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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Hunter Pritchett Luca d'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 www.lucadenver.com 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
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 >>
Thanks to Micachu & the Shapes for making us keenly aware of a vacuum cleaner's emotional propertiesYeah, 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 >>
Monday, November 30, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Gail ButenskyIn 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A TV-news cameraman finds a forum for his secret passion: rock and roll.
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 >>
This Fort Collins foursomes new record nods to ZZ Top literally.
Having David Yow join your band equates to instant notoriety.
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 >>
Fast reviews of recent releases
Curses! (Gern Blandsten)
Saturday, November 13, the Construct, 303-292-2234.
The Bleeder Broadcast EP (Self-released)
Seattle's lauded These Arms Are Snakes prepares to strike.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Shattering (Owned & Operated)
From the week of March 23
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.
A Denver favorite gets ready for a long-distance commute.
Fort Collins's Tanger moves to the front line of innovative punk.
The Weaklings want to kick your ass.
Doo Rag's Bob Log III proves that he can be outlandish all by himself.
Gifted singer-songwriter Rebecca Gates says the Spinanes are both singular and plural.
The Dirty Three make instrumental music with plenty to say.
FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, LOLLAPALOOZA IS DONE.
PROBABLY NOT--BUT LOLLAPALOOZA REMAINS THE BIGGEST GIG YET FOR CHICAGO'S JESUS LIZARD.
WELCOME TO THE BLOODY WORLD OF NEW YORK'S UNSANE.
THERE'S PLENTY OF FIRE IN THE FLAMING LIPS.