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  • Stephen Malkmus reviews his solo albums — and doesn't always give himself two thumbs up

    published November 6, 2008

    Although Stephen Malkmus has been in the public eye for nearly two decades, he still doesn't quite have the whole self-promotion thing down.... More >>

  • Mexico's Jaguares bring their roar north of the border

    published October 30, 2008

    Americans of a certain age will likely assume that [45], the latest album by Mexico City's Jaguares, is a nod to the age of vinyl... More >>

  • Bloc Party

    published October 30, 2008

    Transitioning from overhyped buzz generator to perpetual powerhouse ain't easy, even for figures as charismatic as the Party men, and on their... More >>

  • ManeLine

    published October 30, 2008

    It's no insult to say that the latest from ManeLine, one of Denver's true hip-hop mainstays, is old-school. Indeed, the refusal of Mane Rok,... More >>

  • A Rolling Stone report rocks the vote - and the boat - in the Colorado Secretary of State's Office

    published October 30, 2008

    A t 2 p.m. on October 29, U.S. District Judge John Kane will consider arguments by Colorado Common Cause and other organizations that... More >>

  • Women

    published October 30, 2008

    On their self-titled Jagjaguwar Records debut, Pat and Matt Flegel, Chris Reimer and Mike Wallace — the four men who make up Women... More >>

  • The Death Set

    published October 30, 2008

    Death Set partners Johnny Siera and Beau Velasco are pros at getting fans onto the dance floor and keeping them there — not that their... More >>

  • Channels 2 and 31 mix it up in Denver

    published October 23, 2008

    Dennis Leonard, the new vice president and general manager of Channel 31, is a salesman in the old-fashioned sense of the word. Although he's... More >>

  • The Stills

    published October 23, 2008

    Canada's Arts & Crafts imprint is dominated by acts that operate on the margins of rock rather than the dead center. That makes the Stills the... More >>

  • MSTRKRFT

    published October 23, 2008

    MSTRKRFT men Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P, appearing with Felix Cartal and LA Riots, are regularly accused of borrowing from their dance-tastic... More >>

  • The Captain & the Red Hot Flames

    published October 23, 2008

    Once upon a time, indefatigable self-promoter David Booker fronted The Captain and the Red Hot Flames, one of the most popular Colorado acts of... More >>

  • After an extended break, Dressy Bessy's Tammy Ealom feels like she's starting over

    published October 16, 2008

    Most articles about Dressy Bessy suggest that singer/guitarist Tammy Ealom is as bubbly as the hook-o-rama tunes she pens — and in... More >>

  • Oasis

    published October 16, 2008

    Here's a dirty little critical secret: Many times when reviewers describe an album as being a veteran band's best since fill-in-the-blank, they... More >>

  • Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

    published October 16, 2008

    Conor Oberst has always been a solo artist despite his reliance upon a handle more suited to a band: Bright Eyes. For that reason, his decision... More >>

  • Kaki King

    published October 16, 2008

    When her songs first reached the public ear, Kaki King, who shares this bill with the Mountain Goats, seemed on the road to becoming that... More >>

  • Hot to Handler

    published October 16, 2008

    Chelsea Handler, who headlines a benefit gig tonight, may not be taking over the world, but she seems to be in charge of a nice-sized chunk... More >>

  • Wordy Vowell

    published October 16, 2008

    “The whole reason I love writing about history is precisely because it’s so juicy,” says National Public Radio essayist turned... More >>

  • Calvin Locklear

    published October 9, 2008

    Although the moniker slapped on "You're Fired!," the lead track from Calvin Locklear's new EP, can't help but conjure Trumpian expectations,... More >>

  • Were Democrats dumb enough to write this "idiot" memo?

    published October 9, 2008

    A purported 2006 memo from the Colorado Democracy Alliance, an organization that funnels money to liberal candidates and causes, looks benign... More >>

  • Peanut Butter Wolf

    published October 9, 2008

    The Peanut Butter Wolf born Chris Manak has been in the DJ game since the late '80s — but while he's played his share of swanky rooms... More >>

  • City and Colour

    published October 9, 2008

    No one can accuse Dallas Green of launching a side project that's a pale imitation of his main gig. He's best known for handling rhythm-guitar... More >>

  • Kings of Leon

    published October 9, 2008

    Caleb Followill and the other members of the Kings family once seemed content with updating '70s Southern rock for the new millennium —... More >>

  • Pendulum's move toward rock challenges its original electro-fans

    published October 9, 2008

    Vocalist/producer/synthesizer player Rob Swire and the other members of the Aussie-born, British-based group Pendulum first established... More >>

  • The Silver Jews' David Berman keeps his demons at bay

    published October 2, 2008

    — Michael Roberts David Berman, the singer-songwriter behind the Silver Jews, has spoken honestly and openly about subjects that... More >>

  • Cold War Kids

    published October 2, 2008

    Members of the rock intelligentsia both love and hate these Kids, who headline at the Boulder Theater on Friday, October 3 — and the... More >>

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