Celebrating seventeen years as Colorado's premiere anime convention, Nan Desu Kan opens its doors today, taking over the Marriott DTC for a cosplay-packed weekend of fun. With voice-actor guest speakers, educational panels on the industry, cosplay contests and late-night dance parties, NDK has packe ... More >>
Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitar god known for his supremely technical fretwork. The virtuosic guitarist burst into the world of international music in 1984 with Rising Force. At the age of seven, Malmsteen says, he saw a documentary about the death of Jimi Hendrix and was so taken in by his musical pow ... More >>
If you've been inclined to pitch in for the victims of the Japanese earthquake but haven't known how to do it, there are a few different options this week. One involves playing Rock Band on stage, one involves chip tunes, another involves Taiko drumming and still another is for fans of hip-ho ... More >>
In a statement alongside it's quarterly and annual fiscal report, Activision, the company behind the Guitar Hero series, effectively put the axe on the series. Over the course of the last two years, the series has seen dropping sales due to a market that's completely saturated and an expensiv ... More >>
Soundgarden was just certified Platinum for sales of its best-of album, Telephantasm (which, incidentally, has the worst cover art of the year, beating out Hurley by a long shot) generated in one day. On the surface, this sounds like one hell of an accomplishment, until you read the fine pr ... More >>
In case the heated debate between music games being viewed as a teaching tool or as a hindrance wasn't convoluted enough, a new guitar related peripheral is attempting to make its way into the already crowded and slightly confusing market. Meet Seven 45 Studios' Power Gig: Rise of the Six S ... More >>
DJ HeroDenverite Brian Crecente is sort of the Rupert Murdoch of video games. As the editor-in-chief of the influential video game blog Kotaku, Crecente, a former Rocky Mountain News scribe, was recently named of the twenty most influential people in the video-game industry by GamePro magazin ... More >>
Joe Bithorn as George HarrisonNew York City native Joe Bithorn plays the role of George Harrison in Rain, one of the most popular and well-known Beatles tribute bands in the country (appearing September 22 to 27 at the Buell Theater. Raised with a steady diet of classical, jazz, blues and psy ... More >>
Kiernan MaletskyWinner Big Rig gets some love. At the regional Air Guitar Championship, everything is ridiculous. There's a guy onstage wearing a fur vest and a rhinestone handgun belt buckle, taking shots of Jack Daniels and diddling the air three inches in front of his crotch. But the most ridicu ... More >>
Prepare yourself for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Rock Band Here's a user-friendly guide to all the great content you may have missed this week while you were busy practicing singing along to all your favorite Beatles' tunes in anticipation of the just-announced Beatles version of the popular R ... More >>
Fake-instrument overload offers plenty to fret about.
Patapon marches to the same damned drummer, over and over again.
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Video games are so the new rock and roll, which makes this Battle of Rock Band tournament, in which players competed at the game Rock Band, the new Ed Sullivan Show. Or something. There are pictures t ... More >>
I've officially been on vacation since five o'clock on Friday, and, man, all I can say right now is damn it feels good to be a gangsta. I'm doing absolutely nothing, like it's my job, and I'm digging every minute. Been a hell of a weekend so far, from playing Rock Band at -- get this -- my pastor's ... More >>
How yesterday's games spawned today's bestsellers.
It's never been easier to start your own (fake) band.
You wanted the best, you got the best: Guitar Hero III.