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  • Able Archer

    published October 2, 2008

    Matt Huseman sang and played in the Greenberry Woods, a band that released two albums on Sire Records circa the '90s, and his experience shows... More >>

  • Mike Stern

    published October 2, 2008

    The Yellowjackets have been around for just over thirty years, and, coincidentally, their albums have bored me for just as long. So I was... More >>

  • Awesome Color

    published October 2, 2008

    Awesome Color, which shares this bill with Eyes and Ears and Outer Neon, records for Sonic Youth maestro Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace... More >>

  • David Byrne

    published October 2, 2008

    My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, released in 1981 (and recently reissued), was an attempt by David Byrne and Brian Eno to forge new territory... More >>

  • Masked Men

    published October 2, 2008

    San Diego’s JabbaWockeeZ are beloved by MTV viewers everywhere for wildly imaginative and athletic performances that helped them land in the... More >>

  • Frogs Gone Fishin'

    published September 25, 2008

    Since the dawn of time — or at least the 1960s — a particular breed of music has been consistently popular in these parts: relaxed,... More >>

  • TV on the Radio

    published September 25, 2008

    Although the Radio crew's talent is well established, the band's music has always raised user-friendliness questions: Sure, 2006's Return to... More >>

  • Darker My Love finds beauty in the shadows

    published September 25, 2008

    Read anything about Darker My Love and the word "psychedelic" is likely to pop up by the second paragraph — much to the irritation of Rob... More >>

  • Santogold

    published September 25, 2008

    Santi White, who goes by Santogold, is red, white and blue through and through, having come of age in Philadelphia before relocating to... More >>

  • Sigur Rós

    published September 25, 2008

    It's difficult to think of a Red Rocks headliner that's simultaneously as unlikely and as appropriate as Sigur Rós. The quartet uses... More >>

  • Last rites on the Rocky Mountain News's Twittering

    published September 25, 2008

    Why is the media business in such terrible shape? Experts and pundits of every description have puzzled over this question for years, but I've... More >>

  • National Anathem

    published September 25, 2008

    In Anathem, author Neal Stephenson, who’ll share his new book with the public tonight, presents a cadre of teenage monks... More >>

  • Cocktail Revolution

    published September 18, 2008

    The members of Cocktail Revolution, who'll celebrate their new disc's release on Saturday, September 20, at Jazz@Jack's, didn't pick up their... More >>

  • Phantom Planet

    published September 18, 2008

    Few of those who attended Phantom Planet's June gig at the Fillmore in support of Panic at the Disco probably expected much from the band. The... More >>

  • Black Tide

    published September 18, 2008

    Black Tide, appearing with Bleeding Through and Bullet for My Valentine, is almost literally a baby band: Guitarist/singer Gabriel Garcia... More >>

  • Blitzen Trapper

    published September 18, 2008

    For a buzz band, Blitzen Trapper is extremely modest. Instead of trying to overwhelm listeners with their awesomeness, singer-songwriter Eric... More >>

  • Lindsey Buckingham's new album rocks — weirdly

    published September 18, 2008

    Lindsey Buckingham is the creative force behind Fleetwood Mac, a group that remains a big concert draw and a steady seller when it comes to... More >>

  • Jason Vigil

    published September 11, 2008

    Heart Gone Sober, Jason Vigil's last album (released in 2006), was so gosh-darn earnest that anyone who's even mildly cynical probably... More >>

  • Tim Brown replaces KCUV with Jack-FM

    published September 11, 2008

    Even the most ratings-starved radio stations receive listener complaints when programmers decide to switch formats — but such shifts... More >>

  • Danger Radio

    published September 11, 2008

    The backlash against the sort of angsty emo that's dominated the modern-rock landscape in recent years is in full swing, and Danger Radio's... More >>

  • Alicia Keys

    published September 11, 2008

    Alicia Keys is the musical equivalent of a five-tool player in baseball: She excels at singing, writing, playing, producing and performing in... More >>

  • Myth Conception

    published September 11, 2008

    “The Book of Lies started when a woman came to me and told an incredible story,” says Brad Meltzer about the novel... More >>

  • Chucking It

    published September 11, 2008

    These days, the memoir is arguably a hotter medium than the novel. So why did Chuck Klosterman, who made his name chronicling his... More >>

  • Short Stop

    published September 11, 2008

    Comedian Martin Short, who steps into the spotlight tonight, makes most of his income from movie and television work. But if... More >>

  • Jeff Finlin

    published September 4, 2008

    Things seemed to be looking up for Jeff Finlin. The Fort Collins singer-songwriter, the subject of a worshipful 5280 profile by Pulitzer... More >>

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