Spread across two venues two blocks apart, four stages between them, Denver Psych Fest, in its second year, proved a memorable experience. The walk between the Larimer Lounge and the Savoy Events Center -- as well as the Big Wonderful Sustainability Park between them -- was easy to navigate, and th ... More >>
Speedy Ortiz (due Saturday, March 22, at Moe's Original Bar B Que) from Northampton, Massachusetts came out of the solo side-project of singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis when she was a member of the rock band Quilty. Taking the project's moniker from a story in the influential underground comic series, ... More >>
STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS at GOTHIC THEATRE | 2/12/14 During their time in Denver, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks were apparently staying in a hotel in Cherry Creek. We know this because Malkmus asked if anyone hung out there or skateboarded in Cherry Creek or went rafting in it. Malkmus engaged ... More >>
There is no way to stretch the word "poet" to fit into something I am even remotely interested in, but when you find yourself in the position to take a poetry/writing workshop from Thurston Moore, you're willing to break out of your cage a little. When Moore took on the task of teaching a wo ... More >>
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
Lori Midson Spencer Lomax Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Four locations in Colorado www.snoozeeatery.com This is part two of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Spencer Lomax, the culinary director of Snooze. In part one of that Q&A, Lomax dishes on swine, green chile and cheek meat. Favor ... More >>
Tom Murphy PAVEMENT With guests Jenny and Johnny 09.09.10 | Ogden Theatre, Denver Jenny and Johnny opened this show and received a mixed reception from the crowd at first. But appreciative cheers for the group, which features Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice, increased with every song. The ban ... More >>
Tarina WestlundPavement is among the most influential rock bands of the '90s, despite not quite becoming a household name, and you can hear the band's influence in virtually all underground rock since then, from the slightly off-center rhythms, the jagged but melodic guitar riffs and the fasc ... 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 >>
The chills-inducing men of MidlakeTo some, indie rock is an aesthetic, something between Sonic Youth and Pavement that's played by people with in mop-tops and ringer t-shirts with cans of Pabst atop their amplifiers. Others, meanwhile, might define indie rock literally as music recorded and p ... More >>
Rick Astley will never give this award up Here's a handy guide to all the great content you might have missed this week while you were busy voting on Rick Astley as best act ever in the MTV Europe Music Awards. Thanks to your tireless efforts, the EMAs were successfully Rickrolled...
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Blintzen Trapper Thursday, November 6, 2008 The Gothic Theater, Englewood Better Than: A musical legend falling back on past glory. Opening the show was Blintzen Trapper. I have to admit I wasn’t too much into the band before the show or even afterward but it seemed c ... More >>
The men of Pavement, back in the day. Our new Q&A with Stephen Malkmus, which accompanies a profile of the former Pavement frontman in advance of his Thursday, November 6, appearance at the Gothic Theatre, starts out with dialogue inspired by "It's Getting Harder," a profile of his old band that r ... 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 >>
Two sides of David Berman. E-mail interviews can be a drag unless the person providing A's to the Q's takes the time to respond in an interesting and thoughtful way. Fortunately, we've gotten lucky lately, first with Santogold's Santi White, and now with David Berman of Silver Jews, the subject of ... More >>
Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks hit the Gothic Theatre November 6. There's an eclectic bunch of shows going on sale this weekend from Old Crow Medicine Show and Grace Potter to the Czech Republics' Plastic People and Tony Clifton & the Katrina Kiss My Ass Orchestra. ... More >>
Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Despite having no clue what the fuck this post is about (okay, it's something to do with Matt Pond), I find it deeply and strangely amusing. I think maybe it's the seamy undertones combined with the go ... More >>
Monolith, Day Two September 15, 2007 Red Rocks Better than: Another boring workout on the Stairmaster with your iPod The first thing everyone has mentioned about Monolith so far is those infernal stairs. I, too, sweated and panted my way up the ramp into the park, then up that interminable stairc ... More >>
Friday, June 23, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.
Sunday, October 2, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.
Face the Truth (Matador)/A River Ain't Too Much to Love (Drag City)
The Boss is a legend to some and a laugh to others. To me, he's been both.
The Slack Album (TheSlackAlbum.com)
Nickel Creek's Chris Thile spanks country radio and bluegrass nazis. Consider it tough love.
At 21, songwriter Ben Kweller is young at art.
Broken Records (Clearly)
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
A new local indie label has got something to Shagg about.
Stephen Malkmus settles into post-Pavement life with a new album and a special new band.
Stephen Malkmus (Matador)
Pavement is hitting the road again. Will the road hit back?