Ask anyone who was around the underground rock scene in Denver in the early '90s and chances are that person at least heard of Sympathy F. Since its 1991 debut at 7 South, a club now known as the hi-dive, Sympathy F became a favorite of peers and fans by virtue of its superb songwriting and the beau ... More >>
It's Westword Music Showcase month, and today we have a schedule for you. In case this is unfamiliar territory: For the twentieth year, we'll celebrate the wide array of Denver's music scene with a music festival right here in the city. The thing has grown over the decades, and this year we have s ... More >>
Dr. Neptune (due this Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, at 3 Kings Tavern) became one of the more popular punk bands in the scene before disbanding for good in 2006, after a couple of vans broke down as the band was making waves on the Warped Tour circuit and in talks with a Sony subsid ... More >>
3 Kings Tavern owner Jim Norris had been dropping by Mutiny Now almost every week for seven years, trying to convince original owner Jack Jensen to sell it to him. On February 1, he finally sealed the deal. Norris, along with business partners Joe Ramirez and Matt Megyesi, really began negotiati ... More >>
Quixote's True Blue has relocated a few times since first starting out sixteen years ago on 9150 East Colfax in Aurora as a place where Deadheads and kindred spirits could gather after the passing of Jerry Garcia. Next month, the now iconic Denver bar will move again into Bender's Tavern -- the spac ... More >>
Note to the grizzled cynic who said that punk's long since run out of any new ideas: Luke Schmaltz could make you eat those words, hot shot, with a heaping side of shut the hell up. This Sunday, September 16, the members of Schmaltz's band, King Rat, will be celebrating the release of their new albu ... More >>
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to write up the acts that appear on the individual stages across the Golden Triangle. Jon Solomon was at Bannock Street Garage stage, which was graciously hosted by Jim Norris. Page down to read his thoughts and s ... More >>
Holy Moses! It's no stretch to say that yesterday was the hottest day of the summer. Literally. Not only did the late news reports back this up, but we're pretty sure if you ask anyone in the sea of people who attended the eighteenth annual Westword Music Showcase, they'll co-sign this claim -- well ... More >>
Alright, it's here! Finally! The waiting is over! The eighteenth annual Westword Music Showcase. You've probably already printed it out, cut it out, copied and highlighted the schedule, but just in case you haven't, here's the most up-to-date version of today's lineup for the Showcase. All of the TB ... More >>
Okay, time to officially start getting excited now. The annual Westword Music Showcase is a little more than a week away. Did you pick up your tickets yet? If not, you can still get them at the discounted rate. Prices go up day of the show. By now, you've already seen the lineup of who's playing the ... More >>
Tonight, the first in a series of benefits that have been organized for 3 Kings Tavern co-owner Jim Norris takes place at Rockbar. Jeri Theil, who's spearheading the event with the help of Shannon Boyles and Karen Cuda, has given us the full lineup for tonight's benefit (see below) and more i ... More >>
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 >>
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
Bob Frebrache's Absinthe Studios has been buzzing along for the better part of three decades, recording the likes of Ian Cooke, The Fluid, The Swayback, Frantix and many others. Now, friend and fellow sound engineer James McElwee wants to tell Bob's story in a new documentary -- but he needs ... More >>
This past February, when we started putting together the 2010 Westword Music Showcase, we posted an item asking you how we could improve our annual music festival, this year set for Saturday, June 19, in the Golden Triangle (if you haven't already purchased your tickets, you can still buy d ... More >>
Acoustic Profanity Friday, January 8, 2010Bender's Tavern Better than: MTV Unplugged. Acoustic Profanity was about what you'd expect from the name: Get a bunch of punks together and take them out of their element a little by handing them acoustic guitars and sitting them on some stools. Over the co ... More >>
It's official. King Rat's Luke Schmaltz & Jennifer "Mama" Foreman have assumed ownership of Bender's Tavern. They both started working at the spot right after it opened in 2004, and Schmaltz has been the general manager for the past three years. For now, things will be as is at Bender's, and the ... More >>
Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 There are several ways to approach a festival such as June 16's Westword Music Showcase. Wrist-banders can check out a handful of their favorites or several groups they haven't had a chance to catch yet and spend the rest of their time exploring the rewarding world of mass ... More >>
Saturday, June 16
Backbeat writers sound off on the best local releases of 2006.
King Rat's still being held together by Duct Tape and Dreams.
Be there or be square!
The really lost weekend
Local filmaker makes good with a Twist.
King Rat packs a punk-rock punch.