Last night, after attending a press preview of the Treasures of the Hard Rock traveling music memorabilia exhibition -- on view starting today at the Hard Rock Cafe Denver -- I was going to write about what it felt like to look at the belongings of famous dead people I care about. While it was defi ... More >>
From 1993 to 1996, I carried a lunchbox as a purse. Now as an adult who carries what I call a Mary-Kate bag -- a black hole/abyss that holds keys, a liter of water, a wallet, various snacks, a change of clothes, a collection of Nora Ephron essays, a reporter's notebook, 700 pens and a ho-on-the-go k ... More >>
I didn't have particularly soaring aspirations as a child. I wanted to be a fashion designer or a hair stylist -- it was the '80s, and those careers seemed very glamorous at the time. But I couldn't draw for shit and when I graduated high school at seventeen, my mom refused to let me go to hair scho ... More >>
Denver, you've got it going on. This year, I was lucky enough to be a part of many incredibly cool events involving local and national artists, musicians and performers. Combing through the past year of Westword stories, I compiled this list of the best (and strangest) arts- and culture-related expe ... More >>
KREAYSHAWN @ FOX THEATRE | 12/5/12 Part of Kreayshawn's appeal is the pure curiosity and spectacle of what she must be like "in real life." As a Tumblr princess (her page is currently decked out to look like a exactly like a Myspace page, circa 2004 -- which would have made her fifteen) who raps ab ... More >>
Colorado is known as a creative capitol, and that shows in the street style that crops up all over Denver. For an adventurous wardrobe, look no further than Chelsea Brashford, an artist who's a native of Austin. See also: - What's in your bag? Skirts, candy and more! -What's in your bag? Jackalope ... More >>
This past weekend my Hole cover band, Jennifer's Body, played the Denver County Fair. Until this show, we weren't an actual band at all -- we formed earlier this year for a two-song set to honor the opening of Hole drummer Patty Schemel's documentary, Hit So Hard, and had never planned on being anyt ... More >>
When Gil Reyes realized that TV news was doing little to cover the passing of beloved musician Elliott Smith, he decided to go out searching on his own. What he discovered through interviews with the artist's friends, former bandmates and the girlfriend who many blame for his death, is a portrait of ... More >>
I met Jenny Morgan within twelve hours of stepping onto the filthy and gorgeous streets of Manhattan for the first time in 2007. I was assisting Sarah Cass on a photo shoot of one of Jenny's portrait subjects, and I have been following her work religiously since that moment. This Friday, June 1, t ... More >>
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) has been through ups and downs since 1990. But through it all, singer and primary songwriter Anton Newcombe, has steered the band through releasing more great albums per decade than most bands have across entire career. For the unini ... More >>
In 1992, drummer Patty Schemel joined the now-legendary Hole, a band that was just positioning itself for mainstream success. Less than two years later, bassist Kristen Pfaff had died of an accidental overdose, Kurt Cobain had committed suicide, and Hole had released its platinum-selling Live Throug ... More >>
In 1992, drummer Patty Schemel joined the now-legendary Hole, a band that was just positioning itself for mainstream success. Less than two years later, bassist Kristen Pfaff had died of an accidental overdose and lead singer Kurt Cobain had committed suicide -- and Hole had released its platinum-se ... More >>
Say you're in the mood to look up a factoid about something odd -- like, for instance, the history of Velcro. So you go to Google, ignore the weird bar over the logo, and type in "Velcro" and "Wiki." A Wikipedia link appears, and a click brings it up -- but it vanishes an instant later. Oh my God! W ... More >>
After a successful summer program, Girls Rock Denver is kicking things into gear with Rocktober, a month-long series of events to help fund its upcoming 2012 camp and hopefully get the group into a permanent space. This evening, art from local musicians like Sonya Decman and Darci Armstrong and imag ... More >>
There is a point at which, I think, we all start to discover music on our own. I was around twelve or thirteen when the shift from pre-teen radio sex jams to discovering albums I would fawn over (and eventually learn to play) occurred. Up to then, I was listening to music that I loved, but it ... More >>
There are a lot of things to love about the '90s: Power Rangers, Cindy Crawford, Titanic, Beanie Babies, Win Ben Stein's Money, Mr. Bean, Friends or that notorious low-speed chase involving a white van and a retired professional football player. The music, however, was the best part of the de ... More >>
Alex Cox, who wrote and directed cult favorites like Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, is joining CU-Boulder's film studies faculty this fall and will teach screenwriting and film production, as the Daily Camera reported. Cox, who grew up England, studied film at UCLA, then lived in Mexico and Spain ... More >>
We've got a pretty stellar selection of new releases this week that cover a wide array of different interests. While one film nerd might not think Sharktopus worth watching, they'll probably find solace in The Fighter. On the same tone, a gamer who enjoys shooting people in the face will have ... More >>
"Further," Jenny Morgan.Painter Jenny Morgan, a Salt Lake native with a Denver history, is now based in New York City, but her ties to the region, where she attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, are strong. Morgan came up through the gallery ranks here, from the co-ops to her ... More >>
Since Crystal Castles first pissed its way into my heart with the irritatingly catchy "Alice Practice" in 2007, I haven't been at peace with my manic devotion to a duo that seems to take pride in being total assholes. These total assholes, however, keep making great records that I can't sto ... More >>
Puscifer (Aaron Thackeray)Puscifer, Uncle Scratch's Gospel's Revival Saturday, November 21, 2009 Paramount Theatre Better than: Watching old reruns of Hee Haw. It would have been hard to predict the format and content of Saturday night's Puscifer show based solely on the outfit's studio recordin ... More >>
In the world of heavy metal, lead singers are as indispensible as riffs and distortion--that is, except for when they get used up and thrown away like yesterday's drumsticks. While frontmen are the face and voice of many bands, they seem particularly prone to quitting, dying or getting fired, lea ... More >>
Built to Spill back in the day. Our new profile and Q&A with Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, whose band headlines this Saturday's Westword Music Showcase (click here for more information), are built on a sturdy foundation -- an interview conducted with Martsch back in 1997, shortly after his band, t ... More >>
Fiona Apple remains true to her deeply weird self.
The Tour de Lance flows through Colorado.
We'll miss the Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Jucifer makes rock for the Ritalin kid in all of us.
Radio waves: Clear Channel clears the air about independent promoters.
Maktub aims to prove that there's more to the Seattle sound than grunge.
Blending free jazz with film lore, Sex Mob reworks old James Bond soundtracks for a sound that's shaken and stirred.
Pay It Forward shoves its proactive propaganda down our throats until it stays down, but good.
Love and loss haunt Waking the Dead.
Krist Novoselic has more to talk about than his days in Nirvana.
The Queens of the Stone Age find tipped-out serenity in their private desert oasis.
Drug-using DARE graduates come clean about the program's faults.
Reconsidering the image of the do-it-yourself poster child.
The Red Aunts have no relation to punk cliches.
Built to Spill's Doug Martsch searches for the happy medium between fatherhood and rock and roll.
HER MORE-FAMOUS BEAU'S IN THE BAND, BUT CRISTINA MARTINEZ IS STILL IN CHARGE OF BOSS HOG.
DON'T LOOK FOR MEANING IN THE DEATH OF NIRVANA'S KURT COBAIN.