From 1963 until March 15, 2008 The Cricket On The Hill (located at 1209 East 13th Avenue) was a dive bar that hosted bands of pretty much every conceivable genre and level of notoriety. Denver's godfathers of noise Page 27 played there -- so did nearly every other band in town over the years. It was ... More >>
Bright Channel was one of the most widely respected bands in the Denver underground scene during its relatively short existence. From February 2002 through the fall of 2007, the trio flooded small bars and large venues with its colossal sound. Though it would probably today be called a shoegaze band ... More >>
This weekend, the hi-dive is celebrating eleven years of existence, with two years under its current ownership. When the club opened for business in the old location of 7 South and Quixote's True Blue, it represented a sea change in places where one could see original, underground music. In its earl ... More >>
In 2009 and 2010, Yuzo Nieto of Pink Hawks and Adam Gildar put together a festival of a different stripe: The concept was that Denver bands covered songs by their own favorite Denver bands. The result was an eclectic and affectionate affair featuring obscure and more well-known artists. The covers ... More >>
As part of his first ever American arena tour, British singer-songwriter Sam Smith stops at the 1STBANK Center on Monday, January 26. Tickets ($35-$75) go on sale on Friday, October 24 at 10 a.m. A reunited Sleater-Kinney, who just announced its first new album in ten years is due in January, hit ... More >>
Editor: Please see the Author's note on this new photo-driven series at the end of this article. In this second part (read part one here) of the Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages, we're going to use a few bands of the era to spotlight some of the important venues. Not every band played ... More >>
In the past few years, fuzz guitars have come conspicuously back to the forefront, and they're being played by some female-led outfits that sound like they came straight out of mid '90s, the time when Juliana Hatfield, Liz Phair and Courtney Love were queens of the Sam Goody racks. With jangly and d ... More >>
Rebel girls and rude boys, this one's for you: tonight's Punk Rock Karaoke invites everyone to sing along with his or her favorite songs for a good cause, as the Denver Health Collective hosts a traveling repertoire of punk hits. The karaoke project makes its first stop in Denver -- which also acts ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (due tomorrow night at the Fox Theater in Boulder) formed after Malkmus's influential band, Pavement, went on indefinite hiatus at the end of the '90s. Initially, it was something of a solo project, but Malkmus ended up recruiting his friend John Moen, as well as Joanne ... More >>
Tom MurphyIn the eloquent liner notes of Sin Desires Marie, the band's sole full-length, bassist Yoon Park explains that Sin Desires Marie (due tonight at Glob for this weekend's Titwrench Festival) was started by friends who learned how to play their respective instruments as they learned to ... More >>
Tom MurphyMiracleman Miracleman, Bury My Bones, Night of Joy and Thee Goochi Boiz Rockaway Tavern | March 5, 2011 Miracleman set up on the floor in front of the stage. The duo, comprised of Chris Westin and Sara Century, had a bedraggled drum set, keyboards, a tape player with samples and a ... More >>
Since 1993, Quasi has released a series of albums underscoring the fact that sad songs don't have to sound like surrender. Instead, as Quasi's material often displays, there can be a feisty defiance to the inner grey skies and rain. The act comprises yeyboardist Sam Coomes, who played in He ... More >>
Stephen Malkmus, left, with his band, the Jicks. Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is an eccentric fellow, which explains in large part the idiosyncracies of this Q&A, conducted for a Westword profile published in advance of his Thursday, November 6, appearance at the Gothic Theatre. But th ... More >>
Photo by Chris Velarde The Dresden Dolls, Smoosh, and Ukulele Loki and the Gadabout Orchestra Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Ogden Theatre Better Than: Not dressing up in clothes from the movie Cabaret. The Dresden Dolls throng was out in full force last night, but only about half of them donned the requis ... More >>
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The Woods (Sub Pop)
Thursday, April 7, 15th Street Tavern, 303-572-0822.
Tuesday, November 9, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
After six years in Portland, the Minders revisit the city that put their pop on the map.
Juggling pain, loss, hope and rage, Shannon Wright just wants a little truth.
Pretty Girls Make Graves is dealing with the pressures that come with making brilliant music.
Erase Errata's abrasive strain of avant-rock gets on your nerves in a good way.
Pearl Jam accuses the Rocky Mountain News of uneven flow.
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
bright yellow bright orange (Jetset)
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Beulah leader Miles Kurosky's dark nights lead to pure pop sunshine.
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Hip-hop rock-fusionist band Rainbow Sugar believes it's a Wonderful life.
Poor Little Knitter on the Road and Quasi
The Kiss Offs don't mind giving you a little lip.
The ex-Denverites-turned-San Franciscans in St. Andre get cerebral.
October 15 - 21, 1998
Sleater-Kinney is a critic's favorite that makes music you might actually enjoy.
A chromosome-challenged critic gets in touch with his feminine side.
The punk-rock entrepreneur behind one of the music's finest bands.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.