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  • Seris

    published November 24, 2011

    This debut EP from Seris sounds like the band is serious about courting label attention. And it's not just because the sonic character of all... More >>

  • Ha Ha Tonka

    published November 24, 2011

    Named after a state park of the same name in the Ozarks, Ha Ha Tonka plays the sort of Americana that would be right at home in an episode of... More >>

  • Peter Murphy

    published November 24, 2011

    Peter Murphy is probably best known for his role as the charismatic, mysterious, ectomorphic frontman for influential post-punk band Bauhaus.... More >>

  • Nathaniel Rateliff and friends perform November 25 at the Gothic Theatre

    published November 24, 2011

    Everyone in Denver got to take Nathaniel Rateliff for granted for many years — both as the frontman of Born in the Flood and with... More >>

  • Review: Plaid at The Bluebird Theater, 11/19/11

    published Nov 20, 2011

    PLAID at the BLUEBIRD | 11/19/11 One of the most vividly enduring memories of last night's Plaid show at the Bluebird Theater came at the end of the show, when the band performed "At Last." The video... More >>

  • Andy Turner of Plaid on The Black Dog, Michael Arias, Scintilli and virtues of soft synths

    published Nov 18, 2011

    Andy Turner and Ed Handley of Plaid (due Saturday, November 19, at the Bluebird) were part of the groundbreaking electronic music project The Black Dog in the late '80s through the earliest part of th... More >>

  • Dissonance in Design

    published November 17, 2011

    "Dionysiac" starts out as fairly straightforward technical death-metal fare, with frantically twisting passages of guitar seething around the... More >>

  • Plaid

    published November 17, 2011

    Andy Turner and Ed Handley were once in pioneering British electronic group the Black Dog with Ken Downie. Between that project and Plaid,... More >>

  • Gaza

    published November 17, 2011

    If you've ever been to Salt Lake City, you know there's gotta be a dark underbelly of pissed-off people who rage against the prevalent cultural... More >>

  • Panal S.A. de C.V. gets instrumental at the hi-dive on November 17

    published November 17, 2011

    When you hear an act being referred to as a "musician's band," it usually means the band in question has incredible technical skill, but not a... More >>

  • Spools of Dark Thread frontman Chris Thomas puts out a solo album

    published November 17, 2011

    Everything that defines religion is interesting to me," declares Chris Thomas, who just finished work on his solo debut, Messiah... More >>

  • Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers on the time he spent in Denver and Breaks In the Armor

    published Nov 15, 2011

    After the breakup of his influential underground pop band Archers of Loaf, frontman Eric Bachmann formed Crooked Fingers (due at the Larimer Lounge tonight with Strands of Oak and Ian Cooke) and had a... More >>

  • Review: Orbit Service at The Walnut Room, 11/12/11

    published Nov 13, 2011

    ORBIT SERVICE at the WALNUT ROOM | 12/11/11At the end of the Orbit Service set last night at the Walnut Room, Randall Frazier and his bandmates conferred after repeated requests for an encore, and per... More >>

  • New Order's <I>Movement</I> turns thirty this Sunday

    New Order's Movement turns thirty this Sunday

    published Nov 11, 2011

    The debut album from New Order, 1981's Movement (which sees its 30th anniversary this Sunday, November 13, 2011), represents a turning point and a crossroads for the former members of the cult band Jo... More >>

  • Orbit Service plays the Walnut Room on November 12

    published November 10, 2011

    Since the last half of the '90s, the music of Orbit Service has been through a few different permutations, from early soundscaping... More >>

  • Hearts in Space puts out a new EP

    published November 10, 2011

    Before ever playing a show together, Ezra-David Darnell and Jordan Hubner had played music and written songs as fellow students at the... More >>

  • LUST

    published November 10, 2011

    "Love Scene" is the first of the three songs on this release, and it establishes a mood like the alternative soundtrack to an early Michael... More >>

  • Ra Ra Riot

    published November 10, 2011

    Nothing about this Syracuse-based band is particularly riotous; in fact, it uses classical instrumentation in its songwriting. What's more,... More >>

  • Youth of Today

    published November 10, 2011

    Though straight-edge is a movement often attributed to Minor Threat, that band never embraced the term as codified in the lifestyles and... More >>

  • Review: Judas Priest at 1STBANK Center, with Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy, 11/5/11

    published Nov 06, 2011

    JUDAS PRIEST at 1STBANK CENTER | 11/5/11 Somewhere early in the set, Rob Halford told us that the band was going to play material from all roughly forty years of its career including hits and older a... More >>

  • My Bloody Valentine's <I>Loveless</I> is twenty

    My Bloody Valentine's Loveless is twenty

    published Nov 04, 2011

    The subject of great scrutiny, misinformation and mythologizing, My Bloody Valentine's massively influential album Loveless (released on November 5, 1991) is an enigmatic masterpiece to those who hav... More >>

  • IZ

    published November 3, 2011

    The latest offering from long-running experimental guitar band IZ is filled with the kind of metallic riffs the project has often used to... More >>

  • Thrifty Astronaut

    published November 3, 2011

    On Apple-Eaters, Thrifty Astronaut's Nick Jones has pushed himself a little in terms of production, but he's done so without losing the... More >>

  • The Appleseed Cast

    published November 3, 2011

    Before emo became something of a joke marketed to emotionally overwrought teens, bands like Braid and Mineral and the early Appleseed Cast were... More >>

  • Judas Priest

    published November 3, 2011

    It's easy to forget that Judas Priest existed at the dawn of heavy metal, because the band's most well-known releases are rightly affiliated... More >>

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