Bree Davies

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    August 22, 2014

    Gallery Sketches: Three Shows for the Weekend of August 22-24

    Summer's nearly over, as kids go back to school and vacations wrap up. This weekend, you can wander through a last summer festival before the fall grind commences, see what's new on the contemporary scene or catch up with the co-ops. It's all good. Here are some suggestions: See also: Preview: Ink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    A Transplant's Take on What's Great About Denver

    Denver blog posts have great city sense. At our Show and Tell blog, Lauren Monitz counters Bree Davies's love letter to the Denver she used to know with a salute to what's great about Denver today. Big Media's Jason Salzman details how the expiration of a Kaiser Family Foundation grant has at leas ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Thirteen of the best bands we saw at UMS this year

    Thursday It would be easy to drift off into a dream world listening to Hollow Talk at low volume, but that's not really an issue. The Denver-based shoegaze/psych band features members of Endpoint, Guilt and Good Riddance, bands known less for their subtlety and nuance than for their bombast and me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    The eleven must-see sets at this weekend's Underground Music Showcase

    The Underground Music Showcase is underway. Last night's kickoff of the 400 band festival featured standout sets from the likes of Jux County and Homebody. But there's plenty more to see and here. We've picked out eleven of the sets we're most excited about. See also: Denver musicians talk about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Reader: Birth control is dangerous and has many potential side effects

    Our Denver Blogs post about the Supreme Court's birth-control ruling in a case involving Hobby Lobby stores -- a decision our Bree Davies thinks should concern everyone -- got people talking, and plenty of them disagreed about its importance. This reader's take is a memorable example.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Reader: Forget birth control -- where is the outrage over the ACA's other losses of choice?

    Last week five of the nine Supreme Court justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg definitely not included) decided that "closely-held" corporations -- think Hobby Lobby -- can refuse to cover certain forms of contraception in their health plans if they are opposed to them from a religious standpoint. "When the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Outgoing Local Shakedown host Amy Moore-Shipley on how to improve Denver's scene

    Amy Moore-Shipley was the host of Radio 1190's Local Shakedown program from January 2012 through April 2014, but she's been in Colorado music a lot longer than that. She came to Colorado from her home state of Iowa as a music major at UNC before transferring to CU in Boulder. She had been raised on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Reader: As good as the craft beer is in Denver, that's how terrible its roller coasters are

    Summer is fast approaching, and that means metro Denver's two big amusement parks are now open on weekends. But comparing the two can be a bumpy ride, as we discovered when Byron Graham wrote about his favorite, Elitch Gardens, while Bree Davies defended the charms of Lakeside Amusement Park -- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Reader: Happy birthday, Casa Bonita! I'm still digesting my last meal

    Happy birthday, Casa Bonita! Tomorrow Denver's amazing Mexican village in a shopping center, a Colorado landmark celebrated on South Park, will mark its fortieth birthday. In honor of that august occasion, yesterday Bree Davies served up plenty of puke-filled memories and secrets of this beloved spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Reader: Gunther Toody's gave me some nice memories -- twenty years ago

    The first Gunther Toody's in Denver is gone, and although there are still six more along the Front Range, the closing of this location at 4500 East Alameda opened the floodgates on a lot of memories. Bree Davies recalled how in the '90s, she met her first love in this fake '50s diner; regulars remem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 this week in Denver this weekend (9 free!), August 16-18

    Festival season is in full swing, with a wide variety of outdoor celebrations this weekend. From Chipotle's Cultivate Festival to the annual Lafayette Peach Fest, you have endless opportunities to enjoy both great weather and great entertainment -- for bargain prices. And if crowds and meat on a sti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), July 12-14

    Though it's tempting to flee for the mountains in these hot summer months, Denver has plenty to cool events that won't drain your gas tank or your wallet. From free film screenings to a concert featuring brand-new bands, this weekend is full of fun, inexpensive activities. Share other bargains in ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend

    AUTHOR @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | SAT, 6/8/13 As Author, Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin -- two dubstep producers that hail from the U.K. -- produce haunting melodies and captivating rhythms layered with just the right amount of glitchy bass and distortion. The result is totally worth hearing liv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Reader: Most papers have an editorial section; Westword has Lisa Frank's diary

    Dear Diary: Both Josiah Hesse and Bree Davies had tough weeks. Adam Carolla called Hesse an "asshole" from the stage of the Paramount because of an earlier interview Hesse had done with the comic; Bree got hit with snow because, well, because she lives in Colorado. And they both got a blizzard of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Reader: Bree whining about snow makes me laugh! Go to Wisconsin

    Ugg boots? For Bree Davies, that's the best thing to come out of winter in Colorado. "Digging cars out of the snow, getting stranded for days inside my own house, standing in the cold waiting to get into a show, a movie or a restaurant -- these are all things I look forward to never doing again," sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (8 free!), February 8-10

    Denver is teeming with events this weekend that won't put a strain on your finances -- everything from art openings to Valentine-inspired shopping parties to a drag pageant. In fact, our picks this week of ten things to do for under $10 includes eight that are totally free! For a full calendar of ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Reader: Judgmental Denver map misses the crackhead stretch of Colfax

    Bree Davies lives in what's called "Little Mexico" according to the Judgmental Denver map, but she thinks the area known as "Loose Chihuahuas" should extend all the way up into her part of the city. And she'd also like to add "Giant Pit Bulls In Dirt Yards With Tiny Fences" to that description. E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (6 free!), January 11-13

    Though this weekend is tinted all orange and blue, there's plenty of action in Denver that's not sports-related. (And, of course, plenty that is.) From a mustache party to free zoo days to art openings, here are ten things you can do for under $10. Find our complete listings of events on the online ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Lucky '13: Sara Century from Night Nurses, Baby Hair, and Ladybug Fest

    This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions. We e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Reader: Denver is not your grandfather's Denver anymore

    Bree Davies is a native, one who loves Denver with a passion -- and is understandably protective of this city. And so this week she offer this advice "from a Colorado native to a transplant: Your altitude problem is my attitude problem." Although some didn't appreciate the sentiment -- or get the j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Reader: Rather than reveling in ignorant tribalism, I'm proud that I chose Colorado

    Your altitude problem is my attitude problem, Bree Davies told non-natives yesterday. And not only are non-natives the only people who like John Denver, she said, they also are responsible for Denver's traffic, gentrification, the popularity of days-long dubstep shows at Red Rocks (and the sickening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Reader: The Suburu is a friggin' animal in Colorado

    Does Colorado have an official car? If so, it's definitely the Suburu. Bree Davies owns one, a 1996 model that she named Wooderson after the character she most resembles in Dazed and Confused, and which she honored with an ode last spring. But now, with bad weather hitting the mountains, readers are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Reader: Katt Williams, check yourself before you wreck yourself

    Bree Davies had been excited to see Katt Williams, a comedian who's taught her much about life. But on November 1, during a Denver show that was a three-hour reign of error, she got a very unexpected lesson as the audience first endured a half dozen unorganized, lackluster comic performances before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Reader: Batman has become a symbol, like the columbine

    Why do people feel they need to share their thoughts about an incident as horrific as the Aurora shootings in social media? The Internet overflows with comments, as people try to come to grips with their emotions. But as Bree Davies wrote in Tuesday's Breeality Bites, many of us seem to have develop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Mike Doughty on writers who keep bringing up Soul Coughing

    In advance of his April 1 appearance in Boulder, Bree Davies interviewed Mike Doughty about his life after Soul Coughing, his solo work and his new autobiography, The Book of Drugs. She attended Doughty's show at the Fox Theatre Sunday night, and wrote about that. And then we received this note f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote! The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, February 10-12, 2012

    The weekend before Valentine's Day has plenty of love (and anti-love) themed fun to offer, whether or not you're attached. From a Barbie and Ken art exhibit to a Victorian Mourning ceremony, we've got it all for less than $10. It will be way better than binging on heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Fitz & the Tantrums, Machine Head and more

    For whatever reason, you'll notice that this Saturday night, aside from the second night of STS9's two-night stand at the Fillmore, there aren't too many must-see shows. This is mere speculation on our part, but we're guessing that might have something to do with a certain sporting event taking plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Reader: Flush those customers who only want directions to the bathroom

    ​'Tis the season to torture sales clerks, as Bree Davies revealed in "I'm an idiot, and other misconceptions about retail employees." At Shirt Folding Store, where she's worked off and on for five years, she's suffered through people who've used her as a babysitter, people who've used her as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Reader: Cancelling a contest is no way for Colorado Mills to celebrate women

    ​October was supposed to be the month of Celebrating Women at Colorado Mills, but a few women felt distinctly dissed after the mall decided not to name a winner in the "Week of a Woman" photo contest. After covering the kick-off Wellness Expo at Colorado Mills, Bree Davies had entered the cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    What's the first music you bought with your own money?

    Can you guess which member of Team Backbeat bought this record?​Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money? Of course you do! It's like the first person you kissed or the first one who broke your heart -- it's a monumental, life-changing moment in your life that's unforgett ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011
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    September 27, 2011

    Netflix is tapped into your psyche

    You've lied to us all, Beyonce. ‚ÄčInterpellation: a word I learned in my college critical theory class, which I admittedly skipped almost every day of. The Althusser day, however, I dragged my semi-stoned, semi-drunk ass out of bed and learned some useless philosophy. Interpellation, as it was exp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Review: Come As You Are, a covers show for Nirvana's Nevermind, at Hi-Dive, 9/24/11

    Tom MurphyThe Swayback and friends covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit"One of the obvious highlights of last night's exceptional Nirvana covers celebration in honor Nevermind's 20th anniversary was when Eric Halborg of The Swayback told us we knew the words to the third song the band played and invite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Minus Facebook's inflated numbers, SlutWalk Denver was a success

    Bree Davies​Several hundred people came together on Saturday in Civic Center Park for the Denver edition of SlutWalk, a gathering of women and men seeking to bring attention to victim-blaming and shaming of victims of sexual assault and rape. The movement, which began in Toronto in January in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Tonight at MCA Denver: Feminism & Co. opens a new season with tupperware and dildos

    MCA DenverThe most psychedelic tupperware party ever.​Stepping into its fourth year, the Feminism & Co. lecture series at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver has touched on topics ranging from female bodybuilding to polyamorous relationships, all in an effort to engage conversation about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    First lady of drag Angelina Essex says farewell to the stage -- for now

    March 26, 2011 Update: See photos from Drama Drag last night at Tracks Valenzuela as Essex as J-Lo.‚ÄčThe life of a drag queen is an expensive, high profile existence, and Joel Valenzuela, aka Angelina Essex, knows this routine all too well. The madam of many faces is making his final appearance to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Comment of the day: "TEXAS IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY EVER!!!"

    The great debate.​Mildly dumb controversy continues to rage over Bree Davies' comparison of the (relatively) new MTV series Skins to the U.K. version of the show. Even though the critique tackled only the first episode and was posted nearly two months ago now, it seems to have inspired a flame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    New album of Alphabets remixes available as pay-what-you want download on Bandcamp

    ​Alphabets have just dropped off an absolutely massive remix project on Bandcamp as a pay-what-you want download. Once you decide how much (or how little) you want to throw down, you'll have access to two dozen tracks of glitched-out noise babble from a mass of Denver bands and a few national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    The Santa Ratings: Aspen Grove

    Bree Davies​The Aspen Grove Santa is a wandering one. Luckily, he's trailed by gaggle of carolers -- dressed like real-life, Disney-like Dickens characters, no less -- so he's easy to track down along the sidewalks of the outdoor shopping and "LifeStyle Center." I found him taking a break on a ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    The Santa Ratings: Cherry Creek Mall

    Bree Davies​How Santa can be in so many places at once is something we will never know, but one thing is for sure: Right around Thanksgiving (and all the way until Christmas), you can find him anywhere people are buying stuff. We decided to stake out each incarnation of Santa in and around the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    New Music from Amazing Twin, the outfit formerly known as Old Radio

    ​Old Radio, a prominent member of the Hot Congress collective and generally excellent band, has finally finished its debut recording. The band is slated to release the new EP, titled New Wives' Tale, this Thursday during Hot Congress's final night of residency at the Meadowlark. You can hear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Aloe Blacc, Harry Nilsson, Kid Cudi fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Tennis, Cape Dory: Patrick Riley discusses cover art and other details about the band's debut

    ​Whoever pointed out that the cover of Tennis's forthcoming Fat Possum debut, Cape Dory, appeared to be homage to Lisa Hartman's 1979 album Hold On was right on the money. We caught up with Patrick Riley to get more details on the record, and he confirmed as much. "We decided to recreate the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    A letter to Weezy F. Baby: Welcome back!

    Lil Wayne (aka Lil Tunechi, Weezy, Bird Man Jr., Mr. Carter) -- Thank god you're finally free! It has felt like a decade has passed in the pop world since you've been at Rikers. The Black Eyed Peas/Will.I.Am reign of Billboard terror has continued, most recently enveloping one of your own. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Pretty Lights, Ween and Jay-Z filled our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2010
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    September 3, 2010

    Justify My Love: Submitting to a Vampire Weekend obsession

    Catch Vampire Weekend tonight at Red Rocks with Beach House and the Dum Dum Girls​Okay we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon that nobody else knew about. Guilty pleasures is what most people term these sort of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Big Boi, the Roots, Rick Ross, FOE & Whygee dominate our playlists this week

    Jason StoffBig Boi, shown here at this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival, dominated our playlists.​ As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010
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