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Westword Music Showcase

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Jüna Hæm is bright and bold at the Westword Music Showcase

    The twentieth annual Westword Music Showcase turned the Golden Triangle into a block party -- make that blocks party -- on Saturday. We spotted all kinds of outfits in the crowd, but the most energetic menswear look came courtesy of Jüna Hæm. Keep reading to learn what inspires his style, his styl ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Video: Westword Music Showcase atendees on fashion and festival essentials

    We've talked plenty about the artists who played at this year's Westword Music Showcase. But, as many of them noted, there isn't much worthwhile about a music scene without fans. So videographer Bailey Geoghan talked to atendees at this year's Showcase. She collected advice from them on summer festi ... More >>

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    June 22, 2014

    Ten things I learned at the Westword Music Showcase

    Editor: We're sitting here among the folded banners and deflated massive cartoon rum bottles after another Westword Music Showcase. You can relive it with a fairly comprehensive set of photos, and we'll have some more thoughts from the writers of Backbeat in the coming days. For now, here are some i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    A few random facts about this year's Westword Music Showcase lineup

    The twentieth annual Westword Music Showcase is tomorrow. There are over 150 bands on the bill, which is a lot. Too many to see in a day. We've come up with a few ways of helping you make your decisions. But just in case you need a few more, we present an assortment of random facts about a random se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Meet 100(ish) of Denver's best bands: Part two

    Your new favorite band is from Denver -- you just have to find it! No small task in a city with thousands of artists and hundreds of venues, we know -- but you can start this weekend at the Westword Music Showcase. More than 140 of our favorite local artists will play sixteen stages around the Golde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Eight reasons it's great to be a musician in Colorado, according to the bands

    There are successful, vibrant music scenes in every corner of the world. So what makes ours different? We asked several bands playing this year's Westword Music Showcase to tell us: What is, in your opinions, the best thing about playing music in Colorado? Their set times for this Saturday are liste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    What you need to know about the Denver music scene, according to the bands

    The Westword Music Showcaseis next Saturday, June 21. It's our annual love letter to Denver music, with over 140 local bands playing. All of them are nominees for Westword Music Awards, and together we hope the two efforts will help a few people discover some new things about the music of the city t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Seven mostly ill-advised pre-show rituals by Denver bands

    Performers in all spheres often discuss the importance of ritual. Especially in music, where a pre-concert ordinance may be more significant to the band than we ever know as observers. One might think that rituals are reserved for witches and baseball players, but we have evidence that musicians g ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    What makes Denver's music scene unique? A Westword Music Showcase ticket contest

    The Westword Music Showcase is less than two months away. On June 21, 130-ish Colorado bands and artists of every possible variety will play assorted venues around the Golden Triangle. Each of those bands is a nominee for a Westword Music Award, and they represent a music community that is easy to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    The Westword Music Showcase ticket contest

    Update(s): We've picked a winner for questions number one and two. So far we've somewhat arbitrarily given tickets to people who have suggested that a great music scene needs radio support and that the best thing about Denver's music scene is that everyone from "budtenders" to businessmen go to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from City Hall Amphitheatre

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Shawn White hosted at City Hall Amphitheatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Roostercat Coffee House

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Antonio Valenzuela hosted at Roostercat Coffee House this past Saturda ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Bar Standard

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Tom Murphy hosted at Bar Standard this past Saturday. Keep reading for ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Dazzle

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Jon Solomon hosted at Dazzle this past Saturday. Keep reading for some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in June

    GETO BOYS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 6/22/13 When it comes to the history of hip-hop in the Dirty South, it begins with Geto Boys and their self-titled, Rick Rubin-produced debut. The group had existed, though with a different cast, since '86, but it wasn't until the turn of the decade -- when it go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    #WMS 2012 recap: Dazzle Jazz

    Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and, in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. A.H. Goldstein ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Review: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Westword Music Showcase, 6/23/12

    MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWS @ WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE | 6.23.12 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came out to chants of "Macklemore! Macklemore!" at the 2012 Westword Music Showcase from the packed and adoring crowd. Once Lewis stepped onto the DJ platform and took the microphone from the stand, the audience er ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Westword Music Showcase: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe presents a Tribute to the Beastie Boys!

    If you haven't picked up your tickets to the Westword Music Showcase yet, here's another reason to get on it: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe presents a Tribute to the Beastie Boys at this year's Showcase. This is going to be absolutely sick! Page down to see what you have in store. If this isn't the be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Today is the last day to get discounted tickets for the 2012 Westword Music Showcase!

    Reminder: Today is the last day to get discounted tickets for the 2012 Westword Music Showcase. If you haven't noticed, this year's lineup is stacked. Thought Chromeo and Ghostland Observatory brought it before? When Girl Talk closes out the mainstage, we have no doubt he'll make past years seem lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Westword Music Showcase tickets on sale now!

    Update 12:45 p.m.: Did you get your tickets yet? If so, you're eligible to win a VIP upgrade. Page down to let us know you got your ticket and who you're excited to see, and we'll pick somebody at random tomorrow morning to receive an upgrade. (Original Post: 6:30 a.m.) Happy Monday! Oh, and what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Primasonic farewell show slated for this Saturday night at Bender's Tavern

    ​Earlier today, literally minutes after we posted a scene report detailing all the recent shake ups, break-ups and births in the scene, we received word about another noteworthy development -- so noteworthy, in fact, that we thought it deserved a post all its own. This Saturday, Primasonic, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    TONIGHT: Westword Music Showcase Awards ceremony slated for 7 p.m. at Bluebird Theater

    Just a quick reminder in case you missed it in the paper or on the blog earlier this week: Tonight, the seventeenth annual Westword Music Showcase Awards are taking place at the Bluebird Theater. After months of voting and a stellar Showcase this past weekend, we reveal the winners in each of the fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Thursday is the new Friday: Showcase Awards, album releases, Cosmic Gate and more

    ​Here comes another Thursday, and if its anything like last Thursday then it's going to be wild and fun. Last week, we tore it up all over the city, and now that we're fully recovered from the Showcase/PrideFest hangover, there's plenty to do tonight, from the Westword Music Showcase Awards at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase after-party for fans who just couldn't get enough fun (PHOTOS)

    ​This year's Westword Music Showcase was a day-long party, and our photogs came back with galleries featuring main-stage action, the local spotlight and the all-important after-party. Check out those images, plus NSFW shots from the Pride Weekend kickoff and more on our jam-packed slideshow pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Good Friday: Westword Music Showcase, after-party and more this weekend

    UME​So, the Westword Music Showcase is finally going down tomorrow, and, of course, we're excited. Along with laundry list of amazing local acts like Kingdom of Magic, Diamond Boiz and Vices I Admire, we've got Chromeo, UME and Del the Funky Homosapien rolling through.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Music Showcase Freebie: You put your weed in there, man.

    ​There's nothing worse for a pot-smoking music fan than to find your concert joints crumbled into a broken mess at the bottom of your favorite hiding spot. All that work rolling them beforehand, stashing them in your hat and making it through security is gone, and you've got to spend the rest ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    A first look at brand new videos from Havok, Gangcharger and Lost Point

    ​You know how we like our metal bands? That's right: Shirtless, bearded, with ten feet of hair that they whip in a helicopter-like fashion, looking something fierce overall, playing flying V's in fields of fire with random explosions happening all around them. That's how we like our metal band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Local Lineup

    ​It's like the universe knows, like it waits patiently for us to go to press and then drops the hammer. The ink is almost literally still drying on the local lineup for the 2011 Westword Music Showcase (which you'll find on page 45 of this week's issue), and already, it's changed slightly: Bad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase Tickets on sale now

    ​If you didn't pick up your tickets for this year's Westword Music Showcase during our special Voice Deal of the Day presale over the weekend, don't sweat it. Tickets are now officially on sale, and they're still ridiculously cheap. Okay, so they're not ten bucks cheap anymore, but still less ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    $10 Westword Music Showcase tix on sale now!

    ​ Earlier this week when we announced the headliners for this year's Westword Music Showcase, we mentioned that you'd be able to pick up tickets for just ten bucks. Ten bucks for Chromeo, Yo La Tengo, Del the Funky Homosapien with a full band, Murder By Death, Young the Giant, Epilogues and U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    3OH!3 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night

    Ah, so this is why Kamtin Mohager from the Chain Gang of 1974 wasn't on hand to collect his Westword Music Showcase award last night. The 3OH!3 cats are sounding tighter and tighter in the band context, eh? And props to Kimmel and company for being much more generous in devoting screen time to the ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase Awards tonight at the Bluebird!

    ​Congrats to our winner Mark Maxwell. Tonight, he and a guest will be our guest at the Westword Music Showcase Awards VIP reception at the Bluebird at 6 p.m. The awards ceremony takes place directly afterward at 7:30 p.m., and that's when we'll actually begin announcing the winners and handing ... More >>

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    June 20, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase edition of The Denver Boot

    ​Our periodic feature, The Denver Boot, has been conspicuously dormant for the past, oh, six months or so. Perhaps you've noticed. Excellent reason for that: The master taper guy supplying the recordings, the illustrious Lance Stack from The Flat Response blog, has been a face on a milk carton for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Presenting the 2010 Westword Music Showcase Schedule and Map

    IMPORTANT SCHEDULING UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control (and, more to the point, frontman Chris Fogal's) TAUNTAUN will not be performing in the 6:15 - 7 p.m. slot at Broadway's tomorrow. While Fogal is resting his aching back ("I would tough it out," he assures us, "but the problem is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Design your perfect Westword Music Showcase

    "You can either use negative comments to get you down, or you can use them to excite you and to energize your process of making a better pizza. We did the latter." Patrick Doyle, the president of Domino's Pizza and the man responsible for the above quote, is either a genius or completely insane. ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    The 10 most popular Backbeat stories of 2009

    ​It's about damn time this year ended. But before it does, we're taking a look back at your favorite stories of 2009. Here, the ten most popular stories from the Backbeat blog.

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    July 7, 2009

    Fresh Breath Committee's Purpose getting his 'Idol' on

    While Fresh Breath Committee holds its breath for the results of the Westword Music Showcase, one member of the collective is participating in another contest. Purpose, aka Mykal Hudson, is a finalist in FOX 31's Denver Idol competition.Yes, he sings as well as raps. Who knew? He performed for local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    2009 Westword Music Showcase Awards date and venue announced.

    After a wildly successful Westword Music Showcase this year, we've tallied the votes, ordered the statues and put the bubbly is on ice. A week from today at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13, we'll be announcing the winners in the individual categories at the Gothic Theatre. Whether you're a nominee or a ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    The Denver Boot: the Fluid at Westword Music Showcase, 6.13.09

    It's been just nearly two weeks since the fifteenth annual Westword Music Showcase wrapped. By now, you've read all the coverage, checked out all the photos and downloaded all of the free MP3s. Right now, as we're gearing up for the awards ceremony, which will be taking place in the next few weeks ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, June 16 edition

    Thoughts about food for thoughts.... Today in Cafe Society: • Meet and greet at Civic Center Eats. • A sixth Five Guys coming to Colorado Boulevard? • Black Pearl celebrates four years on South Pearl Street with free wine, cocktails and food. • 3 Sons finally back in business. • New Ein ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, June 15 edition

    Photo by Aaron ThackerayRed Stinger. Recovered yet? Today in Backbeat Online: • Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Bannock St. Garage. • Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Broadways. • Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Vinyl. • Westword Music Showcase: How I saw thirty bands in five hours an ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    'Catch the Buzz 3' Mixtape features Spoke-In-Wordz, Playalitical, DJ Chonz

    Just in time for the Westword Music Showcase, Spoke-In-Wordz and his folks put the finishing touches on his newest mixtape Catch the Buzz 3. The mix is a collection of freestyles, collaborations and unreleased material from the last few years. Mixed entirely by DJ Chonz, Spoke-In-Wordz and Playaliti ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, April 23 edition

    It's the number 23. Think Jim Carrey is freaked out? Today in Cafe Society: • Delicious Designs: Eat this restaurant, part two. • Katie Mullen's will be hot tonight. • Qdoba pulls the pepper on its chile verde. • Do good when Dos Casas returns to Lola. • Benny's gets ready to open its dri ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    A time-lapse video of the 2008 Westword Music Showcase

    Okay, so this might be the coolest Westword Music Showcase-related item we've ever come across. It's getting to be that time of year again where we start gearing up for another edition of the annual summertime local music extravaganza, which probably accounts for how our colleague Jared Jacang Maher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Hugging It Out

    As the dust settles from another Westword Music Showcase Awards ceremony, a whole crew of folks has begun kicking it back up. The final results were posted Thursday morning, just before 6 a.m., and by noon, thirteen different comments had been added. Some of the comments added to the celebratory air ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    Tonight: 2008 Westword Music Showcase Awards!

    After months of polling, tonight is the big night, when we'll announce the winners of the 2008 Westword Music Showcase. Please join us at at the Bluebird Theater this evening at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

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    June 13, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (6/7/08-6/13/08)

    Here's a wrap-up of all the great stuff you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy speculating what kind of family dust-up could lead Madonna's younger brother to write an unauthorized, tell-all biography. We're betting he didn't get what he asked for last Christmas...

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    The Beatdown

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

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    July 1, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Sights and sounds of the Westword Music Showcase

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    June 24, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Westword Music Showcase: Be there or be square.

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