The Hollow pounds eardrums at Blue Ice

With a head bang start, The Hollow began their set hard and steady. Bringing a palpable energy to the small stage at Blue Ice, lead singer Spencer Townshend Hughes vocals are complex, providing a layer softly breaking up the hard, consistent pounding of drums and bass.

Holly Lovell starts Saturday with aching intimacy

Framed with a red lip and a denim jumpsuit Holly Lovell opened the UMS on Saturday at The Irish Rover. Her sincere vocals backed by the sad electric guitar (which she just picked up for the first time while recording her last EP released in May) seamlessly complimented the heartbreaking lyrics of every song.

UMS 2016: Friday’s top picks

[caption id="attachment_106333" align="alignnone" width="800"] FILE: Volunteers, fans, and musicians fill the streets of South Broadway Saturday July 25, 2015 for the start of the Underground Music Showcase.

Whitney: Born to lose

[caption id="attachment_2098197" align="alignnone" width="3000"] Whitney (left to right: Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich) was born from lost musicians and relationships. Photo: Sandy Kim, c/o Secretly Canadian.[/caption] This is part of a series of previews showcasing bands you can catch at the 2016 Underground Music Showcase, presented by The Denver Post Community Foundation. Whitney will play the kick-off party for the UMS on Wednesday at 3 Kings Tavern.