The outdoor concerts may be over, in spite of the summer weather going on in Denver right now, but there are plenty of shows to keep you busy. We can strongly, strongly advise seeing Flatbush Zombies, either in Fort Collins or Denver. Polica is wonderful. There are plenty more, observe:
Editor: Please see the Author's note on this new photo-driven series at the end of this article. In this second part (read part one here) of the Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages, we're going to use a few bands of the era to spotlight some of the important venues. Not every band played ... More >>
THE FAINT @ OGDEN THEATRE |11/8/12 Even though this was a tour in support of the reissue of Danse Macabre, late in the set, the Faint treated us to a rare cover of "Mote" by Sonic Youth from that band's 1990 album Goo. The haunted vocal delivery was in the spirit of Lee Ranaldo's own but there were ... More >>
Thursday, November 8, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.
The Faint was one of the main bands among the small wave of underground artists that emerged out of the unlikely environs of Omaha, Nebraska, a wave included noteworthy acts such as Cursive, Bright Eyes and Azure Ray, all on the Saddle Creek imprint. The Faint was one of the flagship bands on that l ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually 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 ... More >>
Smashing Pumpkins leads this week's new show announcements. The '90s alt rock band fronted by Billy Corgan will make its way to Colorado this October for a show at 1STBANK Center. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday. Yonder Mountain String Band, Aesop Rock, the Faint and Mayer Hawthorne are ... More >>
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages.
See also: Interview with Lauren Larson of Ume, sharing the bill this Sunday. Cursive (due this Sunday at Larimer Lounge with Ume) was one of the most popular and influential bands to have come out of the underground scene in Omaha, Nebraska, the same one that spawned Bright Eyes, the Faint, Azure R ... More >>
Hailing from Omaha long before bands like the Faint, Cursive or Bright Eyes became that city's chief exports, 311 (due tonight at Red Rocks with Sublime with Rome) was making its mark with its amalgam of rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk. Eight million records later, the outfit is still doing its thing ... More >>
Tom MurphyIn the eloquent liner notes of Sin Desires Marie, the band's sole full-length, bassist Yoon Park explains that Sin Desires Marie (due tonight at Glob for this weekend's Titwrench Festival) was started by friends who learned how to play their respective instruments as they learned to ... More >>
Before you head out to see Force Publique at the Westword Music Showcase this Saturday, the band has been generous enough to compile its nine, somewhat randomly recorded tracks into one easy to download, free album. We were rather impressed with what we heard a few months back, but if you've ... More >>
Daedelus (due tonight at Cervantes'), is Los Angeles's Victorian gentleman. Since emerging in 2001, the prolific producer has built a solid reputation in the electronic world for crafting symphonic tracks swelling with samples -- and he's always nattily dressed.
As far as we're concerned, there is nothing more awesome than dragons. Sure, they're often portrayed poorly by high fantasy nerds hell-bent on making everything inaccessible and overtly nerdy, but no matter how you cut it, dragons are breathtaking creatures that need better name recognition. ... More >>
GATHERING OF THE CLOUDS Overcasters • Swayback • Buckingham Squares • Gangcharger Achille Lauro • Light Travels Faster • Glass Homes • Juliet Mission Action Packed Thrill Ride • Hearts In Space • Anna.Martina.Ross 10.21.10 - 10.23.10 | The Weather Center, Denver, CO Overcasters ... More >>
Elliot Ross Nautical Mile first caught our attention back in July of 2009 , and since then has pretty much destroyed any notions people might have had about the quality of local music. With a slew of some of the most radio-friendly pop rock songs to ever come out of Colorado, Nautical Mile h ... More >>
Saturday, January 16, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
Wednesday, October 28, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Warren BedellA native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Travis Egedy, who performs under the name Pictureplane, has been rapidly gaining the attention of popular underground bands from around the country for the last few years, most notably HEALTH who took Pictureplane on a national tour in March 2009. HE ... More >>
Some bands wear a style like a trendy fashion statement, and others embody what that music is about by creating their own artistic identity while expanding and building upon what has come before them. The Prids, from Portland, Oregon, are among the latter. Incorporating elements of synth-inflected n ... More >>
Broken Spindles, Born in the Flood, IuenglissThursday, February 26, 2009hi-diveBetter than: Eating chips and looking at a borrowed book of David Byrne's weird photography of furniture, which is what I would have been doingHere's what was weird about this show: Broken Spindles stole all the press. Th ... More >>
All right, so we've reached the end of another work week in the Mile High City. While we can no longer brag about having the best selling band in the country, from what we can tell, Denver music is still on the minds and in the ears of at least a few prominent folks in what's left of the industry. T ... More >>
After teaming up for a successful three-night run in New York City last year, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood announced an exclusive fourteen-city U.S. tour that stops at the Pepsi Center on Sunday, June 21. They'll each play their own solo hits as well as perform tunes by Blind Faith, an outfit the ... More >>
Friday night was one of those almost frustratingly bountiful Denver nights, with an overflowing cornucopia of great musical options from which to choose. Tyler Snow was spinning his Disco Nouveau at the Meadowlark. Devotchka wove their Valentinian magic at the Paramount. Gregory Alan Isakov and the ... More >>
Tokyo Police Club started a solid run on the main stage. (Photo by Chad Fahnestock). And it's gone. Just like that, the gale-force winds of indie rock have come and gone, whipping Red Rocks into a frenzy all day Saturday and Sunday. Missed it? Can't remember it? Read our Day 1 Monolith Live Blog ... More >>
ZZ Top rolls into the Paramount on Halloween. The bad new first: After already canceling shows once at the Ogden Theatre, Bow Wow and Bootsy Collins both canceled their shows a second time. The good news: the Fox Theatre announced Matisyahu's November 30 show and added a second Galactic show with ... More >>
Photo: Brian Landis Folkins A couple nights ago, I went to the Ogden, with the hopes of catching Denver’s own Astra Moveo, as well as Shy Child and the Faint. Unfortunately, pre-show drinks and toe-curling vegan sausage pizza at City 'O City were too good to rush, so I missed our local boys, an ... More >>
Tuesday, July 29, Ogden Theatre, 303-832-1874.
A Shoreline Dream lives up to its name. (Photos by Tom Murphy) Westword Music Showcase Saturday, June 14, 2008 Bar Standard Better Than: Last year’s lineup. By the time we were allowed in to Bar Standard, the first band of the afternoon had already started. A Shoreline Dream is probably a str ... More >>
Giving back in a big way.
Camel No. 9 Glamour Ball 3 Kings Tavern 04/206/2007 Slideshow R.J. Reynolds has redirected its energy. No longer does the cigarette company focus on baiting children with a seemingly innocent mascot, but they have now moved on to cornering the hipster market. Or maybe the children of the Joe Camel ... More >>
8 Teeth to Eat You/split CD (Better Looking/Five One)
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