Austin (Texas)

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Photos: Ten best cities to start a business -- and where Denver ranks recently listed Denver among the ten best cities for female entrepreneurs -- and the city manages another top ten finish when it comes to the site's picks for the best cities to start a business. Continue to count down the photo-illustrated top ten, supplemented with NerdWallet text ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Chris Fairbanks on Sexpot Comedy, suicidal civil engineers and the Tosh controversy

    Chris Fairbanks is a standup comedian, illustrator, and skateboarder who has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Fairbanks is making the most out of his trip to Denver, with performances scheduled every night. On thursday the 20th, Fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    SXSW is still worth it for up-and-coming bands, but not for the reasons you'd think

    Editor's note: As she has in years past, Kalyn Heffernan from Wheelchair Sports Camp will be sending us dispatches from the band's trip to Austin for SXSW. An Austin blog asked me to, "describe SXSW in 15 seconds." I did it with only two words: shit show. But that's not the big question, the one th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Director Bryan Poyser talks about Love and Air Sex

    Bored Japanese businessmen started the air-sex trend, says Bryan Poyser, director of the raunchy, heartbreaking romantic comedy, Love and Air Sex, which opens at the SIE FilmCenter on Friday, March 7, for a weeklong run. Air sex is the erotic equivalent of air guitar. Pornographic mimes boasting fil ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Shakey Graves on dressing like a cartoon character and packing a suitcase drum

    Shakey Graves (Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a one man force to be reckoned with. Armed with a vintage guitar, attention grabbing musical stylistics and a drum made out of a suitcase, this one man band grabs audiences like no other; you can hear a pin drop at his shows. In advance of his shows next week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Bácaro has a new chef, a new menu and new hours: It's now open for lunch

    The menu isn't the only thing changing at Bácaro Venetian Taverna. The restaurant recently hired a new executive chef, Patrick Halloran, and is now open for lunch. Having recently relocated from Austin, where he was a chef at Texas Coffee Traders and Vespaio Inoteca, Halloran says he'll draw fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2013

    The ten dumbest things overheard at SXSW

    For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones. Years of e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The five biggest sellouts at SXSW

    SXSW is not a music festival so much as it is an experiment in excess. If Coachella is a glass of water that keeps getting bigger until it more resembles a kiddie pool, then SXSW is a flood with a neglected cup somewhere in the middle. The natural result is rampant crowds and ever more rampant lame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Morrissey's new Denver date is April 26

    It's all Morrissey all the time on Backbeat apparently. In what can only be explained as the universe being charter member of the Cult of Moz (or just seriously coincidental timing), we've just received word that the one and only Steven Patrick Morrissey has rescheduled his upcoming Denver date. Pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Moontower Tacos will soon be serving tacos morning, noon and night

    Construction is going quickly on the project to transform the former home of Thai Mango at 609 Grant Street into Moontower Tacos. Owner Brent Thrash, a native of Austin who went to the University of Colorado, is predicting his place will open in a couple of weeks. See also: - Tacos Junior deserves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Obama haters signing Colorado-must-secede petition should be deported, says new petition

    On Monday, we reported that after only two days on, a Colorado petition to secede from the United States already had more than 3,000 signatures -- part of an odd post-election craze that now includes all fifty states. But Obama-haters aren't the only ones speaking out. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Dave Gonzalez of Paladins rockabilly fame on the Stone River Boys and playing country soul

    See Also: - Stone River Boys at Central City Roots Ruckus, 8/11/12 - Stone River Boys at El Diablo's Rockabilly and Ribs, 8/12/12 Starting in the '80s, guitarist Dave Gonzalez released a number of albums with the Southern California-based roots rockabilly trio the Paladins before later founding the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    The Melvins counting on Denver to help them earn a spot in the Guinness World Records book

    On Wednesday, September 12, you'll have a chance to become part of history and help the Melvins weasel their way into the Guinness World Records book, which they hope to do by playing shows in all fifty states plus one in the District of Columbia in just 51 days. One can only imagine what sparked th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    PechaKucha Night is back, bringing artists of all types together for creative conversation

    Artists talking to each other about their work is nothing new, but PechaKucha Night's aim is to get artists from all different mediums in the same room to discuss their creative processes. Founded in Tokyo in 2003, the event has a rigid format that chapters all over the world follow: Presenters comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Photos: Big Bad Bill Murray is apparently a big fan of Big Head Todd and the Monsters

    So, speaking of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, whose namesake frontman, as we told you about yesterday, is selling his Washington Park bungalow, do you know who's all sorts of sweet on the band? Bill Murray. Yes, that Bill Murray. Well, that's what we've deduced anyway. Either that, or the actor di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Tenacious D at Red Rocks July 26. Tickets on sale this Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m.

    Tenacious D at Red Rocks on Thursday, July 26. This is not opinion. This is fact. The dudes are back and touring in support of Rize of the Fenix, their new album and purportedly the greatest album of all time. This, apparently, is not opinion either, but rather fact. The tour kicks off on May 23 in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Bringing the Mile High life to Texas

    South By Southwest is the place where you can run into damn near every artist under the sun doing their thing across these here United States all within a week. There are tons of performances, copious amounts of booze and good vibes aplenty. Austin has everything you can imagine to ensure the grande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Odell head brewer Joe Mohrfeld is leaving Colorado for Texas

    Odell BrewingJoe Mohrfeld​Joe Mohrfeld, who's been wrangling hops, malt and yeast for Odell Brewing in Fort Collins for the past three years, is headed to a new gig with Pinthouse Pizza, a brewery in formation in Austin, Texas, where the craft beer scene is getting ready to explode. It will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Led by the Ogden Theatre, six Denver/Boulder clubs ranked in Pollstar's Top 100 by ticket sales

    Eric GruneisenThe Ogden Theatre has the sixth most ticket sales of any club in the world so far this year​In third quarter, year-to-date figures compiled and reported by Pollstar, the industry trade that tracks various clubs and venues across the globe, Denver and Boulder made a very strong sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Tonight: Follow That Bird! at the hi-dive

    John Anderson​In its relatively short life, Austin's Follow That Bird! (due at the hi-dive tonight with the Marrow, Married in Berdichev, Port Au Prince and Jess Williamson) has moved from an instrumental duo to a fierce and vocally-led trio, all while continuing on its path of smart, straight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Win a ticket to see the Sword at Westword Music Showcase

    Mike Mezeul for the Dallas ObserverThe Sword in February in Dallas.​If you haven't read the news today, Austin metal band the Sword is playing this year's Westword Music Showcase. You can win a ticket to see them -- plus all the other acts on this year's line-up -- by entering in our ticket-of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    SXSW Travelogues: The Photo Atlas electrifies the crowd at Peckerheads

    ​ Saturday, March 18 Over the last six years playing SXSW, I've watched the "Denver parties" grow more and more every year. Last night, as the Illegal Pete's Starving Artist Showcase pushed the walls of Peckerheads to the limits with a one in, one out line around the corner, Denver has made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Travelogue: Take to the Oars checks in from Austin on their second day of the madness

    Ryan Gombeski, Chris Weaver and JP Manza of Take to the Oars at Congress Bridge​ Friday, March 18 SHIT! I swore last night that I would not be sitting here tonight at 3:00 a.m. in front of the computer working on the blog -- there are after parties to be had people! -- but alas, here we are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Travelogue: Ballin' on a budget with Backbeat's own Brian Frederick

    Brian Frederick​ Thursday, March 17 From the outside looking in, South By Southwest -- at least to those who haven't experienced it yet -- might seem like an event that only those who can afford to flip for the nearly $800 badges get to enjoy. Not so much. There's a ton of unofficial shows a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Help feed Illegal Pete's Starving Artist on their way to South By Southwest this week

    ​We're big fans of Illegal Pete's Starving Artist series. It's a great service for hungry bands in town or on tour, and it happens to be one of the more innovative marketing ideas we've seen in a while. That said, it's not always easy to dig up the ambition to head downtown to catch the series ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Strange Powers on Armageddon and what he's been up to since returning to the Mile High City

    ​ Known to early local hip-hop heads as Shag One and, more recently, as Strange Powers, Josh Powers doesn't fit into the mold of a typical hip-hop cat. He embraces his individuality and honors his own unique global view of music and ideology through his creative endeavors - from more traditio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Mile High Music Festival: Keller Williams on his dream collaborations and never playing the same set twice

    ​ The name Keller Williams is instantly recognizable to just about every music fan, whether they are jamband aficionado or not. Combining a complex variety of guitar effects and looping pedals, Keller Williams more or less reinvented the whole modern one-man band movement of the last fifteen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase headliners: Meet Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights

    Texas isn't big enough to contain Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. After signing with Atlantic records in 2008, the Dallas-based quintet quickly started making a name for itself across the country, touring with high-caliber acts like ZZ Top and the Black Crowes before releasing Pardon Me, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Nathaniel Rateliff, Pictureplane and Holley 750 get some nice SXSW press

    Nathaniel Rateliff ​Looks like a number of Denver acts caught more than just our attention this past week at South By Southwest. Nathaniel Rateliff, who played an exceptional set at Shakespeare's Ale House last week, impressed Michael Hogan from Vanity Fair (which also previewed a song from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Cybercrime in Denver: We're number eight

    "I have a feeling there's something phishy in Denver."​In the not exactly thrilling 1995 cyber-thriller The Net, Sandra Bullock's character, Angela Bennett, reveals that she was raised in La Junta -- a community whose name she pronounces as if she were Hugo Chavez. Little did Bennett know, how ... More >>

  • Film

    February 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 22, 2009

    Meese SXSW tour diary

    Saturday March 21 - Day 4: So here we are. Our last day in Austin. Going to try and take it easy today, seeing as how we have to drive to L.A. tonight, but I'm sure we'll still get into some trouble. We've got a show at 9 p.m. tonight at Maggie Mae's rooftop, and it's our official SXSW showcase show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Carpool the Obama way

    Heading to D.C. for the inauguration? The last thing you'll want to do is help usher in the Obama presidency with your supersized, Bush-era carbon footprint. The solution, according to TripVerde, an Austin, Texas (ironically)-based company with offices in Denver and Palo Alto, is ride-sharing, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Q&A with Rise Against's Brandon Barnes

    In the November 13, 2008 issue, we printed excerpts of our conversation with Rise Against drummer Brandon Barnes, who just happens to be a Colorado Native, who’s returned here after stints living in Chicago and Austin. Barnes weighed in on the band’s success thus far, explained the appeal of rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Q&A with Christian Bland of the Black Angels

    Christian Bland, guitarist and occasional vocalist for the Black Angels -- Austin, TX's leading psych-rock band -- knows his evil '60s rock. From the Velvet Underground to Syd Barrett to the 13th Floor Elevators, Bland and his bandmates dig the slow-churning, drone-filled jams that highlighted the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Who were the DNC protesters and what did they want?

    Read my lips! During mass demonstrations, it's the most extreme and violent incidents that usually garner the most attention. This was certainly true during last month’s Democratic National Convention, when the most heavily covered protest events – by both the mainstream press and the activist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    Kathy McCarty Talks About Daniel Johnston

    The April 3 profile of Daniel Johnston, as well as a complete Q&A accessible here, calls to mind a previous Westword piece focusing on the highly unusual artist. Back in 1995, Kathy McCarty, best known at the time as the lead singer of a first-rate cult band known as Glass Eye, released Dead Dog's E ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Bar Back

    The latest nightlife news.

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

    Friday, December 15, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    One for the Home Team

    The Denver Slam Team goes to Austin and emerges victorious.

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2005
  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    The Beatdown

    We built this city on rock and roll.

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    Songs of the South

    Caroline Herring comes into her own light as a solo artist.

  • Dining

    January 24, 2002

    Cattle Drive

    Saddle up, and head south for a taste of the West at Texas Land & Cattle Steak House.

  • News

    December 12, 1996

    Truth or D.A.R.E.

    The anti-drug program definitely works--in trying to promote its own survival.

  • News

    July 13, 1994
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