Every garage rock show that Denver natives The Knew puts on is full of raucous energy, a revved-up audience and throwback '70s hairstyles. With influences from The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Replacements and more, it's hard to resist the infectious vibes the four piece band emit with their mix of rock, blues and punk.
Formed in 2005 by guitarists Jacob Hansen and Tyler Breuer, the band has since picked up two more members, released multiple full-length albums, recorded a Daytrotter session and appeared at SXSW, Mile High Music Festival, CMJ Music Marathon and the Monolith Festival. "Salvazar," a track from their debut album Holladay, was featured in an episode of AMC's Breaking Bad. But one of the most exciting live acts in Colorado, the best way to experience these "guac-and-rollers" continues to be when they're right in front of you, rocking and revving up the crowd.
Matt Hopper is an American troubadour with rock and roll in his veins, a weathered voice and blues hands. Though currently based in Idaho, he first cut his teeth on the Alaskan music scene, picking up guitar as a high schooler in Hatcher Pass. Now he's performed original songs for over a decade, releasing six albums both solo and with his band The Roman Candles.
Hopper has opened for artists as diverse as Dr. John, Everclear, Todd Snider, Gin Blossoms, Young Dubliners, Portugal. The Man, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Barenaked Ladies, Heartless Bastards and Soledad Brothers and has toured with Cold War Kids, Kate Earl, Old Believers, The Devil Whale, Drew Grow, Peter Piek, Lucky Fonz III, Dentia Odigie, Kat Jones, Anatomy of a Ghost and many more.