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    July 29, 2014

    SBTRKT, Shakey Graves, Minus the Bear shows on sale this weekend

    London-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SBTRKT, who's slated to release a new album in September, will headline the Ogden Theatre on Monday, October 20. General admission tickets ($35) go on sale on Thursday, July 31 at 10 a.m., and early bird tickets are $30 this weekend. Afte ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    What to see at UMS, according to Atlas' Enrique Jimenez

    Enrique Jimenez is a man about town -- if you've been to more than a handful of local shows over the last several years, chances are you've crossed paths with him. His own band Atlas (formerly Panal S.A. de C.V.) is an experimental instrumental rock band par excellence and can be caught at Eslinger ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Renegade, Front Range and the Colorado Brewers Festival celebrate anniversaries

    Boulder Beer Company, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year, said this week that it will begin canning two of its flagship beers, Buffalo Gold Golden Ale and Mojo IPA, for the first time. Both cans will feature redesigned artwork. Boulder Beer has canned two of its other beers, Hazed & Inf ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Beer calendar: fruity firkins, a taphouse tour and a new Denver brewery opens

    On Thursday morning, a group of six small Colorado breweries will take a decidedly modern approach to beer-making when they all brew Simultaneous Saison at the same time at their respective locations across the state. The six breweries -- Denver's Strange Craft, Echo Brewing in Frederick, Monument's ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Beer calendar: Avery and River North get sour; Boulder Beer and Great Divide have birthdays

    Denver Beer Co is just a few weeks away from firing up the kettle at its new production facility, dubbed "Canworks," and brewing its first batches of Graham Cracker Porter and Incredible Pedal IPA in Sunnyside. The brewery's second location should begin canning those two beers before its third anniv ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Beer calendar: Cool down with fruit beers, a festival and a grand opening

    Although they've both been operating in Fort Collins for more than two decades, Odell and New Belgium had never collaborated on a beer. That changed last month when the two Colorado stalwarts teamed up on FOCOllaboration Ale, a pale ale made with Fawcett Crystal Malt (an Odell favorite), Centennial, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Andy Thomas on Hell is in New Jersey, Etgar Keret and Shel Silverstein

    Reading is about more than following a narrative or learning facts; it can also be a profound shared experience that culminates in a better understanding of ourselves and each other. In that spirit, welcome to the Westword Book ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    SnowBall Music Festival reveals first wave of acts: Pretty Lights, Knife Party, GRiZ and more

    SnowBall Music Festival just revealed the first acts on its bill for the 2014 edition of its annual event. The festival, launched in 2011, is making its way down from the mountains this year and setting up shop at the Park at Mile High at Sports Authority Field, and when it does, Pretty Lights (play ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    New Denver shows: String Cheese Incident, Blizten Trapper, Buddy Guy, on sale this week

    String Cheese Incident returns to the 1STBANK Center for a three-night New Year's run on Saturday, December 29, Sunday, December 30 and Tuesday, December 31. Tickets ($56-$80/three-day passes $180) go on sale this Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale, wha ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    New shows: Foxygen, Heavyweight Dub Champion and Salt-N-Pepa

    Foxygen is returning to Denver for a headlining date at the Bluebird Theater on Tuesday, September 24. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, plus a rundown of local radio playlists and the top album sales locally ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Cantina

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Stephanie March hosted at Cantina this past Saturday. Keep reading for ... More >>

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    June 22, 2013

    The 2013 Westword Music Showcase schedule

    The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase is here! Today in the Golden Triangle, more than 150 acts are slated to perform on sixteen stages throughout the neighborhood. Break out your red pen and chart out your course: Here's the most up-to-date list of who's playing where and when. Keep reading ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), April 19-21

    Yes, weed is now legal in Colorado. And yes, this weekend is the giant 4/20 celebration. But that doesn't mean that all the fun will be in Civic Center Park.From an alternative 4/20 celebration with music and comedy to Record Store Day to a free theater performance, this weekend is full of events th ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    New Denver shows: Rush, Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Postal Service, Death, Danzig and more

    Bunch of new shows to let you know about this week, including Rush, who's coming to the Pepsi Center in August, plus new dates featuring the Postal Service, Rodrigo y Gabriela with the Colorado Symphony, Death, Danzig and Deer Tick. Keep reading for the full rundown of all those shows, including tic ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    October 31, 2012

    The Afghan Whigs at Ogden Theater, 10/30/12

    THE AFGHAN WHIGS @ OGDEN THEATRE |10/30/12 Probably the biggest surprise of the Afghan Whigs show last night at the Ogden came right before the end of the set when Greg Dulli revealed that his band had a Colorado connection. He told us how more than two decades ago, the Fluid heard a Whigs demo tap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    New shows: Taylor Swift, Public Enemy, Hot Water Music; Morrissey, Green Day postponed

    Tons of concert news for you this morning: You've already heard about the Morrissey show this weekend being postponed and about Taylor Swift coming back to Denver next summer, but we've also got word of Green Day's 1STBANK show in February being postponed, K'nann show at the Gothic being cancelled, ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Local Shakedown Volume 4 features forty local acts, including Ian Cooke, Hindershot and more

    After gaining a reputation for taste and comprehension with their first three volumes, including a nod in our Best of Denver issue in 2010, the folks at Radio 1190 continues to document the Denver music scene with the fourth installment of their Local Shakedown comp, a two disc set that covers a gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    New shows: STS9 and String Cheese NYE runs, Fun. at 1STBANK, DeVotchKa and more

    New Year's Eve is shaping up to be an epic night of shows, with the String Cheese Incident pulling into 1STBANK Center for a three-night NYE run (tickets on sale this Saturday, September 29), STS9 plays three shows at the Fillmore (tickets on sale Friday, September 28), and the Motet's Beginning of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    (UPDATE) New Concerts: Skrillex vs Knife Party, Bob Dylan and Green Day at 1STBANK

    A bunch of new shows this week. The two biggest of the bunch: Bob Dylan, whose new album, Tempest , hits the stores today, is coming to the 1STBANK Center for a two-night stand in late October, and Green Day, due for a date at the Broomfield venue in February. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, meanwhile, br ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    New Colorado Concerts: Smashing Pumpkins at 1STBANK, Yonder Mountain at Boulder Theater

    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 >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Colorado's ten best camping festivals

    Colorado will see more camping music festivals this year than ever before, and we've compiled a comprehensive and organized list so you know which ones to attend, if you can't make them all. We've even rated them based on several very important factors from location, to price, to music. Take a gande ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Breaking Bad's 10 greatest scenes (so far)

    For four seasons, Breaking Bad has chronicled the journey of Walter White from "Mr Chips to Scarface," as creator Vince Gilligan puts it. The end of the last season saw White taking out his number one adversary in spectacular fashion, marking the beginning of the final phase of his transformation. S ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Peaches, Kottonmouth Kings, Why?, Warrant, Cinderella and Skid Row lead this week's shows

    Now that we're moving into the thick of summer concert season, the fall schedule is starting to take shape with new dates from Peaches, Kottonmouth Kings, Why?, Warrant, Cinderella and Skid Row on the books. Page down for the full rundown on this week's new show announcements, as well as local radio ... More >>

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    June 23, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase schedule

    Alright, it's here! Finally! The waiting is over! The eighteenth annual Westword Music Showcase. You've probably already printed it out, cut it out, copied and highlighted the schedule, but just in case you haven't, here's the most up-to-date version of today's lineup for the Showcase. All of the TB ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase schedule

    Okay, time to officially start getting excited now. The annual Westword Music Showcase is a little more than a week away. Did you pick up your tickets yet? If not, you can still get them at the discounted rate. Prices go up day of the show. By now, you've already seen the lineup of who's playing the ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Colorado beer calendar: Burning Can, the Growler Cvlt and Russian River

    Banjo Billy's Bus Tours has joined a growing list of companies offering brewery tours in Denver with a three-hour journey that begins at the Wynkoop Brewing Company (with an optional tour) at 6 p.m. and then heads to Strange Brewing Company, Breckenridge Brewery and Denver Beer Co. The tours depart ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote! The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>

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    February 4, 2012

    Review: FaceMan's Waltz at the Bluebird Theater, 2/3/12

    A.H. GoldsteinFaceMan at the Bluebird Theater last night.FACEMAN'S WALTZ @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/3/12The sound became expansive and the stage felt crowded fairly early in FaceMan's set at the Bluebird Theater on a snowy Friday night. After a brief introduction from the Flobots' Stephen "Brer Rabbit" ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    New Year's Eve in Denver: live music tip sheet

    Correction: Bop Skizzum performs at Moe's BBQ & Bowling on New Year's Eve. An earlier version of this story included an incorrect venue. While there's plenty of action in the clubs over New Year's weekend, there are also a ton of bands playing in Denver and Boulder, and a lot of them playing multip ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Radiohead, Roger Waters, the Descendants and Los Lobos were announced. Nautical Mile, Tennis, Churchill and Dressy Bessy got spins on local radio. And new and recent releases from Tom Waits, Wale a ... 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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    May 3, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Death Cab for Cutie is due at Red Rocks in August with Frightened Rabbit, preceded by O.A.R. in July, while Ben Folds stops by the Ogden in July and Queensryche plays the Theatre in September. ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.

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    February 8, 2011

    DeVotchKa, FaceMan, Churchill spun this week on local radio. See who else got spins.

    ​Here's what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists from a number of different shows, including KTCL's Locals Only, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show, The Colorado Sound, which originates at ... More >>

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    October 16, 2010

    Vinefield Agency showcase at Casselman's, 10/15/10

    Jon SolomonMonroe Monroe​ VINEFIELD AGENCY SHOWCASE 10.16.2010 | Casselman's Bar & Venue It's an ambitious task fitting close to a dozen diverse acts into a five and a half-hour show, but the folks at the Vinefield Agency pulled it off as part of new company's launch party and showcase. Loca ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Signal Path, Of Montreal and Emancipator filled our playlists this past week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

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    August 15, 2010

    John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light, The Knew at Mile High Music Festival, day two

    Brian Landis FolkinsJohn Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light​John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light, 1:15 p.m. on the Cougar Stage John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light didn't let the early hour or the high temperatures derail their sense of decorum. The band emerged for t ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase: Denver rocks -- thought you Knew!

    Here's another semi-headache inducing video for ya' from this year's Westword Music Showcase. This one features the Knew electrifying a capacity crowd at Sutra. Props are due to ColoradoKid. While the rest of the us were popping Ibuprofen and feverishly trying to rehydrate while shaking off the re ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase local lineup revealed

    Gabriel Rovick And Ryan James (Focus 4 Design)​ The complete lineup for Showcase has been finalized, and all that's left to do now is countdown the days until the sixteenth annual Westword Music Showcase takes place on Saturday, June 19. Nearly a hundred local acts (well over a hundred if y ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    See which local acts got love on local radio this week

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown*, KTCL's Locals Only, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    This Just In: Muse, Yeasayer, Killswitch Engage shows announced

    ​England-based alt-rock band Muse, who's touring in support of its latest effort, The Resistance, is slated to visit Odeum Colorado (formerly the Broomfield Event Center) with Silversun Pickups on Tuesday, April 6. Tickets, which are $39.50 to $49.50, go on sale Saturday, December 19, at 10 a.m. Y ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    ​​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's long-running Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only*, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all o ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's long-running Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Col ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    The Mars Volta and Yeah Yeah Yeahs to headline Monolith

    Update: Just in case you haven't been keeping tabs, this year's Monolith line-up has been shaping up rather nicely. On May 18, the masterminds of Monolith began revealing the line-up for the third annual two-day indie-centric music festival every two hours on Twitter and Facebook. Some folks found t ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    Here are the playlists from the area's local-centric specialty radio shows this week. This week marks the addition of 99.5 the Mountain's Home Grown Show, whose playlist we've added to in additon to the others we're already tracking: Radio 1190's long-running Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, the ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    The Knew lands song on AMC's Breaking Bad

    The second season of Breaking Bad makes its premier on Sunday, March 8. As part of AMC's effort to tout its original series, which chronicles a terminally ill chemistry teacher named Walter White's (Bryan Cranston, Malcom in the Middle) foray into the drug trade, the network is currently running a p ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Sharing the Wealth

    An out-of-state friend of mine just asked me to pull together some recommendations of good music that has emerged from colorful Colorado in recent years. I’m looking at the playlist in iTunes right now and can’t believe my eyes.

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    June 4, 2007

    What You Missed This Weekend (June 1-3)

    We Are! We Are!, All Capitals, The Narrator and Me Llamo Rosa Larimer Lounge Friday, June 1st Slide show Live review

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