We're all taught not to speak ill of the dead. But in the case of Fred Phelps, head of Kansas' vile Westboro Baptist Church, who breathed his last yesterday, we're going to make an exception. To mark Phelps' passing, we've combined two offerings -- a 2013 Jenn Wohletz post recapping the top five ti ... More >>
Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (screenings are set for Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26 at 7th Circle Music Collective) is the documentary film about the beloved, pioneering pop punk band and its associated project All. Starting in the late '70s with drummer Bill Stevenson, Desce ... More >>
It's no surprise that Westboro Baptist Church is up to its usual well-publicized and well-hated shenanigans, but members of the "God Hates F*gs!" gang have gone and done it now -- they pissed off a group of New York City Satanists (a group you really don't wanna piss off) by threatening to picket th ... More >>
Founded in 2008, Ghost B.C. created a bit of mystique for itself right from the start. The sextet is essentially anonymous in its elaborate costumes, with singer Papa Emeritus II decked out like a satanic pope, and his cardinals, The Ghouls With No Name, performing in uniform brown robes whose cowls ... More >>
After playing with Denver-based bands including G-Force and Autobahn in the '80s, James "Rooster" Olson made a name for himself with his company Trailer Trash Pedal Boards. Olson essentially revolutionized the pedal-board industry with his award-winning designs, which have been used by an array of t ... More >>
More and more, you've probably noticed an influx of Internet jukeboxes, the kind that offer a seemingly endless assortment of songs, cropping up in bars. But there are still a handful of spots rocking old school CD jukeboxes that require a bit of taste-making. Here's the ten best, including this yea ... More >>
Dave Grohl is a busy guy. The Foo Fighters frontman is a member of multiple supergroups, played alongside Paul McCartney at the 12/12/12 Sandy Relief Concert, will be the keynote speaker at South by Southwest this March, and just made his directing debut with Sound City, a documentary tracing the hi ... More >>
There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>
If you thought last week's new show announcements were killer, brace yourself. This week's show is just as killer, er make that Killers. After being missing in action for the past couple of years, the Las Vegas quartet is making its triumphant return this November at the 1STBANK Center in support of ... More >>
Remember last year when the hacker group Lulz Security nabbed credit card data and other personal information from Sony PlayStation Network? Around the same time, two British hackers lifted unreleased songs by Michael Jackson from the Sony Music Entertainment computer system. The two hackers are so ... More >>
Despite the pointed assertion of Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney that rock music is dying because of Nickelback, the genre still appears to be selling quite well. Granted, not quite as well as hip-hop or pop, but it's still kicking. In a recent Rolling Stone cover story, Carney is quoted as sayin ... More >>
Grammy nominations for 2012 were announced last night during the Grammys Nomination Concert -- which was, oddly, just that: a concert, not a nominations show. Nominations in four major categories were announced, plus performances by major players in mainstream music like Lady Gaga, who performed twi ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, Phish is closing out its tour at Dick's on Labor Day weekend, Roger Daltrey is performing the Who's Tommy at 1STBANK in October, Return to Forever is returning the Paramount and Sugarland is stopping by Comfort Dental with Sara B ... More >>
Just a few of the master tapes left behind at Time Capsule StudiosTucked inside the sleeve of the latest Foo Fighters record you'll find an inch long piece of tape that resembles a film negative. If you're not paying attention when you rip open the packaging, you'll miss the sticker on the sh ... More >>
Ryan Gombeski, Chris Weaver and JP Manza of Take to the Oars at Congress Bridge Friday, March 18 SHIT! I swore last night that I would not be sitting here tonight at 3:00 a.m. in front of the computer working on the blog -- there are after parties to be had people! -- but alas, here we are ... More >>
This year once again as we compiled our annual Moovers and Shakers issue -- a rundown of our favorite local releases from the past year -- we found that there were simply more albums that we dug than we had space to devote to in the paper. Thankfully, no such limitations exist on the web. C ... More >>
There's a certain political group that pays a lot of lip service to individual property rights -- raise your hand if this sounds familiar: Lower taxes, gun ownership, capitalism! As it turns out, there seems to be one aspect of individual property that certain group does not seem to respect ... More >>
As if playing in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters wasn't enough for Dave Grohl, he teamed up with Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones and Queen of the Stone Age's Joshua Homme to form Them Crooked Vultures in 2009. The Vultures, who released their self-titled debut this past November, descend upon the Fil ... More >>
Them Crooked Vultures, the supergroup that features drummer Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age), guitarist/singer John Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss) and bassist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout with their self-titled debut, ... More >>
By now you've probably heard that Sunny Day Real Estate, one of my all-time favorite bands and an act whose influence can not be overstated, is reuniting and heading out on the road for twenty dates with the original line-up. We just received word that the tour, which kicks off on September 17 in Va ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsYerkish led off at Fidel's. See more photos from Fidel's at westword.com/slideshow. Yerkish, 12 p.m. The crowd inside the cramped cantina is building slowly as Yerkish takes the stage, and the band wastes no time in laying out its frenetic, frantic rhythms. It's a dynamic compl ... More >>
It's been three weeks since I wrote a word about this season's Top Chef on Bravo. Know why? Because it has been so boring and so contrived and so stupid that the episodes themselves were painful to watch -- making me less than excited about the notion of then rehashing them here. There w ... More >>
Denver radio's getting a shakeup, with more alterations on the horizon. But do any of the switches qualify as improvements?
On February 10, the Grammy Awards marked their fiftieth anniversary with a program so misguided and wrongheaded that it perfectly encapsulated all of the music industry's current woes. Following a suitably embalmed duet with the thoroughly dead Frank Sinatra, appearing in stock footage, Alicia Keys ... More >>
So you've thought the MTV's Video Music Awards have sucked in recent years? Well, the 2007 edition aired on September 9 brought sucking to a level that even the pros on the Hoover design team never imagined possible. Although the startlingly pathetic opening number by Britney Spears has received the ... More >>
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
Saturday, November 4, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Gomez finds its footing again with How We Operate.
Beto Hale's second release is world-class.
Teaching the Rockies how to rock the Rockies.
Probot (Southern Lord)
After years of struggle, pop springs eternal for the Jealous Sound.
The Mars Volta isn't interested in your expectations.
Isolation Drills (TVT)
Krist Novoselic has more to talk about than his days in Nirvana.
For this Seattle trio, music isn't made by instruments alone.
HERE'S WHAT GRAMMY HOPEFULS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR.
YOU'VE GOT TO USE YOUR HEAD TO GET INTO SHUDDER TO THINK.