The shows continue, as always. Peelander-Z, which does crowd participation better than anyone on the planet, is in town on Wednesday. You have a chance to check out good-time local Pizza Time tonight at Larmier Lounge, or you can head to Boulder for Kate Nash. It's OK if you're staying in tonight. ... More >>
FRI | PENTAGRAM at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/28/14 If you've seen Last Days Here, you're familiar with the frustrating tale of Pentagram. Formed in Virginia in the early '70s, the pioneering psychedelic metal band should have, by all accounts, realized massive worldwide fame. Instead, success evaded the ... More >>
PIXIES at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/13/14 Like the Ramones, the Pixies took stage and had little in the way of breaks between songs. There was no banter, no awkward joking and no meandering dialogue while anyone tuned or tried to read a set list. The only interruptions came when the band teased a bit ... More >>
In the past few years, fuzz guitars have come conspicuously back to the forefront, and they're being played by some female-led outfits that sound like they came straight out of mid '90s, the time when Juliana Hatfield, Liz Phair and Courtney Love were queens of the Sam Goody racks. With jangly and d ... More >>
It's easy to look at what's become of rock music over the last three and a half decades and find countless traces of the CBGB micro-culture and the fast-and-loud aesthetic it cultivated. During their now-legendary years at CBGB, bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie and Patti Smith were dis ... More >>
A Place to Bury Strangers makes the kind of guitar rock that doesn't just carry melody but is rather a palpable, elemental presence in the room. From early on, the act drew immediate comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, the Cure and Big Black, as critics searched for adequate an ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! You ready to toss a few cold ones back and get a little loose? Thought so. Us, too. As always, there is ton of good music and a wide variety at that to dazzle and delight you this weekend in our fine city. If you're a completist who prefers to craft your own itinerary, we've ... More >>
Neil Halstead was one of the guitarists and singers in pioneering shoegaze and ambient band Slowdive in the late '80s and early '90s. Taking guitar sounds and often blurring the sonic signature with synths through creative use of delay pedals and loops, Slowdive was more of a dream-pop band through ... More >>
Last weekend was jam-packed with events all around Denver. The inaugural Denver Comic Con, PrideFest, Juneteenth and Father's Day, to name just a few, brought very diverse crowds out around the city. And that meant that very different fashion styles were seen on the street -- everything from the rai ... More >>
Wymond Miles (due tonight at Twist and Shout and tomorrow night at The Gothic Theater) hails from Denver's completely unglamorous suburb directly to the east, Aurora. In the mid-'90s Miles started to become involved in the underground music scene in Denver, initially, and most notably, for his exper ... More >>
Okay, I admit it: I've never heard of the The Vaccines, a British punk rock band that Rolling Stone magazine calls "Hopped-Up Romantics Ruling the U.K. Charts," which is rather strange, since the music mag compares the group of four to Joy Division and the Jesus and Mary Chain, both of which ... More >>
Kyle Smith CRYSTAL STILTS Overcasters • Force Publique 05.16.11 | Larimer Lounge While it was a bit of an odd choice for Force Publique to open for a reverb-drenched indie pop band, Cassie McNeil and James Wayne's industrial-tinged goth pop sounded as good as it did when we last caught the duo a ... More >>
Steve GullickMogwai Formed in 1995, Mogwai quickly made a name for itself with adventurous guitar work and a sound that loosened and opened up the imagination. Over the course of the next sixteen years, the Scottish band very much plotted its own course through exploring every sonic whim wit ... More >>
Tom MurphyCrocodiles CROCODILES With Hearts In Space and Overcasters 01.22.11 | Larimer Lounge With the stage bathed in shifting hues provided by Shane Williams, Overcasters opened its set with a new song -- something a little more on the bluesy and noisy side of the band's repertoire. Whil ... More >>
Saturday, January 22, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Formed in 2009, Weekend started out as a trio comprised of guys from punk and hardcore bands in the Bay Area who wanted to do something with a broader sonic palette. Often compared to My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain, Weekend doesn't really sound like either so much as a pop ban ... More >>
Saturday, July 24, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
With shit like the Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls blowing up lately, I've been trying to trace the all-to-familiar sound back to at least a semblance of its roots. While I could name off a hundred bands I thought these bands sounded like, I couldn't quite nail it. A couple weeks ago, Slumbe ... More >>
Spoon • Deerhunter • Michachu and the Shapes 04.6.10 | Ogden Theatre There are so many people crammed into the Ogden that it's difficult to see the stage. The guy in front of me is rubbing against me so often I'm wondering if his girlfriend is going to get jealous. If the place is stil ... More >>
CQ took itself seriously despite its absurd premise.Movie soundtracks are a difficult beast to master. They have to take an already existing song and apply it to a new medium in a new context. This often works with varying results, and many songs are so overused in soundtracks, they've lost a ... More >>
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 >>
Better Than Ezra There have been a lot of bands in the history of the universe and most of them, at one point or another, have broken up. Surprisingly, we've found the majority of them have reformed despite themselves. Another surprise is the amount of bands still playing -- Better Than Ezra, Sev ... More >>
Tuesday, October 13, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.
Monday, October 5, hi-dive, 720-570-4500; Tuesday, October 6, b.side lounge, 303-473-9463.
Autovaughn, by Aaron Thackeray Is this thing on? We're live from Red Rocks for Day One of Year Three of Monolith, the indie-hipster-Urban-Outfitted-neon-fest that marks the end of the Colorado music-festival season. The lovely promotional folks at Madison House have moved the media tent fro ... More >>
The Dualisitcs have been on something of a hot streak for the past six months. They kicked off the year with a brand-new EP that drew great buzz, a solid review and warranted a feature from us. They followed that up a few months later with a Nirvana cover show that had everyone stoked (sorry I misse ... More >>
Thursday, April 9, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Magnetic Fields Boulder Theater Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Better Than: Watching Chihuahuas act in films. While Magnetic Fields’ latest album, Distortion, is coated in layers of reverb drenched Jesus & Mary Chain-inspired fuzz, there was none of that at last night’s show. It was a stripped d ... More >>
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 >>
Friday, May 23, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Why give anything an earnest listen, when you can make snap judgments? Raheem DeVaughn Love Behind the Melody Zomba Records 01:00-01:45 of “Customer” I had to stare at the cover of this record for a few minutes before I realized that it wasn’t called, “Love From Behind.” I’m not sure w ... More >>
Monolith festival, Day One September 14, 2007 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Better than: Any other reason to climb roughly sixty thousand stairs. There are a lot of stairs at Red Rocks. Usually, once you make it through the grueling hike into the place, you’re done. You settle into a spot and maybe take ... More >>
Saturday, September 16, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Blue EP (Self-released)
Pretty in Black (Columbia)
Take Them On, On Your Own (Virgin)
Midnight at the Black Nail Polish Factory (Glurp)
The members of Division of Laura Lee use musical ingredients from plenty of countries -- but not their own.
Velocity of Sound (Elephant 6/SpinArt)