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Ring in 2014 to Ewan Pearson's dreamy soundtrack

3 years ago by Amber Taufen
Although there's definitely a place for speed on electronica-driven dance floors, some DJs and producers tend toward slower tempos — an increasingly unusual choice in a scene where garage- and glitch-oriented subgenres seem to rule the day. Artists like Ewan Pearson prove that you don't have to rely on speed...
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Why Jux County's reunion is the best show at UMS tonight

2 years ago by Tom Murphy
Jux County is playing a rare show this Thursday, July 24th, at 9 p.m. at the Eslinger Gallery for the UMS. Since forming in December 1986, Jux County has become a fixture in the local music scene. Within the first few years of the band's existence it had released its...
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The Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages: Part One

2 years ago by Tom Murphy
Editor: Please see the Author's note on this new photo-driven series at the end of this article. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Denver music was in a time of transition. It was the local cultural equivalent of the Dark Ages. But like the more well-known Dark Ages, there...
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The Sopranos Should Have Stopped Believing

9 years ago by Michael Roberts
The last episode of the landmark HBO series The Sopranos wrapped on June 10 in a manner calculated to piss off longtime boosters and latecomers alike. The final scene took place in the sort of small restaurant established as a prime whacking locale by The Godfather and uncounted imitators that...
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The Rocky-Go-Round

10 years ago by Michael Roberts
(Updated) In his May 5 column, Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple told readers about impending changes in the newsroom that are intended to help the tabloid keep pace in today's digital age. However, he didn't go into the level of detail he shared in a May 2 memo to...
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With Blue Like Jazz, Steve Taylor takes a provocative and realistic look at Christianity

5 years ago by Dave Herrera
With Blue Like Jazz, the screen adaptation of Donald Miller's New York Times best-selling book, Steve Taylor has done for film exactly what he did for music in the early to mid-'80s -- namely, give the staid world of Christian-centric art a much needed jolt of vitality. In the same...
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Will the real Rick Strandlof please stand up?

4 years ago by Kelsey Whipple
Let me address some relevant background info. The majority of the last twenty or so years has involved me lying, deceiving, cheating or in general being a terrible human being. Meet Rick Strandlof. On his Facebook page, the 35-year-old puts up a funny and exceptionally intelligent front. He is single...
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The Temporary Return of a Rocky Mountain News Expatriate

9 years ago by Michael Roberts
As noted in this Message column from April, Rocky Mountain News video game writer Brian D. Crecente (pictured) was one of four members of the tabloid's feature staff who management wanted to transfer back to the news division, in order to fill holes left by attrition. Crecente, who'd built a...
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More Messages: Ashes to Ashes

10 years ago by Michael Roberts
Much of the August 5 edition of the Rocky Mountain News concerned the paper's move from its longtime headquarters, at 400 West Colfax Avenue, to a made-to-order building at 101 West Colfax, a few blocks away; the Rocky will share the address with the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper...
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Best Buy and iTunes exclusives of Watch the Throne prompts indie stores to craft open letter

5 years ago by Thorin Klosowski
For some bizarre reason, Jay-Z and Kanye West have decided to make their upcoming Watch the Throne collaboration available to two of the biggest retailers in the country, Best Buy and iTunes, for a pair of exclusive promotions. Starting August 8, the album will be available in iTunes, followed by...

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