While traveling from Denver to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrate ... More >>
Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitar god known for his supremely technical fretwork. The virtuosic guitarist burst into the world of international music in 1984 with Rising Force. At the age of seven, Malmsteen says, he saw a documentary about the death of Jimi Hendrix and was so taken in by his musical pow ... More >>
Ah, yes, Sunday morning coming down. I believe that's how Kris Kristofferson once described the tail end of an epic bender, what, with no way to hold his head in a way that didn't ache and what have you. Hopefully you didn't go too hard the past two days; there's still one day of great music to look ... More >>
Known for his innovative, textural approach to guitar playing, David Torn has released a number of albums under his own name and under the Splattercell moniker. He's also used his talents for film scoring and collaborated with a diverse set of artists including David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Sting an ... More >>
Ceremony (due tonight at the Marquis Theater) started out in Rohnert Park, California, as a straight ahead hardcore outfit. The band's fast, hard-hitting songs put it in good company with like-minded bands influenced by that era of punk where a song could be less than a minute long, so long as you s ... More >>
The members of Speedwolf (due tonight at the Marquis Theater) specialize in brand of no frills metal in the vein of Motorhead and Venom, played with the playful ferocity of a hardcore band. The guys are not necessarily carrying the torch for that older style of heavy music as much as they'r ... More >>
DICK DALE at GOTHIC THEATRE | 10/2/11"We just made that shit up," said surf rock legend Dick Dale after a mid-tempo blues instrumental about a half an hour into Sunday night set at the Gothic. "That's the story of my life. Everything I do onstage is made up. We never follow a pattern or a list. That ... More >>
Brian Landis Folkins JOHN MAYER With special guest Owl City 09.01.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre You ever been around somebody who's had a near-death experience? Notice how they're just a little more gracious than the rest of us, and perhaps a little more sincere? Or how they don't take life's ... More >>
Here's our massive, multi-page report/travelogue of the Westword Music Showcase from (in order) Tom Murphy, Cory Casciato, A.H. Goldstein, Jef Otte, Jon Solomon and Brain Frederick. Let us know in the comments what you saw and loved, saw and hated, or missed and hated yourself for missing. ... More >>
Tom MurphyGangcharger's Ethan Ward at the MeadowlarkGangcharger started out as something of a side-project Ethan Ward did with a few friends. Few probably saw or remember the earliest incarnation of the band, but when it started up full force at the end of 2008, even if you didn't like the ac ... More >>
Adrian Belew has lead something of a charmed existence as a musician for the last thirty years, from his first high-profile gig as a guitarist for Frank Zappa in 1979 to his later work with Talking Heads, Trent Reznor, David Bowie and King Crimson. Though possessed of preternaturally able technic ... More >>
Usually when someone wants to commit armed robbery, he'll bring along a weapon that combines stealth, convenience and anonymity -- a small gun, for instance. Not so one enterprising Colorado Springs man, who this week brazenly robbed one area 7-Eleven store (and tried to knock over a second) armed o ... More >>
Watch that Tempa.
Busdriver, Daedelus and Antimc October 27, 2007, hi-dive Better than: Watching the Rockies lose game 3. There was a ton of Halloween stuff (and the Series as well) going on around town, so these guys picked a less than ideal night to hit town. But Antimc got the sparse crowd warmed up, traversing ... More >>
We spend a day on Denver's dividing line: Sheridan Boulevard.
Angie Stevens has finally put the past behind her.
Denver filmmakers take to the road and Do It for Johnny.
Rose Hill Drive has come a long way...without me.
Now part of Denver Joe's "family," Dick and Lois Meis have strummed, plucked and picked their way across five decades of Western music.
Deborah Coleman is one of the country's emerging blues guitarists. She's also one of the genre's last black female bandleaders left anywhere.
Hemi Cuda's new CD is thick and tasty.
Indigenous joins the tribe of rock and roll.
Mr. Tree and the Wingnuts' refried hillbilly music takes root.
DeVotchKa's cultural collisions make for fascinating art.
Guitarist Patty Larkin is a tour de force.
Susan Tedeschi is painting the radio dial blue.
November 19 - 25, 1998
August 27 - September 2, 1998
THE KING OF THE SURF GUITAR IS BACK ON THE BOARD.