Music News

Visit Conceptual Hell and Other Goodies

Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: The clubs editor for one of our papers runs into an occupational hazard and thereafter has trouble exercising her critical faculty enough to muster a proper review of a DJ competition.

Watch your favorite junkie stars chase the dragon in the heroin Shooting Gallery or visit the pretentious wonderland of Conceptual Hell in a brilliant list of speculative attractions for a rock and roll theme park.

One musician creates an ad hoc focus group via text message to answer the question “Give me one good reason I shouldn’t write a song about a car…”

One of Time’s Top 100 Most Influential people -– live and in concert! Youssou Ndour show review.

The Cold War Kids live inspire a lot of people to feel romantic, prompting the reviewer to speculate that the band is the cutting edge of make-out music for the new millennium.

What better way to observe the anniversary of JFK’s assassination than by writing about an Italian ambient music artist who happens to be a Lee Harvey Oswald lookalike. Oh, and this artist composes music to accompany footage of the assassination.

Bad, bad mohawks. B, C and Z-List celebrities interacting awkwardly. A scripted rush of preteen girls during a performance. Hannah Montana and Carrie Underwood and a text-message award. Reading this liveblog of the American Music Awards, it is perfectly obvious that it is the most surreal pop culture orgy imaginable.

More from Everett True: Some thoroughly entertaining recollections regarding the riot grrl revolutionary band Huggy Bear.

A stinging review of Fiction Plane, the band featuring Sting’s son.

A reclamation of Steely Dan from the haters. Haters, be warned: You can not fuck with the Dan. -- Cory Casciato

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.
Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
Contact: Cory Casciato