The Jesus Lizard

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    September 27, 2013

    To Noveller's Sarah Lipstate, guitars are still quite relevant in experimental music

    Noveller is the solo project of Sarah Lipstate, who had previously been in an experimental rock band from Austin called One Umbrella before she moved to Brooklyn to pursue music more fully. Upon moving to New York, she ended up joining Parts & Labor and played on that outfit's critically acclaimed a ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Dismemberment Plan's Travis Morrison on the similarities of making music to programming

    The Dismemberment Plan formed on the New Year's Day 1993. Though hailing from the Washington D.C. area, the act wasn't really affiliated with legendary DIY punk scene fostered by Dischord Records, but the band's eccentricity was nonetheless embraced. In its early years, the Dismemberment Plan truly ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Alex Edkins of Metz on pushing limits to make music that seems like it's about to fall apart

    Even though the band has been around for five years, Metz just released its self-titled debut full-length on Sub Pop this year. Even prior to that, the Toronto-based trio only released a few seven-inches. Mostly these guys have spent their time focusing on developing as a group by touring and playin ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Twenty fabled moments in Denver music: #10: Nirvana's first post-Nevermind show here, 1991

    Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at when Nirvana came back to town for a show at the Gothic Theatre with Dinosaur Jr., fresh off of recording Nevermind. When the members of Nirvana left a ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia, on bum piss and fried fish

    Hunter Pritchett Luca d'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 This is part one of my interview with Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia. Part two of my chat with Pritchett will run in this space tomorrow. Hunter Pritchett and his kitchen crew are thumbing through an Ita ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Ten best Beavis and Butt-head music-video riffs

    ​In honor of MTV's 30th Anniversary this week, we're reflecting on the network's best moments from the past three decades. Today: Our favorite music videos riffed on by Beavis and Butt-head. The duo tackled something around 250 different videos throughout the show's eight seasons, and although ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Action Friend on For You the World, Toshi Kasai, Zorn and Spruance

    Tom MurphyAction Friend.​For the past eight years, Action Friend (due Saturday, June 25th, at The Meadowlark Bar) has been evolving the kind of music played by what many would say are "a musician's band." Although all the players in the band are highly skilled, it's the inherent weirdness to i ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase 2011

    The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers

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    February 23, 2011

    Swans at Summit Music Hall, 2/22/11

    Tom MurphySwans​ SWANS With Wooden Wand 02.22.11 | Summit Music Hall Last night, James Jackson Toth, aka Wooden Wand, was joined by two other guitar players -- Brian Lowery and William Tyler. And although there were three guitars and the guys were playing through Orange amps, they did not pr ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    December 29, 2009

    Top 10 College Rock (or whatever you want to call it these days) Albums of the Year

    Thanks to Micachu & the Shapes for making us keenly aware of a vacuum cleaner's emotional properties​Yeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have ten ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009

    Season to Risk

    Monday, November 30, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    October 6, 2009

    Top ten reunions we'd like to see

    Gail Butensky​In recent history we've been treated to the reunions of Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, Antipop Consortium, among others. This year, Faith No More, Sunny Day Real Estate and Pavement got back together, and, of course, there's the ever pervasive rumors of Soundgarden reconvening at so ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Record Store Day preview: The MC5 will be kicking out the jams tomorrow

    The MC5. Plenty of amazing seven-inch singles will be available at Twist & Shout for Record Store Day other than the ones we've featured thus far in April -- stuff by Sublime, Taking Back Sunday, Tom Waits, Magnolia Electric Company, the Pretenders, the Jesus Lizard (a pack of nine singles, believe ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008
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    August 6, 2008

    Q&A With Git Some

    Westword’s August 7 profile on Git Some touched on the band’s history and its new album, Cosmic Rock, but in this extended Q&A, Chuck French and bassist Neil Keener (both former members of Planes Mistaken for Stars), singer Luke Fairchild and drummer Andrew Lindstrom talk about wanting to releas ... More >>

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    July 2, 2008

    Last Night...Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers @ Bender's Tavern

    Photo by Daniel K (not at Bender's) Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, The Limbs, “Seven Signs” Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Benders Better than: Sunday morning mass. Down through the ages many have tried to preach the gospel from the stage. The key word being “preach.” For such a tactic to be effe ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2008


    A TV-news cameraman finds a forum for his secret passion: rock and roll.

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    April 2, 2008

    Kathy McCarty Talks About Daniel Johnston

    The April 3 profile of Daniel Johnston, as well as a complete Q&A accessible here, calls to mind a previous Westword piece focusing on the highly unusual artist. Back in 1995, Kathy McCarty, best known at the time as the lead singer of a first-rate cult band known as Glass Eye, released Dead Dog's E ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008

    Harvey Knuckles Scores a Knockout

    This Fort Collins foursome’s new record nods to ZZ Top — literally.

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    September 20, 2007

    Qui Gets a Boost

    Having David Yow join your band equates to instant notoriety.

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    August 5, 2007

    Strip Search!

    Kiwi International Hotel Auckland, New Zealand Boss, My sketchy travel mode had to catch up with me at some point, so I guess I'm glad it happened here instead of, say, Zambia. At any rate, I came into the Auckland airport kinda loopy as I finally got SOMEONE to take those bunk biz-class upgrade v ... More >>

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    September 14, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    April 13, 2006

    Rye Coalition

    Curses! (Gern Blandsten)

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    November 11, 2004

    Breather Resist

    Saturday, November 13, the Construct, 303-292-2234.

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    August 26, 2004

    White Dynamite

    The Bleeder Broadcast EP (Self-released)

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    October 16, 2003

    High Snakes

    Seattle's lauded These Arms Are Snakes prepares to strike.

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    July 10, 2003

    Hit Pick

    The Swayback

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    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

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    August 23, 2001

    Season to Risk

    Shattering (Owned & Operated)

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    March 23, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 23

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    January 13, 2000

    The Bottom Dollar

    The members of the 8 Bucks Experiment enjoyed a moment as movie stars. Now they're back to the real-life business of punk rock.

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    December 9, 1999

    So long, Slim.

    A Denver favorite gets ready for a long-distance commute.

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    October 7, 1999

    Army Men

    Fort Collins's Tanger moves to the front line of innovative punk.

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    March 11, 1999

    They're Not Wimps

    The Weaklings want to kick your ass.

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    November 5, 1998

    Log On

    Doo Rag's Bob Log III proves that he can be outlandish all by himself.

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    October 1, 1998

    One (Or More) Against the World

    Gifted singer-songwriter Rebecca Gates says the Spinanes are both singular and plural.

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    July 23, 1998
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    January 29, 1998
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    December 18, 1997
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    April 17, 1997
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    October 3, 1996

    Dirty Work

    The Dirty Three make instrumental music with plenty to say.

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    September 19, 1996
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