When Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds went into "Stagger Lee" from the 1996 album Murder Ballads, it was an iconic moment of an evening of music in which the band took the tradition of American folk mythology and breathed into it a larger-than-life electricity. Cave brought raging emotional intensity and ... More >>
Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>
While the Afghan Whigs are probably not the first band people think of when they think of the '90s, album for album, the band consistently put out quality material. The outfit's soul-inflected rock, which could just as easily be called power pop even though it packed a lot more punch than some of th ... More >>
Rocktober is living up to its name so far, especially this weekend: On Friday, Chromeo electrifies the Ogden, while Frank Turner throws down at the Marquis and Lupe Fiasco raps at the Fillmore. On Saturday, there's some agonizing decisions to make between seeing OFF!, which features Circle Jerks fro ... More >>
Scott Kimball"Who would you rather have protecting you? The man who unleashed a serial killer on Colorado, or Stan Garnett -- the man who put the killer away?" That tag line from a new attack ad in the Colorado Attorney General's race puts aside any doubt that we're entering the campaign's c ... More >>
Local author Warren Hammond fuses two genres.
Get the skinny on The Thin Man. Okay, so the Looper and his bookworms wanted something "adventurous" for this year's One Book, One Denver. Like a mystery. So why not Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man? Hammett, after all, is the dean of the American hardboiled private eye novel. As his admirer Raym ... More >>
Boys will be boys in Street Kings' shallow look at dirty police.
True-crime noir goes searching for Hollywood's heart of darkness.
Toil Like Devils (Denver Coffee Achievers)
Twenty-five years later, a filmmaker comes to grips with his Kids.
Mystery writer Robert Crais goes off the deep end.
Trio is the network where great shows go to die, and so much more
James Ellroy’s cruise through America’s shadows continues with the second part of his triology.
In 1988, Ron Shelton made Bull Durham. In 2002, it couldn't be done.
Novelist James Ellroy reshapes America's ugly history in his own image
Wonder Boys lets Michael Douglas get caught in the doldrums of middle age.
Where's Marlowe? is on the trail of a clueless detective.
The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, in black, white and gray.