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  • The Life There Is

    published May 29, 2008

    Many bands who try to mix the aesthetics of rock and electronic music do so more clumsily than not. But The Life There Is seems to have the... More >>

  • Pleistocene

    published May 22, 2008

    Pleistocene began as a solo project for guitarist/vocalist Eric Gangloff in 2002. Over the years, it has evolved into a nine-piece ensemble on... More >>

  • Scream Club

    published May 22, 2008

    Cindy Wonderful has come a long way since her days as a lo-fi pioneer in the mid-'90s. From her time with Denver rap-punk legends Rainbow Sugar... More >>

  • Swervedriver

    published May 22, 2008

    When most people think of the early '90s, they instantly think of grunge. But there was a larger phenomenon of non-mainstream music that often... More >>

  • Amphibious Jones

    published May 22, 2008

    Some bands try to throw all of their influences into the mix, and it rarely works. Somehow, Amphibious Jones manages to do it without... More >>

  • CPC Gangbangs

    published May 15, 2008

    Like Guitar Wolf before it, Montreal's CPC Gangbangs takes a primal punk-rock formula and distorts it far beyond its original shape. The result is... More >>

  • CPC Gangbangs

    published May 15, 2008

    Like Guitar Wolf before it, Montreal's CPC Gangbangs takes a primal punk-rock formula and distorts it far beyond its original shape. The result... More >>

  • Valet Park This

    published May 15, 2008

    When you're young, you've had plenty of people telling you what you should be, but you haven't had much time to internalize those... More >>

  • Ocean Bed

    published May 15, 2008

    A band's pedigree is no sure sign of the quality of its music, nor is it a sure indication of the type of music it produces today. Nonetheless,... More >>

  • Vitamins

    published May 15, 2008

    The members of Vitamins met as students at UNC in Greeley, Colorado. Although none of the four members is a native of that town, the influence... More >>

  • Duran Duran

    published May 8, 2008

    With a name adopted from a character out of the movie Barbarella, Duran Duran is often dismissed as a disposable pop band from the '80s... More >>

  • The Silver Cord

    published May 1, 2008

    With few bands pursuing a dark muse at the moment, it's paradoxically refreshing to listen to this unapologetically bleak document of inner... More >>

  • Dicky Jaguar and the Five Percenters

    published May 1, 2008

    When these hellions take the stage, it's almost as though you're traveling back in time, getting to see the New York Dolls in their heyday,... More >>

  • Cex

    published April 24, 2008

    Rjyan Kidwell started up Cex in 1998, when he was just sixteen years old. At seventeen, he launched the influential Tigerbeat6 label with Kid... More >>

  • Buffalo Beard

    published April 24, 2008

    These guys aren't exactly breaking new ground. And if you're one of those people who have nothing good to say about the current state of music,... More >>

  • David Dondero and the Entire State of Florida

    published April 17, 2008

    The songs on David Dondero's most recent record, Simple Love, sound as polished and hooky as anything you're likely to hear on "modern... More >>

  • Pattern Is Movement

    published April 10, 2008

    Although Pattern Is Movement often gets lumped in with the whole math-rock phenomenon, the Philadelphia outfit's sound is much more organic and... More >>

  • Good Housekeeping

    published April 10, 2008

    Kind as Summer's opening track, "Hanging in the Hollow," reveals Good Housekeeping's influence almost immediately — specifically,... More >>

  • Overcasters

    published April 10, 2008

    If you've been paying attention for the past several years, you know that scores of bands have been cultivating atmospheric pop music with... More >>

  • Breezy Porticos

    published April 3, 2008

    Opening with the bouncy, infectious "Ramona, Just the Other Day," These Record Highs finds Breezy Porticos in the familiar mode of slipping... More >>

  • Explosions in the Sky

    published March 20, 2008

    To their credit, the members of Explosions in the Sky didn't change the band's name after 9/11. Instead, they kept on making the kind of... More >>

  • BDRMPPL

    published March 20, 2008

    Nick Houde has made consistently interesting and innovative music since he came to Denver from Montrose a few years ago. Transistor Radio... More >>

  • Eyes Caught Fire

    published March 13, 2008

    Eyes Caught Fire percussionist Joel Brown’s bass drum head reads, “Keep Hope Alive.” For any other band, that might come off as a... More >>

  • Patrick Porter

    published March 13, 2008

    The debut release from Kevin Richard's (Motheater) new label, Maybe Waltz EP is a compilation of Patrick Porter's earlier recordings.... More >>

  • Eyes Caught Fire

    published March 13, 2008

    Eyes Caught Fire percussionist Joel Brown's bass drum head reads: "Keep Hope Alive." For any other band, that might come off as a cheap... More >>

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