If music festivals are good for one thing it's seeing great new bands. If they're good for anything else it's seeing bands you used to really like play again after a long hiatus. This year's Riot Fest has a great crop of both new and old acts, so for anyone that missed these bands the first time aro ... More >>
Jimmy "Snarf" Seidel Snarf's eatatsnarfs.com Snarfburger snarfburger.com This is part two of my interview with Jimmy Seidel, chef-owner of Snarf's and Snarfburger; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Most memorable meal you've ever had: I've had some very memorable meals in my life, inc ... More >>
Brendon Moeller was born in South Africa but moved to New York after reading about all the great early wave of electronic music artists that emerged out of the late '80s industrial, experimental electronic and house music worlds. Moeller's natural curiosity and drive has lead him to exploring a plet ... More >>
The path that may have led Nathan Wilkins, nineteen, from his Georgia home to Aurora is an undeniably twisted one. The story thus far features a child-sex sting involving Craigslist and a "slushy," Facebook posts about eBay shopping and political commentary, an elaborately staged suicide and the fi ... More >>
Bob McMahon From the perspective of a casual observer, it would be all too easy to label the members of Menomena as miserablists. The group's mixture of reverb-laden piano, woodwinds, crashing drums and pretty much every keyboard voice and stringed instrument in existence has always cohered into a ... More >>
You can't drink them all. Don't even try. The Great American Beer Festival, which runs October 11-13, will feature more breweries this year than ever before, and not just by one or two. See also -Great American Beer Festival scalpers drive us to drink -A GABF ticket for $50,000? The guy behind the ... More >>
It's hard to know who to be angry at for what many people are calling #GABFail -- the ticketing fiasco that has marred the upcoming Great American Beer Festival. The Boulder-based Brewers Association put 49,000 tickets up for grabs beginning at 10 a.m. on August 2. But within two minutes, at least t ... More >>
If only I was the Criss Angel of retail.When I'm not interviewing drag queens, reviewing concerts and rating Santas for Westword, I'm working at Shirt Folding Store. For twenty hours a week, I fold shirts (and, more important, jeans) alongside other part-timers, who in their other jobs might be bank ... More >>
Big pic below.Moms teach their little girls all kinds of valuable lessons, and Cassandra Ghirardi is no exception. Problem is, Ghirardi's tutorials allegedly involved identity theft, which, while profitable, carries the strong possibility of jail time for her and Alexandra Wilde, her daughte ... More >>
There are few restaurants in Denver that stack up to Root Down and Linger, at least in terms of style and design, and we imagine that the staff of both restaurants have scads of pretty cool stuff lying around their abodes, too, some of which they're selling for a good cause this weekend at ... More >>
C is for cookie and cookie is for me. Don't get it twisted: Cookie Monsta (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater with Subliminal, Dodger, and Thorazine) is not some hairy, blue Sesame Street character that raids your cupboards in search of chocolate chips. He is 22-year-old British DJ, Tony Cook, and ... More >>
Over the course of a line-up change or two, Ideal Fathers Ideal Fathers, playing its final show tonight at the Larimer Lounge, developed a sound and a stage presence that probably would have been lumped in with "dance punk." But there was always an agenda in the band to inspire people to wake ... More >>
Bummer.In this morning's "yes, people really are that fucked up" news, a mask version of the recently acquitted Casey Anthony sold on eBay for close to one million dollars. The anonymous buyer won out over more than one hundred bids on the scary piece of latex. While mask itself is immediate ... More >>
Kristin CoferHunx and His Punx Hunx and His Punx (due at the hi-dive this Saturday, May 7, with Shannon & the Clams, Thee Goochi Boiz and Lust-Cats of the Gutters) started in the Bay Area in 2008 when Seth "Hunx" Bogart of Gravy Train!!!! decided to do something very different from the band he had ... More >>
Ah, mid-January, the time when random miniature snowstorms or below-freezing days can make or break your weekend plans. It's a trying time of year for people, with cabin fever causing even the most hermit-like among us to try and make it out into the real world. Thankfully, there is plenty to ... More >>
We don't generally spend too much time talking about gear here, but over the last couple of days, two incredibly rad and hard to ignore apps made it onto the iPad. We're talking about the release of ReBirth and the Korg iMS-20 -- both of which, even if you're not a musician, are exceptionally keen ... More >>
There's more than one way to get mauled at a big-cat sanctuary. After he was attacked by a tiger at the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center last year, a volunteer then had the bite put on him by the refuge's founder -- who claimed that the victim had to pay $40,500 as his "share" of the result ... More >>
Just to be perfectly clear from the get-go: I'd heard of Showbiz and A.G. before finding this record, but had always had a difficult time tracking down their albums, which I'll attribute the fact the majority of their catalog has been in and out of print for a long time. One day, however ... More >>
C'mon, feds. It's funny!Confirmation that the federal government has no sense of humor: The book is being thrown at Longmont's Jason Kay, whose sin was to relabel Gatorade bottles with a photo of Tiger Woods and his wife Elin and the word "Unfaithful." As is obvious from an affidavit by spec ... More >>
It's been a tough year for Peacejam, the homegrown nonprofit that over the past fifteen years has reached out to hundreds of thousands of kids around the globe, showing them that in the toughest circumstances, it's still possible to push for peace -- and then proving it by bringing ten Nobel ... More >>
Denver-based Associated Content isn't often mentioned in discussions of the city's web powerhouses, but it should be. Since May 2007, when Associated Content founder Luke Beatty was profiled in a Message column, the site, which pays content providers fees based on the popularity of their items, has ... More >>
Vote for vintage Dodge-Lydick paraphernalia. Six-time Prohibition Party presidential candidate and Lakewood resident Earl Dodge, 74, died last fall before he could run for a seventh nomination. And in a strange twist of fate, Dodge’s would-be running mate, Texas insurance adjuster Howard Lydick ... More >>
Tom Waits played a extraordinary show in Phoenix at the Orpheum Theatre this past Wednesday night as part of his twelve-city "Glitter and Doom" tour. As far as we're concerned, Waits is a god among men. The guy doesn’t tour a lot and his shows have taken on the holy grail of concert experiences. S ... More >>
Think timekeeping is an afterthought in indie rock? Meet Julian Dorio.
The truth is out there, and in 2007, it was often weird, wicked or just plain wild.
Letters from the week of 11/29/2007
To the hooligans who looted AfroBlu on Saturday night/early Sunday morning: You oughtta be ashamed. Who steals from artists, anyway? Who takes money from the monthly after-hours dance party for the people? Who runs off with every last penny collected at the door for AfroBlu? Who rains on the Afrobe ... More >>
Denver's a winner in the Simpsons lottery.
Poor Carmelo Anthony. The headband-rocking Denver Nuggets superstar was ready to blow the sneaker world apart with the release last week of his Melo 3s, the third in his line of Jordan-brand kicks. The shoes appeared to be a leather-clad slices of powder-blue perfection, a Melo memorial from the mid ... More >>
A terminal kid seeks a stroke of luck in One Last Thing.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin gets a heart-on while telling wonderfully dirty jokes.
Rampaging bears! Rampaging Buffs! Criminals in the buff! It happened here... unfortunately.
Thai One On
At long last, Edith Frost is done chilling out.
How's it hanging?
Rubbed the wrong way
Forget credit counseling. Now you can cyberbeg to a debt-free life.
Rocket Ajax prepares to blast out.
Every second counts in the merry old land of Dark Oz.
Fear and self-loathing at the Minority Report junket.
A new exhibit showcases Wyoming quilter Anne Olsen's work.
Denver clubs face a fight for the ages.
Christopher Guest takes his comedy very, very seriously.
Jimmy Eat World doesn't have a record label, a distributor or a care in the world.
The Columbine video has a good beat and you can dance to it.
Reassessing some of the Megatrends that never came to pass.