It's a good weekend here in Denver, with hip-hop deity KRS-One playing Cervantes' and the criminally under-appreciated Ralph Gean playing Mutiny Information Cafe tonight. Elsewhere, the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brings E-40 and others to the Merchandise Mart. The rest of our picks are below.
Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
When Taylor Boylston was working on setting up the next art show for her backyard gallery, The Inca House, she went straight for her favorite artists. "I just had an idea and sent an e-mail and now we're having a Daniel Johnston," says Boylston straightforwardly. But the exhibition comes with an u ... More >>
The Grawlix dudes are back! The Denver comedy trio has been out doing big things on the national stage lately, but tonight, Adam Cayton Holland, Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl bring their ridiculous monthly show back to the Denver -- and for a bargain price. If comedy is not your thing, you can also ch ... More >>
Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Robin Edwards hosted at 100 % De Agave this past Saturday. Keep readin ... More >>
On the cutting edge of the dance world, it's not just about movement anymore, although the physical voyage through space is still an integral part. In Dance the Orange, a new performance created by Monica Dionysiou and Marc Devine of the the Umbrella Collective, the movement is suspended in a web of ... More >>
Beach House became a bit of an underground sensation with the release of its self-titled, debut album in 2006, followed by 2008's warmly enchanting Devotion. Lead singer Victoria Legrand's rich, deep, yet feminine voice and Alex Scally's delicate melodic sense on guitar creates a disarming sense of ... More >>
Sunday, March 11, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
For whatever reason, you'll notice that this Saturday night, aside from the second night of STS9's two-night stand at the Fillmore, there aren't too many must-see shows. This is mere speculation on our part, but we're guessing that might have something to do with a certain sporting event taking plac ... More >>
Sunday, January 15, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Update (11/10/11): While most press releases generally tend to be fairly rote and often times hyperbolic, the one we received about the forthcoming Bad Weather California record, which has Seth Olinsky rhapsodizing about first meeting and then later working with the band, was insightful, and ... More >>
Hi! How are you? The spirit of Daniel Johnston looms large in Austin Friday, March 18 Another one for the books... honestly, the worst part about today was that it had to end... After an ample five hours of sleep, the household hesitantly woke up, made coffee, and loaded the trailer in anti ... More >>
It's Valentine's Day, which means the entire Internet is abuzz with songs about love -- or if people are feeling particularly sad -- songs about hate. But what about those who prefer to spread their affection to other things, like inanimate objects? Well, there are plenty of those songs, too. ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Brandon LeeThe music of Miniature Tigers sounds like it has its roots in the sunnier, more upbeat end of '60s guitar rock, utilizing spare melodies with melodic atmospheres that have an nostalgic immediacy -- as though your future self could sing a song to you with words of compassion and com ... More >>
Guess who recently resurfaced after having unceremoniously dropping off the radar for the better part of the last year? If you said David McGhee -- wait, what? How'd you know? Oh, he's already been in touch? Yeah, he's good like that. Good dude. A little quirky, but a good dude, nonetheless ... More >>
Mirror Universe Tapes
What separates the bulk of weird, wackaloon amateur singer/songwriters from someone like Wesley Willis or Daniel Johnston? Talent, certainly, but the math alone insists there are more than those scattered gems among the depths of crazy people with microphones. And occasionally you stumble acr ... More >>
Hello. My name is Dave. I'm addicted. Hopelessly addicted. Hello, Dave. No, seriously. I'm a junkie. I've got it bad for Friday Night Lights, man. Really bad. Last year around this time, I got a terrible case of the flu. I missed a couple days of work. It was ugly. Sweatpants. Couch. No shower. You ... More >>
Photo by Daniel K (not at Bender's) Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, The Limbs, “Seven Signs” Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Benders Better than: Sunday morning mass. Down through the ages many have tried to preach the gospel from the stage. The key word being “preach.” For such a tactic to be effe ... More >>
Denver locals Bad Weather California -- with some help from friends Roger Green and Erin Roberts -- had a dream come true when, three days before the show, they were asked to be the backing band for Daniel Johnston. Of course they said yes. Here's an interview with the band and Johnston. -- By Sean ... More >>
Best. Weekend. Ever. Click on the photos. The Photo Atlas rocked 3 Kings on Thursday. Opening day at Coors Field, regardless of the outcome, was just as magical as ever. Bad Weather California got the opportunity of a lifetime when they backed up Daniel Johnston on Saturday at the Ogden Thea ... More >>
The tales of this singer-songwriters idiosyncracies are not exaggerated.
The April 3 profile of Daniel Johnston, as well as a complete Q&A accessible here, calls to mind a previous Westword piece focusing on the highly unusual artist. Back in 1995, Kathy McCarty, best known at the time as the lead singer of a first-rate cult band known as Glass Eye, released Dead Dog's E ... More >>
Interviewing Daniel Johnston, the subject of an April 3 Westword profile, is, to put it mildly, a unique experience, as will be clear to any reader of the following Q&A. First, some set-up. I arranged my chat with Daniel’s father, Bill, who helps manage his son’s career and lives in a house nex ... More >>
File under: Fuck yeah! Although rumors have been swirling for a while now, it's official: The five original members of the Fluid are getting back together for three shows, two back-to-back performances at Seattle's Marymoor Park for Sub-Pop's 20th Anniversary Festival on July 12 and 13, and one a fe ... More >>
AEG announced yesterday that cult music hero and troubled troubadour Daniel Johnston will be playing the Ogden Theatre on Saturday, April 5. No word yet as to who might open for the man, whose life story is told in the brilliant documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, but with Denver's burgeoning ... More >>
Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune.
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An online newspaper takes on the big boys.
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Can Daniel Johnston keep the devil at bay long enough to be successful?
Don Goede is in a New York state of mind.
Tuesday, June 8, Revoluciones, 303-825-3845
For Dennis and Jimmy Flemion of the Frogs, whoring out for The Man is enough to make you croak.
Humpty Dumpty LSD (Latino Buggerveil)
At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band.
Daniel Johnston ventures into the wicked world with a batch of new music and a blank slate.
Rejected Unknown (Gammon)
We remember the Alamo, but South by Southwest is now a blissful blur.
Local artists come out from wherever they are.
Unknown bands can't expect much from SXSW, just ask the Czars' Chris Pearson.
With 404 Not Found, Todd Bradley creates computer music that's simply eclectrifying.
THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS DISCS PROVIDE SOME ROUGH SLEDDING.
FROM GLASS EYE TO DEAD DOG'S EYEBALL, K. MCCARTY HAS A UNIQUE VISION.