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    September 17, 2013

    Cage The Elephant moved to England to make it big back home here in the United States

    Cage The Elephant formed in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2006. And while the group's 2008 self-titled, debut full-length was met with a great deal of acclaim here in this country, it wasn't until after the band lived in England for a spell that it gained notice. Influenced by alt-rock, the outfit exp ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Peter Murphy at Summit Music Hall, 7/16/13

    Tom MurphyPeter Murphy at The Summit Music Hall PETER MURPHY @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 7/16/13 Near the end of his set last night, Peter Murphy paused a moment as the last echo of "She's In Parties" rang out and the repetitive yet urgent bass line for "Stigmata Martyr" rolled in for a measure or two. T ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    The 2013 Colorado music festival guide

    I know it's hard to imagine now, especially with the temperature outside and the blanket of snow currently covering the Front Range, but summertime is just around the corner, which means the festival season is just getting ready to kick off. We know this because we're in the middle of putting togeth ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Warlock Pinchers: An extensive oral history straight from the jokers' mouth

    ​Few bands in the annals of underground music in Denver have garnered as much notoriety as Warlock Pinchers. Beginning in 1987, the Pinchers made a name for themselves early on as a charmingly obnoxious outfit of musical pranksters whose legacy of creative mischief is as memorable as its shows ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Q&A with Lucas Field of Low Vs. Diamond

    Lucas Field, the frontman for Low Vs. Diamond (the subject of a profile in Westword's November 27 edition), is a Seattle native -- but he spent his college years at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he played in a jam band whose music has little in common with the tunes he's making with his ... More >>

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    June 18, 2008

    Q&A with the Fluid's Matt Bischoff

    Matt Bischoff, bassist for the Fluid, which reunites on June 20 (click here and here for more information), put the thump into the band. He also fronted the late, lamented band '57 Lesbian and served a stint with Boss 302, one of two groups opening at the Fluid's big gig. Just as important, he's a s ... More >>

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    June 18, 2008

    Q&A With the Fluid's Rick Kulwicki

    Rick Kulwicki was half of the two-guitar attack that drove the Fluid, whose June 20 reunion takes place at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for more information). He's also an entertaining conversationalist, and his alternately witty and incisive commentary lights up the hefty Q&A that foll ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007
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    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

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    May 4, 2006

    Art Show

    With Art Brut, what you see really is what you get.

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    September 22, 2005


    Uphollow graduates from rock opera to pop opus.

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    June 16, 2005

    Road Rage

    The Symptoms' frantic, fuel-injected sound is kicking into high gear.

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    November 20, 2003

    Georgia Spazzelites

    Jucifer makes rock for the Ritalin kid in all of us.

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    February 20, 2003

    Slave New World

    Tom Morello's advice about Audioslave? Don't believe the hype.

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    May 16, 2002

    In Like a Lion

    In Black Lamb's eyes, hard rock was never broken. Why fix it?

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    October 11, 2001

    Stop Your Sobbing

    In the wake of September 11, Ray Davies reconsiders his past and looks to the future.

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    August 30, 2001

    Bumpa Crop

    From Moroccan-flavored psycho-trance to furious superfunk, Critters Buggin cross space and time zones with their music.

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    February 22, 2001

    Frazer's Edge

    Paula Frazer artfully crosses the country divide with Tarnation. As a solo artist, she sticks more to the shadows.

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    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

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    October 14, 1999

    Just the Ax, Man

    The Atomic Bitchwax and Nebula are among a new breed of bands putting the wank back into guitar rock.

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    March 11, 1999
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    August 6, 1998

    Rock, Rock, Rock

    When it comes to the music of the Gimmicks, no gimmicks are allowed.

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    July 11, 1996

    Dinosaur Johnson

    On his own, Mike Johnson sounds nothing like his main band, Dinosaur Jr.

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    October 19, 1994