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  • Michael Roberts navigates a host of holiday releases

    published December 18, 2008

    This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're... More >>

  • Moovers & Shakers 2008: Backbeat scribes weigh in on their favorite local releases of the year

    published December 18, 2008

    Last week on Mile High Fidelity, my new show on 101.5 FM, I marveled at how we'd seamlessly segued from the station's regular... More >>

  • Colourmusic searches for its identity

    published December 11, 2008

    Ryan Hendrix and Nick Turner, the founding partners of Colourmusic, aren't cut from the same cloth. Hendrix is an Oklahoma native who worships... More >>

  • Katey Laurel

    published December 11, 2008

    I know what you're thinking: The world needs another sensitive singer-songwriter like it needs more layoffs and higher gas prices. But those... More >>

  • The Black Crowes

    published December 11, 2008

    When the Black Crowes first went national, around 1990, the band became a walking/talking critical argument. Were Chris and Rich Robinson... More >>

  • Pharoahe Monch

    published December 11, 2008

    It's not easy to travel fast by taking the conscious hip-hop route, as Pharoahe Monch knows from personal experience. He earned acclaim but no... More >>

  • Five Rocky stars who could be going up

    published December 11, 2008

    Employees of the Rocky Mountain News work on the fifth floor of the Denver Newspaper Agency building, one level beneath their peers at... More >>

  • Denver's JOA makes for muddy reading

    published December 11, 2008

    The 2001 joint operating agreement between the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post adds an element of mystery to the probable... More >>

  • After tackling Politics, Sebastien Tellier gets deep into Sexuality

    published December 4, 2008

    Back in 2004, French singer-songwriter Sebastien Tellier released Politics, an album that took on what most people see as a critical... More >>

  • Adai

    published December 4, 2008

    Anyone amazed by the amount of racket the White Stripes can generate with just two members will be positively flattened by Adai's latest... More >>

  • Shwayze

    published December 4, 2008

    Aaron "Shwayze" Smith and Cisco Adler began climbing the ladder of success several rungs higher than most new artists thanks to MTV.... More >>

  • Civet

    published December 4, 2008

    Kim Fowley didn't just launch the Runaways, the '70s-vintage jailbait group that gave us Joan Jett and Lita Ford. He also created an effective... More >>

  • Now based in L.A., Low vs. Diamond can't forget its Boulder roots

    published November 27, 2008

    Seattle native Lucas Field — the frontman for Low Vs. Diamond — decided to attend school at the University of Colorado at Boulder... More >>

  • The Ghost Inside

    published November 27, 2008

    In a recent YouTube interview, the members of the Ghost Inside talk about how saturated the metal-core scene is right now, and that's no... More >>

  • Brujeria

    published November 27, 2008

    Brujeria, appearing with Cephalic Carnage and Valiomierda, is a supergroup of sorts — and a bizarre one at that. A who's who from the... More >>

  • Dead Confederate carries the flag for a new variation on Southern rock

    published November 20, 2008

    When he's asked to describe his home town of Augusta, Georgia, Dead Confederate singer/guitarist Hardy Morris responds with a single word:... More >>

  • Pink

    published November 20, 2008

    Her Pinkness likely had no idea that the Stooges used Fun House as the moniker for a genius 1970 album — but the fact that this... More >>

  • AC/DC

    published November 20, 2008

    Reliability. It's underrated. Who even thinks about a car that starts every time? Until the one time it doesn't. AC/DC is like that. The band... More >>

  • Invisible Orange

    published November 20, 2008

    Although Invisible Orange's previous release was called Valium, the long-player hardly qualified as a depressant — and that's true... More >>

  • Something Wild

    published November 20, 2008

    Director Matt Wolf first heard of Arthur Russell— the subject of Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, an impressive... More >>

  • Ian MacKaye talks about his thoroughly unconventional career

    published November 13, 2008

    As the guiding force behind Minor Threat and Fugazi and the co-founder of Dischord Records, among the most influential of all indie imprints,... More >>

  • Deadmau5

    published November 13, 2008

    Canada has nurtured some of the more intriguing musical acts of recent years, including various members of the Broken Social Scene collective.... More >>

  • Portugal. The Man

    published November 13, 2008

    These days, Wasilla, Alaska, is mainly known to residents of the Lower 48 as the place where Sarah Palin served as mayor before beginning a... More >>

  • k.d. lang

    published November 6, 2008

    The lowercased lang — the subject of an extended Q&A accessible at More >>

  • Jeffree Star

    published November 6, 2008

    Jeffrey Steininger, aka Jeffree Star, who's touring with Brokencyde, Teen Hearts and Ultraviolet Sound, wouldn't have done well during the... More >>

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