303 Magazine's Five Up-and-Coming Denver Artists / by Dave Howard


I’m in great company with 303 Magazine’s monthly series on new Colorado Music. Check out the bands below and make sure to follow them all! - Cheers, Dave

Welcome to our monthly series on new Colorado music. Every month we highlight five local musicians, five local music videos and five local songs. Go here to check out previous entries to the series. Are you a Denver artist with fresh music you would like us to check out? Send to caleb.aerenson@303magazine.com for consideration.

Welcome to November, the weather might be deciding that it’s finally time to cool down but the music scene here in Denver definitely is not. With Red Rocks season ending, we in the music world could use a little pick me up. Here are some of the coolest hits this month.

Five Up-and-Coming Local Artists

Davey Daydream

Listen if you like Dirty Heads

Photo courtesy of Davey Daydream Facebook

CU Boulder grad Davey Daydream blends acoustic guitar and hip-hop style beats to create a great backing for his lyrics. The songs come across incredibly catchy with creative lyrics and the beat to get your head bouncing while you work. This young artist uses his lyrics to tell stories that seem to come directly from personal experiences.

Knuckle Pups

Listen if you like Of Monsters and Men

Photo courtesy of Knuckle Pups

Knuckle Pups has taken the Americana sound and somehow managed to add depth. Their vocals harmonize in a way not often found. In their newest album, the band flows from ballad to upbeat danceable songs and does everything in between flawlessly.

Dave Tamkin

Listen if you like Coldplay

Photo courtesy of Dave Tamkin Facebook

Smooth melodies with powerful lyrics and moving beats are what Dave Tamkin is all about. The songs flow between slow and upbeat with multiple builds throughout. Tamkin’s emotion-filled vocals ring throughout the albums telling stories fueled by inspiration and hope.

Ground Broken

Listen if you like The Knowmads

Photo courtesy of Ground Broken on Facebook

Denver grown hip-hop group Ground Broken’s musical style hails to some of the greats to do it before them. The simple beats reflect inspiration from back to Wu-Tang and other early influencers in the genre. The duo makes music great for hanging around with buddies or going to the gym, it all depends on how you hear it.

Elder Grown

Listen if you like Fruition

Photo courtesy of Elder Grown website

Hot off their recent album release, Elder Grown is funking their way to the main stage. The group is creating a name for themselves on the local jam band scene with their jazz-influenced style. Their group includes saxophone which can sound amazing soloing over classic jams.

Read more about Denver’s Local Music Scene HERE