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Westword Music Showcase

  • 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 Vinyl's rooftop

    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. Matt Miner hosted on the rooftop at Vinyl this past Saturday. Keep rea ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from City Hall street level

    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. Noah Hubbell hosted the street level stage at City Hall this past Satu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Stoney's

    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. Cory Lamz hosted at Stoney's Bar & Grill this past Saturday. Keep read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Curious Theatre

    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. A.H. Goldstein hosted at the Curious Theatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 via Instagram

    The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase was an absolute blast. Don't just take our word for it, though: Relive the best parts of the day vicariously through the keen lenses of other Showcase fans via Instagram -- and then be sure to check out the rest of the pics from our army of photographers ... 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

    February 19, 2013

    Bonnaroo lineup includes trio of Colorado acts

    If you missed the hour-long live-stream a bit ago in which "Weird Al" Yankovic announced the headliners for this year's edition of Bonnaroo, rest easy. We've got you covered. We took notes on all the acts announced thus far. Prepare to be overwhelmed. There's roughly ten billion on the bill, includi ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2012

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    Thursday, December 6, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    #WMS 2012 recap: The Church

    Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to write up the acts that appear on the individual stages across the Golden Triangle. Stacy Ward and Cory Lamz split their time at The Church stage, which was graciously hosted by David Barber. Page down to read t ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    June 25, 2012

    #WMS 2012 recap: Stoney's Bar & Grille

    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. Due to a miscom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Win tickets to the Westword Music Showcase

    You know how GirlTalk pieces together bits of songs and creates his own masterpieces of mixed-up wonder? Well, in honor of tomorrow's Westword Music Showcase, we thought we'd do the same -- only with lyrics. We crafted an open letter to music, comprised entirely of lines from different songs from va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    D.J. Williams will still have to serve six-game suspension -- at least

    Denver blog posts are spending the weekend at the Westword Music Showcase. How about you? Mile High Report's Topher Doll on D.J. Williams's failed appeal of his six-game suspension for use of banned substance. Which is the biggest shock since the sun rose this morning. Colorado Pols on the continu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Win a VIP upgrade to this year's Westword Music Showcase for you and a guest

    Welcome to round seven of this year's VIP upgrade contest for the Westword Music Showcase -- June 23 in the Golden Triangle -- in which we'll give two people VIP upgrades (totaling $150) for the festival each week leading up the show. Read on to find out how to play.

  • 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 24, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Awards: The Pirate Signal now officially retired with fifth win

    Photo by Clarence HesterMeet the latest member of the Showcase hall of fame: Yonnas Abraham of The Pirate Signal accepts his act's fifth consecutive Westword Music Showcase Award.Well, it's a wrap. The seventeenth annual Westword Music Showcase Awards are now officially in the books. Although there ... 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 15, 2011

    A first look at "Beautiful," the new Spoke In Wordz video directed by Eric Heights

    ​Just in time for this weekend's Westword Music Showcase, Spoke In Wordz (due at La Rumba from 5:30 - 6 p.m.) has finally given us a gander at his brand new video. Directed by Eric Heights and shot on location in SoCal -- we presume, unless the Mile High City suddenly sprouted palm trees and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Reader: "Well, that was easy! I've got these tickets in the bag fa sho."

    ​Yesterday, we wrangled up totally adorable photos (look at those fat cheeks! eeek!) of an assortment of musicians performing at Saturday's Westword Music Showcase. We've got three pairs of tickets that we're giving away to anyone who can correctly match the photos to the musicians -- at leas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Snag a set of Force Publique demos for free

    ​Before you head out to see Force Publique at the Westword Music Showcase this Saturday, the band has been generous enough to compile its nine, somewhat randomly recorded tracks into one easy to download, free album. We were rather impressed with what we heard a few months back, but if you've ... 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

    April 20, 2011

    The Sword added as a headliner to this year's Westword Music Showcase on June 18!

    ​The Sword! In case you weren't already completely stoked for this year's Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, June 18, brace yourself: The bill just became even stronger and more kick ass with the addition of these doom merchants from Austin. If you haven't experienced the Sword's corrosive b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase 2011 headliners announced. Drum roll, please...

    ​ Good morning! And what a good morning it is! We've got some major news to share with you regarding the Westword Music Showcase. We've just solidified the lineup for our Showcase, which takes place this year on Saturday, June 18, and it's pretty stellar if we do say so ourselves. Click throu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase: Superchunk cuts the crowd some serious slack

    Though these clips are rather headache-inducing at times -- we presume because PieHole2000, the person filming, is either being jostled by the dancing throng or barely resisting the urge to trip the light fantastic -- here's Superchunk displaying some of its choices gems for all the boys and girls ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010
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    April 14, 2010

    Tickle Me Pink added to 2010 Westword Music Showcase lineup

    Summit Studios​This year's Westword Music Showcase lineup is now officially complete with the addition of Tickle Me Pink -- well, at least in terms of the main stage acts. In case you've missed it -- not sure how that's possible, exactly, as we've been talking this bad boy up like no other sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    The Flaming Lips giving Dark Side of the Moon another go at Bonnaroo

    Speaking of festivals: Road trip, anybody? Who's up for making the trek out to Bonnaroo this summer? We've always wanted to go but the date always conflicted with the Westword Music Showcase and even if it didn't, there just didn't seem to be a compelling enough reason to jump in the hoopty and head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Zebra Junction closes up shop this evening

    DanielK​After four albums, extensive touring and a decade together, Zebra Junction, who just took home honors at this year's Westword Music Showcase awards, will be playing its last show tonight in Golden at Parfet Park. Although the members intend to continue to collaborate and record music with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

  • Music

    June 24, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Westword Music Showcase: Be there or be square.

  • Music

    July 3, 2003

    The Beatdown

    The lowdown on the Music Showcase awards.

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Backwash

    Sid Pink makes the audience see red as Westword Music Showcase Awards winners are announced.

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