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    May 15, 2014
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    January 28, 2014

    Taste the wines of California, New Zealand and Spain at a trio of dinners tonight

    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 >>

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    October 18, 2013

    New Zealander Thom Powers on what's it like to lead the Naked and Famous in Los Angeles

    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 >>

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    August 29, 2013
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    February 19, 2013

    Ryan McPhun of the Ruby Suns on being totally obsessed with Nirvana as a 'tweenager

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Smashing Pumpkins at 1STBANK, 10/16/12

    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 >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Ken Kodys wins the 42Below Cocktail World Cup

    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 >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Ken Kodys goes for the gold in the Cocktail World Cup

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Readers debate: Does gun control cause crime to rise?

    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 >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    August 1, 2012

    Four essential terms every wine lover needs to know, demystified

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra: "My musical career is like one big ticky tour"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Around the World in 80 Sips at Mile High Station

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    August 4, 2011
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    July 14, 2011

    Empire of the Sun

    Thursday, July 14, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

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    May 17, 2011

    Four zesty New Zealand sauvignon blancs to sip while you wait for summer

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Global Dance Festival expands to three days

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Stallion semen: better than Red Bull?

    A Flickr PhotoSaddle up​Need a quick pick-me-up? Skip the Red Bull; how about a shot of stallion semen instead?

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    February 2, 2011

    Tonight: Elderton Wines Australian Wine Dinner at Pesce Fresco

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Today in Stoke: Nature Valley Ski Big Air Challenge at Denver Big Air

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Pinot Posse wines spark Old World vs. New World debate

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2011


    Saturday, January 22, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    December 14, 2010

    Stupid ad of the week: Sky TV's maniacal mower lady

    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 >>

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    December 2, 2010


    Tuesday, December 7, Blast-O-Mat,

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    December 2, 2010

    Tame Impala

    Saturday, December 4, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

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    November 11, 2010

    U.S. gov gets tough on cigarette labels, but not really

    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 >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Five stellar New Zealand reds under $20

    ​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 >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Next year's Great American Beer Festival will welcome U.S. territories

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Pavement's Bob Nastanovich on reunion tours, the Fall and dealing with inner-band conflicts

    Tarina Westlund​Pavement 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Updating the soundtrack to On the Beach

    ​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 >>

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    July 2, 2010

    "Chill in my Vein" will chill your brain, possibly fatally

    ​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 >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Tonight: South of the Equator white wine tasting

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Astronautalis on over-the-top comparisons, hip-hop's progression and fans "getting it"

    ​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 >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Nice Nice

    Sunday, May 23, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    March 11, 2010
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    April 17, 2009

    The World By Road boys take a pitstop in Colorado

    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 >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Over the weekend: Cut Off Your Hands at the hi-dive

    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 >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Q&A with Diplo

    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 >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Alaskans get the cool treatment

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2008

    Seafood, Eat It

    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 >>

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    May 22, 2008
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    May 21, 2008

    Q&A with Missy Higgins

    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 >>

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    October 4, 2007

    Resource Madness

    A local fest showcases native stories.

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    August 4, 2007

    Stay in the Sticks

    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.

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    July 31, 2007

    Kangaroo Road Kill -- Sleepy Mad Max

    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 >>

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    June 21, 2007
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    May 14, 2007

    How far would you go for a Violet Crumble candy bar?

    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 >>

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    September 14, 2006
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    April 14, 2005

    Drink of the Week

    Passionfruit Cosmo

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