This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival, hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Denver lineup -- the last stop on the tour -- is particu ... More >>
Sometimes style and research can go hand in hand. The more you learn about the looks of the past, the more you can create a new visual for the future. This practice is exemplified by local sushi bar hostess Morgon Johnson, who tweaks the styles of the 1940s and '50s to create her own updated fashion ... More >>
Sunday brought the start of autumn, and Denver's street style reflected that transition. For progressive menswear, we didn't need to look further than Daniel Donez, a local student and artist we spotted carrying his own artwork that complemented his black and white look. Keep reading to learn where ... More >>
Punk street style can mean many things. For local student Rajiv Clark, it means not being afraid to embrace color or style. Keep reading to learn more about his fashion icons, where he shops and his favorite accessory. See also: -Menswear Mondays: Mechanic James Hill on his royal fashion -Menswear ... More >>
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 >>
Pop culture can inspire some strange culinary creations; a creep-tastic example is Alamo Drafthouse's new duo of wines based on Silence of the Lambs: "The Cannibal Chianti," a nod to Hannibal Lecter, connoisseur of two-legged protein, and "Suit Yourself Pinot Grigio," an homage to Buffalo Bill, our ... More >>
Join us as we go further down the rabbit hole of cringe-worthy rock lyrics, making our way through an underselling David Lee Roth, a culture war waged by Avril Lavigne, a melodramatic suicide note from Blink 182, some lumpy Black Eyed Peas and Chinese food that makes LFO sick, while Bob Dylan and th ... More >>
A recent stroll through the popular teen retail store Hot Topic got me all geared up for Halloween. Seeing the skeleton jewelry, the fake blood-splattered wedding veils and tiaras and the slashed-up fake body parts gave me a warm feeling in my heart. Then I scoped the female costumes and saw some re ... More >>
What do get when you mix sexually adventurous adults, hot music, cocktails and the swanky atmosphere of the Jet Hotel & Lounge? A really fucking brilliant night of glittery, sweaty, naked and par-naked fun for which the memories are almost as titillating as the event itself. I felt very welcome at ... More >>
Popular chain restaurants may have their faults, but they also have their benefits -- consistency primary among them. It's comforting for customers to know that they can count on uniform, no-surprise dishes at certain chains. And I definitely have my consistent favorites. Here's a list of my top f ... More >>
Last weekend was jam-packed with events all around Denver. The inaugural Denver Comic Con, PrideFest, Juneteenth and Father's Day, to name just a few, brought very diverse crowds out around the city. And that meant that very different fashion styles were seen on the street -- everything from the rai ... More >>
While many people laid out by the pool or devoured BBQ on Memorial Day weekend, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit or old T-shirt and shorts, true street fashion never takes time off. For proof, look no further than these stylistic movers and shakers we found downtown over the holidays, who c ... More >>
Things have changed quite a bit on the strip of 13th Avenue between Washington and Pearl streets over the last few decades. (Even mainstay Kelly's Superette closed up shop last week.) But even with all the ebb and flow of gentrification, Fashionation has maintained its black-painted storefront at 61 ... More >>
This weekend rules. Just saying. There's tons of stuff to do that won't leave you eating cereal for dinner for a week, and whether you want to see a feminist spoken word night, go to a huge comedy show, or dance at an art opening, it's all here -- and all for under $10. So now you've got no excuse t ... More >>
Yesterday, while I was doing the dishes, I inexplicably got the theme song from Jurassic Park stuck in my head. This wasn't the first time. It happens all the time, in fact, no matter what I'm doing, and it's just the main "catchy" part, not the rest of the song. I don't have a special affini ... More >>
People often make the mistake of taking their professional fashion a little too seriously. Work is work, which means personal style is out of the question, and business attire is just another button-up with a tie. But when modern trends and professional appearance collide, people like Jonatha ... More >>
I heart DJs. Always have. Always will. I'm one of those people who believe that what they do requires as much skill, dexterity and creativity as any musician I've ever known. And I'm not referring solely to prodigious turntablists like Vajra and Cysko Rokwell when I say that. I'm also talking ... More >>
So our most recent Hot Topic post about camera phones at shows generated some interesting responses. Some folks are miffed by the phenomenon, while others, like Dave (no relation, but having that name evidently entitles him to a free entree at Famous Dave's next month, we hear), our commenter ... More >>
So yesterday's Hot Topic post about talking at shows sparked a pretty intriguing conversation. While the general consensus among everybody seemed to be the same, a unanimous chorus of STFU!, Jmpmk2's comment expressed a similar sentiment, while at the same time managing to be even handed and ... More >>
Jon SolomonWelcome to Hot Topic, our latest feature, which is precisely what it sounds like. We present you with a topic that is, well, hot, and then we ask you to weigh in with your opinion. Today our inquiring minds want to know: When you part with your hard-earned loot to see your favorite ... More >>
We miss Saturday mornings sometimes, when we would run downstairs filled with sugary cereal and spend the day watching cartoons and "educational programming." Even though these days we're well aware of the alphabet (some of us, at least -- mostly those that don't comment articles on the inter ... More >>
Ten years ago, My Chemical Romance (due at the Fillmore this Saturday) was just another aspiring band in a van hoping to make it big. With a handful of three-chord punk rock songs hastily written and recorded in the attic of a house in New Jersey, the young outfit had no idea it would someday be e ... More >>
For a genre that seems born (and still very much centered) in the suburbs of America, Asking Alexandria (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) is like the British anomaly of metalcore. Born in 2008, these dudes have spent a good amount of time touring and recording stateside, while steadily build ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn decoration... Photo by Kenny Be Figure 58. Capitol Hill: This Jesus Christ and The Superheroes performance is a Hot Topic on Grant Street. The apartment dwellers of Denver's Capitol Hill prove that you don't need a yard to make great yard art. The d ... More >>
Kill Paradise, which issued its brand new album, The Second Effect, on BreakSilence Recordings, this past month, just posted a vintage live clip filmed at the Plano Centre in Plano, Texas, at Unsilent Night 2, last holiday season. Although the crowd reaction seems to fairly lively in the video, we' ... More >>
Back in April, we told you about Kill Paradise inking a deal with BreakSilence Recordings, the same imprint that brought you Albuquerque's BrokeNCYDE and Tempe's Eyes Set to Kill. More than half a year later, the outfit has finished its new album, The Second Effect, which will be available exclusi ... More >>
Received word yesterday that the liquor license for City Hall, Regas Christou's latest venture in the SoCo nightclub district, was approved. Rob Mullins is slated to help break in the new venue at 1144 Broadway on Friday, July 31. Also just heard that Speakeasy Tiger is playing a free show on Frida ... More >>
Photo: Jef OtteGit SomeFriday, February 27Hot Topic, 16th Street MallBetter than: Going to Hot Topic for any other conceivable reason.I was there at the intersection Friday night where aggressively unwashed punk rock and its pre-torn-jeans-wearing, sterile imposter collided, and it was weird. Git So ... More >>
Nice weather we've been having... Today in Cafe Society: • The ten worst fast-food ad campaigns. • Get a free slice at My Pizza Peel. • A Milking It review of Honey Kix. Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the Weekend: Charlie Hunter at the Oriental. • Over the Weekend: Git Some at Hot Topi ... More >>
'It'll be worth the wait, baby. I promise." Here's a handy wrap-up of all the great content you might have overlooked this week on Backbeat Online while you were consumed with wailing and gnashing your teeth over the tragic news that Britney Spears new single would be delayed...
Photo: Kat We know, Chuck. We're a little stunned, too. Not even remotely sure how this happened, as Git Some is one of the last bands you'd expect to be mentioned in the same breath as the off-the-rack, ready-made, vapid, culture-vulture emporium known as Hot Topic. But, yeah, you read right, fri ... More >>
Ask a Mexican's Gustavo Arellano is asking. There's no place like the home page -- but these blogs are pretty nice, too. Cafe Society asks readers to offer advice about where Ask a Mexican columnist Gustavo Arellano should eat Mexican food during his Colorado visit this week. Also on tap: the clo ... More >>
I've got news for you. Hot Topic didn’t invent poseurs. A lot of us like to think that we’re “authentic” or “old school” or some other euphemism that implies both allegiance and entrenchment. But, in all likelihood, we all started off as poseurs. I know I did. And, in some aspects of you ... More >>
No More Heroes is hip, bloody, and indispensable.
Thursday, February 1, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Tuesday, September 12, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
The new Castlevania is the last nail in the franchise's coffin.
Wednesday, February 9, Club 156, Boulder, 303-443-2227.
To Live in Discontent (Jade Tree)
Thursday, July 8, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Forget Yourself (Cooking Vinyl)