And the results are in. The vote was very tight – 52% to 48% – and the victor in the finals of the Tournament of Rock: The 5280 is the late great Space Team Electra. Congrats to Myshel, Bill, Greg and Kit, who are without questions one of the best bands I have ever heard. Many of you might not have heard of them, sadly, and if that’s the case you owe it to yourself to get your hands on a copy of The Vortex Flower or The Intergalactic Torch Song.
Major props are also due to runner-ups Fiction 8 – Mardi, Heather and our good friend Michael. Continue reading
In our second semifinal Space Team Electra thumped Snake Rattle Rattle Snake to advance to the grand final.
Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know what to tell you – these are my two favorite Colorado bands ever, I’m friends with both bands, and have even co-written some songs with one of them. There are no bad votes here.
In our first semifinal match Fiction 8 nipped Big Head Todd & the Monsters to advance to the finals.
Our second semi showdown features a band I have argued is the greatest in Colorado history vs a band that may well be the greatest of the present day (although that’s up to the voters to decide, init?). The bands have a lot in common. Both are fronted by riveting, enigmatic women. Both thrive on atmosphere and texture. And neither is afraid of the dark. Continue reading
In the fourth quarterfinal match, Fiction 8 defeats Firefall to advance to the semifinals.
The semifinal draw, courtesy of Random.org, gives these two pairings:
Fiction 8 vs. Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake vs Space Team Electra
Let’s get it started.
In the third quarterfinal match, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake defeats The Lumineers to advance to the semifinals.
The fourth quarter match features old vs. new, classic vs. indie, rock vs. industrial.
In the second quarterfinal Space Team Electra skunked The Samples and advance to the semis.
In our third Great Eight match we have two of Denver’s brightest contemporary lights. Continue reading
In our first quarterfinal match Big Head Todd & the Monsters defeated Munly and advance to the semis.
Our second Great Eight showdown features two of my favorite bands from the ’90s – and two bands I discovered in the same club, the famed Fox Theater on the Hill in Boulder. Continue reading
In the final match of round #3, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake thrashed Tennis and advances to the next round.
Here are the randomly drawn pairings for the quarterfinals, courtesy of Random.org.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Space Team Electra
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
And away we go.
Our first Great Eight match features one of Colorado’s most enduringly popular bands vs one of its most aggressively unconventional. Continue reading
In the penultimate match of round 2, The Lumineers defeated The Denver Gentlemen and advance to the third round.
In the final match of the round, two of the Mile High City’s hottest indie bands go nose to nose.
In Match #6, Munly nipped Wovenhand and advances to the next round.
Our seventh second-r0und pairing presents us with two bands working in the Folk mine. They’re on opposite ends of the mine, to be sure, and our readers are sure to find interesting points of contrast as they consider the dark genesis of the Denver Sound and the wildly popular darlings of the neo-Folk scene. Continue reading
In round 2, match #5, Fiction 8 defeated Seraphim Shock and advances to the second round.
Our next musical smack-off features two of the archetypal purveyors of The Denver Sound. It’s a shame this had to happen in round two, but that’s the random draw for you. Continue reading
In the fourth match of round 2, Firefall defeats Slim Cessna (the first result of the ToR so far that has surprised me). But hey, the tribe has spoken.
Our next match is a dark one. And since I have collaborated on a few songs with one of the bands, it would be silly of me to pretend that I’m objective. I loves me some F8. That said, I’m a big fan of SS, too. What matters is what the people think, though. Continue reading
In match #3 of round 2, Space Team Electra trounced Tommy Bolin and advances to the second round.
Our next face-off pits a ’70s Classic Rock success story against one of the state’s most perennially popular underground bands. Continue reading
In the third match of round 2, The Samples edge The Apples in Stereo and advance to the quarterfinals. Our next match features Tommy Bolin, who beat Rose Hill Drive in round 1, squaring off with sparkly glam Shoegazers Space Team Electra.
In the first match of round 2, Big Head Todd & the Monsters nipped 16 Horsepower and advance to the quarterfinals. Our next match features The Samples, who beat Sugarloaf in round 1, trading licks with critically acclaimed Power Pop innovators The Apples in Stereo.
In the first match of round 2, The Denver Sound collides with one of the most successful bands in Colorado history.
In the final first-round match, Seraphim Shock defeated The Amends and advance.
We just held the random draw (courtesy of the generator at Random.org) and these will be the second-round matchups: Continue reading
In Match #7, Wovenhand trounced Winger and advances to the second round.
Our final preliminary round match features an up-and-coming indie rock band from Boulder vs one of the noisiest, darkest acts in 5280 history. Continue reading
In Match #6, The Lumineers defeated Velvet Acid Christ and advance to the second round.
Our seventh showdown features another contrast in styles. Boy howdy, is this a contrast in styles. Continue reading
In Match #5, The Samples nipped Sugarloaf and advance to the second round.
Our sixth showdown features a profound contrast in styles. Continue reading