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  • Sandusky at the Larimer Lounge

    published December 3, 2009

    A cursory listen to Sandusky's recorded output might give you the impression that the act has been doing soundtrack work for the next... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Syndrome of a Down, Dugout Canoe, Talk Normal and Zombie Bite at Rhinoceropolis

    published Nov 30, 2009

    ​Syndrome of a Down, Dugout Canoe, Talk Normal and Zombie Bite Saturday, November 28, 2009 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: A show where the experimental bands are experimental in the same way. Playing ... More >>

  • Springing from the May Riots, Pacific Pride is fueled by inside jokes, sly turns of phrase and deft hooks

    published November 26, 2009

    Recalling the frayed pop sounds of New Zealand indie-rock bands of the '80s and the angular, contorted psychedelia of Pavement, Pacific Pride... More >>

  • The Outfit

    published November 26, 2009

    From the opening drum clicks, this debut release from the Outfit hooks you into the headlong pace of "Towns," a song with familiar elements.... More >>

  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

    published November 26, 2009

    Alex Ebert first came to public attention as the charismatic singer of indie-rock band Ima Robot. After some drastic life-changing experiences,... More >>

  • Season to Risk

    published November 26, 2009

    Embarking on a small tour commemorating its twentieth anniversary as a band, the unrelenting and ominous-sounding Season to Risk, from Kansas... More >>

  • Dugoutcanoe at Rhinoceropolis

    published November 26, 2009

    Anyone who saw Jacob Isaacs playing in the legendary Angels Never Answer probably wouldn't have guessed he'd do music like this. The earliest... More >>

  • Q&A with Paul Garcia and James Barone of Pacific Pride

    Q&A with Paul Garcia and James Barone of Pacific Pride

    published Nov 23, 2009

    ​Recalling the frayed pop sounds of New Zealand indie-rock bands of the '80s and the angular, contorted psychedelia of Pavement, Pacific Pride has always focused more on quality over quantity. Begin... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Sun Circle at Glob

    published Nov 23, 2009

    ​Sun Circle, Epileptinomicon, Temples, Sterile Garden and nervesandgel Friday, November 20th, 2009 Glob Better Than: A noise show comprised entirely of purist noise projects. Epileptinomicon opened... More >>

  • Q&A with Vaughn Harris of Nitzer Ebb

    published Nov 19, 2009

    ​Nitzer Ebb, from Essex, England, helped to define the musical style called EBM with its heavy industrial rhythms and stark vocals. As with emo, another much-maligned genre, EBM started out as a vit... More >>

  • Q&A with Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse

    published Nov 18, 2009

    ​Cannibal Corpse didn't invent death metal, but it has become one of the genre's definitive bands. Forming in Buffalo, New York in 1988, Cannibal Corpse quickly came to prominence due to its decided... More >>

  • Bank Robber

    published November 19, 2009

    You won't like Vultures if you can't get past its throaty, nearly screamo vocals or the alloy of hardcore and thrash and lyrics that... More >>

  • Snuggle!

    published November 19, 2009

    With pop punk having pretty much become a parody of itself these days, it's difficult to be surprised by anything that anyone playing that kind... More >>

  • The Big Pink

    published November 19, 2009

    London's Big Pink borrowed its name from the Band's classic debut album and set about producing music possessed of vast, swirling horizons and... More >>

  • Lust-Cats of he Gutters at the Denver Creative Co-op Studio

    published November 19, 2009

    Playing unvarnished, catchy tunes as though there had never been any interruption in the development of that strain of punk called riot grrrl,... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Six Months to Live at the Meadowlark

    published Nov 16, 2009

    ​Six Months to Live, deadbubbles and Dario Rosa Saturday, November 14, 2009 Meadowlark Better Than: The second big snowstorm of the season outside. Opening act deadbubbles set the pace for the rest... More >>

  • Q&A w/ Isaiah Owens of Free Moral Agents

    published Nov 13, 2009

    Isaiah "Ikey" Owens is better know these days as the keyboardist of the Mars Volta. His versatile and creative musicianship, though, was honed in the '90s when he played with Sublime and later Long Be... More >>

  • Q&A with Greg Hill of Six Months to Live

    published Nov 12, 2009

    ​Having released three albums in four years, Six Months to Live has been one of the most prolific of poppy rock and roll bands out of Denver. Formed by former members Mr. Tree and the Wingnuts, Six ... More >>

  • The Mars Volta's Ikey Owens stretches his wings in Free Moral Agents

    published November 12, 2009

    Free Moral Agents is an experimental pop band led by Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, who's better known these days for being the live keyboard player in... More >>

  • Hot White

    published November 12, 2009

    Nightmarishly fragmented noise rock wracks the six tracks of Hot White's debut. Clearly taking some artistic cues from the likes of Lightning... More >>

  • Lover!

    published November 12, 2009

    Memphis songwriter Rich Crook used to be in the Reatards, and Lover!, his latest outfit, reflects a bit of that group's synthesis of electronic... More >>

  • Vital Remains

    published November 12, 2009

    Vital Remains, from Providence, Rhode Island, has been around for twenty years. As pioneers of death metal, these guys aren't often among the... More >>

  • Six months to Live at the Meadowlark

    published November 12, 2009

    In its awkward early phase, it was hard to tell if Six Months to Live (due at the Meadowlark on Saturday, November 14) was an Eric... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Hearts of Palm at the hi-dive

    published Nov 09, 2009

    ​Hearts of Palm, To Be Eaten Friday, November 6, 2009 hi-dive Better Than: One of the best bands of recent years quietly slipping into history. To Be Eaten probably seemed like an odd pairing for t... More >>

  • Q&A with Nathan McGarvey of Hearts of Palm

    published Nov 06, 2009

    ​Hearts of Palm started out in the winter of 2006 as a pop song writing collaboration between former Roper and Black Black Ocean guitarist Stephen Till and longtime friend Nathan McGarvey. Within th... More >>

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