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    November 5, 2014

    Film Podcast: Interstellar Is Grand But It Doesn't Connect

    Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar is a big, ambitious picture but it didn't connect with our critics. We discuss the film at the top of this week's podcast before moving onto a few other notable films on screens large and small this week. - The Disney film Big Hero 6 (At 29 minutes) - The ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Film Podcast: John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies

    On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine (iTunes). We also scoop out some time for John Wick, which helps restore our faith in violent movies, Horns, Nightcrawler (be sure to ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Finally, a Movie with Liam Neeson That's as Good as Liam Neeson

    Special guest Inkoo Kang, film critic at TheWrap and news editor at Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, joins Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of the LAWeekly to discuss a variety of topics on this very big podcast, including: The Maze Runner, what it's like interviewing dire ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Film Podcast: The Over-Stuffed End-of-Summer Edition with Guardians, Lucy and Get on Up

    On this week's , Stephanie defends her Guardians of the Galaxy review against Internet trolls who tell her to go suck eggs, and we touch on Scarlett Johansson in Lucy and the excellent James Brown biopic Get on Up. There's a lot to be had in this one. Enjoy. [Subscribe to the Voice Film Club podcas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    The seven best band tour documentaries

    The Black Lips are heading to Denver April 2 in support their new album Underneath The Rainbow and also a new documentary featuring their 2012 tour of that took them through Egypt, Cypress, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Watching this rough yet intimate look at what it's like fo ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    Podcast: Our film critics count down their favorite movies of 2013

    Before you run out to see one of the several movies opening on this Christmas Day 2013, listen to this very special Voice Film Club podcast: Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl runs point while Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek and L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson run down their top ten movies ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Voice Film Club Podcast: Her and Anchorman 2

    On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics talk about Spike Jonze's Her and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, in addition to the wave of films all coming out before the year's over. Listen to it on iTunes or below on Soundcloud:

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    August 20, 2013

    G-Eazy on his fondness for the music of Tennis and how Steve Jobs changed everything for him

    G-Eazy is an up and coming rapper born in Oakland but based in New Orleans. The MC, who stands out thanks to his Dapper Dan appearance, gravely voice and self-made production, broke out somewhat thanks to his Endless Summer mixtape, which featured a remix of Dion's "Runaround Sue." His independently ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    December 6, 2012

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    Thursday, December 6, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

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    May 8, 2012

    Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe on Beck, living in Germany and Bright Channel

    The Brian Jonestown Massacre (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) has been through ups and downs since 1990. But through it all, singer and primary songwriter Anton Newcombe, has steered the band through releasing more great albums per decade than most bands have across entire career. For the unini ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Big Gigantic climbing iTunes charts despite free download

    Whoa! If you check the electronic iTunes Top 10 chart right now, you'll notice that Big Gigantic's latest album has jumped to the second spot on the chart. While that in itself is noteworthy, what makes it more so is that the outfit made Nocturnal available for free download on its website earlier t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Scorpions, slams, and faceplants: Female snowboarders go hard

    The ice ceiling in snowboarding has led to inequalities for female competitors on the Winter Dew Tour and other professional events. It has also led to a near dearth of women's parts in this season's crop of snowboarding films. That point is something Peepshow is aiming to address with its new all-f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Places' pristine brand of pop is prime for radio

    ​Happy humpday! Here's some piping hot, pristine, radio-ready pop for you hot off the presses and straight out of the Mile High City. The band is called Places, and the tune is titled "Fire" from the group's brand new album, No More Wasted Days. We've been enamored with this act for a few year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Apple Store Rewind 2011 includes the Best Of... iPhone app

    ​It's time to dust off the Westword glitter cannon, because the Best Of... iPhone app has earned some rather prestigious year-end acclaim.

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    August 8, 2011

    Music App Roundup: Bandito, Groove Coaster, My Wedding Music, Voloco, Rdio

    ​As smartphones have opened the door to amazing mobile applications, the sheer amount of them being released makes it difficult to keep up with the best of them. So to help filter though all of it, we take a look at the best and tally them up here. This round, we've got an amazing rhythm game, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    7-Eleven teams up with Mall Jamz and Thump Records to sell music alongside taquitos

    ​You probably don't generally equate going CD shopping with 7-Eleven, but with record stores disappearing everyday, a direct-seller called Mall Jamz is trying to change the way we think of buying music by selling it at the same place where we buy Slurpees. Some 7-Eleven stores across the metro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Music App Roundup: Play by AOL, Pixies Official, Spotify, VinylLove and Björk: Biophilia

    ​The music app business has been booming enough recently that we decided it was time we start sifting through it all on a regular basis. It's a strange digital world when everyone out there can create a mobile application for whatever purpose they desire, but that also means there are a lot of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Spotify finally launches in the U.S. What is it?

    ​It might not have been on purpose, but Spotify's constant delays in coming stateside have somehow managed to create an organic buzz for the streaming music service unlike anything that could have been done intentionally.

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    June 23, 2011

    Will cloud storage help indie labels?

    ​We've already taken a look at the big three cloud services from Apple, Amazon and Google, but what does any of this mean to local bands and labels? With talk of Apple paying $100 million to the major labels for the rights to store content in the cloud and the launch of its paid service immine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    How does Apple's iCloud compare to other cloud services? No streaming option, for starters.

    ​Yesterday, Apple described and semi-launched its newest service, iCloud, an online storage locker that will automatically sync all of your Apple devices together with music, apps and books purchased through the iTunes store. What does that mean, exactly? Well, we break it down and compare its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Sony's new Qriocity streaming service launched yesterday, is it enough to kill iTunes?

    Sony's hoping to pique your qriocity (sorry) with it's new streaming music service this week, by offering a free thirty day trial, tons of different streaming options and a library of over six million songs from the four major record label and most everyone they distribute. We spent the day with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    A freezing-weather playlist, from Denver and beyond

    ​Fun fact you probably didn't know already: It's really fucking cold outside. How cold? Well, eleven degrees below zero at last check. This is hunker down with hot chocolate and delivery Chinese food weather. Work can wait until you don't need an ice pick and a Sherpa to navigate your neighbor ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    How the music industry will change in 2011

    ​In the past decade, the music industry has seen a lot of changes, but it has struggled to keep pace with technology, piracy and consumer demands. Already this year we've started to see a few more changes take shape, from crackdowns on piracy websites, a resurgence of interest in the currently ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Nielsen study shows off how people are consuming music

    ​Nielsen just dropped some stats about music consumer behavior that will probably make record labels a bit more nervous. The study uses a bunch of futuristic sounding terms like "hyper-fragmentation" and "digital natives," but when it boils down to it, reveals what we already know: People are ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Happy Cakes launches iPhone app

    ​Happy Cakes, 3434 West 32nd Avenue, offers up a dizzying array of cupcake flavors, parsed out in daily specials that rotate all week long. If you want to find out whether maple bacon or Jack and Coke is on the list before you make the drive to Highland, the bakery has you covered: It just lau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Beatles on iTunes? Big deal. There's still a number of artists missing

    ​Last week, the Beatles finally caved into to the digital model, joining other once-holdouts like Pink Floyd and Metallica on iTunes. There are two reasons why artists are still withholding their music from iTunes: They want full-album/no-single purchases, and they want more money.

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    July 27, 2010

    Check out "Julia," the first track from Naeem Oba's new album, Unorthodox

    ​ Naeem Oba should already be on your radar. But just in case he isn't, feel free to get up to speed on the Minneapolis-bred MC by reading the Q&A we posted with him and brikAbrak this past December. Dude is deep. Real deep. Right now, he's working on an album based on 1984, George Orwell's p ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Five ways to stave off an iTunes store monopoly

    ​ With the disintegration of Lala coming May 31st, we've been left with one less choice for downloading. Lala was one of the best digital music distributors in town, offering full album streaming and low prices for downloading. After the website was gobbled up by Apple in December of last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Hearsay bits: 3OH!3 tops the iTunes charts, Little Fyodor's cassette release

    ​Pop Tart Charts: 3OH!3 is atop the iTunes chart, thanks to their collaboration with Ke$ha. The pop tart's wittily titled "Blah Blah Blah (feat. 3OH!3)" might be "face-shooting pablum" (as we called her work the other day) but this "unholy, completely sexless union of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga" ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Ke$ha rules the airwaves -- and makes us want to shoot ourselves in the face

    "Just listened to a "song" from Ke$ha. Fucking shoot me in the face! That was the worst 3min of my life. I am going to kill puppies now." Best. Tweet. Ever. Hands down. Couldn't have said it any better, numberthree. Not only do you swing the sticks with the zest of Papa Zita, clearly you've also bee ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Introducing the complex, beautiful Brim Liski

    Photo by Leah Maupin​Update 11/11/09: The full Brim Liski EP was released yesterday on Latenight Weeknight Records and is now available for download on iTunes for $5.99. We've just learned of a promising new group based here in Denver (with a connection to the Netherlands too, apparently). I ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    First look video for Mr. Anonymous "Some Gal a Move"

    ​The mysterious Mr. Anonymous, one of the standout artists on Boulder-based label Black Bridge, has a new tune out called "Some Gal a Move," a shuffling, smile-inducing, head nodding slow jam with autotuned vocals and ridiculous lyrics. And to accompany this fine new song, he's dropped a fun a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    The blog shortcut, August 11 edition

    A sign of the times.​All we need is "U." Today in Cafe Society: • The mystery of the missing letters on Bastien's marquee. • Golfin' for good (with good eats). • Civic Center Eats: Forte Farms. • 231 Milwaukee back on the market... again. • Tonight: The Denver Five dish it out at D ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Get your goth on with Pictureplane tonight

    Tonight at Rhinoceropolis, Pictureplane is kicking off his Goth Tour in fine style -- goth style, that is. The notice I just got asks attendees to dress goth (the picture left is a detail from the flier, ostensibly included as a helpful hint if you've forgotten what goth looks like). Sounds like so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Young Coyotes new EPs on iTunes, Daytrotter session available next Tuesday

    Remember this past November when we told you about the Young Coyotes' Daytrotter session? We've been patiently waiting since then to hear the blasted thing. Well, thankfully, it looks like the wait is almost over, as next Tuesday, March 10 week*, the session will be available for download. As it hap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    The blog shortcut, March 11 edition

    Oh, what a beautiful day. Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with Jesse F. Keeler and Alex "Al-P" Puodziukas of MSTRKRFT. • Q&A with Rasmus Stolberg of Efterklang. • Q&A with Dan Whitford of Cut Copy. • Free SXSW Denver Music download. • Flier of the week: Ideal Fathers at the hi-dive. • Y ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Jewell Tyme Music's Karma says 'Vote for the Hood'

    The first release from Jewell Tyme Music in 2009 is from rapper Karma in the form of a mixtape called Barack O'Karma: Street Politics. It's mixed by DJ Tense of ManeLine and features appearances from the entire Jewell Tyme roster, including F.O.E., Haven, and 800 the Jewell. The project is slated to ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Ten bands we'd watch on TV

    The breakout success of Flight of the Conchords got us thinking of other bands that would make for must-see TV. After all, no one makes money selling records these days, and a band's gotta make a living somehow, right? So we went into brainstorming mode (in this case, that means we drank a fifth of ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Spoke-In-Wordz debuts new single on iTunes, Amazon

    It appears Spoke-In-Wordz will be pulling double duty this year. He's working on a solo album that he says is due by the end of the year. At the same time, he's also working on a new album as part of the group Infinite Mindz. But to give fans a taste of what's to come from him solo-wise, Spoke dropp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    The blog shortcut, February 13 issue

    Having a nice day, all you triskaidekaphobics? Today in Backbeat Online: • Aviano Coffee debuts anything-goes open mike tomorrow. • Fort Collins set to debut all-local music fest in April. • Spoke-In-Wordz debuts new single on iTunes, Amazon. Today in Cafe Society: • 231 Milwaukee back on ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Today's Night & Day featured event: Bo Burnham kids around at the Comedy Works South

    You might think he's just another Internet wonder, but teen comedian/musician Bo Burnham is determined to prove he's for real... and he's doing it in the flesh. The fresh-faced and openly gay performer, who first garnered mass attention (to the tune of two-million hits) for his YouTube video "My Who ... More >>

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    July 9, 2008
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    April 28, 2008

    New York Dolls Keep Dolling and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Timeless tunes, a pirate shirt and a large cougar on the prowl are just a few of the highlights of this New York Dolls show review.

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    December 5, 2007

    Worst Song Ever, Revealed!

    “Music is My Hot, Hot Sex” by Cansei de Ser Sexy, better known as the song in the iPod Touch commercial, is the worst song in the world. This grating, repetitive burst of vapid noise is guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days after a single exposure. While the song’s sentiment – music ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007 Sets the Pace

    The hip-hop arm of is ready for the big takeover.

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    September 21, 2006


    MC Chris's rap career gets a boost from Adult Swim -- or is it the other way around?

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    April 13, 2006

    Tryst Lounge

    Drown night

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    January 20, 2005

    The Beatdown turns the tables on the art of deejaying.

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