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  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    published December 6, 2012

    Macklemore's latest album, The Heist, is currently resting at number 37 on iTunes, but when it was first released, the record... More >>

  • The Gromet

    published November 15, 2012

    The Gromet has done nothing but progress since releasing its auspicious self-titled debut EP in 2009. And while that disc was certainly... More >>

  • Input sheds some light on his past and his music

    published November 8, 2012

    Gustavo D'Arthenay is better known these days as Input, an emerging rapper who's been grinding hard for the better part of the past decade.... More >>

  • Jackson Browne

    published November 8, 2012

    Of all the fiercely talented singer-songwriters to emerge in the 1970s, even among the crowded field of fellow West Coast transplants like Joni... More >>

  • Calder's Revolvers

    published November 1, 2012

    It's still a bit early to start engaging in any album-of-the-year type of discussion. Just the same, Steady by Your Side, which offers... More >>

  • Gwar

    published October 25, 2012

    With the pageantry of their presentation and the overwhelming ostentatiousness of their personas, it's easy to forget that the members of Gwar... More >>

  • The Deftones

    published October 18, 2012

    When the Deftones came storming onto the scene in the mid-'90s, they were initially filed in with the much-maligned so-called nu-metal scene. A... More >>

  • From tough times, DJ Cavem Moetavation built conscious lines

    published September 20, 2012

    Cavem Moetavation knows what it's like to be hungry. Back when he was a boy still known as Michael Walker III, he endured tough times —... More >>

  • A Shoreline Dream

    published September 13, 2012

    A Shoreline Dream has always been as much about the presentation as the music. Ryan Policky, the band's creative driving force, puts just as... More >>

  • P.O.D.

    published September 13, 2012

    While the great majority of P.O.D.'s contemporaries in the ill-conceived nu-metal/rap-rock movement of the mid- to late '90s —... More >>

  • Nightbringer

    published September 6, 2012

    The members of the aptly named Nightbringer are from Colorado, a place where the sun allegedly shines 300 days a year. You would never know it,... More >>

  • Rascal Flatts

    published September 6, 2012

    If corporate rock of the '70s and '80s has a modern contemporary, it's Rascal Flatts. While, granted, there's far more twang accompanying this... More >>

  • Five Iron Frenzy

    published September 6, 2012

    Five Iron Frenzy was like an eight-year-long supernova that came, burned brightly for a few years and was then extinguished, with one final... More >>

  • Ice Cube

    published August 23, 2012

    With all of his extracurricular acting endeavors over the years, it's easy to forget that Ice Cube was a rapper first and foremost. But a... More >>

  • Kenny Chesney

    published July 19, 2012

    Depending on whom you ask, Kenny Chesney represents everything that's wrong with country music today: His songs stretch the once-tried-and-true... More >>

  • Five Finger Death Punch

    published July 12, 2012

    Extreme-metal purists can say what they will about Five Finger Death Punch. There's a reason that former Denverite Ivan Moody and company have... More >>

  • Will Hoge

    published July 5, 2012

    In a time when singer-songwriters are as plentiful — and nearly as indistinguishable — as the corporate coffee shops lining the... More >>

  • Foster the People

    published June 28, 2012

    Crazy the difference a year and a half can make. In the spring of 2011, Foster the People was a little-known quantity making its first trek to... More >>

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    Party down with these headliners at the Westword Music Showcase

    published June 21, 2012

    Game time! Are you ready for the hottest party of the summer? We are! Of course, we've been planning, laboring and looking forward to the 2012... More >>

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    The Swayback reflects on a decade of going for the musical nectar

    published June 21, 2012

    The Swayback has been together for a decade, but you'd hardly know it from speaking with the guys. The way they talk and the way they interact... More >>

  • Van Halen

    published May 24, 2012

    There's no shortage of purists who would argue that, even with David Lee Roth back fronting the band, the current version of Van Halen can't... More >>

  • Joe King and Isaac Slade tell the story behind the Fray's newest single

    published May 10, 2012

    This past February, the Fray released Scars & Stories, the band's third full-length release, produced by Brendan O'Brien. "I believe in... More >>

  • Rosie Thomas has a new outlook on life

    published May 3, 2012

    Rosie Thomas is bursting with vitality. Answering the phone from somewhere in Ashland, Oregon, she sounds so full of life on the other end of... More >>

  • Roger Waters

    published May 3, 2012

    Okay, so you know how they say lightning never strikes in the same place twice? We were positive that the same could be said of the epic... More >>

  • Tom Petty

    published April 12, 2012

    Tom Petty is an iconic American songwriter whose songs are easily on par with fellow legends like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Petty's... More >>

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