Jan 5, 2013 - Moon Room at Summit Music Hall
Door Time: 8:00 PM

Day: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Door Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Moon Room at Summit Music Hall - 1902 Blake St, Denver, CO.
Age: 21 and over
Advance Ticket Price: $5
Day Of Show Price: $5
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We Like Monsters
The history of the band is rooted in a nearly decade-long collaboration between veteran Colorado musicians Timothy White (vocals and keys) and Joe Crowley (guitar). The two began writing songs together as teenagers and maintained a creative partnership over the years. In their newest collaboration, Crowley weaves shadowy verses of rhythmic melodies that build to anthemic choruses. White seamlessly harmonizes on keys and cuts through the miasma with distinctive baritone vocals.

The duo is joined by native New Zealander Somchai Peri (bass) who brings a sharp rhythmic sense to the group. With roots in the DJ realm, his years behind the decks can be heard in the band’s infectiously danceable sound. We Like Monsters is rounded out by trigger-man and accomplished jazz performer, Brian Campbell (synthesizer, samples and trumpet) whose understanding of arrangement and improvisation pull the quartet’s varied skills together into a unified voice.

The band got their start in a deserted downtown factory turned state-of-the-art music studio and performance space. The aptly renamed Factory was renovated by White and Crowley, and repurposed as a haven for musicians and artists to create and collaborate. Part visual art gallery, part indoor skatepark and multimedia playground&emdash;stages, screens, speakers, cables and myriad instruments abound. If the Factory conjures up images of a Warholian-style artist collective, it should. Much like Warhol’s once was, this Factory is a breeding ground for new ideas and emerging talent. For months, the band sequestered themselves there to write, record and hone their sound; all the while gaining a steady following through impromptu, dynamic live performances. (Watch "Secret Frequency", live at The Factory). The birthplace of We Like Monsters speaks volumes to their identity as a band that’s motivated by reinvention and isn’t afraid to carve out their own place in the annals of pop culture.

As a group, We Like Monsters defies easy genre-categorization. The band’s songwriting blends pop sensibility with hard-hitting rock riffs and pulsing, dance-worthy beats. Each song is an elegantly crafted composition, layered with White’s lyrics that take journeys through heartache and redemption and go on flights of the imagination that land in unexpected places. The sound is accessible but hardly predictable, and with nods to Joy Division, LCD Soundsystem, the Gorillaz, Echo and the Bunnymen, and the Talking Heads, they aren’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves, but there is bold innovation waiting around every melodic turn.


Undiscovered Country
Undiscovered CountrySinger/Songwriters from Denver, CO; FKA Shelby & Athina. 

Valley Young
Valley Young"Artemus James' songs are spacious and yearning, on the meniscus of a teardrop. He and Annabelle weave some gorgeous harmonies as they evoke the music from the mountains between Tennessee and Carolina."

-Danny Kadar, www.dannykadar.com

Anthony Ruptak & the Midnight Friends
Anthony Ruptak & the Midnight Friends“…a less spastic Connor Oberst with the musical ambiguity of [Andrew] Bird…” –DeNOUMENT Magazine

Born and raised in the small town of Bailey, Colorado, and taught at home throughout his life, Anthony Ruptak has recently made his emergence in the folk scene in Denver.
Considered to be a singer/songwriter, self-taught musician, and aficionado of folk, americana, and grassroots music,
and featured
on radio stations streaming out of Chicago and parts of Europe(Seeks Music - Rich Martin Manefesto -London) and Sydney (Bay 101.5 fm), Anthony Ruptak doesn’t think of himself as an artist - more of a storyteller, or a conveyor of raw emotion.

With songs often recognizing specific accounts of experiences in both his life and the lives of others wrapped in melodies ranging from chaotically passionate to melancholy and heart-wrenching, to catchy and optimistic, he writes with equal shares of heart and mind.

Having only started playing out in Denver half a year ago, Ruptak is an individual who has turned quite a few heads and is definitely somebody worth keeping an eye on.