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    August 29, 2014

    Here's How Long Your Set Should Be

    When you purchase a ticket to any concert, you run the risk of not getting the experience you paid for. Outdoor shows get rained out. Favorite songs don't get played. Opening bands go over their allotted time. Sometimes a musician is just having a very bad night. The one variable any musician can fe ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Balls, nuts and testicles hang together on 7News Facebook page

    Yesterday, we posted about the evolving language standards among mainstream media outlets, epitomized by 9News using "fart" on its home page and in a headline of a story that didn't otherwise include the word. The phenomenon is even more pronounced on the social media sites of such outlets. Example ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    May 6, 2014

    Reader: I'm always disappointed when a BBQ joint closes

    You could hear Jason Sheehan crying back in Philadelphia: The last outpost of Big Papa's BBQ, the place that inspired his "I Believe" essay on barbecue that became a segment on NPR's "This I Believe" series, has closed on East Evans Avenue. Back in 2005, in his review of that Big Papa's location, Sh ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Defend your Record Store Day purchases!

    Record Store Day is all about showing the love for your favorite bands by hitting the shops and making a purchase. Westword decided to hit the checkout lines at Wax Trax and Twist and Shout and put people on the spot. Hey You! You just bought a bunch of stuff from the record store: show us the goods ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Greeley barber shop won't serve those who reek of pot, but if you smell like Greeley, stop on by!

    Last October, when the Denver City Council was debating an ordinance that would have established fines and even jail time for home pot smoking that could be smelled from neighboring properties, we put together a list of the five Colorado places that smell worse than the pot smoker next door. Our top ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    David Sedaris and the true meaning of blue-collar comedy

    "Blue collar comedy" is often viewed as synonymous with words like "dumb," "cheap" and "Republican." It was largely co-opted by Jeff Foxworthy's low-brow comedy tour, and since then you really can't discuss the humor that comes out of labor-work without everyone assuming you have a Support the Troop ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Adam Baumeister's conceptual vinyl art premieres at Fancy Tiger

    CD sales have plunged over the last decade, but vinyl LPs have become increasingly trendy, with music fans still desiring a physical product to clutch to their chests on their way home. Recognizing this trend, several years ago musician Adam Baumeister (formerly of Bad Weather California) purchased ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    The best shows in Denver this weekend

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | FRI-SUN, 8/29/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day e ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    A celebratory clam bake, a class on mushrooms and more culinary events this weekend

    Marczyk Fine Foods at 5100 East Colfax Avenue, is celebrating its second year of business with a New England-style clam bake tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. For $24.99, party-goers can enjoy a one pound lobster, Massachusetts steamers, an ear of Colorado sweet corn, Colorado rose potatoes, and butter; all ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013
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    December 27, 2012
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    December 20, 2012
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    December 14, 2012

    Unwrapping David Sedaris and The SantaLand Diaries on their twentieth anniversary

    "I wear green velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock, and a perky little hat decorated with spangles. This is my work uniform," David Sedaris said for the first time on NPR's Morning Edition twenty years ago this Christmas. Chronicling his stint as an elf in the madcap Santa Land at Macy's, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Meet David Wineland, Boulder-based co-winner of the Nobel Prize for physics

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder needs some lessons in publicity. NIST's own David Wineland has just been named co-winner of the Nobel Prize for physics -- an incredibly prestigious honor for Wineland and the facility. Yet at this writing, there's no reference to the awa ... More >>

  • Music

    March 15, 2012

    Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

    Wednesday, March 21, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

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    February 20, 2012

    kART Across America: Michael Moore offers to help local documentarians

    In December, we caught up with Andy Raney and Jeremy Make, the local co-creators of kART Across America, a documentary devoted to their 108-day trek across the United States in a fussy, broken-down golf kart named Christine. On Thursday, Michael Moore caught up with them -- on NPR. In a Talk of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Tim Tebow inspires least confidence of all QBs this weekend, say ESPN's Mike and Mike

    How can Denver be in the playoffs and still be a national laughingstock? This morning, NPR opened a half-hour segment by noting that the Broncos have 120-1 odds against making the Super Bowl, with the host wryly noting that this fact probably won't prevent some Tim Tebow fans from betting on them. B ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    December 13, 2011

    Tim Tebow: 10 memorable tweets from Twitter non-believers

    Tim Tebow.​When members of Twitter Nation isn't abuzz with rumors about Tim Tebow breaking up Lindsey Vonn's marriage, they're chewing over The Chosen One's pros and cons. And even after six straight victories, there are still plenty of doubters. We've collected the ten most memorable recent t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    The 10 best David Sedaris quotes from last night's lecture, presented free of context

    Image via​David Sedaris is a tiny man with a huge life. Truly, the man is pretty darn small, and though his voice sounds like that of a timid librarian, it packs a biting combination of charm and painful humor that's strong enough to ring through even the spaciousness of the Paramount. Last ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Audioloom, a non-profit studio designed to give local acts a place to record for a song, needs help

    ​Audioloom, the recording studio that Brian Gerhard, Christopher Shumake and Greg Nichols have been building at 3430 Lawrence Street is nearly finished. A non-profit venture, the studio was established with the goal of giving Denver artists a place to record for nothing more than a donation. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Open Air, new CPR station at 1340 AM: Launch emphasizes the safe side of adventurous

    Back in June, we spoke with once-and-future Colorado Public Radio staffer Mike Flanagan about the impending debut of a new indie-rock station at 1340 AM. At 6 a.m. this morning, the outlet, dubbed Open Air, made its bow, and while it's clearly in soft-launch/preview mode at this writing, the messag ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011
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    June 22, 2011

    Cars 2 and other sequels that tried (and failed) to freshen up by going abroad

    ​What's the best way to perk up a tired movie franchise? Most of the time, there is no way. But movie producers still continue to try by taking the old characters overseas and hoping the new locale will reheat the leftovers. Case in point: Cars 2. The film comes out this Friday and promises to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Twitter Tuesday: Don Lemon's comin' out

    ​If Don Lemon's recent admission about his sexual orientation via his Twitter account (and through the discussion of his new memoir, Transparent, due out next month) isn't testament to the power of this micro-social networking site, we don't know what is. In fact, it was this piece of personal ... More >>

  • Music

    May 12, 2011

    The Cars

    Sunday May 15, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    March 29, 2011

    Sole expands his "rap as journalism" with two new videos

    ​When we last checked in with Sole (aka Tim Holland) a couple months back, he was just starting to explore the notion of "rap as journalism," in which he turned pre-existing songs and beats into political statements, quickly and without a lot of investment. He's since gone on to do a few of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Hey, is that Dave Grohl?: Ten awesome celebrity photobombs

    Dude, Dave. Chill!Last week, NPR asked listeners to share photos of themselves with favorite musicians. That's a swell idea and all, but we thought that taking the angle of the photobomber would be a more entertaining way to look at pictures of famous people with non-famous people. While there have ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Tonight: Smith Westerns at the Larimer

    ​Chicago's Smith Westerns have no doubt been thrown under the worn out labels of beachy and reverb-heavy -- but past a surface listen, the band goes deeper than many of it's lo-fi contemporaries. Reminiscent of T. Rex and Donovan, the music of Smith Westerns has a charming sexiness in their vo ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011
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    February 15, 2011

    Stream the new DeVotchKa album now

    ​DeVotchKa's latest offering, 100 Lovers isn't due out on Anti- Records till March 1, but the fine folks over at NPR's All Songs Considered are streaming the new record in its entirety until its release. The record, produced by Craig Schumacher, features DeVotchKa's trademark, Eastern European ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    David Holthouse confronts killer inside him on This American Life: Read shocking story here

    David Holthouse, 7.​Listeners to the latest edition of This American Life, a National Public Radio staple hosted by Ira Glass, heard a startling story -- one Westword readers first discovered back in 2004. The subject? Then-staff writer David Holthouse's plan to murder the man who'd raped him ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Tonight: Peter Wolf Crier at the Hi-Dive

    ​It's like mother nature wanted to set the perfect scene for Peter Wolf Crier's first date of it's 2011 tour. The epic snow dump Colorado has been waiting for finally came last night, effectively creating a wintery backdrop for the midwest duo's cuddle-by-the-fire-inducing songs of nostalgia a ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    The Anthology of Rap's alleged errors and Adam Bradley's subsequent explaination to

    ​Last month, Yale University Press released The Anthology of Rap, an exhaustive compendium of rap lyrics edited by CU professor Adam Bradley and his colleague Andrew DuBois. Although the book has been praised by some admitted outsiders, it has also been subjected to scrutiny by various hip-h ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    November 10, 2010

    Reader: Michael Bennet contributor now thinks NPR-featured senator belongs in Dante's Pit

    Michael Bennet.​Our piece yesterday about Michael Bennet's rising national stature, exemplified by a huge feature on NPR, riled up one reader, who opened up with both barrels on one of the few Dems in tight races to survive the Tea Party onslaught on election day. Here's what the commenter, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Doug Lamborn wants to trash PBS and NPR: Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario

    Dueling grouches: Oscar vs. Lamborn.​ Rep. Doug Lamborn, the grouch in the trash can to the left in the picture above, represents Colorado Congressional District 5. His bill to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio is getting a lot of attention and support ov ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010
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    October 13, 2010

    Introducing Split Decision: Tale of the tape

    ​Cassettes, in case you haven't noticed, are once again becoming viable. The number of tape-only imprints that seem to keep cropping up have not only made for decent blogger bait (see our recent Deathbomb Arc item or the recent NPR blog post focusing on Ft. Collins Patient Sounds), it's served ... More >>

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    April 24, 2009


    Kelley Coffman-Lee, the vegan Centennial mom who made national headlines this month when she announced that the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles had rejected her attempts to buy a vanity license plate announcing ILVTOFU, is already a punchline. On April 18, the "Not My Job" segment of National ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Colorado Public Radio dropping plans to expand news programming

    In the July 2008 blog "Colorado Public Radio Plans Two-Hour Weekday Info Block," CPR vice president of programming Sean Nethery said an announcement about expanding Colorado Matters, the service's thirty-minute weekday news program, and launching a one-hour weekday talk show would be made "in a matt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    The connection between the Columbine massacre and terror attacks in Mumbai

    A report that suggests an aroma for CSU perfume -- the topic of today's blog "Colorado State University Smells Like... Deer and Locker Rooms?" -- wasn't only the unusual mention of this state we're in on National Public Radio yesterday. An unexpected local reference popped up in "Mumbai Attacks Offe ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Colorado community radio stations band together

    The online banner for KRCC and its sister stations. The economic downturn has affected all of us in one way or another -- but its impact is particularly tough on non-profits, whose mission becomes impossible if they can no longer generate enough donations to keep the lights on and the doors open. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    The blog shortcut, November 10 edition

    Marnie Stern. Hope you're hungry for an extra helping of blogs... Today in Backbeat Online: • A live review of Marnie Stern, Gang Gang Dance, Pictureplane and Slight Harp at the Larimer Lounge. • A concert review of the Giraffes, who also appeared at the Larimer Lounge. • 12 Cents for Marvi ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Colorado Public Radio's still simulcasting on AM

    Shhh... CPR is still available at 1340 AM. Remember when Colorado Public Radio made such a big deal about moving its news-and-information service from 1340 AM to 90.1 FM this past July? The service emphasized that listeners should switch their pre-sets to FM -- and I dutifully did so. But today, I ... More >>

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    July 15, 2008

    Story Time

    Photo by Rob Lowell Are you one of those people who loves to talk, but no one wants to listen? Well, we've got good news for you: There are at least three organizations in Denver that want your story.

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    September 19, 2007

    Longtime KRCC General Manager Mario Valdes Dies

    On Friday, September 21, at Shove Chapel, on the Colorado College campus, a memorial will be held to remember Mario Valdes, the man largely responsible for turning Colorado Springs' KRCC-FM into the city's foremost public radio station. He died of lung cancer on September 14. He was just 54. As not ... More >>

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    September 12, 2007

    Q&A With Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

    The Wayne Coyne profile that appears in the September 13 edition of Westword represents the SparkNotes version of a recent interview. Below, find the original text of our conversation with the Flaming Lips frontman, appearing unabridged and in its entirety. Coyne talks amusingly and at length about ... More >>

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    November 21, 2006

    Her Meter's Running

    Parking got John Hickenlooper a lot of play when he was first running for mayor of Denver, and it's doing the job again. NPR and MSNBC have both reported on Hizzoner's promise to pay for any parking tickets acquired when voters got stuck in endless lines at Denver's election centers on November 7. ... More >>

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