On a chilly January afternoon in West Hollywood, the heavily tattooed singer Otep Shamaya can't hide her excitement for the release of Hydra, her namesake band's sixth studio album. In the testosterone-fueled genres of aggressive rock and heavy metal, it's not easy to be a lesbian singer, but Shamay ... More >>
This past weekend at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Kanye West went on a rant about selling out. Apparently, he now hates the Grammys, corporations and possibly the new Justin Timberlake song. Ironically, the self proclaimed "Louis Vuitton Don" saw absolutely no conflict of interest in calling out art ... More >>
It's a common saying around the Beltway: Politics is just show-business for ugly people. The parallels between politician and pop star are too numerous to list here, yet by simply looking at the quotes dolled out by rockers and legislators over the years -- and trying to figure out which belongs to ... More >>
The Dandy Warhols (due at the Gothic Theatre and Twist & Shout on Tuesday, June 12) came out of the underground rock world of the 1990s to enduring popularity and fame. Over the course of the band's career, it has consistently pushed its sonic boundaries and songwriting. The Dandys are one of the ha ... More >>
See Also: At the Helm - A throat cancer survivor, the Band's Levon Helm can't sing anymore -- but the beat goes on Levon Helm, iconic drummer and singer extraordinaire of the Band, died yesterday at the age of 71, after a long and strenuous battle with throat cancer. Helm's imaginative drumming and ... More >>
It's going to be a holly, jolly Christmas with Michael Buble's new collection of holiday classics.Michael Buble put out a killer Christmas record, and it could not have come at a better time. While the charts are currently flooded with dance-pop beats, synthesizers-laden hooks and auto-tuned ... More >>
Katy Perry hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend.For a pop star whose boobs were their own punch line on a previous appearance of Saturday Night Live, Katy Perry's hosting duties fell flat on Saturday. Instead of creating any memorable new characters -- á la Justin Timberlake -- the writer ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: Brad Paisley's at the Pepsi Center in January, Salt-n-Pepa's at the Gothic in December and Donavon Frankenreiter comes to town in March. Air Dubai, In the Whale, Jen Korte and Saints got spins on local radio. And new and recent re ... More >>
Jon SolomonThe EpiloguesAfter Thirty-two bands faced off over the last three months, the Epilogues took the top prize from Yerkish, Forth Yeer and Goldie & the Bears during the finals of Westword's Best of the West competition Friday at Herman's Hideaway. At the end of the night, the Epilogue ... More >>
Ron Asheton, the mega-influential guitarist with the Stooges, died yesterday at age 60 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's sad news, but at least Asheton was able to experience some much deserved acclaim in his last few years, when the surviving Stooges reunited for a new album, entitled The Weirdness, a ... More >>
Dead Confederate. As a band, Georgia's Dead Confederate -- the subject of a November 20 Westword profile -- is very much alive. Singer/guitarist Hardy Morris and his mates were plucked from obscurity by former Capitol Records president Gary Gersh, who made the band the first recruit for his new ... More >>
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Rubber Planet is Out There, which is just where it wants to be.
After half a century, Burning Spear is still stoking the fire in reggae's soul.
Jason Ringenberg embraces his title as alt country's architect.
As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.
'Tis the season to rate another avalanche of holiday discs.
Singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler enjoys a good joke. But her music demands serious consideration.
This year's holiday CDs alternately inspire joy, nausea and terror. Which would you prefer?
Swingin' Sting? Bluegrass Bruce? Rhapsodic R.E.M.? CMH Records has given Eighties faves a musical makeover.
A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.
The inside story of the little Boulder label that could.
Robbie Robertson digs into his past so he can move into the future.
Why we care that the king rat has packed it in.
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.
A popular Denver musician goes from playing in bars to being behind them.
Tim and Neil Finn prove that they can make music together without killing each other.
THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS DISCS PROVIDE SOME ROUGH SLEDDING.
NEW-WAVE PIONEER GRAHAM PARKER REFUSES TO GO AWAY.
THERE'S NOTHING DISPOSABLE ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN HIP HOP.
THE BEACH BOYS' MIKE LOVE ON MUSIC, MONEY AND SUING COUSIN BRIAN.