Interviews

In The Whale watched the Super Bowl on stage last night

"Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god," In The Whale's Eric Riley yelled. At least, I think it was Riley; both he and guitarist Nate Valdez were screaming in near unison throughout our five-minute phone call immediately after the final whistle blew on the (SPOILER ALERT) Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Dressy Bessy roars back to life with “Kingsized” album, tour

If a band is only as good as its last album, Dressy Bessy was in trouble. The Denver indie-pop act’s 2008 release “Holler and Stomp” sold poorly and received a conspicuous slam from the tastemakers at Pitchfork, which damned the album with a 2.8 (out of 10) rating and called it “awkward” and “weak,” speculating that “it’s probably time for folks to stow Dressy Bessy in the attic.” Regardless of its quality, “Holler” also arrived at a time when the recording industry — and the economy around it — was disintegrating.

Setting the record straight on Michael Jackson: Denver author’s “definitive” biography

Steve Knopper’s fearlessness in tackling thorny, gargantuan subjects can be traced to his first book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age.” The Rolling Stone contributing editor and freelance writer managed to wrestle a monumental topic into an approachable narrative that spoke directly to music fans instead of littering them from on high with smug insight.

Cooking up “cave music” with Moon Hooch

Brooklyn's Moon Hooch is an especially fitting band for Denver's Underground Music Showcase. That's where the band began playing -- underground. After meeting as students at The New School in Greenwich Village, saxophonists Michael Wilbur, Wenzl McGowen and drummer James Muschler decided to start busking the New York City subway system, especially the platform at Union Square.

DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith details the new, “more diverse” album “Is The Is Are”

On July 7, DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith had landed in L.A. just after finishing up mastering of the band’s sophomore album “Is The Is Are.” It’s a day that has been three years in the making since DIIV’s critically-acclaimed debut, “Oshin.” In the time between the albums the band has been in the spotlight for releasing one of 2012's strongest debuts, but also for Smith’s own drug arrest the following year, his relationship with Sky Ferreira and his band member’s controversial statements on social media.