Record Store Day is all about showing the love for your favorite bands by hitting the shops and making a purchase. Westword decided to hit the checkout lines at Wax Trax and Twist and Shout and put people on the spot. Hey You! You just bought a bunch of stuff from the record store: show us the goods ... More >>
By Jermaine Charles All performers, no matter who they are or how talented they may be, had a time before they were famous when they were still coming into their own. For some, that time can be awkward or even cringe-inducing to reflect on, while for others, the progression seems more natural. Take ... More >>
Jody Savin and Randall Miller are preparing to release their latest film CBGB in a few months. If those names ring a bell, they should: These are the same filmmakers who announced plans earlier this year to start work Caribou Records, a movie about the legendary Caribou Ranch recording studio in Ned ... More >>
I'm not at all sorry I missed being an adult in the 1970s. There were terrible fashion trends with bell bottom pants and clogs with heels, and worse hairstyles with that feathered look; the porn was all sweaty and hairy, and the food trends were...well, Irma Rombauer's Joy of Cooking came out and fo ... More >>
Being the inappropriately dramatic individual I am, it would be appropriate to say I have a love-hate relationship with the 16th Street Mall. But both love and hate are words that are too strong for my feelings about the mall. Although I'm inclined to admire anything built around the activity of sho ... More >>
Of all the occupations listed on Bono's resume (humanitarian, hotel owner, British Knight, world bank advisor, anathema to any rock fan under thirty), one that has never been considered was historian. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 44 years ago today, an event the U2 singer attempted to ... More >>
In the past two weeks, American Idol has eliminated two of its weaker contestants, Shannon Magrane last week and Erika Van Pelt last night. While we're sad to see them go (kind of), what we'd really like to see eliminated is the strange choice of music themes from week to week. A Billy Joel week(rea ... More >>
Over the last year, three dueling-piano bars have closed, including Chez Cirque in Greenwood Village, Wild Ivories and, most recently, SingSing, which went dark at the end of last year. Howl at the Moon, which has more than a dozen locations across the country, will fill that dueling-piano void when ... More >>
Once upon a time, before Facebook made social networking acceptable for non-nerds and technology was on the cusp of the cellular-phone revolution from the brick to the flip, I had a pager. I also had a boyfriend who I fought with, in public, for about 80 percent of the duration of our relationship. ... More >>
Caribou Ranch, near Nederland, was a major recording studio throughout the '70s and early '80s. The 178 artists who recorded there over the years included such legends as Elton John, Billy Joel, the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Joe Walsh. But when a fire destroyed the control room in 1985, own ... More >>
Ideal Fathers in happier timesCue Boyz II Men: Ideal Fathers have evidently come to the end of the road. "The report of our death is not entirely an exaggeration," the outfit confirms. "We are, individually, in good health and spirit, though it is with somewhat heavy heart that we deliver the ... More >>
Ben Folds (performing tonight with Kenton Chen) has had several careers over the last few decades. Playing in bands since the '80s, the multi-instrumentalist found MTV and radio-friendly success in the '90s with his piano-led outfit Ben Folds Five. Weathering the storm of mainstream success, ... More >>
Not that there needs to be an excuse for a 420-style celebration in Colorado, but tonight at the Fox Theatre, weed enthusiasts the Supervillains (along with Tatanka and Bop Skizzum) get the party started, just a day ahead of the annual blowout. Rising up alongside similar acts like Slightly S ... More >>
With the recent passing of Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's first muse, we thought it only appropriate to give a shout out to a couple of other famous ladies. The muse position is demanding and the position can vary (physically and figuratively) -- it's not all about getting a song named after you. T ... More >>
Rocky Mountain High fits in well with the expensive clothing boutiques in high-end Cherry Creek North. Not because it's got sky-high herb prices, but because the place literally is an expensive, vintage clothing boutique in exclusive Cherry Creek North.
Billy Joel and Elton John's Face 2 Face show originally scheduled for Sunday, November 22 at the Pepsi Center has been pushed back to February 22. Any tickets purchased for this Sunday's show will be valid for the rescheduled date, and refunds are available at point of purchase. The two have have ... More >>
Billy Joel and Elton John, both legendary pop singers and pianists, have been on their Face 2 Face tour since March will visit the Pepsi Center Sunday, November 22. After opening the show with a series of duets, each playing pianos and trading vocals, Joel and John will play sets with their own b ... More >>
Have you ever had one of those days when, for whatever karmic reason, the forces of nature conspired specifically in your favor? Like life just decided to comp your tab that day? The season-opening series between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks put me in mind of a memorable one for ... More >>
George Weber, a Denver-area radio personality during the '80s and '90s, was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment yesterday, the victim of an apparent homicide. Most recently, Weber worked for WABC in New York City. He was laid off last year, but he was reportedly freelancing for ABC News Radio at t ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
New York City practically sweats innovative bands, but it has produced few as utterly otherworldly as Gang Gang Dance (due at the Larimer Lounge on Friday, November 7, with Marnie Stern). Bandmembers Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian DeGraw, Tim DeWit and Josh Diamond utilize all manner of percussion, keyboard ... More >>
Don't let the sunshine and blue skies fool you: It's yet another downcast day in the Mile High City. It's with a heavy heart that we bring you word of Amy Fisher's passing this past weekend. Countless members of the Denver music community know Fisher from her years of working with NIPP at the Bluebi ... More >>
The Big Gig, with the Offspring, Paramore, Dropkick Murphys, Flobots, Spill Canvas, Dropping Daylight, Skyfox Saturday, July 26 Fiddler's Green The 2007 version of KTCL's signature event suffered from many of the standard drawbacks associated with summer festivals: extreme heat, pacing problems, te ... More >>
Thursday, February 28, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood (Nonesuch) Pop stars who try to establish themselves as serious composers are typically asking for trouble, embarrassment or some combination thereof. Think of Billy Joel: Even though he's spent much of the past decade focusing on classical music, fans who turn u ... More >>
Indy Legends brings Brickyard history to life.
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: In case you didn't hear, Ike Turner died last week. Here are some lurid remembrances of the hard-partying, wife-beating icon.
Meet Chuck Treece, pro-skater, session musician and old-school punk.
I'm listening to Billy Joel right now, and it's all Chuck Klosterman's fault. That prick. Prompted by a passage that I read earlier this morning in one of his books, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto, I'm sorting through several of Joel's deep cuts, among them a tune called "Where ... More >>
Saturday, September 23, First Church of Divine Science, 303-777-1003.
Saturday, November 6, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Teaching the Rockies how to rock the Rockies.
Movin' Out is a moving target.
Leo Kottke keeps on pluckin'
The People Under the Stairs question hip-hop's answers.
The Grass Is Blue
Two new releases -- and a certain music awards showcase -- prove Denver's no one-note town.
On two new reissues, a pair of C&W legends refuse to paint by the numbers.
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