Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>
In 2013, being called a nerd isn't the insult that it once was. Practically no one uses the term negatively anymore, and there's no shortage of those who proudly wear the nerd badge as a cultural identity. But if there's still such a thing as a king of the nerds, the honor would probably go to stand ... More >>
A bitter pill wrapped in a sweet cherry coating, comic Natasha Leggero is a double threat of intoxicating charm and tabloid cruelty. With her Audrey Hepburn-style and merciless observational humor, she's known to raise the I-can't-believe-she-just-said-that bar during her regular appearances on Chel ... More >>
Demetri Martin's polished micro-jokes, nervous stare and intense appreciation of aesthetics have made him a welcome antidote to the wave of loud and sloppy comedians who have dominated the scene over the last decade. In advance of Martin's visit to Comedy Works South this Sunday for two shows (one i ... More >>
"In 1987 a distressed young man in Denver, Colorado, held his local radio station hostage insisting, at gunpoint, demanding they play nothing but Smiths records. This they did -- for four hours," writes Mark Simpson in the biography Saint Morrissey. "Eventually, the police besieging the building per ... More >>
Editor's note: Election day is almost here, and if you haven't voted early, you have decisions ahead of you -- including whether to vote at all, according to Westword contributor Josiah Hesse. Disagree? Chris Utterback takes the opposite position in "Your vote matters: Why you should head to the pol ... More >>
Dragonette has been hot on the underground pop music scene for years, but only last year did they come charging out of the gate onto mainstream radio with "Hello," a global party-starter that saw Dragonette collaborate with French DJ-producer Martin Solveig. Almost overnight, Dragonette went from po ... More >>
Katy Perry's teenage dream is finally over. "Wide Awake," the eighth and final single off Teenage Dream sees Perry sing about completion, realization and "falling from Cloud 9" -- and takes a few jabs at her failed marriage to Russell Brand, too.
The music video, which was just released, however ... More >>
You don't want to screw with Taylor Swift. Virtually every confirmed -- or rumored -- romance she has ends up in lyrics to one of her songs. John Mayer? Check. Joe Jonas? Hell, yeah. Yet as much as it may hurt the doe-eyed Swift and her good intentions, having her heart broken -- much like Adele -- ... More >>
Whose new single is better -- Nicki Minaj's "Starships" or Katy Perry's "Part Of Me"?Both Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj used their Grammy performances on Sunday to premiere new singles from their forthcoming albums, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, respecti ... More >>
The Scissor Sisters have two incarnations: campy, carefree guitar-driven band, as was the case for early cuts like "Take Your Mama" and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," and a new, more hedonistic synth band with one ear to the dance floor and another in the bedroom.
The latter vibe dominated the band's ... More >>
I've been staring at Amy Winehouse's signature for weeks. After reading the liner notes to Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Amy's third and final record, I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to get beyond the string of horrific photos, sad last performance videos and nasty "is anyone surprised she di ... More >>
J. WohletzThe spirit of gift-giving seems to have gotten seriously lost, what with people getting seasoned with pepper-spray and countless hordes of poor suckers using their credit cards like drunken whores. So why not say "Fuck Mastercard!" and give some affordable presents that everyone on ... More >>
Flickr photoAs if vegetarians don't get enough kudos for being greener and more animal-friendly than their meat-eating counterparts, now they get rewarded with hugs. And who doesn't love a hug?
Today is Hug a Vegetarian Day, according to PETA2. And since we've been slaving away in our cubic ... More >>
Films based on comic books can really suck. But every once in a while, the stars align and the movies manage to translate a graphic novel into a film that actually works on its own. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is one of those successes, an adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel seri ... More >>
They've been doing this for EIGHTY-THREE years?!? There are a lot of things more important than watching and liveblogging the 2011 Academy Awards - but none of them are things we have to do today. Look for our recap after the show!
Comedy Central announced an awards show devoted to comedy today. It will be called The Comedy Awards and will air simultaneously on Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, TV Land and Nick at Night on March 26. On one hand, comedy does tend to get boned in the other major awards, particularly the Oscars ... More >>
Judd Apatow's third film as director, Funny People, opens today to lukewarm reviews (including the one you'll find in Westword, by LA Weekly's kick-ass film reviewer Scott Foundas). Like seemingly every other man my age, I'm a fan of Apatow's; the deft combination of dick jokes, self-loathi ... More >>
Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo in the Rian Johnson film The Brothers Bloom.
The Brothers Bloom offered the folks behind the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival with a win-win situation at last night's opening night. The film has a local hook of sorts: Its director, Rian Johnson, spent part of his yo ... More >>