The twentieth annual Westword Music Showcase is tomorrow. There are over 150 bands on the bill, which is a lot. Too many to see in a day. We've come up with a few ways of helping you make your decisions. But just in case you need a few more, we present an assortment of random facts about a random se ... More >>
Barking Cat Records
TAME IMPALA @ OGDEN THEATRE | 10/25/13 It's not exactly an original observation at this point to note how the members of Tame Impala are revivalists that evoke the spirit of '60s and '70s sound; yet when the band begins its set with songs like "Desire Be, Desire Go," "Keep on Lying," and "Solitude i ... More >>
Marilyn Manson, even more than one of his inspirations, Alice Cooper, has become a lightning rod of controversy for his provocative lyrics and visual style. The guy had an album called Antichrist Superstar, after all, and he's been fairly open about his drug use, what more conservative members of so ... More >>
Straight Razor Revival
It's down to the wire now. Last night's performances will determine which of the three remaining Idol contestants will make it through to the final and ultimately win the entire competition, which, with the elimination of Hollie Cavanagh last week, is anyone's game at this point. The contestants eac ... More >>
You can go on for days debating the musical mysteries of the so called 27 Club -- which includes Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and now Amy Winehouse -- but one thing is certain: The death of these artists had a profound impact on their subsequent sales. Pearl, for example, was rele ... More >>
Harder to Tell
Just one of the many acts birthed in the last half-decade thanks to YouTube, thirteen-year-old Greyson Chance -- due at the Gothic Theatre tonight with Cody Simpson and Camryn -- could still be considered a bit of an anomaly in his own right. Unlike his pop contemporaries, the 'tween's adorat ... More >>
Love's lost album from 1973, Black Beauty, is finally going to see the light of day when its released in June. The album was their first with a new lineup after Arthur Lee left the band, but the record label went bankrupt before it was ever released. It's certainly not the first time this has ... More >>
Jaein LeeSmith Westerns Yeah, the guys in Smith Westerns (due tonight at Larimer Lounge) are young, and their attitude on stage and in interviews seems to be filled to the brim with youthful exuberance with a touch of bravado. But none of that would matter if this Chicago band didn't write f ... More >>
On the heels of their dual CD release party a few weeks ago at the Gothic, Air Dubai and the Heyday claimed the top spots at Twist & Shout for the week ending October 10. Up at Album's On the Hill, meanwhile, Bad Religion topped the charts with its latest Dissent of Man, Superchunk's latest e ... More >>
While the Flaming Lips and Stardeath & the White Dwarfs' fascinating interpretation of the Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been available on iTunes since December, the colored vinyl version, released on Record Store Day, took the top spot at Twist & Shout and came in third at Independe ... More >>
CQ took itself seriously despite its absurd premise.Movie soundtracks are a difficult beast to master. They have to take an already existing song and apply it to a new medium in a new context. This often works with varying results, and many songs are so overused in soundtracks, they've lost a ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For t ... More >>
I thought I saw a vision of Jesus in my latte, but it was actually the guy who's bigger than Jesus, John Lennon. In this video, local latte artist Michael Keen of Studio 6 Coffee in the Santa Fe Arts District shows how to do one of his many foamy portraitures.
Photo by Liz KellermanThis guy knows his way around a wiener. Look at all those buns. Today in Cafe Society: • Denver's hot dog champ chomp. • Follow the smoke and Steven Raichlen to BBQ University at the Broadmoor. • Video: How to make a John Lennon Latte. • Icehouse Tavern has an opening ... More >>
Conrad Keely, frontman for the indie-rock vets in ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, is among the most articulate and opinionated figures in music. He earns this reputation anew it in the following Q&A, conducted for our profile of the band, "...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of De ... More >>
Friday, February 20, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Join in the annual Beatles Memorial Singalong.
As an opera, Cinderella is a ball.
Tariq Ali is all around.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Behold the Renaissance
Friday, September 9, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
One boisterous play-goer shatters the nuances of Take Me Out.
Losing Dimebag Darrell was never part of the Damageplan.
McClinton just keeps rolling along
Dance festival gets above it all
When it comes to rock and revolution, John Wilkes Booze is loaded.
By the Way (Warner Bros.)
Are You Passionate? (Reprise)
Blueprint for a Sunrise (Capitol)
Rufus Wainwright thinks the world could use a little romance right now.
How John Sinclair went from being a White Panther to a blues scholar.
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM: GREAT IDEA OR SIGN THAT THE END IS NEAR?
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS A STAGE MOTHER WITH A GROUP OF SCHIZOPHRENICS? A REALLY, REALLY BIG SHOW.