After months of planning and lead-up, the twentieth Westword Music Showcase arrived promptly at noon on Saturday. I started my day watching SF1 both tap dance and absolutely nail down a cover of "Bombs Over Baghdad," and the next ten hours passed in a blur of sweaty singers and silly string and fami ... More >>
Where's the military when the chips are down?
Hailing from Detroit -- a city where punk rock, hip hop and blues all grow out of the same soil -- Maria Kohler is giving Denver a taste of her rhymes and her eclecticism. "I think everybody has a pretty wide variety of music that they like," explains Kohler, Kitty Crimes' mastermind, who also front ... More >>
Outkast is easily one of the most noted and respected hip-hop groups in the game. Big Boi and Andre 3000 met in the East Point section of Atlanta when they were sixteen. The outfit combined funk, soul, jazz and blues influences with hip-hop lyrics on its 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillac ... More >>
Courtesy of LifeQuest TransitionsA scene from last year's inaugural songwriting camp.When military nonprofit LifeQuest Transitions wanted to raise awareness for the issues of moving from active duty to civilian life, it chose what founder CW Conner somewhat cheesily refers to as "the universa ... More >>
With the glut of shows this time of year, it's easy to unwittingly gloss past noteworthy concert announcements -- and by noteworthy, we mean the kind of shows that aren't necessarily the highest profile, and so for whatever reason they escape your notice, but then as soon as you hear about th ... More >>
Some people in incorporated Boulder County are dealing with their pesky prairie dog problems by blowing the fuckers up with something called The Rodenator. Other people wish they wouldn't, since it turns their block into a mini suburban Baghdad, complete with flaming, screaming animals runnin ... More >>
Netflix's instant streaming service is quite possibly the most amazing service in the history of mankind. Combing through its offerings, however, is no easy task. Thankfully, we've spent an inordinate amount of time watching music documentaries (so you don't have to) and have narrowed down th ... More >>
Michael Franti -- due at an in-store this evening at Independent Records from 4- 6 p.m. and headlining tomorrow night's Harvest Ball at Broomfield's 1STBANK Center -- is known for his social activism through his music. He started off as a rapper, spitting aware (and angry) rhymes in his early ... More >>
Full comic below.Unlike the other 200 biennials that take place across the globe, Denver's Biennial of the Americas was created to showcase the city's business community -- not to promote the talent of its creative class. Businessmayor® John Hickenlooper is hoping to stimulate Denver's econo ... More >>
Llewellyn Werner thinks skateparks could get Iraq's economy rolling
"Hey! I hear they're building us a skatepark!" In this week's Westword cover story, Jared Jacang Maher reports on California businessman Llewellyn Werner, who's decided that the next logical locale for a skaterboarders' paradise is... Baghdad! It's a bizarre tale of entrepreneurship. But skaters ... More >>
Here's a wrap-up of all the great coverage you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were digesting the news that Amy Winehouse's emphysema may end her singing career (and, eventually, her junkie career as well...).
How many times have you overheard someone in a band grumbling about having to go on first, or not being able to land a weekend slot, or having to play in front of only twenty people? Yeah, those folks would do well to sit down for a chat with the members of Acrassicauda. Reared on Metallica and bill ... More >>
Speaking up for the women of Iraq.
Non-fiction continues its ascent on the screen.
One dark, two docs and a DJ.
A Denver court case reveals dirty trade secrets from the business of war in Iraq.
Former Westword staffer Tony Perez-Giese is now looking for stories around the globe, and will be sending us periodic dispatches. A final weekend in Vegas is just the last in what has proved to be a long string of bad decisions. It is slight comfort to know that I did not have much of a choice in t ... More >>
History does the talking in All That I Have Lost.
An uncensored portrait of grieving Iraqis reveals a thirst for vengeance.
Thursday, August 17, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, 303-440-7666; Friday, August 18, Denver Botanic Gardens Amphitheater, SOLD OUT, 303-831-9448.
Halim Al-Karim finds his artistic voice in exile.
Brad and Angelina are out to kill each other. You may want a piece of them, too.
Head to far-flung shores with this season's crop of travelogues.
Gunner Palace shows what the news doesn't.
Saturday, February 5, Supreme Court, 303-892-6878; Wednesday, February 9, Little Bear, Evergreen, 303-674-9991.
The Capitol Steps stomp on political folly.
The Bushies damn themselves in the wrenching Fahrenheit 9/11.
Hidalgo lets Dubya ride sidesaddle with its heroic cowboy.
Free at Last
Consider this your final exam on the past year. Cheating is encouraged, bribes will be accepted -- and grades will be posted at City Hall.
Women roll out the klezmer tunes
Art's on the way up in Denver and on the way down in Baghdad.
When these soldiers became writers, the pen becomes very mighty indeed.
The media's massive buildup to battle makes war seem almost anti-climactic.
January 9, 2003