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  • Q&A with Leo Nocentelli of the Meters

    published Dec 23, 2009

    Leo Nocentelli is most well known as the innovative guitarist in the pioneering, New Orleans funk band the Meters. His clipped guitar tone and smoothly executed improvisations have been imitated by vi... More >>

  • Over the Weekend: The Legendary River Drifters, Tin Horn Prayer and Broken Spirits at Old Curtis St. Bar

    published Dec 21, 2009

    The Legendary River Drifters w/Tin Horn Prayer and Broken Spirits Friday, December 18th, 2009 Old Curtis St. Bar, Denver Better Than: A show where everyone was trying too hard to get that Americana so... More >>

  • Q&A with Ethan Ward of Gangcharger

    published Dec 17, 2009

    Gangcharger started out as something of a side-project Ethan Ward did with a few friends. Few probably saw or remember the earliest incarnation of the band, but when it started up full force at the en... More >>

  • Gangcharger creates beauty from harsh noise

    published December 17, 2009

    Starting out as the musical equivalent of an interlude from the Boulder-based noise-rock band Mansfield Ghost, Gangcharger is helmed by its... More >>

  • Alphabets

    published December 17, 2009

    This is the eleventh release of the year for Alphabets, aka Colin Ward. With a release corresponding to each month, Ward explored whatever... More >>

  • James Pants

    published December 17, 2009

    Like a lot of people, James Pants is mining early R&B-inflected synth pop and hip-hop for sonic inspiration. But for all his heisting of tricks... More >>

  • Desperate Hours

    published December 17, 2009

    Before Desperate Hours, Matt Turner and Todd Seres played together in Arizona indie-rock band FiveSpeed, of which the former is still a member.... More >>

  • 3OH!3 heads an all-local bill at the Fillmore

    published December 17, 2009

    An all-local bill at the Fillmore is so rare it's practically apocryphal. Transforming from something of a joke between college buddies into... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Moore, Blindfold the Devil, Born in Winter at the Gothic

    published Dec 14, 2009

    ​Moore, Blindfold the Devil and Born in Winter Friday, December 11, 2009 Gothic Theatre Better Than: A lot of metal shows I've seen. Blindfold the Devil, a four-piece with the lead vocalist also pl... More >>

  • Q&A with Busy Gangnes of Telepathe

    published Dec 11, 2009

    ​Brooklyn's Telepathe began when Melissa Levaudis and Busy Gangnes decided that they were tired of playing in a math rock band: The conventional means of creating and performing music in a rock band... More >>

  • Q&A with Crawford Phileo (Vitamins), Lucas Johannes (Action Packed Thrill Ride) and Jon Evans (Achille Lauro) of the Hot Congress collective

    published Dec 10, 2009

    ​Hot Congress came together when a few friends came up with the idea of putting out a compilation by every band that was a member. These friends figured they were better off working together rather ... More >>

  • Hot Congress is what happens when kindred musicians pool their efforts

    published December 10, 2009

    Hot Congress doesn't function as a musical collective so much as a support system between friends and compatriots in one strand of the... More >>

  • Hideous Men

    published December 10, 2009

    "Holodeck" begins this initial offering from experimental electronic project Hideous Men with cycling low-end white noise to suggest the thrum... More >>

  • Telepathe

    published December 10, 2009

    Although largely unknown outside its home town of Brooklyn, Telepathe is quickly earning renown for its gorgeous, otherworldly experimental... More >>

  • Ten Out of Tennessee

    published December 10, 2009

    As much a conceptual project as what can perhaps best be described as a touring collective, Ten Out of Tennessee (Erin McCarley, Andy Davis,... More >>

  • Bluebelle at the Meadowlark

    published December 10, 2009

    With clear stylistic nods to the various projects of garage-pop luminary Billy Childish and a playful sensibility inspired by classic Denver... More >>

  • Q&A with Shawn Christensen of Stellastarr*

    published Dec 08, 2009

    ​ Stellastarr* (due at the Larimer Lounge with Transfer and Le Divorce on Wednesday, December 9) emerged onto the national music scene at the turn of this past decade in the musical milieu that gav... More >>

  • Q&A with Ten Out of Tennesee's Andrew Belle

    published Dec 08, 2009

    ​The Ten Out of Tennessee tour (due at the Bluebird Theater this Thursday, December 10) is the brainchild of songwriter couple Trent and Kristen Dabbs. The idea behind the tour was to find some of N... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Moonspeed, Widowers at Larimer Lounge

    published Dec 07, 2009

    ​Moonspeed with Widowers Saturday, December 5, 2009 Larimer Lounge Better Than: A CD release show with an overloaded line-up. After an extended break from performance, Widowers played its first sho... More >>

  • Q&A with Eric Gilbert of Finn Riggins

    published Dec 03, 2009

    ​Eric Gilbert, Lisa Simpson and Cam Bouiss formed Finn Riggins in the small town of Hailey, Idaho, in August of 2006. Since that time, the band has put out five releases. Three of those albums were ... More >>

  • Q&A with the Don'ts and Be Carefuls

    published Dec 02, 2009

    ​In 2008, the whole dance punk phenomenon, with few exceptions, seemed worn out and irrelevant to anything genuinely exciting. But it was in the spring of that year that The Don'ts and Be Carefuls s... More >>

  • The Don'ts and Be Carefuls

    published December 3, 2009

    After solidifying its lineup in May 2008, the Don'ts and Be Carefuls started playing a string of shows along the Front Range, including a... More >>

  • Crawl

    published December 3, 2009

    This debut from Crawl, which includes former members of Dethbox, is one track after another of hyper-aggressive punk that sounds like it was... More >>

  • Stellastarr*

    published December 3, 2009

    In the earlier part of this decade, four post-punk-inspired bands of note from New York came to the attention of the general public: the... More >>

  • Finn Riggins

    published December 3, 2009

    Idaho is probably the last place anyone would expect a thriving pocket of experimental rock to exist. But that's exactly where Finn Riggins was... More >>

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