Editor: Please see the Author's note on this new photo-driven series at the end of this article. In this second part (read part one here) of the Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages, we're going to use a few bands of the era to spotlight some of the important venues. Not every band played ... More >>
Fantasia 2014 is billing itself -- at least on Facebook, anyway -- as a "performance festival." But it's not a big, multi-stage summertime throwdown for thousands. Fantasia 2014 an intimate experience, one that co-curators Colin Ward and Stefan Herrera hope invites people who have never been to fest ... More >>
#5: Kim Shively One of Westword's newest crop of MasterMinds (all of whom will be honored this Saturday at Artopia 2014), Kim Shively expresses herself in images, rather than words, as a video artist and technician who'll take on any subject matter, from Wesley Willis to Lucha Libre wrestling, not ... More >>
MGMT @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | FRI, 9/6/13 Back in 2008, at the peak of their Coachella-studded career, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser were living one dream (deliciously abstract pop art) and singing about another: one rooted in Paris, heroin, cocaine, "elegant cars" and "models for wives," to ... More >>
ALT-J @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | THURS, 9/5/13 With prime slots this years's Coachella and millions of YouTube views, Alt-J is one of the hottest emerging acts in the country right now on the strength of its latest effort, The Lateness of the Hour. Alt-J sold out the Bluebird last spring, and this week ... More >>
GOLDRUSH MUSIC FESTIVAL @ SIDEWINDER & CRASH 45 | 9/27-9/28 In its third year, Goldrush Music Festival will again feature some of the most intriguing experimental artists in the world of underground music today, including Noveller, led by Sarah Lipstate, who as a member of Parts & Labor, helped ushe ... More >>
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Mojo Nixon (due Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at the Lion's Lair) gained notoriety in the mid- to late '80s for his irreverent songs informed by an absurdist humor with partner Skid Roper. Nixon's exuberant, unapologetic persona won over audiences because even as Nixon would make seeming ... More >>
Gorinto, the weekly food-and-music joint at the Mercury Cafe, is known for bringing together eclectic bands with a $5 vegetarian meal. And tonight, they're adding film. Local filmmaker Kim Shively is curating a night filled to the brim with short films from local filmmakers, music, and as alw ... More >>
Snowy weather got you feeling glum? Yeah? We hear ya. Luckily, we've got just thing to turn that frown upside down. Meet Total Ghost. We don't know where in the hell these dudes Chön and Biktor came from -- they claim to be from Germany, but we suspect they're about as German as a Wisconsin lumbe ... More >>
Since the dawn of live music, artists have canceled shows for various reasons. Gigs have been called for sickness, deaths in the family, dog ate the set-list, etc, etc, blah blah blah. Crypton Future Media based out of Sapporo, Japan, has finally found a way to remedy this situation with the help ... More >>
Werewolves of London, probably the best picture disc ever released.So October (or Monstober if you're into annoying nicknames) is the month of monsters, when we take an evening to support kids in dressing up like their favorite killing beast and threaten neighbors for candy, and adults in dre ... More >>
What separates the bulk of weird, wackaloon amateur singer/songwriters from someone like Wesley Willis or Daniel Johnston? Talent, certainly, but the math alone insists there are more than those scattered gems among the depths of crazy people with microphones. And occasionally you stumble acr ... More >>
Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of Denver's finest hip-hop acts paying tribute to the finest in that genre's storied history, The Denver Art Rock Collective is paying tribute to the musical mastery of the one and only Britney Spears. Come again, now? Yes, that is right. Saturday, June ... More >>
Gone but not forgotten -- by one guy, anyway. Sure, the Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons this past weekend, earning their second consecutive comeback win. But that doesn't mean everyone is convinced that young Denver QB Jay Cutler has turned the corner -- especially not the fan behind LetPlummerPl ... More >>
Saturday, June 16
Be there or be square!
Haunting Denver's most notorious haunts.
With an open-ended musical manifesto, the Inactivists activate.
Jello Biafra pounds the podium to get out the vote.
Outsider artist Wesley Willis.
Through injury, adversity and obscurity, Orlando Terrell struggles to keep his music alive.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Backbeat writers weigh in on local CDs
From the week of January 10,2002
Springing into action with a new crop of local releases.
Adrian Romero acquires a New York state of mind.
Brilliant Concert Numbers
(Old Gold Records)
For Wesley Willis, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Watch out, Dean and Rog. The other radio creeps are creeping up on you.