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  • The Beatdown

    published December 25, 2003

    Go home and hump, already. It's become painfully obvious that many of you have never been given a primer on the rules of rock. That's the... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published December 18, 2003

    There's nothing like being neutered. Last week, en route to my bi-weekly estrogen injection, I stumbled on a flier exposing my recent... More >>

  • Recovered

    published December 18, 2003

    It's an unseasonably warm Sunday, and the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs are embroiled in a bare-knuckle, winner-take-all slugfest.... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published December 11, 2003

    Gas, grass or ass -- nobody rides for free. Ever wake up one morning to find your vehicle gone? Straight-up jacked while you weren't looking?... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published December 4, 2003

    When the Sad Star Cafe closed up shop late last year, Mark Sundermier and company thought the band would fade into oblivion, allowing its... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published December 4, 2003

    Nina Storey doesn't give a rat's ass what I think. If you've lived in Denver for any length of time and follow local music, you've... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published November 27, 2003

    Despite what VH1 would have you believe, there's not much to love about the '80s. Take the clothes, for example: leg warmers, parachute pants,... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published November 27, 2003

    Note to all would-be entrepreneurs with more dollars than sense: Cowtown needs another nightclub like East Colfax needs another hooker. Since... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published November 20, 2003

    Click, click, click...boom. While you were sleeping last week, a big part of the local music scene morphed into a face on a milk carton --... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published November 13, 2003

    Motor City has a new madman. Move over, Nuge: Make room for Obie Trice. A product of his environment -- the same battlefield that produced... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published November 6, 2003

    Music city got a fat lip early last Saturday, when Riff magazine's Rock In' Freak Fest at Fat City ended with emcee Greg... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published October 30, 2003

    Welcome to my nightmare. I'll admit it: I'm a buzz-kill of Ebenezer proportions. I've never been a huge fan of Halloween, not as a kid and... More >>

  • Freak Show

    published October 30, 2003

    It's a hazy Saturday afternoon at the end of August. A white Ford F-350 Powerstroke with Colorado plates whizzes down Interstate 15, en route from... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published October 23, 2003

    Since I'm a music critic, all anyone ever wants to talk to me about is music. Which is usually fine: As luck would have it, music happens to be my... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published October 16, 2003

    DJ Josh Ivy must feel like walking into traffic right about now. Less than a month after his insanely popular GROWednesdays was... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published October 9, 2003

    I'm all about the music; I have no time for the bullshit that often goes along with it. I learned early on to just listen and to disregard... More >>

  • Human Resources

    published October 9, 2003

    Most stoner-rock bands draw from the same template: Black Sabbath. Kyuss. The Melvins. But when Puny Human constructs its songs, instead of... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published October 2, 2003

    It's an age-old proverb: A prophet is never revered in his home town. That is, not until he moves to Los Angeles, signs a record deal, makes a... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published September 25, 2003

    At times, the proliferation of talented collectives in the underground is overwhelming, even for the hip-hop cognoscenti who devote the majority... More >>

  • Styles of Beyond

    published September 25, 2003

    Shortly after releasing a critically acclaimed debut album -- 1998's 2000 Fold, on the Dust Brothers' imprint, Ideal -- a couple of... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published September 18, 2003

    The economy is in the crapper right now. And it's had a trickle-down effect on the music industry, but not in the way that analysts would have you... More >>

  • Time's Rupp

    published September 18, 2003

    Bob Rupp can't stop smiling. Behind his drum kit, flailing his arms wildly, he looks like he's either parking planes or simultaneously channeling... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published September 11, 2003

    "The reason I agreed to do this tonight was because there are a lot of people that are pissed off because this band is doing so well,"said... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published September 4, 2003

    Baggs Patrick, longtime host of the Sunday-night open stage at Cricket on the Hill, is calling it a day. "After twelve years, it was... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published August 28, 2003

    Pueblo native Jim Chandler has been on a serious winning streak for the past six months. A couple of years before that, he was living in Denver... More >>

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