It's that time again -- the Starz Denver Film Fest is here, bringing joy for the cinephile girls and boys. With almost 200 films in every genre, from all over the world, there's a lot to take in. To help navigate the schedule, we asked festival programmer Matt Campbell to steer us toward some of the ... More >>
Going to South By Southwest in a few weeks? Lucky duck! Jealous. Stop by Kerbey Lane and eat some migas for me, will ya? Mmm...migas... Where was I? Oh yeah, SXSW. If you're going and want to keep connect with our all your hometown homies and support your favorite local bands, Dani Grant, the founde ... More >>
See Also: Tonight: Youth Lagoon at the Bluebird The best SXSW music 2012 The worst SXSW music 2012 Youth Lagoon (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) began as the solo project of Trevor Powers, who first started making music while still in high school, and whose early recordings caught the attentio ... More >>
While legendary Chicago-based punk band Screeching Weasel has broken up and re-formed a number of times since being founded in 1986, frontman Ben "Weasel" Foster, the only constant member, is hitting the road with a new line-up as part of the band's Heard You Were Dead tour, which stops at the Gothi ... More >>
Farewell, Austin: Kalyn here checking in for Wheelchair Sports Camp and Company's last night at SXSW! Grab a cup of coffee -- you missed a lot since our last check-in: We took our precious time getting out of our RV park home yesterday and loaded in our gear to The Jr (Emo's) at 6 p.m. On the way, I ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
South By Southwest is the place where you can run into damn near every artist under the sun doing their thing across these here United States all within a week. There are tons of performances, copious amounts of booze and good vibes aplenty. Austin has everything you can imagine to ensure the grande ... More >>
It's that time again. South By Southwest is a mere two weeks away, and truckloads of locals are preparing to make their way down to the Lonestar state to showcase their wares. While all the individual acts will be playing various shows (which we'll have a full rundown of in the coming weeks), there' ... More >>
Saturday, July 30, the Mercury Café, 303-294-9258.
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
Brian Frederick Thursday, March 17 From the outside looking in, South By Southwest -- at least to those who haven't experienced it yet -- might seem like an event that only those who can afford to flip for the nearly $800 badges get to enjoy. Not so much. There's a ton of unofficial shows a ... More >>
Photo Roadies Wednesday March 16, 8 p.m. Kalyn here from Wheelchair Sports Camp writing about our very first trip to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas! Sitting here in the back of my van while the girlfriend drives us to Austin from the town of Denton, where we played two nights ago. The ... More >>
Take to the Oars at the Blind Pig on Sixth Street Wednesday March 16 We left Denver on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and drove through the night, taking the most obscure didn't-they-film-children-of-the-corn-here route possible to get to Austin. We made the trek in just over sixteen hours and pulled int ... More >>
Thursday, March 17 We left for Texas early Sunday morning from the band house about 6 a.m (we planned for five, but we're never on time to shit) packed in tight in our two vehicles, Julian's black Jeep, which we deemed the "Pedro Negro" and Taylor's red Jeep, aka "The Red Fajita," which we ... More >>
We're big fans of Illegal Pete's Starving Artist series. It's a great service for hungry bands in town or on tour, and it happens to be one of the more innovative marketing ideas we've seen in a while. That said, it's not always easy to dig up the ambition to head downtown to catch the series ... More >>
Props to the Chain Gang of 1974, who has really captured the attention of the editors at Spin. Last fall, after the outfit's performance at CMJ, the magazine praised the act for delivering one of the best sets at the festival. And now, the group, led by former Denverite Kamtin Mohager, now ... More >>
WU-hah! If you're going to SXSW this year, be sure to mark Thursday, March 17 on your calendar with a big fat red circle. Austin Music Hall is the place to be from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. for our annual Village Voice Showdown, being co-produced by Frank 151. This year, Wu-Tang Clan is headlining the ... More >>
Junior Brown is synonymous with good old-fashioned country music. As the inventor of the "guit-steel" guitar, the Austin-based singer-songwriter can play the hell out of any stringed instrument he touches. Brown launched his career in 1990 during a SXSW showcase where he met his current manag ... More >>
Kickstarter has proven a remarkably popular tool for, er, kickstarting all different sorts of projects. Nonprofits have used it with great success. So have filmmakers, video-game designers, artists and musicians. Crowd-sourcing your fundraising efforts is a very 21st-century idea. At this poi ... More >>
Ah, here we are again, a new year. You know what that means? Yep. Time to start the South By Southwest countdown. The first bands have been announced, and although there will likely be a bazillion more announced, so far of the groups announced three local bands have received official invita ... More >>
In advance of Nathaniel Rateliff's CD release party tonight at the Bluebird Theater with the Tallest Man On Earth, we came across more stuff featuring the winsome Mr. Rateliff that we thought we'd pass your way. If you haven't already gotten your fill of the extraordinary singer-songwriter -- wh ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray The Pretty Lights onslaught continues. After a string of sold out dates here at home and a gig at SXSW this past weekend, Derek Vincent Smith, who performs under the Pretty Lights moniker with Cory Eberhard, has attracted the attention of NPR. The broadcaster included the act ... More >>
Nathaniel Rateliff Looks like a number of Denver acts caught more than just our attention this past week at South By Southwest. Nathaniel Rateliff, who played an exceptional set at Shakespeare's Ale House last week, impressed Michael Hogan from Vanity Fair (which also previewed a song from ... More >>
Another Monday. Ugh. Not sure if reliving the weekend will make it better or worse, but we don't have much of a choice, do we? So, without further ado, some shit that happened between last Friday and now: • Kate Levy threw down at the Wrangler's Sunday Beer Bust. • Kiernan Maletsky shoo ... More >>
Fuck what you've heard. We've got the the best day parties at SXSW today. Period. Hands down. We've seen New Music Tipsheet's free list. Granted, we're a little biased, but still, personal investments aside, have you seen the line-up? XX! Superchunk! The Pains of Being Pure At Heart! Surfer ... More >>
Playing like a vivid dream sequence in which the members of A Shoreline Dream gently lull you to sleep, the act's new video for "Manhattan Beach" looks precisely what you'd expect it to look like just based upon hearing the band's dreamy compositions. Extreme close-ups of the members faces and t ... More >>
Sixteen Candles: Are you about to turn sixteen, or do you know somebody who is? Then pay close attention to this next item: Evidently, the one and only KS-107.5 drive time mixmaster extraordinaire DJ Chonz is willing to get behind the decks for you or your loved one's sweet 16 bash. You read that ... More >>
Black Mountain StudiosHearts of Palm started out in the winter of 2006 as a pop song writing collaboration between former Roper and Black Black Ocean guitarist Stephen Till and longtime friend Nathan McGarvey. Within the following year, the project expanded to eight plus members and the band's so ... More >>
The Epilogues gentlemen shot some video of the slackers (yes, slackers! dudes were supposed to keep a tour diary but ended up flaking and passing off the task to the Epilogues) in the Photo Atlas performing at SXSW. From the looks/sounds of it, the guys were in pretty decent form. Check out the vi ... More >>
All right, I'll admit it. I'm all kinds of bummed out. Not only am I feeling like two crates of ass specially flown in from Assville right now thanks to some stupid throat/sinus/ear infection, but I'm reeling from reading all the South By Southwest coverage from my colleagues (including a fairly mid ... More >>
You gotta have heart. Get baked. Today in Cafe Society: • Gateaux giving back. • Wine and cheese...and green chile? • Satchel's Market bags some special meals. • Up Close: Bones. Today in Backbeat Online: • Jewell Tyme Music tapped for Denver Nuggets pre-game show in April. • Epilogue ... More >>
David Holmes, rapping flight attendant. How many of you are hung over from yesterday? Aside from our managing editor, that is... Today in Backbeat Online: • Well, that's one way to make sure folks are paying attention. • BDRMPPL 7-inch hand delivered by BDRMPRSN. • Young Coyotes Daytrotter S ... More >>
Photo by Geoff McLeanThe men of MSTRKRFT. Oh, what a beautiful day. Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with Jesse F. Keeler and Alex "Al-P" Puodziukas of MSTRKRFT. • Q&A with Rasmus Stolberg of Efterklang. • Q&A with Dan Whitford of Cut Copy. • Free SXSW Denver Music download. • Flier of th ... More >>
Join us, won't you? Today in Backbeat Online: • Dialed in: local music on the radio. • Update: Lineup for Mile-Hi Fidelity day party at SXSW confirmed. • Holding on by letting go, part one. Today in Cafe Society: • Ted's Montana Grill offers a "real deal." • Today's bite of Cafe Bites. ... More >>
Nathaniel Rateliff puts his voice in peril while other locals prove themselves worthy of national acclaim.
Giving back in a big way.
SXSW was a real eyeful -- and earful.
This local label boosts Denver's national image.
Indie rock meets prime time in a post-O.C. world.
South by So What? Not this year, thanks to Vaux and other Denver bands.
15th Street Tavern
Has everyone's favorite retro-dance fad already faded?
Silver Scooter glides down a familiar path but sounds good doing it.