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.

Nadalands might be Fort Collins’ best-kept musical secret

Add John Lindenbaum to the list of Colorado songwriters whose new output threatens to torpedo his under-the-radar status. The 38-year-old, who previously fronted Bay Area act Rust Belt Music and still plays in the stripped-down duo Lonelyhearts, has lately focused on Nadalands — a solo project that has grown over the past year with bassist Matt Schild (The Morning Clouds) and drummer Benjamin Buttice (Sour Boy, Bitter Girl).