by Bernie Clark
Just a day after my 21st birthday, I went with the KRCX crew to check out labelmates Axxa/Abraxas, Heavenly Beat, and Beach Fossils at the Captured Tracks Label Showcase at the Larimer Lounge, and I couldn't have asked for a better birthday show. In the wake of the recent Americana resurgence in the college music scene, openers Axxa/Abraxas plays music that resonates in a very timely way. Their songs could easily mesh into a playlist alongside The War On Drugs’ Lost in the Dream and Kurt Vile’s Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze. For what could've been a really mellow opener, the crowd energetically received the set. By the time the show transitioned to Heavenly Beat, the crowd’s enthusiastic head-bobbing evolved to a big, sweaty dance party. Frontman John Pena held fierce the gaze of the crowd; the only thing more piercing than his eyes were his sultry guitar licks. After the blissful ephemera subsided, the crowd’s demeanor upended into ravenous moshing once Beach Fossils took the stage. This came as a surprise, as their jangly surf rock would presumably elicit more toe-tapping than ravenous body propulsion. Captured Tracks is a label dense with great up-and-comers, and even though some of their bigger-billed artists like Diiv and Mac DeMarco were not in attendance, the showcase did indeed showcase the label’s greatness.