One of the largest looming and most influential icons in the history of rock and roll, Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. No word has been received regarding the cause of Reed's death, though the "Walk On The Wild Side" songwriter did recently undergo a liver transplant last May that nearly c ... More >>
Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
It's easy to look at what's become of rock music over the last three and a half decades and find countless traces of the CBGB micro-culture and the fast-and-loud aesthetic it cultivated. During their now-legendary years at CBGB, bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie and Patti Smith were dis ... More >>
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (due Friday, March 16 at the Gothic Theatre) is based on Portland, Oregon. The band's frontman, Ruban Nielson, however, spent nearly a decade in punk band the Mint Chicks while based out of Auckland, New Zealand. After a few records on the legendary Flying Nun label, Nielson ... More >>
"The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought one formed a band." This quote has been attributed to both Brian Eno and Peter Buck (of REM) -- no one is completely certain who said it first, but that's not the point. The fact remains that The Velvet Underground ... More >>
In his best selling book Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman asserts that "the best career move any musician can make is to stop breathing." When examining Kurt Cobain's post-mortem transformation from junkie dad to iconic voice of a generation, Klosterman notes that the suicide told everyone ... More >>
Denver's best live music bets, weekend of January 20, 2012
Garland Jeffreys (due Saturday, January 21, at the Lion's Lair) should be a household name considering some of the shoulders with which he's rubbed during the course of his long career: He met Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker before the Velvet Underground were properly a band, when Jeffreys and Reed were ... More >>
The Boxing Mirror (Back Porch)
Sunday, October 30, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Thursday, August 11, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Ghost writer Garland Jeffreys returns to his old haunt: the stage.
From four-track pluck to orchestral ambition, Destroyer keeps busting the mold.
I'll Take It (Arena Rock Recording Company)
A local lawsuit against the world's largest radio/concert firm threatens to expose the dark side of the entertainment business.
Shrek offers an amusing, if empty, fractured fairy tale.
Elliott Smith has nothing to do with what's happening in the current music scene. Thank goodness.
Unknown bands can't expect much from SXSW, just ask the Czars' Chris Pearson.
Maids of Gravity frontman Ed Ruscha tries to play the music game his way.
Red House Painter Mark Kozelek wants you to know that he isn't suicidal.
The Dirty Three make instrumental music with plenty to say.
In concert, Lou Reed takes a walk on the mild side.
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DENVER-BASED HARRIET THE SPY LOOKS FOR PUNK IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES.
A BEHIND-THE-CURTAINS LOOK AT THE BIGGEST LITTLE PROMOTER IN DENVER.
FORMER VELVET UNDERGROUNDER JOHN CALE IS STILL DOING WHATEVER HE DAMN WELL PLEASES.
...YOU'D BE THE CRANKIEST GENIUS IN ROCK AND ROLL.
MEET IGGY POP, THE ABIGAIL VAN BUREN OF THE NINETIES.
YO LA TENGO'S IRA KAPLAN TRIES TO SHED HIS DISREPUTABLE PAST--HE WAS A ROCK CRITIC.