Al Cisneros

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    April 17, 2014

    The ten best stoner metal bands

    No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Review: Sleep at Gothic Theatre, 1/3/14

    SLEEP at THE GOTHIC THEATRE | 1/3/14 Cannabis is legalized here in the same week Sleep comes back to Colorado to play a show. Coincidence? Whatever the case, this show surpassed the last time the outfit played at the Gothic in September 2009. Something just seemed more coherent and focused this time ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    TUES | WU YEAR'S EVE at CERVANTES | 12/31/13 More than just creating a free-associative style that would be emulated ceaselessly throughout the '90s and to this very day, the Wu-Tang Clan engineered an aesthetic and model for profitability with only a spiritual guide, the GZA, a mastermind producer, ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    OM at Larimer Lounge, 2/13/12

    OM @ LARIMER LOUNGE |2/13/12 It was impossible not to be moved last night by the music of OM, as the visceral, low-end sounds moved through your body and the music hit you and washed around you like a physical force. The mixture of those cthonic tones, with the clatter of cymbals and tambura, octav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    The men of OM discuss the primacy of rhythm and how songwriting is really a lot like sculpting

    OM first formed when Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius got together a handful of years after their old band Sleep parted ways in the late '90s. The idea was to create a project that used rhythms to convey meaning in a fashion akin to Tibetan devotional music or Gregorian chants. From 2003 until the depar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    Another great batch of shows this week. As always, there is a ton of variety for the music lover in you. Whether you're seeking EDM, jazz, metal, indie or country, there are at least ten reasons to stay up late this week and get down like there's no tomorrow. We've got all of the shows listed in our ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    The six best metal shows in Denver this month

    So you like your music hard and heavy, do ya? Good news: You're in for some serious brutality this month. There's a ton of shows happening in February, all of which are listed in our concert calendar, but here, we've singled out the six best metal shows in Denver (well, and one in Colorado Springs). ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Hank 3 at Boulder Theater, 9/4/12

    HANK 3 @ BOULDER THEATER | 9/04/12 Hank 3 outlasted most of his audience last night at the Boulder Theater. Exceeding even the expectations he himself set, he played more than the three and a half hours he said he's playing on this tour. By the time he launched into the third and final set of the e ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Sleep at the Gothic Theatre - 09.05.10

    Brian Landis Folkins SLEEP Git Some • Russian Circles 09.05.10 | Gothic Theatre view full slide show From brutal, clipped guitar work to huge, foreboding sounds created by guitars that are more akin to synths, Russian Circles scrolled through a wide range of styles that it executed with both eas ... More >>

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    December 28, 2006


    Our music writers pick the years national bests.

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    April 13, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases