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  • Flaming Lips

    published April 6, 2006

    The Flaming Lips' latest was largely inspired by leader Wayne Coyne's extreme dislike for President Bush -- a fact that might have spoiled the fun... More >>

  • Orbit Service

    published April 6, 2006

    Singer/guitarist Randall Frazier and his cohorts don't fit snugly within the confines of any identifiable Denver-music pigeonhole, and that's a... More >>

  • Floetry

    published April 6, 2006

    The majority of artists regularly lumped into the neo-soul movement are more velvet than sandpaper, more Al Green than Wilson Pickett, and, in the... More >>

  • Kittie

    published April 6, 2006

    In a 2001 interview with Westword, Morgan Lander, the then-teenage guitarist and lead shrieker for Canada's Kittie, an all-female... More >>

  • Theory of Relativity

    published April 6, 2006

    John Ashton, who's directing a new production of Insignificance, doesn't much like Nicholas Roeg's 1985 film version of the play,... More >>

  • Altitude Check

    published March 30, 2006

    In the nascent days of 5280, says editor and publisher Dan Brogan, the local dailies frequently publicized events pushed by the... More >>

  • Burnin' Man

    published March 30, 2006

    Back in 2003, reggae crossover star Sean Paul Henriques was fined $34 for cursing on stage at a festival in his native Jamaica. The cost was... More >>

  • Glenn Kotche

    published March 30, 2006

    Here's where we find out how adventurous Wilco fans really are. Kotche may be the band's percussionist, but he cuts his own path on... More >>

  • Steep Canyon Rangers

    published March 30, 2006

    Approximately 73 million bands have formed at colleges over the years, and the vast majority of them fall into the rock or pop categories, with a... More >>

  • Matchbook Romance

    published March 30, 2006

    For those of you who find the paint-by-numbers approach employed by far too many emo bands to be exceedingly dull, here's some good news: An... More >>

  • Trading Places

    published March 16, 2006

    Is Ed Smith experiencing an identity crisis? Smith is the longtime entertainment editor of the Denver Post. However, a recent... More >>

  • Different Strokes

    published March 16, 2006

    Some listeners adore them, and some abhor them -- but none can credibly deny that the Strokes have had a significant impact on this decade's... More >>

  • Comfort Food

    published March 16, 2006

    Why don't worms have balls? Because they can't dance. As witticisms go, this one is awfully mediocre. So how did it wind up inspiring... More >>

  • Juvenile

    published March 16, 2006

    In the past, New Orleans's Terius Gray, who's over thirty but still Juvenile, has cared more about coochie than about current events; "Back That... More >>

  • The Warlocks

    published March 16, 2006

    The name "Warlocks" was rejected by two of rock's most celebrated acts: Members of the Grateful Dead and the Velvet Underground both used it... More >>

  • Blowfly

    published March 16, 2006

    Whether they know it or not, every F-bombing hip-hop smut-mouth currently earning parental-advisory stickers owes a debt of filthitude to Clarence... More >>

  • By Hart

    published March 9, 2006

    A few years back, former Colorado senator Gary Hart boldly waded into the blogosphere -- and before long, he was mired in cyber-muck.... More >>

  • Rabbit Test

    published March 9, 2006

    Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis should be thrilled. After all, the February edition of Spin features a multi-page profile of her by... More >>

  • Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

    published March 9, 2006

    Mark Lanegan was once a major player on the rock scene, but that was a long time ago. Ask the average person about Screaming Trees, and he'll... More >>

  • Stereolab

    published March 9, 2006

    At its peak, Stereolab was among the most distinctive combos on the planet. Throughout a succession of discs capped by 1996's unimpeachable... More >>

  • Jackie-O Motherfucker

    published March 9, 2006

    Judging by the moniker under which he performs, Jackie-O Motherfucker leader Tom Greenwood isn't interested in impressing middlebrow music lovers... More >>

  • Son Rise

    published March 2, 2006

    There are plenty of reasons why singer-songwriter Ben Taylor might seem cranky. Perhaps he doesn't like conducting interviews from his tour bus.... More >>

  • Little Brother

    published March 2, 2006

    The men of Little Brother have set a difficult task for themselves -- to find an audience for intelligent tunes in a hip-hop world that celebrates... More >>

  • Korn

    published March 2, 2006

    It's understandable that the men of Korn would be thinking about their bank accounts these days. There ain't many other first generation nu-metal... More >>

  • Gay Caballeros

    published March 2, 2006

    Tonight's 78th annual Academy Awards presentation promises to be the gayest in history: Brokeback Mountain, Capote and... More >>

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