AMERICANARAMA @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | WEDS, 7/31/13 Sometimes when genre-specific festivals are put together, the bill gets padded with -- to put it charitably -- lesser-known artists. Fortunately, that's not the case with Americanarama, which features Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingha ... More >>
"WEIRD" AL YANKOVIC @ BOULDER THEATER | SUN, 7/21/13 "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany parodies catapulted him to fame in the '80s, back when pop culture was in dire need of some deflation. He never got critical props for his oddball iconoclasm, though, and after his 1989 film, UHF tanked at the box office ... More >>
GLENN TAYLOR ORCHESTRA @ DAZZLE | TUE., 7/23/13 Rarely is the pedal steel used outside of country music, but Glenn Taylor is one of the few who takes the instrument to completely different places, especially when he's playing with folks like Ron Miles or Matt Skellenger. While Taylor explores jazz, ... 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 >>
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, Amos Lee, Randy Newman and Kasey Chambers are just a few of the artists who are part of the preliminary line-up of the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, which runs from Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19 at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons. While RockyGrass, which ... More >>
Rocking out in LEGO land.This summer, dozens of grown adults spent hours upon hours of valuable time playing with LEGOs toward the goal of winning mild fame and glory in Build-A-Brickbuster, an international film festival and contest celebrating the art of making stop-motion animation with ti ... More >>
Everybody knows Randy Newman -- his comforting, sometimes scruffy and bubble-throated voice has been a recognizable movie soundtrack staple for years. The ragtime piano player has scored over two dozen films -- like this year's Oscar winner for original song, "We Belong Together" from Toy Sto ... More >>
Wednesday, March 9, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
At least they make decent movies.Is it time to already begin thinking about next year's Academy Awards show? Well, if you're like most Americans -- and critics, the venerable Roger Ebert among them -- who watched last night's show, then the answer is "yes." The hipster hosts, 28-year-old An ... More >>
Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences picks what they think are the best original songs of the year from a shortlist of soundtracks. The problem, of course, is that their specialty tends to lead them no further than a few Randy Newman songs. We're certainly not willing t ... More >>
Yesterday the Canadian equivalent of the FCC decided to ban the Dire Straits' song, "Money for Nothing" from the radio because of the use of a certain slur. Fair enough, but it seems like they might be a little late to the party, as we're pretty certain Mark Knopfler and Sting could really ca ... More >>
Allen Toussaint.This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of Westword coverage. First up: An on-site cou ... More >>
Eminem Relapse (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) The haters have been laying for this one, and there's no denying that Eminem has provided them with plenty of ammunition. Devoting an entire album to his drug problems and rehab struggles invites accusations of solipsism (yeah, yeah, it's a hip-hop trad ... More >>
Building Up While Falling Down
Intelligence goes soft in this more obvious than smart rom-com.
Don't look in the basement.
A love of the Specials and the Everly Brothers holds this New York sextet together.
Thursday-Saturday, January 11-13, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, 1-970-221-6730.
Pixar's latest is no lemon, but it does have that used-Cars smell.
John William Davis
Seabiscuit races to the front of the cinematic pack.
Maher keeps on joking
Three mammals and a baby try to keep us warm in Ice Age.
The World Won't End (Ashmont), Maroon (Atlantic)
Stiller and De Niro square off in Meet the Parents.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
Three members of famous musical families provide a good argument for nepotism.
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