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  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Weirdest Internet search quirks of all 50 states (including Colorado) according to Estately, the site behind our recent list of the ten best states for hippies, has a new target: the Internet search quirks of all fifty states, including Colorado, produced by running "hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms and questions each state was s ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Kill Paris: "A lot of musical artists today, in fifty or sixty years, no one will have heard of them."

    Corey Baker, who performs as Kill Paris, is an old soul trapped in a young body. Through a series of sporadic moves that have taken him from his home in Indiana to Nashville then Los Angeles and now Boulder, Baker has found his own corner in a rapidly evolving electronic music scene. He grew up list ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    The ten shittiest nu metal bands

    Nu metal is the non-alcoholic beer of metal. Why waste your time? Altering, developing, and tweeking metal is fine (see sludge or progressive metal), but nu metal strips away everything that is good about metal and somehow makes it sound tepid and miserable, with generic words describing the collect ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Arrested Development: Five most wonderfully awkward themes in the first three seasons

    While some TV series like The Office, Lost and The Simpsons carried on long after they lost the magic that originally captivated us, Arrested Development remained a razor sharp comedy right up to its 2006 cancellation. So it was no small Internet miracle when the news broke that Netflix would be fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Thanks for coming out, America: Are pop culture and politics on the same queer path?

    Waking up on November 7, I felt like a million bucks. A million bucks that could breathe again, knowing that my president was still mine, my uterus was in the clear, and so many people had exercised the right to vote. That part, the voting part, was the most exciting, because after months of the imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Esperanza Spalding at the Ogden, 9/26/12

    ESPERANZA SPALDING @ OGDEN THEATRE | 9/26/12 Last night's Esperanza Spalding performance was unlike most that the Ogden Theatre sees -- or has seen, for that matter. The presence of chairs (chairs!) in front of the stage was testimony to this. The Ogden is a rock club, first and foremost. If there' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2012

    Amanda Palmer at Gothic Theatre, 9/21/12

    AMANDA PALMER @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 2/4/12 Amanda Palmer wants to ask the audience a personal question. It's halfway through her set, and the crowd is understandably sweaty, aroused, and willing to answer anything she asks. "How many of you, in high school, were described as 'goth'?" To which the crow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    What's in your bag? Marc Jacobs, a master's thesis and more!

    This week, Denver street style is taking cues from New York's Marc Jacobs, whose high-end fashion and leather goods are a symbol of luxury to people around the world. While the air here is hot and muggy, with sudden showers threatening the afternoons, Denverites keep pushing the style thermometer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    What a wonderful, genderqueer world!

    When I was younger, I thought bisexuality was a party trick. I thought it was something that teenage girls used to get attention. Since I've stopped being a teenage girl, I've learned that there are more than just the three oversimplified dimensions -- gay, straight and bi -- of sexuality. But that' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    American Idol Top 8: '80s songs prove difficult for all but Skylar Laine and Phillip Phillips

    Last night's performances by the American Idol top eight were all over the place. The theme, '80s songs, proved difficult for some, while other contestants chose just the right song for their voices and their personalities. The group performances were the most off-putting. "I'm So Excited" by Holli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Aretha Franklin is the greatest vocalist of all time

    Aretha Franklin is the greatest soul singer to ever live. She's the reason we have Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green, Adele, you name it. The singer, born Aretha Louise Franklin in March 1942, paved the way for all of the artists who followed. The Queen of Soul sang on a slew of hits such as "Natural Woma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Dear Mall Santa: Get here already. And bring that guy who smelled like Christmas with you.

    Quit hiding the Ice Palace. Gimme Santa.​The Ice Palace will open its doors at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center at 5 p.m. today -- which means that Santa Claus will finally be in the house. Er, the mall. The Ice Palace -- a fancy name for a faux icicle-covered indoor forest -- will feature six ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Bob Dylan turns 70 today (happy birthday, big guy!): A list of our favorite Bob Dylan albums

    As you're probably already aware, Bob Dylan turns seventy today. We want to take this moment to thank Mrs. Zimmerman for giving birth to one of the most influential musicians of our time. We're hard-pressed to find a musician that is more versatile or as cool as Dylan. He has been called the voice o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Tonight: The Supervillains at the Fox

    ​Not that there needs to be an excuse for a 420-style celebration in Colorado, but tonight at the Fox Theatre, weed enthusiasts the Supervillains (along with Tatanka and Bop Skizzum) get the party started, just a day ahead of the annual blowout. Rising up alongside similar acts like Slightly S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Willie Nelson's freedom for a song? Alternate sentencing ideas for musician's who screw up

    ​We all love when stars get busted. There's nothing better than seeing that terr-awesome mug shot online, but face it, we're a little tired of the same old punishment. In Willie Nelson's recent pot bust, the judge got wicked creative and suggested he sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    "Born This Way," Lady Gaga's glimmering, fabulous return

    ​Lady Gaga's back with "Born This Way," which was officially released to much fanfare on her web site. It's a ridiculous, home-run swing of a pop anthem, replete with about a thousand keyboard tracks and a full-choir chorus that gets an a capella breakdown the last time through. Gaga, somewhat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Ten non-traditional Christmas records you should listen to this year

    Stop! You don't have to!​So we're well into the Christmas season, and chances are good you're getting a bit tired of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby and the Time-Life Christmas collection in general. What had been a charming return to familiar holiday standards -- and perhaps the only reason to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    10 Christmas songs we never want to hear again

    ​Dear stores, we get it: It's Christmas time. It only comes but once a year -- yadda, yadda, yadda. That's great and all, but being bombarded by Christmas music while searching for the perfect gifts is driving us nuts -- it's like being a mouse in an endless maze with no buttons to push. And, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Guess what a "meat bundle" is and win, uh, a meat bundle

    It's not this.​Never before has a coupon led to so many dick jokes. As one of the party favors at this week's Dish, Tony's Market, the excellent shop and bistro across the street from our office, offered 10 percent off coupons -- at the top of which was this cryptic phrase: "Gift cards and mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Five Reasons to love Scissor Sisters, even if you aren't a gay man

    ​ Once upon a time, pop music -- like the rest of American popular culture -- was in closet. From Liberace and his floor-length furs to George Michael's dangly earrings, gay men were marketed as female conquests. Thankfully minds and attitudes have (for the most part) evolved, and a band like ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010
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    November 17, 2009

    Q&A with Dick Valentine of Electric Six

    ​Electric Six have been bringing the party to the unwary for six albums in as many years, starting with 2003's Fire and leading up to the brand-new Kill. The group's songs combine '80s rock, disco and New Wave into a cranked-up, ultra-catchy sound all its own, with lyrics that mix a David Lee Roth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Nostalgia and nausea: Putting together the perfect '80s mix

    You've had the experience. You're driving in the car or Pandora-ing or even - gasp! - listening to the radio when that song comes on - the one you can't believe you forgot all about. Instantly, you're transported in time and space - back to that kegger during your freshman year when you got so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Q&A with Sebastien Tellier

    French singer-songwriter Sebastien Tellier isn't shy about talking about either his sexuality or Sexuality, his new album, throughout which he delves into matters of the flesh with great delight. But he also sees the sacred side of salaciousness, as he makes clear in a December 4 Westword profile an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Gratitude without platitudes

    One of the great challenges of our time lies in accurately and earnestly expressing one's emotions without simply regurgitating words that have been received through the music, TV and films of our ubiquitous and intrusive popular culture.

  • Culture

    October 16, 2008
  • Dining

    May 8, 2008

    Vine Street Pub

    A new tavern pours on the charm.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2007

    A Hazy Shade of Christmas

    After listening to a cumulative 41 hours of 97.3 KBCO’s online streaming Christmas music over the past few days, I found myself grappling with a very important question: Where was “A Hazy Shade of Winter” by the Bangles? Well, that’s not a Christmas song, you may counter. But you’d be w ... More >>

  • Film

    February 15, 2007

    Music and Lyrics

    Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore do not make sweet, sweet music.

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Pandora's Box offers a whole new approach to discovering music.

  • News

    May 27, 2004

    Dial Another Day

    Twenty-four hours inside Denver radio: A survivor's story.

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • Music

    March 13, 2003


    A local band leader urges musicians to give peace music a chance.

  • Music

    March 7, 2002

    Peoples Get Ready

    As part of underground hip-hop's newest dream team, Dilated Peoples are at the top of their game.

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Bleep That

    The FCC's fining of a Colorado radio station is giving broadcasters headaches from coast to coast.

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    Like a Prayer

    Ever since Madonna called, remix artist and DJ Victor Calderone has been basking in a ray of light.

  • Film

    October 5, 2000

    Animal Husbandry

    Two native sons seek ideal mates in Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire.

  • Music

    November 4, 1999

    A Bad Rap

    Terrell Davis throws down some rhymes, but can't complete the play.

  • Music

    April 8, 1999
  • Music

    December 10, 1998

    The Godfather of Espaol

    You just can't help falling in love with El Vez.

  • Music

    October 22, 1998

    Creep Show

    The joys of navigating Creeper Lagoon.

  • Music

    August 15, 1996
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    July 25, 1996
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    July 11, 1996
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    March 21, 1996
  • Music

    April 20, 1994