#30: Jaime Kopke Jaime Kopke hails from Massachusetts, but ended up in Colorado, bringing cultural gold in her pocket. She's helped spark more than a few creative projects here, from the city's ongoing Pecha Kucha series to the Denver Community Museum, a short-lived but brilliant pop-up people's re ... More >>
#49: John Moore There is no greater friend of Denver theater than John Moore, a self-described storyteller given to telling its stories in great -- and loving -- detail. On his CultureWest.org website, the former Denver Post critic has laboriously followed the work of his friends in theater, of whic ... More >>
HAVOK @ MARQUIS THEATER | FRI, 6/21/13 Hot on the heels of its European tour with Cephalic Carnage, Suffocation and Fallujah, Havok is preparing for the release its new album, Unnatural Selection, next Tuesday, June 25. The ten-track album, the band's fourth release overall and the followup to 2011' ... More >>
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 6/8/12 As good as the Psychedelic Furs' records are, there is just something about seeing Richard Butler, who was all smiles on this night, and hearing his heartfelt thank yous at the end of various songs, and then seeing the collective happiness of those who ... More >>
#75: Conrad Kehn The opening sentence of Conrad Kehn's professional bio kind of says it all: "Conrad Kehn is a composer, improviser, performer, educator, writer and artist." But that's the glib definition of a guy who, under the skin of his basic vita, is hellbent on spreading the joy of making and ... More >>
SPIRITUALIZED @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 4/4/13 With little more than the lights dimming to indicate the band was about to take stage, Spiritualized walked on stage and went right into "Here It Comes (The Road, Let's Go)," which began an evening of music with no breaks or banter to break the vibe of the ... More >>
Crime and the City Solution started out in the late '70s in Sydney, Australia, but its members went on an extended adventure in relocation, following its creative opportunities where they lay. First they went to Melbourne, where the group befriended the Boys Next Door, who, in part, went on to becom ... More >>
YEASAYER @ OGDEN THEATRE | 8.26.12 See also: Anand Wilder of Yeasayer on being from Baltimore but making a name in New York As soon as the lights dimmed for Yeasayer's entrance, the cheering began. Moments later, when the bizarre, sci-fi mirror-monstrosity of a stage set was revealed, the cheers s ... More >>
LIARS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 7/13/12 See Also: Liars dance to the beat of their own drum After one of many short pieces of connecting music that resembled a science fiction movie synth sound backed by a big bass pulse, Julian Gross came in with the urgent, curiously toy-like, drum beat of "Hold Hand ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! Tonight at Red Rocks, the Avett Brothers kick off a two-night stand with City and Colour opening tonight and DeVotchKa opening tomorrow night. Also tonight, Thurston Moore visits the Larimer Lounge with his new quartet Chelsea Light Moving. Cory Branan at the Lions Lair, Eric ... 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. Kelsey Whipple ... More >>
Wymond Miles (due tonight at Twist and Shout and tomorrow night at The Gothic Theater) hails from Denver's completely unglamorous suburb directly to the east, Aurora. In the mid-'90s Miles started to become involved in the underground music scene in Denver, initially, and most notably, for his exper ... More >>
Baroness (due tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre) is a band from Savannah, Georgia, known for making a true alloy of psychedelic metal, the precision of prog, and punk attitude. In that way, they're musical kin to bands like Kylesa and Mastodon. With the release of its debut full-length, 2007's Red ... More >>
See Also: • Prince's Sign of the Times turns 25 • Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 • More Today in History posts When the '80s became the '90s, everyone stepped up their game. Rap matured lyrically and became more sophisticated sonically, while rock became more intelligent and emotionally r ... More >>
The riots in the U.K. destroyed a lot of things, but one dear to our hearts is the Sony distribution center that housed the bulk of one of the largest distro's in Europe, PIAS. On the August 9, looters torched the entire facility, destroying the inventory of over 150 labels, including the lik ... More >>
Stop! You don't have to!So we're well into the Christmas season, and chances are good you're getting a bit tired of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby and the Time-Life Christmas collection in general. What had been a charming return to familiar holiday standards -- and perhaps the only reason to ... More >>
While Vampire Weekend's Contra captured the top spot at a lot of local record stores the previous week, Spoon's seventh album, Transference, released last week on the Merge imprint, topped the charts for the week ending January 24. The album grabbed top spots at Albums on the Hill, Independent Re ... More >>
Primasonic's frontman Sin says the band's latest effort, Unadorned, could have easily been called No Bullshit. With some help from the Overcasters' Kurt Ottaway acting as co-producer and Module Overload's Jamie Hillyer, Primasonic made a no frills, rock solid album that captures a lot of the ... More >>
Primasonic's frontman Sin says the band's latest effort, Unadorned, could have easily been called No Bullshit. With some help from the Overcasters' Kurt Ottaway acting as co-producer and Module Overload's Jamie Hillyer, Primasonic made a no frills, rock solid album that captures a lot of th ... More >>
Steve GullickForming in London in 2003, the Duke Spirit has evolved a sound that brings together elements of garage rock, soul, the blues and swirly, noisy atmospheric rock. Rather than sounding like's trying to do too many things at once, act's music sounds rich with textures and emotional landscap ... More >>
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