The outpouring of affection continues for Michael Floorwax, who has announced that he won't be returning to 103.5 The Fox, where he starred as a morning-drive host for more than 24 years, due to health issues. As proof, we offer the following essay, in which a superfan offers a highly detailed histo ... More >>
Editor: We've chosen to keep the author of this story anonymous to protect everyone involved from incrimination. The names below have also been changed. I struggled with Lacey's pants. She didn't know what was going on, and she did not want me to take them off -- she resisted, clamping her legs tog ... More >>
Red Rocks plays the classics this week, with performances by Chicago (with REO Speedwagon) and Boston. It'll also host a damn good time of a double-bill in Chromeo and Cut Copy. The rest of our picks follow. See also: Cut Copy on Interactive Billboards, Unusual Guitars and the Summer of Love
In the next three months, nearly 150 new restaurants will open in Denver, which translates to a lot of food in our mouths. Some have insisted that we're biting off more than we can chew -- that the Denver restaurant landscape is becoming too saturated and that we can't sustain the onslaught. I don't ... More >>
What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next few weeks, we'll be rolling out their answers across our blogs. First up on the Denver Bucket List are Latest Word's 25-16 picks. Count them down here, a ... More >>
We all dream of finding fame and fortune in our chosen fields, but when people actually do get rich and famous, they often discover that money can't buy happiness, or love, or whatever it is the Beatles were singing about. What's the answer, then? God? Meditation? E-meter auditing? When musicians ge ... More >>
Sitar icon Ravi Shankar died yesterday at his home near San Diego at the age of 92, according to his wife, Sukanya, and his daughter Anoushka Shankar. Shankar's heath had been fragile for the last several years, and according to a statement issued by his family, last week he underwent surgery meant ... More >>
The city of Denver is known for its various species of beer geeks, outdoor enthusiasts and sports fans, but the varied climate of the Denver music scene cultivates a diverse cluster of fans, from metal heads to hippies to Juggalos. Here, in the first of several chapters in our handy field guide, you ... More >>
Holy Moses! It's no stretch to say that yesterday was the hottest day of the summer. Literally. Not only did the late news reports back this up, but we're pretty sure if you ask anyone in the sea of people who attended the eighteenth annual Westword Music Showcase, they'll co-sign this claim -- well ... More >>
Jimi Hendrix is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in history. Before being gifted with a guitar at the age of fifteen, Hendrix used a broom stick in place of the instrument that would later become his most beloved method of communication. Born Johnny Allen Hendrix in November 1 ... More >>
Have plans this weekend? If not, there's ample choices: Tonight, Paper Diamond's at the Ogden, Lizzie Huffman is celebrating the release of her new CD at the hi-dive and Rich Robinson is at the Soiled Dove Underground. On Saturday, Judas Priest is at 1STBANK Center, SBTRKT is at the Bluebird ... More >>
Michael Kiwanuka: A star is born."Folks, a star is born." So wrote AEG impresario Don Strasburg this morning on Facebook in reference to Michael Kiwanuka. And, man, I'm here to tell you: There's clearly a reason that Strasburg does what he does for a living. Dude can spot talent from a mile a ... More >>
Owen SwensonSWANS Emerging in the milieu of the No Wave scene in the New York underground in 1982, Swans became known for the kind of music that was forbidding, terrifyingly intense in its execution and lyrically uncompromising in its depiction of the darker side of human existence. Although ... More >>
Cheryl Shuman.KushConII, December 17-19 at the Colorado Convention Center, has made news over its RTD bus ads, which have drawn protests from law-enforcement. But Cheryl Shuman, the event's international director of PR and media, would rather focus on the event itself, which she says takes me ... More >>
This isn't your daddy's Woodstock, your hippie cousin's Bonnaroo or your yuppie Chicago Uncle's Lollapalooza. This is Coachella, man, and it attracts the most pretentious music fans on the planet, who all choose to gather in grassy polo fields and endure intense desert heat for the same reason. We ... More >>
Willie B. During his time at KBPI, Stephen Meade, better known to the station's listeners as Willie B., has generated plenty of headlines -- not all of them positive. Remember the controversy over a Willie-led "mudfest" near Nederland -- a publicity nightmare chronicled in the October 2000 Message ... More >>
Winners of our "My Worst New Year's Eve" essay contest.
The Taste of Colorado loses some regulars.
From the week of August 3, 2006
Coheed and Cambria delivers nerd metal you can play with.
Rolling on the Rocks
After half a century, Burning Spear is still stoking the fire in reggae's soul.
The arrival of lacrosse legend Gary Gait could make the sport Mammoth in Colorado.
The last un-foo-foo fellow in Cherry Creek.
When it comes to attracting geese, hunters are flying blind.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Groove turns techno culture into tribal ritual.
A new generation is rediscovering one of Denver's strangest bands.
From the week of March 9
How CSNY reproduced again.
Together Productions gives the city's dance scene something to rave about.
Salt-N-Pepa are still capable of spicing up your life.
Africa's Alpha Blondy speaks reggae's language.
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM: GREAT IDEA OR SIGN THAT THE END IS NEAR?
RISING STAR/NINE INCH NAILS CREATOR TRENT REZNOR IS TAKING HIS FRIENDS ALONG FOR THE RIDE.