July 1, 2009

Bands to See at Monolith: Red Wire Black Wire and Caitlin Rose

(Reprinted from www.ColoradoMusicBuzz.com)

Over fifty bands will be taking the stage at this year’s Monolith Festival on September 12th and 13th. If you’re lucky enough (well, and hip enough) to find yourself at Red Rocks, you may quickly feel overwhelmed. This is no Westword Music Showcase, in which you’re familiar with (and may personally know) most of the bands performing. While there are a few local bands playing (Speakeasy Tiger and Danielle Ate the Sandwich, for example), many more are little-known out-of-towners. While I couldn’t squeeze descriptions of the entire line-up in this article, I will point out a couple noteworthy bands.

Red Wire Black Wire

A writer can describe music all day, but sometimes you just have to hear the band. I could tell you that the Brooklyn-based RWBW sounds like MGMT without the irony or She Wants Revenge without the pretension. But that’s not terribly helpful. This is a band of contrast: near-brooding lyrics paired with upbeat Pop music. They have the stylings of any other singer/songwriter, but the heavy use of synthesizers and steady drumbeats make the band stand out. The result is complex, layered songs such as the popular “Compass” or the more mellow song, “I Agree.”

Caitlin Rose

I was surprised to find this Nashville sweetheart on the bill for Monolith, a festival known for its Electro-Pop and Indie acts. However, if any Country/Western act can hold its own among that crowd, it will be her. With a voice strangely reminiscent of Patsy Cline, Caitlin Rose sings with melancholy and strength. Her music, like Country music of old, has a timeless quality and demands to be listened to on the record player while slow dancing.

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