There are some punk rock bands playing next to the football stadium this weekend. Perhaps you've heard. There are plenty of options for those not headed to Riot Fest, including the inaugural Cloak & Dagger fest, with an impeccable lineup full of some of dance music's most interesting up-and-coming a ... More >>
Riot Fest isn't just for the punks anymore. This festival, coming to Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High this weekend, is bringing an eclectic, loud, lineup and there will surely be a diverse crowd roaming the Byers-themed parking lot. To help you prepare, and maybe even dress, we've rounde ... More >>
After being denied special-use permits required by Arapahoe County, Riot Fest has moved its 2014 festival from May Farms outside Byers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in downtown Denver. The dates (September 19 to 21) and schedule (see below) are unchanged. Previously purchased tickets will b ... More >>
Riot Fest will return to Denver this fall with a lineup including the Cure, the National, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan and more. It will take place over three days, from September 19 to 21, at May Farms in Byers. Just now, the festival has announced each day's lineup and started selling single-day tickets ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
Riot Fest has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it features Slayer, The Cure, Wu Tang Clan, Die Antwoord and more. The festival will make its second appearance in Denver (well, technically Byers, where the host May Farms is located) from September 19 to 21. A limited number of early bird tickets a ... More >>
Someday a monograph about punk will give Naked Raygun its proper place of prominence in that history. Naked Raygun was one of the most important punk bands to emerge in Chicago in the Reagan era. Inspired in part by the diversity of sounds in that initial wave of English punk, Naked Raygun forged a ... More >>
BRONCHO @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 8/27/13 Broncho hit the stage last night like a great, long lost band from several eras. With its catchy melodies, and its infectious exuberance and aggression, Broncho recalled the Buzzcocks by way of the Stooges, except the guitar sweep and atmospherics was more like som ... More >>
TY SEGALL @ HI DIVE | 2/12/13 Ty Segall and his band must have been feeling nostalgic as they performed the final set of what looks like a monster tour. Over the past three months, they've been going nonstop between enviable European destinations, to the West and East coasts, and now back westward ... More >>
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 >>
LOS CAMPESINOS! @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 1/31/12 Los Campesinos! is a band weathered by fine lines. By attending one of the Welsh septet's shows, you are, whether you know it or not, crossing one of your own in the sand. You are saying that you prefer precociousness to pretense, that you listen to blun ... More >>
Saturday, August 20, Summit Music Hall, 1-866-468-7621.
Partially reinventing the old garage rock wheel, Oakland's Bare Wires (playing tonight at the Larimer Lounge with Winter Legends, Six Eyed Snake, The Conjugal Visits and BleachedBlonde) do a damn fine job of adding a pretty shine to the usually clangy genre. Part Buzzcocks, part Kinks, the t ... More >>
Vamping in the Key of Niche
Emerging From Troubled Days
Many people heard The Cult after its breakthrough album, Love, which contained the classic single "She Sells Sanctuary," was released in 1985. But The Cult increasingly became a worldwide phenomenon with its following two albums, Electric and Sonic Temple.
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we'r ... More >>
The Dualisitcs have been on something of a hot streak for the past six months. They kicked off the year with a brand-new EP that drew great buzz, a solid review and warranted a feature from us. They followed that up a few months later with a Nirvana cover show that had everyone stoked (sorry I misse ... More >>
The Ideal Fathers have a fresh, danceable, well-crafted take on post-punk. They have a freshly recorded, yet-to-released EP that's damn good. What they don't have is a drummer, and that's holding them back from capitalizing on those first two things, which is a shame. Their longtime drummer recently ... More >>
Dressy Bessy, the Fire Drills and the Pseudo Dates Bluebird Theater Saturday, October 18, 2008 Better than: listening to it in your headphones When Tammy Ealom started singing about a gal obsessed with the ‘60s in the song “Do You Whisper?” on Saturday night, it was hard not to think the so ... More >>
Cheap Lies EP
The Fire Drills Saturday, July 26, 2008 Old Curtis Street Bar Better Than: A fire drill in grade school. A hell of a lot better. This town is a bit incestuous when it comes to bands, but, as it turns out, that’s a damn good thing. There are a ton of musicians who play spread their talents around ... More >>
John Robinson of the Fluid, which reunited on June 20 at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for the lowdown), is one of the great should-have-beens in the annals of Denver rock. He had everything it took to be a star of global proportions, but for whatever reason, it didn't happen. Neverthele ... More >>
Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 Westword Music Showcase June 16, 2007 The Sutra Room Better than: Endless margaritas on the beach. What a long, fucking amazing day it was at the Westword Music Showcase this past Saturday. Despite the outrageous amount of music that was spilling out of Golden Triangle, I ... More >>
When proto-punk and original-era punk acts were in their prime, I was either too young or too far from the various scenes to catch them in action. As a result, my only chance to see such groups perform has been in reunion formats -- and my experiences at such shows have been extremely mixed. During ... More >>
Ten bands that weren't singing Yankee Doodle Dandy in '06.
Tuesday, July 18, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Louder Now (Warner Bros.)
New night, new faces
Monday, July 4, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.
Wednesday, February 9, Club 156, Boulder, 303-443-2227.
Sunday, July 18, Invesco Field at Mile High, 1-866-468-7621.
A killer cat steals a wonderful movie.
Twenty-five years after releasing Britain's first punk single, the Damned return to the fray -- and to form.
British punk pioneers the Buzzcocks invade America -- again.
The rockers in Gaunt don't feel guilty about their new major-label contract.
The women of Cub aren't as cuddly as you think.