Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, recorded July 31, 2011 in Colorado College’s Shove Chapel (right-click or control-click on blue link to download). Part of their Fuel/Friends Chapel Session, an ongoing series of live acoustic music from emerging indie artists recorded in a gorgeous Colorado Springs setting, and available for free download.

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Hailing originally from the New York City suburbs, and now based in Denver, The Lumineers were just named one of the 20 Best New Bands of 2011 by indie-tastemaker Paste Magazine, an assessment I can absolutely get behind. In July, we got to hear several new songs from this up-and-coming band; Wesley Schultz has a terrifically expressive voice with range and beauty that swoops all over the songs. Jeremiah Fraites on the drums a) always wears suspenders every time I see him, which is impressive, and b) adds a raw percussive backbone of urgency to every song, while cellist/mandolin/piano player Neyla Pekarek reminds me of a super-talented elfin rockstar, radiating joy.

They just finished recording their debut album, which will be released in March 2012 (get on their mailing list to order it early). They play December 30 at Boulder’s Fox Theatre with G. Love, and plan a larger tour in the spring.

Download their full Fuel/Friends Chapel Session here (for free), and get to know one of Colorado’s next break-out bands.


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