Jay Reatard

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    June 19, 2014

    How King Khan found success despite the skepticism of his hometown scene

    Editor: The Westword Music Showcase is this weekend. It features over 150 Denver bands as well as a main stage with out-of-town headliners Diplo and 2 Chainz along with Man Man, Cherub and King Khan & the Shrines. Our coverage includes the following brief interview with Khan himself. King Khan beca ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    The nine best concerts in Denver from April 7 to 10

    The shows continue, as always. Peelander-Z, which does crowd participation better than anyone on the planet, is in town on Wednesday. You have a chance to check out good-time local Pizza Time tonight at Larmier Lounge, or you can head to Boulder for Kate Nash. It's OK if you're staying in tonight. ... More >>

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    March 9, 2013

    The Gathering of the Clouds at the Walnut Room, 3/8/13 (review and photos)

    GATHERING OF THE CLOUDS @ WALNUT ROOM |3/8/13 Despite Victoria Cecilia's illness, Gliss managed to put in a solid performance at Gathering of the Clouds last night at the Walnut Room. If she indeed needed the cough drop she had half-jokingly solicited from the audience, you couldn't tell from her s ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult on the appeal of mono recordings and how it's a working class sound

    Known for a diverse music scene, Memphis, Tennessee has become known for its punk and garage rock scene, thanks to acts like the Oblivions, the Reatards and the bands championed by Goner Records. Ex-Cult came out of that punk world but ended up making the kind of rock and roll with the drive and ene ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Seth "Hunx" Bogart on Hunx and His Punx being liked for being good and interesting rather than getting acclaim as a gay novelty group

    Kristin CoferHunx and His Punx Hunx and His Punx (due at the hi-dive this Saturday, May 7, with Shannon & the Clams, Thee Goochi Boiz and Lust-Cats of the Gutters) started in the Bay Area in 2008 when Seth "Hunx" Bogart of Gravy Train!!!! decided to do something very different from the band he had ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Twitter Tuesday: Hunx shows you his, so show him yours

    ​In this special edition of Twitter Tuesday, we're highlighting the perverse and artistic Twitter work of Hunx, leader of bratty throwback band Hunx and his Punx. Whether you're a fan, a fag hag (like myself) or just a curious reader, Hunx's daily entries about food, sex on the road (his band come ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    #ripkurtcobain: Seventeen years ago today

    ​Hard to believe it's been that long. Seventeen years ago today, Kurt Cobain left this life entirely too early. I remember vividly where I was and what I was doing when word of his death first came across the clock radio on my desk. It was a complete shock to the system. And that's the way th ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Inspired by Ben Weasel's female bashing SXSW fracas: The five worst onstage outbursts

    ​Ben Weasel proved his douchebaggery last week by lashing out during a Screeching Weasel performance at SXSW, punching not one, but two women. The show-stopping fracas was caught on tape. The rest of the band was so embarrassed by the pathetic display that they reportedly quit the band, leavin ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Dean Spunt of No Age on the importance of DIY

    Todd Cole​No Age (due tonight at The Bluebird Theater) isn't a band that has hit the mainstream yet, but it has enjoyed an unexpected rise to prominence as a noisy pop band, making art grounded in notion of doing things your own way -- regardless of whether or not it's met with the stamp of ap ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Pretty Lights, Ween and Jay-Z filled our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Grinderman, RJD2 and Dismemberment Plan fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Psychedelic Horseshit

    Friday, April 23, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.

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    April 9, 2010

    King Khan & the Shrines sent the Bluebird into a frenzy

    ​ King Khan & the Shrines • Fresh & Onlys • Eyes & Ears 04.08.2010 | Bluebird Theater When King Khan and Shrines played the Larimer Lounge about a year and a half ago, it was a tough show to shake. All those cats were sweaty and crammed on that stage, the cheerleader gal never stopped mo ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Jay Reatard's cause of death determined

    Earlier this morning, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Jay Reatard's hometown newspaper, reported that the cause of his death last month has now been determined. As suspected and widely feared, Reteard's life was evidently cut short by his hard-living lifestyle. Waiting For Something - a short doc ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    R.I.P. Jay Reatard, Dead at 29

    Update: This morning, Pitchfork, NME and several other outlets are reporting that Reatard's death is now being treated as a homicide, citing a seemingly erroneous report filed by MyFox Memphis stating as much. The original piece has since been inexplicably removed from the site, raising reasonable d ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Video Evidence of Jay Reatard's Ass Kicking Life

    A flickr photo.​ Already more than a dozen albums and slightly fewer years into his insanely prolific career in the Memphis scene, the major labels came calling for Jay Reatard. They told him they'd make him the next Kurt Cobain and that he was going to kill emo. Neither seemed out of his gra ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009
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    October 8, 2009

    Box Elders

    Tuesday, October 13, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.

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    September 10, 2009


    Monday, September 14, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    August 31, 2009

    Pissed Jeans grabs top spot at Wax Trax again

    ​Pissed Jeans' King of Jeans grabbed the number one spot on Wax Trax's top seller list the second week in a row while Arctic Monkeys' Humbug, released last week on Domino, came in second for the week ending August 30. Dead Weather, Modest Mouse and Jay Reatard rounded out the top five while the Ro ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Pissed Jeans top seller at Wax Trax

    ​Pissed Jeans' King of Jeans, released last week on Sub Pop, grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax for the week ending August 23. Magnolia Electric Co., Greymachine, Pictureplane and the Dead Weather also earned slots in the top five. Rocky Mountain Low and Local Anesthetic compilations continue to be ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 17, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Free, daily (more or less) tracks from One Track Mind

    If you like free music -- and I know you like free music -- point your web-browsing machine over to One Track Mind, a newish blog offering a daily song review and download of said reviewed song. It's a Denver-based operation and, according to its About page, it's staffed by "A super-secret cabal of ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Q&A with Fucked Up's Damian Abraham

    The February 4 profile "Fucked Up Pushes Punk Into the Future By Understanding the Past" is pretty hefty -- nearly 1,400 words. And yet it only uses a small portion of the quotes offered by Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham during a sprawling, wide-ranging and hugely entertaining conversation that c ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2008

    The Black Keys

    Wednesday, April 9, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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    August 7, 2003

    The Lost Sounds

    Rat's Brains & Microchips (Empty)