When Esme Patterson was learning to play Townes Van Zandt's song "Loretta," she says she started singing the words and got angry. "I started thinking about how one-sided and subjective a lot of 'love songs' are, and how a lot of women immortalized in songs might tell a different side of the story if ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
It was a big week for a certain Canadian this week, as the import's song finally overtook Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." And no, we're not talking about Justin Bieber, but she is his protege. Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable viral and radio hit, "Call Me Maybe," conquers the Billboard Ho ... More >>
And the shows just keep coming. Red Rocks, which is on pace for a record season this year, added a pair of dates from My Morning Jacket, while tickets for the Beach Boys show are finally going on sale. The biggest concert news this week is Nicki Minaj, who is bringing her Pink Friday Tour to the Mil ... More >>
Pop music is cyclical. With the absence of one niche pop artist arises another: Look at what Lady Gaga did when Madonna was absent from the scene for so long. What has pop music been missing recently? Boy bands. 'N Sync, the world's most revered boy band -- bar the Beatles, pop's first boy band, w ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Beach Boys, Florence the Machine, the Walkmen, Passion Pit and Justice were announced; Coles Whalen, Caleb Slade, FaceMan and the Apples got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Adele, Te ... More >>
David BlackBethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno are Best Coast In recent years, with bands ransacking the '60s, '70s and '80s for musical ideas and sounds, it's becoming increasingly easy to dismiss many musicians as being little more than throwbacks mimicking their artistic ancestors. But some ... More >>
Friday, July 30, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
[via Flickr]Last week, it was revealed the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $16 million to recover $391,000 from lawsuits involving peer-to-peer file sharing. No, we didn't print that backwards; you don't need to adjust your screen -- they really did waste that much mone ... More >>
Saturday, January 30, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-837-0360.
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For t ... More >>
You've had the experience. You're driving in the car or Pandora-ing or even - gasp! - listening to the radio when that song comes on - the one you can't believe you forgot all about. Instantly, you're transported in time and space - back to that kegger during your freshman year when you got so ... More >>
Let these popsters be your guide to the 60s SoCal sound.
Classic theme songs might seem to be a thing of the past. Some shows, like LOST and My Name is Earl, don’t have them at all. And even among those that do still have theme songs, it might seem that not enough shows boast the timeless classics of Sanford and Son (Quincy Jones’s “The Streetbeat ... More >>
Tuesday, August 14, the hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Tunes that take us back to those lazy, hazy days.
Sunday, May 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Tuesday, October 10, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Friday, October 21, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Less Sophistication (Rainbow Quartz)
Thursday, November 18, Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, 1-970-407-1322; Friday, November 19, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308; Saturday, November 20, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.
Friday, October 29, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Westword asked me to match wits with a living legend -- who also happens to be my hero. Here's the result.
Menopause The Musical provides some fluffy comedy about female changes.
Sunday, June 13, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
All Girl Summer Fun Band
Velocity of Sound (Elephant 6/SpinArt)
Classic rock and mother nature fuel the weird Welshmen of Super Furry Animals.
The day the music died
The World Won't End (Ashmont), Maroon (Atlantic)
For Maraca Five-O, instro-rock means catchin' an asphalt wave.
Listening to the distant echoes of a pop-rock genius.
The Essex Green
Everything Is Green
Kincaid Plays Super Hawaii
The Ladybug Transistor steers clear of the beach.
The Pet Sounds Sessions is the weirdest boxed set yet.
THE BEACH BOYS' MIKE LOVE ON MUSIC, MONEY AND SUING COUSIN BRIAN.