If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
Back in March, we posted about the eleven state flags that are supposed to be better than Colorado's, based on a listing from Ranker. That crowd-sourced website also features a roster of the best state songs, and Colorado does very well. But does it deserve to? And are any of the tunes that wind up ... More >>
It's 2014, which means you can now legally smoke marijuana here. Of course, most of the people smoking now probably haven't been waiting patiently for the government's seal of approval to sample nature's goodness. Still we get the feeling the end of prohibition means there's a lot of newly-minted st ... More >>
THE OH HELLOS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI & SAT, 6/28-6/29 Last fall, the Oh Hellos released their first full-length, Through the Deep, Dark Valley. And while that album's got some solid tunes like "The Valley" and "I Was Wrong," it's "Hello My Old Heart," a track from their self-titled debut that perk ... 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 ho ... More >>
LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | THURS, 4/18/13 Outside of perhaps the Hold Steady -- which shares a proclivity for Bruce Springsteen -- nobody plays straight-up rock these days as convincingly as Lucero. Led by Ben Nichols's gravelly croak, Lucero borrows liberally from the Boss and Lynyrd Skynyrd on so ... More >>
LOW @ LARIMER LOUNGE | FRI, 3/29/13 Since its inception in 1993, Low has created a body of work characterized by a fragile intensity. Although often lumped in under the banner of "slowcore" with a group of bands of similar sonic leanings, like Red House Painters, Galaxie 500, Tarnation and Codeine, ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, amigos! We made it, and we've got another fine weekend of tunes to look forward to. From hip-hop and bluegrass to indie rock and southern rock, there's a variety of options, both local and national, to choose from. We've got all of the shows happening on the Front Range over ... More >>
Lori Midson J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 www.zydecosdenver.com This is part one of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. I got the gift of the Southern double name," drawls J. Michae ... More >>
Mike Peshek Lou's Food Bar 1851 West 38th Avenue 303-458-0336 www.lousfoodbar This is part two of my interview with Mike Peshek, exec chef of Lou's Food Bar. Part one of my chat with Peshek ran earlier this week. Favorite restaurant in America: Pizzeria Regina in Boston. The service is terrible, t ... More >>
For years, Barry Fey says, music fans have been needling him to write a book. "You know, people have been saying 'When's the book? When's the book?' for fifteen years," Fey notes. "It was daily, wherever I would go out... 'When's the book? Come on, you've got to write a book!'" Well, he final ... More >>
Saturday, September 18, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Jon Solomon WILCO 09.03.10 | Jazz Aspen Snowmass "Don't even think about yelling, 'Freebird," Wilco's frontman Jeff Tweedy replied to the guy in the crowd who screamed out the Lynyrd Skynyrd tune early in Wilco's ambitious two-hour set at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass labor day festival. "You can ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
The Black Crowes, Vetiver Saturday, Dec. 13 Fillmore Auditorium Better than: Revisiting the sounds of '60s soul and '70s rock with a middling bar band. "I swear I've heard that riff before." That was the recurring thought as I watched the Black Crowes and Vetiver perform Saturday, as the solos, the ... More >>
Los Lonely Boys rock out with Hill Country Revue.
Former Marine Lance Hering as he looked at the time of his recent arrest. Lance Hering, the recently arrested Marine whose bizarre disappearance was the subject of the 2007 Adam Cayton-Holland feature article "An Uphill Battle" and yesterday's blog "The End of the Line for AWOL Marine Lance Hering ... More >>
Hayes Carll’s always been known as an animated performer – but these days, the description can be taken literally. In “Crystal Beach Memories,” a clip accessible at Will Ferrell’s FunnyOrDie.com site, he looks like the image above as he talks about his life and times – topics that domina ... More >>
Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.
Saturday, August 12, Red Rocks, 303-830-8497.
Kid rocks, the Colorado Convention Center doesn't.
A new Stout Street pub with bite.
Wednesday, February 1, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
On the road to recovery with the Drive By Truckers.
Thursday, August 4, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.
The Neon Steven EP (Self-released)
Night of Joy (Widespread Records)
A voyage of discovery leads to Han Kang.
Put Here to Bleed (In Music We Trust)
Z-Trip turns the tables and elevates the art of the DJ.
The Glands prepare to deliver more brainy indie pop -- if they can ever get off the road.
Heritage Square Music Hall pays tribute to three decades of rock and roll.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd rise again.
Comeback attempts by acts that should just go away.
An incomplete history of local barchitecture, undertaken in two sober afternoons.
Despite a recent tragedy, the Quadrajets are still flying high.
TED NUGENT OFFERS MORE RUMINATIONS ON THE AMERICAN DREAM.