Lou Reed

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    October 30, 2013

    Podcast: Matthew McConaughey's streak of challenging roles and remembering Lou Reed

    On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, our critics discuss the upcoming Dallas Buyers Club, the late Lou Reed, 1983's Get Crazy, 1979's The Visitor, and 2008's In Bruges.Matthew McConaughey extends his streak of taking on challenging roles in Dallas Buyers Club (opening in Denver next week), playin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2013

    R.I.P., Lou Reed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    The ten worst collaborations in metal

    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 >>

  • Music

    May 30, 2013

    Pizza Time

    Greasy Demos
    Tender Moments

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Do drugs make musicians more creative?

    Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Ten Essential albums from the CBGB scene

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2012

    Thee Dang Dangs

    Stone Coast

  • Music

    June 28, 2012

    Safe Boating Is No Accident

    Live Without Dead Time
    Hot Congress Records

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Five best songs from the Summer of Love

    Forty five years ago, the western world was forever changed by an overwhelming groundswell of youth rebellion known to history as the Summer of Love. There are countless factors that caused this tsunami of bohemia to sweep the globe -- everything from economics and the end of World War II to LSD and ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Laurie Anderson

    Wednesday, April 25, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 today

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Garland Jeffreys on Lou Reed and "living in between"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Time travel, sexy video games and more new release picks for the this week, July 26, 2011

    ​It's a bit of a slow week again, but the media coming out today is so top-notch that it's hard to complain. Provided you're interested in things like playing god, a relationship puzzle game about love or watching a movie that's sort of about time travel, you'll have a lot to take in this wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    JB Townsend of Crystal Stilts on the act's evolution and the influence of Velvet Underground

    ​A few years ago, Crystal Stilts (due tonight at Larimer Lounge), along with friends Blank Dogs, gained notoriety in the blogosphere for its reverb-drenched post-punk, which was notably different from everything that had been coming out of New York in the past decade.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Five careers Jack White could help revive next

    ​Jack White has been a busy bee lately, producing records for Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson and now, Jerry Lee Lewis. We're starting to get the feeling he might view himself as a sort of Rick Rubin-type character, but instead of making older musicians darker and more introspective, he's just mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    What to see at Aspen ShortsFest? Here's something for each day

    Lou Reed not being a dick? Crazy.​There are a lot of short films playing at the Aspen ShortsFest tonight and over the course of the next five days -- like, a shitload of them. And since many of them are foreign and all of them, pretty much by definition because they are short films, are somewh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Top 5 Famous Writer/Musician Feuds

    ​Sometimes hurt feelings and death threats bring people closer together -- that definitely seems to be the case of the former web editor at our sister paper in Los Angeles, Erin Broadley, and shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, who once threatened to kill her. After the two met, they came to the real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Susan Boyle is an unkillable sales machine

    Susan Boyle's number two is a very special gift.​It's officially the Holiday season, which is why Poptimystic is finally ready to address the Christmas albums on the charts. Even though they've been there for at least three weeks. Two of Billboard's top ten albums are seasonal, and Billboard, ... More >>

  • Music

    August 5, 2010

    Chris Jeffries

    Self Titled EP

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Emily Frembgen on Lou Reed, Hall & Oates and playing with Ian Cooke

    ​ This week's Rough Mixes entry focusing on Emily Frembgen contained excerpts of our recent chat with the singer-songwriter, who's packing up her guitar at the end of June and heading by to New York. Luckily she's not leaving us empty-handed: Her new CD, Always With You, is a gorgeous disc fu ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010
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    March 20, 2009

    Last Night: Rachael Pollard at GlobGlobGlob

    Rachael Pollard, Doo Crowder, Spoke Shaver, Rotaree, TemplesThursday, March 19, 2009GlobGlobGlobBetter than: Not falling asleep at work, which I'm now certain to do tomorrow.In military operations, planes often fly at low altitudes to avoid radar detection. If that's true in cliché form as well, th ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009
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    July 31, 2008
  • Film

    May 29, 2008

    Summer Movie Preview

    The season of big budget bangs uses its brain.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Wed Alert: Lou Reed Marries Laurie Anderson. Nick Forster from etown Officiates

    Photo by Stephanie Berger from Before Laurie Anderson came to perform at the Boulder Theatre last month, she chatted at length with Michael Roberts about her new project, Homeland. But as it turns out, she was about to make a change in her own homeland's status, by marrying long- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Q&A With Laurie Anderson

    Laurie Anderson remains one of the most intriguing performance artists in these United States – a social commentator whose creative toolbox contains music, spoken word, visuals and electronics. In a conversation with Westword captured in the following Q&A, she talks at length about her current pro ... More >>

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    Primal Scream and Kasabian

    Riot City Blues (Columbia) and Empire (RCA)

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    The Warlocks

    Thursday, March 16, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Hip-Hop Sans Hova

    Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some lovable limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down.

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    John Cale

    Sunday, October 30, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    Ambulance LTD

    Wednesday, April 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    January 6, 2005


    Ghost writer Garland Jeffreys returns to his old haunt: the stage.

  • Music

    August 12, 2004

    The Velvet Underground

    Live at Max's Kansas City (Reissue) (Rhino)

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    June 12, 2003
  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    The Go-Betweens

    bright yellow bright orange (Jetset)

  • Music

    January 4, 2001

    Frank Black and the Catholics

    Dog in the Sand (What Are Records?)

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Bang! Bang! You're Alive

    Stumbling down memory lane with the late Lester Bangs.

  • Music

    May 4, 2000

    Lou Reed


  • Music

    November 25, 1999

    A Musical Feast

    Denver produces a new crop of music.

  • Film

    October 28, 1999

    Night Sweats

    Scorsese's New York is alive and kicking in Bringing Out the Dead, but the vital signs are weakening.

  • Music

    January 15, 1998

    Rubbed the Right Way

    Masseuse Carla Madison keeps in touch with the Denver music scene.

  • Music

    March 28, 1996

    Happy Lou

    In concert, Lou Reed takes a walk on the mild side.

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    March 21, 1996
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    December 13, 1995
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