Before John Sinclair founded the White Panthers, managed the MC5 and did time for giving an undercover cop two joints as a Christmas present, he read Jack Kerouac's On the Road as a junior in high school -- and he says his life started. Sinclair will be at the Mercury Cafe on Friday, February 7 as ... More >>
One of the largest looming and most influential icons in the history of rock and roll, Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. No word has been received regarding the cause of Reed's death, though the "Walk On The Wild Side" songwriter did recently undergo a liver transplant last May that nearly c ... More >>
Anyone over 25 remembers him as heroic single dad Danny Tanner on Full House, or the jolly host of America's Funniest Home Videos. But anyone plugged into standup comedy over the last decade also knows him as the desperately foul-mouthed comic with jokes so vivid and foul he makes William Burroughs ... More >>
By the spring of 1971, the heroes of the '60s were dropping like flies. The Beatles had broken up, Angela Davis and Timothy Leary were on the run, and meanwhile everyone in California was becoming born again Christians. The previous autumn, Jimi Hendrix asphyxiated on half-digested sleeping pills an ... More >>
See Also: A 4/20 playlist from Westword's marijuana critic William Breathes Happy 4/20! Welcome to the end of another work week. As always, there are plenty of music options to consider this weekend -- and that's whether you're living the Mile High life or not. The second edition of the annual Levi ... More >>
"The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought one formed a band." This quote has been attributed to both Brian Eno and Peter Buck (of REM) -- no one is completely certain who said it first, but that's not the point. The fact remains that The Velvet Underground ... 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 >>
Partnered on stage and off, Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel make beautiful music from strange sounds.
American hunger for black-tar heroin has made downtown Denver the land of opportunity for immigrant dealers.
How Steven Soderbergh kept the Terry Southern tale from turning tragic
Every second counts in the merry old land of Dark Oz.
From Moroccan-flavored psycho-trance to furious superfunk, Critters Buggin cross space and time zones with their music.
The FCC's fining of a Colorado radio station is giving broadcasters headaches from coast to coast.
From the week of December 7, 2000
Stumbling down memory lane with the late Lester Bangs.
Jeff Tweedy moves Wilco further toward perfect pop...and perfect despair.
Vienna's Kruder & Dorfmeister have become many superstars' remixers of choice.
DJ Spooky is writing one of hip-hop's most mesmerizing chapters.
Singer-songwriter Micah Ciampa proves that good music can be made on a low budget.
Robbie Robertson digs into his past so he can move into the future.
Gerald Nicosia has spent a decade challenging the disposition of Jack Kerouac's $20 million literary estate. Along the way, he's annoyed most of what remains of the beat generation.
SEBADOH'S LOU BARLOW GOES BEYOND LO-FI.
THERE'S NOTHING DISPOSABLE ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN HIP HOP.