Virgil Dickerson

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    November 21, 2014

    Illegal Pete's Plans to Open Hi-Dive-Sized Venue in Fort Collins This Spring

    Illegal Pete's has always been passionate about the Colorado music industry. It runs a label, Greater Than Collective, the Starving Artist program and hosts free shows at all of their restaurants. So it makes sense that the restaurant would open a proper music venue. That will happen this spring i ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Record Store Chain Reaction Records Opens Today in Lakewood

    Somewhere on W. Colfax in Lakewood is a strip-mall, virtually indistinguishable from all the others on any given stretch of the meandering 26 mile boulevard. The only thing that differentiates this particular strip-mall, for music fans, anyhow, is that starting today, it will be the home of Chain Re ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Adam Cayton-Holland on doubling down for High Plains Comedy Festival's second year

    Adam Cayton-Holland is a comedian, podcaster, and former Westword scribe who forged his craft in ego-battering Colfax open mics before co-founding The Grawlix with Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl, a union that has produced a self-titled parodic web series and Denver's best monthly standup showc ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    What makes Denver's music scene successful (and unsuccessful)? Off-stage experts weigh in

    This Saturday, at the twentieth Westword Music Showcase, we'll celebrate the remarkable depth and talent of the Denver music scene with more than 140 local bands on sixteen stages (in addition to an outdoor stage with some touring artists you can learn about elsewhere in this section). But it takes ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    A. Tom Collins joins Atomic Music Group roster

    A. Tom Collins recently submitted its music to be considered for a support slot for Reverend Horton Heat's show at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs on Saturday, December 28. Not only did the act land the gig, but it ended up getting picked up by the Atomic Music Group, an international booking ag ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Ten best hipster restaurants in Denver

    Mirror, mirror on the graffitied wall -- which is the hippest hangout of all? Denver is suddenly bursting with hipster neighborhoods, spiraling out from the longtime center in Capitol Hill to South Broadway, LoHi and the burgeoning RiNo area. And not only are these neighborhoods home to cool coffeeh ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Producer Andy Juett on poetry, Updike and reading with his kids

    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 Club, a weekly feature celebrating the books that inspire Denver artists ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    DAVE MATTHEWS BAND @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | 8/23-8/24 Twenty years ago, the Dave Matthews Band played Red Rocks for the first time, opening for the Tragically Hip and the Samples, and went on to build a loyal following with early shows at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. In the two decades since, the gu ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    High Plains Comedy Festival: Behind the scenes with Andy Juett

    We'd both been to some pretty amazing comedy festival setups ranging from Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon to the now defunct HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado and we both agreed that Denver deserved a truly sustainable festival that would be uniquely "Denver." We thought ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    March 21, 2013

    The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

    Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin! The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Chris Heckman of the Epilogues on the new album and working with Greater Than

    The music industry sucks, and the Epilogues know it. They're no strangers to being let down by the business. Over the course of the band's nearly six year existence, its members have gone through the label dance enough to know what a downer it is. Waiting in limbo, the band went through some serious ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Greater Than Collective signs distribution deal with Sony RED and adds Epilogues to the roster

    See Also: • (Profile) The Epilogues story has a happy ending • (Profile) Cobraconda goes on Spring Break • Snake Rattle Rattle Snake partners with Greater Than Collective • Illegal Pete's and Greater Than Collective's Second Annual Starving Artist Showcase Since launching Greater Than -- t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 15, 2012

    Illegal Pete's raises funds for local bands with rad commemorative beer glasses

    Illegal Pete's really, really cares about bands. This much was clear from the moment the restaurant launched its Starving Artists Program, in which Pete's feeds hungry touring acts heading through Denver. But what about the bands that tour here all the time? What about the acts that are from here? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Century Media exits Spotify: Is there value for indie labels in making their catalogs available?

    ​In a press release last week, Century Media announced it would be pulling its music from the streaming music service Spotify. The metal-centric label is certainly not the first to express its distrust of streaming services, and it probably won't be the last. As fans and consumers have been pu ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Suburban Home Records gearing up to celebrate its sweet sixteen in September at 3 Kings Tavern

    ​It's hard to believe that Suburban Home Records has been around nearly two decades now. Seriously. Where does the time go? The label -- home to heralded bands like the Gamits and Drag the River over the years -- has weathered a lot of storms and this coming September, it will be celebrating i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Sin Desires Marie on Fugazi and the puzzling novelty of women playing powerful music

    Tom Murphy​In the eloquent liner notes of Sin Desires Marie, the band's sole full-length, bassist Yoon Park explains that Sin Desires Marie (due tonight at Glob for this weekend's Titwrench Festival) was started by friends who learned how to play their respective instruments as they learned to ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Snake Rattle Rattle Snake partners with Greater Than artist collective for new record, Sineater

    ​In case you haven't heard yet, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake is playing a free in-store at Twist and Shout at 6 p.m. August 16, in celebration of the release of the band's first full-length, Sineater. That performance is timed to coincide with a release show later that week at the Bluebird on Aug ... 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 7, 2011

    Download Suburban Home's free mix tape to prep for two months of shows

    ​Suburban Home has been releasing mix tapes for a free for quite a while now, but it seems as though they might have reached the numerical limit of the format, because they've started over. That's right, we've got another Suburban Home Presents Mix Tape Volume 1, which might cause slight confu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2010

    Chad Price, Lenny Lashley and Pete Stein play Sad Slow Songs at 3 Kings Tavern

    Photo by Matt Schild/Vinylcollective.comChad Price ​CHAD PRICE With Lenny Lashley • Pete Stein 12.17.10 | 3 Kings Tavern Former punks and present cowpunks splayed open their hearts in the tradition of the great singer-songwriters last night at 3 Kings Tavern, 60 South Broadway. Lenny Lashle ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Download Suburban Home Records Mix Tape Volume 4 free today

    ​Suburban Home has long been releasing mix tapes put together by label owner Virgil Dickerson, but it wasn't until recently these started popping up on the website. Thankfully, those of us that missed the original CDRs will have a chance to catch up, at least in the case of the fourth volume, ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Illegal Pete's to feed Starving Artists coming through Denver

    ​So this is a rad perk for touring acts coming through Colorado. Suburban Home Records honcho Virgil Dickerson and our own Andy Thomas have teamed up with Illegal Pete's to establish the aptly dubbed Starving Artists Program, which is exactly what it sounds like: Setting up weary bands on the ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Suburban Home announces limited pressing of Drag the River anthology

    ​Drag the River has always been about giving fans the biggest bang for their hard-earned buck. If you ever stumbled into a bar that has a Drag record in the jukebox, for instance, you've probably noticed that if you select the last track on the album, you're treated to the entire album. Genius, ri ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Gregory Alan Isakov gets distribution from Suburban Home

    In a unique arrangement, Suburban Home Records has come to an agreement to do distribution and, through the Vinyl Collective sublabel, a vinyl release of Gregory Alan Isakov's self-released record This Empty Northern Hemisphere. Under terms of the deal, Suburban Home will handle distribution of the ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Download Mike Hale's Suburban Home debut FREE!

    Virgil Dickerson's Suburban Home Records is the latest in a line of indie labels giving away music, in hopes of generating interest in tours, merchandise and other artists on the label. This time, it's not simply a teaser EP, designed to grab your email address to promote the full-length when it's f ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Details of Jon Snodgrass's new album revealed

    Jon Snodgrass, one half of the almighty Drag the River, is preparing to release his debut solo effort. The album, Visitor's Band, which is slated for release on Tuesday, February 4, on Suburban Home Records, features a slew of guests, including Two Cow Garage, Chad Rex, Joey Erg, Chris Pierce and Er ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008

    Hot IQs and Eyes and Ears both releasing new vinyl

    This just in: In case you've somehow managed to to miss the thousands of inescapable national trend pieces floating around on the subject, vinyl is evidently making a comeback. And now it seems the backwards-glancing craze has made its way to the local scene. And we couldn't be happier, friends. Aft ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2007

    Reunited and It Feels So Good

    The ghost of Denvers past pays us a visit, just in time for the holidays.

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    November 15, 2007

    Heady Metal

    With On High, Chris Fogal is shredding again with a vengeance.

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    November 8, 2007

    Colorado Music Summit

    Putting together a music conference is hard enough. Try doing it in just four months.

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    May 3, 2007

    Home Alone

    Suburban Home Records gets pilfered. Again.

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    April 25, 2007
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    April 25, 2007

    Suburban Home Records Gets Pilfered Again

    Virgil Dickerson has always suspected that people have been stealing his music. Now he has irrefutable proof. When we spoke last month, the head of Suburban Home Records had no quanitfiable evidence to support his claims that illegal downloads were taking a toll on the label’s bottom line. Still, ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007

    Home Stand

    A decline in sales forces Suburban Home Records to scale back.

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    January 24, 2007

    Punch Drunk Love

    Drunk dialing. C'mon, everyone's done it at least once. And those who say they haven't... well, those people are either full of fiction or hardline teetotalers who view abstinence as a virtue. Even if you do happen to fall into the latter category, chances are better than good that you've been unwit ... More >>

  • Music

    August 17, 2006

    Alert the Media

    Waking Rothko knows how to get a critic's attention.

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    July 20, 2006

    Release Me

    A roundup of six local imprints.

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    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

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    June 15, 2006

    Top of the Morning

    This local label boosts Denver's national image.

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    September 29, 2005


    I needed a fix, and Chris Fogal delivered.

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    October 28, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Elevators, Frappuccinos, and things that go bump in the night.

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    September 30, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Usually, the Morning After is all about regret. This one is filled with optimism.

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    September 23, 2004

    Classroom Rebels

    A new film spotlights the fight for equal education in Denver

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    January 29, 2004

    The Beatdown

    For your ears only: You can listen to the music, but by God, dont share it.

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    September 18, 2003

    The Beatdown

    The music industry is in a shambles, but Suburban Home is celebrating independence day.

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    August 30, 2001

    Paying the Price

    Unlike their more commercial pop-punk counterparts, the Gamits are most interested in good old-fashioned rocking.