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  • Tegan and Sara

    published November 29, 2012

    Writing blindingly sincere songs about insecurity and desire since 1995, Tegan and Sara Quin have transcended the limitations of twee... More >>

  • Your vote doesn't matter: Why there are better things to do on election day

    Your vote doesn't matter: Why there are better things to do on election day

    published Nov 01, 2012

    Editor's note: Election day is almost here, and if you haven't voted early, you have decisions ahead of you -- including whether to vote at all, according to Westword contributor Josiah Hesse. Disagre... More >>

  • PrettyMouth

    published November 1, 2012

    Momentarily abandoning her rock roots, former Ghost Buffalo singer Marie Litton leads her dark-folk three-piece PrettyMouth on its debut album,... More >>

  • Aimee Mann is still a Charmer

    published October 4, 2012

    Three decades into her career, Aimee Mann remains as consistently fresh and challenging a singer-songwriter as in her days fronting the... More >>

  • Drinking Games

    published September 13, 2012

    Since so much of Colorado's identity is wrapped up in craft breweries, it only makes sense to close out the summer with a gathering of the tribes... More >>

  • To tip or not to tip? That's up for debate.

    published August 30, 2012

    Why Tip? By Josiah Hesse Last May, I was sitting in a bar in Spain, wondering why I was so relaxed. Beyond the... More >>

  • Mariposa & Javelina

    published August 2, 2012

    Mariposa returns with another release of miniature world songs, this time joining forces with Albuquerque's Javelina for a split release.... More >>

  • Bonnie and the Beard

    published July 19, 2012

    It's a shame the HBO series Carnivàle was canceled in '05, because Bonnie and the Beard's new album, Cascavel, would have... More >>

  • Bonnie and the Beard

    published July 12, 2012

    It's a shame the HBO series Carnivàle was canceled in '05, because Bonnie and the Beard's new album, Cascavel, would have... More >>

  • Fingers of the Sun

    published July 5, 2012

    Fingers of the Sun's new release, Sleepy EP, is a collection of songs designed specifically to soundtrack an activity that... More >>

  • Joe Sampson

    published June 28, 2012

    If Bad Weather California's Sunkissed is the summer jam of 2012, then bassist Joe Sampson's solo debut, Kill Our Friends, will be... More >>

  • Jimmy Cliff

    published June 14, 2012

    One of the most soulful voices in reggae, Jimmy Cliff has had an influence on the course of popular music that cannot be overestimated. From... More >>

  • Summer Guide 2012: Film on the Rocks

    published Jun 11, 2012

    Some things -- such as the growing trend of fried butter on a stick -- are surreal in a terrible way, while others can be surreal in a fantastic way. Watching movies outdoors definitely qualifies in t... More >>

  • Fingers of the Sun continues to brighten Denver's music scene

    published May 31, 2012

    The members of Fingers of the Sun love to push themselves. "The fun is in the challenge of utilizing everybody's instrument without... More >>

  • Jane's Addiction

    published May 24, 2012

    Surviving intense drug addiction, poor fashion choices, several breakups and a revolving door of celebrity bassists (Flea, Duff McKagan and TV... More >>

  • Mariposa

    published April 12, 2012

    With the new EP Arroyo, Mariposa has delivered an emotionally mature record with rich, expansive instrumentation. Although previous... More >>

  • Sleigh Bells

    published April 12, 2012

    Combining the former guitar player from hardcore band Poison the Well with a former Nickelodeon star, Sleigh Bells is the most aggressive,... More >>

  • Kyle James Hauser

    published March 22, 2012

    Cynics need not apply when considering Kyle James Hauser's debut solo album, Oh Oh. With its delicate Americana-style banjo picking and... More >>

  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

    published March 15, 2012

    Like David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, Edward Sharpe is the mythical creation of singer Alex Ebert (also of Ima Robot). Originally taken from an... More >>

  • Wheelchair Sports Camp

    published March 8, 2012

    Wheelchair Sports Camp has begun to fully realize its sound as a band on this EP. Whereas Mixed Tapes felt more like a solo album from... More >>

  • Year of the Dragonfly

    published March 1, 2012

    Having teamed up with Madeline Johnston of Mariposa for this new project, called Year of the Dragonfly, Hunter Dragon embraces a more... More >>

  • Bad Weather California

    published February 16, 2012

    Bad Weather California's latest, Sunkissed, is a multifaceted treasure of new influences and euphoric production that will serve Denver... More >>

  • Bearsnail: full of bare-naked sincerity

    published February 9, 2012

    Kyle Harris began writing songs at the age of twelve, but it was another two decades before he decided to play them publicly. "I just... More >>

  • Poets Row

    published January 19, 2012

    Taking its name from the Capitol Hill neighborhood where its founders met, Poets Row is an indie-folk outfit made up of Emily Hobbs and Mickey... More >>

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