July 8, 2010

Queen City Spotlight: Tennis


In addition to being a mile high, Denver is also known as the Queen City of the Plains, since we are regally awesome. We have a feisty and fertile music scene here, and this occasional feature aims to spotlight the best of our music to the rest of the world.

I’m a few weeks late on the draw with new Denver duo Tennis, and their summery lo-fi brand of fuzzed out goodness. They just played a packed show at the Meadowlark on Friday night (I was busy happy houring on my lawn as the sun set, so not entirely a bad trade?) and are the latest Denver band to garner a healthy amount of buzz.


Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are married, and they fled the landlocked Denver (I know the feeling, guys) to head towards the pull of the ocean. They spent eight months sailing before returning to record songs like this one.

Marathon – Tennis

Recommended if you like Beach House, Wavves, Girls, and other summer things. They’re so new that they’re not playing Denver’s big Underground Music Showcase July 22-25, sadly.

Tennis_But I’ll make a point to be at their next show at The Hi-Dive, August 10th, in a superb line-up with their labelmates Woodsman, and Woven Bones from Austin. Tennis’ 7″ of “South Carolina” (Firetalk Records) is all sold out.

Aug 10 – The Hi-Dive, Denver, Colorado
Aug 16 – The Slowdown, Omaha, NE
Aug 17 – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
Aug 18 – DAYTROTTER, Rock Island, IL
Aug 19 – tba, Chicago, IL
Aug 25 – Cakeshop, New York, NY
Aug 26 – Glasslands, Brookyln, ny
Aug 27 – Subterranean, Washington, DC
Aug 28 – HEXAGON, Baltimore, MD
Aug 30 – The Layabout, Durham, NC

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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