See Also: People of UMS 2011 Kicked off the first day of UMS by catching Bad Weather California in a very humid 3 Kings Tavern. People were packed in pretty tight in the middle of the room and mostly on the flanks. BWC played a loose, relaxed set like the guys had a group meeting beforehand and all ... More >>
Letters From Sea
RUBEDO @ UNIT E | 5/4/12 See more photos in Rubedo at Unit E slide show In a show of sustained enthusiasm, Rubedo ended its set with one of its most visceral and dynamic numbers: "Give My Heart a Break." The song began with feedback created by Kyle Gray as he held his small, acoustic guitar to his ... More >>
After three decades together, the guys in R.E.M. announced today in a statement on the band's website that they're throwing in the towel.
At risk of alienating and outraging vast swaths of music fans, there's really no polite way of referring to bands with a career spanning fifteen years plus as a whole. So here are ten "oldster" bands -- written by a self-proclaimed oldster -- to keep making great records long after their hips ... More >>
Su-Yin MahBirds & Batteries San Francisco's Birds & Batteries may be essentially a pop band, but the lushness of the act's songwriting and the ability to evoke and articulate complex emotions with poetry and intensity is a rare talent these days. The group's latest album, 2010's Panorama, li ... More >>
Owen SwensonSWANS Emerging in the milieu of the No Wave scene in the New York underground in 1982, Swans became known for the kind of music that was forbidding, terrifyingly intense in its execution and lyrically uncompromising in its depiction of the darker side of human existence. Although ... More >>
Sara KieslingSince its inception in 1993, Low (due at the Larimer Lounge this Saturday, December 18) from Duluth, Minnesota, 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 ... More >>
Bear Hands first made waves in 2007 with the release of its first record Golden EP, bolstered by a nervy energy and politically pointed lyrics on songs like "Vietnam." On the Brooklyn band's latest release, Burning Bush Supper Club, Dylan Rau's incisive lyrics are very much intact, but the ba ... More >>
Steve GullickForming in London in 2003, the Duke Spirit has evolved a sound that brings together elements of garage rock, soul, the blues and swirly, noisy atmospheric rock. Rather than sounding like's trying to do too many things at once, act's music sounds rich with textures and emotional landscap ... More >>
Tom MurphyHere We Go Magic, Vitamins and Achille Lauro Sunday, June 28, 2009 Larimer Lounge Better Than: A straightforward interpretation of a band's album. This show opened with Denver's own Vitamins. Since coming to the Mile High City from Greeley two years ago, it seems Vitamins have shed a bit o ... More >>
A Better Place
Sparky the Dog Records
Neil Young's live recording from 1968, when he was just 22, tops Twist & Shout's bestsellers list, with a strong showing from local acts Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) and Paper Bird. Also good to see Tom Waits in the Top 10 with an album he released just over four years ago. The ... More >>
This week, U2 threw its colleagues at Live Nation a curve when it unexpectedly -- well, in this economy, it shouldn't really come as too big a surprise -- set about cashing in the 1.6 million shares it received as part of a 360 deal it signed with the entertainment conglomerate. According to a repor ... More >>
Mercury Rev amd the Duke Spirit Sunday, December 14, 2008 Fox Theatre, Boulder Better Than: The last unbelievably great Mercury Rev show at The Fox. It probably would have been wiser to stay home on a night like this and not risk the icy streets and highways between Denver and Boulder just to see a ... More >>
Sunday, December 14, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Josephine and the Mousepeople BDRMPPL and Pictureplane w/Josephine and the Mousepeople, Gangi and Rainbow Arabia Thursday, October 9th, 2008 Rhinoceropolis, Globeville Better Than: A show where everyone’s from the same demographic. Pictureplane seems to bring in people from a broad spectrum of ... More >>
Monday, October 29, Gothic Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Tuesday, May 29, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
After a tour with the Flaming Lips and loads of hype, the only thing this quintet is missing is confidence.
Wednesday, November 29, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Wednesday, April 26, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7370.
Awesome live bands sometimes make magic in the studio, too.
Sunday, October 30, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Tintin packs an epic, spacious sound into a modest frame.
Ain't no mountain high enough for Richmond's Denali.
Seattle's lauded These Arms Are Snakes prepares to strike.
New York's Longwave is happy together.
San Diego's Pinback moves from science fiction to oblivion without getting lost in space.
All Is Dream (V2)
Denver's Space Team Electra takes its music to new places.
1 night, 5 bucks, 7 venues, 39 bands Sunday, September 22 6 P.M.-1A.M. in LoDo