Music is a tough game. As a profession, it's one of the riskiest. Stars rise and fall almost overnight, and a career of a few years often seems the best a musician can hope for. Some transcend this uncertainty to become lasting legends. Others have more complicated and challenging paths that lead th ... More >>
The Ill, The Wicked + The Wack
If holiday presents and apocalypse preparation left you broke, don't worry. Denver is giving back this week, with lots of free events. From an Improv-a-Thon to a tribute to the godfather of soul to a pop-up shop and dance party, here are three of the best ways to celebrate the season while avoiding ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! You made it. And of course, this is not just any weekend. It's the Westword Music Showcase weekend! Whoo freaking hoo! So with that in mind, here's a rundown of what you have in store tomorrow afternoon/evening on the main stage. Be sure to check out this page for a full rund ... More >>
Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! Don't you just love living in the Mile High City? Besides the glorious weather we're enjoying right now, we have yet another weekend filled with a ridiculous number of enticing options: Lucero kicks off its two-night stand at the Bluebird, in addition to an in-store ... More >>
Black History Month 2012 has been a doozy. Beginning with the tragic and shocking death of Don Cornelius to dealing with equally troubling news of Whitney Houston's passing as the month wore on. Most interesting about this time is the ways in which the music healed us. When Whitney died, DJs played ... More >>
See also: Top 5 Greatest Super Bowl halftime shows and Video: M.I.A. flips off Super Bowl audience during halftime show So we all know that half the fun of watching the Super Bowl is seeing all the commercials. If you missed them for whatever reason -- your loud mouth buddy was yapping about this ... More >>
Jorge MorenoSpank RockSpank Rock (due tonight at Summit Music Hall for the Check Yo Ponytail 2 tour) emerged in Philadelphia around the middle of the last decade making music that brought together threads of hip-hop, rock, R&B and electronic pop. With the release of 2006's YoYoYoYoYo, the gro ... More >>
Kurt CobainHow do you honor a musician when awards and certifications aren't enough? By naming something in his honor, of course -- be it a bridge, a street, an asteroid or even a whole day after the guy. But in naming something after a musician, it's easy to forget that while in some cases t ... More >>
David CarloBootsy Collins (due tonight at The Boulder Theater), a bass player with a larger than life persona, first came to promience in the James Brown band. After leaving Brown's outfit, Collins was convinced by a friend to go to Detroit, where he hooked up with George Clinton, with whom C ... More >>
Tender Loving Empire - FlickrJared Mees & The Grown Children Even though Jared Mees & The Grown Children don't write strictly confessional music, even a cursory listen to the band's songs reveal that Mees and company are certainly heart on sleeve types. To describe the music as merely Americ ... More >>
Catch People Under the Stairs on Saturday night at the Marquis with Prime Element and Input As the first hip-hop duo signed to electronic dance label Om Records, People Under The Stairs have been spitting out quality underground material since 1998. Thes One and Double K have a true apprecia ... More >>
The King?Buried in blurbs about this week's chart, Billboard.biz had this somewhat alarming stat: The cast of Glee debuted three new songs in the Hot 100 this week, bringing the total number of songs they've had on the chart to 93. To put this figure in perspective, that's two more than Jam ... More >>
Thursday, August 26, Soiled Dove Underground, 303-366-0007.
Today is the anniversary of Elvis's death in 1977, and last week, an auction of possibly the most gruesome memorabilia of all time was planned to capitalize on the King's untimely demise. The very same autopsy/embalming tools used to prep the King's final appearance, plus the toe tag identify ... More >>
Tuesday, July 29, Ogden Theatre, 303-832-1874.
In 2006, Gnarls Barkley, the subject of a June 26 Westword profile, scored with what to most ears was the song of the year – a little single called “Crazy.” Although lead singer Cee-Lo Green makes it clear in the Q&A below that he never attempted to repeat this feat, he acknowledges that he’ ... More >>
Slideshow by Jon Solomon Maceo Parker Thursday, June 5, 2008 Boulder Theatre Better Than: Seeing a gal wearing hot pants in a cold sweat doing it doing to death. It’s been more than a decade since the last time I saw Maceo Parker perform, and the 65-year-old funk sax master doesn’t look any ... More >>
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice media empire: Hip-hop needs more pie charts, as this post proves elegantly as it breaks down the latest offerings from Jay Z, Kanye and Wu-Tang visually. An explication of rock and roll more pure than “Jim ... More >>
Taking a whack at circumcision.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Keep Reachin' Up (Pony Canyon)
Monday, February 20, Sancho's Broken Arrow, 1-866-464-2626.
Check the Vegas odds: It's time to predict this year's rock-star deaths.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings keep the funk alive and real.
Monkey Business (A&M Records)
Original Soundtrack, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Interscope)
Best of Video Game Music: Hits Vol. 1 (Artemis)
Wednesday, October 6, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Thursday, September 23, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399; Friday, September 24, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
Revival (Yep Roc)
Friday, June 25, Paramount Theatre, 303-830-8497.
James Brown guitarist Damon Wood has got a brand-new bag.
Satire Restaurant & Lounge
February 4 - 10, 1999
THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS DISCS PROVIDE SOME ROUGH SLEDDING.
SAX LEGEND MACEO PARKER ON MUSIC, JAMES BROWN AND THE KEYS TO FUNK.
HE'S JAMES BROWN AND HE'S PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.