Will Johnson (due this Saturday, November 23, at the Denver Music Summit) made a name for himself in the '90s in Centro-Matic. A gifted songwriter, Johnson has a knack for penning elegant, emotionally rich and subtly powerful, folk-inflected songs. Over the years, he's toured endlessly on his own an ... More >>
For the little bit of time I spent living in New York City, there were many times when I found myself homesick for Colorado. The only things that seemed to quell the unnecessary self-sorrow were trips to Target and McDonald's. Those places were reminders of my somewhat suburban American existence, a ... More >>
At some point during their comedy careers, every stand-up has to deal with a heckler. A truly annoying heckler can derail even experienced comedians as well as make audiences uncomfortable. While most hecklers think they're being funny and can be shamed into silence with a pithy rejoinder from a tal ... More >>
Demetri Martin's polished micro-jokes, nervous stare and intense appreciation of aesthetics have made him a welcome antidote to the wave of loud and sloppy comedians who have dominated the scene over the last decade. In advance of Martin's visit to Comedy Works South this Sunday for two shows (one i ... More >>
Did you pay your rent yet? Since it's the first of the month, we're celebrating tight pocketbooks everywhere by featuring nine events this weekend that are totally free. Whether you attend a Screw Your Resolutions party or sample the wide variety of First Friday art openings, there's plenty to do th ... More >>
Tons of concert news for you this morning: You've already heard about the Morrissey show this weekend being postponed and about Taylor Swift coming back to Denver next summer, but we've also got word of Green Day's 1STBANK show in February being postponed, K'nann show at the Gothic being cancelled, ... More >>
From collaborating with jazz legends to hanging out with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, David Amram has accumulated quite an impressive resume. He's written multiple books as well as musical pieces, and he's in Denver this week performing at a variety of events to celebrate the hundredth birthday of ... More >>
Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie was born a hundred years ago, and a century later, he's left quite a legacy. David Amram, a legend in his own right who met Guthrie in 1956 and was commissioned by the Guthrie family to write a symphony piece based on "This Land Is Your Land," will be in town for ... More >>
After a stellar show at Fillmore in January in support of its latest release, The Whole Love, Wilco returns to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks on Friday, June 22 (with Punch Brothers) and Saturday, June 23 (with Dr. Dog). On Record Store Day (April 21), Wilco is set to release Mermaid Av ... More >>
Nothing, to our way of thinking, is more captivating than the true story of very real struggle. We all have these little musical fantasies, strumming our Fenders in the dark of our apartments, listening to a little Miles Davis or Johnny Cash.
One In, One Out
Fifteen years ago, the sexually charged acid house group Lords of Acid and the legendary industrial act My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult teamed up for the Sextacy Ball tour. The two acts are joining forces again this summer for a reincarnation of that tour which hits the Ogden Theatre on Wed ... More >>
Acoustic Profanity Friday, January 8, 2010Bender's Tavern Better than: MTV Unplugged. Acoustic Profanity was about what you'd expect from the name: Get a bunch of punks together and take them out of their element a little by handing them acoustic guitars and sitting them on some stools. Over the co ... More >>
Tom MurphyBroken SpiritsThe Legendary River Drifters w/Tin Horn Prayer and Broken Spirits Friday, December 18th, 2009 Old Curtis St. Bar, Denver Better Than: A show where everyone was trying too hard to get that Americana sound. A judgmental person might see Tin Horn Prayer and think, "Oh bo ... More >>
In the short time Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers have been together, the outfit has grown from being a bit of a joke band vehicle for singer Jonson Kuhn's humorous storytelling into one of the most engaging and fun Americana bands in the scene. The project's early shows consi ... More >>
Halloween, the time when adults decide to don their favorite witty getups, whether it be the intellectual "Freudian slip" or the pop culture driven "Christian Bale Yelling." We're sure some of you are short on ideas, so we've compiled a list of band inspired costumes to wear to your favorite part ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Cobra Starship Hot Mess (Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen) Don't know why clueless reviewers continue to refer to Cobra Starship as "an emo band." At this point, the main emotion they display is giddiness, and frankly, that's a blessed relief. From the group's beginnings, frontman Gabe Saporta, Ry ... More >>
CrackerfarmArena rock is making a comeback. Thanks to bands like My Morning Jacket, Wilco and North Carolina's the Avett Brothers, the spirit and tradition of the '70s is swelling and helping to conjure up images of rock and roll when it was at it's purest, most visceral and most likely bearded. ... More >>
Oklahoma-based Cross Canadian Ragweed, which stops by the Grizzly Rose on Friday, January 4 (see the appropriate Now Hear This item for more details), is an anomaly: a big-selling country band that can't get played on country radio because its music supposedly isn't country enough. CCR's frontman, C ... More >>
Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.
Uncle Zant folks around at Shooting Star.
California Country (Western Seeds)
Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Sony)
Thursday, July 28, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308; Friday, July 29, Aggie Theater, 1-970-482-8300; Saturday, July 30, Boulder County Fair, 303-772-7170.
Human tumbleweed Ramblin' Jack Elliott keeps on rollin'.
Rickie Lee rises
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
A local band leader urges musicians to give peace music a chance.
'Til We Outnumber 'em
The Ranch Girls keep the heart of American country beating in Holland.
Woody Guthrie and Songs of My Oklahoma Home
Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.
Jimmy LaFave upholds American musical tradition one song at a time.
Onetime Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin makes tradition sound new again.