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  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Is Record Store Day worth it?

    Record Store Day is once again upon us, with its candy-colored vinyl and improbably in-store performances and endless lines. Like anything that becomes popular, the holiday is starting to develop detractors among music fans who see it as everything from a pain in the ass to a gimmicky, patronizing t ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Record Store Day 2013: A comprehensive guide

    This Saturday is 4/20. You know what that means? Uh-huh. Time for all of us Coloradoans to celebrate our favorite annual holiday. That's right. Record Store Day! Record Store Day has come a long way since it kicked off in 2007. The third Saturday of April has morphed into an international holiday of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Phish Dick's Sporting Goods Park August 30 - September 1, three nights, Labor Day weekend

    Phish is at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Labor Day weekend for the third consecutive year. Tickets ($49.75-$60) for the shows go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. via TicketHorse, or in person at TicketHorse kiosks at Dick's Sporting Goods stores and the box offices at the Pepsi Center and 1STBANK Center ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Phish's Junta is fetching double its Record Store Day price on eBay. Clearly it was worth the wait.

    Sleep-deprived Phish fans who woke up early for Record Store Day made a great investment it seems. As noted in our Record Store Day coverage, the most sought-after piece of vinyl on the April 21 event was a limited-edition vinyl pressing of the band's first album, Junta, and the available copies wen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Twist & Shout named among top record stores by Rolling Stone -- after being snubbed last year

    ​Man, what a difference seven months makes. After being completely glossed over last fall along with all of the other record stores on the Front Range, Twist & Shout got a nod this morning from Rolling Stone as one of the Best Record Stores in the U.S.A. Not sure what changed in that time, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    U.S. Government seizes piracy websites

    ​Things just keep getting worse for media pirates. In the last year, we've seen Google tackle music blogs, Limewire go the way of the dodo, and Pirate Bay's appeal thwarted. Now the U.S. government is getting involved. Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized domains from To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Cyber Monday ripoffs: See 7 Colorado website domains seized for selling counterfeit goods

    ​Overwhelmed by the number of sites offering Cyber Monday deals? Well, now there are 82 of them, including seven in Colorado, you don't need to visit -- because their domains have been seized for allegedly selling counterfeit or copyrighted goods. See the list and get more info from the Justic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Record Store Day: Black Friday Edition

    ​The super-official, absolutely real, Record Store Day might have been earlier this year, but there's no reason why we can't celebrate our favorite holiday twice. Instead of cutting each other's throats and arguing with old folks at the mall today, maybe you'd like to consider spending your Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    The French are fighting piracy in a new and interesting way, but could it work here?

    ​The French government has revealed a plan to combat piracy that could either be the most brilliant gesture ever or the most monumental waste of government resources of all time (okay, maybe not all time, but close). The proposal: French residents can buy a 50-euro gift card with which they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Scott McInnis: Keep Medal of Honor video game off the shelves

    Scott McInnis.​Scott McInnis may have lost his bid to be the next Governor of Colorado, but that won't stop him from leveraging his political weight. Today he sent a letter to the President of the Colorado Retailers Association, Christopher Howes, in an attempt to keep a new Medal of Honor vid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Medical marijuana: Rob Corry issues notice to sue if Plants 4 Life, Castle Rock can't agree

    Rob Corry.​In January, we told you about Plants 4 Life, a Castle Rock dispensary the town attempted to shut down via an emergency ordinance despite granting it a license to operate. Now, attorney Rob Corry has sent the city formal notice that, sans a resolution, he'll file suit, with damage cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    John Hickenlooper campaigners trying not to gloat as Republicans implode

    John Hickenlooper.​Remember John Hickenlooper? He's running for governor -- but you'd hardly know it given how much attention has been paid to his opponents: alleged plagiarist Scott McInnis, accused lousy businessman Dan Maes, and party-busting Tom Tancredo. Not that he or his spokespeople a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    eBay bids for Boulder's RedLaser and wins: Download app for free here

    ​Occipital is a Boulder startup that just hit the big time. The company's just been acquired by eBay on the strength of its RedLaser app for iPhones, which scans barcodes, allowing users to compare prices on the go. As part of its big push into mobile shopping, eBay has reduced the price of R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Five ways to stave off an iTunes store monopoly

    ​ With the disintegration of Lala coming May 31st, we've been left with one less choice for downloading. Lala was one of the best digital music distributors in town, offering full album streaming and low prices for downloading. After the website was gobbled up by Apple in December of last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Fucked Up pays tribute to Wax Trax with a custom 7-inch on Record Store Day

    ​ Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham loves vinyl. And Denver. When we last spoke with him about a year ago, he sang the praises of bygone Denver punk bands like the Frantix and Bum Kon, an act he also namedropped in a Spin article. "I wish I could just be satisfied owning a reissue or owning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Dirty panties!: Lingerie shop crusades against used underwear

    Last month, a Today Show investigation revealed a shocking fact: Major retailers like Victoria's Secret and Macy's were re-selling underwear that customers -- or rather, Today show operatives wearing hidden cameras -- had returned. Even after the Today folks stained said panties with baby oil, they ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    December 15, 2009

    Record stores placed on endangered species list

    "It's not my fault, I'm just a symptom"​Susan Boyle is the top seller at not one, but two independent record stores this week. Let that sink in for a moment. Susan fucking Boyle. No offense to Ms. Boyle; I'm sure she's a lovely person. But she's a middle-aged woman who got famous singing fuck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Black Tuesday for fourteen Colorado Chrysler dealers

    An image from an economic-impact study about car dealers in Colorado. Today's the day when fourteen Colorado auto dealers are supposed to stop selling Chrysler products as part of the beleaguered company's attempt to emerge from bankruptcy -- an effort that hit a bump in the road yesterday when a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: The MC5 will be kicking out the jams tomorrow

    The MC5. Plenty of amazing seven-inch singles will be available at Twist & Shout for Record Store Day other than the ones we've featured thus far in April -- stuff by Sublime, Taking Back Sunday, Tom Waits, Magnolia Electric Company, the Pretenders, the Jesus Lizard (a pack of nine singles, believe ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009

    Independence Day

    Musicians band together to support record stores.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Uncontrollable Serge

    Serge Gainsbourg. Histoire de Melody Nelson, a 1971 tour de force by eccentric French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, is among the top reissues of this still young year -- and thanks for unearthing it goes to Light in the Attic, an imprint that specializes in bringing worthy oddities back onto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: The Flaming Lips meet the Black Keys

    The Flaming Lips have recorded more than their share of inspired covers over the years -- a fact that raises hopes for their latest, a collaboration with Stardeath and the White Dwarfs on the Madonna chestnut "Borderline." The song will be twinned on a seven-inch single produced for Record Store Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Give the gift of Slayer

    For a desciption of "Psychopathy Red," the Slayer seven-inch arriving in time for Record Store Day, we turn once again to our friends at Vintage Vinyl. "The first new music since 2006's ferocious Christ Illusion, 'Psychopathy Red' is a blast of proper thrash metal by the band that invented it," they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Odds and sods, Blitzen Trapper-style

    Blitzen Trapper's Furr was among the best albums released in 2008. But how good was the stuff that didn't make the final cut? Fans will get a clue or two on Record Store Day, when the band issues a seven-inch single featuring two previously unreleased numbers: "War is Placebo" and "Booksmart Baby." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Renew your (Jane's) Addiction

    Over the years, I've assembled a list of seven-inch singles I most want to secure for my home jukebox -- and near the top of the roster is the 1988 Jane's Addiction release that pairs "Mountain Song" with "Standing in the Shower Thinking." I see copies of it available online every six months or so, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Flight of the Conchords take on a racist dragon

    As pointed out in yesterday's Record Store Day preview, which focused on Vetiver, Sub Pop Records has kept the art of the jukebox 45 alive for two decades-plus -- generally with assistance from actual bands. As for Flight of the Conchords, the duo is sort-of actual, sort-of not. But the music these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Vetiver continues a Sub Pop tradition

    Sub Pop has broken plenty of ground during its more than twenty years of existence. But even as bands on the imprint were shaking up the status quo, its Singles Club was keeping the era of the jukebox single alive -- and today, seven-inches by the likes of Nirvana, Mudhoney, the Fluid and many other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Jenny Lewis waxes eloquent with Elvis

    Jenny Lewis and Elvis Costello are into sharing. "Carpetbaggers," the A-side of a vinyl single up for sale on Record Store Day, is a Lewis cut from her Acid Tongue album that features Costello on backing vocals. In contrast, the B-side, "Go Away," is a Costello cut from the Momofuku platter that spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: April is the month for the Decemberists

    The latest Decemberists album, The Hazards of Love, is a challenging yet rewarding song cycle. Yet "The Rake's Song," which serves as the recording's centerpiece, is as musically compelling as it is lyrically unusual: Lead singer/tunesmith Colin Meloy portrays a widower who bumps off the "three litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: Akron/Family matters

    Interested in a preview of the new Akron/Family album, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, which is set for a May 5 release? "Everyone Is Guilty," the A-side of the group's Record Store Day seven-inch, is the lead single from the album, and the describes it kicks off "kicks off a new chapte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    The details behind Clear Channel and 9News public-service announcements for car dealers

    Yesterday morning, during one of his regular updates on KOA/850 AM's morning-news broadcast, Channel 9 business reporter Gregg Moss talked about a new series of public-service announcements for the automobile industry that would begin running immediately on Clear Channel stations like KOA, as well a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Cyber Monday coverage more about hype than specifics

    Back in 2005, the folks at declared the Monday after Thanksgiving to be "Cyber Monday" -- supposedly the equivalent of Black Friday for e-tailers. Obviously, this designation is a wholly artificial construct intended to pump up business, but the media has signed on anyhow -- including local ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008

    Corner Market

    The Mile High Business Alliance helps consumers buy local.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Focus on the Family doesn't blame Obama for layoffs -- yet

    Lord save us. News that Colorado Springs' Focus on the Familiy is eliminating 202 jobs -- the biggest single cut in the ministry's history -- naturally raised the question of whether Focus reps would lay the blame at Barack Obama's door. After all, prior to the November 4 vote, Focus published ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008
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    May 21, 2008
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    April 26, 2007
  • News

    November 23, 2006


    Car dealerships are seeing more guns coming onto their lots -- carried not by thieves, but by state inspectors. They want that policy holstered.

  • News

    October 20, 2005


    For revenue-hungry cities in the northern metro area, it's shop 'til you're dropped

  • Goods & Services

    March 25, 2004
  • Goods & Services

    March 25, 2004

    Best-Looking Wine Store

    Divino Wine and Spirits

  • Dining

    May 9, 2002


    Sunday Drive

  • Music

    December 20, 2001

    Industrial Revolution

    Napster's gone, but the record industry's copyright woes aren't.

  • Culture

    November 9, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their “free” music?

  • Music

    August 3, 2000


    The downfall of Napster is wussifying the Web.

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    A Golden Future

    The big showdown out west will come to a head on Tuesday.

  • Music

    May 14, 1998
  • News

    August 28, 1997

    the lost action hero

    arnold schwarzenegger kicks tail in hollywood, but he's still waiting for a happy ending in denver real estate.

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