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NEUROSIS at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/16/13 Experiencing the rare and punishing set from Neurosis at the Summit Music Hall evoked the sensation of being in front of a oncoming freight train. But then the music itself was so powerful and felt like so many things, that it was almost overwhelming. The imp ... More >>
THE PHOTO ATLAS @ HI-DIVE | 2/8/13 The wide-ranging sounds of "Memory Like a Sinking Ship" was one of the high points of this set from the Photo Atlas. The way the band's usual wiry energy was threaded together with colorful, incandescent moody passages and hanging melodies around confessional, sel ... More >>
ROB ZOMBIE & MARILYN MANSON @ 1STBANK CENTER |10/2/12 With the theme to Suspiria pumping out through the speakers as a preamble, Marilyn Manson took the stage with a huge, glowing, red, psychic cross hanging overhead -- a nice touch. The distorted, driving bass line of "Hey, Cruel World" let us kno ... More >>
SWANS @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 9/24/12 "I know it's a Monday night, can you tolerate one more?" Michael Gira asked the crowd more than two hours into the show. It wasn't really even a question because Gira already knew the answer. Swans then played its final song: the sprawling, apocalypse-eclipsing "The ... More >>
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult began as a film idea that Frankie Nardiello and Marsten Daley had that never fully came to fruition. The two met while touring with Ministry, and in 1987, inspired in part by disco, exploitation films, the industrial scene happening around them in Chicago and a mutu ... More >>
Widely recognized as one of the originators of techno and a giant in the evolution of electronic-music culture, Kevin Saunderson (along with childhood friends Derrick May and Juan Atkins) began creating and performing his own unique style of kinetic, heavily percussive, sample-based dance music in D ... More >>
Battles (due tomorrow at the Westword Music Showcase on the main Stage) first came together when Ian Williams, a former guitarist in math rock pioneers Don Caballero, moved to New York and got lured back into playing live music. He ended up working with like-minded musicians with their own backgroun ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! You made it. And of course, this is not just any weekend. It's the Westword Music Showcase weekend! Whoo freaking hoo! So with that in mind, here's a rundown of what you have in store tomorrow afternoon/evening on the main stage. Be sure to check out this page for a full rund ... More >>
In case you haven't heard yet, this Satruday night, Andrew Butler, the main man behind Hercules and Love Affair, is stopping by Beauty Bar to guest DJ at Double//Shadow. The free night, hosted by James Yardley and James Holden, is always dedicated to darker dance music, and it looks like it'l ... More >>
If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>
Formed in New York City circa 2002, Battles (due at the Bluebird Theater tonight with Force Publique) originally had four members until vocalist Tyondai Braxton decided to exit the picture. Forging ahead, this year the trio -- drummer John Stanier of Helmet, guitarist Ian Williams of Don Caba ... More >>
Small Black's debut EP definitely harks back to those great synth-pop songs of the early '80s with its vintage sound, but with a kind of lo-fi production more in line with a later era in music. The strong songwriting and a keen sense of pacing and melody continued into the next phase of the ... More >>
The James': Yardley and Holden, respectively.Once upon a time, DJs played records, and going to the club was a dressy affair. Enter Double//Shadow, a flashy, free party happening this Saturday night at Beauty Bar, hosted by musician besties James Holden (of Astra Moveo) and James Yardley (of ... More >>
Tom MurphyGary Numan GARY NUMAN With Blackcell 10.28.10 | Gothic Theater, Denver, CO Local IDM/experimental electronic duo Blackcell kicked off this show with synths and maybe drum machines and computers as sequencers. As deeply textured percussion filled the room, various other generated ... More >>
Gary Numan may best be remembered by the masses for "Cars," -- a song that was once swept into those inaccurate time capsules known as generic "Greatest Hits of The '80s" compilations that used to be sold on television. But the truth is, the song came from an entire album of amazing work, 197 ... More >>
Gary Numan (and his contoured blush) want to see you shake it at Neon Knights.Halloween should really be the entire month of October, not just one day. That's how its celebrated, anyway, with suburban multiplex haunted houses starting up before fall even hits, and pre-Halloween parties in ful ... More >>
Electro-pop legend Gary Numan is making a short sixteen-date trek across North America this fall, which is slated to include a stop at the Gothic Theatre on Thursday, October 28. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of his debut, The Pleasure Principle, Numan will perform the album in its enti ... More >>
Fucking A. Ask and ye shall receive, eh? (Well, it's not Denver, but close enough.) Just glimpsed the lineup for this year's Coachella. As far as headliners go, you've got your Jay-Z and your LCD Soundsystem and, uh, let's see here, Thom Yorke and ... yada, yada, yada. Whatever, dude. Five words: Fa ... More >>
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 >>
Plant Music Records
Gary Numan's songs get pimped.
Jeremy Enigk's Sunny days may be over, but his music is as bright as ever.
Nearing thirty years as the most challenging rock band on earth, Pere Ubu waxes enigmatic.
Electro Nouveau: Tech, Synthpop and Nu-Electro (Moonshine)
We Are Science (Mantra)
Old and new collide to create the next wave of electronica.
Pleasure Forever indulges the senses in a dark, debauched sound.
TA (Thrill Jockey)
Broken Records (Clearly)
An Introductory to Music (Manplanet)
'Tis the season to rate another avalanche of holiday discs.
The founder of Denver's first Brit-pop night moves into the future with Shaggy Robot.
Marilyn Manson resurrects the same ol' shtick.
The Olivia Tremor Control, part of Denver's Elephant 6 family, shakes up the underground.