Top local shows for a sizzling summer

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Hi all, it’s Jocelyn, back again this summer for your dose of Denver-focused music! Denver’s music scene is growing every day, and the support of local music outlets, bands and fans, gives it the recognition it deserves. First up, I’ll give you this summer’s best upcoming shows—locals only.

Strawberry Runners + The Baltic, Red Rocks Amphitheatre: June 20

Two of my favorite local bands will be hitting the same stage next week for the presentation of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as part of the Film On the Rocks series. Strawberry Runners, Denver’s sweetest pop group, will be fresh off a performance at Taste of Fort Collins and multiple shows around the Denver area. Notably, The Baltic, after being separated by hundreds of miles due to college, will most likely play new material—the band will release it’s new EP, “Archipelago,” on July 5, but will have advance copies at this Red Rocks show. With two great bands, this isn’t a performance you want to miss. Snag tickets through AXS.

Bandits, Larimer Lounge: July 2

Described as “straddling the line between psychedelic and downright explosive,” Bandits is comprised of brother and sister duo John and Lulu Demitro (vocals/guitar and vocals/bass respectively) and Andrew Oakley, drums. On July 2, the band will release its newest vinyl with support from bands Blanket Empire and Meeting House. Bandits is one of the harder rock bands coming out of Denver—the group is certainly setting a high bar for other hard rock outfits, with technically fantastic tunes and a style that emulates motorcycle leather; searing heat on metal and the spirit of Jack White himself. Buy tickets here for $10 a pop.

Plum, South Broadway Main Stage:  July 28-31

Yes, yes, I know—Plum technically has relocated to Los Angeles, but the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) will certainly be a homecoming set of sorts for the four-piece. It isn’t specified exactly which day of the festival that they will be playing, but the band will be performing on the main stage (the band played the Hi-Dive last year, so it’s clear Plum is gaining popularity despite moving.) The Denver crowd may get lucky in July—the band has began recording its second EP, a follow up to “Light Years, Dark Years,” and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to hear some new material. To buy tickets to UMS, go to the UMS website.

These are three shows this summer that are sure to be full of raging riffs and wild vocals. Keep updated here at Mile-High Soundwaves for albums reviews, show reviews and everything else regarding Denver music.

Jocelyn is a second-year student currently studying English. She joined the Clarion in the winter of 2014, and enjoys writing concert previews, movie reviews and a plethora of other pieces for the Entertainment section. Eventually, Jocelyn would love to teach English at the college level. Besides writing for the Clarion, Jocelyn enjoys eating pizza, listening to psychedelic rock and binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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