Legendary Colorado Record Store Interviews Bevin Luna

Twist & Shout Denver’s epic independent records store highlights and interviews Bevin Luna as one of “our favorite local bands” to see at UMS. Here’s the interview. Original can be found here.

Where and when are you playing at the UMS?

Friday July 26th at The Hornet at 8:00pm
How long has your band been together?

Bevin started playing solo shows in Denver in 2005 and then she's been playing with a rotating cast of characters since then.

What was the first album you purchased?

Devo - Live

What album was your most recent purchase?

Chaka Khan - Self-titled album from 1982

Do you have any advice for new bands?

Tune. Tune often.

Besides your own band- who do you want to see at the UMS?

Because we're music junkies, we'd see it all, Y La Bamba, Dressy Bessy, Cheap Perfume, Bellhoss, Bluebook, Boss Eagle, Brianna Straut, Bison Bone, Lady Gang, The Still Tide, Serpentfoot, Plasma Canvas, Colfax Speed Queen, Don Chicharron, Los Mocochetes, Dust Heart, Extra Gold, Floor Model, Florea, Funk Hunk, Hang Rounders, The Hollow, IzCalli, Jennifer Jane Niceley, Jess Parsons, King Cardinal, Marti & The Dads, Oxeye Daisy, Porlolo, The Savage Blush, Sour Boy, Bitter Girl, Strange Americans, The Trujillo Company, The Velveteers, Vic 'N The Narwals, Wildermiss, Yasi, and Empress Of

Do you have any tips for festival goers?

Live fast, take chances.

What's the best food people can find on Broadway during the festival?

Corn-dogs at Sputnik

Who is your all time favorite Denver band?

MONOFOG

If you were behind the counter at Twist and Shout, what three albums would you recommend to our customers?

Joy as an Act of Resistance by IDLES

Plein Caille by Trio Select

I Still Am by Yo Gotti.

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UMS, Denver's Largest Music Festival Returns With Stacked Lineup

Article in 303Magazine written by Kari Hazel.

The cat is out of the bag. Denver’s largest music festival, The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) has announced its massive 2019 lineup. Now in its 19th year, the festival returns to multiple venues across Broadway from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. This year, UMS will be headlined by Honne, Chicano Batman, Black Mountain, Tuxedo, EARTHGANG, Still Woozy and Empress Of. Additional support includes Yves Tumor, DRAMA, Sophie Meiers, LEIKELI47, Y La Bamba, Gardens & Villa, William Elliott Whitmore, Miya Folick, Tessa Violet, Haviah Mighty, Liza Anne, Spooky Mansion, Greyhounds, Dressy Bessy, DBUK, SWSH, Kainalu, Jackie Mendoza, Clavvs, Rapperchicks, Rich Jones, Divino Niño, Parallelephants, Deezie Brown, Garrett T Capps and over 200 other acts from across Colorado.

UMS is a strong representation of all types of music. This year’s lineup of national and local bands was strategically designed to showcase the volume of musically talented individuals Denver has grown while also inviting some national acts to crash the party. Denver’s music scene is growing and shaping into something special, something worth putting Denver on the map as a nationally recognized ‘music city.’ We have put our heart and soul into ensuring UMS helps grow that positive image for all Denver artists while keeping the soul of this underground music community alive,” says Tobias Krause, Event Director of The Underground Music Showcase.

This year marks the second consecutive year that Denver experiential marketing agency, Two Parts will helm the weekend-long festival. Last year, revamping the festival from its humble beginnings, Two Parts breathed new life into UMS, transforming it into a formidable festival in its own right. Last year’s edition notably featured immersive stages and surprise pop-ups, comedy and some of the best music Denver has to offer.

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Bevin Luna Crosses Styles, Cultures

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Scene Magazine features Bevin Luna. Article written by Steve Graham.

Bevin Luna flavors every show with a broad mix of styles.

Her two studio albums pack short punches of grunge-influenced rock. Her songs sound like a mashup of the Pretenders and the Runaways being performed by the Heartless Bastards and Mudhoney.

However, her live shows might include at least as much country, folk or soul as roots rock. The diversity of sounds reflects the diversity in her background.

“My mom was Scotch-Irish and (Bevin) is a Gaelic name, and my dad’s from the Dominican Republic so that’s where Luna comes from,” she said.

Growing up in Memphis, her bi-racial background created challenges.

“I’ve never been black enough growing up in a predominantly black city,” Luna said. “My family is Latino and but I’ve never been Hispanic or Latino enough. My redneck family has always been like ‘you’re the black sheep.’ … I get a lot of assumptions that I’m not from a black family.”

Luna said her musical background is equally diverse and challenging.

“I get influenced by all sorts of stuff,” she said. “I am just inspired by different musicians and their process.”

She said she was surrounded by a wide array of great music in Tennessee.

“Being from Memphis, we had everything there with regards to R&B and soul music, blues,” Luna said, noting that her father added avant-garde jazz fusion to the mix.

Despite being immersed in the rich musical history of Memphis and attending a performing arts high school there, she was ready to move west. And the Rockies were calling to her.

“I went to Appalachian State, and I loved the mountains so much, I just wanted to upscale the mountains a little more,” Luna joked. “I moved out here to get away from the South and the volatility. … I love it down there, don’t get me wrong, but it’s dangerous.”

Luna said she was robbed and shot twice when she was 16 years old.

She also said the Memphis music scene is “pretty cut-throat,” and more competitive than the northern Colorado scene.

“I find the community here to be supportive and close-knit,” she said.

She had always been told her given name, Bevin Luna, sounds like a stage name.

“Ever since I was young, people were telling me, ‘you need to be a rock star,’” Luna laughed. “I said ‘okay, I’ll work on that.’”

She played solo open mic sets in 2005, then played rock shows with her brother, Gabe Luna.

“He plays every instrument under the sun, he can pick up the drums, pick up the bass, lead guitar, whatever,” Luna said. “So I played shows with him when I would go home to Memphis, then he moved here and we played shows here.”

He performed on both her studio albums, but he is now focused on his own project, Insmuth.

Guitarist Richard Christner, who also plays in the alt-country collective Hendershot, started filling in for Luna’s brother when he couldn’t play gigs, and he is now a core member of her live lineup. He said he appreciates the diversity in Luna’s sets.

“It’s always different music,” he said. “It’s a challenge and I like that as a musician. … It’s always a thrill to play with somebody who can play such a range.”

Luna’s band also includes bassist Mitch Clark, drummers Steve Hartman and Morgan Coley.

She said with infinite time and resources, she would record an acoustic folk record, a country record, and even some electronic dance tracks.

“It would be nice to do separate albums from different genres,” she said.

Luna’s ultimate dream is to balance her professional career and her music. She is an industrial hygienist at Colorado State University, assessing workplace health and safety practices. She hopes to focus that work on music festivals and other events.

In the meantime, her work and her diverse upcoming shows are keeping her busy. She is playing with surf-rockers Night Champ and post-punk band A.M. Pleasure Assassins at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Swing Station in Laporte. She was also selected for the Underground Music Showcase in Denver July 26 to 28.

Westword Music Showcase 2019 features Bevin Luna

The Westword Music Showcase has been an integral part of Denver's music scene since the mid-’90s, championing then-up-and-coming artists including Nathaniel Rateliff, The Fray, Gregory Alan Isakov, Wendy Woo, Flobots and others.

The showcase included other local bands: Cheap Perfume, Sugar Britches, Whippoorwill, Florea, Brianna Straut, Lady Gang, Extra Gold, Kid Reverie, Tall Grass and many others.

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Scene Magazine 10 Bands to Check out FoCoMX 2019

Bevin Luna is the next in a long line of hard-hitting female singer-songwriters that call Northern Colorado home. She is now fronting a rowdy band that features a riff-heavy sound that is sure to please. She’s half country half grunge and all heart. Her set at Hodi’s will be a memorable one. She is fresh off the heels of her 2018 release Baby Dragon which features her full band. Bevin Luna is one to watch out for and not just at FoCoMX.

Bevin Luna featured alongside Slow Caves and Hanna Doreen Brown.

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CPR's OpenAir: Top 100 Albums for 2018 Listener Poll

From CPR’s article:

The results are in! We've tallied up your votes for the best albums of 2018 in our year-end listener poll.

Janelle Monáe's instant classic "Dirty Computer" claimed the top spot. Sophomore releases from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsCourtney Barnett and Leon Bridges also placed high on the list. Meanwhile, newcomers like Snail MailSoccer Mommy and Brent Cowles made waves with their debut albums.

Below, see the full list of your 100 favorite albums of 2018 and listen to selections from each record with our Spotify playlist.

Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir 7 Acts to WaTch at FoCoMX 2018

This year marks 10 years since the FoCoMX music festival first took over downtown Fort Collins. It returns to Northern Colorado April 27 and 28.

The 2018 event will feature more than 300 Colorado acts performing on nearly 40 stages across Fort Collins. We've highlighted some of those artists in our latest Colorado Music Sampler — our quarterly offering of free downloads from some of the state's most exciting new releases.

Like FoCoMX itself, our sampler features a wide variety of music from artists based in Fort Collins and Denver. There's psychedelic rock from Serpentfoot, hip-hop from Kind Dub, Americana-pop from Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir and more.

You can download the songs through April 29 or stream them right here. (Update: Downloads are no longer available.) Also, check out where and when to catch each act at FoCoMX this month.

Read about our selections below, and check out our previous music samplers.

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