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  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    How King Khan found success despite the skepticism of his hometown scene

    Editor: The Westword Music Showcase is this weekend. It features over 150 Denver bands as well as a main stage with out-of-town headliners Diplo and 2 Chainz along with Man Man, Cherub and King Khan & the Shrines. Our coverage includes the following brief interview with Khan himself. King Khan beca ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    The Black Lips' Jared Swilley explains why there is violence in the world: "Young dudes that aren't getting sex very often like to smash shit."

    The Black Lips (due Wednesday, April 2nd, at The Bluebird Theater) are the notorious rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia who had to flee India for fear of persecution over on stage antics involving band members kissing each other. Their show at the club Heaven in London in September 2008 ended ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    The nine best concerts in Denver from March 31 to April 3

    Maybe you saw Neutral Milk Hotel last night in Boulder; if not you have another shot at it tonight in Denver. If the line "putting fingers in the notches of her spine" sends ice through your veins as consistently as it does ours, we can strongly recommend finding your way there. The band's great the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    The seven best band tour documentaries

    The Black Lips are heading to Denver April 2 in support their new album Underneath The Rainbow and also a new documentary featuring their 2012 tour of that took them through Egypt, Cypress, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Watching this rough yet intimate look at what it's like fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    After parties at Lost Lake Lounge feature DJ sets by more and more Bluebird headliners

    For national acts touring through Denver, "the party doesn't have to stop at the encore," says Lipgloss co-founder Michael Trundle (boyhollow). Instead, bands can walk across the street from the Bluebird, fresh from playing to a packed crowd, and DJ at Lost Lake Lounge. They did twice last weekend: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Julia Kugel of the Coathangers on the time her band dressed a pony up as a unicorn for a show

    The Coathangers, an act that emerged from the same Atlanta underground scene in 2007 that had previously produced bands like Black Lips, Deerhunter and King Khan and The Shrines, started playing out before really even learning to play their instruments. In true punk rock style, the gals threw themse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    MGMT @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | FRI, 9/6/13 Back in 2008, at the peak of their Coachella-studded career, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser were living one dream (deliciously abstract pop art) and singing about another: one rooted in Paris, heroin, cocaine, "elegant cars" and "models for wives," to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL @ WINTER PARK | FRI-SUN, 3/8-3/10 If the idea of standing outside in the cold and snow sounds positively unappealing to you, either you're not from Colorado or you're new here. Whatever the case, don't let any of that dissuade you from heading up to the mountains for the apt ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013
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    December 20, 2012

    Ten best fashion moments on the S.S. Coachella

    Earlier this week, the S.S. Coachella took to the high seas and set sail for the Bahamas. One of our esteemed south Florida colleagues had the pleasure of being on board for the cruise's maiden voyage. She sent us a few dispatches documenting some highlights from the trip, so that all of us landlubb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Oliver Ackerman of A Place to Bury Strangers on the joys of creating Total Sonic Annihilation

    A Place to Bury Strangers makes the kind of guitar rock that doesn't just carry melody but is rather a palpable, elemental presence in the room. From early on, the act drew immediate comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, the Cure and Big Black, as critics searched for adequate an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    What's in your bag? Rock-inspired menswear and more!

    Denver will be all about fashion during today's Fashion's Night Out. But as we continue to move toward fall, more and more people are bringing out new fashions every day. Here for your viewing pleasure is a double dose of menswear that emphasizes the DIY punk-rock aesthetic. Meet Slug and Cassius Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Blag Dahlia of Dwarves on kicking ass and not being old guys going through the motions

    Dwarves are one of the most notorious punk bands of all time. In a time when punk rock has become a kind of brand rather than an authentic lifestyle, Dwarves are always dependable to show what the real thing looks, feels and sounds like. With a reputation for dangerously raucous live shows often inv ... More >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    The Pretty Sure

    Subtle Sabotage
    Hypnotic Turtle Records

  • Music

    July 12, 2012

    The Pretty Sure

    Subtle Sabotage
    Hypnotic Turtle Records

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    #WMS 2012 recap: Rooster & Moon

    Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Mark Sanders ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Michael Stein of School Knights on dressing up in drag and having a hotel slumber party

    School Knights (due tonight at the hi-dive with Force Publique and Mombi) started two years ago in the wake of the dissolution of experimental guitar pop band Weed Diamond. Michael Stein started the project in the waning days of that group as a two piece with Zack Roif. Though the duo's initial soun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Best of Coachella weekend two

    The first weekend of Coachella was cold, damp and wet. The second weekend of Coachella was hot, sultry, and steamy. This weekend meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, Jeff Mangum came to the aid of fan in distress and our West ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    The best of Coachella weekend one

    Oh, man, our West Coast counterparts at the LA Weekly and OC Weekly were on the ground reporting from Coachella all weekend, and they brought back some really great stuff, giving a chance for land-locked music lovers like us who watched the stream on YouTube to live vicariously: • "What My Spirit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Paul Simon, Amos Lee and Matisyahu were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Whiskey Bottles, Petals of Spain and Hot IQsall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and rec ... More >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2011

    The Coathangers

    Saturday, July 30, the Mercury Café, 303-294-9258.

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    July 12, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In October, Portishead hits the 1STBANK Center, Bring Me the Horizon comes to the Fillmore, and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart is due at the Bluebird. On local radio, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Veronica and Andy Hackbarth got some spins. Meanwhile ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, this August, Christie Front Drive is getting back together once again for old time's sake at the Larimer Lounge and Stiff Little Fingers are stopping by the Summit Music Hall. On local radio, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Mesita, Pacif ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Good Friday: Westword Music Showcase, after-party and more this weekend

    UME​So, the Westword Music Showcase is finally going down tomorrow, and, of course, we're excited. Along with laundry list of amazing local acts like Kingdom of Magic, Diamond Boiz and Vices I Admire, we've got Chromeo, UME and Del the Funky Homosapien rolling through.

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    March 10, 2009

    The economy sucks, so here are 570 free songs

    It's finds like this that make me glad I am a pathetic, house-bound loser who spends all his time surfing the Internet. The good folks at Amazon.com got into the MP3-selling business a while back. Not only are there formats better than the ridiculous iTunes formats (for example, no DRM, universally ... More >>

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    May 7, 2008

    Q&A With Be Your Own Pet's Jemina Pearl Abegg

    Jemina Pearl Abegg may be the lead singer of Be Your Own Pet, a Nashville combo profiled in Westword’s May 8 edition, but she’s hardly rejected her family in favor of punk-rock mayhem. Far from it: The following conversation took place while she was riding in a car piloted by her father, photogr ... More >>

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    February 20, 2008

    Q&A With Howlin' Pelle Almqvist of the Hives

    The Hives are a Swedish import with staying power, and the band’s lead singer, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, knows it, as he makes clear in the following Q&A – a conversation conducted in advance of the outfit’s impending visit to Denver (see the appropriate Now Hear This item for the particulars) ... More >>

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    February 18, 2008

    The Art of the DJ and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: If you don't believe that DJing can be a legitimate artform, this live review -- covering DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist together on eight turntables, mashing up the theme to Gilligan's Island with "Stair ... More >>

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    August 2, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Kelly Clarkson and More

    Kelly Clarkson My December (RCA) How did I know that Ms. Clarkson’s latest would be a commercial disappointment? Because I kinda like it. Don’t get me wrong: The disc doesn’t exactly qualify as an artistic triumph – not given the surplus of mock-profound couplets exemplified by “I’m str ... More >>

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