BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 5/17/13 Near the end of its set, Black Moth Super Rainbow performed "Sun Lips," one of its signature older songs. While some people sang along a bit earlier in the show, it seemed like everyone up front knew the words to this particular song and sang alo ... More >>
THE FAINT @ OGDEN THEATRE |11/8/12 Even though this was a tour in support of the reissue of Danse Macabre, late in the set, the Faint treated us to a rare cover of "Mote" by Sonic Youth from that band's 1990 album Goo. The haunted vocal delivery was in the spirit of Lee Ranaldo's own but there were ... More >>
Lemonade (due Sunday, June 10, at the Larimer Lounge) started off as three friends from the hardcore and punk scene in San Francisco who stretched their interest in sound far beyond the music of their youth. Trying to pigeonhole the band's music is an exercise in futility, but a quick listen to its ... More >>
Neon Indian (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) got a boost early in its career by online media, and by the time of the act's first album, Psychic Chasms was released, there was a pretty big buzz around his blend of synth-driven, R&B inflected pop songs. Alan Palomo and company went on to tour wit ... More >>
With Chuck Morris now back with Lotus, the group embarks upon a nation wide tour before buckling down for the festival season this summer. With bass in hand and a plethora of samples at his fingertips, Jesse Miller and the rest of Lotus are coming to the Fillmore Auditorium tomorrow night fresh on ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Neil Diamond, Garland Jeffreys and Sophie B. Hawkins were announced; BLKHRTS, American Tomahawk and Driftwood Fire got spins on local radio; and new releases from Drake, Kate Bush and Sigur Ros wer ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, December shows by Beats Antique and Pretty Lights were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Veronica, Vices I Admire, INCA and Hazel Miller all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and re ... More >>
Neon Indian last night at the Bluebird TheaterNEON INDIAN at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 10/10/11In a year of terrible '80s remakes (Footloose, anyone?), Neon Indian's show proved that borrowed doesn't have to be staid. While the '80s were well and alive in the synth chords and frontman Alan Palomo's ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Dierks Bentley, Mickey Hart Band and Dirty Nasty were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, The Congress and The Epiloguesall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local ... More >>
Since the beginning of the year, The Flaming Lips (due Wednesday, August 3 at Red Rocks) have been collaborating with a number of artists from Neon Indian, Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt and Nick Cave, as well as releasing their own material in unconventional methods like USB drives embedded in g ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In September, Zac Brown is due at Red Rocks, followed by Jay-Z and Kanye West at the Pepsi Center and Neon Indian at the Bluebird in October. On local radio, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Flashlights and King Mob got some spins. Mea ... More >>
SLEIGH BELLS at THE OGDEN THEATRE | 6/4/11"The best thing to do is to come out swinging, punch squarely in the mouth and keep relentlessly pommeling until you gas out."
Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.
Country superstars George Strait and Reba McEntire have sold close to 125 million records. combined. In his career, which spans more than three decades, Strait has had more number-one singles than Elvis, and his latest effort, Twang, debuted at the number-one slot on Billboard's Top Country A ... More >>
Take that, Chillwave.As we continue to look back on 2010, we are struck by how new labels for increasingly slippery kinds of music all sound like they were written by high freshman lit majors. Many of these attempts are merely useless, but some are worse than that: they wind up justifying shi ... More >>
It's coming up on the birthday of this great nation, and what better way to celebrate it than to blow shit up, which is basically our M.O. anyway? Aside from the visual spectacle, which these days is starting to get a little esoteric (honestly, what does the Jupiter-burst have to do with th ... More >>
Here's our massive, multi-page report/travelogue of the Westword Music Showcase from (in order) Tom Murphy, Cory Casciato, A.H. Goldstein, Jef Otte, Jon Solomon and Brain Frederick. Let us know in the comments what you saw and loved, saw and hated, or missed and hated yourself for missing. ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayWestword Music Showcase: Oh, oh, it's Magic! As you can see from the pictures, this year's Showcase was played in the key of awesome. Relive the whole thing with us. Over the course of the day as we get our wits about us, a few of our writers will share their thoughts on what ... More >>
IMPORTANT SCHEDULING UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control (and, more to the point, frontman Chris Fogal's) TAUNTAUN will not be performing in the 6:15 - 7 p.m. slot at Broadway's tomorrow. While Fogal is resting his aching back ("I would tough it out," he assures us, "but the problem is t ... More >>
Alan Palomo made a name for himself trying to sound like someone else. His breakout, however, didn't come until he settled for just sounding like himself. It was an unlikely break for Palomo, but then his entire career is full of such unlikely things, like Ghosthustler, his previous project, ... More >>
Texas isn't big enough to contain Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. After signing with Atlantic records in 2008, the Dallas-based quintet quickly started making a name for itself across the country, touring with high-caliber acts like ZZ Top and the Black Crowes before releasing Pardon Me, i ... More >>
Gabriel Rovick And Ryan James (Focus 4 Design) The complete lineup for Showcase has been finalized, and all that's left to do now is countdown the days until the sixteenth annual Westword Music Showcase takes place on Saturday, June 19. Nearly a hundred local acts (well over a hundred if y ... More >>
Summit StudiosThis year's Westword Music Showcase lineup is now officially complete with the addition of Tickle Me Pink -- well, at least in terms of the main stage acts. In case you've missed it -- not sure how that's possible, exactly, as we've been talking this bad boy up like no other sin ... More >>
All right, just when you thought this year's Showcase couldn't get any better, it just did. Adding to an already stacked lineup (one of our best yet, even if we do say so ourselves) that includes Ghostland Observatory, Superchunk, Dirty Projectors, Neon Indian, Single File and Oh My Stars, Boombox ... More >>
Mark our words: This year's Westword Music Showcase is going to be absolutely SICK! SICK! -- we tell you! Yesterday on KTCL, as you might have heard, we revealed part of the line-up. The best local acts spread out over ten stages across the Golden Triangle? Of course -- that's a given. But we've a ... More >>
As if we didn't already have enough reason to find our way to Tennesee to catch the Flaming Lips playing Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, we now have even more incentive -- namely, Chromeo with Daryl Hall and Stevie Wonder!
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. F ... More >>
Tuesday, November 10, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Matt Fecher isn't letting the grass grow under his feet. Although his hands are clearly already full with helping curate the Monolith Festival, Fecher, who DJs under the name Hot to Death, is constantly moving in a number of different creative directions at once it seems, from launching and hostin ... More >>