Chris Thomas

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    February 13, 2014
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    October 24, 2013


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    March 21, 2013

    The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

    Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin! The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    The ten best jazz shows in Colorado this month

    Denver gets its share of national jazz talent, but September proves to be an exceptionally good month, with some legendary folks like Esperanza Spalding, John Ambercrombie, David Torn, Brian Blade and Allison Miller coming to town, as well as a fine selection of estimable local talent. Keep reading ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    September 9, 2011

    Brian Blade on the history of the Fellowship Band and working with Daniel Lanois

    ​Having established himself as an in-demand drummer in both jazz and rock circles by working with everyone from Wayne Shorter and Bill Frisell to Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Brian Blade is also a strong leader in his own right -- namely, with his Fellowship Band, which will be at Dazzle tonig ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.

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    February 15, 2011

    Spools of Dark Thread making its return

    ​ Power metal fans rejoice! Spools of Dark Thread, one of Denver's favorite on-again, off-again metal bands, led by charismatic frontman Chris Thomas (Random Friend Generator, Omniism), is back in the saddle again. Yessir. Mark your calendars. A date has been set for the act's triumphant retu ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Backbeat presents: An exclusive first listen to No Weak Heart Shall Prosper from The Pirate Signal

    Don't miss The Pirate Signal's CD release show tomorrow night at the Marquis with The Sunset Curse, F.O.E., Karma and Haven (of Blackhearts), Flowers From Her, DJ Musa & Peter Black. Forget everything you know about The Pirate Signal. Okay, well, perhaps not everything -- that's probably a li ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    MP3 Freeloader: Spools of Dark Thread's return, Saturday night at Herman's Hideaway

    Jason Paul RobertsRemember way back in January when we speculated that Spools of Dark Thread was headed for a dirt nap, only to rescind our prediction a few weeks later when we received word that a few members had designs on soldiering on? Little did we know then -- especially given the fact that fr ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    See the Epilogues for free next Saturday night at Herman's

    Fresh off their homemade, sandwich-board-wearing stint at Showcase, the Epilogues are getting ready to embark on a short tour of the West Coast by way of the Pacific Northwest, and to kick things off, as you've probably deduced from the headline and the above graphic, the act is playing a tour sendo ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Spools of Dark Thread not dead yet

    Hold off sending any floral arrangements to the funeral home. It appears that news of Spools of Dark Thread's demise may have been a bit premature. Two of the remaining members (the drummer and a guitarist?) are committed to finding new players -- specifically, a new frontman to replace Chris Thomas ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Spools of Dark Thread's future uncertain

    Although it hasn't been said as much outright, it sounds like Spools of Dark Thread's days may be numbered. Chris Thomas, Spools' furiously talented frontman (far right), revealed this afternoon that he and his mates are discussing whether or not the band will continue. Let's hope so. Spools has pro ... More >>

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