John Baxter

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    August 27, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Josh Hartwell

    #61: Josh Hartwell The talented Josh Hartwell works with some of the region's best and most creative independent theater companies -- Curious Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre and Buntport Theater, to name a few -- as both actor and director, but he's also an accomplished and award-winning playwrig ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    This Ain't No Cowtown, Vol. 4 in the works

    Over the last year, John Baxter of ZetaKaye House has released three volumes of the This Ain't No Cowtown series, which each feature Colorado-based artists. The first volume, which is available for free through Bandcamp, which included 22 bands and 10 comedians and poets, while the second and third ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Lenny Kravitz, Widespread Panic and more

    Ah, yes, we've reached the end of another glorious week in the Rockies, which can only mean another dope weekend of music in the Mile High City. Lenny Kravitz kicks things off tonight with a show at the Buell Theatre, Widespread Panic pulls into the Fillmore for a three-night stand, TaunTaun returns ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Details of the series of upcoming benefits for 3 Kings co-owner Jim Norris have been finalized

    Jim Norris of 3 Kings Tavern.​One of the most refreshing things about living in Denver: Despite how incredibly shitty, mindlessly selfish and inexplicably cruel folks we can sometimes be to one another in this town (watch the news for about five minutes), when one of us is in need, you can alm ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    TaunTaun to reconvene at 3 Kings Tavern on Friday, February 10 for Jim Norris benefit show

    ​ Update (12/6/11): Suspicions confirmed. The mighty men of TaunTaun are indeed reconvening to play a show. "I don't want to call it a reunion," says Ian O'Dougherty, "because we never broke up. This is just for Jim." The Jim in question is Jim Norris of 3 Kings Tavern, where TaunTaun on Frid ... More >>

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    September 25, 2011

    Review: Come As You Are, a covers show for Nirvana's Nevermind, at Hi-Dive, 9/24/11

    Tom MurphyThe Swayback and friends covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit"One of the obvious highlights of last night's exceptional Nirvana covers celebration in honor Nevermind's 20th anniversary was when Eric Halborg of The Swayback told us we knew the words to the third song the band played and invite ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    ZetaKaye House gathering submissions for planned series of Colorado-centric compilations

    ​In general terms, a compilation is most often used as a promotional tool for labels or magazines to draw awareness to their product. In the case of the ZetaKaye House, that's still essentially the purpose, but the product is the state of Colorado itself. "Musicians aren't always the best at p ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.

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    December 14, 2010

    The year in features: a handy link guide to all local interviews/profiles in Westword in 2010

    Jim J NarcySnake Rattle Rattle Snake, profiled in June 2010​Whatever 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 >>

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    November 19, 2010

    We had a party and tweeted about it: Westword #WebAwards winners!

    ​If you were there last night, thank you for coming to the first-ever Westword Web Awards party at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street. The room swelled (see full slideshow from the Web Awards) to about 400 bloggers, photographers, shameless self-promoters and artists, who tweeted about the thing ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    John and Kim Baxter launch ZetaKaye House

    ​Although ZetaKaye House, the name of John and Kim Baxter's new booking and management company, might sound like sorority house, it's actually a deliberate fusion of the names of two individuals: Oscar Zeta Acosta, who was part of the Brown Power movement in the '60s and Hunter S. Thompson's a ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    July 14, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase Awards Wrap Up

    David BarberJohn Baxter and Matty Clark in the fleshThe picture above pretty much tells the tale of last night's Westword Music Showcase Awards -- drunk and debaucherous. Everyone (well, we think everyone -- we didn't exactly take a formal poll or anything) had a pretty swell time. Hugs were smiles ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    The blog shortcut, July 14 edition

    Photo by David BarberJohn Baxter and Matty Clark play skins and skins. In the flesh. Today in Backbeat Online: • Westword Music Showcase Awards Wrap Up. • Q&A with Asher Roth. • Deejay Diabolic competing to spin at Lollapalooza. • Fake Problems cancels Larimer Lounge date. • Tickle Me Pi ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    The blog shortcut, April 22 edition

    We've got the music in us. Today in Backbeat Online: • 2009 Westword Music Showcase revealed. • Rowboat on the radio today. • The mysterious reappearance of John Baxter. Today in Cafe Society: • Breaking ground on Earth Day. • Mix it up at Trios Enoteca on Sunday. • Ask the Readers: Ch ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Serendipity Happens

    Mike Neff makes a stranger smile In a town like Denver, you should never underestimate the power of serendipity. On more than one occasion, I’ve been out wandering the city, on my way to something or other and have ended up stumbling on a remarkable musical experience.

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    June 14, 2008

    Showcase LiveSemi-Live Blog

    Click here to view the Showcase slide show. 2:30 p.m. As long as the laptop battery holds up and the connection stays live, we'll be live blogging from the Showcase all afternoon. The Chain Gang of 1974 is just finishing its last song at the outdoor stage -- Kam and company are bringing it. Folks a ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Britt Rodemich, Ellison Park, Ian Cooke @ the hi-dive

    Britt Rodemich, Ellison Park, Ian Cooke and Levi Weaver Friday, April 25, 2008 hi-dive Better Than: Enduring yet another uneventful happy hour. The matinee show is an idea whose time has come in Denver. Instead of doing happy hour and then heading home only to amble back out around nine or ten, how ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008
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    February 7, 2008
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    January 31, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Doing It Together

    Ever since, let’s say 1968, people in the music world have just loved talking about DIY – Do It Yourself. If you use the term in the UK, people will think you’re talking about home improvement projects, but here in the colonies, that phrase carries a deep, complex and emotionally hefty connota ... More >>

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