From the beginning of last night's first Neutral Milk Hotel show in Denver in some twenty years, when Jeff Mangum stepped on stage with his guitar to play "King of Carrot Flowers Pt. I" it was immediately powerful, no nostalgia necessary. Then, the rest of the band joined him, and the show found new ... More >>
Maybe you saw Neutral Milk Hotel last night in Boulder; if not you have another shot at it tonight in Denver. If the line "putting fingers in the notches of her spine" sends ice through your veins as consistently as it does ours, we can strongly recommend finding your way there. The band's great the ... More >>
Monday, March 31, Ogden Theatre, 303-832-1874.
This year's Coachella lineup, which was announced yesterday, has a few marquee names such as Outkast, Arcade Fire and Neutral Milk Hotel that no doubt turned heads. The roster is otherwise dependably made up of a mixture of heritage acts and buzzed upon rock and rap acts, as well as some higher prof ... More >>
There's a long history of musicians who suffered from and overcame (or sometimes didn't overcome) crippling shyness, anxiety and stage fright to fulfill their dreams of standing in the spotlight. That spotlight, it's a cruel, uncaring light. So bright. So uncomfortably warm. Everyone's staring at yo ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
JEFF MANGUM at OGDEN THEATRE | 4/26/12 See Also: • Jeff Mangum comes to aid of distressed fan at Coachella • Neutral Milk Hotel books a room in Denver. • The Apples get set to reap the fruits of their labors Jeff Mangum has not returned to Denver in fourteen years, and it shows. You can tell ... More >>
Thursday, April 26, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.
The first weekend of Coachella was cold, damp and wet. The second weekend of Coachella was hot, sultry, and steamy. This weekend meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, Jeff Mangum came to the aid of fan in distress and our West ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Madonna, Jeff Mangum, the String Cheese Incident, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King and more were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent a ... More >>
Hold on to your hats: We've just received word that Jeff Mangum, the iconic mastermind of Neutral Milk Hotel, is coming to the Ogden Theatre on Thursday, April 26. Couple important things to note about this show, which we imagine sell out rather quickly: All tickets will be will-call only and there ... More >>
Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra. Aaron Johnson is pictured far right.Aaron Johnson has a lot on his plate right now. He teaches fifth-graders by day, and by night he's taking classes to get certified in teaching English as a Second Language. He's also a Geeks Who Drink quizmaster. But tonight? Ton ... More >>
Saturday, March 12, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW With Radical Knitting Circle • The Tanukis 03.09.11 | hi-dive A Hawk and a Hacksaw is not, in any certain terms, the type of band you yearn to see live. The outfit plays Eastern-European infused music with hat-tips to Middle Eastern and klezmer-inflected music with vigor ra ... More >>
Danger Mouse just announced he will be collaborating with Jack White, which makes White the billionth musician Danger Mouse has worked with after Beck, the Gorillaz, MF Doom, Cee-Lo, James Mercer, U2, the Rapture, Sparklehorse, Black Keys and, oh, just about everybody else. He's the hottest c ... More >>
If you were desperately hoping for a Tuesday afternoon diversion that combined your love of music with your love of tacos, have we got great news for you. Welcome to the wonderful world of Album Tacos. WTF are Album Tacos, you ask? It's exactly what it sounds like: Your favorite album covers ... More >>
Joshua Langlais UMS Travelogue, Night Two 7.23.10 / Baker District, South Broadway I started out with Papa Bear at the Irish Rover, where the band's uber sincere Neutral Milk Hotel vibe proved a good start to the evening. The band boasts a small horn section, and I happened to be right in t ... More >>
With the passing of Memorial Day we can finally say summer is here. And with summer comes summer camp, vacations and tours -- and how do we get there? We drive. That's how. This is America, after all. In celebration of seemingly endless sunny days and left-arm tans, we've picked some of our favori ... More >>
Todd Roeth Hey Guys, So, your last show is this Saturday, October 24 at the Bluebird. I understand that circumstance dictates it, but it makes me sad. You guys have been one of my favorite bands over the past three years since I first saw you live at the Donnybrook Bastille Day party and you played ... More >>
Gail ButenskyIn recent history we've been treated to the reunions of Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, Antipop Consortium, among others. This year, Faith No More, Sunny Day Real Estate and Pavement got back together, and, of course, there's the ever pervasive rumors of Soundgarden reconvening at so ... More >>
A Better Place
Sparky the Dog Records
JensenBlare Magazine. Familiar? Yeah, us neither. Regardless, the site (blog?) recently posted a list that struck us as fairly interesting: ten pop albums that Nate Motte thinks should be listened to all the way through. We stumbled onto the link via AbsolutePunk.net, where a number of folks express ... More >>
This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. Part five brings you "Christmas ... More >>
From Athens, Georgia, comes yet another great new American band.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Six Months to Live
Pit er Pat brings a warm pulse to its spare, conceptual pop.
Tweaked and irreverent, Caribou's digital psychedelia refuses to be tamed.
End of Love (SpinArt)
Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.
Winter Songs (Altitude Records)
Westword asked me to match wits with a living legend -- who also happens to be my hero. Here's the result.
The Mighty Rime (Caulfied)
Heralded as new heroes of indie rock, the Shins shrug their way out of obscurity.
John Vanderslice is an excellent musician and songwriter. He's also a pretty good prankster.
The coolest college station around could use some cash.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
Elf Power is helping to keep Elephant 6's winning streak alive.
The Olivia Tremor Control, part of Denver's Elephant 6 family, shakes up the underground.
Elephant 6's Neutral Milk Hotel books a room in Denver.
THE APPLES GET SET TO REAP THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABORS.