Wesley Willis

  • News

    February 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    100 Colorado Creatives: Kim Shively

    #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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The best DIY shows in Denver in September

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Bill Picket's Invitational Rodeo

    Guf Strife
    Fool School Productions

  • Music

    April 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Mojo Nixon: "I am here to set the world straight about Tim Tebow and his invisible friends!"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Go to the movies tonight at Gorinto

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Behold the awesome absurdity of Total Ghost

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Maybe Japan's on to something: Who needs live music when you have hollograms?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Ten greatest monster songs that are not 'Monster Mash'

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Freaky Friday: "Little Wings" - Mark Gormley

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Britney Spears: a tribute

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Who cares if the Broncos are playing better -- bring back Jake Plummer!

    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 LetPlumme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008
  • Music

    June 14, 2007
  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • News

    October 27, 2005

    Be Afraid

    Haunting Denver's most notorious haunts.

  • News

    June 23, 2005
  • Music

    April 14, 2005

    Law of Inertia

    With an open-ended musical manifesto, the Inactivists activate.

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2004

    Jello Shots

    Jello Biafra pounds the podium to get out the vote.

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2004

    Fool's Gold

    Outsider artist Wesley Willis.

  • Music

    January 15, 2004

    Soul Survivor

    Through injury, adversity and obscurity, Orlando Terrell struggles to keep his music alive.

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

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

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Local Color

    Backbeat writers weigh in on local CDs

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of January 10,2002

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    Time of the Season

    Springing into action with a new crop of local releases.

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2001
  • Music

    November 23, 2000


    Adrian Romero acquires a New York state of mind.

  • Music

    March 2, 2000

    Eric Gaffney

    Brilliant Concert Numbers

    (Old Gold Records)

  • Music

    May 6, 1999

    Greatest Schiz

    For Wesley Willis, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Music

    November 21, 1996
  • Music

    April 11, 1996

    The Mouths That Roar

    Watch out, Dean and Rog. The other radio creeps are creeping up on you.

  • Music

    March 21, 1996