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  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    The Ten Best Shows This Weekend

    There's an insanely eclectic array of shows this weekend. Swallow Hill is celebrating its 35th Anniversary at the Paramount Theatre with Josh Ritter, Brett Dennen and Elle King. Nas performs his classic album, Illmatic at the Paramount. There's also the New Pornographers, Felice Brothers, the Hot Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Taylor Gonda

    #52: Taylor GondaWhen it comes to popular culture, Taylor Gonda talks a great game. As co-host of the local podcast These Things Matter, she chats about music, movies and other obsessions with celebrities both local and sometimes national. But there's more to Gonda than These Things Matter: A regula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Nicholas Payton: "The trumpet chose me"

    It was evident early on that New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton had tremendous trumpet chops. After a stint with legendary drummer Elvin Jones, Payton inked a deal with Verve at the age of twenty and went on to release seven discs for the imprint, as well as a number of albums on other labels. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    John Sinclair on the Beats, poetry and weed

    Before John Sinclair founded the White Panthers, managed the MC5 and did time for giving an undercover cop two joints as a Christmas present, he read Jack Kerouac's On the Road as a junior in high school -- and he says his life started. Sinclair will be at the Mercury Cafe on Friday, February 7 as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    More and more, you've probably noticed an influx of Internet jukeboxes, the kind that offer a seemingly endless assortment of songs, cropping up in bars. But there are still a handful of spots rocking old school CD jukeboxes that require a bit of taste-making. Here's the ten best, including this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Video: Christopher Dorner, ex-L.A. cop, presumed dead after fiery cabin standoff

    Update:Ex-L.A. cop Christopher Dorner has been the subject of a massive manhunt for more than a week after allegedly killing three , including former Denver resident Keith Lawrence; see previous coverage below. Now, the crisis appears at an end, with charred remains found in a gutted California cabi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Stoner MacGyver book review: Smoke Signals

    Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games to books. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver. The latest? Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana -Medical, Recreational and Scientific

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    Just as music collections say a lot about people, a jukebox can do the same for a bar; it often reflect the place's personality. A lot of times, variety is key to a well-stocked jukebox, and 3 Kings Tavern, this year's winner in the Best of Denver, had that with balls, to boot. Here's a look at the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Photos: Sonic Blossom at Cervantes, 10/15/11, Night Two

    Photo by Britt ChesterThe second night of Sonic Blossom opened with a lecture from Jamie Janover on tetrahedrons, crop circles, and basic unified field theory discussion. Kraddy headlined the Ballroom while locals Project Aspect, Samples, and Eminence Ensemble closed down the Otherside. Click throug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2011

    Photos: Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, 8/13/11

    ​PRETTY LIGHTS at RED ROCKS | 8/13/11The second sold out night of the Pretty Lights Music showcase was the perfect way to end a hometown run for Derek Vincent Smith, who plays music under the Pretty Lights moniker. With some help from Big K.R.I.T., Michael Menert, Gramatik and Skream, Smith d ... More >>

  • News

    April 21, 2011
  • Dining

    April 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    The Wire's David Simon has a new HBO series that uses fiction to honor New Orleans' surreal, heart-breaking fact

    ​Editor's Note: Treme writer/producer David Mills died of a brain aneurysm Tuesday in New Orleans. He'd written extensively about theTreme process and his burgeoning love for New Orleans music on his blog, His Times-Picayune obit is here. By Larry Blumenfeld ... More >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2008

    Red Holloway Takes Center Stage

    From Sonny Stitt to Jack McDuff, this saxman has played with some of jazz's finest.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool, Part Two

    Day One Day Two January 11, 2008 By David Amram San Francisco | In the summer of 1948, at the same time that Jack Kerouac was wandering America, I hitchhiked across the country, from Washington D.C. to San Jose, California to visit my girlfriend. On my weekends off from my job as a carpenter's he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007
  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    What It Means to Miss New Orleans

    God, what have you done?

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    Blood Ties

    With its haunting debut, the Arcade Fire keeps it in the family.

  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    March On

    The Dirty Dozen Brass Band breathes life into death.

  • News

    November 4, 2004

    Through a Glass, Darkly

    A special soused report

  • Culture

    September 23, 2004

    Ring-a-Ding Dog

    Heaven Help Us could use some help.

  • News

    June 19, 2003
  • News

    January 23, 2003

    The Light Stuff

    Coors loves the young male demographic -- and twins!

  • Culture

    October 31, 2002

    A Beautiful Lady

    Shadow Theatre shines a light on this wrenching retelling of Billie Holiday's downfall.

  • Film

    October 24, 2002

    Columbine Primer

    Michael Moore's gun-culture study uncovers fear itself.

  • Calendar

    February 15, 2001

    Beyond Burns

    A look at screen gems from the Denver Jazz on Film Festival.

  • Music

    October 5, 2000

    All The Kings Men

    Thanks to an exhaustive deal with K-tel, the music of Chris Daniels and the Kings shall be released.

  • Music

    July 6, 2000

    No Payne, No Gain

    Arizona's Les Payne Product feels the burn.

  • Music

    March 9, 2000

    Orchestral Maneuvers in the Works

    The Creative Music Works Orchestra brings jazz out of the closet.

  • Music

    December 9, 1999

    Wynton Marsalis

    My Jelly Lord: Standard Time Vol. Six
    (Columbia/Sony Classical)

  • Music

    November 18, 1999

    Access Denio

    With her own cosmopolitan pedagogy, Amy Denio goes the spoot route.

  • Music

    July 1, 1999

    Sound Mind

    Plumbing the depths of Ron Bucknam's solo subversion.

  • Music

    December 10, 1998

    Getting Bolder

    The Boulder Creative Music Ensemble is still taking chances after all these years.

  • Music

    July 30, 1998

    Bring Back That Sunny Ade

    The King of juju makes party music with a message.

  • Music

    June 4, 1998

    Snake Charmers

    Denver's Boa and the Constrictors squeeze new life out of jump blues.

  • Music

    December 4, 1997

    From Canada With Love

    Ray Condo and His Richochets aren't Americans, but they love American music.

  • News

    May 22, 1997

    Carving a Niche

    From body bags to gang shootings, artist Bill Potts has seen the horror--and held on to the dream.

  • Film

    February 13, 1997
  • Music

    December 12, 1996

    Christmas Seasoning

    Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.

  • Music

    September 19, 1996

    Westword Music '96 Awards Showcase

    1 night, 5 bucks, 7 venues, 39 bands Sunday, September 22 6 P.M.-1A.M. in LoDo

  • Culture

    January 10, 1996
  • Music

    May 24, 1995



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    March 8, 1995
  • Music

    May 25, 1994