A number of restaurants are uncorking wine dinners tonight, featuring vintages from California, New Zealand and even Spain -- all paired with dishes from local kitchens. Coohills will feature wines from California vineyards tonight at a reception that starts at 6:30 p.m., and then continues with a ... More >>
The Naked and Famous was founded in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008 by Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith when the two were students at the Music and Audio Institute. Taking its name from Tricky's "Tricky Kid," the Naked and Famous isn't exactly what you'd call trip-hop. Rooted in alt rock, the Naked and ... More >>
The Ruby Suns is the brain child of Ryan McPhun, whose New Zealander ancestry lead him to the land of his father before he joined his first actual band. Before that, he had played along to Nirvana in his parents' garage. That experience, coupled with what he learned as a member of the Brunettes and ... More >>
SMASHING PUMPKINS @ 1STBANK CENTER | 10/16/12 "So, for those of you who are insiders into our multifaceted world, you know that we're playing our album first tonight, Oceania," Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan told the crowd at 1STBANK Center on Tuesday night. "And then, if I'm in the mood.. ... More >>
Bartender Ken Kodys left Colorado on September 3 for the 42Below Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand with one mission... to bring a third title back home. The bartending competition is our craft's version of the Olympics, in which 21 of the world's best bartenders representing six countries (and one a ... More >>
Ken Kodys is a beast -- and I mean that in the most complimentary way. No, I'm not referring to his size, although he is a large man at 6'6". I mean that creatively he is a beast, and a stone-cold killer in cocktail competitions. Ken is also one of the most energetic bartenders I have ever met. He h ... More >>
Sam Levin's interview with Denver mayor Michael Hancock, who said he won't use the Aurora theater shooting to push for gun control, led a number of readers to discuss whether bans and prohibitions make us safer or less at risk. Below is a conversation in which both parties use facts and figures to b ... More >>
Wine -- just like every sport, art form, hobby or leisure pursuit -- has a language all its own. And while someone just learning to cook would likely realize that the intimidating task of understanding what terms like "sauté" or "chiffonade" mean is simply another step in that process, why is it th ... More >>
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (due Friday, March 16 at the Gothic Theatre) is based on Portland, Oregon. The band's frontman, Ruban Nielson, however, spent nearly a decade in punk band the Mint Chicks while based out of Auckland, New Zealand. After a few records on the legendary Flying Nun label, Nielson ... More >>
What can you expect from an event called Around the World in 80 Sips? Wine, of course, from all around the globe, including vintages from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, New Zealand, Spain and the United States. Tonight's event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. (starting at 6 p.m. for VIPs) ... More >>
Thursday, July 14, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
While the arrival of summer is mere weeks away, it's been too damned cold here to think about any of the best springtime wines, never mind all the fantastic rosé that's piling up on liquor and wine shop shelves around town. But while it's still chilly outside, in our hearts and minds we're a ... More >>
It just keeps growing: Last year, the annual Global Dance Festival expanded from one rave-tastic night at Red Rocks to two -- and the Triad Dragons have just announced a third GDF night at the premier outdoor concert venue in the country. Headlining will be Australia's Empire of the Sun, an e ... More >>
A Flickr PhotoSaddle upNeed a quick pick-me-up? Skip the Red Bull; how about a shot of stallion semen instead?
Pesce Fresco, 6600 South Quebec Street in Englewood, will host the Elderton Wines Australian Wine Dinner, featuring five courses paired with wines from the Barossa Valley of Australia. The meal starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45; for more information, call 303-290-9705 or go to www.pescefresco ... More >>
The 100-foot launch tower erected in Civic Center Park for the Denver Big Air competition will see its first official action today at 5 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.) for the Nature Valley Ski Big Air challenge, a Battle of the Brands format that will pit the ski teams from Icelantic, Line Sk ... More >>
Last week's post featuring the wines of the Pinot Posse sparked much debate over the respective merits and flaws of modern, new world-style pinot noir. At one end of the table, we had the new world wine lovers, who revel in bottles bursting with ripe, mouthwateringly juicy fruit, and (though ... More >>
Saturday, January 22, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Mower rampage!While most television commercials pander to humanity's desire for love, affection and acceptance, some ads go straight for our most primal instinct -- that is, to employ a lawn mower for transportation to wonderful far-off climes in search of our 'happy place,' while carelessly ... More >>
Saturday, December 4, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Halloween, fun!When it comes to advertising that is geared to deter someone from something, the most effective -- and most often chosen -- tactic is to use images that scare the shit out of any would-be buyers or doers. This is often seen in political ads and AIDS awareness ads, and now it is ... More >>
New Zealand produces some damn fine wines, and it's high time you started drinking them. Surely by now you've consumed more than your fair share of Australian red wines, right? Plenty of big, fleshy shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, each of which bears the telltale signs of an Aussie s ... More >>
The organizers of the Great American Beer Festival will make two changes for next year's big show, which will mark the thirtieth anniversary of world's largest commercial beer extravaganza. For starters, GABF -- which drew 49,000 attendees and 3,523 different beers -- will return to a later ... More >>
Tarina WestlundPavement is among the most influential rock bands of the '90s, despite not quite becoming a household name, and you can hear the band's influence in virtually all underground rock since then, from the slightly off-center rhythms, the jagged but melodic guitar riffs and the fasc ... More >>
If you haven't seen the 1959 film On The Beach, you might want to tune out now before we spoil anything. It's a post-apocalyptic emotion-drain that chronicles the last days of humanity in a painstakingly slow manner -- which is to say it's a bit slow in the hips but fast in the brain. Anyw ... More >>
The Internet is full of amateur musicians with big aspirations. The talented ones can be truly inspiring and occasionally even rise to superstardom (hello, Justin Bieber!). The less-talented ... well, they are awesome in their own, special way and the very best/worst of them become famous in ... More >>
As the northern hemisphere tilts toward the sun during this season, the increased heat and humidity (what there is of it in Colorado, anyway) tends to drive oenophiles away from the full-bodied reds and toward the lighter, crisper whites. South of the equator, it's wintertime, but that's no r ... More >>
Andy Bothwell, aka. Astronautalis, has oft times been labeled as the Tom Waits or Hunter S. Thompson of underground hip-hop. Like many others in his position, he began honing his skills in high school, battling on corners while climbing rank amongst industry-friendly peers. His unhurried and ... More >>
Sunday, May 23, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
When I first met Steve Shoppman and Steve Bouey more than two years ago, their plan sounded a little crazy. The longtime roommates and adventure lovers had read a 1967 memoir called Who Needs a Road?, about a road trip all the way around the world, and they decided to repeat the journey -- a story t ... More >>
Cut Off Your Hands Sunday, March 8, 2009 Hi-Dive, Denver Better Than: Not seeing this band before they're playing bigger venues. Cut Off Your Hands plays pretty straightforward pop rock. Just the same, frontman Nick Johnston displayed considerable amount of vigor, leaning into the mike and gyrating ... More >>
In the October 23 issue we posted excerpts of Tom Murphy’s recent conversation with Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz). The quotes used in that piece were taken from the following interview posted after the jump, in which Diplo Mad Decent, his record label and Heaps Decent, a program devoted to underprivile ... More >>
It's all about who you know. What did Alaska do to piss off the DNC? Its delegation has worse seats at the Pepsi Center than Guam, which, for those of you who started skipping geography in first grade, isn't even a state -- and it's a helluva lot smaller besides. Before the convention is over, I p ... More >>
The owners of Prime 121 at 121 Clayton Lane, a spot formerly (and briefly) occupied by Bob’s Steak and Chop House, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last month. When I reviewed it last fall, I was impressed by the service, not so much by the steak and trimmings. Now the owners are tr ... More >>
Musical success in one country is no guarantee of triumph in another – particularly not the United States, which, despite the downturn in the domestic record industry, remains the place that separates regional luminaries from global superstars. Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins, who’s p ... More >>
A local fest showcases native stories.
Sydney, Australia Hey Boss: I knew that in order to get my head right and tight down under this rock, I had to stay clear of the cities and concentrate my efforts on the small towns. I’m talking hamlets like Gin Gin, Bil Bil, Yeppon, win the hearts and minds of the populace, as the saying goes.
7.30.07 Rockhampton, Australia Tropic of Capricorn PBC, I split the first two weeks in this country between Sydney and Melbourne, trying to erase the image of Foo the Saigon security guard and his red Thermos from my mind while also trying to locate the fabled Australian "spirit." This spirit was ... More >>
Never heard of a Violet Crumble? Don’t worry, because neither has most of the rest of the world outside of Australia, Hawaii and parts of the U.K. But personally, I’m somewhat obsessed with the stranger extremes of the confectionery arts and have spent many an evening wandering around the dry-s ... More >>