Folk Music

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The twelve best shows in Denver this weekend

    Another several-night stand at Red Rocks this weekend: The Avett Brothers play three shows at the World's Only Natural Amphitheater. Elsewhere, Ms. Lauryn Hill will confound you with a bunch of songs that sound absolutely nothing like the hits your remember. And Joan Baez goes from Denver to Fort Co ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014
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    March 13, 2014
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    October 29, 2013

    Jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan on his new album, Shadow Theater, and his Armenian influences

    Although jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan, who's just going by his first name these days, is only in his mid twenties, he already has more than two decades of playing under his belt. Having started on piano at the age of three, he was already playing festivals by the time he was thirteen. With a technic ... More >>

  • Music

    June 6, 2013
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    November 2, 2012

    The Head and the Heart at CU Boulder, 11/1/12

    THE HEAD AND THE HEART @ COORS EVENT CENTER | 11/1/12 President Obama's speech last night at the University of Colorado's Coors Event Center marked the umpteenth time the Commander in Chief has stopped in the Centennial State this campaign season -- just last week, he was touting his record in Denv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    R.I.P. Levon Helm, 5/26/40 - 4/19/12

    See Also: At the Helm - A throat cancer survivor, the Band's Levon Helm can't sing anymore -- but the beat goes on Levon Helm, iconic drummer and singer extraordinaire of the Band, died yesterday at the age of 71, after a long and strenuous battle with throat cancer. Helm's imaginative drumming and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    David Bowie's Hunky Dory turns forty

    David Bowie's Hunky Dory was originally released on December 17, 1971​No matter how hard he tried, David Bowie just couldn't fit into the '60s. From having to abandon his birth-name (Davy Jones) to the pop-darling Monkees singer, to staring in Ice Cream commercials in order to finance his tank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Brian Blade on the history of the Fellowship Band and working with Daniel Lanois

    ​Having established himself as an in-demand drummer in both jazz and rock circles by working with everyone from Wayne Shorter and Bill Frisell to Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Brian Blade is also a strong leader in his own right -- namely, with his Fellowship Band, which will be at Dazzle tonig ... More >>

  • Music

    February 18, 2010
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    February 3, 2010

    Last Night: Steve Earle at Boulder Theater

    Steve Earle, Hayes Carll Tuesday, February 2 Boulder Theater Steve Earle (photo by Kiernan Maletsky)​ Steve Earle is going to pretend he's playing a Tom Waits cover, but we all know he's doing the theme from The Wire. That out-of-his mind guy in the back with the shockingly loud voice tells h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Susan Boyle on top again at Twist and Shout

    ​Susan Boyle continues to dominate the charts at Twist & Shout and once again grabbed the top spot with her debut, I Dreamed a Dream. Tom Waits is still putting up a fight with Glitter and Doom Live and came in second while Christmas records from Sting and Bob Dylan came in third and fourth fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Norah Jones top seller at Bart's CD Cellar again

    ​Norah Jones' latest effort, The Fall, nabbed the top spot at Bart's CD Cellar for the second week in a row. Tom Petty's four-disc Live Anthology, released last week on Reprise, came in second while Them Crooked Vultures' self-titled debut came in third for the week ending November 29. Bob Dylan's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Flaming Lips top sellar at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​The Flaming Lips new album, Embryonic, was the top seller at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending October 25, while Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 and Roseanne Cash's The List grabbed the second and third spots. Bob Dylan's new Christmas album and Kevon Edwards' Who Knew rounded out the top five. See th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Flaming Lips grab top spot at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​The Flaming Lips latest effort, Embryonic, debuted at the number one spot at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending October 18. Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart, released last week on Columbia, came in second and Built to Spill's There Is No Enemy came in third, while the Avett Brothers' I and Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 12, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Q&A with Frank Turner

    ​There is a long tradition of ex-punk rockers trading in their power chords and electric guitars for the idyllic green pastures of folk music. Frank Turner of Winchester, England made that very leap a few years ago after the breakup of his progressive hardcore band Million Dead had reached its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Q&A with Kevin Devine

    Photo by Denny DoesKevin Devine. Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine, the subject of a profile in this week's Westword advancing his Sunday, May 24 gig at the Marquis Theatre with Miniature Tigers, The Rouge and Brian Bonz, is the rarest of interview subjects: a guy who listeners carefully to every ques ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Bob Dylan grabs top spot at Twist and Shout

    Bob Dylan's latest disc, Together Through Life, was the top seller for the second week in a row at Twist and Shout, while new releases from Ben Harper, Isis, Peaches and St. Vincent rounded out the list for the week ending May 10. See the full breakdown after the jump.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Pleistocene top seller at Wax Trax

    For the week ending May 10, local glacial rockers Pleistocene topped Wax Trax's best seller list with their new album, The Mammoth and the Microchip. New releases by Bob Dylan, Metric, Cursive and Isis also earned spots in the top five. See the full breakdown after the jump.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Bob Dylan top seller at Twist & Shout

    Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, released last week on Columbia, grabbed the top spot at Twist and Shout for the week ending May 3. Depeche Mode, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Neko Case rounded out the top five. See the full breakdown after the jump.

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009
  • Music

    October 9, 2008
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    October 2, 2008

    That's All Folk

    The Swallow Hill HarvestFest redefines a musical genre.

  • Culture

    August 7, 2008
  • Calendar

    July 24, 2008

    Planetary Vibes

    Swallow Hill celebrates world-fusion folk music.

  • Calendar

    February 28, 2008
  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Cat Power


  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Guggenheim Grotto

    Sunday, August 19, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, 1-800-624-2422.

  • Music

    September 14, 2006

    The Hidden Cameras

    Awoo (Arts & Crafts)

  • Calendar

    August 24, 2006

    Simply the Fest

    Musicians strum for Swallow Hill.

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    Jolie Holland

    Friday, June 23, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030; Saturday, June 24, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    The Love Letter Band

    Fear Not My Brothers, Fear Not My Sisters, For I Have Seen the Future... (Happy Happy Birthday to Me)

  • Calendar

    September 8, 2005

    Listen Up

    Stories on Stage raises the political bunting.

  • Culture

    August 25, 2005

    In Black and White

    Great photos by John Cohen at Singer, and quirky scratchboards by Jason Needham at Zip 37.

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    May 26, 2005


    Monday, May 30, Monkey Mania, 303-292-4370.

  • Culture

    February 17, 2005

    Black History Speaks

    Shadow Theatre's Paul Robeson restores an American giant.

  • Calendar

    December 16, 2004

    Brown's in Town

    Folksinger plays Swallow Hill

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Loudon Wainwright III

    Friday, December 17, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.

  • Music

    January 2, 2003
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    May 23, 2002

    Townes Van Zandt

    Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings, The Best of Townes Van Zandt (Tomato)
    A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt (Dualtone)

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    The Band

    The Last Waltz (Warner Bros./Rhino)

  • Culture

    August 23, 2001


    Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2001

    Best Uncategorizable Recording

    Carnival Detournement
    Hamster Theatre

  • Calendar

    April 15, 1999

    Night & Day

    April 15-21, 1999

  • Calendar

    August 13, 1998
  • Music

    April 2, 1998

    Lord Knows

    Mary Lou Lord is smarter than the average busker.

  • Music

    November 27, 1997
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    October 2, 1997
  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Carving a Niche

    From body bags to gang shootings, artist Bill Potts has seen the horror--and held on to the dream.

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