Elbow (Band)

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    November 4, 2014

    49 of the Hi-Dive's Most Unbelievable Shows

    This weekend, the hi-dive is celebrating eleven years of existence, with two years under its current ownership. When the club opened for business in the old location of 7 South and Quixote's True Blue, it represented a sea change in places where one could see original, underground music. In its earl ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    25 Things We Learned at Riot Fest 2014

    Live music always offers some kind of release, but Riot Fest appeared to be a particularly welcome respite for many fans.Tom Murphy It's been almost two decades since I first saw Mineral, and the time hasn't hurt its sound. It hasn't helped it, either. Mineral's brand of whiny emo and shameless Sun ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Naked and Famous at the Fillmore, 10/18/13

    THE NAKED AND FAMOUS at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 10/18/13 Naked and Famous was in total control at the Fillmore. From the first chords of "A Stillness," every string pluck and cymbal crash had been calculated, presumably in some sort of rock laboratory. Frontwoman Alisa Xayalith appeared onstage, clad ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Julia Kugel of the Coathangers on the time her band dressed a pony up as a unicorn for a show

    The Coathangers, an act that emerged from the same Atlanta underground scene in 2007 that had previously produced bands like Black Lips, Deerhunter and King Khan and The Shrines, started playing out before really even learning to play their instruments. In true punk rock style, the gals threw themse ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Naked Raygun's Jeff Pezzati on Wax Trax, and why and how the band got back together

    Someday a monograph about punk will give Naked Raygun its proper place of prominence in that history. Naked Raygun was one of the most important punk bands to emerge in Chicago in the Reagan era. Inspired in part by the diversity of sounds in that initial wave of English punk, Naked Raygun forged a ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    40th Day at Larimer Lounge, 7/20/13

    40TH DAY @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 7/20/13 The whole 40th Day set felt a bit like me traveling and a creative resurrection at the same time. For whatever reason, it just didn't feel like a reunion show. The felt show felt like the five members of the band were playing music they had written and just hadn't ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    The ten most noteworthy music publicity stunts

    Sometimes flawless technique, inspired lyrics and a devoted fan base aren't enough. Sometimes you've gotta do something outlandish to step up your game and grab the world's attention. Some would say that getting on a stage and saying, "Hey! Watch what I'm doing!" might be considered attention-seekin ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Lucky '13: Michael Trundle, Lipgloss co-founder and resident DJ

    This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions. We e ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Wallflowers at the Ogden, 10/24/12

    WALLFLOWERS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 10/24/12 Jakob Dylan must be a hell of a poker player. Last night's show at the Ogden proved that, as the Wallflowers frontman crooned through a couple dozen songs with a stony glare on his face. Clad in black and looking every bit as youthful as he did at the peak of ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Laetitia Sadier on how music and politics go hand in hand, and how to struggle is to live

    Laetitia Sadier was the charismatic singer of the influential and experimental Stereolab, a band she started with guitarist Tim Gane after a short stint in the political post-punk band McCarthy in the late '80s. Combining krautrock drones and hypnotic rhythms with a lounge-jazz sensibility and a wil ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    93.3's Big Gig at Red Rocks, 9/16/12

    93.3's THE BIG GIG @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE| 9/16/12 Future rock stars of America, when they're doing their homework by watching all the YouTube vids they can find of fabulous frontmen lathering up a crowd, should instead go catch a Hives show to see how it's done. Like a rock and roll pissing cont ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Buzz Osborne of Melvins on how to him Beastie Boys were Warlock Pinchers for Dummies

    Since 1983, Melvins have been perfecting their brand of influential rock, inspired in part by punk and in part by the music Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover grew up hearing as kids in the '60s and '70s. With Melvins, the two have taken that sound to different places with each record that their contempor ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Joy Subtraction

    The Essential Joy Subtraction
    LGL Records

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    July 3, 2012

    Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook on the band's new album and working with Chris Difford

    While Squeeze (due at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on Wednesday, July 4) has had a few hiatuses in its almost forty year history, singer and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook says the band sounds more energized these days. So energized, in fact, that the group has even started work on a new album, a p ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    August 12, 2011

    Tyler Jacobson unveils Casual, a new Brit pop dance night at the Meadowlark, August 20

    Todd Roeth​Tyler Jacobson can't stay away from the turntables for too long. The local DJ and tastemaker has been keeping busy since his 2009 departure from Lipgloss (a night he co-created) with his semi-regular throwback night, Mile High Soul Club. But on Saturday, August 20, at the Meadowlark ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Kyle Morton of Typhoon on Nabokov, inspiration and Tender Loving Empire

    Founded in Salem, Oregon in 2005, Typhoon (due tonight at the hi-dive with Lord Huron and Sour Boy Bitter Girl) started out as a recording project but quickly evolved into a sprawling live project with over ten members. Two years into its time together, the act essentially went on hiatus before be ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Titwrench 2011 travelogue: Sin Desires Marie, Christina the Hun, Coathangers and much more

    Tom MurphyBast at Titwrench 2011 doing some belly dancing​TITWRENCH FESTIVAL | 7/29-7/31/11Friday, July 29 - Glob Every year it seems as though someone involved with Titwrench (likely Piper Rose) comes up with some kind of ritual to start off the festivities. This year, a woman calling herse ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase: Backbeat scribes' travelogues

    Every year, we enlist our Backbeat writers to host various stages at the Westword Music Showcase, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty and write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Click through to read travelogues from Thorin Klosowski, Ru John ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase 2011

    The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers

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    June 2, 2011

    Tonight: White Denim at the Larimer

    ​It is easy to pass off White Denim (due tonight at the Larimer Lounge with The Growlers) as psychedelic garage rock -- except the reverb isn't there and the Austin-based act implements some seriously dub-like rhythms. Labels aside, the power trio (that recently became an even tighter foursome ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    John Vanderslice on White Wilderness, photography and how he receives criticism

    Autumn De Wilde​In the middle to later half of the 1990s, John Vanderslice (due tonight at the hi-dive with Damien Jurado) was a member of the respected Bay Area alternative rock band, MK Ultra. When the band split in 1999, Vanderslice took the delicate intensity and experimental edge he had b ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Decemberists, Akron/Family, Gregg Allman, Nicki Minaj top sellers at local stores

    ​The Decemberists latest effort, The King is Dead, continues to hold on the top spot at Twist & Shout, while Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues, released last month on Rounder, came in first at Albums on the Hill for the week ending February 13. Akron/Family's new album, meanwhile, S/T II: The C ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    September 8, 2010

    Pavement's Bob Nastanovich on reunion tours, the Fall and dealing with inner-band conflicts

    Tarina Westlund​Pavement is among the most influential rock bands of the '90s, despite not quite becoming a household name, and you can hear the band's influence in virtually all underground rock since then, from the slightly off-center rhythms, the jagged but melodic guitar riffs and the fasc ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Titwrench 2010 at Glob

    Titwrench 2010 Friday, July 9 - Sunday July 11, 2010 | Glob | Denver Over the course of one weekend, Titwrench 2010 brought together artists and people of all stripes from around the country and attracted a wider than usual swath of the local community. On Saturday afternoon, there were worksho ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010
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    April 15, 2010

    White Rabbits

    Wednesday, April 21, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

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    December 24, 2009
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    December 18, 2009

    Top 10 Reissues of the Decade

    This Heat finally makes it Out of Cold Storage​Reissues are a difficult breed, on one hand they seek to garner a new audience, on another they have to pay heed to what fans are looking for. The best reissues not only remind you why you liked the band in the first place, but help in keeping tha ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Q&A with Sin and Kurt of Primasonic

    ​Primasonic's frontman Sin says the band's latest effort, Unadorned, could have easily been called No Bullshit. With some help from the Overcasters' Kurt Ottaway acting as co-producer and Module Overload's Jamie Hillyer, Primasonic made a no frills, rock solid album that captures a lot of the ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Q&A with Sin and Kurt of Primasonic

    ​Primasonic's frontman Sin says the band's latest effort, Unadorned, could have easily been called No Bullshit. With some help from the Overcasters' Kurt Ottaway acting as co-producer and Module Overload's Jamie Hillyer, Primasonic made a no frills, rock solid album that captures a lot of th ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Top ten reunions we'd like to see

    Gail Butensky​In recent history we've been treated to the reunions of Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, Antipop Consortium, among others. This year, Faith No More, Sunny Day Real Estate and Pavement got back together, and, of course, there's the ever pervasive rumors of Soundgarden reconvening at so ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Sutra

    Brian Landis FolkinsIdeal Fathers opened the day at Sutra.See more photos from Sutra at Fathers, 12 p.m.Ideal Fathers kicked off the Sutra stage with a high-charged set of post-punk that included some keyed up takes on songs from its new brand new EP, A Complete Waste of ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Q&A with The Ideal Fathers

    Photo by Jerry GoffThe Ideal Fathers are four guys (singer Jesse Hunsaker, guitarist Adam Rojo, bassist Michael King and drummer Michael Perfetti) who play gloriously chaotic, hyperkinetic dance punk with verve and abandon. If you haven't caught one of their sets or heard any of their songs on one o ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Q&A with Barney Greenway from Napalm Death

    In this week's Rough Mixes entry focusing on Napalm Death, we only printed highlights of Tom Murphy's recent conversation with Barney Greenway. The two of them actually had a fairly extensive conversation in which Greenway discussed the influence of My Bloody Valentine and other unexpected acts on N ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Fucked Up at the Larimer Lounge

    Fucked Up, Mustangs & Madras, Guns N Rosa Parks Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Larimer Lounge Better than: The G.G. Allin documentary. Right off the bat let's dispense with two things. One: Fucked Up is an awful name for a band. Two: If you are going to name your band Fucked Up, timidity is not g ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Q&A with Fucked Up's Damian Abraham

    The February 4 profile "Fucked Up Pushes Punk Into the Future By Understanding the Past" is pretty hefty -- nearly 1,400 words. And yet it only uses a small portion of the quotes offered by Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham during a sprawling, wide-ranging and hugely entertaining conversation that c ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Hot Congress Show 1 at Moe's Original Barbecue

    Hot Congress Show 1: The Jim Jims, Lil Slugger, The Pseudo Dates and Vitamins Friday, January 30, 2009 Moe's Original Barbecue, Denver Better Than: A bill where a random group of bands is thrown together. Opening this show was the Jim Jims. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it sure wasn't a go ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Ideal Fathers seek ideal drummer

    The Ideal Fathers have a fresh, danceable, well-crafted take on post-punk. They have a freshly recorded, yet-to-released EP that's damn good. What they don't have is a drummer, and that's holding them back from capitalizing on those first two things, which is a shame. Their longtime drummer recently ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008

    Ideal Fathers

    3 Kings Tavern

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    July 16, 2008

    Live Review: Des Tours, the Don'ts and Be Carefuls, Pleistocene at Larimer Lounge

    Photo: Tom Murphy The Don'ts and Be Carefuls Des Tours, the Don’ts and Be Carefuls, Pleistocene Tuesday, July 14, 2008 Larimer Lounge Better Than: The generic Mariachi music I hear in my mom’s neighborhood. Due to a prior commitment, I missed all but the tail end of the final Pleistocene song ... More >>

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    May 27, 2008

    Over the Weekend... Denver Art Rock Collective @ The Toad Tavern

    Yerkish hamming it up. Denver Art Rock Collective Saturday, May 24, 2008 Toad Tavern Better than: The Des Moines Art Rock Collective. The Denver Art Rock Collective, a group of diverse local bands not easily pigeonholed into safe categories or genres, presented a sampling of the five acts in thei ... More >>

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    November 7, 2007

    Best of Westword Winners From 1988

    In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best H ... More >>

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    May 23, 2002

    Trans Am

    TA (Thrill Jockey)

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    April 27, 2000

    Sue Garner and Rick Brown

    (Thrill Jockey)