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 >>
Recently, Business Insider published the results of a study that purports to prove why women want to enter the bone zone with musicians. The article summarizes research from the University of Sussex, and there are a few glaring omissions that make it useless to the general population. Aside from bas ... More >>
Since the only frame of reference I have is my own, I talk a lot about growing up in the '90s. Of course, I would also argue that that the '90s was the best decade ever: daytime talk shows ruled everything, Courtney Love was queen and MTV didn't suck yet. But not only did MTV not suck, it was home t ... More >>
"I am bullet stopping building crashing weapon," sings Adam Stone in his song Steel. "I don't feel anger panic envy or aggression, yes I could fly and could withstand the fires of hell." Yes, Stone has formed his own theater production company, Screw Tooth, but he also sings. And at 8 p.m. this Sat ... More >>
TUES | THE NATIONAL/LOCAL NATIVES at RED ROCKS | 9/17/13 After finishing their tour in support of 2010's High Violet, the members of the National didn't have any immediate plans to record again. But guitarist Aaron Dessner, whose daughter had just been born, ended up with a lot of time on his hands. ... More >>
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 >>
Beast Bottle, which is owned by former Encore chef/owner Paul Reilly and his sister Aileen, opened Saturday night. Initially they'd looked at the Cherokee location, but instead the pair signed on for the spot then occupied by Olivea, bringing on chefs Wade Kirwin and James Rugile. "It's really ama ... More >>
For centuries, men have known that the real power of music lies in its ability to get you laid. From "panty-dropper" mixtapes that your parents made back in the day, to John Cusack standing outside the window with Peter Gabriel on the boombox, to that little boy banging on the drums in Love Actually ... More >>
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 >>
FUN. @ 1STBANK CENTER | 12/13/12 If you came to KTCL's Not So Silent Night at the 1STBANK Center last night expecting to hear "We Are Young"-like songs for the duration of fun.'s almost two-hour set, you were disappointed. That's not to say that the rest of the songs paled to the Billboard topping ... More >>
SSION @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 10/16/12 SSION's Cody Critcheloe has this ability to bring out the teenage idolatry in his audience; from the clothes to the attitude, there's an energetic desire from his followers to be just like whatever incarnation of himself Critcheloe is wearing at that moment in time ... More >>
The summer continues to be a scorcher, and while many of us are too hot to do anything useful, cooler heads are using this time to plan ahead for the future. Take a look at this week's street-style subjects, who prove that you can be productive and look good at the same time. See also: - Denver mus ... More >>
Following a strong showing on Wednesday night by almost all of the Top 6, Elise Testone, one of the best of the Queen-covering bunch, was sent home during last night's results show. She was joined by Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh, only the latter of whom belonged there. Nevertheless, someone had ... More >>
SAY ANYTHING @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 3/30/12Freddie Mercury be damned. Say Anything frontman Max Bemis's performance last night at the Summit Music Hall resembled more than a tribute to Queen's lead singer; it was a show of peacockery that successfully encapsulated the evening's restless atmosphere. B ... 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 >>
Yet another big week for Adele, who continues to dominate the charts. With a ninth consecutive week at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, the 22nd week overall, Adele's second album, 21 recently supplanted The Bodyguard soundtrack in the record books and now the album has is closing in on Prince ... More >>
If you're going to take on Freddie Mercury's vocal prowess on "Somebody To Love" and use it as an audition piece for American Idol, you better be able to hit those notes. Unfortunately for the baby-faced Ben Harrison, 28, none of the judges loved his take. The falsetto, on blast, would have made Mer ... More >>
Although they snagged their renovated, turn-of-the-century storefront on Larimer Street during the Great Dispensary Rush of 2009 at close to the last minute, the owners of Botanico Care say that over the past two years, they've grown to love the RiNO arts district. And the neighborhood is full of p ... More >>
It's nearly Thanksgiving, and since gratitude is for the weak, I'm thankful this year for one thing and one thing only: imminent victory. As we move into the fourth week of Movember, that great month during which brave men attempt to eradicate cancer by growing mustaches (thus raising awareness, whi ... More >>
NECA is gearing up to release a topless, Skeletor-esque Iggy Pop action figure onto unsuspecting fans this coming June, a fact that might seem a bit odd for those who aren't familiar with rock stars' long and illustrious history with action figure manufactures. Over time we've seen plenty of ... More >>
There is only one Freddie Mercury, and there will never be another performer like him -- but Gary Mullen is an excellent reminder of why and how Queen changed the landscape of modern music forever. Along with his band, The Works, Mullen brings Mercury and company's epic existence back to life ... More >>
No, Justin. Please stop. On this eve of the release of Justin Bieber's movie, Never Say Never, I felt it would be an appropriate time to discuss how I feel about him. Simply put, Justin Bieber makes me uncomfortable. This is not a dislike of him as a person or a hatefulness toward his music, ... More >>
www.GaySkiWeek.comLook for lots of lederhosen on the slopes this week in AspenThere are more bears than cougars in Aspen this week, as my fiancée and I noticed when we rolled into town last night, and more rainbow flags than usual, too. That would be because it's the 34th annual Aspen Gay Sk ... More >>
It's November Movember, which means it's time to get your moustache on for charity. The above video pretty much sums up everything you need to know, but if you prefer reading, then know this: Grow a mustache, raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. Simple enough right? Movember.Com has ... More >>
The Parlotones is not a household name in North America, but it is one of the best known bands out of South Africa. With hit singles in its native country, the Parlotones started to make waves outside South Africa with its second album, 2005's Radiocontrolledrobot. Hailing from Johanesburg, ... More >>
Last week, Deadline reported that Sacha Baron Cohen, of Borat and Ali G fame, is lined up to play Freddie Mercury in an untitled biopic. Although the majority of his work has been in parody, Baron Cohen is a nearly perfect fit, and a we don't doubt his intentions for a moment. Even still, a b ... More >>
flickr / nmfinThanks to the absurdly low cost of music and video editing software and an inexhaustible number of people who clearly have too much time on their hands, the Internet has been inundated with mash-ups. Some folks, believe this is a auspicious development for humanity. And while we ... More >>
Chad Wadsworth From the beginning, Ghostland Observatory has gone into its musical endeavors with a certain level of personal ambition to make it the kind of band they've always loved themselves. Mixing a variety of electronic music styles with rock, soul and funk, this Austin-based outfit i ... More >>
Steve GullickForming in London in 2003, the Duke Spirit has evolved a sound that brings together elements of garage rock, soul, the blues and swirly, noisy atmospheric rock. Rather than sounding like's trying to do too many things at once, act's music sounds rich with textures and emotional landscap ... More >>
Eric Syl GruniesenThe Epilogues tore up La Rumba. See more photos from La Rumba at westword.com/slideshow. Alan Baird Project, 12:00 p.m. It's never easy being the first band to play at an all-day event. Typically, bands that are booked to perform early in the day have to work a lot harder to get ... More >>
The CSO resurrects Queen.
The Black Parade (Reprise)
Fast reviews of recent releases
Fast reviews of recent releases
From the week of September 1, 2005
Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (Hollywood)
Saturday, July 16, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.
Never mind the rumors; here's the Sex Pistols.
It's the time of the season to check out some local releases.
Two new releases -- and a certain music awards showcase -- prove Denver's no one-note town.
Comeback attempts by acts that should just go away.
An Aerosmith concert begs the question: If rock and roll is rebellious, why do your mom and dad like it, too?