Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagin ... More >>
Although it sometimes seems like the gang's all beer the week of the GABF, there are many other events on the culinary calendar -- including opportunities to do good while eating good food. Tonight, for example, you can help defeat youth homelessness by supporting Urban Peak at Vesta Dipping Grill, ... More >>
Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands, and those bands often tend to get overlooked, because, well, they're playing somebody else's music. Thus, our latest feature, Cover Band of the Week (or, perhaps more accurately, every few weeks, because let's be honest: There's a finite numb ... More >>
Is that you, Katy Perry?It's no secret Katy Perry has a wicked sense of comedic timing. Remember when her Sesame Street appearance didn't air and she donned a skin-tight Elmo t-shirt and bounced around on Saturday Night Live as Maureen the sixteen-year-old who just hit puberty (and hard)? No ... More >>
Last week, the Beatles finally caved into to the digital model, joining other once-holdouts like Pink Floyd and Metallica on iTunes. There are two reasons why artists are still withholding their music from iTunes: They want full-album/no-single purchases, and they want more money.
Here's why some fans have reasonable doubts when they hear an artist say they're retiring.With the regular football season getting ready to kick off, Brett Favre has once again pulled a fast one and decided to return for one more season. Sure, he can say retired; he just can't seem to stay re ... More >>
Paul Winner Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumbl ... More >>
Country with a capital C.
Oklahoma-based Cross Canadian Ragweed, which stops by the Grizzly Rose on Friday, January 4 (see the appropriate Now Hear This item for more details), is an anomaly: a big-selling country band that can't get played on country radio because its music supposedly isn't country enough. CCR's frontman, C ... More >>
This songstress is the best underage songwriter to emerge from Music Row in decades.
Finding more local bang for the byte.
Sunday, July 23, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Feeling the love at the Westword Music Showcase Awards.
We just can't quit this countrified Karaoke.
Friday, February 24, Grizzly Rose, 303-295-1330.
In which yours truly auditions for Gimme the Mike.
The good, the bad and the ugly of neo-country.
Country-radio pros gather in Colorado to search for ways to seduce a younger generation.
Blue Country Heart (Columbia)
Lovesick, Broke and...Driftin' (Curb)
Buddy & Julie Miller (HighTone)
A group of area songwriters gathers to improve their tunes -- and take a shot at the bigtime.
Let There Be Country, Keys to the Kingdom, Life Is Messy, Salt of the Earth, The Only Years, Between Midnight & Hindsight, Epic Recordings (Lucky Dog)
Kinky Friedman is an author/musician/Jewish cowboy like no other.
Who's changed more -- Trisha Yearwood or country music?
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Murder on Music Row
(Shell Point Records)
This year's holiday CDs alternately inspire joy, nausea and terror. Which would you prefer?
Puff Daddy, Leo Kottke, Prince, Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines
Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.
Mike Ness makes an album without so much Social Distortion.
Salt-N-Pepa are still capable of spicing up your life.
A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.
An essential boxed set shows what was right about Hank Williamsand what's wrong about country music today.
Putting the season's major releases to the test.
On two new reissues, a pair of C&W legends refuse to paint by the numbers.
Lee Roy Parnell thought that slide guitar had a place in country music. He was right.
THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS DISCS PROVIDE SOME ROUGH SLEDDING.
WE'VE JUST LISTENED TO EVERY RADIO STATION IN DENVER--AND BOY, DO OUR EARS HURT.
THE KINGS OF CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC BELIEVE THAT THEIR PRAYERS ARE ABOUT TO BE ANSWERED.
16 HORSEPOWER REVS UP THE LATEST IN COUNTRY PUNK.