The Western genre isn't entirely comprised of spaghetti or John Wayne talking out the side of his mouth: From its earliest days, filmmakers were putting a comic spin on stories set on the dusty trail, with the genre hitting its apex between the mid '70s and mid '80s. We've gathered this collection o ... More >>
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>
Neil Halstead was one of the guitarists and singers in pioneering shoegaze and ambient band Slowdive in the late '80s and early '90s. Taking guitar sounds and often blurring the sonic signature with synths through creative use of delay pedals and loops, Slowdive was more of a dream-pop band through ... More >>
The first weekend of Coachella was cold, damp and wet. The second weekend of Coachella was hot, sultry, and steamy. This weekend meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, Jeff Mangum came to the aid of fan in distress and our West ... More >>
It's difficult to imagine, but U2 used to be cool. Not just cool, but one of the most innovative, inspiring and mysterious bands of their generation. The group challenged the sounds, look and emotional resonance of rock music, forever redirecting the cultural stream for good or ill. Today, while man ... More >>
This isn't your daddy's Woodstock, your hippie cousin's Bonnaroo or your yuppie Chicago Uncle's Lollapalooza. This is Coachella, man, and it attracts the most pretentious music fans on the planet, who all choose to gather in grassy polo fields and endure intense desert heat for the same reason. We ... More >>
Better Than Ezra There have been a lot of bands in the history of the universe and most of them, at one point or another, have broken up. Surprisingly, we've found the majority of them have reformed despite themselves. Another surprise is the amount of bands still playing -- Better Than Ezra, Sev ... More >>
Fell's discography is a bit complicated: Although the group's latest album, Incoherent Lullabies, was just released by the band's Australian label, Camera Obscura, it was actually recorded before the album the act released a few months ago, a platter titled A Farewell to Echoes. As it turns out, ... More >>
Saturday, March 14, Walnut Room, 303-292-0529.
The Inactivists absurdity is equaled only by its musicianship. (photos by Tom Murphy). Mustangs and Madras, Action Friend and the Inactivists Saturday, July 5, 2008 The Falcon Better Than: Most shows that have the nerve to call themselves “punk rock.” The Inactivists were already playing by th ... More >>
Tuesday, July 8, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399; Wednesday, July 9, the Falcon, 303-781-0414.
Puzzles Like You (4AD)
Building a Better Burger
Spoon and Rafter(4AD)
No one told Gomez's Tom Gray that British rock stars are supposed to be loudmouths.
Neil Halstead on the moody, desolate sound of Mojave 3.