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

Friday marks the first night of Main Stage bands at the UMS, including crazy-anticipated sets from Allah-Lahs and Lee Fields and the Expressions. Like any night out, the amount of choose-your-own-adventure branch-offs you can do on any given night at the UMS is staggering.

Whitney: Born to lose

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.