As Westword's Ask the Bartender columnist, I've talked with many bartenders for Cafe Society's "Behind the Bar" series, posing numerous questions to Denver's top bartenders...and often receiving the same answers: "I love chartreuse," or "I'm really into smoked cocktails/barrel aging/bottled cocktail ... More >>
Ready for another solid week of shows? Good. There's plenty to look forward to this week, a diverse batch of offerings from the jammier side of things with the Disco Biscuits, who's setting up shop in Colorado for three nights, to the long and eagerly awaited Denver appearance of Cat Power to a floo ... More >>
SAINT VITUS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 10/03/12 When Saint Vitus came on stage, the quartet went right into "Blessed Night," with Dave Chandler letting out a wail or siren sound with wah and distortion from his guitar. From there, guitar and bass rumbled together like a high idling engine, as Mark Vasque ... More >>
Nestled between abandoned mines, a cemetery, and a towering nosebleed-worthy hill overlooking Central City, the inaugural Higher Ground Music Festival could have hardly taken place in a more atypical locale. But with forty-ish Colorado bands playing to a mostly local crowd of campers and Denver dayt ... More >>
The Jealous Sound (playing tonight at the Marquis Theater) came together when former Knapsack guitarist and singer Blair Shehan got together with some of his friends who had also been members of melodic punk bands of the '90s, including Padro Benito of Sunday's Best, John McGinnis of Neither Trump ... More >>
It's really hard to be a successful corporate retailer. Not only do you have to sell truckloads of stuff to make money, but you have to keep track of whose stuff it is you're even selling. Sigh. It's even harder when you appropriate a design by a band that's really popular thinking, "that'll sell," ... More >>
Lori Midson Arik Markus Row 14 891 14th Street 303-825-0100 www.row14denver.com This is part two of my interview with Arik Markus, executive chef of Row 14. In part one of that interview, Markus dishes on crashing kitchens, the day he was fired by Eric Ripert and the echo of Daniel Boulud. ... More >>
Tina-KorhonenSt. Vitus (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) were one of the pioneers of a style of music that took its direct inspiration from the first four, maybe even the first six, Black Sabbath albums. The band's aggressive guitar work flirted with psychedelia but was too heavy to ever be ... 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 >>
Air Dubai's Wonder Age knocked Elephant Revival's Break in the Clouds out of the top slot at Albums on the Hill, while both T.I. and the Live at Ebbets Field Vol. 4 comp moved back into the top slots at Independent Records and Twist & Shout for the week ending January 16. See the full breakd ... More >>
After a month of holding down the number one spot at Albums on the Hill and then being absent from last week's top sellers, Nederland-based Elephant Revival is back on top for the week ending January 9. Mumford & Sons, meanwhile, who have been a strong seller at local stores, took the number ... More >>
Kyle SmithSleigh Bells: Derek Miller (from left) and Alexis Krauss SLEIGH BELLS Pictureplane • Sundelles 10.23.10 | Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO Read interview with Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells Brooklyn newcomers Sundelles opened the show with a sort of surfy garage rock, sounding kind of l ... More >>
Dino Costa beside the new Denver Sports Radio logo. According to talk-show host Dino Costa, one of the principals behind DenverSportsRadio.com, a new online project that will be introduced at a press conference today in advance of its scheduled Monday, April 20, launch, the sports-radio offerings i ... More >>
The February 26 Westword profile on the Photo Atlas only scratched the surface of our interview with singer Alan Andrews Jr., guitarist Bill Threlkeld III, bassist Mark Hawkins and drummer Nick Miles. At the house where the band practices and where Hawkins and Miles live, they spoke at length about ... More >>
Dave Logan. Dave Logan has a lot of irons in the fire. And yesterday, two of them -- his position as football coach at Mullen High School and his gig as co-host of the KOA afternoon-drive show The Ride Home -- combined to burn him. In recent days, controversy has erupted over a basketball game bet ... More >>
Denver's toughest radio executive talks about (and justifies) past battles and his latest series of ballsy maneuvers.
New York State of Mind
Not all hopes will be crushed at the Crush open tryouts.
Stoli and the Beers brew up a potent batch of rocking, intoxicating punk.
Losing Dimebag Darrell was never part of the Damageplan.
In the final tally, Avril is far less Complicated than Britney.
The coach and the Broncos get ready to test Plan Shanahan.
Grazing in the bluegrass, Split Lip Rayfield keeps pickin' and grinnin'.
The Swanks keep rolling with a new album.
Pro athletes, owners and fans compete to see how low you can go.
Early in his career, Will Hoge is making powerful friends.
Our Constant Concern (Polyvinyl)
What Are You Smoking?
Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks grow up, more or less, and move to a dorm.
Here's how Andrew Cohen became one of the legal biz's foremost talking heads.
Whitey on the Moon is one small step for Denver music.
In The 6th Day, raging ideologies propel a kinder, gentler Arnie into action.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd rise again.
Eminem plays the race cardin reverse.
Thanks to the swing trend, David Booker is very much in demand--again.
Mining made history in Victor. But will a new gold rush devour its future?
NOW DEPARTING: THE FRATERNAL CLUB OF DINING-CAR WAITERS AND PORTERS.ALL ABOARD THEY'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD--AND THEY'VE CHANGED THE FACE OF DENVER IN THE PROCESS.
THANKS TO JEFF TWEEDY AND WILCO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EMBARRASSED TO LIKE COUNTRY ROCK ANYMORE.