Jamie xx, “In Colour” review

Read any interviews with Jamie xx, the producer behind the darkly rhythmic rock band the xx, and you’ll notice a theme. Real name Jamie Smith, he's bashful, often portrayed avoiding eye contact while regaling a journalist about, say, that time he was too shy to talk to Rihanna backstage.

Tanlines, “Highlights” review

Insofar as indie connotes singing from dudes who would never normally get paid to sing, Tanlines is quintessential indie electro-pop. Based in Brooklyn, today’s de facto capital for DIY dance clubs, Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen formed the band after splitting from groups that relegated their musical prowess to bass and keyboards, respectively.

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.