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  • Flobots

    published November 17, 2005

    The Flobots have more in common with Bop Skizzum than guitarist Andy Guerrero, trumpeter Joe Ferrone and bassist Jesse Walker, who are members of... More >>

  • The Mae Shi

    published November 17, 2005

    Plenty of Los Angeles-based acts are more concerned with making it big than with making something fresh -- but not every performer there prefers... More >>

  • Shannon McNally

    published November 17, 2005

    Given the incredible volume of CDs that are released on a weekly basis, it's inevitable that some really good ones evade detection by the masses.... More >>

  • Students' Counsel

    published November 10, 2005

    Kids say plenty of things about the press. And most of them are disapproving. "There's a lot of bias in newspapers," declares Ashley, a... More >>

  • Judaism for Jah

    published November 10, 2005

    According to Matthew Miller, aka Matisyahu, listening entails more than simply owning a pair of fully functioning ears. "The concept of listening... More >>

  • Neil Diamond

    published November 10, 2005

    Producer Rick Rubin's attempt to revitalize Diamond's critical reputation à la his Johnny Cash collaborations isn't a fool's errand. Before... More >>

  • Liz Clark

    published November 10, 2005

    The miles between Denver, where Liz Clark first made her name as a performer, and New York, her home for the past couple of years, roughly... More >>

  • Buckethead

    published November 10, 2005

    California's Brian Carroll has spent virtually all of his time in the public eye with his face behind a mask and his head in a bucket -- which is... More >>

  • Rachel's

    published November 10, 2005

    Bassist Jason Noble is well known in indie-rock circles for his membership in the late, lamented Rodan, a Louisville noise band of much repute,... More >>

  • Elastic Country

    published November 10, 2005

    FRI, 11/11 "Bring 'em on," challenges Rodney Crowell. "Bring on the conservatives. I'll argue with them all day." Like... More >>

  • Voices

    published November 3, 2005

    "New Owner for Westword." That was the headline over an October 24 Denver Business Journal item about plans to merge New Times... More >>

  • Home Boy

    published November 3, 2005

    Maybe now that Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz is a big star, he'll get his own place -- but don't count on it. Even though he's 26 years old, the... More >>

  • Ashlee Simpson

    published November 3, 2005

    I feel let down, Ash. The cognoscenti dismissed the rock moves on last year's Autobiography, but I believed in them -- and in you!... More >>

  • Cryogen

    published November 3, 2005

    On the best recordings, lyrics, vocals and music are all first-rate -- but CDs that fail to score in each category shouldn't automatically be... More >>

  • Early Man

    published November 3, 2005

    In addition to being cyclical, pop music is counterintuitive, as the marketing of Early Man demonstrates. The band's two-person lineup mirrors the... More >>

  • Soiled

    published October 27, 2005

    Channel 9 investigative reporter Deborah Sherman knows that complaints come with the territory. But even though she's spent the past... More >>

  • Unarmed

    published October 27, 2005

    Does Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen mind talking about life without a left arm? Apparently not, since he's the one who brings up his absent... More >>

  • Danger Doom

    published October 27, 2005

    Is this CD the first rap infomercial? Does it take musical product placement to a new extreme? And if so, is that bad? The answer to each of these... More >>

  • Twista

    published October 27, 2005

    Chicago's Carl Mitchell, aka Twista, isn't a musical or lyrical innovator, but he's got the fastest tongue in hip-hop, and his quick spitting --... More >>

  • Blackalicious

    published October 27, 2005

    There are easier ways to make a hip-hop living than the one chosen by Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab, the duo behind Blackalicious. These longtime... More >>

  • New Gig

    published October 20, 2005

    Most of Gabriel Elizondo's colleagues at KMGH-TV/Channel 7, where he served as an assignment editor, were supportive when they learned last... More >>

  • Worrier

    published October 20, 2005

    In his videos and appearances on VH1's seemingly endless parade of pop-culture nostalgia shows, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz comes across as... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 20, 2005

    Listeners who think of electronic music as a recent innovation will be disabused of that notion by this fascinating boxed set. The compilation's... More >>

  • Bill Douglas and Ty Burhoe

    published October 20, 2005

    Over the past decade-plus, Ty Burhoe, a Boulder tabla expert, has performed solo, in groups like Curandero, and as a sideman for string wizard... More >>

  • Meshuggah

    published October 20, 2005

    On Catch Thirty-Three, Meshuggah's latest, the music occasionally quiets or slows, but it doesn't lapse for over 45 often deafening yet... More >>

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