Hidden down in a convention hall of a nondescript hotel off the highway north of Denver was a record lover's paradise this weekend: the Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo. At the convention hall all day Sunday were dozens of vendors, each selling thousands of records, CDs and more. This wasn't j ... More >>
Hot Tuna, featuring former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, returns to the Oriental on Sunday, February 23; tickets are $30 and on sale now. The Bad Plus are due at Dazzle on Tuesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 24. Tickets are $25 and on sale now. Mountain Sun hosts its annual Funky ... More >>
Exhumed (due at Denver Black Sky this Saturday, December 14, at the Gothic Theatre) started in San Jose, California when Matt Harvey, the band's sole original member, was just fifteen years old. Rather than following the trends of the genre at the time, Exhumed has remained faithful to the older ten ... 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 art ... More >>
For many jam band fans, traveling and seeing concerts goes hand in hand. Often when a favorite band announces its tour, folks will scan the tour dates and choose which dates to go to depending on which venue they are booked at. From giant outdoor summer sheds to intimate houses, here are the ten gre ... More >>
Money: who needs it? Well, probably you. But this week, you won't have to spend any of it to get out of the house. Whether you want to see a tribute to Woodstock, Joss Whedon's Serenity, or an evening of live storytelling and dance, you can do it all without dropping any cash. Read further for our p ... More >>
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & NIGHT SWEATS @ BOULDER THEATER | 5/17 At this stage of his career, particularly in Denver, Nathaniel Rateliff is a man who requires absolutely no preamble. Nonetheless, the limited-edition two-song seven-inch he produced for Record Store Day feels like a fresh and glorious reint ... More >>
While infinitely different than being there in the flesh, a live concert film can provide an up-close, multi-angled, cinematically inspired perspective of the music experience -- not to mention a glimpse into history for those who were born decades later. Such will be the case for a majority of the ... More >>
This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions. We e ... More >>
The Uncertain Sea somehow managed to bring together a touch of math rock or prog with splintery post-punk and '90s emo and made it compelling -- think something like Mission of Burma with a country bent, written by people who grew up hearing stuff like Sunny Day Real Estate with a touch of Codeine's ... More >>
Ask local filmmaker Paul Berry what BARK, showing at the Mercury Cafe this Wednesday, is "about," and you end up with a shake-and-bake collection of themes and pop-culture references that include George Lucas, the Baghavad Gita, political satire, George W. Bush, buffalo on the moon and an implied po ... More >>
Last night, I got a call from Susan Sarandon. No, she didn't want to talk to me about her Academy Award for Dead Man Walking or the eleven pending projects listed on her IMDB page or whether Justin Timberlake is a motherlover in real life. No, she wanted to tout Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana ... More >>
Forty five years ago, the western world was forever changed by an overwhelming groundswell of youth rebellion known to history as the Summer of Love. There are countless factors that caused this tsunami of bohemia to sweep the globe -- everything from economics and the end of World War II to LSD and ... More >>
Baroness (due tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre) is a band from Savannah, Georgia, known for making a true alloy of psychedelic metal, the precision of prog, and punk attitude. In that way, they're musical kin to bands like Kylesa and Mastodon. With the release of its debut full-length, 2007's Red ... More >>
James Joyce playing "Stairway to Heaven"The James Joyce estate is well known for its nearly-impossible-to-break hold on the copyright of his works. Case in point, 22 years ago Kate Bush asked to use a soliloquy from Ulysses in one of her songs and was denied. Most people would just give up, b ... More >>
Even weirder than this album cover.When you're talking about a silent sci-fi-parody movie based on the 1971 concept LP Bark, commonly regarded as one of Jefferson Airplane's worst albums, it pretty much only makes sense that it would be set on the moon in the 26th century and prominently invo ... More >>
Rob Christensen ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI With Diva and Os Mutantes 11.23.10 | Bluebird Theatre Ariel Pink (whose real name is Ariel Rosenberg) spent the better part of the last decade making lo-fi recordings of himself in his bedroom and being booed off-stage during solo tours. When he ... More >>
Tom MurphyNathan & Stephen at the Mayan UMS Travelogue, Day Two 7.23.10 / Baker District, South Broadway Well away from the densest cluster of the festival was a place called Fentress Architects Materials Garden on 4th and Broadway, and when you walked through the glass doors, there was a l ... More >>
Perhaps you've heard by now about the "riot" that happened a few days ago in New York surrounding a free concert featuring Drake and Hanson. Weird that there was a riot at a concert featuring two of maybe the blandest performers ever to exist. Weirder still is that Hanson and Drake were even perform ... More >>
A.H. GoldsteinPaper Bird Paper Bird, These United States, Dovekins Thursday, December 31, 2009 hi-dive Better than: Going to a New Year's concert that didn't feature kazoos and Jefferson Airplane covers. It was easy to overlook the elements of chaos that marked Paper Bird's New Year's set a ... More >>
Bob Newman.As a former Marine gunnery sergeant, KOA radio host Bob Newman comes by his combativeness naturally. When politically liberal Colorado Media Matters, staffed by some of his most persistent critics, collapsed in March, Gunny Bob gleefully kicked the organization when it was down (an ... More >>
I deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I would: a) run out o ... More >>
Cinderella City's old "Blue Mall" fountain. Eerie, isn't it? We've all read about Denver’s haunted places. The same old stories get trotted out every year about this time, and they can be fun. But they tend to lose their zing the fourteenth time you hear about the ghosts of the Brown Palace or t ... More >>
From Wilco to fronting his own band, this forward-thinking guitarist is happy about the shape he's in.
White Rabbits, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Blue Million Miles, Pop Wreck Saturday, May 31, 2008 Bluebird Theater Better than: A Jefferson Airplane cover band. When I stepped up to the Bluebird I was a little confused – there wasn’t anybody outside, there was music coming from the stage an ... More >>
If Adam and Eve could escape Eden, they'd eat at Ya Hala.
Wednesday, August 2, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Thousands of Mexicans and one Polack.
Yummy Yummy Tasty Thai has all you care to eat -- and then some.
In comedy--and comebacks--it's all about the timing.
Music's lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes on the shortwave radio dial.
Posters from the hippie era radiate good vibes
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
Blue Country Heart (Columbia)
The Wallflowers wither in the hype.
What would the face of rock history have looked like if the British Invasion had been a Britney Invasion instead?
Re-examining the cultural legacy of the MC5.
When it comes to Janis Joplin's music, there's not all that much to rediscover.
JOHNNY RAMONE TAKES A SWING AT BILL CLINTON, BOB DYLAN AND CHANGE OF ANY KIND.