Starring an outraged Adele, an EU lawsuit and social media's tendency to distort information, the "YouTube vs. Independent Labels" fiasco that's played out over the past several weeks highlights most of what's wrong with the Internet these days. In case you missed the brouhaha, here's a quick recap ... More >>
Michal Menert's path of success is a winding road of glorious sunrises and fraught sunsets. His third solo album, Elements, is set for official release on April 12, with a kick-off party in Detroit, Michigan, at the Shelter. Menert, as well as Denver's Mikey Thunder and Mux Mool and Chris Ponder, ... More >>
DJ Chonz (born Mario Rodriguez) is a graduate of the Music Industry program at he University of Colorado at Denver. He recently returned to UCD to pursue a Master's Degree in Communication. A full time on-air personality on Denver's KS 107.5 FM and still a force behind the decks in the nightclub sce ... More >>
In our series of coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, we've covered a range of jobs, from guitar tech and handling publicity to being tasked with overseeing digital music delivery from a vast electronic music catalog to band management. Today, we complete our list of the most coveted Colorado music ... More >>
DJs are the new rock stars? Maybe. (Although chefs are already the new rock stars.) Still, the big name DJs do seem to be living pretty large, what with the constant travel to exotic locations, goofily-clad fans, eager women, drugs and parties. Just swap MacBooks for guitars and it doesn't look so d ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, amigos! Cold enough for you this morning? Yeah, we're feeling all sorts of brrrrrr over here. Only in Colorado can you go from eighty degrees to the thirties in the expanse of a couple of days. Alas, though, there's relief on the horizion, plenty of hot music this weekend to ... More >>
The music industry sucks, and the Epilogues know it. They're no strangers to being let down by the business. Over the course of the band's nearly six year existence, its members have gone through the label dance enough to know what a downer it is. Waiting in limbo, the band went through some serious ... More >>
After an exhaustive 72-month long search in which we literally sacrificed the best years of our young lives combing through and examining reams and reams of articles, spread sheets and op-eds, and wading through countless more hours of supposed expert opinions miring us in endless conjecture on the ... More >>
In the hierarchy of things that happened in the pop metal world after Nirvana's Nevermind was released, this one has to rank pretty high in the pantheon, at least locally. The year was 1993: The music industry was booming, hair metal was fading and a handful of Denver rock enthusiasts were ma ... More >>
Live Nation Entertainment, which now houses Ticketmaster, House of Blues and Ticketweb has announced a partnership with the Universal Music Group to create a joint-venture management company for managing and strengthening the label's acts. This is the first time a major label has teamed up di ... More >>
Earlier this year, a report surfaced detailing current BitTorrent usage, with porn being the number one most torrented media and music sinking to a miserable 2.9 percent. Now, Sandvine company has detailed the biggest data hogs of the past year, and Netflix's streaming is on the top. When is ... More >>
File sharing site LimeWire is currently at the front lines of the battle over online media distribution. They've already lost the suit brought against them by thirteen record companies, the site is boarded up and now they're negotiating damages. This is where things get interesting for the ca ... More >>
Gareth Emery: Next big sound?Billboard recently debuted a pair of new charts compiled by Boulder-based company Next Big Sound, the subject of a recent Westword feature. The charts, called the Social 50 and the Next Big Sound 25, track bands' online presence, whether it's Facebook "likes" or ... More >>
Many people in Denver may not know Nathan Reid by name. Just the same, over the course of his career, which spans three decades, he's had the chance to work with a host of prominent acts from Ghostface to Damien and Stephen Marley. Currently operating out of Mercury Sauce, his private produ ... More >>
This magical Internet machine has been up and running for a while now, transmitting music from the ether to our ears using a mix of faerie dust and marketing panache. It seems, however, that there is still a decisive split on what this new mystery machine means for the future of music. You' ... More >>
Yeah, that headline threw us for a loop as well. "Dear Family, Friends & Fans," begins Matt Morris's Tumblr post yesterday. "There's some news I have to share. It's pretty big, so Mom - if you're standing, you better sit down. As of today, I am no longer a Tennman Records Artist..." WTF? Th ... More >>
â€‹Being in the music business is tough these days. Ask Randall Frazier, who, as reported yesterday, recently shuttered Massive Music America, a fairly successful independent promotions firm he launched in 2003. "The digital music/iPod world that we are now living in has greatly changed the music in ... More >>
After five months of interest, Meese signs with Atlantic Records.
Sox’s Place is the heart of Denver’s underground hardcore scene.
The hip-hop arm of Beatport.com is ready for the big takeover.
The year in unfair shares.
Citizen Cope has built a loyal following without much help.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion blazes its own trail.
Ropeadope blends musical styles while hitting the road.
Kiss me, I’m a rock star -- at least for one night.
Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.
Web-radio legislation gets tangled in politics.
After a four-year hiatus, Girls Against Boys is back in the high life again.
Music everywhere: Music Lowdown 2002 and the Westword Music Showcase covered both the recording industry and live, in-the-flesh performances.
Nuggets II strikes gold by mining new territory.
Clear Channel takes on all comers, including the largest ratings service in the country.
Hip-hop's Aceyalone looks for ways to climb up from the underground.
Jimmy Eat World doesn't have a record label, a distributor or a care in the world.
After years of struggle with record labels, Automatic 7 is slowly returning to the business of punk rock.
Wheeeeeeeeee: Songs & Stories for Kids by Front Range Artists
Please, don't try to classify Tony Furtado.
Dire predictions for music in the Y2K.
Ex-Denver DJ Big Jon Platt on how to succeed in business by really, really trying.
The inside story of the little Boulder label that could.
Robert Earl Keen won't dumb down his music for country consumption.
Two new CDs add to the legacy of the late Ted Hawkins.
Here's something to meditate about: singing nuns and a Tibetan flutist.
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