Five Iron Frenzy is a Colorado band with a lengthy and storied history. Initially formed as a side project of Exhumator, an idustrial thrash band, Five Iron became a full time endeavor when its founders, frontman Reese Roper, bassist Keith Hoerig, and guitarists Micah Ortega and Scott Kerr, and drum ... More >>
Slim Cessna's Auto Club @ Bluebird Theater | 12/30/11 For the past decade, Slim Cessna's Auto Club has been playing the Bluebird on New Year's Eve and the night before. As Slim himself says, it just kind of happened. The band just kept getting asked to do these yearly shows. For past New Year's sho ... More >>
J. WohletzThe spirit of gift-giving seems to have gotten seriously lost, what with people getting seasoned with pepper-spray and countless hordes of poor suckers using their credit cards like drunken whores. So why not say "Fuck Mastercard!" and give some affordable presents that everyone on ... More >>
In fourth grade, I wanted glasses more than anything. Well, that's not true -- I wanted braces even more. I also wanted a perm because my best friend had one. Basically, I desired to look as uncool as possible. As it turns out, I got all of those things as an adult (minus the perm, though I almost c ... More >>
If you thought banning books on the basis that they fail to fall in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ was a thing of the past, then consider yourself unstuck in time: A couple of weeks ago, a school board in Republic, MO, voted to remove copies of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five -- ... More >>
Aaron ThackeraySoundgarden last night at Red Rocks with the Mars VoltaSOUNDGARDEN at RED ROCKS | 07/18/11With turrets of light bathing the stage in purple, the opening strains of "Searching With My Good Eye Closed" set the stage perfectly for the entrance of Soundgarden. It certainly felt lik ... More >>
Maybe you've heard about it: The buzz has been slowly growing over time. But what exactly is this Denver County Fair people are clucking and waving around their feathers about? Well, that's not an easy question to answer, since chances are pretty good there's never been anything quite like it ... More >>
J. Wohletz I came. I saw. I marched. I made an obscene gesture at some rowdy Christians. And then I tripped, fell on my ass and twisted the shit out of my ankle. But it was all for a good cause: I marched in the Denver PrideFest Parade with the leather contingent. 7:30 a.m. is mighty early, ... More >>
The National Western Stock Show may have acknowledged that Brokeback Mountain jokes at the rodeo were offensive. But not all of our readers agree -- including one whose reference to a certain savior prompts a well-aimed shot at PC sensibilities.
In the course of writing this week's feature ("O Scum All Ye Faithful"), I spoke with Five Iron Frenzy singer and Scum co-founder, Reese Roper. Roper was an icon for '90s Christian punk rock, writing songs with a lyrical sophistication that referenced literature and world history. His songs w ... More >>
Just as traditional as its tackiness is the duration of the annual holiday display at the Denver City and County Building: Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus and that weird Santa Helper Hoedown always stick around through the Stock Show, to stun and amaze every visitor to town. But not this year.
If you weren't one of the kids who stole the plastic Baby Jesus from the local church's Nativity scene, then you were probably one of the good kids. While I never stole one, the preacher's daughter did that fateful night in 1997 -- but that's a Christmas story for another year.
In most ways, the differences between Denver and L.A. are good for us -- far less soul-killing vapidity here, for example -- but if there is one thing we tend to miss out on, it's that there aren't too many movies set here in the old hometown. And there definitely aren't too many movies edite ... More >>
Local bread bag and holy sandwich.A cameo on the red-hot-high-school-musical-dark-comedy-Jane-Lynch-extravaganza Glee is nothing to sneeze at, even if that cameo involves nothing more than a glimpse of an unexceptional bread wrapper. That's why Boulder animation studio Mighty Fudge is all atw ... More >>
In a post yesterday, GLBT Center's Hope Wisneski discussed the recent rash of gay teen suicides without attacking Focus on the Family, which recently criticized pro-gay anti-bullying programs as anti-Christian. But while Focus hasn't fanned flames since the national media picked up the suicid ... More >>
From the Dirty South of the ATL to the fields of Kentucky and Nebraska to places as far away as South Africa, rapper and musician Proxy has been many places sharing his music and his service. Throughout his travels, though, Proxy says he became the man he felt he was supposed to be right he ... More >>
Full photos below.Would combining Jesus Christ and used car sales be considered an unholy alliance? Apparently not at "Freedom Autos" on Federal Blvd. Jesus Christ's bigger billing on the street sign (pictured right) and his promise to set you free, almost makes the freedom offered by used-c ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn decoration... Photo by Kenny Be Figure 58. Capitol Hill: This Jesus Christ and The Superheroes performance is a Hot Topic on Grant Street. The apartment dwellers of Denver's Capitol Hill prove that you don't need a yard to make great yard art. The d ... More >>
Insane Clown Posse's new video for "Miracles" (see above) has been blowing up the Internet for a few days now. The ridiculous, syrupy rap song about the many "miracles" of existence, and more especially, the jaw-droppingly stupid video that accompanies it, lead to one, inescapable conclusion: the ... More >>
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Zaidy's Deli 15th and Lawrence streets (and a location in Cherry Creek) 303-893-3600 Potato Latke Sandwich Brisket between two latkes, with pickles and a side $9.95 Tis the season, and by "the season," I of course mean Hanukah, or Chanukah. And to celebrate, I figured I'd have some traditional ... More >>
It took Guns 'N' Roses fifteen years to finally release Chinese Democracy, which was released November 23 and available exclusively at Best Buy. That's a mighty long time. Heck, Jesus Christ died and returned from the grave in just three days. Our sister paper in Houston compiled a slide show of a d ... More >>
Betcha can almost taste that dead bird... Today in Backbeat Online: • "Anthem" by Born in the Flood (pictured) climbs One Tree Hill. • The Flobots score a Music Choice nomination. • The release of Frank Zappa's Lumpy Money is delayed. • Thirteen things that took less time than Guns N' Ros ... More >>
A mock-up of a billboard coming soon to a neighborhood near you. So you thought last night's vote of the Golden City Council not to allow religious symbols on city property this year was the only local event likely to attract notice from culture warriors nationwide? Ha. As of this writing, CNN. ... More >>
Greg Stier is raising an army of adolescents to help save your soul.
Brief reviews of current shows
Display Your Prey
These women can sing, but they need a plot.
Self-Propelled (Flight Approved)
The Focus on the Family folks are such cards.
Remembering the films that heated up cinemas this year.
Which panhandler really deserves a helping hand?
Thursday, November 18, Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, 1-970-407-1322; Friday, November 19, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308; Saturday, November 20, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.
The Word of Jesus Christ Church
But what's the co-pay?
Richie Furay found something unexpected on his way to country-rock stardom: salvation.
April 2-8, 1998
Thirty minutes in the life of Denver radio.
Meet Bill McCartney's good buddy, golfing pal and spiritual partner: Pastor James Ryle.
Everything's divine in Arvada, where the GOP has veered sharply to the religious right.
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