John Hendrickson

Mile Marker: The Lumineers

No band has help put the Denver music scene on the map over the past year quite like the Lumineers. Wes Schultz and his band of Great-Depression-era-garb-pop-folk gypsies seemed to appear out of thin air in the second half of 2011.

Win tickets to see Bob Dylan at the 1stBank Center

So what if Bob Dylan in 2012 sounds like a cross between Louis Armstrong, Kurt Cobain and a lawnmower that refuses to start? Dylan’s aura remains the same 50 years after the release of his self-titled debut, in which a tight-lipped tramp showed his first hints of a future icon, telling us all about “Pretty Peggy-O” and “Talkin’ New York” in a way that forced us to listen.

UMS veterans Bowerbirds to play Larimer Lounge on Tuesday

Underground Music Showcase veterans Bowerbirds play delicate folk music that’s at once lush and stripped down to its most basic elements. Principal members Phil Moore and Beth Tacular routinely meet on lonesome harmonies that easily lead listeners to feelings of nostalgia, rather than sappiness, like most of their peers.

Mile Marker: Deer Tick

To put it simply, Deer Tick has been one of our favorite live bands for several years. The Providence, R.I. group plays a mix of garage, country, punk and folk and wears its influences on its collective sleeve while still managing to sound wholly unique.