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    February 19, 2014

    Listen: The state of the movie musical on this week's Voice Film Club podcast

    On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek returns from the Berlin Film Festival and joins the group to discuss the state of the movie musical.

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    February 5, 2014

    Listen to why Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the best actors of any generation

    On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, this paper's film critics begin by honoring the career of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically died on Sunday at the age of 46. Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, after calling Hoffman "one of the best actors the screen has ever known," goes on to explain wh ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013
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    November 4, 2013

    The best rap shows in Denver in November

    FRI | DELTRON 3030 at 1STBANK CENTER | 11/15/13 Deltron 3030 isn't so much a group or an album as it is a mode of thought, and there are few hip-hop albums (or albums of any genre, for that matter) with the cinematic quality of this group's self-titled debut. Dan the Automator created deeply textur ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Film Industry Seminar Series reveals the magic behind the silver screen

    The lights and the camera, the big stars and the director's chair -- these are the icons we associate with filmmaking. But the magic on the silver screen wouldn't happen without such key players as casting directors and producers. Local filmmakers and fans can learn about the people behind the scene ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    The ten best mixtape rappers of all time

    Supposedly, albums are where it's at. That's when the artist is supposed to bring their A-game, convert the doubters, all that good stuff. So why is it that a lot of the time it's the mixtapes that are the most enjoyable? Maybe it's because so many mixtapes are when artists are still building their ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Repertory Cinema Wishlist: My Favorite Year

    The influence of Sid Caesar's early television variety series Your Show of Shows runs deep, and the 1982 comedy My Favorite Year, inspired by an actual appearance on the show by the charming but washed-up actor Errol Flynn, plays like an inside joke. As with TV's The Dick Van Dyke Show from two deca ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    Repertory Cinema Wishlist: Drugstore Cowboy

    Matt Dillon's been all over the board over the years, from his roots as a rough and pretty teen with a James Dean vibe to later comic character roles in films like Singles, The Flamingo Kid and Mr. Wonderful. And somewhere in between, he delivered an unforgettable performance as the Portland junkie ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Repertory Cinema Wishlist: L.A. Story

    Steve Martin and I go back a long way. I remember Steve from his SNL days, playing the banjo with an arrow through his head, a wild and crazy guy who perfected his idiot role in such movies as The Jerk (1979) and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). Yes, he took side trips from that stereotype in Penni ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza on remixing and the endless possibilities in the digital realm

    Rob Garza has a lot going on besides Thievery Corporation -- he's also a touring DJ in his own right who ignites dancefloors everywhere he spins, and he has a new album out entirely comprising remixes he's tweaked. We caught up with him to talk about the album, how he works his own sound and what's ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Repertory Cinema Wishlist: Mean Streets

    The first film by Martin Scorcese that truly wore his mark, Mean Streets is a small and personal tour de force, held together by a killer jukebox score and the explosive on-screen meeting of Robert De Niro (as the ne'er-do-well gambler, Johnny Boy) and Harvey Keitel (as Charlie, a conflicted small-t ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    SPEAKEASY TIGER @ MARQUIS THEATER | SAT, 4/27/13 Half a decade ago, Speakeasy Tiger seemed to be in the right place at the right time, with a kind of electro-rock that was equal parts Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Gossip, only gone in a more pop direction. The group got its start as an expansion of origin ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013
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    December 7, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: 12/7-12/9

    Welcome to the weekend, y'all. Breathe easy. You made it. Good Friday to you. And, oh, what a good Friday it is. Another stacked weekend of music awaits you. Just like the Broncos win streak continues, so does the steady stream of solid shows, whether you're hankering for some old-school punk or old ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    The five best concerts this week: December 3-7

    Good morning, y'all! And oh what a joyously good morning it is, eh? Is it just us, or is the sun shining a little brighter today? With the Broncos clinching the AFC West division yesterday here at home on an unseasonably agreeable day at Invesco, well, it just feels like one of those green-lights-al ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Kung Fu Vampire sinks fangs into the rap game

    Kung Fu Vampire brings its blood-curdling hip-hop to the Mile High City just in time for Halloween. Formed over a decade ago, the San Jose-based act is lead by the group's namesake, who's ferocious, rapid-fire rhymes drive the outfit's hard-hitting hip-hop, which is delivered with live drums of Chri ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Level 1 Productions, Stept, MSP clean up at IF3 International Freeski Film Festival

    Denver-based ski porn purveyors Level 1 Productions won big at the IF3 International Freeski Film Festival over the weekend in Montreal, with director Josh Berman and his team taking the top prize -- Best North American Film -- for their 2012 film Sunny, as well as Best Editing and Best Male Perform ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Blag Dahlia of Dwarves on kicking ass and not being old guys going through the motions

    Dwarves are one of the most notorious punk bands of all time. In a time when punk rock has become a kind of brand rather than an authentic lifestyle, Dwarves are always dependable to show what the real thing looks, feels and sounds like. With a reputation for dangerously raucous live shows often inv ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Aurora theater shooting: Batman composer Hans Zimmer's musical tribute

    As the Aurora theater shooting was taking place, the sound system at screening room nine at the Century 16 was playing the music of Hans Zimmer, who composed the score of The Dark Knight Rises. Now, as our Backbeat blog has reported, Zimmer wants his music to help with healing. His written a new so ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Seven Sins: New VVM ebook features "The Case of the Kidnapped Coed"

    Every week, writers for Westword and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant, magazine-style feature writing, a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime Ant ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Songwriting Camp for Veterans in Colorado Springs next month

    Last July, Austin-based singer-songwriter Darden Smith gathered a team of other professional musicians to lead a songwriting retreat for nine servicemen and women. Songs written during the retreat were performed at the Faces of Freedom concert on September 11 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Tim Tebow: "All He Does Is Win," the Auto-Tune tribute song, strikes the right chord

    Tim Tebow: All he does is win!​Tim Tebow: In case you didn't know, "He's a baller, a play maker and a shot caller," so sayeth lauded sporto Skip Bayles. Skipper has a point. All this Timmy kid does is win. This brilliant meme-in-the-making is the masterwork of the latest Tebowzo, DJ Steve Port ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    November 9, 2011

    Rockstar Aaron releases "Horrible DJ" single

    ​Have you heard? Rockstar Aaron is a horrible DJ. So horrible, even, he made a song about it. Produced by Daniel Hyatt, Aaron's debut single "Horrible DJ," released yesterday, is meant to be tongue-in-cheek but also to start a conversation among those who might not know the brightly colored DJ ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Apps of the week: Google Music hits iOS and a location-based album for Central Park

    ​We're slowly getting to the point where music apps are bridging the gap between useful and cool. While plenty allow you to share music from device to device, others, such as the Central Park app, gives you a soundtrack to stroll around Central Park to, should you need one. Overall, it's makin ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Björk's Biophilia tops out music apps this week

    ​Music apps for smartphones are getting more complex, as evidenced by the release of the full version of Björk's Biophilia, which is beyond impressive. Other new offerings in this week's round-up include an app that turns your music into a planetary expedition, an idiotic but entertaining Jel ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Inca brings two former members of Tickle Me Pink together with the frontman of the Heyday

    Former Tickle Me Pink drummer Stefan Runstrom recently moved to Chicago. Before heading off to the Windy City, though, the timekeeper evidently made a stop at Colorado Sound with his former bandmate, guitarist Joey Barba, and Randy Ramirez of the Heyday, where the trio recorded a two-song EP under t ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Black coffee! The 10 songs about black coffee on National Coffee Day!

    Up until about ten years ago, coffee seemed to have its grip firmly around us. Just take the songs below, for example. You won't find any written in the past decade, which is a little sad, the death of coffee and all. Because no one is going to write a song about the energizing effects of a Starbuck ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Awareness tops out our music apps this week

    Smartphones have quickly gained traction with all different types of apps, but music apps are hard to dig through to find what's worthwhile. There are tons released each week, which is why we cut through the crap to bring you the best options. This round, we're looking at options for free music, sha ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Tonight: Josh Radin at the Boulder Theater

    ​Even if Josh Radin's name isn't immediately recognizable, it is virtually impossible not to have heard his music. His songs have made dozens of appearances in the back and foregrounds of television shows like Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy, and Radin's not-too-sappy love songs come in a satiating ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    DeVotchKa readies release of 100 Lovers

    ​DeVotchKa has finished up work its new album, 100 Lovers. The first track from the new record, due out Tuesday, March 1, on Anti-, "100 Hundred Other Lovers," officially went on sale on Amazon and iTunes this past Friday. Astute netizens, however, can download the track for free on Stereogum ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Rihanna, Gareth Emery, the fickle internet and the problem with Next Big Sound's Social Charts

    Gareth Emery: Next big sound?​Billboard recently debuted a pair of new charts compiled by Boulder-based company Next Big Sound, the subject of a recent Westword feature. The charts, called the Social 50 and the Next Big Sound 25, track bands' online presence, whether it's Facebook "likes" or ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Are The Black Eyed Peas still world beaters?

    ​The last time we heard from will.i.am and friends, they were breaking every singles record known to man. In case you've purged your brain of the memory: In 2009, they had the number one song in the country from April 18 through October 17. "Boom Boom Pow" took roughly the first half of that, ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Free Christmas music from Oh, Starling

    ​The Chipmunks singing holiday tunes is funny -- one time, once a year. Other than that, Christmas music has the tendency to suck, grating on our ears as we converge on shopping malls and Starbucks, waiting for the snow that never seems to be coming. Luckily, local musicians Dan Craig and Jess ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Tonight: Kina Grannis at the Soiled Dove

    ​Justin Bieber, Anton Dodson -- every individual who devoted a special solo dance to Ginuwine's "Pony" -- they all have YouTube to thank for providing a free entertainment platform to millions of viewers. California-bred singer and songwriter Kina Grannis, who plays the Soiled Dove Undergrou ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    New I am the Dot EP Minimal Love available today

    ​The latest release from Zachary Tipton's I am the Dot project has arrived and, in case you're keeping track, this makes the fourth release since his first Dot EP last November. The latest release is a three-song called Minimal Love and it may be the best thing he's released yet. The EP sta ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Flaming Lips, Rolling Stones top sellers at local record stores

    ​While the Flaming Lips and Stardeath & the White Dwarfs' fascinating interpretation of the Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been available on iTunes since December, the colored vinyl version, released on Record Store Day, took the top spot at Twist & Shout and came in third at Independe ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Noisetrade vs Bandcamp in pay-what-you-want grudge match

    ​It's been three years since Radiohead blew everyone's minds with the pay-what-you-want model of music distribution, and since then many small sites have been looking to cash in on the idea. Noisetrade is one of these, and although the site has been around for a couple of years, it has recentl ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Is Parental Advisory sticker still being affixed to albums these days? If so, how effective is it? Actually, was it ever effective?

    ​ "Parental Advisory. Explicit Content." Remember that little sticker? The little black and white one that used to rest in the corner of only the most bad-ass of cassette tapes? The first albums I remember seeing with this warning were Danzig's self titled album, Soundgarden's Louder than ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    OK Go's Damian Kulash weighs in on viral marketing

    There was an interesting op-ed in the New York Times this weekend by OK Go's lead vocalist Damian Kulash that dealt with his label's inability to update their business model to incorporate YouTube. It's worth a read for his insiders perspective, even if it's a problem most of the Internet has been c ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Freeloader: Sexy mix from CacheFlowe just in time for Valentine's Day

    ​Just in time to get you in the proper mood for Valentines Day, CacheFlowe drops a free mix of sexytime music called This Year is For Lovers. It's full of swinging tracks of sexiness -- "ninety minutes of sexy jams in the genres of techno, dubstep, downtempo, hip hop, experimental and more" as ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Studio? Who needs a studio when you can just iPhone it in?

    Not familiar with the intricacies of this process -- mainly because we're not well heeled enough to actually, you know, own one of these things -- but this seems pretty badass. Evidently, there's an iPhone ap called Four Track that allows you to record sweet, sweet pop music from the comfort of, wel ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Songs to shout at Yo La Tengo this Saturday night

    Photo by Michael Lavine​Skinny boys in glasses, girls in knit jumpers, record collectors of all stripes, rejoice! This Saturday, October 10, college rock heroes Yo La Tengo are bringing the noise, the melody and the irony to Denver in the best indie-when-it-meant-something show this side of th ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    3OH!3 releases Live Sessions ep on iTunes

    ​Ever wonder what a languid version of "Don't Trust Me" would sound like drained of its vitality with completely earnest, singer-songwriter styled vocals? Actually, if you've ever wondered what 3OH!3 would sound like hopped up on tranquilizers and stripped of its hyperactive delivery and ever pres ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Time hits the road in support of Naked Dinner, his new solo album.

    ​Calm has been quietly putting in major work between touring overseas and recording its latest album, Anti-Smiles. One-half of the group, Time, released his solo album, Naked Dinner, last month and is on the road again in Texas and Arizona pushing that effort. One of the songs off the record, "Par ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Mile High Makeout: Coming home

    Photo: Adam D'Antonio Jeremy D'Antonio left Colorado a while ago, taking his beautiful acoustic project, Tiny Television, with him. Since then, he has returned a few times for a show or two. On January 16th, however, D'Antonio and Tiny Television make a triumphant return, celebrating the release of ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008
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    April 5, 2007

    Crave

    Play what you love.

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    December 14, 2006

    I Pity the Yule

    Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.

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    August 31, 2006

    Pandora's Box

    Pandora.com offers a whole new approach to discovering music.

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