Denver Bands on Spotify


About a week ago I started putting together a Spotify play list with all the local Denver bands I could think of. …and now, with the help of some friends on Facebook, I’ve gathered over 600 songs (from numerous albums) and almost 40 hours worth of music including: metal, hip hop, rock, country, Latin, afrobeat, funk, ska, reggae, and other styles.

Click here for the play list

I think the best/funnest way to enjoy this is to open up the playlist and just hit “shuffle” until you find something you like.  …and when you find something you like, the cool thing is that you can catch many/most of these artists performing right here in Denver.

I know I’m missing so much from this list (including the glaringly obvious)…  So please help me out if you see something missing…  I’m [mostly] looking for Denver or Colorado bands that’re actively writing and performing…

So far the artists include:
Allout Helter
Ark Life
Babah Fly
Blue Rider
Call of the Void
Cheap Perfume
Chella & The Charm
Cloud Catcher
Colfax Speed Queen
Debajo del Agua
DJ Cavem Moetavation
Envy on the Coast
Ghost Tapes
Gumbo le Funque
Ill 7even
Irie Still
J. Carey
Jaden Carlson Band
Judge Roughneck
Kid Astronaut
Land Lines
Mike Wird
Milk Blossoms
Molina Speaks
Mono Verde
Muscle Beach
Pink Hawks
Plastic Daggers
Raven and the Writing Desk
Roka Hueka
Rowdy Shadehouse
Safe Boating is No Accident
Sorry Sweetheart
Wheelchair Sports Camp

Max Roach quote

“I will never again play anything that does not have social significance. We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we are master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we’ve been through.” -Max Roach

Thaswussup.  And as Fela Kuti put it: music is a weapon.  Music is a powerful weapon.  Music heals, teaches, inspires, fuels movements, recharges the soul, boosts morale, accompanies you, keeps you the fuck alive some times

That being said: no wonder it gets defunded from public schools and undervalued.  With a strength like that…  You can change society.

In my own life time: there’s a reason the Parent Music Resource Center went after hip hop so fiercely in the 90s.  Hip hop was communicating a message, class/racial grievances, brutish realities, asking questions, and agitating the oppressed.  It was [the latest form of] music from the Black community that spoke to police brutality.

And it was spreading like wildfire.

And no doubt, it’s still around.  But over the years it’s been hijacked and corporatized into a message that’ll help keep any [capitalist] ruling class in place.  A sexist message.  A divisive, homophobic, classist, individualistic, materialistic message.

And some times just downright fucking dumb shit that doesn’t even rhyme or have rhythm/soul.

So hats off to the emcees and hip hop artists around me who’re keeping consciousness alive in hip hop.  In Denver, cats like: Soul Pros, 2MX2, Molina Speaks, Mike Wird, Cavem Moetavation, Mane Rok, Basheba Earth, Ill Se7en, and I’mma throw Debajo del Agua in that mix cuz we’ve rocked it with all these cats…

Chicano Picasso, Feb. 2016

YO!  This was a dope day…  This pic was taken at DU shortly after we pitched our project to a panel of judges.  I just dig this pic, that’s all…  Love all the cats that’re in these…

Left to right on the top pic: me, Sheree, Randy, Zay, Molina Speaks, Olivia, Yuzo…


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