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 >>
ZZ Ward released her debut album, Til The Casket Drops, in 2012. Growing up, she honed a talent for writing bluesy R&B songs. Her knack for that can be heard prominently on that disc, and well as her proclivity for hip-hop, which is even more prevalent on her Criminal EP and her Eleven Roses mixtap ... More >>
SAVOY @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 9/7/12Behind a cloud of smoke and haze, the members of Savoy took to their raised podiums in front of a frenzied Red Rocks last night behind a glowing panel of pulsing lights that simply read "SAVOY." This build-up to the first drop was crucial, steadily adding to th ... More >>
See Also: - Global Dance Festival's ten best drops - People of Global Dance Festival 2012 - People of Global Dance Festival 2011 - Colorado's dance scene was Global before EDM became mainstream - 50 Most Memorable People at Global Dance Festival It's inevitable: When you cram over fifty of the bigg ... More >>
It's down to the wire now. Last night's performances will determine which of the three remaining Idol contestants will make it through to the final and ultimately win the entire competition, which, with the elimination of Hollie Cavanagh last week, is anyone's game at this point. The contestants eac ... More >>
It's down to the wire on American Idol now. On last night's show, each of the four remaining contestants brought out everything they had to be considered for the final three. No longer are any of the contestants resting on their laurels, except Phillip Phillips who stuck with his tried-and-true form ... More >>
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 3/22/12 Fresh off their stint at South By Southwest, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros delivered a strong dose of their tent-revival mania to Denver last night. Strutting a fine line between sunshine hippie cult and televangelist showmanship, ... More >>
Mary J. Blige has the same pain and grit in her voice of having lived a very full life as artists like Billie Holliday, Etta James and others. For a burgeoning hip-hop generation, Blige's voice and signature style of taking a hip-hop beat and adding her soulful vibe to it so changed the sound of mus ... More >>
As anyone and their mother could have (and, ahem, did) predicted, it was Adele's show at last night's 54th Grammy Awards. The singer, who absolutely swept the awards, took home six Grammys -- meaning she won in every category in which she was nominated, including the big three: Song of the Year, Rec ... More >>
Lori Midson J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 www.zydecosdenver.com This is part one of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. I got the gift of the Southern double name," drawls J. Michae ... More >>
Chris Brown singles have always come in two flavors: Sexy & Braggadocious and Song & Dance -- songs that are either about busting a nut or busting a move, regardless of production or tempo. Edgier singles from his catalogue, like "Look at Me Now," "I Can Transform Ya" and even the recent "Strip" fal ... More >>
Update 1/20/12: Some sad news just coming in from California just now. Etta James has reportedly passed away at the age of 73 due to complications associated with leukemia. RIP, Etta. Originally posted 1/11/12: Etta James is having a hell of a year. Aside from battling leukemia and dementia, being ... More >>
RIP Etta James, the Genuine Article indeed.A definitive, earnest and passionate voice in the history of American pop music has gone silent today. Legendary R&B chanteuse Etta James died this morning at the age of 73 in Riverdale, California, reportedly from complications tied to leukemia. Alo ... More >>
Britney loves some bassWith dubstep's surging (and some might say waning) popularity, it's not surprising to hear explosive dubstep breakdowns bleeding into pop. Turn on Top 40 radio today, and there's a great chance you'll hear dubstep elements borrowed in one form or another to create a hoo ... More >>
Forget "Countdown" -- Beyoncé is here to party.What do you do if you release a music video and get slammed with plagiarism accusations? If you're Beyoncé, you release another video. And then another. First Beyoncé released a video for "Countdown," her third official single (after "Run The ... More >>
Those are boos, David.There's no LeBron in the group, or Kobe, or Dwight Howard, or even a Kevin Durant. In the upcoming NBA draft, Ian Thomsen writes on SI.com, there's no standout star, and there's very little certainty about who will be chosen when. To clear up all the confusion, I'd like ... More >>
Saturday, June 6, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
Three more shows were added to this upcoming season's quickly expanding line-up at Red Rocks, including a date featuring the Allman Brothers with the Drive-By Truckers on Saturday, September 5, a show with Bonnie Raitt & Taj Mahal on Sunday, August 30, and Yonder Mountain String Band's Friday, A ... More >>
British singer-songwriter Adele Adkins, who's in town for a sold-out show at the Bluebird Theater tonight, is having a moment. She's been nominated for four Grammy awards, including Song of the Year and Best New Artist, in conjunction with 19, an album named for her age upon the time of its release. ... More >>
Cadillac Records can't handle the truth
LOCALS ONLY With Westword’s Music Showcase going down this weekend, let’s take a quick look at what the last five hip-hop winners have been up to the last five years: The Pirate Signal (Yonnas and DJ A-What) who won in 2007, has just released its new mixtape The PS Pt. II: Of Gods and Gangster ... More >>
In the fall of 2006, A.P.O.S.T.L.E. - aka Jeff Campbell -- left Denver for San Francisco with his crew, Heavyweight Dub Champion, with hopes of making a bigger splash outside the Mile High City. Fast forward to spring 2008, Apostle is no longer working with Heavyweight Dub Champion and released his ... More >>
Folk art hangs at Oskar Blues.
From Sonny Stitt to Jack McDuff, this saxman has played with some of jazz's finest.
Free beer, a good cover band and chicks in panties? What more could a guy want?
Make room on the Amy Winehouse bandwagon.
Youll flip for these flapjacks.
Wednesday, July 19, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1-866-468-7621, SOLD OUT.
A blues enthusiast digs up the backstory on some red-hot mamas.
Tuesday, November 9, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
Tan Dun's Passion merges cultures
Jacks re-examine's Jackie Kennedy's life
The City of Denver puts a cork in the outdoor-concert alcohol policy at the Botanic Gardens.
Combustible soul punks the BellRays avoid stereotypes, studio trickery and stupid people.
Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.
Susan Tedeschi is painting the radio dial blue.
February 4 - 10, 1999
The best holiday discs, as well as others that will make you pity the yule.