Chapel Hill

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Best College Reviews' 15 Top College Towns and the Two Colorado Places That Made the Grade

    Best College Reviews has come up with its list of the fifty best college towns in America, and two from Colorado made the top fifteen -- something matched only by a couple of other states, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Sorry, New York and Cali. Which Colorado towns made the grade? And where did they finis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    How can my band rebound after a bad tour?

    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 i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    How the M Machine went from playing guitars and pianos to pushing dance music's boundaries

    Bands like San Francisco-based M Machine are helping American dance music grow and spread its reach into every genre. What started out as three friends working in a parallel field -- audio tracking for video games -- snowballed into a full-on band, complete with as-it-happens video production and li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    The fifteen best female-fronted fuzz guitar bands

    In the past few years, fuzz guitars have come conspicuously back to the forefront, and they're being played by some female-led outfits that sound like they came straight out of mid '90s, the time when Juliana Hatfield, Liz Phair and Courtney Love were queens of the Sam Goody racks. With jangly and d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    The Lumineers debut full-length due out on Dualtone on April 3

    On the heels of rounding a list of the 20 Best New Bands of 2011 compiled by Paste Magazine, The Lumineers have announced plans to release their debut full-length on Dualtone Records, the imprint that's currently home to a half-dozen other artists including Brett Dennen and Guy Clark. While the self ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2010

    Crooked Fingers

    Friday, September 17, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Margot and the Nuclear So and So's to tour in support of Buzzard, forthcoming new record

    ​Ah, yes, what a splendid birthday present (okay, it isn't exactly our birthday, but close enough). It seems one of our favorite bands, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, a group we've long been smitten with since first making its acquaintance at South Park some years ago, has a new album slate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Frank Bonanno, Alex Seidel, Jennifer Jasinski, Steve Ells and James Rugile among James Beard semifinalists

    Lori Midson Venue chef James Rugile ​Restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards were released this morning, which gives all the nominees exactly 32 days to chew on their success before the five finalists in each category are announced on Monday, March 22. The ... More >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Dexter Romweber Duo

    Tuesday, February 16, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Monolith Q&A: Cymbals Eat Guitars

    ​According to Cymbals Eat Guitars 20-year-old frontman Joseph D'Agostino, Lou Reed didn't want a lot of cymbals on the first three Velvet Underground albums because "cymbals eat guitars," which explains the copious amounts of floor toms on those early discs. While that might have inspired the band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Huffington Post (and America) thinks Denver bites

    ​Right this minute, the future of ten of America's great food cities is being decided. By readers of the Huffington Post. No, seriously. This isn't a joke. As you are reading this, the highest-rated, single-most popular story at HuffPo is a poll for the ten best food cities. Denver is on that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Monolith Festival Live Blog, Day 2

    Tokyo Police Club started a solid run on the main stage. (Photo by Chad Fahnestock). And it's gone. Just like that, the gale-force winds of indie rock have come and gone, whipping Red Rocks into a frenzy all day Saturday and Sunday. Missed it? Can't remember it? Read our Day 1 Monolith Live Blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    Live Review: I Was Totally Destroying It, Alright Alright at hi-dive

    Truth in advertising: Alright Alright. Indeed. (Photos by Tom Murphy). I Was Totally Destroying It, Alright Alright Wednesday, July 9, 2008 hi-dive Better Than: You might expect from a mid-week indie rock show. I missed Hunter Dragon and Fridge Magnet, because, the hi-dive, as it turns out, somet ... More >>

  • Music

    July 3, 2008

    I Was Totally Destroying It

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

  • Music

    June 21, 2007

    The Comas

    Thursday, June 21, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Road Rage

    Milemarker is back on track.

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Horn Apart

    SNMNMNM wields weird instruments -- and an even weirder sense of humor.

  • Music

    June 19, 2003

    The Beatdown

    New Backbeat editor throws his first punch.

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    Space Is the Place

    Thank God for Astronauts launches some heavenly pop.

  • Music

    October 17, 2002

    Young at Art

    Finally playing for the right audience, Imperial Teen turns it On.

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Into the Light

    After years of setbacks, Spoon was used to obscurity. A breakthrough album changed all that.

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Still Scorching

    Jason Ringenberg embraces his title as alt country's architect.

  • Music

    December 7, 2000

    Alone on the Range

    Our purple mountains' majesty can be a headache for traveling bands -- and for fans who crave live music.

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Stage Fright

    ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead makes impeccable recordings in the studio -- and a mess of the bars and clubs where it performs.

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    No Payne, No Gain

    Arizona's Les Payne Product feels the burn.

  • Music

    March 30, 2000

    Getting in Tune

    Former Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann exchanges indie cred for songcraft.

  • Music

    January 7, 1999

    The Power of Positive Thinking

    For the members of Thinking Plague, simple isn't necessarily better.

  • Music

    July 9, 1998

    The Buck Stops Here

    As part of Tuatara, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck heads in new musical directions.

  • Music

    January 15, 1998

    Designing Men

    With Shapes, Polvo vaults into the forefront of experimental rock acts.

  • Music

    October 30, 1997

    Lighter Than Air

    On its new long-player, Helium gets ethereal.

  • Music

    September 18, 1997

    Got Milk?

    Elephant 6's Neutral Milk Hotel books a room in Denver.

  • Culture

    June 12, 1997
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    February 6, 1997

    Winning One for the Zippers

    How the Squirrel Nut Zippers landed calypso on modern-rock radio.

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    October 17, 1996
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    July 18, 1996

    On the Skids

    Southern Culture on the Skids is finger-lickin' good.

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    March 21, 1996
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    March 9, 1994
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    February 9, 1994