#33: Michael Chavez Michael Chavez had already worked as an artist and curator, experience that prepared him well for his current job as public-art administrator for Denver Arts & Venues. In that role, he both oversees and maintains the city's present collection of 350 works and coordinates new com ... More >>
Magic can certainly happen in the recording studio, but with some collaborations, a witch's brew with a horrid stink can also boil over. Huge lottery-sized paychecks evidently blinded these poor fools from seeing what truly awful things they were creating. Where's Marty McFly when you need him? If o ... More >>
Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. A.H. Goldstein hosted at the Curious Theatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>
Led Zeppelin was already a record-setting global powerhouse when Atlantic Records released their fifth album, Houses of the Holy, on March 28, 1973. The English quartet had laid down the basic tracks for the record in the spring of 1972 at the Rolling Stones' mobile recording studio at Stargroves, a ... More >>
Formed nearly a decade ago in Austin, Texas, the Sword, with its sludgy guitar work and the fantastical themes of its lyrics, is often assigned the stoner rock designation, and understandably so. But while the band certainly bears the clear influence of bands like Black Sabbath, Sleep and Led Zeppel ... More >>
In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>
With her own band, Adrian & the Sickness (due tonight at 3 Kings Tavern with BugGirl and Cock N Balls), Adrian Conner gets to be herself on stage and on record. This isn't the case with her day job -- as resident lead guitarist for AC/DC tribute outfit Hell's Belles, Conner channels her inner ... More >>
Wednesday, April 27, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
With the recent passing of Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's first muse, we thought it only appropriate to give a shout out to a couple of other famous ladies. The muse position is demanding and the position can vary (physically and figuratively) -- it's not all about getting a song named after you. T ... More >>
Duane Rieder When Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990, it made a world-beat influenced splash with a series of releases throughout the decade. During this creative period, the band released its most commercially successful song, "Send Me On My Way." The tune, which has been used on soun ... More >>
‚ÄčTime, aka Chris Steele, has been involved in the Denver hip-hop scene for over a decade, and his current and future collaborators include Sole of the Anticon collective, Talib Kweli, Drake, Kool Keith and C-Rayz Walz. The snarkier hip-hop aficionados refer to the form Time writes and performs as ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray See photos of Day One's fans on the slideshow page. It's here: The second edition of the Mile High Music Fest is underway, and our gaggle of writers and photogs are shvitzing their way around the grounds to bring you ongoing, as-close-to-live-as-my-fingers-allow coverage of Denver ... More >>
Monday, April 28, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Behold the world-class guitarist behind Acoustic Mayhem.
Itís tough to maintain an edge in the studio and out ó just ask this British trio.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Wolfmother isn't fond of the sounds-like game.
Saturday, March 4, Ogden Theatre, 303-863-8668.
Is Terry Reid the unluckiest man in rock?
Furrier is funnier.
Jason Hill thinks Louis XIV deserves to be rock royalty.
This band doesn't take rock and roll for granted.
De-loused in the Comatorium (Universal)
With a handful of artists, "classic rock" is not a pejorative.
Rapper Nas steps back into the ring, fists flying.
With Pearlcopper, guitarist Mark Spiewak is already a legend in his own mind.
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones goes it alone.
Comeback attempts by acts that should just go away.
Redefining chamber music on Turtle Island.
The hip-hop trivia question wants to prove that he's still cool.
THE TIME MAY FINALLY HAVE COME FOR OTIS RUSH.
THE IN-CONCERT MELLOWING OF JIMMY PAGE AND ROBERT PLANT.
OUR LIST OF THE MOST OVERPLAYED CLASSIC-ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME.