In 2013, Livability ranked Boulder highly on its list of most livable U.S. cities. How did the community score a year later? Pretty damn well, as you'll see when you count down the photo-illustrated 2014 version, complete with Livability blurbs and the methodology used to come up with the order. To ... More >>
"Heh, heh. Nice John Wayne pin," says Don from behind the counter at the Holiday gas station on State Street in Salt Lake City. He's responding to the sight of my tourmate Alex Edgeworth -- who is the drummer and one half of Lust-Cats of the Gutters -- and her giant pin with Ronald Reagan's face on ... More >>
It's our first best-cities list of 2014! And the roster assembled by Sharecare.com -- "America's 10 Best Cities for Fitness 2014" -- seems custom-made for Denver. Did the Mile High City kick ass in a way that showed off its taut musculature? Damn right it did, even besting the community whose footb ... More >>
Epic Brewing premiered its spacious new taproom with a blowout last Saturday, serving 25 beers -- from a delicate sage saison to a hearty coffee stout -- and showing off the work it has been doing over the past six months. Bigger than the average taproom, Salt Lake City-based Epic's new home -- and ... More >>
We all know folks from around the country who graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder and then never leave town -- and it turns out this decision's a mighty good one according to Kiplinger, whose list of the ten best cities for grads prominently features the People's Republic. Count dow ... More >>
Epic Brewing, which started making beer at its huge new Denver facility in July, has even more good news for fans of its brainless and off-kilter beers. The Salt Lake City-based brewery will use three 60-hectoliter wooden barrels -- called foeders -- that it just bought from New Belgium Brewing in ... More >>
We recently shared a list of the ten worst travel cities -- a roster on which Denver finished first -- as judged by inexpensive flights, short travel times to popular destinations and accessibility. But what if you're more interested in another type of accessibility -- such as the ease of finding ve ... More >>
This year's Great American Beer Festival played temporary home to 580 breweries -- and with more than 2,700 beers poured, the fest's professional judge panel had its hands (and mouths) full when making decisions on the winners of all 84 categories. Continue reading for the full list of the weekend's ... More >>
There are a few things Denver residents love: craft beer, the outdoors, bikes... and coupons? According to a recent study conducted by ShopAtHome.com, we also love a good deal. Denver ranked second on the coupon website's list of most frugal cities, after Salt Lake City. See also: - Boulder is le ... More >>
This week I've been inundated with press releases from various companies headed to Denver to show off their wares at the SnowSports Industries America Snow Show, January 26-31, at the Colorado Convention Center. One actually caught my eye: The new iON Goggles from Boulder-based ZEAL Optics fe ... More >>
Yesterday, Kelsey Whipple took issue with The Advocate naming Salt Lake City America's gayest city, and placing Denver fifteenth. SLC's placement was debated by a number of our commentators, with one (a Westword contributor) suggesting that it's all a matter of viewpoint.
Yesterday, Denver made number fifteen on The Advocate's list of the Gayest Cities in America. But we need only to tell you (spoiler alert!) that Salt Lake City is ranked number one in order to convince you that our own status means nothing. Before you roll down the windows in your Prius, blast Lady ... More >>
Thursday November 17, Blast-O-Mat, 2935 West Seventh Avenue.
In case you haven't noticed, when it comes to music, our town has an abundance of riches, everything from bands to venues to now, more than ever, festivals. And they come in all shapes and sizes, from our own Westword Music Showcase to Peter Black's upcoming Afterdark Festival. Word of the ... More >>
Can a vegan food truck win The Great Food Truck Race? Denverites will judge with their mouths this weekend The big story on the streets of Denver is this weekend's The Great Food Truck Race, the Food Network hit of the season, hosted by Tyler Florence, that struts the street-food prowess of ... More >>
Congratulations, Denver: You have officially been swallowed up whole by the Matrix. Men's Health recently came out with its list of the country's most socially networked cities, and Denver, of all places, came in third. Do we get a prize for this? Like a new FarmVille animal or something?
Mr. Hilario's play is far from hilarious.Wish I could say I was surprised by the way the Nuggets' playoff run -- more like a playoff stagger -- ended Friday against the Utah Jazz. But our April 26 post "Nuggets Bound for First-Round Playoffs Loss -- and Deserve It" laid out the scenario: a ga ... More >>
Carmelo had help last night -- but will it continue?In a Monday post in which I argued that the Nuggets were bound for a first-round playoff loss, I predicted that they'd win game five at home -- which they did last night, 116 to 102. The results were enough to prompt upbeat comments from KE ... More >>
"I know it. Now I've just got to do it."As the Nuggets stumble toward what looks to be a surefire first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, J.R. Smith is turning to his usual soapbox: His Twitter feed. That's not always a good thing, given criticism of his allegedly gang-friendly spelling l ... More >>
Carlos Boozer contemplates how good it'll feel to make the Nuggets eat shit.The 2009-2010 season started out so promisingly for the Denver Nuggets that a lot of us looked at a Western Conference Finals rematch with the L.A. Lakers as a virtual lock. That's all over -- and not just because th ... More >>
A Flickr photoHow did this guy wind up in the Nuggets' lineup?Yes, I, too, was excited by the Nuggets' victory in game one of their playoff series against the Utah Jazz on Saturday. But even in a thirteen-point win, there were danger signs about a lack of defense -- which wound up costing th ... More >>
The late Stella Cordova at the Original Chubby'sGustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, is working on a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States, and this past summer he invited readers to "tell me your favorite local Mexican restaurant and what makes it so bueno" -- in 25 ... More >>
Looks like the inclement weather we've been experiencing for the last 72-hours has forced yet another show to be postponed. As such, Train and Uncle Kracker fans expecting to see those two acts at the Ogden Theatre tonight don't have much to, uh, smile about right now. Evidently the roadways into ... More >>
Didn't see this coming, particularly with all of the school closures and snarled roadways: We've just learned that tonight's scheduled Combichrist show at Cervantes' has been canceled. Snow, evidently, isn't a friend to the band, which was presumably trying to make its way to the Mile High City f ... More >>
I just received a press release from the Salt Lake City Arts Council (cue the Pace picante sauce dudes asking incredulously, "Salt Lake City?!") informing me of their Twilight Concert Series. Evidently, the concerts, which are free and take place every Thursday night at the Gallivan Center in downto ... More >>
Breathe Carolina, a band that tours so often these days that it almost doesn't seem like a Denver band anymore (seriously, with the exception of April and May, the act is going to be on the road from now until at least the end of August; check out the list of tour dates on the next page), recently p ... More >>
Friday, January 30, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7352.
Alright, so it's a day of reckoning, a day a great many of us have been anticipating for quite a while now -- and no, I'm not talking about the election. I'm talking about fucking Metallica at the Pepsi Center, dudes. Tonight we'll see if the cats still got it. I have to admit, I'm starting to warm ... More >>
The Mexican wraps up the great tortilla debate.
Don’t be frightened. Bassist DJ Wilson of Scary Kids Scaring Kids doesn’t come across as particularly terrifying in either the profile of the band published in the October 18 Westword or the full Q&A, reproduced below. Wilson begins by talking about his hometown of Gilbert, Arizona, before tran ... More >>
Space: When it comes to physical newspapers, there never seems to be enough of it. But on the web, there’s room aplenty – and that capacity allows us to expand a Now Hear This concert preview item about the Used that appears in the September 13 Westword to a full Q&A with Used bassist Jepha Howa ... More >>
Hardcore environmentalists may come off as strident and chiding to the rest of resource-guzzling America, but the truth is that anti-consumer activists reserve the most harsh finger-pointing for themselves. After all, eco-consciousness is a life philosophy built more on guilt than self-righteousness ... More >>
Wednesday, August 16, Monkey Mania, 303-292-4370.
Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons celebrate ten years of being bad.
Sunday, May 29, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
For decades, folks along Highway 40 left the driving to Greyhound. Now they've been left behind.
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
A squeaky-clean version of teen angst seems suited for the Disney Channel.
Post columnist Woody Paige's big shtick shrinks in chilly Utah.
Tree hugs and kisses
As the Olympics begin, glory looks certain for America's golden hockey girls.
The Olympics again place first in the Dash for Cash.
Our purple mountains' majesty can be a headache for traveling bands -- and for fans who crave live music.
The members of the 8 Bucks Experiment enjoyed a moment as movie stars. Now they're back to the real-life business of punk rock.