Will Johnson (due this Saturday, November 23, at the Denver Music Summit) made a name for himself in the '90s in Centro-Matic. A gifted songwriter, Johnson has a knack for penning elegant, emotionally rich and subtly powerful, folk-inflected songs. Over the years, he's toured endlessly on his own an ... More >>
ADAM ANT @ OGDEN THEATRE | WEDS, 7/24/13 Adam Ant, the charismatic post-punk British pop star responsible for a generation of pirate shirts, returns to the U.S. after a long absence. Now 58, he's picked up more tattoos and a smoking habit since we saw him last; despite being battle scarred from year ... More >>
"WEIRD" AL YANKOVIC @ BOULDER THEATER | SUN, 7/21/13 "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany parodies catapulted him to fame in the '80s, back when pop culture was in dire need of some deflation. He never got critical props for his oddball iconoclasm, though, and after his 1989 film, UHF tanked at the box office ... More >>
Michael Franti & Spearhead's The Sound of Sunshine , released last week on Capitol, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and checked in at number three at Twist & Shout for the week ending September 26. Santana's new Arista release, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All T ... More >>
A few days back, we talked about Kevin Taylor getting his catering operation up and running out of Palettes at the Denver Art Museum. Inside that blog, there were some questions about what had gone wrong with the launch of what was supposed to be his newest full-scale restaurant, Kevin Tay ... More >>
Word came down from on high late last week that Kevin Taylor and his Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group will be adding a seventh name to their reconstituted roster of super-high-tone food-service operations. Let's run the numbers, shall we? First, there's Taylor's namesake, the flagship Restaurant Kevi ... More >>
On her current single, "So Small," from her latest effort, Carnival Ride -- out this week on the Arista imprint -- Carrie Underwood sings the lines: "Go ahead and let the light shine through/I know it's hard on a rainy day/You wanna shut the world out and just be left alone/But don't run out on your ... More >>
Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006.
Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.
Searching for gems in the flood of seasonal discs.
From the week of November 3, 2005
Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.
Through injury, adversity and obscurity, Orlando Terrell struggles to keep his music alive.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
In Chad Hugo's world, art and commerce co-exist.
How Al Jourgensen's years in Colorado helped shape Ministry's unique musical fury.
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.
In a single bound, Accidental Superhero leaps to the top of the MP3 charts.
Unsung country crooner Allison Moorer changes course on a new album -- and she doesn't care what you call it.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
'Tis the season to rate another avalanche of holiday discs.
In the wake of September 11, Ray Davies reconsiders his past and looks to the future.
Have you heard that more than thirty bands are playing at the Westword Music Awards Showcase in LoDo?
The country revisionists behind BR5-49 play Nashville's numbers game.
Guitarist Shannon Curfman brings something new to the teen craze. It's called talent.
Reviewers have tried to get rid of him for years, but Barry Manilow's not going anywhere.
Jimmy LaFave upholds American musical tradition one song at a time.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
The best holiday discs, as well as others that will make you pity the yule.
Ex-Denver DJ Big Jon Platt on how to succeed in business by really, really trying.
The inside story of the little Boulder label that could.
Robert Earl Keen won't dumb down his music for country consumption.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.
Lee Roy Parnell thought that slide guitar had a place in country music. He was right.
THE MEMBERS OF SUPERCHUNK CONTINUE TO LIVE AN INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE.
NEW-WAVE PIONEER GRAHAM PARKER REFUSES TO GO AWAY.
A GAG ORDER LEAVES TROUBLING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE QUIGLEY-ARONSON FEUD.
THE GOOD, THE BAND AND THE UGLY CHRISTMAS ALBUMS FOR 1994.
STANLEY JORDAN RETURNS AFTER RELEARNING HOW TO PLAY THE GUITAR.
MEET IGGY POP, THE ABIGAIL VAN BUREN OF THE NINETIES.