It’s The 2014 UMS! Looking for Your Very Own Lineup?

It’s The 2014 UMS! Looking for Your Very Own Lineup?

July 25, 2014 Off By Billy Thieme

DenverThread Recommends, Hour-by-Hour Picks for Friday, July 25

Whether you’re an old-school UMS stalwart or this is your first time being subjected to the Rocky Mountains’ hugest underground music festival, it helps to get a little direction from a trusted source. So we here at DenverThread – having been to virtually every UMS (in some form or another) since the very first volley in the Bluebird Theater so many years ago – have taken some time to put together a recommended lineup for Friday night, July 25th, 2014. Feel free to use our short recommendations, and a few samples, to help stem the firehose of music you’re about to subject yourself to….

7:00 pm – Popwreck – Illegal Pete’s – 270 S Broadway

Popwreck+at+the+meadowlarkPopwreck is Aaron Hobbs’ perpetual – and perpetually better and better-sounding – musical vehicle he formed in 2008, with a few ex-Acrobat Down members and other locals. Weaving together gritty melodic imploded folk a la Sebadoh, Red Sammy and the like, Hobbes’ band is always a UMS hit. Songs undoubtedly splintering from Acrobat Down and the underrated solo project Hobbs, NM like “Don’t Kiss Me Yet” feature exquisite heartbreak and loving angst with an explosively spiky-punk backbeat. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
Listen to “Don’t Kiss Me Yet,” for proof

8:00 pm – The Still Tide – Irish Rover – 54 S. Broadway

amorsett_1Anna Morsett (Ark Life, These United States) unleashes her throaty, Angel Olsen howl over strong guitar to produce truly beautiful tunes. Deep, reverberating folk, with a heavy dose of dreamy psychedelia may make you feel like you’re already asleep, and loving it. ★★★★ (4 Stars)
Take a listen to the latest offering, “Tinder:”

9:00 pm – Eros & the Eschaton – The Hi-Dive – 7 So. Broadway

eros_press_560Recent transplants from North Carolina to Colorado Springs, Eros & the Eschaton make beautiful, more-than-traditional shoegaze that will undoubtedly have your ears ringing through the next few bands you see tonight. 2013’s “Home Address for Civil War” is one of our favorite discoveries of this year (we received it as the duo came into Colorado in March), certain that it’s going to make waves in the Colorado music scene. The duo just released a new song in time for The UMS, “Cry,” that you can hear below. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

10:00 pm – Colfax Speed Queen – 3 Kings Tavern – 60 So. Broadway

colfax-speed-queen2Now it’ll be about time to wash off some of the dreamy-beauty-pop, and get e little dirty, and Colfax Speed Queen is the perfect solution. Straight up grage rock, with a welcome tinge of The Motor City Devils, CSQ mixes well with a few shotgunned boilermakers, while you get ready for a new tattoo. Check out “Skeleton Man” (below) and see for yourself. ★★★ (3 Stars)

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11:00 pm – Il Cattivo – Brendan’s – 404 No. Broadway

il-cattivoIl Cattivo is one of Denver’s many underground super groups, featuring longtime members of Machine Gun Blues and Black Lamb, among others.Il Cattivo, under the psychotic, slobbering and horrifying howls of Brian Hagman, bring a sort of meta-metal to the stage not seen often outside of The Jesus Lizard, Pissed Jeans and the like. Perfect to get you ready for a restless, drunken slumber, bound for a ripe hangover.  Here’s “You, Again.” Try it – you’ll like it. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

12:00 am – The Yawpers – Skylark Lounge – 140 So. Broadway

YawpersIf you like Led Zeppelin’s early blues, you’ll love the Yawpers, for sure. If you love Bluegrass, you’ll also love the Yawpers. If you love straight on, frenetic, passionate and sweaty rock and roll, you’ll fucking want to marry, ingest and assimilate The Yawpers into your very colon, to keep them forever a part of you. But – don’t do that. ‘Cos we want some, too. Sample below…. ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

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This playlist should settle your tummy for a raunchy, restless night, setting you up for a perfect UMS Saturday! Look back to DenverThread tomorrow for more lineup recommendations! And get out there and see the beauty!



  • Billy Thieme

    Aging punk rocker with a deep of all things musical and artistic, enough to remain constantly young and perpetually mystified. Billy has journalistic dreams, but of a decidedly pastoral, Scottish nature.