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  • The Most Serene Republic

    published November 29, 2007

    Like a vintage edition of Reader's Digest, the lyrics heard throughout Population, the latest disc by The Most Serene Republic,... More >>

  • Classic Rock 101

    published November 29, 2007

    The 2003 Jack Black film School of Rock presented a fictionalized spin on a real phenomenon: Paul Green's School of Rock Music,... More >>

  • Bashing Time

    published November 29, 2007

    Tonight's second-annual Art Bash at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design can take a licking and keep on ticking. That's because... More >>

  • Shine On

    published November 22, 2007

    In a June press release sent out under his own byline, publisher Zac Folk touted his hiring of Dahlia Weinstein, the Rocky... More >>

  • Evanescence

    published November 22, 2007

    Making music has long served as therapy for Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee — but when she gets down these days, she has other treatment... More >>

  • Mike Fitzmaurice

    published November 22, 2007

    While Mike Fitz-maurice is best known as the bassist for Colcannon, his latest release looks toward the Middle East, not the Emerald Isle.... More >>

  • Alicia Keys

    published November 22, 2007

    Unlike most singers cast in the diva role, who are all about pipes and persona, Alicia Keys is a multi-faceted artist adept at songwriting and... More >>

  • Trans Am

    published November 22, 2007

    There's never been the slightest doubt that Trans Am drivers Nathan Means, Phil Manley and Sebastian Thomson have a sense of humor. But the... More >>

  • Gym Class Heroes

    published November 22, 2007

    When Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy spoke to Westword in September 2006, his band was searching for a niche between youth rock,... More >>

  • Tighten Up

    published November 22, 2007

    Each year around the holidays, the Colorado Ballet presents Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and Gil Boggs, the company's... More >>

  • National Press Corps Gets DNC Party Preview

    published November 15, 2007

    The economic challenges facing journalism are grave, but they haven't managed to kill one of the industry's most venerated traditions: the... More >>

  • Jen Pumo

    published November 15, 2007

    On All Over the Moon, Jen Pumo plays it cool. Rather than over-emoting, she layers imagistic lyrics over atmospheric soundscapes well... More >>

  • Jay-Z

    published November 15, 2007

    American Gangster is considerably better than 2006's lackluster Kingdom Come, if only because it returns Jay-Z to his criminal... More >>

  • David Guetta

    published November 15, 2007

    In this country, even the most prominent DJs can walk the streets without attracting attention — and most of them like it that way. But... More >>

  • Black Dice

    published November 15, 2007

    Load Blown, recently released on the Paw Tracks imprint, is accessible by the standards of Eric Copeland, Bjorn Copeland and Aaron... More >>

  • Kevin Devine

    published November 15, 2007

    Like major-league closers, modern-rock musicians tend to specialize in the high hard stuff. Still, that doesn't mean fans of the genre reject... More >>

  • A Brand New Bag

    published November 15, 2007

    Color tonight's Mixed Bag Festival green. According to Heidi B, one of the event's organizers (although she prefers the title "funklectic... More >>

  • The Post Takes Opinions Above the Fold

    published November 8, 2007

    Rather than mincing words, a November 4 editorial in the Denver Post sliced and diced its subject, Governor Bill Ritter —... More >>

  • A Swell Romance

    published November 8, 2007

    Not long ago, Dublin's Glen Hansard was a little-known quantity in the entertainment industry. His main band, the Frames, has been around since... More >>

  • The Informants

    published November 8, 2007

    Most retro groups either tinker with vintage sounds so music lovers can hear them from a new perspective or stick to the verities. The latter... More >>

  • Puscifer

    published November 8, 2007

    The most-viewed YouTube clip starring Puscifer, Tool leader Maynard James Keenan's twisted side project, is "Cuntry Boner," which features MJK,... More >>

  • Cory Branan

    published November 8, 2007

    All too often, contemporary performers who wave the Americana banner squeeze the juice from the music they venerate, presenting dry, academic... More >>

  • Art Brut

    published November 8, 2007

    No one will ever mistake Art Brut for a hip-hop act; musically, the London-based combo specializes in power-pop edginess, new-millennium style.... More >>

  • Cory Branan

    published November 8, 2007

    All too often, contemporary performers who wave the Americana banner squeeze the juice from the music they venerate, presenting dry, academic... More >>

  • World of Wonder

    published November 8, 2007

    When asked about today's screening of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Britta Erickson, director of industry relations for the Starz Denver Film... More >>

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