PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | SUN & MON, 5/12-5/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit rec ... More >>
While many of you might be heading (or headed) out of town for the holidays, those of you who decided to stick around will be treated to a variety pack of local and national talent, with Speedwolf delivering some up-tempo trash at the hi-dive, Men In Burka dropping yet another new EP at the Larimer ... More >>
See Also: Chris Daniels is back after a harrowing battle with illness Q&A with Slipknot's Clown Q&A with Julie Libassi of the Raven & the Writing Desk Q&A with JT Nolan of Beats Noir! Q&A with Zoe Jakes and David Satori of Beats Antique Welcome to the weekend! A parade of longtime local favorite ... More >>
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and, in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Brad Lopez hos ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows from the Dandy Warhols, Cake, Fiona Apple and more were announced; Musketeer Gripweed, Hot Robots, and Broken Tongues got spins on local radio; and recent albums from the Alabama Shakes, Nicki Minaj, the Shins a ... More >>
Tom MurphySpeedwolfSPEEDWOLF at the MARQUIS THEATER | 12/16/11Speedwolf vocalist Reed Bruemmer feigned surprise at the end of the band's set last night and asked the audience if they actually wanted to hear the band cover KISS. Of course everyone did, so the guys closed the record-release show with ... More >>
Headbanger's Ball started on April 18, 1987, and ran for nearly eight years. With little regard for a narrow definition of what constituted metal, the show's programmers seemed to embrace it all. So you would see a Poison video, something from Motorhead and then something from the Cult. The e ... More >>
Tom MurphyThe Unsane THE UNSANE With Holly 750 and Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire 05.23.11 | Marquis Theater With very little fanfare, The Unsane took stage and immediately played one of its best songs, "Against the Grain," with that great doleful neck-and-body bend in the beginning that i ... More >>
OK Go. Have you ever heard a band cover "Ace of Spades" at 8 a.m.? If you were one of the few hundred or so people packed into Lodo's Bar and Grill at 19th and Market yesterday, you can proudly answer yes. If you remember it.
Lori MidsonMark DeNittis, the salumi king of Il Mondo Vecchio, completes the ring of FIVEEarlier this week, we announced the bumper crop of super-talented local culinarians who were tapped to become the next ring of FIVE -- namely Paul Reilly (Encore), Brandon Biederman (Steuben's), Enrique ... More >>
As the leader of Sepultura for over a decade, Max Cavalera helped put Brazil on the map. From the beginning, the outfit was clearly influenced by punk rock as much as it was by other metal bands, as evidenced by its socially conscious lyrics, its grassroots efforts to get its music out into t ... More >>
Brian Landis Folkins SLEEP Git Some • Russian Circles 09.05.10 | Gothic Theatre view full slide show From brutal, clipped guitar work to huge, foreboding sounds created by guitars that are more akin to synths, Russian Circles scrolled through a wide range of styles that it executed with both eas ... More >>
Tom Murphy Warlock Pinchers Magic Cyclops • Hot White • Melvins Lite • Taun Taun • Itchy-O 08.07.10 | Gothic Theatre | Night Two Before taking stage, Magic Cyclops or someone was playing a bit of the music from the movie Fletch over the P.A., which was amusing on its own. After inf ... More >>
Lori Midson Jon Emanuel, executive chef of Project Angel HeartThere are good chefs and chefs who do good: Jon Emanuel is both. During his career, the head cooker at Project Angel Heart has fed everyone from rocket scientists to garbage men, but his position at Project Angel Heart -- a Denver ... More >>
Nathaniel Rateliff Looks like a number of Denver acts caught more than just our attention this past week at South By Southwest. Nathaniel Rateliff, who played an exceptional set at Shakespeare's Ale House last week, impressed Michael Hogan from Vanity Fair (which also previewed a song from ... More >>
Jon SolomonThe EpiloguesAfter Thirty-two bands faced off over the last three months, the Epilogues took the top prize from Yerkish, Forth Yeer and Goldie & the Bears during the finals of Westword's Best of the West competition Friday at Herman's Hideaway. At the end of the night, the Epilogue ... More >>
Let's just go ahead and get this out of the way from the get-go: we love The Rock. We can't explain it but there it is. That said, we also hate Hans Zimmer with a passion usually reserved for evil dictators and ex-patriots. So what better example of Recast then to add a soundtrack to this beloved ... More >>
Sarah CassDirty ProjectorsOriginally a solo project for David Longstreth, the Dirty Projectors is now touring as a six-piece in support of the band's latest, the wonderful Bitte Orca. Longstreth and company stop at the Bluebird Theater Sunday, November 8. Tickets are $15.25 in advance and $18 day ... More >>
Frontside Five, Git Some, Speed Wolf, St. Fall Apart Thursday, July 16, 2009 Marquis Theater Better than: Attending a show devoted to only one subgenre of punk music. Frontside Five's new full-length album, Resurrection Cemetery, veers from the Denver ensemble's skate-punk roots in many ways, incor ... More >>
Photo by Soren McCartyTauntaun, Kingdom of Magic and Wetlands Friday, March 6, 2009 Bluebird Theater Better than: banging your head against your steering wheel Friday night's Bluebird crowd came prepared to rock, and they certainly weren't disappointed. As metal reasserts itself in the mainstream D ... More >>
Photo: Tom Murphy Outer Neon Danava, Space In Time and Outer Neon Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Larimer Lounge, Denver Better Than: A good bulk of the neo-classic heavy rock of late. Opening the night was the mighty, sludgy psych-rock duo Outer Neon from Denver. For someone not paying attention, it ... More >>
Drawing equally from the Melvins as it does from My Bloody Valentine, this Florida metal quartet sets itself apart.
Shut up, already, and listen to this lesson in concert etiquette.
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