Ezra Koenig

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    October 17, 2014

    The Top 10 Power Ballads of All Time

    If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    How Diplo and 2 Chainz are flourishing in a dying industry

    Once upon a time, 2 Chainz and Diplo were working toward fame in the traditional lanes of the music industry. But that was before they learned the lucrative art of making the Internet laugh. 2 Chainz gave Skip Bayless one of his chains on ESPN2. You can order Diplo-ordained weed grinders with one-da ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    The ten best EDM albums of 2013

    It was another big year for EDM, with some memorable people, places and moments. And there were a slew of chart-topping releases from producers, massive releases whether you dig the harder styles of four-on-the-floor big-room bangers or the soft trance melodies. There were a lot of hot releases in 2 ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Vampire Weekend at Red Rocks, 5/20/13

    VAMPIRE WEEKEND @ RED ROCKS | 5/20/13 Last night at Red Rocks, Vampire Weekend showed all the strength that has made it so compelling since the release of its first record five years ago. From Ezra Koenig's effortless falsetto and drummer Chris Tomson's rollicking drum rolls that eerily echo old sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week

    TURBONEGRO @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/20/13 In 1989, when Norwegian band Turbonegro got together, it was clearly fueled by a love of Alice Cooper and acts like Hanoi Rocks and the Stooges. You can hear the influence in songs like "Sell Your Body (To the Night)," which features an obvious guitar-riff n ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Mustaches: They're gross, they scratch my face, and the Civil War is over

    Editor's note: Mustaches are derigeur on uncles, cops and closing pitchers, but they've also become a fixture on the upper lips of the young and the hip. In fact, it's hard to imagine a time since the Civil War when razors were so ignored. But the look can be polarizing, and Westword contributors Sa ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Justify My Love: Submitting to a Vampire Weekend obsession

    Catch Vampire Weekend tonight at Red Rocks with Beach House and the Dum Dum Girls​Okay we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon that nobody else knew about. Guilty pleasures is what most people term these sort of ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Vampire Weekend at the Ogden: Shake it, white boy

    ​ Vampire Weekend • The Blow 03.19.10 | The Ogden Theatre A lot of people accuse Vampire Weekend of not being original. "It's Paul Simon but smirkier," they say, or: "It's Afro-pop but whiter." And maybe it is those things. But you know what we're willing to bet no Afro-pop band, Paul Sim ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    In case you missed it: Backbeat's ten most-read blogs of 2008

    The Mile High Music fest drew a lot of interest from local music fans in '08. This blog churned out more than 1,400 posts in 2008, about life, death, plastic surgery, and even some music. Here, in case you just joined us or are really taking stock of your year, a quick-clicking guide to the ten mos ... More >>

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    June 16, 2008

    Over the Weekend...the Chain Gang of 1974, the Heyday, Laylights, Swayback, Born in the Flood, Ra Ra Riot and Drive-By Truckers @ Westword Music Showcase

    Photos by James Mitchell Evans, Soren McCarty and Bert Ross. Westword Music Showcase Saturday, June 14, 2008 Outdoor Stage Better Than: For the cost, any show in Colorado this summer On a blisteringly hot summer day, the outdoor stage at Westword’s 2008 Music Showcase reverberated with a consis ... More >>

  • Music

    June 12, 2008

    Riot Squad

    Ra Ra Riot cheers on the rebirth of college rock.

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    June 11, 2008

    Q&A With Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2008

    Vampire Weekend Takes on Its Buzz

    Hot on the heels of SXSW, the nation’s hottest buzz band returns to Denver.

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    March 19, 2008

    Q&A With Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig

    Right now, the most talked-about band on the rise among the nation's critical taste-makers is Vampire Weekend. But in Westword’s March 20 profile of the New York-based group, and in the following Q&A, lead singer/guitarist Ezra Koenig talks for himself. Koenig begins by sketching in details about ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2007

    Vampire Weekend

    Most bands would kill for the buzz surrounding this NYC quartet.