The Head and the Heart (due tonight at the Ogden Theatre) came together when its members met while playing open-mic nights at a pub in the Old Ballard section of Seattle and decided to join forces. The band writes earnest, hushed, folk-inflected pop songs that recall Déjà Vu-period Crosby, Stills, ... More >>
CRYSTAL CASTLES @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 5/2/13 Last night's Crystal Castles show at the Gothic was not one for epileptics, with all the rapid flashing, seizure-inducing colored lights. The vivid visualizations kept pace with the accelerating tempos and deftly matched the dynamism and mood of the music it ... More >>
Over the weekend, Serena Williams might have been in Spain playing tennis, but she was getting more attention in the blogosphere for seventy seconds of a leaked rap song she made. The results sound like an amateurish impression of a collaboration between Missy Eliot and the Neptunes. The opening lin ... More >>
Videos below.Given the recent rash of storms in these parts, it's been at least a week since most of us have seen anything other than clouds illuminated by the occasional lightning strike when we've looked to the skies. But YouTube user magnetflipper has been luckier. On Tuesday, he spotted a ... More >>
Internetarcheology.comOur nostalgia for the Internet of old continues this week, as we have recently discovered the Geocities-izer, a way to make any website look and feel just like it used to. Simply put your URL of choice into the this world wide web throwback processor thingy and voilà -- ... More >>
Phillip Embry with his family. 800 the Jewell (aka Phillip Embry) is a man of many words and even more substance. In addition to his work as a producer, musician and rapper, he is the founder of Jewell Tyme Music, the label that houses such artists as Haven the Great, King FOE, Karma, and ot ... More >>
Small Black's debut EP definitely harks back to those great synth-pop songs of the early '80s with its vintage sound, but with a kind of lo-fi production more in line with a later era in music. The strong songwriting and a keen sense of pacing and melody continued into the next phase of the ... More >>
Tom MurphyHot White at 3 Kings Tavern UMS Travelogue, Day One 07.22.10 | Baker District, South Broadway The first day of the UMS festival, a Thursday, was what you might expect in terms of attendees -- mostly other people in bands or those who are clued into the fact that there is plenty of ... More >>
Xperiment (aka Courtland Urbano) is an out of this world supersonic architect of sound. His beats are a perfect synthesis between a test to discover or prove the unknown and the balance of validating tried and true methods, threading analog sounds through digital components. Xperiment's bea ... More >>
It's a Freaky Friday double-shot! Can you ever have enough Autotune? Not if this week's Freaky Friday twofer Mizz Black Italia Spice is to believed. This may the Autotuniest song ever. It may also be the worst song ever, independent of its reckless overuse of Autotune. It's a ramshackle, bar ... More >>
Today's piece of sublime strangeness is an artifact from the early '90s hip-hop scene. It's a gritty tale of urban blight that features a chorus of demonic children taunting one of their fellows, a super-sweet overalls-and-sweater outfit on the rapper and a woman who plays the part of a crack ... More >>
There's nothing wrong with white people doing hip-hop -- if it was ever in question, I think Eminem proved that. And there's certainly nothing wrong with rappers loving Jesus. I mean, how many hip-hop albums don't thank the Christ, his dad, or both in the liner notes? So it logically follows ... More >>
Aaron ThackeraySee more photos from Curious Theatre at westword.com/slideshow.Elin Palmer, 12 p.m.Overcoming technical difficulties and an initially cumbersome stage setup (the stage manager had to find room for a drum riser amid the creative and complicated set -- including a desk, a bed and a road ... More >>
Ah, good to be back. After a week off, Andy and I were back behind the mike once again with two more hours of handpicked local goodness. Unfortunately, the stream was whacked again last night, so we weren't able to record the show, but as always, you'll find the complete playlist after the jump. It' ... More >>
photo: Eryc EylI had the pleasure and delight to DJ last Wednesday at the Larimer Lounge with some absolute luminaries among Denver's deck wreckers: DJ Ginger, DJ Klaw and the one and only Tyler Snow. The extremely talented Klaw mans the Thursday night Mommy's Little Monster party at Bender's T ... More >>
No More Heroes is hip, bloody, and indispensable.
And they're bringing socially conscious indie pop to your town.
Jesus Camp pitches its tent in the other America.
Sunday, May 21, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Sunday, April 2, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Automate Everything (Nobot Media)
Ten albums that will snap and fizz in your earbuds all winter long.
Wednesday, August 18, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Selections From 52 Songs (Self-released)
A good idea grows up into a missed opportunity.
Diggie Diamond finds fresh meat in the International Male.
Chatfield Holiday (Best Friends)
Catching up with local releases, our music writers review local albums to the letter.
Music everywhere: Music Lowdown 2002 and the Westword Music Showcase covered both the recording industry and live, in-the-flesh performances.
Folktronic (Le Grand Magistery)
Musical crime and punishment with Little Fyodor.
On its new long-player, Helium gets ethereal.
LD-50 makes electronic music that doesn't go down smooth.