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    November 5, 2014

    The Ten Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

    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 >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Six not-glamorous reasons people want to have sex with musicians

    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 >>

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    April 22, 2014

    Let's talk about sex: Is hip safe-sex discussion making a comeback through memes?

    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 >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Adam Stone will have you screaming at Ice Cream Bloodbath Saturday

    "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 >>

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    September 16, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    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 >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Rock and roll's still a boy's club, even when it comes to dead guys

    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 >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Reader: Beast Bottle's menu sounds fantastic

    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 >>

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    February 14, 2013

    The ten hottest musical pairings

    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 >>

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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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    December 14, 2012

    KTCL's Not So Silent Night at 1STBANK, fun., Of Monsters and Men and Churchill, 12/13/12

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2012

    SSION at Larimer Lounge, 10/16/12

    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 >>

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    July 11, 2012

    What's in your bag? Local artist ASiEL and visitor Brooke Dawson look out of this world!

    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 >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Queen songs send Elise Testone home

    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 >>

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    March 31, 2012

    Review: Say Anything at Summit Music Hall, 3/30/12

    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 >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Michael Jackson songs stolen by hackers

    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 >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Chartbreaker: Adele beats Michael Jackson's record and eyes Prince's Purple Rain next

    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 >>

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    February 2, 2012

    America Idol in Portland: The judges were spot on, but the contestants were a mixed bag

    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 >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Botanico Care in Denver

    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 >>

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    November 22, 2011

    Winning Movember, week 4: On the sexuality of the mustache

    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 >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Top five best music action figures

    ​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 >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Tonight: One Night of Queen at the Bluebird

    ​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 >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Diagnosis: Bieber-phobia. We'll never see Never Say Never. Never ever, if we can help it. Ever.

    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 >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Today in Stoke: Aspen's Gay & Lesbian Ski Week

    www.GaySkiWeek.comLook for lots of lederhosen on the slopes this week in Aspen​There are more bears than cougars in Aspen this week, as my fiancĂ©e 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 >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Top Five moustaches in honor of Movember

    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 >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Kahn Morbee of the Parlotones on its hard won success at home in South Africa

    ​ 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 >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury? Here's who should play the other members of Queen.

    ​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 >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Mashed landings: A rundown of the 5 worst mash-ups

    flickr / nmfin​Thanks 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 >>

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    August 12, 2010
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    June 17, 2010
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    June 17, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase headliners: Ghostland Observatory's live show is as mesmerizing as it is unforgetable

    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 >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    July 17, 2009

    Mile High Music Festival Q&A: The Duke Spirit

    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 >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase reviewed: La Rumba

    Eric Syl GruniesenThe Epilogues tore up La Rumba. See more photos from La Rumba at 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 >>

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    November 12, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    Freddie's Not Dead

    The CSO resurrects Queen.

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    October 26, 2006

    My Chemical Romance

    The Black Parade (Reprise)

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    June 1, 2006
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    April 13, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    November 17, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    September 1, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of September 1, 2005

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    August 11, 2005

    Various Artists

    Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (Hollywood)

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    July 14, 2005

    Mixel Pixel

    Saturday, July 16, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.

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    March 24, 2005
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    June 8, 2000

    Young Guns

    Never mind the rumors; here's the Sex Pistols.

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    June 8, 2000

    Summertime Rolls

    It's the time of the season to check out some local releases.

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    September 16, 1999

    Other Voices, Other Tunes

    Two new releases -- and a certain music awards showcase -- prove Denver's no one-note town.

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    May 27, 1999

    The Oblivion Express

    Comeback attempts by acts that should just go away.

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    April 8, 1999
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    April 23, 1998

    Rock of Ages

    An Aerosmith concert begs the question: If rock and roll is rebellious, why do your mom and dad like it, too?

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    August 15, 1996
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