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  • Thee Dang Dangs talk raw music and their strange band name

    published November 29, 2012

    Thee Dang Dangs got going this past summer when Broox Pulford of Wombmates, Shawn Butzin and Ray Koren of Dead Rollers and Rebecca Williams of... More >>

  • Invisible ASPS

    published November 29, 2012

    Like a harder version of early Skinny Puppy, the songs on Built Better by Betrayal, the latest release from Invisible ASPS, bear out the... More >>

  • Kreayshawn

    published November 29, 2012

    Kreayshawn (aka Natassia Zolot) got a video camera at age ten and started making and editing her own videos for several years before formally... More >>

  • Shadows Fall

    published November 29, 2012

    Formed in Springfield, Massachusetts, in the mid-'90s, Shadows Fall began as a melodic death-metal band with some roots in hardcore. But around... More >>

  • Wanker celebrates 25 years of history at the Toad Tavern

    published November 29, 2012

    Despite having yet to play a single show, Wanker graced the cover of the December 23, 1987, issue of Westword, looking like a... More >>

  • Paul Banks at Bluebird Theater, 11/27/12
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    Paul Banks at Bluebird Theater, 11/27/12

    published Nov 28, 2012

    PAUL BANKS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER |11/27/12 When Paul Banks and his band walked on stage last night, with no preamble of any kind, the four musicians took up their positions, and as drifts of fog float... More >>

  • Paul Banks on the joys of getting Logic-ed up in his hotel room instead of liquored up on tour
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    Paul Banks on the joys of getting "Logic-ed up" in his hotel room instead of liquored up on tour

    published Nov 27, 2012

    Paul Banks is best known as the charismatic frontman of Interpol, an outfit at the center of the so-called "post-punk revival" of the early 2000s. Banks's rich and resonant voice was the perfect mat... More >>

  • Death Grips at Larimer Lounge, 11/23/12

    published Nov 24, 2012

    DEATH GRIPS @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 11/23/12 Most bands that get hyped rarely live up to it. Death Grips was better than any hype could convey. Zach Hill and MC Ride put the amount of energy into this l... More >>

  • Boots Riley of the Coup on striking at Walmart, the Occupy movement and the art of rebellion
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    Boots Riley of the Coup on striking at Walmart, the Occupy movement and the art of rebellion

    published Nov 23, 2012

    The Coup is a hip-hop group that makes no bones in its critique of the system, with song titles like the now infamous and powerful, "Five Million Ways to Kill a CEO," from its classic 2001 album, Pa... More >>

  • Earth at The Marquis Theater, 11/21/12
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    Earth at The Marquis Theater, 11/21/12

    published Nov 22, 2012

    EARTH @ MARQUIS THEATER | 11/21/12 Near the end of Earth's set, Dylan Carlson said, "This is the first song I ever wrote for Earth. It's called 'The Ouroboros is Broken.'" This probably came as a s... More >>

  • Dylan Carlson of Earth talks about the importance of the slow pace in his music
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    Dylan Carlson of Earth talks about the importance of the slow pace in his music

    published Nov 21, 2012

    Earth was one of the first bands to explore the inner spaces of drone and doom metal. In its earlier phase, Earth made creative use of distortion to create dense and crushing atmospheres. Since the ... More >>

  • Lockbox

    published November 22, 2012

    At first listen, this album sounds like Jesse Briata, aka Lockbox, borrowed a lot from Aphex Twin and Dan Deacon. "Parmenter Acid," for... More >>

  • Paul Banks

    published November 22, 2012

    As the frontman of Interpol, Paul Banks helped to usher in the most recent wave of post-punk. His emotive quaver and resonance have often been... More >>

  • Death Grips

    published November 22, 2012

    The guys in Death Grips are not interested in following in anyone's footsteps, hip-hop or otherwise. Adopting what drummer/percussionist Zach... More >>

  • West Water Outlaws rock out at the Larimer Lounge

    published November 22, 2012

    When you think about musical projects forming in Boulder these days, rock and roll isn't exactly what comes to mind, despite Rose Hill Drive's... More >>

  • Brendon Small of Dethklok on Metalocalypse's unlikely Warlock Pinchers/Colorado connection
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    Brendon Small of Dethklok on Metalocalypse's unlikely Warlock Pinchers/Colorado connection

    published Nov 20, 2012

    Dethklok may be a virtual band, but it has somehow put out the best-selling death metal record of all time. Everyone who's familiar with Dethklok knows that it's the live band cognate of the popular... More >>

  • Titus Andronicus at Larimer Lounge, 11/19/12
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    Titus Andronicus at Larimer Lounge, 11/19/12

    published Nov 20, 2012

    TITUS ANDRONICUS @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 11/19/12 This was one of those shows where you couldn't tell which band people were there to see. Even when the faces changed up front, the energy level was equa... More >>

  • Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus on how a lot of rock and roll is just about re-appropriating
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    Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus on how a lot of rock and roll is just about re-appropriating

    published Nov 19, 2012

    Titus Andronicus, an outfit named after arguably the bloodiest of Shakespeare's plays, trades in an exuberant, unvarnished melodic brand of rock that's infused with plenty of the energy you'd expect... More >>

  • Japandroids at Bluebird Theater, 11/18/12
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    Japandroids at Bluebird Theater, 11/18/12

    published Nov 19, 2012

    JAPANDROIDS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 11/18/12 Brian King said that while he and David Prowse had had a blast at the Larimer Lounge this past June, they were going to do even better tonight he declared.... More >>

  • Woven Hand at The Oriental Theater, 11/16/12
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    Woven Hand at The Oriental Theater, 11/16/12

    published Nov 17, 2012

    WOVEN HAND @ ORIENTAL THEATER | 11/16/12 Shrouded in a moderate haze of fog colored by lights, Woven Hand took the stage as a trio, sounding a bit edgier than in times past. Delay and reverb on Chu... More >>

  • Roniit on making dark pop that appeals to her grandma and sounds like Opeth meets Britney
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    Roniit on making dark pop that appeals to her grandma and sounds like Opeth meets Britney

    published Nov 16, 2012

    Roniit is a project that got started around two years ago by namesake Roniit Alkayam, who went to high school in Evergreen and studied music business at the University of Colorado at Denver. Alkayam... More >>

  • The Hollyfelds

    published November 15, 2012

    For an album that sounds endearing from the start, the songs here are steeped in feisty dissatisfaction and heartache. Without harking back to... More >>

  • Dethklok

    published November 15, 2012

    Avid viewers of Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim programming probably know all about Metalocalypse. The show first aired... More >>

  • Earth

    published November 15, 2012

    Founded in 1989 by Dylan Carlson, Earth took its name from the original moniker of Black Sabbath. And that's entirely appropriate, seeing as... More >>

  • Roniit brings her moody electro-pop to the hi-dive

    published November 15, 2012

    If melodramatic anime movies featuring star-crossed lovers had good soundtracks for a change, they would probably sound a lot like what Roniit... More >>

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