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  • Church of the Snake

    published April 23, 2009

    The sonic scions of Crash Worship and Arab on Radar, Arkansas's Church of the Snake eludes easy classification. Heavily rhythmic noise rock... More >>

  • Ascaris at the Larimer Lounge

    published April 23, 2009

    Ascaris is the genus of a variety of intestinal roundworm. Appropriately enough, the Denver band adopting such a gruesome moniker brings... More >>

  • My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields talks Loveless and the influence of bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.

    published April 23, 2009

    In music annals, 1991 is most often remembered as the year Nevermind came out and changed the commercial-music landscape for the next... More >>

  • Over the Weekend: Peña at the Rocket Room, Colorado Springs

    published Apr 20, 2009

    Peña, Cougar Legs and Eyes Caught FireSaturday, April 18, 2009The Rocket Room, Colorado SpringsBetter Than: Missing such a beautiful show due to Colorado's Jeckyl and Hyde weather. Dave Kurtz and Jos... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Iuengliss at the hi-dive

    published Apr 20, 2009

    Iuengliss, BDRMPPL and Josephine and the MousepeopleFriday, April 17, 2009hi-dive, DenverBetter Than: The mixture of snow, slush and thunder that barraged the city all day. In spite of one of the most... More >>

  • Magic Cyclops

    published April 16, 2009

    From the guy who did Kiss covers at a Devo convention a few years ago comes this latest offering of absurdist humor blended with bare-bones... More >>

  • Sole

    published April 16, 2009

    As a core member of the Anticon collective, Sole is arguably one of the most influential hip-hop artists alive today. Anticon artists aren't... More >>

  • Eight Bucks Experiment at the Gothic

    published April 16, 2009

    Evan and Paige O'Meara have been at the punk-rock thing with the Eight Bucks Experiment since the mid-'90s. To say this project has... More >>

  • Bronze

    published April 9, 2009

    On its debut, the Bronze sets itself apart from the other bands drawing similar inspiration from the fusion of sludgy, heavy rock and thrash.... More >>

  • Bruce Springsteen

    published April 9, 2009

    Bruce Springsteen is one of a handful of rock musicians to have aged gracefully while also growing as an artist. Instead of burning out and... More >>

  • Glasvegas

    published April 9, 2009

    Perhaps too cleverly named, this Glasgow-based band had fans among the likes of Lisa Marie Presley and former Creation Records head Alan McGee... More >>

  • El Toro de la Muerte at Larimer Lounge

    published April 9, 2009

    When you call your band "The Bull of Death," you have to excuse people for thinking you play some variety of metal-core. This Colorado Springs... More >>

  • The Show Is the Rainbow

    published April 2, 2009

    It's hard to say if Darren Keen, this band's sole member for most of its existence, is more of a standup comedian/performance artist or a... More >>

  • The Nod at One Eyed Jacks

    published April 2, 2009

    Initially, the Nod probably seems like yet another stoner-rock band. The name alone suggests someone in the band has read William... More >>

  • Last Night: The Prids at Larimer Lounge

    Last Night: The Prids at Larimer Lounge

    published Mar 31, 2009

    The Prids, Overcasters, Gangcharger Monday, March 30, 2009Larimer Lounge, DenverBetter Than: A show featuring genre-specific, nostalgia acts.Gangcharger set the pace for the show opening with a gritti... More >>

  • Dethbox

    published March 19, 2009

    With a furious brevity that makes even Jodie Foster's Army seem self-indulgent by comparison, Dethbox's debut seven-inch boasts an unlikely... More >>

  • Women

    published March 19, 2009

    Often compared to reverb-savvy pop acts of the '60s with a healthy dose of the drone-heavy noise rock pioneered by the Velvet Underground,... More >>

  • Over the Weekend: Cut Copy at the Bluebird Theater

    published Mar 16, 2009

    Cut Copy, with DJ Knightlife and Matt & KimSunday, March 15, 2009Bluebird TheaterBetter Than: Most shows I've seen in the last 12 months.The lights lowered in the house as Matt & Kim took stag... More >>

  • Q&A with Dan Whitford of Cut Copy

    published Mar 11, 2009

    The Cut Copy profile in this week's issue contains only excerpts of our recent chat with Dan Whitford and merely scratches the surface of our exchange. Needless to say, Whitford had much much more to ... More >>

  • Cut Copy's retro sound is no meager replication

    published March 12, 2009

    Often compared to synth-pop bands of the '80s like New Order and Depeche Mode, Melbourne, Australia's Cut Copy writes music that is equally... More >>

  • The Silver Cord

    published March 12, 2009

    Given the fairly lo-fi recording here, it seems the Silver Cord was going for a more live sound. And while that approach has its drawbacks... More >>

  • Stardeath and White Dwarfs

    published March 12, 2009

    Musically speaking, Oklahoma City is best known for the Flaming Lips, the Starlight Mints and Colour Music. Soon it will also be known as the... More >>

  • Pacific Pride at the hi-dive

    published March 12, 2009

    Although traditionally playing very few shows, Pacific Pride (due at the hi-dive on Saturday, March 14) seems to make every performance count.... More >>

  • Over the weekend: Cut Off Your Hands at the hi-dive

    published Mar 09, 2009

    Cut Off Your Hands Sunday, March 8, 2009 Hi-Dive, Denver Better Than: Not seeing this band before they're playing bigger venues. Cut Off Your Hands plays pretty straightforward pop rock. Just the sam... More >>

  • Mourned by Flies

    published March 5, 2009

    This debut album from Loveland's Mourned by Flies is clearly a mélange of thrash, death metal and grindcore. However, the band's... More >>

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