For the past few months, we've been working on a comic strip story here and in the pages of Westword titled "Rufus Baxter: The Oldest Unknown Rock Star." The story took a leap forward with the full-page installment found in this week's issue of the newspaper, and when it is finished, it will be the ... More >>
While traveling from Denver to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrate ... More >>
TUES | FLATBUSH ZOMBIEZ at CERVANTES' OTHER SIDE | 10/22/13 As if torn out of the pages of a graphic novel, Flatbush Zombies are intense and ultra-stylized to an extent that is at once cartoonish and darkly gritty. Sometimes, in the case of very exciting music such as theirs, substance takes a back ... More >>
Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands, and those bands often tend to get overlooked, because, well, they're playing somebody else's music. Thus, our latest feature, Cover Band of the Week (or, perhaps more accurately, every few weeks, because let's be honest: There's a finite numb ... More >>
Before grunge scrubbed the smeared makeup off of the face of hair metal and trimmed its flowing locks, an endless parade of longhaired dudes did their level best to destroy the ozone layer, fueled by a steady diet of sex, drugs, rock and roll. Oh, and, well, depending on the band, more sex and lots ... More >>
The countdown of total crappiness continues. Yesterday we laid out the back half of the of the top fifty worst rock and pop lyrics of all time, and today we present the other half, which is populated by Poison's "Unskinny Bop," the Rolling Stones' "Cocksucker Blues" and a bunch of other ill-conceive ... More >>
Besides being a long, seemingly unfounded piece of local-music folklore, as well as a now well-documented and utterly fascinating part of the Smiths mythology, the story of James Kiss is a redemptive one. It's a case study of desperation, certainly, but it's also a cautionary tale of a troubled youn ... More >>
From examining the letters he wrote to his parents, included in the original Lakewood police file, and the details of that harrowing and fateful day in the fall of 1988 from the original offense report, one thing becomes clear: James Kiss was a very troubled young man with a seemingly dastardly plan ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
New week, whole new batch of shows. We start off the week with an absolute bang -- Sleigh Bells tonight at the Boulder Theater -- and end it with lauded locals Big Head Todd and the Monsters playing a super intimate show at the Soiled Dove Underground to raise money to give emergency aid to those ba ... More >>
Straight Razor Revival
See Also: - Remembering Randy Rhodes thirty years after his tragic death -The Beatles' Sgt Pepper turns 45 -The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street turns 40 -Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced turns 45 In the early 1980s, a red-haired, Midwestern boy named William Bailey stepped off a bus in New Y ... More >>
TGIF! You've worked hard all week, now it's time to coast into weekend. Plenty of great music on tap to help you unwind -- or get wound-up, as the case may be. Tonight at the Ogden, Sleigh Bells assaults the senses, Mojo Nixon kicks off a two-night stand at the Lion's Lair, JJ Grey and Mofro get the ... More >>
Friday, April 13, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.
Teddy rocksLast week when we started talking about the first album that we bought with our own money, everybody had a story. Some were laudable (Ready to Die) and some were laughable (Savage Garden), but everybody had a story. And as we suspected, we weren't alone. When we asked you to share ... More >>
In this week's cover story, "Feed Me," I tell my totally true, slightly embarrassing story of getting a late-night parking ticket in LoDo. What started as a joyful night of karaoke glory ended with an angry little yellow envelope, thanks to new city parking rules. And I know I'm not alone. N ... More >>
Headbanger's Ball started on April 18, 1987, and ran for nearly eight years. With little regard for a narrow definition of what constituted metal, the show's programmers seemed to embrace it all. So you would see a Poison video, something from Motorhead and then something from the Cult. The e ... More >>
Self-described "funkabilly" duo LoCash Cowboys definitely have that typical Top 40 country swagger in their singing, but it is an observational sense of humor that sets them just a bit a part. Both former dancers and choreographers, Chris Lucas and Preston Brust have the kind of stage presenc ... More >>
Tina-KorhonenSt. Vitus (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) were one of the pioneers of a style of music that took its direct inspiration from the first four, maybe even the first six, Black Sabbath albums. The band's aggressive guitar work flirted with psychedelia but was too heavy to ever be ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are hosting the first annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit. Bad Brains is coming to the Summit Music Hall in August and Blues Traveler is coming back to Red Rocks for its annual Fo ... More >>
What if, in a perfect world, the music genre you love the most was the only one in existence and lived on forever? Steel Panther imagines this to be true, and tonight the glammish four-piece brings a full-on heavy metal throwback show to Denver. The best part? Steel Panther isn't just a tribu ... More >>
Gaga's nostalgia-inducing butt.Although physical albums are on there way to being rendered completely useless, there was a time -- believe it or not -- back when telephones still had curly cords, that all recordings were only available in a tangible form. As such you developed attachments to ... More >>
Sleigh Bells is Derek Miller (from left) and Alexis Krauss So the story goes: Derek Miller met Alexis Krauss one day when he was serving her and her mother at a restaurant, and Krauss's mom pushed her into working on music with Miller. Until a few years ago, Miller had been living in souther ... More >>
Saturday, October 23, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Erykah Badu â€¢ Janelle Monae 06.16.10 | Fillmore Auditorium Before Erykah Badu's set, a DJ was spinning and doing live mixes of pop hits of yesteryear, stopping or slowing down the music every now and then to let the crowd enthusiastically fill in the blanks. During "Poison" by Bell Biv D ... More >>
Ready or Not
Okay, so I'm not sure why you, me or anyone else, frankly, would remotely give a crap -- or ahem, a Ratt's ass, if you will -- but Ratt evidently has a new album out. It's called Infestation (of course it is), and for whatever reason (ennui? morbid curiousity?), I'm sitting shotgun in the w ... More >>
Just take a look at me now. It's not everyday you're struck with eternal truth while watching a sitcom, but it does happen. And while watching a rerun of 30 Rock the other day, it happened to me when one character offered to make another a mixtape and asked, "You like Phil Collins?" and was a ... More >>
On Wednesday, July 22, Live Nation is offering buy one, get one free lawn tickets for Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre shows including Creed, Crue Fest II, Def Leppard with Cheap Trick and Poison, Toby Keith with Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley with Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne, and Rod Stewart. The two-fo ... More >>
After a killer two-night stint at the Ogden Theatre last year, the hip-hop duo Atmosphere returns will return to these parts Friday, August 15, when the pair headlines Red Rocks. The British group Bat For Lashes, who mezmorized folks at the Larimer Lounge in 2007, will play the Bluebird this time ar ... More >>
Photo by Denny DoesKevin Devine. Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine, the subject of a profile in this week's Westword advancing his Sunday, May 24 gig at the Marquis Theatre with Miniature Tigers, The Rouge and Brian Bonz, is the rarest of interview subjects: a guy who listeners carefully to every ques ... More >>
In an interview for a Westword profile in advance of an April 15 Oriental Theater gig with Mates of State and Judgement Day, Reggie Youngblood, lead singer and songwriter for Black Kids, talked at length about his buzzy band and plenty more. Get into his head after the jump.
No Doubt just announced a 45-city tour with Paramore and the Sounds that includes a Wednesday, May 27 stop at Fiddler's Green. On Monday, August 24, Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick will also share a bill at Fiddler's, while Lady Sovereign hits the Bluebird Monday, May 18, Neko Case plays the Ogd ... More >>
How to get chicks, in one easy lesson.
In the spirit of collaboration - and to further prove the IQs in the band - this week, I've opted to devote this space to my drummer Elaine Acosta. The following is a chapter from her forthcoming book, Holy Sweet Goddamn: The Memoirs of An Aspiring Rock Star and Psychiatric Nurse/Patient. It's brill ... More >>
Atlantic Records may be a major fable, but it knows Vaux is the real deal.
If Nina has anything to say about it, this story will have a happy ending.
From the week of September 26, 2002
Out of the Bleu.
If this summer’s concert season has an encore, we’d rather skip it.