On this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film critics Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, along with L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, discuss rom-com Begin Again (2:26), starring the always-interesting Mark Ruffalo. They also talk about the biting rom-com parody They C ... More >>
We leave the movie theater on this week's Voice Film Club podcast in favor of a longform interview with Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who's been at the New York paper for about a year. Before that she wrote for Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and the Boston Phoenix, among ... More >>
Hip-hop label Upset Records is celebrating the state's new unofficial pastime with the release of Colorado Smoke. The compilation is due out April 15th with an in store at Angelo's downtown. Recorded in 72 hours in the Upset Records studio with various of the label's stable of artists, these eleven ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we're split on Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Volume I, but laughed throughout the the latest Muppets movie. The Veronica Mars movie is worth your money, and so is The Great Invisible, a revealing doc about the BP oil spill, which was named the top doc at SXSW ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson admits her surprise at actually enjoying Wes Anderson's latest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and discusses her recent longform piece on the death of the romantic comedy.
Thursday, April 25, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849; Sunday, April 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Even the most casual music fan has made or received a mixtape at some point. For the kind of people who see music as the soundtrack of their lives, assembling a list of songs for a friend or lover is a compulsion that is difficult to deny. But in the age of file-sharing and iTunes, does this form of ... More >>
By David Thorpe While perusing Insane Clown Posse's Twitter timeline, like a person does, I came across something interesting: our favorite rap clowns announced a new update to their official smartphone app, which I didn't even know existed. For the advancement of pop journalism and human knowledge ... More >>
This is a turning point in the history of music on the internet. I know, I know, it feels like a regular Friday, but trust me, things will never be the same again. The forces of capitalism, social networking and goofing off have converged at the perfect time to create the magic that is the "Harlem ... More >>
Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver. The latest? Cannabis Logbook 1.5 iPhone app.
Ethics be damned, I download music illegally. Why, just the other day, I downloaded Metallica's entire catalogue and then deleted it and downloaded it again just because fuck Metallica. Mostly, though, it's a convenience thing: I would consider buying tracks at a reasonable price on iTunes or some s ... More >>
For five days this week, ten veterans selected to represent the range of issues that come with their careers will tell their stories to four professional songwriters chosen to promote the strengths that come with theirs. During that time, the two groups will combine forces on a musical experi ... More >>
3OH!3 pulled out three unreleased cuts from its vaults, and the electro-pop duo is releasing a song a week this month on iTunes, starting today with "Bang Bang", which Nathaniel Motte told Rolling Stone was originally commissioned by Ball Aerospace in Boulder as the only song to keep scientis ... More >>
Time to loosen your belt -- your wallet is about to get fatter. Effective January 1, 2012, Colorado's minimum wage will go up by 28 cents per hour -- from $7.36 to $7.74 for salaried employees and from $4.34 to $4.62 for tipped ones.
The internet age just got a little weirder. One of Denver's most prolific musicians, Tommy Metz (AKA Iuengliss) decided his 2010 album, Blossom Frontier, wasn't up to snuff, so he pulled it, remixed it, re-mastered it and redid the artwork. He even renamed it to Frontier, which we're pretty s ... More >>
Björk has a relationship with technology that rivals that of Joe Satriani with his guitar -- the two cannot exist without each other. It has always seemed like Björk has been waiting for technology to catch up with her, and when Apple launched its iPad, she finally had a place to experiment ... More >>
Best Of app. Download hereOur Best of Denver issue (which hits newsstands on March 31) is sure to be a big, bulky thing, as it is every year. Unless you possess a European men's carry-all, it can be tough to tote around. Which is why we came up with the Best Of... iPhone app. It's free, it in ... More >>
The music industry has been marked for death for a long time now, but amazingly, nobody has managed to come up with a concrete reason as to why. Sure, it's easy to assign blame, but the real reason the music is dying is still a mystery to most people in the industry. Thankfully, plenty of sta ... More >>
Most bands will go through their lifespan recording a few hours worth of music. The lucky ones might end up getting a single day's worth of music cut to tape. Composer Clayton Counts and Git Some's Neil Keener of Bull of Heaven have already recorded more than most musicians will in their enti ... More >>
Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken are Big Gigantic, the sweeping Boulder-based duo taking over festivals. Born from Lalli's own creative and abstract mind, the act came about after years of formal music training in New York, playing with the Motet and utilizing MySpace to spread their beats f ... More >>
While not all of us are particularly enthusiastic about Christmas music, that doesn't mean we can't recognize a good song when we hear one. This new Dressy Bessy single, "Hopped Up (on Xmas) Featuring King Scratchie" might be one of the few holiday songs worth a regular holiday rotation. It's ... More >>
In conjunction with the band's Second Spring EP-release show, which took place this past Saturday at the hi-dive, the Centennial posted the platter for free download. We spoke with Patrick Meese last week about the new project -- which also includes his wife, Tiffany, and brother Nathan -- an ... More >>
To coincide with the reissue of Corpses, the debut full-length from the Food Chain, which dropped this week on iTunes, Showoff Digital,the group's label headed by Statik Selektah, premiered the video for "Reverse Psychology," a bonus track from the re-release, earlier this week. The clip fe ... More >>
Last week in Poptimystic, we talked about Taylor Swift and her unparalleled ability to sell albums in the current music industry wasteland. But the album is not what it once was, and the ability to sell singles may actually be a better litmus test of an artist's influence. It remains the un ... More >>
Lately I've been spending a good chunk of my minimal free time working with Jared Jacang Maher, a former Westword writer now at Face The State and John Dicker, founder of the Geeks Who Drink quiz night empire, to launch the Denver Diatribe, a weekly half-hour podcast on culture, politics and ... More >>
One of the most anticipated albums in local hip-hop circles this fall is Dispensary Music, the long awaited full-length collaboration between Whygee and Foe, slated to drop tomorrow on iTunes.The collaboration between these two rappers was inspired by sporadic features on various songs in the ... More >>
As expected, B.o.B.'s Adventures of Bobby Ray is the number one album in the country this week. Of course, it only needed to sell 84,000 copies to do it. As Billboard notes, this is the first three-week run of no albums breaking 100,000 since February of last year. Cue alarm bells, death of The I ... More >>
In case you haven't gotten your quotient of feel-like-shit yet today, check out I Need That Record! website, a documentary about the death of independent record stores. For a limited time, you can stream the doc for free in its entirety on Pitchfork or you can purchase it directly for eleven buck ... More >>
Man, if The Northern Way doesn't break out in a major way within the next year, it's certainly not going to be for a lack of having radio-friendly songs. This morning, the outfit, formerly known as Set Forth, premiered its brand new single, "Starting Line," on MySpace. Matching the undeniable sug ... More >>
Breck LarsonWay to go, Katey Laurel! She was just named as one of seven finalists in the Nine West Vintage Voices competition. In an effort to promote its Vintage America collection, the boutique ladies shoes retailer has launched a contest to discover the next vintage American voice. The finalis ... More >>
Darren MahuronSpeaking of Mile Hi-Fidelity, here's another show favorite. Those who tuned in more than once likely heard "Wrong or Right" by this band, which we spun quite a few times. If you're drawn to the raw, emotionally-charged song stylings of Lucero, then Fort Collins-based Arliss Nancy is ... More >>
Forgive me, for I have sinned. It's been nearly two weeks since our last makeout. I'm sure you've probably moved on by now, found others to make out with and forgotten me completely, and I don't blame you. All I can say in my defense is something you undoubtedly already know -- that family emergenci ... More >>
The Photo Atlas and the Still City will be playing this Thursday night at the Marquis Theater. In itself, that might not seem so noteworthy. Sure, the Photo Atlas has been receiving some great national press lately, and the Still City is one of the best bands I haven't seen. What makes this show rea ... More >>
It's finds like this that make me glad I am a pathetic, house-bound loser who spends all his time surfing the Internet. The good folks at Amazon.com got into the MP3-selling business a while back. Not only are there formats better than the ridiculous iTunes formats (for example, no DRM, universally ... More >>
The biggest news of the week in Denver music was obviously the Fray being the biggest selling band in the country. But aside from that, there was a ton of other news, like word of SleeperHorse parting ways, Gregory Alan Isakov touring with Brandi Carlile, Single File being featured on Spin.com, the ... More >>
Locals Only Lenny Lenn is known for the work he put in as a radio personality for various radio stations across Colorado. His biggest claim to fame is being part of the launch team of the now-defunct Denver hip-hop radio station, U102. Lenny then spent some time working behind the scenes on the Lew ... More >>
Anybody catch the new CSI promos over the weekend? Evidently, after being on ice for the duration of the agonizing writer's strike, the CSI crew is back on the case, and in honor of such a momentous occasion, CBS is running promos hyping its return with a trailer featuring "Are You With Me" from the ... More >>
An out-of-state friend of mine just asked me to pull together some recommendations of good music that has emerged from colorful Colorado in recent years. I’m looking at the playlist in iTunes right now and can’t believe my eyes.
Wednesday, January 16, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)
Saturday, November 20, Sherman Events Complex, 303-778-0916.