For some dumb reason, everyone wants to be in a rock band. Probably because it's a good way to avoid gazing into the inescapable black hole of painful loneliness. That and rock & roll kicks ass, and gets you chicks or dudes or money or something. The problem with rock music (aside from the talentle ... More >>
Colors of the West
Neglected Prayer Rug Abomination
Sleeping Giant Glossolalia
Bands break up all the time. This is an established fact, and depending upon how many of your favorite band's original members are alive, sane or producing concept albums, it can be a welcome one. The only difference this year is the purely unfair share of fallen rock soldiers that will have ended w ... More >>
Sunday, September 25, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
A Raw Youth
Sunday, March 20, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Monday, October 25, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
In a Q&A with GQ posted earlier this week, Steve Albini takes Sonic Youth to task for selling out when they signed to Geffen in 1990. He contends that when Sonic Youth entered the mainstream machine, it encouraged other bands to follow suit. It's kind of confusing logic if you think too lon ... More >>
If you haven't heard (or don't check Pitchfork like its your Twitter account) Steve Albini is pissed off -- again. In a Q&A with GQ.com published this week, everyone's favorite producer/indie curmudgeon decided to attempt to assassinate Sonic Youth's impenetrable DIY credibility. Serving up s ... More >>
Jon Solomon SONIC YOUTH With Caldera Lakes 10.04.10 | Ogden Theatre The thing about seeing Sonic Youth is, no matter what else is going on in the venue, the city or even the world at that very moment, there is no question the show will be staggeringly beautiful. It won't be flashy or dramat ... More >>
Update: The answers are as follows. If you think you won, check your email right now. Thanks for playing, let's do it again sometime.
Monday, October 4, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
View Larger Map Anyone who had been to Monkey Mania even once walked away with a story to tell. In fact, choosing just one great show from Monkey Mania is next to impossible. It was a haven for loud-as-fuck rock and roll tailor made to appeal to bands that loved to experiment. The building itself ... More >>
Neil Young's Dreamin' Man Live '92, which includes a complete live performance of Harvest Moon before the studio album was released, grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax this week, while Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez claimed the second slot with his latest effort, Xenophanes. Tom Waits, meanwhile ... More >>
For a project that initially began as a home recording project, Fell, led by Josh Wambeke, has sure turned a lot of heads, from Camera Obscura label head Tony Daley, who stepped up to release the act's music virtually sight unseen, to the producers of the indie film The Purest Blue, who utilize t ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Photo by Jon SolomonThurston Moore of Sonic Youth. The weekend is over, but the memories linger. Check out our reviews of the still-loud-but-no-longer-so-youthful Sonic Youth at the Ogden Theatre, as well as Akron/Family at the Bluebird -- and read a Q&A with A/F's Dana Janssen here. There's ... More >>
Sonic Youth guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo have a strong affinity for their Fender Jazzmasters. which they say have defined the Sonic Youth sound for more than two decades. According to Fender's press release, the guitarists have always modified their Jazzmasters by removing any extraneou ... More >>
Grizzly Bear's latest disc, Veckatimest, nabbed the top slot at Wax Trax for the week ending June 21. The late-'70s Colorado punk compilation Rocky Mountain Low continues to stay in the top ten while new albums from Mos Def and Sonic Youth also grabbed spots in the top five. See the full breakdown a ... More >>
Sonic Youth's new album, The Eternal, grabbed the top slot for the second week in a row while George Harrison's new greatest hits collection, Let It Roll, came in second for the week ending June 21. Steve Earle's Townes, Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown and Mos Def's Ecstatic rounded out the top f ... More >>
After two decades on Geffen Records, Eternal, Sonic Youth's Matador Records debut released last week, was the top seller at Twist & Shout for the week ending June 14. Mos Def's The Ecstatic, Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca, both released last week, came in at the second and fourth slots while ... More >>
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (Interscope) For the most part, the critical intelligentsia has looked askance at the Peas' latest due to its backburnering of the hip-hop style on which the act was founded, as well as the presence of more party-hearty exhortations than consciou ... More >>
While we'll be posting some pictures and a write up of our own shortly from Tom Murphy, who accompanied the Fluid and the Overcasters to the East Coast for a pair of dates this past weekend, Brooklyn Vegan posted a bunch of a great pics from the show. Unsurprisingly, both bands evidently kicked ass ... More >>
Denver bands make love, not war, at Stand By Your Band II.
Plant Music Records
Medium Freaky (Super Secret Records)
Christ Illusion (American)
Life Story/Pink Mist EP (Self-released)
Tuesday, June 27, Gothic Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
Tuesday, November 8, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Friday, August 12, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Dragging Through the Weather (Shrat)
Dandelion Day (KOA Records)
Worlds Apart (Interscope)
This Island (Strummer/Universal)
Wednesday, May 5, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Major Fables (Tarantulas)
Murray Street (Geffen)
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
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