In 2009 and 2010, Yuzo Nieto of Pink Hawks and Adam Gildar put together a festival of a different stripe: The concept was that Denver bands covered songs by their own favorite Denver bands. The result was an eclectic and affectionate affair featuring obscure and more well-known artists. The covers ... More >>
We gave the Broadway/Baker retail strip the award for Denver's Best Neighborhood Shopping District two years in a row -- in 2012 and 2013 -- for so many good reasons: The area is spilling over with hip, modern creative ventures. But some of that contemporary spark flares further south, too, along An ... More >>
#91: Jeff Erwine From massive outdoor sculptures made from wood and junked cars to iron-and-marble furniture, Jeff Erwine's aesthetic is a direct result of his chosen medium. The sculptor and metal worker is inherently "green" in his process -- constructing his pieces utilizing 95 percent rescued ma ... More >>
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 >>
Brittany Gould has been making art in various mediums for a decade in Colorado. From tangible paper-made objects to beautiful vocal loops created live as her audience watches, the Washington, D.C., native's temperate approach to art comes through with a fierce individuality. One of a handful of ar ... More >>
It's the first First Friday of the year, and that means that Denver is teeming with art openings galore. The great thing about art openings? They're almost always free. And the rest of the weekend is packed full of events, too, from classic film screenings to go-go dancing tryouts, and none of these ... More >>
See Also: People of UMS 2011 Kicked off the first day of UMS by catching Bad Weather California in a very humid 3 Kings Tavern. People were packed in pretty tight in the middle of the room and mostly on the flanks. BWC played a loose, relaxed set like the guys had a group meeting beforehand and all ... More >>
There's a lot to celebrate this weekend. And whether you're celebrating gay rights, dads, seeing Old School projected on a sports field...or all three!, there's plenty of fun to be had for under $10. So get out and enjoy another eclectic Denver weekend. For a full listing of events, you can always ... More >>
TIM HECKER @ ODD FELLOWS HALL | 3/30/12 "Normally I don't sit down when I play," said Tim Hecker with some bemusement before starting his set. "But this chair looked inviting. This will be a special, Stephen Hawking-inspired performance. No disrespect." With that, noises, tones and sounds trickled ... More >>
On Saturday night Rhinoceropolis was transformed into a surreal collection of different visceral spaces, a kind of haunted house of DIY weirdness, attacking the senses partly with fear, but also with ideas that challenged reality and the nature of aesthetics. Known as Fantasia 2012, the art installa ... More >>
Interviewing Alphabets (Colin Ward) is similar to listening to his music: you're put through the ringer of an obnoxious charm, simultaneously witty and grating, aggressive and inviting. Combining both the underground music scene with demanding academic ambitions, the hyper and endlessly talented Col ... More >>
The idea is "to turn the inside of Rhinoceropolis into a temporary fantasy village," says Colin Ward of the art installation Fantasia 2012, which he's organized along with Stephan Herrera. "We want to pack paradise into one night; like a magic spell and welcoming of the springtime." That night will ... More >>
Adam Gildar, Westword MasterMind (Class of 2011), is having a hard time getting used to saying "I" rather than "we" when speaking about happenings at his South Broadway gallery: Formerly known as Illiterate and managed by three partners including Gildar, it's now re-entering the art-scene fray as Gi ... More >>
Tom MurphyBast at Titwrench 2011 doing some belly dancingTITWRENCH FESTIVAL | 7/29-7/31/11Friday, July 29 - Glob Every year it seems as though someone involved with Titwrench (likely Piper Rose) comes up with some kind of ritual to start off the festivities. This year, a woman calling herse ... More >>
Stag HareSTAG HARE at RHINOCERPOLIS | 5/28/11"If you allowed your imagination to synch up with the music, it felt like you'd been on a journey through inner space across vast plains lit only by the moon."
Tom MurphyMidday Veil MIDDAY VEIL With Décollage, Tjutjuna, Midday Veil, Mike ZormanNigh tshark and Night of Joy Rhinoceropolis | May 13, 2011
While you're waiting for your Cinco de Mayo hangover to go away, you might want to start planning your (accidental) three-day weekend. Thankfully, there is plenty for you to do this weekend, even if you need to stay away from booze for a few days. We've got poetry, comics, chocolate, art open ... More >>
Tom MurphyKing Mob Most people who have seen Ben Martin perform have probably seen him as a guitarist and singer in experimental rock band Lil Slugger. But for last night's show he teamed up with his brother Sam for a duo that made some legitimately soulful synth pop. Turns out Ben is a tale ... More >>
When Meagan Patrick, a former friendly face behind the counter at Pablo's Coffee on 6th and Washington got sick, the community within the neighborhood hangout wanted to help. Tomorrow, December 22, long-time Pablo's employee Jason Cain and longtime Pablo's customer Sarah Slater have put toget ... More >>
Tom MurphyTjutjuna TJUTJUNA Woodsman • Married In Berdichev • DJ Peter Black 11.19.10 | Larimer Lounge For his set, Peter Black used an iPad to control and trigger some of the sounds he was weaving into his live remixes. This set of songs had kind of a raw, percussion heavy sound and se ... More >>
Tom MurphyMarried In Berdichev YODA'S HOUSE With Married in Berdichev • Hot White • Hideous Men 11.06.10 | Rhinoceropolis Things got started fashionably late at Rhino with Married in Berdichev. The first song sounded for all the world like a Brittany Gould original, with all the gorgeou ... More >>
Tom MurphyPart of "Leaving the Body" by Drew EnglanderSeveral blocks outside the First Friday art-walk on Santa Fe sits Illiterate Gallery at 72 South Broadway. It's a part of town that some consider a place so-called "hipsters" call home -- but if you stand in front of Illiterate too long on ... More >>
Drew Englander, Illiterate GalleryWhy is this First Friday different from all other First Fridays? In most ways, it isn't, and that's the real beauty of it. But it is Denver Arts Week's Know Your Arts First Friday Arts Walk, meaning the monthly evening art walk event in arts districts all ove ... More >>
Mario ZootsBurbank, California's DIY label Deathbomb Arc began a monumental sonic undertaking this September, offering up over a hundred songs to subscribers of its yearlong "Digital Singles Club" for just ten bucks. Taken from the idea behind the label's past cassette tape club -- which fe ... More >>
Jon Solomon SONIC YOUTH With Caldera Lakes 10.04.10 | Ogden Theatre The thing about seeing Sonic Youth is, no matter what else is going on in the venue, the city or even the world at that very moment, there is no question the show will be staggeringly beautiful. It won't be flashy or dramat ... More >>
Denver Does Denver, happening this Saturday at Meadowlark and The Flobots Community Space, is a festival promising to cut the local music community apart and glue it back together in ways we've never heard before. Folk songs will be auto-tuned, guitars and pedals will stomp out lyrics, and ... More >>
Pollination Population (Tom Murphy) SFTSTPS • Pollination Population Hideous Men • No Funeral • Married in Berdichev 08.20.10 | Rhinoceropolis, Denver For this show, Kate Ersing, who performs under the name Pollination Population, draped a string of tiny red lights along the edges of ... More >>
Titwrench 2010 Friday, July 9 - Sunday July 11, 2010 | Glob | Denver Over the course of one weekend, Titwrench 2010 brought together artists and people of all stripes from around the country and attracted a wider than usual swath of the local community. On Saturday afternoon, there were worksho ... More >>
Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, KBCO's Local Edition*, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broad ... More >>
Raven Chacon makes his talkbox sing. Denver Noise Fest 04.30.10-05.01.10 | Old Curtis St. Friday, April 30, 2010 New Mexico's Raven Chacon performed with the expected harsh noise soundscaping at first -- a combination of pummeling and shrill sounds textured like a nearly intangible sculptu ... More >>
Married In Berdichev • Hunter Dragon • Tim Pourbaix Bocumast Records Day Party | Union Park "I can drink all day here, and it's socially acceptable," utters Tim Pourbaix, as he takes a sip of his brew in between songs during his brief set at the Bocumast Records day party.
Tom MurphyBlack Magicians From the Mountains of Mars Slight Harp w/Black Magicians From the Mountains of Mars and Pink Hawks Saturday, August 29th, 2009 Glob, Denver Better Than: Every other Slight Harp show I've seen. The three-piece Black Magicians From the Mountains of Mars looked like t ... More >>
Photo: Tom Murphy Yoda's House The Fertile Crescent, Hot White and Yoda’s House Saturday, August 2, 2008 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: Having to spend the money to go to the actual Middle East to hear music like this. It was still a sweltering 90 some-odd degrees by the time I got to the Rhino l ... More >>
Photo: Tom Murphy Married in Berdichev! My Feral Kin w/Married in Berdichev! and French Quarter Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: Missing out on one of the most important tropical-pop bands by going to another show. The opening act, Greenery, didn’t make it for reasons unknown ... More >>
The aptly named Hot White lived up to its name. (photos by Tom Murphy). The Mae Shi, Religious Girls, CJ Boyd and Hot White Friday, July 4, 2008 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: The relatively tepid fireworks show at Coors Field. Hot White is a relatively new band who has only pretty much played under ... More >>
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.
Cold Feet, Warm Hearts!
Still Soft Records