Youth Lagoon

Five Colorado bands and their national doppelgangers: Inner Oceans, Hot Apostles and more

The Underground Music Showcase is like Colorado's South By Southwest, with a few notable exceptions. First, there's a hell of a lot less sponsors. (And they're relevant: While fans at SXSW might scratch their heads over why Katy Perry is blasting the crowd with a Cool Ranch Doritos cannon, Illegal Pete's actually has its own label, Greater Than Collective, and serves as an official festival venue.) Second, it's a lot less hassle getting into shows.

Youth Lagoon at the Bluebird Theater, 7/5/12 (photos and review)

Sometimes, the small, obsessive compositions some musicians create in the tiny space of their bedrooms should just stay there. Youth Lagoon -- the meandering electronic indie flux of Trevor Powers -- is one project that probably should have remained a direct-from-laptop-to-Pitchfork release, based on a vapid performance Thursday night at the Bluebird Theater.

Live review: Gardens & Villa, Youth Lagoon @ the Hi-Dive

Gardens and Villa are touched by a shock of schizophrenia, and it was well represented in Sunday’s Hi-Dive experience. Not only did they cover musical territory heavy in funky disco and warm, somewhat dark synth-pop -- which was expected, based on pre-label MP3s -- they also showed a penchant for '80s post-punk and a little global in their short set.