In Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?, Jeff Campbell dissects the current state of hip-hop through the fictional story of a fallen rapper. His "one-man mockumentary on the hip-hop industrial complex" is an exploration on the exploitation of hip-hop culture, taking aiming at the industry in a humorous, though ... More >>
Jamie Laurie makes music -- and also political and social change. A founder of the Flobots, he was raised in Denver, where he grew from a comic-loving kid to an East High teacher sharing rap with students. Although still based here, Laurie promotes global issues through the nonprofit flobots.org. An ... More >>
Westword's comics issue is on the street, the first in what we hope will be an annual series. Noah Van Sciver, the creator of our weekly 4 Questions cartoon (and the artist shown at right), had approached us with the idea of a comics contest before last year's Denver Comic Con, but there wasn't enou ... More >>
On Survival Story, Flobots last album, Jamie Laurie (aka Jonny 5) said he spent hours and hours with Stephen Brackett (aka Brer Rabbit) mapping out cross references between songs and burying hidden treasures, as he put it, for the diehard fans to discover, all of which he revealed was inspired by th ... More >>
See also: - Remembering Sandy Widener - Flobots ink deal with Shanachie Entertainment - Q&A: Jonny 5 of Flobots on the Occupy Movement - Q&A: Jonny 5 of Survival Story Sometimes Denver can feel like a very hip Mayberry. While waiting to meet the founding members of Flobots at the Denver Bike Cafe, ... More >>
Westword caught up with Flobots frontman Jonny 5 (aka Jamie Laurie) for a track-by-track breakdown of The Circle In the Square, the new record. If you've bought the record and you're listening right now wondering what the songs are about, wonder no more. You've come to the right place Page down to s ... More >>
Hungry for change? Flobots.org have cooked up an idea for a unique pop-up brunch this Saturday, May 26 at the Meadowlark. For the brunch, which is geared toward raising money for Art to Action, a program that works with more than 2,000 DPS middle and high-schoolers annually to provide oft-neglected ... More >>
The party most surprised to learn that City Councilwoman Judy Montero harbors a soft spot for the Flobots might actually be the Flobots. According to the District 9 rep, they are her "very favorite band," which explains why she referenced two of their songs -- but, alas, did not sing either -- at an ... More >>
It's official: Flobots are no longer without a label. After parting ways with Universal Records in December 2010 -- the label that issued the band's last full-length, Survival Story -- the band has officially been picked up by Shanachie Entertainment, a prominent independent label founded in the mid ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayTim McIlrath of Rise Against last night at 1STBANK Center at KTCL's Not So Silent Night with Flobots, Air Dubai and Calibrate MeRISE AGAINST at 1STBANK CENTER | 12/6/11 No matter what genre you ascribe to the band -- punk, hardcore, plain vanilla rock from people who wear solid blac ... More >>
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Chris Romer.Can the big dog ever win a mayoral election in Denver? Since 1983, the victor has always been an underdog, someone who barely registered a blip on the radar five months before the first round of voting. Chris Romer was definitely the big dog in this mayor's race, and he wound up ... More >>
It's American Craft Beer Week, and that's all some of you want or need to know about this week in food and drink. But there's lots more going on this week, including more Triple Crown fun, wine dinners and much more. Here's what's on the menu:
Jim J NarcySnake Rattle Rattle Snake, profiled in June 2010Whatever the measure of success -- whether its defined by artists making music on their own or having someone else doing their bidding -- a music scene is only as interesting as, well, the music being made there, of course, and the pe ... More >>
Yesterday, Ricardo Baca from the Denver Post reported that Flobots' relationship with Universal Records has ended. Stephen Brackett, aka Brer Rabbit, confirmed the split and went on to say that the separation was amicable.
This city is full of angels. On Sunday, I helped kick off the Parr-Widener 5K Walk-Run, an annual event that benefits the A Angels, a mentoring program at East High School, and is named for John Parr, Chase Parr and Sandy Widener, who died in a car crash at Christmas 2007. (Katy Parr, then ... More >>
Jonny 5 is scaring folks in middle America. Literally. But while the Flobots frontman -- better known to folks around here by his government name Jamie Laurie - has devoted the better part of his adult life to becoming a radical force for change, it's not his politics that making folks in t ... More >>
Not to be outdone by Joe Ginsberg's little breakfast quest, it seems Jonny 5 of Flobots fame has embarked on a similar year-long adventure, only this one is slightly little less cereal. From the sounds of it, J5 -- Jamie Laurie, to his mom -- has abundant time to write countless rhymes (see what w ... More >>
We're all about local. It's what we do. It's who we are. And so we're all about buying local (well, aside from the American Spirit cigarettes we smoke, the Circle K coffee we drink and the Hondas we drive). So naturally, we totally appreciate and co-sign the sentiments behind the Flobots' latest v ... More >>
In case you've been wondering where Flobots have been for the past six months or so, we've got the drop: Apparently, besides cropping up periodically at various events across town such as the Westword Music Showcase this past summer and attending to the launch of their non-profit Flobots.org, headq ... More >>
This insurgent hip-hop crew will move you by any means necessary.
Last Chance Week gives voters a chance to punch in.