Starring an outraged Adele, an EU lawsuit and social media's tendency to distort information, the "YouTube vs. Independent Labels" fiasco that's played out over the past several weeks highlights most of what's wrong with the Internet these days. In case you missed the brouhaha, here's a quick recap ... More >>
KGNU has always been about variety. For nearly four decades, the Boulder-based community radio station has followed a fiercely eclectic on-air approach, offering listeners a daily mix of news, debate and, of course, music. That model is about to change, thanks to the web and a grant of about $19,000 ... More >>
The Marijuana Policy Project has released its list of the country's eight worst state legislators -- officials who espoused what MPP communications director Mason Tvert calls "outrageous anti-marijuana" policies. Given that Tvert, one of the main proponents of Amendment 64, is based here, it's not ... More >>
When the creators of YouTube launched the website in 2005, they might have predicted the success of videos like Psy's "Gangnam Style" and the parodies that followed, the funny cats and even all the flash mobs. But I bet they couldn't have guessed that one day Justin Brunson, chef-owner of Old Majo ... More >>
Governor Jack -- a group comprising James Clark, Rollie Williams, Jason Metter, Asa Erlendson and Max Schwartz -- is campaigning to make improv a more visible part of Denver's burgeoning comedy scene. The group produces the improv show Governor Jack Watches You Sleep at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, with ... More >>
In its short life span, HOT 107.1 managed to build a decent following with its EDM format -- decent, but not quite big enough, as the station ended up flipping formats. At first the frequency was unveiled as Pot 107.1, which turned out to be a stunt (what a brilliant format that would've been, thoug ... More >>
The Harlem Shake -- an online dance phenomenon in which friends create goofy routines to the beat of a dubstep song -- has taken over YouTube. And the crew at
This is a turning point in the history of music on the internet. I know, I know, it feels like a regular Friday, but trust me, things will never be the same again. The forces of capitalism, social networking and goofing off have converged at the perfect time to create the magic that is the "Harlem ... More >>
Cinema Geeks, a Denver-based group of filmmakers, traveled in time for a chance to win $10,000 in the International AR.Drone Film Festival, but returned to the present present empty-handed...for now. "Alas, we did not win, but the response from the audience and competition judges was really great," ... More >>
See Also: - Trace Bundy talks about his unexpected success in South Korea - Heaven Fest quickly growing into a destination festival - HeavenFest's pure motives Boulder-based guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy has been a YouTube sensation for a few years now with more than twenty million views of his vario ... More >>
Photos of Angie, a documentary about the murder of transgender Greeley teen Angie Zapata, can now be viewed for free on the website Hulu. Made by local filmmaker Alan Dominguez of Loco Lane Films, the film features interviews with Angie's family and friends, gay-rights activists involved in the case ... More >>
Lady Gaga celebrated her 26th birthday earlier this week, and the Interwebz were aflutter with little monsters' birthday wishes to her -- Twitter, YouTube, even Billboard's website were sending their well wishes. One person who didn't tell her happy birthday, however, was Madonna. On the day of all ... More >>
Remember that mixtape you made for your high-school sweetheart? Or that time you taped a movie off cable? Turns out you were breaking the law, pirating copyrighted materials without permission. While the statute of limitations has probably long passed on your crimes of teenage passion, entertainme ... More >>
The Grawlix comedy show has been selling out the Avenue Theater since it launched (it runs the last Friday of every month), so we figured it was time to catch up with one of the founding members, Andrew Orvedahl to talk about the history the show and its future, including a brand new web seri ... More >>
You may have your opinions, but only one person (or group, we suppose) can be awarded Denver's Biggest Shameless Self-Promoter at Denver Web Awards by Westword on Thursday November 16. Nominate your pick in that category and eight others in the music section of the poll (on page 2.) The other catego ... More >>
Via FacebookZuckerberg announcing Facebook's new music integration at f8 today.At the F8 Developers Conference today, Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of a new music service that allows you to listen to music with friends through Facebook or just see what all of your frien ... More >>
Get it get it, GloZell!Lil Wil first told us about his Dougie way back in 2007. Then last year, Cali Swag District promised to teach us how to Dougie -- but the thing is, they never really did. They just sang about how the dance could get ladies on your jock and whatnot. This was no Cupid Shu ... More >>
After a four year legal battle with over 3,000 independent music publishers, YouTube has agreed to pay licensing fees to the National Music Publishers Association. While this doesn't affect YouTube's preexisting contracts with the four major labels, it does change the way YouTube and its pare ... More >>
Video below. Extreme marriage proposals that make YouTube sensations out of the bride-and groom-to-be are in vogue these days. But Josh Mullin of Greeley wasn't trying for notoriety when he proposed to his girlfriend at the Kansas City airport in the background of a local TV reporter's live s ... More >>
Jason Sadler had a brilliant idea: He'd take pictures of himself wearing T-shirts with companies' logos on them and then tweet and Facebook and make YouTube videos about it all day. For money. Now, two and a half years later, he's hired four other T-shirt-wearers who wear T-shirts all day at ... More >>
It might not have been on purpose, but Spotify's constant delays in coming stateside have somehow managed to create an organic buzz for the streaming music service unlike anything that could have been done intentionally.
In case you haven't been paying attention, there are some heated battles going on in the digital space right now with regard to digital music distribution rights. Just three weeks ago, Amazon launched their cloud storage and streaming services much to the chagrin of the major labels. As we wa ... More >>
Music streaming services look more and more like they'll eventually do to MP3s what MP3s did to CDs, and what CDs did to tapes, and so on. We're still a long way from a paradigm shift, but as the popular European streaming service Spotify makes headway in its mission to invade America, Rhapso ... More >>
Boulder-based cartoon company Mighty Fudge Studios revels in hijinks and notoriety, whether its producing spots for The Spike & Mike Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation or creating animated attacks on Jay Leno. No wonder the operation seems to be bursting in pride over the fact that their ... More >>
News Corp. and Disney (who own Fox and ABC, respectively) are considering pulling their ad-based free streaming shows from Hulu -- remember that they are two of the three companies who founded Hulu back in 2008. Hulu has done incredibly well in terms of viewership, but its subscription-based ... More >>
In the past decade, the music industry has seen a lot of changes, but it has struggled to keep pace with technology, piracy and consumer demands. Already this year we've started to see a few more changes take shape, from crackdowns on piracy websites, a resurgence of interest in the currently ... More >>
Justin Bieber, Anton Dodson -- every individual who devoted a special solo dance to Ginuwine's "Pony" -- they all have YouTube to thank for providing a free entertainment platform to millions of viewers. California-bred singer and songwriter Kina Grannis, who plays the Soiled Dove Undergrou ... More >>
The French government has revealed a plan to combat piracy that could either be the most brilliant gesture ever or the most monumental waste of government resources of all time (okay, maybe not all time, but close). The proposal: French residents can buy a 50-euro gift card with which they ... More >>
Apparently Youtube launched a Pandora-esque service last week dubbed the Music Discovery Project with very little fanfare. Near as we can tell, it functions the same way as services like Last.fm and Pandora and operates based on some crazy mathematic algorithm we can't wrap our tiny minds around, "F ... More >>
On this Memorial Day, most of us at Westword remembered that because it's a national holiday, we didn't have to come to work. Check back Tuesday for a much fuller, fatter and better tanned Latest Word. In the meantime, here's a video that commemorates the occasion -- a Memorial Day edition of "The ... More >>
It's rare these days to hear DJ Chonz spin a set from a playlist of his choosing. Most of his mixes during KS-107.5's live daily Traffic Jam are limited to the station's playlist, and when he's behind the decks during the week at the handful of clubs where he plays, he mostly caters to a radio-liste ... More >>
Well, the deadline for the big television conversion to digital is only a month away and I missed my shot at getting the government vouchers for the converter box. Last week, the Commerce Department announced they had hit the $1.34 billion funding limit set by Congress for the coupon program, which ... More >>
Since seeing Laura Goldhamer perform two weeks ago, I've been a little preoccupied with her work. Part of it is my girlfriend's repeated calls for me to find some of Goldhamer's music for her, but mostly it's been her songs getting stuck in my head and remembering the very cool videos she played to ... More >>
Tim Kaminski, who fronts Yerkish, got an e-mail from his half-brother Brian Tomes a few days ago, with a subject line that read: "Sarah Palin's latest shame." He thought, "Yeah, whatever. I'll watch it later." The next afternoon, he got a call from Tomes: His sibling was suddenly famous. See, T ... More >>
Suge Knight files lawsuit against Kanye West Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight has filed a $135,000 lawsuit against Kanye West for a gunshot wound and a robbery of his diamond-stud earring that occurred at West’s pre-MTV Music Awards party back in August 2005. According to TMZ, Knight bel ... More >>
Mark Udall as seen in an anti-Udall ad. YouTube has been an important battleground in elections for a while now, but never more so than this year, when politicians such as senatorial opponents Mark Udall and Bob Schaffer, aided by an army of surrogates, fight to populate the site with positive mes ... More >>
Longtime Denver scenesters may know Zachary Helm best as the head mortician for the Denver Hearse Association, a club devoted to lovers of the casket-carrying cars. Or as an erstwhile urban explorer of the abandoned Gates factory. Maybe you’ve even spotted his black hearse driving around town – ... More >>
Cosmic YouTube Karaoke puts its songsters on the web.
A funny thing happened over Memorial Day weekend; the YouTube clip that accompanied our freebirthing story ("Baby's Day Out", May 10) experienced a minor explosion in popularity, garnering roughly ten times as many hits over the weekend as it had received in the weeks since it was posted. Jump on th ... More >>
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