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    September 19, 2014

    The Eight Best Shows This Weekend in Denver

    There are some punk rock bands playing next to the football stadium this weekend. Perhaps you've heard. There are plenty of options for those not headed to Riot Fest, including the inaugural Cloak & Dagger fest, with an impeccable lineup full of some of dance music's most interesting up-and-coming a ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    The Gaslamp Killer Previewed the New Flying Lotus Album During a Frantic Set at 1up

    The Gaslamp Killer stands out, even when he's part of a long night of wide-ranging modern electronic music. His DJ set spanned decades seamlessly and he has a constant, even hyperkinetic movement -- an effort that makes many musicians not from Denver reel from the exhaustion. In fact, he scoffed at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Riot Fest denied a permit by Arapahoe County to host festival in Byers

    Riot Fest, which was scheduled take place this September in the small town of Byers, has been denied the temporary-use permit it would have needed to host the music festival and carnival as it had done last year. (This story has been updated below.) Following a public hearing in which residents of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    What the hell is babymetal?

    Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Six reasons I won't dance at your wedding

    The wedding invitations are coming in fast now, and although we typically don't enjoy sitting in a church and staring at comb-overs, there are two things provided at weddings we can all agree on: food and alcohol. I can live like the lord of the event center, alternating between sips of coffee and b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Kreator's Mille Petrozza: "When things are really, really bad, there can always be a way out"

    Formed in Essen, Germany in 1982, Kreator was one of the non-American pioneers of thrash. Like many of its peers, Kreator began as a speed metal band inspired the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but the added influence of acts like Venom and Discharge produced an adrenalized thrash sound. See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Death Angel's Mark Osegueda: "Music brings people together... it crosses genres, racial lines"

    Death Angel was formed in 1982 by four cousins who were inspired by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. After releasing a demo called Heavy Metal Insanity, the band enlisted its roadie, another cousin, Mark Osegueda, to be its singer just in time to open for the then up-and-coming Megadeth. From th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Space In Time's Javram Ciel-Tilton on the greatness of Uriah Heap and 1970s hard rock

    Space In Time was started by some friends from the local punk and metal scenes who had rediscovered their love of early '70s hard rock. In 2007, guitarist Javram Ciel-Tilton and drummer Yancy Green tapped some other friends to start a band in that vein, and for the next six years, Space In Time deve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Denver's ten best Memorial Day weekend shows

    THE HEAD AND THE HEART @ MAGNESS ARENA | SAT, 5/25/13 Formed in Seattle in 2009, this project started out playing open mics and within a year after playing countless shows, the Head and the Heart independently released its debut album. The band, whose self-titled album came out on Sub Pop in 2011, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week

    TURBONEGRO @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/20/13 In 1989, when Norwegian band Turbonegro got together, it was clearly fueled by a love of Alice Cooper and acts like Hanoi Rocks and the Stooges. You can hear the influence in songs like "Sell Your Body (To the Night)," which features an obvious guitar-riff n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Eric Greif, Death's longtime manager, on the significance and influence of Death on metal

    Founded in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner, Death helped to codify the aesthetic of death metal alongside early pioneers like Possessed. Schuldiner was sixteen when the band formed and twenty by the time the outfit's debut album, 1987's Scream Bloody Gore, was released. The sonic brutality of the first two ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    The ten best concerts of the week

    BOB SEGER @ PEPSI CENTER | TUES, 4/2/13 While Bob Seger might be immortalized by his long-running Chevy ads that featuring "Like a Rock" and the scene in Risky Business where Tom Cruise sings along to "Old Time Rock and Roll," there's a lot more to the guy than that. He's carved out a spot in the ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Tom Hunting of Exodus on how building a song is like building the best sandwich possible

    Exodus was founded in 1980 by a group of high school friends that included a pre-Metallica Kirk Hammett and Tom Hunting, the sole remaining original member of the act. The classic line-up also featured Paul Baloff on vocals and Gary Holt, who moved over to guitar when Kirk joined Metallica, just pri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    So that guy you see twirling the sign on the side of the road? He's probably listening to Slayer

    Alright, how many times have you driven past that dude on the corner, the one twirling his sign like a madman, and thought to yourself Wow! That dude is rocking out. Wonder what the hell he's listening to? Wonder no more. Mystery solved. It's Slayer. At least that's what this particular gentleman wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Neurosis at Summit Music Hall, 2/16/13

    NEUROSIS at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/16/13 Experiencing the rare and punishing set from Neurosis at the Summit Music Hall evoked the sensation of being in front of a oncoming freight train. But then the music itself was so powerful and felt like so many things, that it was almost overwhelming. The imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    The ten worst hip-hop Christmas songs

    Every holiday season, we're blessed with great renditions of classic Christmas songs to warm our spirits, but along with that also comes a lists of well meaning yuletide flops. This is especially the case in hip-hop, in which rhyming about Christmas has not always produced the best results. Here are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    Ten best hip-hop Christmas songs

    For as many ill conceived hip-hop Christmas cuts that have been produced over the years, there have been as least as many that were great. While they're not all necessarily fun, feel good songs meant to get you in the spirit of the season, and some deal directly with the ills of the holiday or criti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Ten sad, strange and sexy Christmas songs

    It's less than a week until the fat man in the red suit shimmies down the chimney, and we've already heard "White Christmas," "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and every other traditional song you can think of at least a thousand times since Thanksgiving. But there are a few songs out there, well-wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Lamb of God's John Campbell talks about the Czech incident and how his brother Jeff from 3 Kings Tavern defiled his Star Wars slippers

    Lamb of God started in 1990 as an instrumental metal band called Burn the Priest. But it wasn't until 1995, after recording a few demos and playing countless house parties, that the band recruited singer Randy Blythe and started developing into the band you would recognize today as Lamb of God. With ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Sept. 28-30

    Hell yeah! It's finally Friday! Welcome to the weekend! Feel like tossing back a few cold ones and seeing some live music? You've come to the right place. There's an overwhelming number of outstanding shows for you to check out this weekend. We've got all of them listed in our concert calendar if yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: String Cheese Incident, Chris Daniels, Mayhem and more

    See Also: Chris Daniels is back after a harrowing battle with illness Q&A with Slipknot's Clown Q&A with Julie Libassi of the Raven & the Writing Desk Q&A with JT Nolan of Beats Noir! Q&A with Zoe Jakes and David Satori of Beats Antique Welcome to the weekend! A parade of longtime local favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Dandy Warhols, Cake, Fiona Apple among new shows, Alabama Shakes, Nicki Minaj top sellers

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows from the Dandy Warhols, Cake, Fiona Apple and more were announced; Musketeer Gripweed, Hot Robots, and Broken Tongues got spins on local radio; and recent albums from the Alabama Shakes, Nicki Minaj, the Shins a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Review: English Dogs at Summit Music Hall, 2/19/12

    ENGLISH DOGS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/19/12 Throughout the show, Adie Bailey of English Dogs came off the stage and sang with the crowd just over the barrier and encouraged people to sing into the mike. But it was halfway through the show that Bailey figured he could trust people in the crowd well e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Weekend's best live music bets: Phil Lesh and Friends, Young the Giant and more

    Welcome to the weekend! You made it! While we're assuming we'll be seeing you at Artopia tomorrow night, if for some reason we don't, there's a pretty diverse lineup of music on tap otherwise for the next three days, including two more nights of Phil Lesh at 1STBANK Center, two nights of Future Bird ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Review: Ween at the Fillmore Auditorium, 12/29/11, Night One

    WEEN @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | NIGHT ONE | 12.29.11 | See also, reviews of: 12/29/11 (night two) and 12/30/11 (night three) Early in the first show of Ween's three-night stint at the Fillmore, guitarist and frontman Dean Ween offered the crowd a simple game plan: "We're Ween. We're the band for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Reed Bruemmer and Richie Tice of Speedwolf on "Denver 666" and having a sense of humor

    ​The members of Speedwolf (due tonight at the Marquis Theater) specialize in brand of no frills metal in the vein of Motorhead and Venom, played with the playful ferocity of a hardcore band. The guys are not necessarily carrying the torch for that older style of heavy music as much as they'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill turns 25

    ​In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>

  • Music

    October 20, 2011


    Tuesday, October 25, Ogden Theatre, 1-888-929-7849.

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    July 21, 2011


    Thursday, July 21, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Megadeth's David Ellefson on the new album, Big 4, corporate sponsors and the band's legacy

    Brandon Marshall​When Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica, he decided to from his own band that would be bigger, faster and heavier. So with that in mind in 1984, he enlisted the help of an eighteen-year old Minnesota transplant named David Ellefson on bass and formed Megadeth. Over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Pizza Republica's Eric Chiappetta on why he believes the cook at Griff's Hamburgers is a culinary god, and that whole molecular yada, yada, yada thing

    Lori Midson​Eric Chiappetta Pizza Republica 5375 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village 720-489-2030 Eric Chiappetta's first job in the kitchen had nothing whatsoever to do with a palpitating passion to actually cook. "I was sixteen, horny and I wanted to make enough money ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Max Cavalera of Soulfly talks about his history and darkly humorous song titles

    ​As the leader of Sepultura for over a decade, Max Cavalera helped put Brazil on the map. From the beginning, the outfit was clearly influenced by punk rock as much as it was by other metal bands, as evidenced by its socially conscious lyrics, its grassroots efforts to get its music out into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Rodrigo y Gabriela let their music (and Zach de la Rocha) do all the talking

    ​ RODRIGO y GABRIELA Xavier Rudd 08.20.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO On the drive up to Red Rocks my brother and I alternated discussing how you could describe Rodrigo y Gabriela's music to a neophyte and speculating what the crowd would look like. When we rolled up around 7:45, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    RIP Ronnie James Dio: The metal legend gone at 67. Metallica and others pay tribute

    Ronnie James Dio, dead at 67, was one of the great metal voices.​Metal heads and dark rock connoisseurs everywhere are today without one of the most feared vocalists of the genre. Ronnie James Dio -- the prolific artist who fronted Black Sabbath (post-Ozzy), Rainbow, Heaven and Hell and, of co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Bob Dylan top seller at Wax Trax

    ​Bob Dylan's first Christmas album, Christmas in the Heart, grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax for the week ending December 13. Shrinebuilder's self-titled debut continues to be a strong seller and came in at number two, while Slayer's World Painted Blood came in at number three. Them Crooked Vultur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Over the weekend: Moore, Blindfold the Devil, Born in Winter at the Gothic

    Tom MurphyBlindfold the Devil​Moore, Blindfold the Devil and Born in Winter Friday, December 11, 2009 Gothic Theatre Better Than: A lot of metal shows I've seen. Blindfold the Devil, a four-piece with the lead vocalist also playing guitar, kicked off its set with its speed/thrash metal sound, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Over the weekend: Dethklok at the Fillmore

    Dethklok (Aaron Thackeray)​Dethklok, Mastodon, Converge and High on Fire Saturday, October 10, 2009 Fillmore Auditorium Better than: Seeing the Archies, Alvin and the Chipmunks or any other cartoon rock band "There sure are a lot of nerds here for a heavy metal show," said a friend while overlook ... More >>

  • Music

    August 20, 2009
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    August 14, 2009

    Last night: Sunn O))) at the Bluebird

    Sunn O))) rise (Tom Murphy)​SunnO))), Eagle Twin and The AccüsedBluebird TheaterThursday, August 13th, 2009Better Than: Some commentators on SunnO))) would have you believe. The two-piece Eagle Twin kicked off the show in high spirits. Although mining similar artistic territory as Isis, Twin b ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009
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    March 9, 2009

    Over the weekend: Tauntaun and Kingdom of Magic at the Bluebird

    Tauntaun, Kingdom of Magic and Wetlands Friday, March 6, 2009 Bluebird Theater Better than: banging your head against your steering wheel Friday night's Bluebird crowd came prepared to rock, and they certainly weren't disappointed. As metal reasserts itself in the mainstream Denver music scene, fan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Live Review: Hippie Werewolves at Herman's Hideaway

    Photo: David Barber Hippie Werewolves frontman Haylar Garcia Hippie Werewolves, Old Man Stu, Assault Monday, August 18, 2008 Herman's Hideaway There was a time when the notion of mating rap with metal seemed vital and groundbreaking. At first, there was an admitted novelty factor attached to hear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Turning the Corner

    Intersections are messy, dangerous places. This thought flashed through my head as I was driving across town on Colfax recently. To deal with the danger inherent in intersections, we are forced to put our faith in the rules of the road, in the competency and alertness of other drivers and, in some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2007

    Best of Denver Winners 1992

    In 1992, Westword published its ninth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Last Stand (the Denver Zephyrs, about to be supplanted by the Colorado Rockies) to Best Bail Bondsman (Duane Chapman, before he became known as “Dog”) to Best — and Sometimes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    Q&A With Chuck D of Public Enemy

    Public Enemy's Chuck D is among the greatest innovators in hip-hop, and unlike so many of his peers, who’ve either disappeared from the scene or have transitioned into other sectors of the entertainment universe, such as acting or reality TV, he’s still spitting rhymes with something approximati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Colorado Gypsy For Hire

    There are gypsies on our streets, prowling the avenues in their ghetto-fabulous low riders, blasting "LA Woman" from the stereo and telling passersby that although they may not have a taxi license, they'll still take them to their hotel or convention or flight out of DIA in a ride that trades certif ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 23, 2004

    Drink of the Week

    Bourbon "Spiked" Hot Chocolate

  • Music

    July 8, 2004


    Thursday, July 8, Rock Island, 303-572-7625; Friday, July 9, 32 Bleu, Colorado Springs, 1-719-955-5664; Saturday, July 10, Starlight Theatre, Fort Collins, 1-970-484-4974.

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    The Beatdown

    For those about to rock, we exhort you.

  • Music

    September 13, 2001


    Jux County gets ready to leave the building, while a Five Points club gets rocking.

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