A Color Map of the Sun, the new Pretty Lights album due out this Tuesday, took Derek Vincent Smith on an adventure through musical eras. We recently spoke with the homegrown Pretty Lights mastermind about the trust he has placed in his fan base, his own self doubts about taking the road less travele ... More >>
Remember Bela Karoli, the band fronted by Julie Davis? Yeah, it seems like a bazillion years since we've heard anything from that act -- and for good reason. Davis has been busy touring the globe with Nathaniel Rateliff and tending to her other groups, Fairchildren and Miss America. Now she's return ... More >>
At the end of October, Killing Joke released its fifteenth album, MMXII. Given the impending doom that supposedly awaits us at the end of next week, it's hard to imagine a more perfect time to release a record that explores themes of such a looming eschatological event. In 1982, Killing Joke's Jaz C ... More >>
See Also: Tonight: Youth Lagoon at the Bluebird The best SXSW music 2012 The worst SXSW music 2012 Youth Lagoon (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) began as the solo project of Trevor Powers, who first started making music while still in high school, and whose early recordings caught the attentio ... More >>
Graham TolbertThe War On DrugsThe War On Drugs (due Sunday, October 30, at the hi-dive with Purling Hiss and Carter Tanton) started to take shape when Adam Granduciel moved back to the East Coast from Oakland to settle in Philadelphia. Once there, Granduciel began to play music with various p ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Agency Group.Moon DuoErik "Ripley" Johnson first came to prominence in the rock underground with his San Francisco-based band, the Wooden Shjips. That project's hypnotically dark, droning psychedelia became a favorite of fans and critics alike. In 2009, Johnson teamed up ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsThe MotetThe Motet, noon on the Wolf Stage Two years of experience can make a difference. The organizers of the Mile High Music Festival seem to have learned from the mistakes of years' past for the 2010 version of the mega fest. Arriving at the massive soccer complex at ... More >>
Thursday and Friday, August 12 and 13, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.
As half of the Benevento-Russo Duo, Marco Benevento played bass lines with his feet and held down organ and Wurlitzer parts with separate hands. But in the trio format, he's completely at home behind the piano, which he says is totally his ax. The forward-thinking Benevento makes captivating ... More >>
Just when you thought every restaurant niche was filled, along comes Mary.
Ra Ra Riot, one of the national acts joining the local talent at the Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, June 14 (click here for more details), is a band on the upswing. Wes Miles, the outfit’s frontman, traces the road to its rise in the funny and revealing Q&A that follows -- a supplement to a ... More >>
Friday, December 15, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
John Common's new album raises the bar for rock in Denver.
Movie Monster (Capitol)
Sunday, May 7, Dulcinea's 100th Monkey, 303-832-3601.
No Disassemble (Red Ink)
Sleep and Wake-Up Songs (Jagjaguwar)
Juggling pain, loss, hope and rage, Shannon Wright just wants a little truth.
Left to his own devices, Vic Chesnutt cheers up on a new record.
The Waiting Game
David Barber comes out of his COMA.
'Tis the season to rate another avalanche of holiday discs.
Dyed in the Wool (Quarterstick)
Ego: Echo (Young God Records)
The Lost Album
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. finally gets the screen treatment he deserves with Breakfast of Champions.
Gary Norris and Patrick Robinson have a great record collectionand they'd like to play some of it for you.
Bob Castle has spent over fifty years making the Paramount Theatre's Wurlitzers sing.
David Byrne is mad as hell at his former bandmates--and he's not going to take it anymore.