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  • Look Mexico

    published May 13, 2010

    If melodic, anthemic pop music is a crime, then these guys are guilty as charged. Hailing from Tallahassee, Florida, Look Mexico signed to... More >>

  • Akron/Family

    published May 13, 2010

    Don't let the veneer of Americana fool you: Akron/Family is a weird band. Mixing folk with a broad palette of experimental pop and avant-garde... More >>

  • Fellow Citizens at the Larimer Louge

    published May 13, 2010

    Colorado has certainly had its fair share of bands with sprawling memberships. Fortunately, most of those groups have brought us some of the... More >>

  • Blue Million Miles has come a ways from its days as Small Objects

    published May 6, 2010

    A few years ago, a band called Small Objects changed its name to Blue Million Miles. Inspired by a new lineup and a slightly modified sound,... More >>

  • Sandusky

    published May 6, 2010

    Largely released digitally, this latest full-length from Sandusky includes different artwork for each song when played on the computer. "A... More >>

  • Frightened Rabbit

    published May 6, 2010

    Scott Hutchison started Frightened Rabbit in 2003 as a solo project. The name came from Hutchison's mother, who saw how he would retreat into a... More >>

  • Mutemath

    published May 6, 2010

    Originally something of a long-distance songwriting partnership, Mutemath eventually based itself in keyboardist Paul Meany's home town of New... More >>

  • Ate Bitten at Glob

    published May 6, 2010

    Tyler Snow is deservedly best known for his various DJ gigs over the years, most easily witnessed every second Friday at the Meadowlark, during... More >>

  • Denver Noise Fest lives up to its name at Old Curtis Street

    published May 04, 2010

    Denver Noise Fest 04.30.10-05.01.10 | Old Curtis St. Friday, April 30, 2010 New Mexico's Raven Chacon performed with the expected harsh noise soundscaping at first -- a combination of pummeling an... More >>

  • Dodsfalla

    published April 29, 2010

    Forget trying to decide whether or not this music is just grind or a combination of crust and grind. What this record does from beginning to... More >>

  • Common Loon

    published April 29, 2010

    Champaign, Illinois, hardly seems like a catalyst for noteworthy bands, but Hum came from there and so does Common Loon, an act that occupies... More >>

  • Bob Mould

    published April 29, 2010

    As one-third of Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould would have been important solely for having been in one of the most influential bands of the... More >>

  • Jazz at the Root, at the Meadowlark

    published April 29, 2010

    Jazz has long been music reserved for the best players and has produced some of popular music's most memorable eccentrics and rebels. While not... More >>

  • PiL's John Lydon on appearing in butter commercials and being on Judge Judy

    published Apr 23, 2010

    That a person could be in two hugely influential bands is rare enough, but John Lydon also became something of an icon for punk rock and experimental music. The Sex Pistols were instrumental in brin... More >>

  • Pitch Invasion makes poppy punk rock seem relevant again

    published April 22, 2010

    Comprising veterans of Denver's punk-rock scene, the Pitch Invasion took its name from the phenomenon of a crowd at a soccer game getting... More >>

  • He may no longer be Rotten, but John Lydon is still quite the PiL

    published April 22, 2010

    The same year the Sex Pistols broke up, John Lydon dropped the stage name of Johnny Rotten and formed what was arguably the most influential... More >>

  • Lust-Cats of the Gutters

    published April 22, 2010

    From the opening track, the comically harrowing "Cemetary," through the playful nostalgia of "Pac-Man," the Lust-Cats have carved a new chapter... More >>

  • Fang Island

    published April 22, 2010

    Even though this Brooklyn-based band took its name from an article in The Onion about the location of Donald Rumsfeld's secret hideout,... More >>

  • Psychedelic Horseshit

    published April 22, 2010

    Someone should seriously kill the term "shitgaze" — but it's not going to be these guys. Given the scatological name and the release of... More >>

  • Hot White at the Meadowlark

    published April 22, 2010

    When Kevin Wesley and Darren Kulback started Hot White, it was more of an experimental noise-rock instrumental duo, with guitar and... More >>

  • Retribution Gospel Choir soars at the Larimer Lounge

    published Apr 19, 2010

    Retribution Gospel Choir • The Life There Is • Rubedo Larimer Lounge | 04.17.10 Rubedo, a fairly new band, opened this show, and while the three members of the band seemed to be coming from dif... More >>

  • The Bedsit Infamy

    published April 15, 2010

    Opening track "Harvest of the West" has the kind of blue-eyed soul sound favored by English bands of the early '80s — the kind that is... More >>

  • White Rabbits

    published April 15, 2010

    With the release of 2009's It's Frightening, White Rabbits took a darker turn in its musical path, with songs about uncertainty and... More >>

  • The Fanatics at the Wasteland

    published April 15, 2010

    Pioneers of grindcore in Colorado from 1990 to 1996, Pueblo's Fanatics inspired a generation of hardcore kids with their fun,... More >>

  • The Big Pink does its best to follow A Place to Bury Strangers at the Bluebird

    The Big Pink does its best to follow A Place to Bury Strangers at the Bluebird

    published Apr 12, 2010

    The Big Pink • A Place to Bury Strangers • lo Echo • Boyhollow 04.11.10 | Bluebird Theater Boyhollow opened the show and set the stage for the rock bands that followed with a selection of son... More >>

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