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  • Valient Thorr

    published September 4, 2008

    Although Warped Tour lineups differ from year to year, plenty of the acts on them are essentially interchangeable. But not Warped vets Valient... More >>

  • Foo Fighters

    published September 4, 2008

    Dave Grohl, whose throat problems caused the postponement of two Foo Fighters dates originally scheduled for July, has become a reliable... More >>

  • The Democratic National Convention transformed the Pepsi Center into a media echo chamber.

    published September 4, 2008

    Judging by coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the Pepsi Center never stopped hopping throughout the August 25-28 event. But... More >>

  • Max Karson bids adieu to CU

    published August 28, 2008

    When last we checked in with Max Karson, the controversial... More >>

  • The Colorado Daily changes course

    published August 28, 2008

    Colorado Daily reporter Richard Valenty is a self-described "political junkie" who has covered the doings of Boulder's activists... More >>

  • Ratatat's music sings without singing

    published August 28, 2008

    Vocalists get the prima donna's share of attention in most groups. But according to Evan Mast, who represents half of the Brooklyn-based... More >>

  • Fiancé

    published August 28, 2008

    Bands with designs on commercial success often remove anything resembling a personality from their work in an attempt to broaden their appeal.... More >>

  • David Byrne & Brian Eno

    published August 28, 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... More >>

  • GZA

    published August 28, 2008

    During the Wu-Tang Clan's prime, most of the group's members enjoyed successful solo outings. But times have changed since then, mostly for the... More >>

  • Tussle

    published August 28, 2008

    Most electronic music makers fall into one of two broad categories: They're either interested in making art or making people dance. However,... More >>

  • The World Romantic

    published August 21, 2008

    One of a band's biggest challenges is finding its own sound, and the World Romantic has done it. But the players are so locked into this style... More >>

  • My Morning Jacket

    published August 21, 2008

    Over the years, categorizers have shoved My Morning Jacket in numerous pigeonholes: jam band, Southern-rock band, Americana band and more.... More >>

  • The Juan MacLean

    published August 21, 2008

    John MacLean made his first major musical mark as the guitarist for Six Finger Satellite, a onetime Sub Pop signee that merged traditional rock... More >>

  • The Verve

    published August 21, 2008

    After 1997's Urban Hymns proved to be a breakthrough for the Verve, frontman Richard Ashcroft went solo prematurely — and he was... More >>

  • The Denver media gets ready for its DNC close-up

    published August 21, 2008

    It was all glibness and grins at a recent press conference announcing the plan to give away tickets for presumptive Democratic presidential... More >>

  • Welcome to Collywood

    published August 21, 2008

    As the folks at the Colorado Film Commission will tell you, our fair state offers an incredible variety of potential movie locations:... More >>

  • UmConscious

    published August 14, 2008

    The video for this album's title track — a guided tour of Colfax locales such as Casa Bonita — makes it clear that the members of... More >>

  • Slightly Stoopid

    published August 14, 2008

    A generation of teenagers is actively pissed off that Sublime's Brad Nowell overdosed after making only three albums — and for them,... More >>

  • Natalie Portman's Shaved Head

    published August 14, 2008

    For an act whose moniker alludes to the film version of V For Vendetta, graphic novelist Alan Moore's dystopian fantasia about a masked... More >>

  • Scars on Broadway

    published August 14, 2008

    In a wry comment on his reputation as a doctrinaire zealot, System of a Downer Daron Malakian kicks off the side project he shares with SOAD... More >>

  • James Hunter

    published August 7, 2008

    Europeans often display greater appreciation for American soul and blues than does the average U.S. citizen. Yet English singer-songwriter... More >>

  • Ray LaMontagne

    published August 7, 2008

    Unfortunately, the creamiest talent doesn't always rise to the top — which explains in part why the growing popularity of Ray LaMontagne... More >>

  • Clipped Wings

    published August 7, 2008

    “I deliberately tried very hard not to make it a revenge book,” says guitarist Don Felder, author of Heaven and Hell: My Life... More >>

  • Tickle Me Pink

    published July 31, 2008

    It was well nigh impossible to judge this recording objectively on its release date due to the startling death of bassist Johnny Schou —... More >>

  • Peter Cincotti

    published July 31, 2008

    The music marketplace is constantly shifting, but there always seems to be room for artists who fill certain niches: the... More >>

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