On March 13, Say Anything, the indie rock band that came of age in the 2000s, released its sixth album, Anarchy, My Dear. The band soon launched its tour, which will hit the Mile High City this Friday, March 30, at the Summit Music Hall. In advance of the show, we spoke with frontman Max Bemis about ... More >>
The Hive Dwellers (due Saturday, March 24, at Yellow Feather Coffee) is the latest musical project of Calvin Johnson. Since 1982, Johnson's K Records imprint has been one of the most influential underground labels not just for its ethos of an eternally youthful perspective and using creativity as th ... More >>
Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.
After being on top at Albums on the Hill for a month, Nederland's Elephant Revival has vanished from the top ten. Whiskey Blanket now holds the top spot with its latest effort, No Object. Elsewhere, the Live at Ebbets Field Vol. 4 comp is back on top at Twist and Shot., T.I.'s number one at I ... More >>
On the heels of their dual CD release party a few weeks ago at the Gothic, Air Dubai and the Heyday claimed the top spots at Twist & Shout for the week ending October 10. Up at Album's On the Hill, meanwhile, Bad Religion topped the charts with its latest Dissent of Man, Superchunk's latest e ... More >>
Michael Franti & Spearhead's The Sound of Sunshine , released last week on Capitol, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and checked in at number three at Twist & Shout for the week ending September 26. Santana's new Arista release, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All T ... More >>
Grinderman, which features Nick Cave and three members of the Bad Seeds, claimed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and landed in the top five at Twist & Shout with Grinderman 2, released last week on Anti. The Black Angels' Phosphene Dream, meanwhile, which also came out last week on the B ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... 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 >>
NPR has been quietly building a reputation as the best place to get a peek at hotly anticipated new albums a week or two before their official releases (welll, for those of us who prefer to avoid leak sites and torrent servers, anyway). Today, it got a lot louder, with a crazy fourteen album ... More >>
As it happens, we don't have a spare $700 or so laying around. Boy, if we did, though, you wouldn't really have to be the betting type to wager where we'd be on Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3. No contest: Matador at 21 in Las Vegas. Have you seen the lineup for this thing? Holy ... More >>
Though these clips are rather headache-inducing at times -- we presume because PieHole2000, the person filming, is either being jostled by the dancing throng or barely resisting the urge to trip the light fantastic -- here's Superchunk displaying some of its choices gems for all the boys and girls ... More >>
Our periodic feature, The Denver Boot, has been conspicuously dormant for the past, oh, six months or so. Perhaps you've noticed. Excellent reason for that: The master taper guy supplying the recordings, the illustrious Lance Stack from The Flat Response blog, has been a face on a milk carton for ... More >>
IMPORTANT SCHEDULING UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control (and, more to the point, frontman Chris Fogal's) TAUNTAUN will not be performing in the 6:15 - 7 p.m. slot at Broadway's tomorrow. While Fogal is resting his aching back ("I would tough it out," he assures us, "but the problem is t ... More >>
We all know that every single weekend in Denver is like a confectionery of delicious shows: Too many choices, too little time. But if you have a hard time with that status quo, you're going to be ripping your hair out with indecision this weekend, because it's finally here, the Westword Mus ... More >>
Jason Arthurs Superchunk never tried to be the biggest band in the land, but it did make music on its own terms and became an iconic outfit in its own right by embodying what it means to be an indie rock band. While the band didn't enjoy nearly the same level of commercial success as many of ... More >>
Gabriel Rovick And Ryan James (Focus 4 Design) The complete lineup for Showcase has been finalized, and all that's left to do now is countdown the days until the sixteenth annual Westword Music Showcase takes place on Saturday, June 19. Nearly a hundred local acts (well over a hundred if y ... More >>
Summit StudiosThis year's Westword Music Showcase lineup is now officially complete with the addition of Tickle Me Pink -- well, at least in terms of the main stage acts. In case you've missed it -- not sure how that's possible, exactly, as we've been talking this bad boy up like no other sin ... More >>
All right, just when you thought this year's Showcase couldn't get any better, it just did. Adding to an already stacked lineup (one of our best yet, even if we do say so ourselves) that includes Ghostland Observatory, Superchunk, Dirty Projectors, Neon Indian, Single File and Oh My Stars, Boombox ... 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 >>
Music podcasts are a difficult breed. With the current outdated copyright law, most podcasts can't utilize full songs in their recordings, making anyone but the best sound like boring music nerds. Of course, we love boring music nerds but being able to speak eloquently or interestingly about ... More >>
Christian LantrySuperchunk expressing our thoughts exactly.Heavens to mergatroit! This year's edition of South By Southwest is shaping up to be epic. Just caught wind of the acts that are slated to perform at the Village Voice free day party at La Zona Rosa on Friday, March 19. Man. Oh. Man! ... More >>
While recording songs for Jim Sampas' documentary about Jack Kerouac, Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard realized they both shared an affinity for the famed Beat writer. After recording songs for the film, the pair continued to work on songs using words from Kerouac' ... More >>
Rocky Mountain Low, a compilation of Colorado underground bands of the late 1970s, was the top seller at Wax Trax for the week of May 17. Green Day's new album came in second, while Peaches, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Obits grabbed slots in the top five. See the full breakdown after the jump.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Sunday, August 28, Breakdown Book Collective, 1409 Ogden Street, 303-832-7952.
Thank God for Astronauts
Mandatory ESP (Self-released)
Old Enough 2 Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records (Merge)
The 101 (The Self-Starter Foundation)
After years of struggle, pop springs eternal for the Jealous Sound.
The Boulder YMCA is getting kids amped on music.
From the week of May 2, 2002
Pedro the Lion
Rilo Kiley tiptoed toward success while you weren't looking.
After ten years, Superchunk and Merge Records are still working. But they are not working for you.
KNAPSACK IS FILLED WITH MORE CHARM THAN MOST GROUPS CAN CARRY.
THE MEMBERS OF SUPERCHUNK CONTINUE TO LIVE AN INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE.
DRIVE LIKE JEHU TRIES TO STEER OUT OF THE SHADOW OF ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT.
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