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    November 18, 2014

    Marginalized Folks, Butts and Jokes: When Pop Culture Is Made to Laugh at Us, Not With Us

    Back in August, I went to see Dave Chappelle perform at the Boulder Theater with my boyfriend and a gaggle of our best dude friends. A longtime fan of Chappelle's work, it was the first time I would be seeing his standup live, and I was stoked. But halfway into his set, I had to turn off. If you ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    New Denver shows: Kid Rock's $20 tour, Muse at Pepsi Center, 311/Blues Traveler at Red Rocks

    Ever the equal opportunity rocker, Kid Rock is bringing his Best Night Ever tour to Fiddler's and every seat in the house is $20. "Everyone knows the economy is still hurting people across the country," he says, "but I didn't want that to be a reason why everyone couldn't get out and enjoy themselve ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    Another great batch of shows this week. As always, there is a ton of variety for the music lover in you. Whether you're seeking EDM, jazz, metal, indie or country, there are at least ten reasons to stay up late this week and get down like there's no tomorrow. We've got all of the shows listed in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Mustaches: They're gross, they scratch my face, and the Civil War is over

    Editor's note: Mustaches are derigeur on uncles, cops and closing pitchers, but they've also become a fixture on the upper lips of the young and the hip. In fact, it's hard to imagine a time since the Civil War when razors were so ignored. But the look can be polarizing, and Westword contributors Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 today

    "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought one formed a band." This quote has been attributed to both Brian Eno and Peter Buck (of REM) -- no one is completely certain who said it first, but that's not the point. The fact remains that The Velvet Underground ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Fitz & the Tantrums, Machine Head and more

    For whatever reason, you'll notice that this Saturday night, aside from the second night of STS9's two-night stand at the Fillmore, there aren't too many must-see shows. This is mere speculation on our part, but we're guessing that might have something to do with a certain sporting event taking plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Video: The five best bands that broke up in 2011 -- paired with five of their saddest songs

    Bands break up all the time. This is an established fact, and depending upon how many of your favorite band's original members are alive, sane or producing concept albums, it can be a welcome one. The only difference this year is the purely unfair share of fallen rock soldiers that will have ended w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    The Santa Ratings: The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs

    Santa's like, "Haaaay, girl."​The number one rule when scouting a Santa for the Santa Ratings is that he has to be alive. I mean, there are probably like a million statues of Santa in this great square state, so those are generally disqualified in favor of a breathing (and preferably naturally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Anand Wilder of Yeasayer on being from Baltimore but making a name in New York

    ​Yeasayer (due tonight with Hush, Hush and Smith Westerns at the Ogden Theatre) was started by three guys from Baltimore, who each moved to New York separately before starting the band. During its four-year existence, the trio has developed an experimental pop sound that is more akin to quirky ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: Alison Krauss is coming to Red Rocks, while Godsmack, Megadeth and Disturbed are due at Comfort Dental for the The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Wiz Khalifa brings his Rolling Papers World Tour to the 1STBANK. Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: Besides the back-to-back Mumford & Sons dates we told you about yesterday, we have word on the Cars and Taylor Swift shows, as well as Hudson Gardens and Mishawaka's summer lineups. Meanwhile on local radio, Veronica, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Travelogue: Take to the Oars checks in from Austin on their second day of the madness

    Ryan Gombeski, Chris Weaver and JP Manza of Take to the Oars at Congress Bridge​ Friday, March 18 SHIT! I swore last night that I would not be sitting here tonight at 3:00 a.m. in front of the computer working on the blog -- there are after parties to be had people! -- but alas, here we are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Top Ten Songs of the Decade

    This band had a leg up on everyone else for top song of the decade.​Radiohead? Arcade Fire? Interpol? The Strokes? The White Stripes? Animal Collective? Yeah, we've heard of 'em. For us, though, there was a much more intriguing, compelling batch of bands that weren't -- for the most part, anyw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Q&A with Shawn Christensen of Stellastarr*

    Phil Knott​ Stellastarr* (due at the Larimer Lounge with Transfer and Le Divorce on Wednesday, December 9) emerged onto the national music scene at the turn of this past decade in the musical milieu that gave us fellow New York acts like The Strokes, The Rapture and Interpol. While clearly influe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Over the Weekend: David Bazan at the Hi-Dive

    David Bazan​ David Bazan, Say Hi November 1, 2009 Hi-Dive Better Than:Dreaming about an open mike night during a nap. "Do you guys want to hear a joke?" asks Say Hi frontman Eric Elbogen maybe three songs into their set. We do, of course. "Clean or dirty?" he asks. He gets a bunch of requests ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2008

    Q&A With Howlin' Pelle Almqvist of the Hives

    The Hives are a Swedish import with staying power, and the band’s lead singer, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, knows it, as he makes clear in the following Q&A – a conversation conducted in advance of the outfit’s impending visit to Denver (see the appropriate Now Hear This item for the particulars) ... More >>

  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    Pants on Fire

    Liars dance to the beat of their own drum.

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    Snake Appeal

    Call Sign Cobra has sharpened its sprawling rock to a vicious edge.

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    The Beatdown

    The Golden Triangle was really golden during the Westword Music Showcase.

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    Critic's Choice

    Born in the Flood

  • Music

    February 24, 2005

    Booze Worthy

    Stoli and the Beers brew up a potent batch of rocking, intoxicating punk.

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    Line of Fire

    The Icarus Line doesn't give a damn about its bad reputation.

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    The Importance of Being Holly

    Meet Holly Kylberg, the boldest of Denver's boldfaced names.

  • Music

    April 15, 2004
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    January 15, 2004

    It's All Relative

    The Fiery Furnaces keep things in the family.

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

    For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.

  • Music

    October 16, 2003

    Hit Pick

    Mishka Shubaly

  • Music

    September 18, 2003


    The singer for an NYC buzz band tries his hand as a spin doctor.

  • Music

    August 7, 2003

    Raised on Radio

    Rooney's power pop infiltrates a valley of angry young men.

  • News

    June 19, 2003
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    February 13, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of February 13, 2003

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    High and Mighty

    What do emo, Jah, Neil Young and THC have in common? The Mighty Rime.

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

  • Music

    February 28, 2002

    Jonathan Richman

    Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow (Vapor)