Music News


Spell, with Fox Force 5, Friday, December 22, at the Bluebird Theater, hasn't achieved the national breakthrough for which many locals were hoping: The band's 1994 bow for Island Records, Mississippi, was first-rate, but it got lost in the avalanche of generic alt-rock released by the music industry over the past year-plus. Still, the act is quietly spreading its message beyond the Denver city limits, most recently via the soundtrack to the snowboarding movie Odd Man Out, a Europe-only release that sets the Spell track "Superstar" alongside cuts by the Beastie Boys, Bush and Oasis. Right now the players are demoing songs for their next album, and some of this material may sneak into their Bluebird set. If so, it would be an early Christmas present for the hometown folks.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts