Governor John Hickenlooper has been insisting that Denver has more music venues than Austin since he was mayor of Denver. It's an interesting claim. But is it true? The two cities aren't bad for comparison's sake. The population of the city of Denver is a little over 634,000 people, with 2.6 millio ... More >>
It's our first best-cities list of 2014! And the roster assembled by Sharecare.com -- "America's 10 Best Cities for Fitness 2014" -- seems custom-made for Denver. Did the Mile High City kick ass in a way that showed off its taut musculature? Damn right it did, even besting the community whose footb ... More >>
Noveller is the solo project of Sarah Lipstate, who had previously been in an experimental rock band from Austin called One Umbrella before she moved to Brooklyn to pursue music more fully. Upon moving to New York, she ended up joining Parts & Labor and played on that outfit's critically acclaimed a ... More >>
We recently shared a list of the ten worst travel cities -- a roster on which Denver finished first -- as judged by inexpensive flights, short travel times to popular destinations and accessibility. But what if you're more interested in another type of accessibility -- such as the ease of finding ve ... More >>
With his subtly satirical humor and deeply intricate ink drawings, Paul Michel creates stop-and-think images of layered, comedic art. He'll debut new work in The Fanciest Tiger, a show opening tomorrow at Civilized Living, the monthly First Friday event at Fancy Tiger Clothing. In advance of that ... More >>
Y'all know how I roll: Tacos rule my universe, and now, there's a new spot -- Moontower Tacos -- giving me (and the rest of you who agree that tacos are the equivalent to enlightenment) another reason to ballyhoo their virtue. See also: - Moontower Tacos will soon be serving tacos morning, noon and ... More >>
It's not like Geeks Who Drink, the Denver-based, bar-style trivia juggernaut that got its start here in 2005, needs much celebrity power: Over the past eight years, it's stretched to more than twenty states, and thousands of people turn out to test their nerdy knowledge each week at hundreds of wate ... More >>
Formed nearly a decade ago in Austin, Texas, the Sword, with its sludgy guitar work and the fantastical themes of its lyrics, is often assigned the stoner rock designation, and understandably so. But while the band certainly bears the clear influence of bands like Black Sabbath, Sleep and Led Zeppel ... More >>
Here's some news that ought to brighten your day -- assuming of course that you're suffering from a case of the Mondays like the rest of us and it needs brightening: A new date has been announced for Morrissey, whose previous date at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the beginning of November was po ... More >>
Lords of Fuzz thundered into being from a tough time in Oscar Ross' life. He'd recently gotten divorced and moved to Denver from Texas and decided to pursue music as an outlet. After numerous line-up changes, and three albums, Lords of Fuzz are releasing their most fully-realized record to date, Bro ... More >>
Black Joe Lewis (due tomorrow at the Westword Music Showcase on the mainstage) isn't one to make fancy comparisons to the musical legacies of blues giants and soul progenitors. Lewis and his band, formerly known as the Honeybears, have earned comparisons to everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Muddy Waters ... More >>
Explosions in the Sky (due tonight at the Boulder Theater) is an instrumental rock band based out of Austin, Texas. For the last thirteen years, the quartet has been creating a kind of anthemic, instrumental guitar rock that sparkles with impressionistic melodies building to a cathartic apex, not un ... More >>
Farewell, Austin: Kalyn here checking in for Wheelchair Sports Camp and Company's last night at SXSW! Grab a cup of coffee -- you missed a lot since our last check-in: We took our precious time getting out of our RV park home yesterday and loaded in our gear to The Jr (Emo's) at 6 p.m. On the way, I ... More >>
Thursday, March 15: Thousands of bands were packed into stages around town, fans were going nuts on every street corner. How'd the Morning Clouds spend their off day? Doing laundry. We're pretty rock like that. With piles of clean undies and non-smelly socks back in our room, we managed to catch a g ... More >>
There is a place somewhere in the pacific ocean that is essentially a cesspool for plastic waste and various other bits of debris and man-made trash. The rudimentary physics and science behind this collection is that all ocean currents from all over the world eventually whirlpool and cycle through t ... More >>
Tarantulas, Fireballs, and Doppelgängers - SWSX Day One: I had heard a story from a friend of mine about driving through west Texas in the pre-dawn hours. He recounted that after about nine hours on the road heading south from Denver, just before sunrise, he and his co-pilot encountered hundreds, m ... More >>
A few months back, we here at Mile Highs and Lows begged and pleaded for you to help convince the folks at the South By Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas to let us talk about marijuana journalism at what is arguably the most important media conference in America. Thanks to you, we go ... More >>
There are plenty of songs about beer, but there aren't many songs about good beer. So when Gene Davis of Weird Turn Prose and the Que Pastas moved to Texas, he decided to pen one about one of his favorite Colorado beers -- one that he has trouble finding in the Austin area and one that he equates to ... More >>
Grab your party shoes, kids. Andrew W.K. is coming back to Denver. In honor of the ten year anniversary of I Get Wet (hands up if you can believe it's already been a decade since dude first hit the scene), Mr. Party Hard is bringing his party to the Bluebird Theater on Tuesday, March 20. Brace yours ... More >>
Are you ready to rock?When Matt Finn was able to finally quit his job as an e-mail server technician thanks to the success of his ClearTune guitar tuning application for smart phones, his world changed forever. From a humble office located on Denver's 16th Street Mall, Finn and his fellow innovators ... More >>
One listen to The Black Angels (playing tonight at the Fox Theatre with Sleepy Sun) and it is almost unfathomable that the band was concieved in 2004. The Austin quartet isn't a tribute to the psychedelic rock -- it defines the decades-old genre with dark organ echoes, heavy percussion and th ... More >>
Lori Midson Eric Chiappetta Pizza Republica 5375 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village 720-489-2030 www.pizzarepublica.com This is part two of my interview with Eric Chiappetta, executive chef of Pizza Republica. In part one of this interview, Chiappetta weighs in on why he believes the cook a ... More >>
Hi! How are you? The spirit of Daniel Johnston looms large in Austin Friday, March 18 Another one for the books... honestly, the worst part about today was that it had to end... After an ample five hours of sleep, the household hesitantly woke up, made coffee, and loaded the trailer in anti ... More >>
Saturday, March 19 Update From a Post-Show Hangover: Since our last post no one has died, though some attempts at inter-band murder have been made along with a few bouts of minor larceny. Shortly after our romp in the river, Andy befriended a good-natured water moccasin who shortly therea ... More >>
Photo Roadies Saturday, March 19 Good morning -- or should I say afternoon? -- from the beautiful city of Austin! SXSW has gotten crazier by the day, and the day has come for Wheelchair Sports Camp to tear the roof off of Austin at the legendary Red 7 venue! We were cited as one of the top ... More >>
Thursday, March 18 Uh, hey. It's Danielle Ate the Sandwich. I've been on the road and away from home a couple of days now, and am officially one hour from Austin and ready to go. Today, I play at Bar 512 for the Spokesbuzz Showcase. I'm excited to play with a lot of great bands from Fort C ... More >>
Brian Frederick Thursday, March 17 And it begins ... 4 a.m. we arrive in Austin, Texas, at Casa de Epilogues greeted by hugs and cases of Upslope, after an amazing day of riding rollercoasters and playing three sets at Six Flags-Dallas and an awesome run of shows with the Epilogues, which i ... More >>
The Epilogues with Sam Endicott of the Bravery Friday, March 18 Here we are again in Austin for the least "Texas" thing that the state has to offer... thousands of liberal, godless musicians showcasing themselves to the world. We did a small tour on our way to SXSW this year with our dear friends ... More >>
Photo Roadies Wednesday March 16, 8 p.m. Kalyn here from Wheelchair Sports Camp writing about our very first trip to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas! Sitting here in the back of my van while the girlfriend drives us to Austin from the town of Denton, where we played two nights ago. The ... More >>
Take to the Oars at the Blind Pig on Sixth Street Wednesday March 16 We left Denver on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and drove through the night, taking the most obscure didn't-they-film-children-of-the-corn-here route possible to get to Austin. We made the trek in just over sixteen hours and pulled int ... More >>
Thursday, March 17 We left for Texas early Sunday morning from the band house about 6 a.m (we planned for five, but we're never on time to shit) packed in tight in our two vehicles, Julian's black Jeep, which we deemed the "Pedro Negro" and Taylor's red Jeep, aka "The Red Fajita," which we ... More >>
Big pics below.Edward and Linda Bryant have been accused of theft, forgery and several other related offenses. But are they also guilty of murdering two adoptive children, then continuing to collect aid checks in their names? That's what El Paso County authorities are trying to figure out -- ... More >>
Junior Brown is synonymous with good old-fashioned country music. As the inventor of the "guit-steel" guitar, the Austin-based singer-songwriter can play the hell out of any stringed instrument he touches. Brown launched his career in 1990 during a SXSW showcase where he met his current manag ... More >>
Local ambient rockers Woodsman are having a heck of a month. Starting with landing a pair of songs as the a and b sides of the weekly single on Beko Digital Single Label, which has the simplest web site in existence.
Sunday, March 22: I'm not keeping up with these entries, because it's damn near impossible to find any time to write down here. I'm about two days behind right now, so I'm going to attempt to just cover everything between Thursday morning and right now. As a disclaimer, my memory only goes back abou ... More >>
Saturday, March 20: So we're here in Austin, Texas. We've been getting "Austonian," if you know what I mean. Heh. The drive down was pretty fresh ...well, for at least the first few hours. By the eighteenth hour, we were rockin the B.O. Sport for sure. It was nice riding down in the bus, though,&nbs ... More >>
Milonga overtakes the Mercury Cafe dance floor.
Interviewing Daniel Johnston, the subject of an April 3 Westword profile, is, to put it mildly, a unique experience, as will be clear to any reader of the following Q&A. First, some set-up. I arranged my chat with Daniel’s father, Bill, who helps manage his son’s career and lives in a house nex ... More >>
"Keep Boulder Weird"
Scenes from SXSW
Though still somber, Windsor for the Derby moves toward pop and away from convention.
The Blue Noise Band's brilliant amalgam of sounds may make jazz purists see red.
We remember the Alamo, but South by Southwest is now a blissful blur.
From the week of April 6
Unknown bands can't expect much from SXSW, just ask the Czars' Chris Pearson.
Silver Scooter glides down a familiar path but sounds good doing it.