Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book ... More >>
The Faint was one of the main bands among the small wave of underground artists that emerged out of the unlikely environs of Omaha, Nebraska, a wave included noteworthy acts such as Cursive, Bright Eyes and Azure Ray, all on the Saddle Creek imprint. The Faint was one of the flagship bands on that l ... More >>
Taylor Swift fans -- and judging by the enormous first week record sales of Red, her latest platter released last week, that accounts for a great many folks -- will be rejoicing at news that Swift is heading back out on the road this spring (to wit, that means 58 shows in 45 cities in 29 states, 3 p ... More >>
Westword caught up with Flobots frontman Jonny 5 (aka Jamie Laurie) for a track-by-track breakdown of The Circle In the Square, the new record. If you've bought the record and you're listening right now wondering what the songs are about, wonder no more. You've come to the right place Page down to s ... More >>
On Wednesday, September 12, you'll have a chance to become part of history and help the Melvins weasel their way into the Guinness World Records book, which they hope to do by playing shows in all fifty states plus one in the District of Columbia in just 51 days. One can only imagine what sparked th ... More >>
Betcha the folks at the Boulder Valley School District are breathing a sigh of relief.... Nancy Sebring was reportedly a finalist for the BVSD's top job last year. Instead, she was slated to become the superintendent in Omaha, until her prospects were felled by the release of sex-obsessed e-mails, ... More >>
If you've been following this blog, then you've no doubt read about the endless parade of pizza joints that are sweeping across the Denver landscape: Toppings started slinging pies in LoDo last Friday; Right Coast Pizza began tossing dough two weeks ago in Wheat Ridge; and Fired Up will open in the ... More >>
Last fall, LoDo was all about pizza. Now, it's sushi. Blue Sushi Sake Grill, a link in an Omaha-based chain that signed on for half of the Dixons space at 16th and Wazee streets that wasn't taken by Lucky Pie, had a liquor-license hearing this morning with the Denver Department of Excise and License ... More >>
Earlier today, the Photo Atlas premiered its brand new video for "Swear I'm Innocent" on Spinner.com. According to Alan Andrews, the band's frontman, the high-energy, performance-based video was shot at the Inca house by the folks at Love Drunk, whom the band met through their friends from Omaha, Br ... More >>
Tyga, best known for his joint, "Rack City," was supposed to rock the Ogden Theatre tonight, but we've just received word that the show has been postponed for a later date. No reason was given for the postponement, but earlier today, Vibe and a number of other news outlets reported that Tyga's show ... More >>
See also: Interview with Lauren Larson of Ume, sharing the bill this Sunday. Cursive (due this Sunday at Larimer Lounge with Ume) was one of the most popular and influential bands to have come out of the underground scene in Omaha, Nebraska, the same one that spawned Bright Eyes, the Faint, Azure R ... More >>
By early June, Denver will long be in the rearview for the Black Keys dudes, who'll play here on Monday, April 30. Too bad. It would've been sweet-ass sweet to witness a good old-fashioned battle royale for ultimate supremacy between them and the Nickelback dudes to settle this whole "rock and roll ... More >>
Hailing from Omaha long before bands like the Faint, Cursive or Bright Eyes became that city's chief exports, 311 (due tonight at Red Rocks with Sublime with Rome) was making its mark with its amalgam of rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk. Eight million records later, the outfit is still doing its thing ... More >>
National Park ServiceIt's the first week of August, so it's likely that many of you are experiencing Endofsummeritis. You may think there's nothing you can do but watch the slow creep to winter, and before you know it, you will be shoveling your car out of six feet of snow while icicle tears form ... More >>
Today, the American Civil Liberties Union announced a formal administrative complaint against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over an April incident during which dozens of Spanish speakers aboard a Denver charter bus were detained under suspicion of human smuggling. Turns out the ri ... More >>
The Gamits celebrate the release of their new album, Parts, this Saturday, September 4, at the Gothic Theatre, with UME and Joy Subtraction. The Gamits were one of the classic, melodic punk bands of the late '90s. Unlike many of their peers, they survived well into the new decade before call ... More >>
Lori Midson Venue chef James Rugile Restaurant and chef semifinalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards were released this morning, which gives all the nominees exactly 32 days to chew on their success before the five finalists in each category are announced on Monday, March 22. The ... More >>
As those who've spent any amount of time on the road can attest, touring can be either exhilarating or exhausting. Like anything else, there's high points and low points. Most of the time, though, it falls somewhere in the middle. Days are spent in constant motion it seems on long, mundane drives ... More >>
Throughout its programming last night, Channel 31 repeatedly teased a story about a cat in a bong. Against all odds, the incident didn't take place in Colorado; instead, its setting was Omaha, Nebraska. But the Fox affiliate was hardly the only Denver station addicted to the tale. Channel 9 and Ch ... More >>
Young Coyotes have been together less than a year, but in that short time, the act has already embarked on an extensive cross country tour, attracted a high powered manager in Blee Music's Brian Swartz (Rose Hill Drive), and, most noteworthy, generated a substantial buzz locally. In what literally s ... More >>
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Lipgloss turns six at a special La Rumba night.
This Nebraska group has international appeal.
Sunday, December 11, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Indie rock meets prime time in a post-O.C. world.
Inside/Absent (Saddle Creek)
Sunday, May 29, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Wednesday, December 22, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Key (Saddle Creek)
As pop eats itself, the Faint gives birth to new sounds and vibrations.
With its fourth and most compelling album, Cursive walks it like it writes it.
Art-world luminary Jun Kaneko shows off at Carson-Masuoka.
8 Teeth to Eat You/split CD (Better Looking/Five One)
With a retro sound and modern sensibility, the Faint fast-forwards to the past.
Conor Oberst sees the world through Bright Eyes.
ONE FAMILY LEARNS THE HARD LESSONS OF THE "NEW" HEALTH CARE.