The UMS 2016 adds nearly 100 more shows
Surfs up, chickens: The Underground Music Showcase has announced a third wave of new acts for its 16th annual festival. "Wave" is putting it lightly -- really, it's more of a tsunami.
Prolific bassist Rob Wasserman dies at 64
NEW YORK (AP) — Rob Wasserman, a highly respected bass player and composer who performed and recorded with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson and many other musicians, has died.
Dead & Company announce webcast for Folsom Field shows
The drive from Denver to Boulder via I-36 is daunting for some folks, especially during rush hour. Couple in several thousand fans trekking in the name of Jerry Garcia and you have the makings of a disastrous long, strange trip, particularly when trying to attend the first concert at Folsom Field since the 2001.
Desiigner bites Future too hard on “New English”
What Desiigner is doing to Future is entirely unfair. When “Panda” dropped, many compared the Brooklyn native’s flow to Future’s syrup-drenched one, but with the release of Desiigner’s mixtape “New English,” it’s time for the comparisons to cease.
Brand New and Modest Mouse collide on bittersweet Red Rocks bill
On Wednesday night at Red Rocks Amphitheater, a sold-out crowd of optimistic post-millennials and misanthropic misfits from the lost generation got groovy with Modest Mouse and moody with Brand New.
The Baltic: Hustle in the age of emojis
This is the first in a running series of previews showcasing bands you can catch at the 2016 Underground Music Showcase. We'll be running one a week until this year's UMS, which takes place on South Broadway on July 28-31.
Edison announces debut LP “Familiar Spirit”
Sarah Slaton wears many hats. From a burgeoning solo artist, Spokesbuzz development director, manager at the Vinefield agency and now, to band ringleader with a full-length album.
Isaiah Rashad announces $3 show at Cervantes Masterpiece for July
Isaiah Rashad, the stand out MC from the Kendrick Lamar's Top Dawg Entertainment label, is set to play a $3 show in Denver, Red Bull Sound Select announced today.
Ringo Starr shows Paramount Theatre there’s life after the Beatles
The internet claims that Ringo Starr is 75 years old, but based on his energy, enthusiasm and powerful physicality, that just can’t be. That sprightly, smiling, peace-sign-flashing man doing jumping jacks and commanding the Paramount Theatre stage for more than two hours on Tuesday night was Ringo Starr, the former drummer of a band you might have heard of.
At Red Rocks’ “musical church,” Ben Harper bears the dark and sheds light
With almost 25 years under the spotlight, 47-year-old Ben Harper has become the poetic sensei of funky roots rock, stirring countless souls with his emotive lyrics and searing guitar work.
Rock and roll pioneer Scotty Moore dies at 84
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday.
Discord dominates on Blood Orange’s excellent “Freetown Sound”
Hip hop and R&B has grown increasingly self-conscious over the last few years. On “To Pimp A Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar dropped fiery verses about oppression and his rise to fame in “King Kunta.” Beyoncé sang about the struggles of black women on “Lemonade.” Dev Hynes’ latest Blood Orange album, “Freetown Sound,” is no exception as it tackles blackness, sexuality, Christianity and his African roots.
Download “Thoughts and Prayers” from I Am The Owl, only in Steal This Track
For music nerds, drinking beer and debating the finer points of genres and sub-genres -- or arguing that genre designations are lazy and useless -- is considered a rousing good time.
Weird highlights from this year’s Westword Music Showcase
It’s not easy to hit sixteen stages and see over one hundred bands, but there’s nothing that will keep us from trying. But to keep it simple, we've kept our recap of the Westword Music Showcase to the way we like our Japanese metal: brief and weird.
Riot Fest adds Julian Marley, Devotchka 2 Chainz and more
Note: An earlier edition of this article said that the Flaming Lips had been added to Denver's Riot Fest. They were only added to Chicago's version of the festival.
The Growlers concoct playful psych pop at Ogden Theatre
Friday night at the Ogden Theatre, The Growlers brought a little bit of the beach to a steamy summer night in landlocked Denver. Their bouncy Orange County “Beach Goth” sound, a perfect hybrid of surf rock, cowpunk, psych rock and reggae, coalesces around the distinctive vocals and lilting melodies of frontman Brooks Nielsen.
Justin Timberlake apologizes for response to racial tweet
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake, who praised actor-activist Jesse Williams' moving speech at the BET Awards, has apologized for responding to a tweet claiming he appropriates black culture.
Widespread Panic cap three-night run with steady show
On Saturday, Widespread Panic celebrated its 50th consecutive sold-out concert at Red Rocks, a record for the famed amphitheater. Sunday marked 51 consecutive sell-outs, and 55 overall shows at the venue for the band.
Widespread Panic celebrates 50 consecutive sell-outs at Red Rocks (night two)
Some records are made to stand alone. On Saturday night, Widespread Panic celebrated their 50th consecutive sell-out of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a monumental feat that puts the Southern jam veterans in a league of longevity that's all their own.
Widespread Panic ecstatic in first of three-night Red Rocks run
It was a big weekend for Widespread Panic and their fans. Saturday night will be their 50th consecutive sold-out Red Rocks show. Last night’s 49th consecutive sold-out Red Rocks show was nothing less than invigorating.
Best shows: Brand New/Modest Mouse and The Growlers
Brand New/Modest Mouse and The Growlers are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram.
Best New Songs: The Tallest Man On Earth, The Avalanches and Kanye West
"After the rave, "Yeezus" and the "Gigli" soundtrack go back in the same binder." --Italian disco proverb Join us as we wade through the ever-crashing waves of music and pluck out the best songs we’ve heard in the last week.
Federal judge blocks sale of Whitney Houston’s Emmy Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge blocked the sale of an Emmy Award that Whitney Houston won 30 years ago after it was put on the auction block by the late singer's family.
Silversun Pickups, St. Lucia to play inaugural RiNO Music Festival
The burgeoning art district of River North, affectionately known as RiNo," has landed another music festival. This past May saw the introduction of the Project Pabst headlined by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Best Coast.