• Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Photos: Meet Your 2014 Denver Nuggets Dancers

    With so much attention on the Broncos, you may have missed the start of the Denver Nuggets preseason. The team matches up tonight against the Phoenix Suns -- and that means the Denver Nuggets Dancers are back in action as well. Meet the sixteen-person squad below, complete with photos and text from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    25 things you never knew about Brian Smith, bartender at the Squeaky Bean

    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 >>

  • Film

    May 23, 2013
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    January 22, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Saint Vitus at Bluebird Theater, 10/03/12

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Photos: Higher Ground Music Festival, 8/25/12

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Blair Shehan of the Jealous Sound: "Anything else didn't feel like the right suit to put on"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Disney jacks Joy Division and other great moments in copyright infringement

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2011

    Review: Melt Banana at Larimer Lounge, 10/8/11

    MELT BANANA at the LARIMER LOUNGE | 10/8/11Nothing can fully prepare you for the sounds coming off stage at a Melt Banana show unless you've seen the band before. Between the breakneck rhythms, Yasuko Onuki's demented and rapid-fire vocal delivery and Ichirou Agata's ability to meld noise with exper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Round two with Row 14 exec chef Arik Markus

    Lori Midson​ Arik Markus Row 14 891 14th Street 303-825-0100 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Dave Chandler of St. Vitus on the band's early days at SST and what inspired the reunion

    Tina-Korhonen​St. 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Cullen Omori of Smith Westerns on Chicago and the band's evolving sound

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Air Dubai, T.I., Ebbets Field comp top local sellers in the Mile High City this week

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Top sellers this week: Elephant Revival back on top at Albums, Mumford & Sons at Twist

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2010

    Sleigh Bells at the Larimer Lounge, 10/23/10

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 5, 2009
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    February 25, 2009

    Q&A with the Photo Atlas

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    KOA's Dave Logan and Alvertis Simmons engage in verbal smackdown over Mullen slurs

    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 between Mullen a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Monolith Festival Live Blog, Day 2

    Tokyo Police Club started a solid run on the main stage. (Photo by Chad Fahnestock). And it's gone. Just like that, the gale-force winds of indie rock have come and gone, whipping Red Rocks into a frenzy all day Saturday and Sunday. Missed it? Can't remember it? Read our Day 1 Monolith Live Blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008
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    January 14, 2008
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    October 17, 2007

    The Best of Denver Winners from 1985

    In 1985, Westword published its second Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Cheeseburger at My Brother’s Bar to the Best Bronco (John Elway, now in his second year with the team), to another future landmark, the Best Addition to the Skyline (Herbert ... More >>

  • News

    January 11, 2007

    Here's Howe

    Denver's toughest radio executive talks about (and justifies) past battles and his latest series of ballsy maneuvers.

  • Dining

    May 18, 2006

    Sex and the City

    New York State of Mind

  • News

    December 22, 2005

    Dream Team

    Not all hopes will be crushed at the Crush open tryouts.

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Losing Dimebag Darrell was never part of the Damageplan.

  • Music

    November 25, 2004

    The Beatdown

    In the final tally, Avril is far less Complicated than Britney.

  • News

    September 9, 2004


    The coach and the Broncos get ready to test Plan Shanahan.

  • Music

    January 8, 2004

    Lip Service

    Grazing in the bluegrass, Split Lip Rayfield keeps pickin' and grinnin'.

  • Music

    November 13, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Obie Trice

  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    Hit Pick

    Alien Pimp

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Fools Without Rules

    Pro athletes, owners and fans compete to see how low you can go.

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Will to Succeed

    Early in his career, Will Hoge is making powerful friends.

  • Music

    February 21, 2002

    Mates of State

    Our Constant Concern (Polyvinyl)

  • Dining

    January 31, 2002


    What Are You Smoking?

  • Culture

    August 30, 2001

    Back to School

    Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks grow up, more or less, and move to a dorm.

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    The Making of a Pundit

    Here's how Andrew Cohen became one of the legal biz's foremost talking heads.

  • Music

    November 16, 2000


    Whitey on the Moon is one small step for Denver music.

  • Film

    November 16, 2000

    Clone Wars

    In The 6th Day, raging ideologies propel a kinder, gentler Arnie into action.

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    August 5, 1999

    Just the Good Old Boys

    Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd rise again.

  • Music

    April 29, 1999

    A Whiter Shade of Pale

    Eminem plays the race cardin reverse.

  • Music

    July 30, 1998

    Booker's Booking

    Thanks to the swing trend, David Booker is very much in demand--again.

  • Calendar

    May 28, 1998
  • Music

    January 22, 1998
  • News

    September 4, 1997

    It's the Pits

    Mining made history in Victor. But will a new gold rush devour its future?

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    December 12, 1996
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    February 22, 1996
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