It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
Sir Richard's Condoms is the TOMS Shoes of love gloves: For each condom purchased, the Boulder-based company gives away one in a developing country. On Valentine's Day 2012, that meant announcing a 500,000 condom donation to Haiti. And this February 14, Sir Richard's is doubling the struggling islan ... More >>
Coffee's on at Cafe Zuri, which recently opened its doors at 3718 West 32nd Avenue. And its heart is in the right place: metro Denver. The quaint cafe offers locally roasted coffee from Coda, French pastries from Trompeau Bakery in Englewood, apple strudels from Praha Restaurant in Longmont and ice ... More >>
The great thing about Halloween falling on a week day is that it means there will be parties on both of the surrounding weekends. The fun kicks off tonight, and there are plenty of inexpensive events to enjoy -- everything costume parties to pet-costume parties to a chance to be an amateur sleuth. A ... More >>
Su Charles pulls you in with her voice, charm, and deep personal experiences. After an ill-fated stint on the latest season of American Idol, Charles was inspired and more determined than ever to make her dream of singing come true. Shortening her name to SuCh, the the endearing, Haitian-American so ... More >>
It's National Condom Week and Sir Richard's Condoms, a Boulder company known for its one-for-one condom deal, is celebrating. How? Anytime you tweet or post to Facebook "your love for condoms," Sir Richard's will donate a condom to its project in Haiti.
Denver, meet Su Charles (aka SuCh), the latest American Idol hopeful from our city. Aside from having an exceptional voice, Charles has quite an inspiring story. The child of Haitian immigrants, Charles was born in Boston to a pastor and a school teacher. Raised in Long Island, New York, Charles beg ... More >>
Local musician Alicia Fall on a recent trip to Haiti.Forget Wyclef -- local singer-songwriter and all-around badass Alicia Fall has been raising funds for Haiti (and, ahem, not squandering them) since March 2009, when she founded the social-profit organization Her Many Voices, which is dedica ... More >>
Carbondale-based non-profit Feed Them with Music has a business model that they hope will bring small musical acts more exposure and bigger audiences, while simultaneously feeding the Third World. It works like this: Paul Frantzich and Ashley Mosher, the duo who run the organization, manage a ... More >>
John AndersonIn its relatively short life, Austin's Follow That Bird! (due at the hi-dive tonight with the Marrow, Married in Berdichev, Port Au Prince and Jess Williamson) has moved from an instrumental duo to a fierce and vocally-led trio, all while continuing on its path of smart, straight ... More >>
There is perhaps no other place in the world so constantly put-upon has Haiti. It was already the most poverty-stricken country in the western hemisphere even before it was beset by one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded in human history with the 2010 earthquake, and a year and a ha ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Astrophagus threw in the towel last year, with very little fanfare. So when we heard Jason and Josh Cain were going to be coming back with a new project called Port Au Prince, we were a little skeptical of what to expect. The time is finally here to listen to what they've been up to with the ... More >>
Dear militant vegans: Please, please, for the love of all things holy, do a favor for everyone -- non-militant vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike -- and shut the fuck up already.
Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke, aka 2 Live Crew front man, aka sister-paper Miami New Times columnist), has placed his hat in the race for mayor of Miami-Dade County. Nope, we're not kidding, but he's hoping to make a real change to the system, and he's taking the whole thing incredibly seri ... More >>
Astrophagus unceremoniously ended its run this past September at Lost Lake. Bolstering the adage that you can't keep good men down, we've learned that the Cain brothers, Jason and Josh, are about to resurface as Port Au Prince, with a little help from their friends Hunter Dragon on drums, Bri ... More >>
Appearing in an episode of The Simple Life and then singing uncredited back-up vocals on the worst single of last year would not appear to be the path to pop enshrinement. But here is Ke$ha, who did exactly that and is now parked on top of the Hot 100. Above is the video for her next single, "Bl ... More >>
During times of trouble like this, it's heartening to see the outpouring of support. After the jump, we've posted all the benefits we're aware of that have been organized by local artists and cultural organizations that are pitching in to help. And rest assured, we'll be adding even more as we hear ... More >>
All right, so we were admittedly skeptical of how this whole "We Are the World" remake was going to turn out with the seemingly random cast of characters organizers assembled. When we first glimpsed the initial list of those present the night of the recording, there were some head scratchers in the ... More >>
Left to right: Max Mackissock, Jennifer Jasinski, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, John Broening, Alex Seidel, Blake Edmunds and Travis VaughnTwo very different restaurant fundraisers this week bought a literal boatload of help for Haiti. First up: The $125-a-head, six-course meal at Rioja on Monday n ... More >>
A Flickr photo.There are many local events benefiting Haiti in the wake of the recent earthquake; you can find our round-up here. But while most of the fundraisers include music or some other cultural aspect that tie them to Haiti, none have gone as far as the Tribute to Haiti, starting ton ... More >>
Denver's public schools have been showing support for Haiti in a big way, between "penny wars" at Place Bridge Elementary, Hearts for Haiti at Goldrick and dozens of other fundraising events. The latest effort comes in the form a school fundraising staple: bake sales.
One more in-case-you-missed-it moment from the weekend, this one local: Matt Morris and Justin Timberlake performing "Hallelujah" last night on the Hope For Haiti Telethon. Doesn't really touch Buckley's version, but the two kill it otherwise.
As you've undoubtedly heard by now, tonight the biggest names in entertainment are coming together for MTV's Hope for Haiti Telethon, a unified relief effort to raise much needed funds for the disaster torn country, devastated by the recent earthquake. The relief effort is wide reaching and beyond m ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonTom Tancredo accuses the Obama administration of exploiting the Haitian crisis.Last Friday, Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano granted temporary protected status to undocumented Haitians living in the United States -- a move that deep-sixes deportations to the ... More >>
Dan Jeune chose the most unlikely place to look for people who wanted to help Haiti: the bars of LoDo. Luke Turf watched Jeune, a native of Haiti whose father is a minister, recruit among the hat boys and frat boys, and then followed Jeune and the group he'd gathered all the way to Haiti. Th ... More >>
The horrors of Haiti hit close to home for Mary Nguyen, owner of Parallel 17: Her husband, Raphael Jouvenat, is from there. "Haiti has always been a poor country; a country with political turmoil and limited resources neglected by most of the world," she writes. "However, it is the place tha ... More >>
A photo from Carrie Paykoc's trip to Haiti.Carrie Paykoc was among a group of nine University of Colorado Denver students to fly out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at around noon on January 12. A little over four hours later, an earthquake struck the area, devastating the nation and placing extrao ... More >>
"Shmuck" is too kind a term for the type of bogus charity collectors who tend to crop up after disasters of the size and scope of the one currently rolling out in grisly slow motion across Haiti, a country that was hardly in the best shape even before an earthquake struck earlier this week. So is " ... More >>
A Colorado couple is determined to remember the past.
It's a long way from LoDo to Haiti, but Dan Jeune wants to bridge the gap. With friendship.
Middle-aged sex tourists fail to get their groove back.
Gifts for Yuletide reach high tide
Suzan-Lori Parks speaks in many voices
Jonathan Demme brings a joyful revolutionary to the screen.
Chicken soup for the drinking soul.