FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>
TUES | WU YEAR'S EVE at CERVANTES | 12/31/13 More than just creating a free-associative style that would be emulated ceaselessly throughout the '90s and to this very day, the Wu-Tang Clan engineered an aesthetic and model for profitability with only a spiritual guide, the GZA, a mastermind producer, ... More >>
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Like an infant growing into an Olympian athlete overnight, this weekend the Denver comedy scene went from an impressive-but-small collection of local talent to a nationally recognized force with its own annual rendezvous. The High Plains Comedy Festival was more than just a killer weekend of ab-crun ... More >>
Denver is brimming with talent and style -- and sometimes, the two clash perfectly together, as is the case with Kissing Party singer Deirdre Sage. We recently spotted the musician at the Mouth House following one of the band's performances and questioned her about her fashion choices. Continue read ... More >>
Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>
AARON FREEMAN @ FOX THEATRE | 11/2/12 Aaron Freeman's set at the Fox Theater felt decidedly familiar. The former Ween frontman may have officially shed the musical alter ego of Gene Ween since his last appearance in Colorado, but a lot about his act has stayed pretty much the same. That much was cl ... More >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/12 - 9/2/12 Telluride '88, Red Rocks '94 and Denver '97 -- these aren't just places and years to Phish fans. They're monuments, pivotal parts of Phish's Colorado legacy. Out of nearly eighty concerts that the band has played in the Centennial state and more ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: Tyler, the Creator himself confirmed the two local Odd Future dates in October we mentioned, we also got word of the official onsale date for the three Ween shows we told you about, and learned Duran Duran is coming to the 1STBANK Center. On local ... More >>
Cop that Ghostly Sounds LP now!Halloween weekend is just a few days away, and Denver is overflowing with ghostly activities. We know it's a daunting to keep track of all the events, so we've compiled a handy list of two-dozen ways for you to get your Halloween on. Whether you're interested in ... More >>
Thursday and Friday, August 12 and 13, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.
Boyd Fletcher PHISH August 9-10, 2010 | Telluride Town Park Looking out over a crowd of roughly 10,000 people on the ball fields of Telluride's town park after tearing through a cover of Traffic's "Light up or Leave Me Alone," Phish's Trey Anastasio summed up the surroundings succinctly: "I ... More >>
Photo by Kelly KievitAre you already lamenting the loss of beloved weirdo pop outfit Six Months to Live? Well, do we have good news for you! In just a few weeks, you'll be able to enjoy some of the same zesty pop/rock flavor with former Six Months to Live frontman's new act, the Babysitters.
White Denim is to modern psychedelic post-punk what Alice Donut was to punk rock -- weird and unafraid to let their varied musical freak flags fly. Across the Austin trio's latest record, Fits, you can hear elements of old progressive rock, garage rock, jazz, splintered blues, as well as aesthetic n ... More >>
Vampire Weekend's sophomore effort, Contra, released last week on XL, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill for the week ending January 17. The reissue of Ween's The Pod came in second, while OK Go's latest, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, released last week on Capitol, nabbed the third spot. ... More >>
Eric GruneisenIt seemed like there was a special significance to Ween's show at Red Rocks in September. In addition to the fact that the show marked one of the final spots on the band's fall tour, we noticed a number of cameras during the performance and mused that the show could wind up being re ... More >>
If you need a set of playful yet sexy techno, you could do a lot worse than calling upon the services of Les Freres Courvioiser, a faux-French duo with a penchant for spicing up their sets with ridiculous costumes and general hijinx. In the course of putting together this week's Scratching th ... More >>
Photo by Aaron Thackeray You said goodbye to summer with gusto, Denver, with a very ink-y tattoo convention, parties galore, and shows by Blink-182, Ween and Fell. See photos of the festivities at westword.com/slideshow, and reviews of the concerts on the Backbeat blog. And say a little praye ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayPhish's last night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre was made complete with one very special guest, Bill Kruetzman. The former drummer of the Grateful Dead was not expected and to bring him out for six songs to close out the second set was quite a treat. In typical Phish fashion, the band ... More >>
The documentary American Artifact highlights the history of rock poster art.
Julie Davis of Bela Karoli (A.H. Goldstein)Last night, the four-day UMS festival wrapped, and most of our crew made it out for at least part of the fest. And while we rarely agree on anything, we're all pretty much in agreement that Danielle Ate the Sandwich absolutely stole the show with one of ... More >>
All week we've been talking about talking at shows and all this talking has compelled me to weigh in with my own two cents. Like many of our other commentators, I need to admit a bit of guilt first -- I have been known to say a few words whilst someone is playing -- but just a few (oh, and once or t ... More >>
This weekend I stumbled across this story about the convergence of video games and music in our sister paper the Phoenix New Times, and really enjoyed it. I'm quite pleased that two of my great loves -- video games and music -- are coming together in so many ways, both underground and mainstream. M ... More >>
The Black Crowes, Vetiver Saturday, Dec. 13 Fillmore Auditorium Better than: Revisiting the sounds of '60s soul and '70s rock with a middling bar band. "I swear I've heard that riff before." That was the recurring thought as I watched the Black Crowes and Vetiver perform Saturday, as the solos, the ... More >>
Photo: Elliott Johnson Ween rocks Ft. Collins. Ween Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Hodi’s Half Note, Fort Collins Better than: Any rock show in Fort Collins in recent memory. There really is no precedent for last night's show in Fort Collins that feels worth mentioning – none that I’m aware of, an ... More >>
The Wayne Coyne profile that appears in the September 13 edition of Westword represents the SparkNotes version of a recent interview. Below, find the original text of our conversation with the Flaming Lips frontman, appearing unabridged and in its entirety. Coyne talks amusingly and at length about ... More >>
The bands on the July 29 Red Rocks bill don't qualify as the newest and hottest combos on the planet. Ween, the show's headliner, actually formed way back in 1984, although its first long-player wasn't released until 1990. The Flaming Lips, which played in the second slot, are even older, springing ... More >>
The Barrys (Play Dead Records)
I'll Take It (Arena Rock Recording Company)
Lindsey Kuhn's Swamp Co. Posters
Clear Channel moves in on Red Rocks, while Tenacious D takes a crowd to the moon.