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2009 Stories by Jason Heller

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  • Accordion Crimes

    published October 1, 2009

    Before nerds took over the world, they weren't so meek. Watch almost any '80s nerd-centric movie, Revenge of the Nerds included: Some... More >>

  • Comeback Kids

    published October 1, 2009

    Zombies are, by definition, comebacks — but don't refer to the recent zombie renaissance as a “comeback” around Kris Hipps. "I'm... More >>

  • F-Bombs Away

    published October 1, 2009

    Fuck. It's satisfying just to say the word, isn't it? Not only is “fuck” one of the most vivid and malleable profanities ever to get... More >>

  • Making music is a family affair for St. Elias

    published September 24, 2009

    It's natural for children to absorb musical talent from their parents. For St. Elias, though, music isn't just an inherited proclivity; it's... More >>

  • The Entrance Band

    published September 24, 2009

    Blessed with a big thumbs-up from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and the membership of bassist Paz Lenchantin of A Perfect Circle and Zwan, the... More >>

  • Popwreck

    published September 24, 2009

    To a certain cross-section of Coloradans, Aaron Hobbs's scratchy, aching cry is the voice of a generation. As high-blown as that may sound,... More >>

  • The Big Flood

    published September 24, 2009

    Like a hypodermic needle to the eyeball, the paintings of Barnaby Furnas are not meant for easy viewing. Nor are you intended to come away from... More >>

  • Heaven on Earth

    published September 24, 2009

    Regardless of your personal faith, music is food for the soul. That said, it isn't just your soul that will get fed at the Comedy Works' No... More >>

  • He’s Laughing at You

    published September 24, 2009

    Making a list of David Cross's enemies might be easier than making a list of his friends. Never afraid to ruffle feathers or start feuds,... More >>

  • Oh My God

    published September 17, 2009

    Post-grunge keyboard ballads don't exactly fulfill the grunge-comeback prophecy whispered by music journalists over the past few years. And yet... More >>

  • The Airborne Toxic Event

    published September 17, 2009

    There's no denying just how derivative and calculating the music of the Airborne Toxic event is. And while it would be easy to loathe the band... More >>

  • Kissing Party

    published September 17, 2009

    There are tons of local bands that claim indie rock, yet most don't have a trace of the quirkiness and urgency that once made indie a haven for... More >>

  • Spoke Shaver's wiry, sprawling rock is as complex as it is catchy

    published September 17, 2009

    Spoke Shaver's description on its MySpace profile reads "Progressive/Post-Punk/Country." But unlike many bands' deliberately absurd mix of... More >>

  • Sing Her Praises

    published September 17, 2009

    “My squeezebox was my mom's IUD. I popped out wearing it,” claims veteran comic and accordionist Judy Tenuta. "Then I became the... More >>

  • Shaken, Not Stirred

    published September 17, 2009

    Formed by Harvard alums Thomas Lauderdale on piano and China Forbes on vocals, Pink Martini mixes up music with a distinct, pedigreed... More >>

  • The Psychedelic Furs and Happy Mondays

    published September 10, 2009

    An Anglophile's tea-infused wet dream, Friday's Boulder Theater bill brings together two British bands that epitomize their respective eras:... More >>

  • Wavves

    published September 10, 2009

    With a sound so basic and raw that Jay Reatard sounds like a rocket scientist by comparison, San Diego's Wavves achieves the improbable: making... More >>

  • The Dropskots

    published September 10, 2009

    As if the title of the Dropskots' new full-length, More Seriouslyer, weren't a tipoff, the band makes no bones about the fact that it... More >>

  • Good for Laughs

    published September 10, 2009

    Cute, quirky and unmistakably unique, Kirsten Schaal has a face you don't forget. Of course, it also helps that the ubiquitous actor and... More >>

  • Experimental Dental School

    published September 3, 2009

    On Experimental Dental School's new and fourth full-length, Forest Field — which is being offered as free download on its website... More >>

  • Obituary

    published September 3, 2009

    High priests of Florida's legendary death-metal scene alongside Death and Deicide, the members of Obituary have been grinding morbidity and... More >>

  • Snake Mountain

    published September 3, 2009

    People don't push enough — especially rock musicians, a generally sedentary lot who love to remain at rest, both on stage and in their... More >>

  • Different Stripes

    published September 3, 2009

    When Fancy Tiger co-owners Matthew Brown and Jaime Jennings called their ongoing First Friday event Denver Made, they meant it. The monthly... More >>

  • Turning the Page

    published September 3, 2009

    Competition is supposed to be the engine of business — but for Nina and Ron Else, owners of the Broadway Book Mall, cooperation comes... More >>

  • On a Roll

    published September 3, 2009

    “The first time I saw The Big Lebowski, I didn't have a very strong reaction,” admits Will Russell, one of the self-styled... More >>

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