Tour

Air Dubai from left, Jon Shockness, Nick Spreigl, Julian Thomas, Taylor Tait, Lawrence Grivich and Michael Ray. Photo by Emily Driskill, provided by 7S Management.

After a four-year hiatus since its last proper album, Air Dubai is preparing its first release for Los Angeles-based Hopeless Records, “Be Calm,” which is set to drop on July 1.



Sharon Van Etten craves an intimate setting for her haunting music

Sharon Van Etten's set at the Bluebird Theater was a radiant goldmine for those mid-week diehards who took in the spectacle to a mostly packed house. Photo by Dusdin Condren.

Sharon Van Etten wants fans and critics to know that if anyone is holding back her career, it’s herself.