In the late 1980s, it was nearly unheard of for Japanese underground rock bands to play in the United States. But Shonen Knife, appearing at the Oriental Theater this Thursday, October 16, played a show in Los Angeles in 1989. By then, the band's music had already spent several years circulating i ... More >>
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 >>
No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>
Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together like wine and cheese. Which is why we'd like to recommend a few pairings for those so chemically inclined, a fine list of musical acts coupled with good stuff sure to provid ... More >>
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Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Adam Steininger hosted at Broadways this past Saturday. Keep reading f ... More >>
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 >>
See Also: Sunday: Anthrax at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre Joey Belladonna talks about Married...With Children and rejoining the band Scott Ian on Worship Music, comic books, Doctor Who and interviewing Ozzy Photos: Anthrax at Summit Music Hall, 10/19/11 Review: Anthrax at Summit Music Hall, 10/18/10 ... 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 >>
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 Midson Will Cisa The Corner Office 1401 Curtis Street 303-825-6500 www.thecornerofficedenver.com/food/dinner This is part one of my interview with Will Cisa, executive chef of the Corner Office Restaurant Martini Bar. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. It's ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Tauntaun, 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 Denver music scene, fan ... 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 >>
Photo: Tom Murphy Only Thunder Russian Circles w/Only Thunder and Eyes Caught Fire Wednesday, July 23, 2008 The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs Better Than: Not seeing Eyes Caught Fire before their hiatus to write new songs. Unfortunately I got to the venue toward the end of Only Thunder’s set. ... More >>
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