Before grunge scrubbed the smeared makeup off of the face of hair metal and trimmed its flowing locks, an endless parade of longhaired dudes did their level best to destroy the ozone layer, fueled by a steady diet of sex, drugs, rock and roll. Oh, and, well, depending on the band, more sex and lots ... More >>
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND @ RED ROCKS | SAT, 8/10/13 If any band typifies the Colorado approach to contemporary bluegrass, it's Yonder Mountain String Band. The quartet built up its chops playing in venues in Boulder, Nederland and beyond in the late 1990s, and its fusion of traditional instrument ... More >>
With more than 77,000 pieces of music history in its possession, the Hard Rock Cafe empire is a global music museum as well as eatertainment complex. Along with presenting permanent displays in dozens of locations across the world, the company culls pieces from its archives for traveling exhibitions ... More >>
While there are rumors that El Chapultepec was operating as a speakeasy during prohibition, it legally opened in at the end of prohibition in 1933. Over the last eight decades, the infamous jazz and blues club has hosted a number of jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker and Eddie Harris, a ho ... More >>
Sometimes flawless technique, inspired lyrics and a devoted fan base aren't enough. Sometimes you've gotta do something outlandish to step up your game and grab the world's attention. Some would say that getting on a stage and saying, "Hey! Watch what I'm doing!" might be considered attention-seekin ... More >>
No one could have predicted that all the wacky doomsday predictions tied to the Mayan calendar and December 21, 2012 would mark a new beginning for PeaceJam, the homegrown effort that links Nobel Peace Prize winners with kids, teaching them how to make a difference in the world. But assuming the wor ... More >>
While infinitely different than being there in the flesh, a live concert film can provide an up-close, multi-angled, cinematically inspired perspective of the music experience -- not to mention a glimpse into history for those who were born decades later. Such will be the case for a majority of the ... More >>
At tonight's installment of the Denver Film Society's Women Film series, PeaceJam's Dawn Engle will be the woman, and The Mayan Renaissance will be the film. This fastidious and lovely history of Mayan civilization and culture fast-forwards into the present, as it is seen by Nobel laureate (and Pe ... More >>
"An artist is an artist, no matter what form the canvas takes," a pretentious man once said. It's one of those statements that may sound pompous (and is), but is no less true. Over the past fifty years there are endless examples of musicians establishing successful careers on the stage, then find th ... More >>
Harold Camping, living it up.If there's any lesson we can take from our look back this week at a number of apocalyptic prophesies (apophesies, as I like to call them) in advance of what Harold Camping is predicting to be the end of the world today, it's that they all have one key component in ... More >>
When Christ returns, it's going to be weird.In late December 1999, while the artist then known as the artist formerly known as Prince was preparing to party, and while the rest of the world was shoveling canned goods into their bunkers in preparation for the would-be-apocalypse of Y2K, Kim Mi ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayLast night, we caught up with Isaac Slade for a few minutes as he was sitting aboard a plane on the tarmac at DIA waiting for his flight to take off. With the eagerly anticipated hometown, Denver date of the U2 360° tour now behind them, Slade and the other guys in the Fray we ... More >>
U2 in 1981 in DenverWhat a difference 30 years makes. Below: the $3.20 ticket to see U2 in Denver in 1981, side-to-side with the $58 nosebleed ticket to see U2 this past Saturday at Invesco Field. To put this in perspective, if we counted for inflation, that $3.20 ticket would be about $7.5 ... More >>
Kevin Mazur Alright, so near as we can tell, when U2 takes the stage tonight at Invesco (after Isaac Slade and local homeboys in The Fray warm up the stage), the band's set will consist of two-dozen songs, possibly 25. Since the 360° Tour first kicked off in Barcelona in June 2009, the setlist ha ... More >>
Lori MidsonLast week Cafe Society served up five Guess Where contests, featuring everything from a sausage and red pepper cannoli at Dolce Sicilia to a still unidentified bowl of mussels to this favorite cheesesteak. For correctly identifying it as coming from Bono's in Golden, Steve wins ... More >>
In a little more than a month, U2 is playing at Invesco Field. May 21, to be exact. Yeah, we're pretty psyched, too. Even more so now: Did you happen to notice any special significance of that date? Know what else is going down then? Um, just a little thing called Judgment Day. For realz! We' ... More >>
Jack White has been a busy bee lately, producing records for Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson and now, Jerry Lee Lewis. We're starting to get the feeling he might view himself as a sort of Rick Rubin-type character, but instead of making older musicians darker and more introspective, he's just mak ... More >>
RedRocksOnline.com As Red Rocks is gearing up for its set of summer shows, we decided to do a little bit of research about its vibrant history. Not surprisingly, we learned that the ancient venue has its fair share of myths and rumors, many of which we've collected below. Feel free to share ... More >>
Our friends over at CNN just posted a partial list of performers appearing on the "We Are the World" remake. From the looks of it, we put more thought into this whole thing than the organizers did. Okay, sure, there were a handful of bona fied stars that took part -- and we're assuming they've be ... More >>
Christmas songs really ought to be up little tunes -- hope, faith, charity, love and all that. But some songs have apparently snuck through the back door, drunk up all the rum, made a clumsy pass on pretty much everyone but the family dog, and are now holding court in the corner, seriously br ... More >>
The five hand-painted guitars signed by ten Nobel Peace Prize winners that will be auctioned off on eBay today are truly for the man who has everything -- although "that's not true until they buy one of the guitars!," points out Ivan Suvanjieff, the founder of PeaceJam, the organization that ... More >>
Crappy Razr photo by Michael RobertsSpike Lee, with relish.This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of ... More >>
Joel WarnerThe Great Experimenters (from left): James Quirk, Barnabas Von Scarecrow, Russ Dale and Matt Twardy Urbavore's Dilemma is an ongoing web series detailing city dwellers' commitment to urban homesteading. From May through September, Westword writer Joel Warner will get his hands dirty, co ... 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. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they ... More >>
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