Mary DeForest loves Jane Austen. The 68-year-old academic has read each of the author's novels over 100 times. "I went to her tomb at Winchester Cathedral and burst into tears," she says. "I couldn't believe she was dead." DeForest has spent much of her academic career defending Austen's legacy. " ... More >>
Best College Reviews has come up with its list of the fifty best college towns in America, and two from Colorado made the top fifteen -- something matched only by a couple of other states, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Sorry, New York and Cali. Which Colorado towns made the grade? And where did they finis ... More >>
It's a weekend of superlatives in Denver: The biggest reunion of the year (OutKast), the biggest drum set on the planet (Terry Bozzio), the king of Tex-Mex Guitar (Joe King Carrasco)...All great shows. There are more, including the annual Reggae on the Rocks and NedFest for the people who miss the o ... More >>
Planet Bluegrass is nothing if not durable. That durability became a widely-disseminated story as the ranch and music festival operation in Lyons rebuilt when a historic flood utterly wrecked it last September But this weekend's Rocky Mountain Folks Festival proved another kind of resilience, one t ... More >>
One of the things that made the Grateful Dead so special was its ability to flawlessly transition from one song into the next, often taking the audience, as well as band members, completely by surprise. Masters of improvisation, these musicians had such great non-verbal communication on stage that t ... More >>
The Aurora theater shooting preliminary hearing of James Holmes and the tragic mass killing at a Newtown, Connecticut school have spawned calls for new and stricter gun laws. Against this backdrop comes news related to the bloodiest metro-area incident so far in 2013 -- an Aurora triple murder in wh ... More >>
Fiona Apple's coming to the Paramount Theatre on Friday, July 20: With a newly revitalized career thanks to a stint wowing audiences at this year's SXSW and fresh off releasing a brand new album with a notably pithy title (in comparison to When the Pawn..., her 1999 album -- The Idler Wheel is wiser ... More >>
A few years ago, Crystal Stilts (due tonight at Larimer Lounge), along with friends Blank Dogs, gained notoriety in the blogosphere for its reverb-drenched post-punk, which was notably different from everything that had been coming out of New York in the past decade.
Andy BuchananScott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante and Rob Caggiano (L-R) are Anthrax.Considered one of the "big four" of the thrash metal era, Anthrax put New York on the map with its inventive take on infusing metal with a punk rock spirit. When singer Joey Belladonna joi ... More >>
Boulder recently placed fourth in the best-cities-for-the-next-decade roster assembled by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and earned honors as the finest place to raise abducted children courtesy of The Onion, whose writers may nor may not have been joking. But the folks at The Daily Beast are s ... More >>
Photo by Sebastian MlynarskiAkron/Family. Last year, Akron/Family went from a quartet to a three piece when former cohort Ryan Vanderhoof decided to move on -- and according to singer-songwriter/drummer Dana Janssen, the departure shook he and his remaining partners, Seth Olinsky and Miles Seaton. ... More >>
Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite as seen through the lens of Jon SolomonMogwai, Women Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Bluebird Theater Better than: Listening to layered and nuanced instrumental music as background. Instrumental music is not dead. For all the prominence of vocal-driven music in the modern pop scen ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Mmmmm, Denver. If you're furry, sleepy and sort of bitchy, Denver is apparently where you want to be. The Mile High City was recently named one of the top 10 cat-friendly cities by the national CATalyst Council, a group dedicated to championing the house cat. (If you fit the above de ... More >>
In advance of the Fear Before the March of Flames show tonight at the Marquis Theater, we sat down for a chat with frontman David Marion, who filled us in on everything that’s been going on with the band, from recording the new record, which the act just finished, to getting ready to head back out ... More >>
The sandwich is the perfect American food because it appeals to our sense of independence and individuality. You can put anything you want between two pieces of bread -- from peanut butter and bananas like Elvis, to rigatoni and marinara sauce like my college buddy, Patrick. And although the sandwi ... More >>
Back in 1982, Sandy Widener, one of Westword’s co-founders who by then had gone on to far more respectable employment with Rocky Mountain Magazine, was charged with coming up with a campaign slogan for Federico Pena, a lawyer/legislator and very dark-horse candidate running for mayor of Denver. Jo ... More >>
In journalism, "30" means the end. But after thirty years, it's not easy to let somebody go.
Ketch Secor and company's old-timey music invokes a simpler time.
Wednesday, October 18, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
I have reservations about hotel restaurants, including Panzano.
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From kitty cut-ups to an airline named Ted, this was one oddball year.
The Song Remains the Same
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There's a lot to love at Juanita's.
Jamie Korngold, the Adventure Rabbi, seeks the sacred in God's outdoor gym.
On Mother's Day, Constance Rolon will be waiting for her son. Waiting for answers.
Pete and Joan Wernick
Do yourself a favor and stay home during this Road Trip.
John Brown's Body puts a new face on the roots of reggae.
Michael Fitts wants Colorado jazz musicians to have a label of their own.
Bad Religion is pushing punk rock to the masses.