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  • The Builders and Butchers

    published September 4, 2008

    Some of the best rustic music being made today is coming out of Portland, Oregon, by groups such as the Builders and the Butchers, who lend an... More >>

  • Hawks of Paradise at the Larimer Lounge

    published September 4, 2008

    With the recent spate of poseurs copping classic-rock poses, it's easy to dismiss anyone even remotely following those musical instincts as an... More >>

  • The Builders and The Butchers

    published September 4, 2008

    Some of the best rustic music being made today is coming out of Portland, Oregon, by groups such as The Builders and The Butchers, who lend an... More >>

  • Lil' Slugger/The Good Old Fashioned Sinners

    published September 4, 2008

    If there's one thing that can be said for Lil' Slugger, it's that these guys don't sound quite like anyone else. The closest cousin to... More >>

  • Global Noize

    published August 28, 2008

    Jam bands playing Boulder are a dime a dozen. But once in a while, a group comes into town whose imaginative compositions are rich enough to... More >>

  • teamAWESOME!

    published August 28, 2008

    For a band that performs live music with such fun-loving, reckless abandon, teamAWESOME! always seems to put out well-recorded, tightly played... More >>

  • Iuengliss at the Meadowlark

    published August 28, 2008

    Sometimes the most brilliant musical minds come in the most unassuming packages. This is certainly the case with Tom Metz. His project,... More >>

  • Alan Alda at the hi-dive

    published August 21, 2008

    Anyone who's been paying attention to Denver music for the last several years has probably seen or heard of Voices Underwater and Streamlined.... More >>

  • Indian Jewelry

    published August 21, 2008

    The state of Texas has sure given us some interesting and innovative musical figures over the years, including the likes of Roky Erickson,... More >>

  • Beaten by Them

    published August 21, 2008

    Inevitably, this band gets lumped into the post-rock category thanks to that whole notion that any epic instrumental music with energy and... More >>

  • Action Friend

    published August 21, 2008

    With enough breakneck shifts in tone, style and pacing to confuse and confound anyone looking for more conventional songwriting, Action... More >>

  • Balmorhea

    published August 14, 2008

    Named after an obscure town in western Texas situated far from Austin, where the band is based, Balmorhea has a sound that's the stuff of... More >>

  • Dan Kaufman Superstar Eruption

    published August 14, 2008

    With a title like this for an album, you'd be excused for thinking that former Thorazine Frisbee mastermind Dan Kaufman has an absurdist,... More >>

  • Three Cheers Faraday at the hi-dive

    published August 14, 2008

    It's unfortunate that the town that spawned the likes of Cavity and the VSS is now known mostly for jam bands whose hallmark is self-indulgent... More >>

  • Blue Million Miles is Building Walls, only to tear them down.

    published August 7, 2008

    In November of 2006, the former members of Small Objects recruited a new drummer and adopted the name Blue Million Miles, which they borrowed... More >>

  • Teeth Mountain

    published August 7, 2008

    Although Baltimore, Maryland may not be the home of the new wave of tribal sounds in underground music, it is most certainly one of that... More >>

  • The Swindlers

    published August 7, 2008

    Things don't always work out how you planned. Given the copyright date on the back of this one (when the band originally intended to release... More >>

  • Yuzo Nieto and the Hand That Rocks the Dreidel

    published August 7, 2008

    Those familiar with Yuzo Nieto's other projects won't be expecting his music with Yuzo Nieto and the Hand That Rocks the Dreidel (due... More >>

  • Ideal Fathers

    published July 31, 2008

    Ideal Fathers is a band that shouldn't work. You shouldn't be able to mix edgy Gang of Four-esque guitar adventurism and funky rhythms... More >>

  • The Fertile Crescent

    published July 31, 2008

    If this band had stuck with the name Killgun, you might have rightfully expected the kind of music that comes from listening to too much Big... More >>

  • Secret Chiefs 3

    published July 31, 2008

    The members of Secret Chiefs 3 may not actually be part of some obscure, underground Muslim music scene, but they sure sound like they are,... More >>

  • The Mysterious World of Jandek

    published July 24, 2008

    Even though he has released 58 albums on his Corwood label since 1978, Jandek is probably not a name familiar to the general public. Counted... More >>

  • Boss 302 Is Still Boss

    published July 24, 2008

    From 1993 until their first official split in March 1999, the members of Boss 302 were purveyors of a loose and freewheeling garage punk with... More >>

  • Uncle Monsterface

    published July 24, 2008

    If P.T. Barnum could have been a musician in the modern era, he might have come up with something similar to the absurd, bombastic spectacle... More >>

  • Yellow Fever

    published July 24, 2008

    Jennifer Moore most recently played Denver as a member of '60s soul-pop cover band the Carrots. But she's probably better known for her stint... More >>

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