Andrew W.K. is best known for his single "Party Hard" from his 2001 album I Get Wet, but really, he's one of the hardest working people in show business. The guy puts himself fully into it all he does, particularly his music, be it the party rocking variety, classically-inflected piano pieces or mak ... More >>
Richard Koca traveled the world as a military officer and do-gooder who co-founded StandUp for Kids, a non-profit homeless-youth charity. But what, exactly, did he do? Last Friday, 71-year-old Koca was convicted on 22 counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. The tria ... More >>
The path that may have led Nathan Wilkins, nineteen, from his Georgia home to Aurora is an undeniably twisted one. The story thus far features a child-sex sting involving Craigslist and a "slushy," Facebook posts about eBay shopping and political commentary, an elaborately staged suicide and the fi ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Richard Koca, who co-founded StandUp for Kids, a homeless-youth charity, pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of sexual assault on a child. However, prosecutors say they have a recording of Koca confessing. We've got details about the allegations and Koca's co-creation, which has now s ... More >>
The senseless massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of twenty children, including Olivia Engel, seen here, plus seven adults, instantly stirs terrible memories of the 1999 attack on Columbine High School. On the tenth anniversary of that tragedy, we assembled a horrific roster of sc ... More >>
A few weeks ago, during dinner at ChoLon, Lon Symensma's downtown contemporary Asian restaurant, Symensma and his partner, Jim Deters, let me in on a little secret: Flow Restaurant Group, the company under which ChoLon is umbrellaed, they told me, would soon have a second restaurant under its belt, ... More >>
Since we first wrote about the arrest on child-sex-assault charges of Richard Koca, who founded StandUp For Kids, a nonprofit devoted to helping homeless youth (see our original coverage below), Aurora police have released more info about this shocking turn. Meanwhile, a StandUp For Kids statement i ... More >>
GLOBAL DUB FESTIVAL @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5.18.12 Barely half way through the show and still awaiting the headlining acts, Red Rocks Amphitheatre was absolutely blowing up with the sounds of Datsik. Flipping the script on everybody with an explosive remix of M.O.P.'s "Ante Up," the British Col ... More >>
Formed from the ashes of the erstwhile Tulip Wars, Goer is a new local duo pushing an intriguing mix of electronic and psychedelic influences. Consisting of guitarist Sean Geisthardt and drummer Dan Barnett, the pair has just completed a four-track EP titled Invisible People that draws on the dream ... More >>
Every year, we enlist our Backbeat writers to host various stages at the Westword Music Showcase, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty and write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Click through to read travelogues from Thorin Klosowski, Ru John ... More >>
Brandice RobinsonDJ Vajra proving his prowess on the wheels of steel DMC DENVER World DJ Championship 4.30.11 | Casselman's Bar & Venue The DMC's went down last night at Casselman's, and DJ Vajra won after enduring massive attacks from underling DJs with lesser talents and a gripping face-off with ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray STEEL PANTHER with Drug Under 03.16.11 | Bluebird Theater See Steel Panther at the Bluebird slideshow Last night, Steel Panther and a few hundred of its closest friends in Denver, hopped in the Delorean with Doc and took the Bluebird Theater back to the future when spandex, ... More >>
A.H. GoldsteinDenver's Minor Disturbance youth Slam Team made history for the local poetry scene earlier this year when they appeared in Brave New Voices, the HBO special that followed the 2010 National Slam Team championships held in L.A. Denver's team won fourth place in the global competit ... More >>
No wonder Michael Bennet's campaign is so excited for Michelle Obama's campaign visit at noon today in Englewood: She's currently much more popular than her husband. That may also explain why so many shots from the White House Flickr stream find Barack basking in the light of Michelle and his ... More >>
The Deepwater Horizon disaster keeps spilling into my inbox, more than 1,300 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, where there's "oil for miles and miles," Attorney General Eric Holder lamented yesterday in New Orleans. Denver is more than 1,300 miles from the Big Easy, but the disaster has spilled ... More >>
Jimmy Carter as he looked during the era when he promoted solar energy in Denver. The hoopla yesterday over President Barack Obama's appearance in Denver, when he used the signing of a $787 billion economic-stimulus bill to hype solar energy, spurred memories in one reader, who recalled another chi ... More >>
Conspiracy theorists think something's fishy at Denver International Airport.
Kirk Rundstrom refuses to go gently into that good night.
The Denver Slam Team goes to Austin and emerges victorious.
After a local scandal made them stand down, Army recruiters work to put more boots on the ground.
The year's best local music becomes the soundtrack of our lives.
Shakespeare's words are a casualty in the inventive Henry 5 From Times Square.
Adega has grown into its reputation -- and grown up.
After learning the ropes as one of Bill Monroe's original Blue Grass Boys, Peter Rowan awakened to a world of possibilities.
Test your Harry Potter knowledge with this quiz.
A fear of development is growing in community gardens around Denver.
The young crook got my credit-card number. He also got my attention.
Some members of American Legion Post 34 never saw much action -- until now.
The new census form brings up a smorgasbord of cultural-identity issues -- and food metaphors.
The Ice-Fishing Play reels 'em in.
Tennessee gets shipped overseas in this version of Suddenly Last Summer
Life is never picture-perfect -- especially when a father shoots two of his sons.