Today’s Denver music scene is about much more than jam bands and Top 40 ear candy. Meet five Front Range artists that are making noise locally—and beyond.
Danielle Ate The Sandwich/ “I wanted to avoid the horror of being another female folk-singer-songwriter with a boring first and last name,” Danielle Anderson says in her quintessentially biting yet understated manner. “I didn’t think my name had the ring I wanted. But I do like my first name. And I like the word ‘sandwich.’ ” And, so, Danielle Ate the Sandwich was born. The 25-year-old honed her act at open mic nights in Fort Collins, but it was the Internet—specifically YouTube—that brought her unique blend of gorgeous, folksy melodies and lighthearted humor to a larger audience. On Anderson’s latest album, Two Bedroom Apartment, she has a full backing band, a departure from the stripped-down sound of her voice and ukulele, an instrument that makes her music immediately recognizable. So will Danielle Ate the Sandwich ever play electric, à la Newport-era Bob Dylan? “I want to get an electric guitar and distortion pedals, but I don’t know if I’ll ever go totally electric,” she says. “Even if I do, it’s not like I’ll be screaming—you’ll still be able to understand my lyrics.”—GVD
Listen if you like: Alluring and bold indie-girl folk-pop
On the Web: danielleatethesandwich.net
Track: "Where the Good Ones Go"