One of the pioneers of dub and electronic dance music, Mad Professor was born Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser in Guyana. In the late '60s at the age of thirteen, he moved to London where his father was living. Fraser, who was an electronics whiz kid and had built his own studio by the mid '70s, became in ... More >>
Some medical dispensaries (and soon-to-be recreational dispensaries) are just begging for a change in laws. What kind of change? One that would allow people to hang out and puff herb with other patients. So far, nobody has really stepped up to take that on. If it does eventually happen, though, ... More >>
Forty years ago, New York fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert set out to produce a runway show called Le Grand Divertissement à Versailles in 1973, a fundraising catwalk to save the dilapidated Palace of Versailles in France. But the fashion show -- which positioned American designers Oscar de la Ren ... More >>
Rooke5 (aka Luke Whitrock) grew up in Loveland and Greeley, but he moved to El Paso, Texas, in the middle of high school. Though he has a self-described "southern twinge" to his personality and cites Kanye West as an influence (who isn't influenced by the omnipotent Yeezy), lyrically, he is far more ... More >>
In this very special edition of Heavy Rotation, you not only get a through-the-keyhole view of our musical proclivities, but you also get a few words from us on our top pick of the week. Keep reading to find out what Mark Sanders considers musical comfort food, why Kelsey Whipple can't think of Spac ... More >>
While many are counting the days until fall, others are still reveling in summer's glory. Catie Long is one of those. We spotted her on South Broadway, where her fashions were a definite standout. Find out more about Long's funky, vintage street style straight ahead. See also: What's in your bag? G ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows from the Dandy Warhols, Cake, Fiona Apple and more were announced; Musketeer Gripweed, Hot Robots, and Broken Tongues got spins on local radio; and recent albums from the Alabama Shakes, Nicki Minaj, the Shins a ... More >>
Lori Midson J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 www.zydecosdenver.com This is part one of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. I got the gift of the Southern double name," drawls J. Michae ... More >>
Just in case this whole presidency thing doesn't work out this year for President Obama, it's good to know that our current Commander In Chief has something to fall back on. Maybe he and Clinton can put a band together or something. They can call it Presidents of the United States of America. Oh, wa ... More >>
Devan Blake Jones is originally from California, but he was bred here in Denver. Growing up in a family of musicians, Jones learned to hone his skills in the church and started pursuing his passion for singing in earnest in high school. Now a protégée of Mercury Sauce's Nathan Reid (Amanda ... More >>
Joshua BradleyThe Heavy appears tonight at the Bluebird with Wallpaper The Noid isn't just that pesky pizza-chilling character from old Domino's commercials from the '80s. It's a region of England from which the neo-soul, garage rock band known as The Heavy hails. Fronted by the charismatic ... More >>
BrikAbrak, the vinyl-slinging, Al Green- and Old Dirty Bastard-mixing DJ, can most often be found rocking a party to high heaven or backing up one of Denver's premier MCs on any given night. On the daily, though, you can find him at 3237 East Colfax Avenue, watching dough rise and making bi ... More >>
In "Mile Highs and Lows," Westword offers a no-holds-barred look at what goes on behind the locked doors of marijuana dispensaries, whether they resemble swanky bars, sterile dentist's offices or a dope dealer's college dorm room. See our current dispensary list here, and keep reading for the ... More >>
A couple of nights ago, we had the absolute pleasure of seeing William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun do a rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on Lopez Tonight that made our hearts cream with loving ecstasy. We have no clue what to actually think of Lin Yu Chin (other than that the internet seems t ... More >>
Monday, June 2, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Lay It Down
Saturday, April 19, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Your guide to deep thoughts.
Sunday, April 9, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.
The Greatest (Matador)
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned Rockist ways.
Saturday, June 11, Paramount Theatre, 303-830-8497.
Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.
Friday, June 25, Paramount Theatre, 303-830-8497.
Van Hunt (Capitol) The Soul of John Black (No Mayo)
Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.
Denver's film fest looks forward and back.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.
Al Green no longer separates church from state of mind.
THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.
THE MOST MEMORABLE ALBUMS OF 1994.