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    October 24, 2014

    The Fifteen Best Shows in Colorado This Week

    The outdoor concerts may be over, in spite of the summer weather going on in Denver right now, but there are plenty of shows to keep you busy. We can strongly, strongly advise seeing Flatbush Zombies, either in Fort Collins or Denver. Polica is wonderful. There are plenty more, observe:

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    June 23, 2014

    June was a bad month for elephants in Colorado -- and not just the political kind

    This will be a bad week for some of the elephants in Colorado's Grand Old Party: three of the four candidates -- Tom Tancredo, Mike Kopp, Bob Beauprez and Scott Gessler -- running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination will be sitting on the sidelines after Tuesday's primary, while one will get ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Can guitar-driven bands still make money?

    Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Phish's twenty most interesting covers

    Phish is the greatest cover band on earth, hands down. While some songs have become staples -- so much so that we've come across fans, even well versed fans, who didn't realize songs like "Funky Bitch" was a cover -- while others are only busted out occasionally, sometimes only once. Of the myriad c ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    The best jazz shows in Denver this month

    GLENN TAYLOR ORCHESTRA @ DAZZLE | TUE., 7/23/13 Rarely is the pedal steel used outside of country music, but Glenn Taylor is one of the few who takes the instrument to completely different places, especially when he's playing with folks like Ron Miles or Matt Skellenger. While Taylor explores jazz, ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Five fast-food meals to stimulate your 4/20 palate

    Tomorrow is April 20, which means that you are smoking your "4/20 Eve" stash today in preparation for smoking even more tomorrow. In order to properly pay homage to this greenest of green holidays, you should stay hydrated, stay stoned -- and keep the munchies fed with the best possible eats if you ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Breaking up (with multiple people) is hard to do

    My band broke up two weeks ago. For the three or four people who know us and may accidentally find themselves reading this, I won't be discussing why we broke up. Sorry. I know band breakups are really fascinating to everyone who isn't in the band, but it's not really something I can talk about with ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Reader: Bagels at Heidi's Brooklyn Deli are an insult to humanity

    It's been a good run, but at the end of November Heidi's Brooklyn Deli will close its original spot in Highland. Brooklyn-to-Denver transplants Heidi and Steve Naples opened the place in the summer of 1997, and today a chain of franchised soup-and-sandwich Heidi's outlets stretch from California to ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Jewelry designer Pamela Love on mysticism as inspiration and her dream client, Neil Young

    NYC-based jewelry designer Pamela Love didn't start out in the accessory business -- her background is in film, and she got work as a stylist for photo and video shoots. But when she found that other artists' works didn't embody her own unique sense of style, Love went off on her her own, designing ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012


    Wednesday, May 9, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    F@ck Fancy Tiger -- says Fancy Tiger

    No, Fancy Tiger Clothing and Buffalo Exchange don't hate each other, although you'd be forgiven if you thought they did. After all, a new ad campaign from the side-by-side boutiques on South Broadway is definitely in your face. The opposite is true, however. In fact the stores have held several join ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Ready to Die still one of the best hip-hop albums of all time

    Notorious B.I.G. died fifteen years ago this week, on March 9, 1997, at age 24, and Ready to Die is the only studio album released during his lifetime. (Life After Death was released fifteen days after his death, on March 25, 1997.) But Ready to Die album contained hits that were rap-wise, ahead of ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Neal Evans of Soulive on doing Snowlive there: "Boulder goes off"

    ​Over the last two years, Soulive has set up shop at Brooklyn Bowl for the band's annual Bowlive residencies, which have also featured guest appearances from heavies like by Maceo Parker, John Scofield and Ivan Neville. With this weekend's Snowlive, Soulive will be at the Fox Theatre for a thr ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Craigslist ad wants suicide girls for new fetish bar concept?

    Found at​Surfing through Craigslist ads is always a fun time, and answering them can be pretty entertaining as well. It's neat -- and telling -- to respond to an ad for a used convection oven and get a middle-aged married man looking for sex, respond to an ad for a part- ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill turns 25

    ​In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Bamboo Bike Studio brings its DIY bike frame workshops to Denver, Boulder next month

    Bamboo Bike StudioBuild a custom bike when the Celebrate American Bike Making Tour comes to town.​If building a custom bamboo bike frame is on your DIY to-do list, you'll be able to cross it off next month. That's when Bamboo Bike Studio, with locations in Brooklyn and San Francisco, takes its ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Guess where I'm eating?

    The couple behind us were gushing -- positively gushing, I tell you -- over the green chile that spans the plates at this long-standing Mexican joint. But just like I don't get the hoopla surrounding the frankfurters at Coney Island, I definitely don't understand the obsession with the green chile h ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Tonight: Liturgy at the hi-dive

    ​It is hard to believe black metal band Liturgy (playing tonight at the hi-dive with Collapse and Barnacle) has only been around for a handful of years. The Brooklyn quartet -- led by Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, whom we spoke with in advance of this evening's show -- sounds like it has put decades of ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Brauns has closed Auraria Parkway location, but is alive and well on Blake Street

    Britt ChesterInside the original, now-closed Brauns Bar and Grill.​Brauns Bar and Grill, which had been a prime hangout for Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets fans since it opened in 2002, has left its giant warehouse spot on the Auraria Parkway; the Pepsi Center, which owns the building, d ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    David Sirota on Back to Our Future, Ghostbusters and the decade of "me"

    The '80s thing about this picture is that the shower is in a women's locker room.​For much of his career, David Sirota has been a hard-hitting leftist political operative, running campaigns with what former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta once called his "instinct for the jugul ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Woodsman and Gauntlet Hair embark on West Coast tour

    ​Woodsman and Gauntlet Hair have joined psychedelic forces for a two-week west coast tour, starting November 5. While the former act has already made a few trips to the closest coast, aligning with its fellow ambient wave crashers in Gauntlet Hair will offer a nice taste of what Colorado has b ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Overrated breweries: A six-pack of hype for the Great American Beer Festival

    ​I've tasted hundreds and hundreds of beers over the past twenty years, from Keystone Ice to Sam Adams to Odell to Dogfish Head, and I've loved almost every one. I love the craft brews especially, and thank god they are around - in force. But sometimes the hype about a certain beer or brewery ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Tennis takes on New York

    ​Okay, the level of attention Tennis has attracted is officially absurd at this point, especially considering the short amount of time the act's been together and the ridiculously low number of shows that it has played thus far. Don't know if you caught this, but in advance of its pair of show ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010
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    April 26, 2010

    Yeasayer takes everyone higher at the Bluebird

    Sleigh Bells. Photos by Kiernan Maletsky Yeasayer | Sleigh Bells 04.24.10 | The Bluebird Theatre If anyone is getting tired of Brooklyn, it didn't show Saturday -- a pair of the hippest bands from the hippest borough in the world packed the hell out of the Bluebird. We're talking sweaty backs lea ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Beer bucket lists: GQ did theirs. What would you put on Colorado's?

    ​Last week, GQ magazine put out a bucket list of fifty beers to try before you die (see it below). That sounds like a reasonable goal - even if some of the selections were a little odd. I wouldn't have put Anchor Steam on the list, for instance. It may have been a bucket list fifteen years a ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    What are Jay-Z's 99 problems? We know a bitch ain't one.

    ​ It's well known an this point that Jay-Z (appearing tonight at the Pepsi Center with Sound Tribe Sector 9, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy) has 99 problems, and a bitch, most certainly, ain't one. Curiously, though, until now, no one's really taken a hard look at just what Hova's 99 problems are ... More >>

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    March 4, 2010
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    February 18, 2010

    Crimson and Gold goes for a liquor license tomorrow

    Lori MidsonThe former Aroma Cafe space will soon be Crimson and Gold​Aroma Cafe lasted less than a year at 2017 South University Boulevard -- but the brothers who've taken over the space have a restaurant record that stretches back more than twenty years. Kevin and Craig Caldwell, the partne ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    The Antlers

    Saturday, February 13, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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    December 16, 2009

    Gastro Gift Guide: Textiles edition

    ​Pet peeve: You go over to someone's house for a dinner party, and you go to the bathroom, and there's a fancy pair of hand towels hanging there with ridiculous embroidered gold snowflakes or something, and you can just tell that even though they're towels, and they're hanging there in the bat ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009
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    September 17, 2009
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    July 23, 2009
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    June 11, 2009
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    March 5, 2009

    Q&A with Conrad Keely of ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

    Conrad Keely, frontman for the indie-rock vets in ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, is among the most articulate and opinionated figures in music. He earns this reputation anew it in the following Q&A, conducted for our profile of the band, "...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of De ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Q&A with William Elliott Whitmore

    "William Elliott Whitmore Stretches the Definition of Hardcore," a profile in the January 22 edition of Westword, only scratches the surface of an enjoyable and revealing Q&A with this deep-voiced roots-and-folk purveyor, who shares more in common with punk rockers than just his record label. (He's ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    The Fluid to play two East Coast dates with Overcasters

    Photo: Jon Solomon What was it Michael Corleone said in The Godfather? "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in"? That quote could certainly apply to the Fluid. The act, which had initially just intended to get back together for a few shows leading up to Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Chairlift continues its ascent... upward, of course.

    Photo: Jason Klauber All right so how freaking rad is this? The mailman just laid the new copy of Spin on me, the Best of 2008 issue with TV on the Radio on the cover. And as I'm thumbing through it, I notice very few surprises: Black Kids, Vampire Weekend, Deerhunter and Santogold, all receive n ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Barack Obama's shout-out to Michael Johnston and Mapleton

    Michael Johnston at Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. With less than a week before polling places close on November 4, the Barack Obama campaign spent more than $3 million on a thirty-minute prime-time infomercial last night. The feel-good address included moving clips of Obama’s speech ... More >>

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    September 29, 2005

    La Praviana

    Comfort, Salvadoran style

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    July 21, 2005

    Full Circle

    The original Sam's #3 is back.

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    September 16, 1999

    The Sons Also Rise

    A family recipe for success (and, of course, chili) lives on at Sam's No. 3.

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