• Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    The Eleven Best Shows in Denver This Week

    It's another busy week here in Denver: The wildest in the Hank Williams lineage plays tonight at the Ogden, Keys N Krates returns with a set at Cervantes' Other Side and indie mainstay Of Montreal plays the Bluebird. There are plenty more -- the rest of our picks follow.

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    August 22, 2014

    The Eleven Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

    It's a weekend of superlatives in Denver: The biggest reunion of the year (OutKast), the biggest drum set on the planet (Terry Bozzio), the king of Tex-Mex Guitar (Joe King Carrasco)...All great shows. There are more, including the annual Reggae on the Rocks and NedFest for the people who miss the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    London Grammar, Tycho, Amos Lee shows on sale this weekend

    British synth pop trio London Grammar, who opened for Coldplay last May, headline the Gothic Theatre on Tuesday, November 25, and general admission tickets ($22) go on sale on Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. Ambient musician and producer Tycho will be at the Boulder Theater with Christopher Willits o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The South Park Music Festival survival guide

    Thousands of people will descend on the tiny town(s) of South Park and Fairplay this patriotic weekend for the South Park Music Festival. Whether you're a pro at camping music festivals or a newbie who only bought tickets because you didn't realize South Park was a real town, there are some things e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Ryan Adams, Sondre Lerche and Alt-J tickets are on sale this weekend

    Ryan Adams, Father John Misty, Ray LaMontagne, Train and more are part of this year's FMQB Triple A Conference's concerts at the Fox Theatre from Wednesday, August 6 to Friday, August 8. Tickets for the shows, which are $49.50 and include three acts per night, go on sale on Friday, June 13 at 10 a.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    How to do the Dew Tour, Breck's Peak 6 opening, and more must-see ski news

    Several big ski area openings, the start of the U.S. Olympic team selection process for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and more this weekend. Read on! See also: The Edge, Westword's 2013-2014 Winter Activity Guide

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    New Denver shows: Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, Fall Out Boy and Warren Haynes

    Brace yourself for the return of Fall Out Boy. The dudes are evidently back to save rock and roll. Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, meanwhile, are teaming up for a co-headlining date at Fiddler's Green for the Honda Civic Tour, and Warren Hayes is set to collaborate with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Closing time: An end-of-season ski and snowboard splash-down countdown

    The 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season begins winding down this weekend -- with the first round of closing-day parties at Ski Granby Ranch, Powderhorn and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort -- despite the fact that snow conditions are actually quite good, with more snow in the forecast. Here's a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    New Denver shows: Keith Urban, Lamb of God, John Mayer, Ke$ha and Pitbull and more

    The biggest show announcement this week actually came last week -- talking about Prince at the Ogden, of course -- but there's a whole bunch of other new shows to let you know about this week, including Keith Urban at Red Rocks, Lamb of God at the Boulder Theater, John Mayer at Red Rocks and Ke$ha a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Ten best concerts this weekend, Friday, September 7, through Sunday, September 9

    Welcome to the weekend! We know, it's here already? Indeed. As always in our beloved Mile High City, the options are ripe for the picking and plentiful. We have them all listed in our massive concert calendar. If you're feeling industrious and have some time to kill before lunch, print that bad boy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    New Colorado Concerts: Kreayshawn at the Fox, Sleigh Bells at the Boulder Theater and more

    See also: - Alanis Morissette, State Radio, Adventure Club and more - Bruce Springsteen, Waka Flocka Flame, Chevelle and more - Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive and more - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    New Denver Concerts: Alanis Morissette, State Radio, Adventure Club and more on sale Friday

    See also: - Bruce Springsteen, Waka Flocka Flame, Chevelle and more - Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive lead this week's shows - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future, Atmosphere and XX lead this week's shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    New Denver concerts: The Who at Pepsi Center, New Order at 1STBANK, the Script and more

    See Also: - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future, Atmosphere and XX lead this week's shows - Afghan Whigs, Amanda Palmer, Aimee Mann and Seether lead this week's shows - Mumford and Sons, Brother Ali, Henry Rollins and Melvins Lite lead this week's shows - Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, Dinos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Mumford and Sons, Brother Ali, Henry Rollins and Melvins Lite lead this week's shows

    While things are slowing down a bit somewhat with summer concert announcements, the fall show season is beginning to shape up nicely with new shows from (updated) Mumford & Sons, a trio of dates with Brother Ali in October, as well as the Melvins Lite and Henry Rollins in September and an October da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, Dinosaur Jr., Jackson Browne lead this week's shows

    Denver's summer concert season is proving to be every bit as hot as anticipated, and the fall is shaping up to be just as heated with new dates from Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and E-40, who are due back in town at the end of August, followed by Rascal Flatts in September, Dinosaur Jr. in October and Morri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Shinedown, Godsmack, Steve Vai and Kimbra lead this week's shows

    A fresh batch of new shows announced this week, including Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller at Red Rocks, the Head and the Heart and Blitzen Trapper at the Boulder Theater, Kimbra at the Ogden Theatre, Shinedown and Godsmack at Comfort Dental and Steve Vai at the Ogden. Page down for a full rundown plus lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Jane's Addiction, Swans, Aaron Freeman lead this week's shows

    Things might be slowing down a bit with the bigger concert announcements, but there was still a fair amount of activity over the last week, including Jane's Addiction at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, Swans and Xiu Xiu at the Gothic Theatre, and Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) at both the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Gotye, Silversun Pickups, 3OH!3, Matisyahu and Justin Bieber lead this week's shows

    While the concert announcements have started tapering off a bit, there's still some big shows that have been announced, including Gotye's Red Rocks show in August, Channel 93.3's Big Gig in September featuring Silversun Pickups, 3OH!3, the Hives, the Wombats and others at Red Rocks. Also, Matisyahu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    311 and Slightly Stoopid at Red Rocks, 8/19

    Over the last decade, 311 has brought its Unity Tour on the road during the summer with acts like Snoop Dogg, the Offspring, Sublime with Rome, Matisyahu, the Wailers and the Roots. This time around, 311 is teaming up with Slightly Stoopid again for another round of the tour, which kicks off in July ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary re-review: The Giving Tree in Denver

    It's hard to believe that it has been two years since I last visited the Giving Tree in Denver. Time flies when you're stoned. Most everything has remained physically the same about the shop, but the space was never an issue; it was seeds. But the quality of herb seems to have gone up while the pric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2011

    Review: Matisyahu at the Ogden Theatre, 12/17/11

    Matisyahu sans his trademark beard​MATISYAHU @ OGDEN THEATRE | 12/17/11Less than half a minute into a first song appropriately titled "Open the Gates," Matisyahu's dancing had already grown so intense his yarmulke could no longer support it. Instead, it popped off. This action would later repe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Paul Simon, Amos Lee and Matisyahu were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Whiskey Bottles, Petals of Spain and Hot IQsall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on-sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are hosting the first annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit. Bad Brains is coming to the Summit Music Hall in August and Blues Traveler is coming back to Red Rocks for its annual Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    KushConII to take medical marijuana seriously, says MMJ user/cancer patient Cheryl Shuman

    Cheryl Shuman.​KushConII, December 17-19 at the Colorado Convention Center, has made news over its RTD bus ads, which have drawn protests from law-enforcement. But Cheryl Shuman, the event's international director of PR and media, would rather focus on the event itself, which she says takes me ... More >>

  • Music

    December 9, 2010


    Where Creation Now Grows

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Bruce Springsteen, Cee-Lo, Rihanna top sellers

    ​Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager might have dominated last week's charts, but this week, it's disappeared from the top ten at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout and moved down to the number four at Independent Records.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Tool, Limp Bizkit, American Idol Live! shows announced

    ​Nearly a year after Tool's triumphant headlining set at the Mile High Music Festival, Maynard James Keenan and company return to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29. Reserved tickets are $52.50 to $69.50 and go on sale Saturday, May 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Tech N9NE top seller at Independent Records

    ​Tech N9NE's K.O.D., released last week on Strange Music, nabbed the top spot on Independent Records' charts for the week ending November 1. Michael Jackson's soundtrack to the film This is It and Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 came in at second and third, while Swollen Member's Armed to the Teeth a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 12, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Pixies, Bob Dylan, Yonder Mountain String Band shows announced

    ​As we reported in July, the Pixies will visit the Fillmore Auditorium Monday, November 16 as part of a nine-city US tour celebrating the twentieth anniversary of act's 1989 watershed album Doolittle. The original line-up of Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering will play Dooli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Cross Canadian Ragweed grabs top spot at Twist and Shout

    ​Cross Canadian Ragweed's Happiness and All Other Things, released last week on Universal South, grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout while the Black Crowes latest effort, Before the Frost came in second for the week ending September 6. Drive-By Truckers' The Fine Print, Whitney Houston's I L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Matisyahu top seller at Twist and Shout

    ​Matisyahu's Light, released last week on Sony, grabbed the top spot while Boulder Acoustic Society's in store performance last week might have helped Punchline, which has some insanely cool packaging, nab the second slot for the week ending August 30. Arctic Monkeys' Humbug, Imogen Heap's Ellipse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Twista top seller at Independent Records again

    ​Twista continues to dominate Independent's charts and grabbed the top spot for the third week in a row while Mr. Capone-E's latest effort, Diary of a G, debuted at the second slot for the week ending August 30. Eminem's Relapse and Matisyahu's Light, released last week on Sony, nabbed the third a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2009

    Mile High Music Fest Live Reviews: Day Two

    Brian Landis Folkins See photos of the day's fans and crowds on the slideshow page. We're back for Day 2, which looks to be shaping up a little hotter, and not just because of HoneyHoney's frontwoman (above). Check back throughout the day for more photos and reviews. For coverage from Day One, se ... More >>

  • Music

    July 16, 2009
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    July 14, 2009

    Twitter Tuesday: Mile High Music Fest edition

    Back again with more great Twits to follow for your burgeoning Twitter feed. As always, follow us at @denverwestword, @cafewestword and @casciato. @WidepreadPanic: To kick off this very special edition of Twitter Tuesday, dedicated to amping you up for the Mile High Music Fest this next weekend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray to headline Mile High Music Festival

    Moments ago, the folks at AEG announced the line-up for this year's Mile High Music Festival. This year looks like it's going to be a doozy. Here are just some of the acts that you can look forward to seeing this summer on the two main stages at either end of the park or a number of smaller stages i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (11/17/08-11/21/08)

    Leave the Gun. Take the cannoli. All eyes -- or ears, rather -- in the music world, including ours, were on Chinese Democracy this week. Most of us honestly never thought we'd live to see the release of the mythical Guns N' Roses record, and now that we had a chance to listen to it all the way thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Twist & Shout annouces free Matisyahu show

    Twist and Shout will host a free performance and autograph signing with Matisyahu on Friday, November 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the 500-seat Colfax Event Center (1477 Columbine Street). The Brooklyn-based reggae/hip-hop star is slated to appear at the Ogden Theatre the following night, Saturday, Novembe ... More >>

  • Film

    October 9, 2008

    Call + Response

    Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Q&A with Call Response director Justin Dillon

    Justin Dillon. Musician Justin Dillon had never made a film before, but he felt he had to do something about the horrific reality of human trafficking. Thus was born Call Response, a part-documentary, part-concert film that opens Friday, October 10 at the Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli Student U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    This Just In 9/4-9/10

    ZZ Top rolls into the Paramount on Halloween. The bad new first: After already canceling shows once at the Ogden Theatre, Bow Wow and Bootsy Collins both canceled their shows a second time. The good news: the Fox Theatre announced Matisyahu's November 30 show and added a second Galactic show with ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2008

    Dub Trio

    Thursday, February 21, Trilogy Wine Bar, Boulder, 303-473-9463; Saturday, February 23, the Falcon, 303-781-0414.

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Cred Sheet

    What you need to know to be in the know.

  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Joseph Israel

    This reggae ambassador's faith is all over the map.

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    John Brown's Body

    Wednesday, October 18, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    April 6, 2006


    Youth (EMI)

  • Music

    March 30, 2006

    Critical Fatwa

    Ohio Players

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Judaism for Jah

    Matisyahu's musical orthodoxy isn't as unorthodox as it seems.

  • Music

    July 7, 2005
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