It's easy to look at what's become of rock music over the last three and a half decades and find countless traces of the CBGB micro-culture and the fast-and-loud aesthetic it cultivated. During their now-legendary years at CBGB, bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie and Patti Smith were dis ... More >>
Josiah HesseDENVER DOES CBGB at HI-DIVE | 10/29/11While the rest of the world celebrated Halloween weekend 2011, down at the hi-dive this past Saturday night it was 1976. Less a Halloween show and more akin to a Civil War reenactment or a Renaissance Festival, the night offered romanticized t ... More >>
Now that the graffiti has been scrubbed off the walls for the most part, no one is likely to ever mistake the hi-dive for CBGBs. Nonetheless, for at least one night the South Broadway bar will summon the spirit of the legendary NYC institution, with a spate of bands paying tribute to the band ... More >>
There is no way to stretch the word "poet" to fit into something I am even remotely interested in, but when you find yourself in the position to take a poetry/writing workshop from Thurston Moore, you're willing to break out of your cage a little. When Moore took on the task of teaching a wo ... More >>
Hollywood has been fascinated with the idea of punk rockers since the word was originally coined in the '70s. It's a rare case that they get it right, and it's even more amazing that nobody has devoted any significant time looking at the ways Hollywood has destroyed, showcased, revered and mi ... More >>
An image from Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell. The ongoing Denver Film Festival features a great many cinematic attention magnets, several of which have been covered in this space. (Examples include "The Brothers Bloom Flowers to Open the Denver Film Festival," "Grappling with Th ... More >>
Joni Mitchell Shine (Hear Music) Mitchell is revered for her early work -- but the sad truth is, her last undeniably brilliant album was Hejira, which came out in 1976, and although her subsequent platters continued to display her intelligence and instrumental skill, they seemed to grow increasin ... More >>
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