Help Us Select The 2015 Westword Music Award Nominees

Danielle Lirette
Who will win this year?
The Westword Music Showcase will return this summer. We'll celebrate the broad and vibrant Colorado music scene with a day-long festival featuring some of the area's most interesting bands, DJs, groups and solo artists.

Finalists for the Westword Music Awards will, as always, make up the vast majority of the lineup, and that's where you come in: in the comments below, tell us which currently active, Colorado acts you think should be nominated this year.

See also: Highlights from the 2014 Westword Music Showcase

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Denver Music Fixture Jason Hornyak Fights Cancer With Trolling

Categories: Music News

Courtesy of the page
"My doctor told me to drop everything I was doing and check myself into the ER immediately. They would be expecting me," Jason Hornyak writes in his equally hilarious and sincere blog CancerTrolling.

Hornyak went to the ER last week. He went from normal to making a new home in a cancer ward in under 24 hours, from having a sore throat to being diagnosed with leukemia, from being an active fan in Denver's music scene to newly elected mayor (and minimum five week resident) of the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute wing of a hospital.

See also: Phibstock Returns to Hartsel for Second Year

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Rufus Baxter Has a Near Death Experience, Hopes For Another

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Rush, Ryan Adams, the Jesus & Mary Chain Shows Announced

Categories: Concerts

Mike Mezeul for the Dallas Observer.
The Jesus and Mary Chain will play in Denver this spring.
Rush headlines the Pepsi Center on Saturday, July 11 as part of its 34-city 40th anniversary tour. Reserved tickets ($46-$126) go on sale on Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m. Also, exclusive Rush ticket packages are available

Ryan Adams' Red Rocks show on Thursday, June 4is one of many Red Rocks shows that just got announced along with Primus, Umphrey's McGee, Mark Knopfler, Tedeschi Trucks and Cage the Elephant. Tickets for Adams' show ($45-$55.99) go on sale on Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m.

The Jesus and Mary Chain will be at the Ogden Theatre on Monday, May, 11 as part of its Psychocandy 30th anniversary tour, and tickets ($32.50) go on sale on Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m.

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The Eight Best Shows in Denver This Week

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From the "A Christmas Fucking Miracle" video.
Run the Jewels plays at the Mad Decent Block Party today.
What an ironic week for t-shirt weather in Denver. We music fans will benefit plenty from the SIA festivites, which mostly kick off later in the week. Among the shows in the snow sports industry event's general orbit are the return of Run the Jewels, fresh off a world-beating performance in our collective year-end polls. The rest of our picks follow.

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The Ten Best Duets in Pop History

Categories: Lists

From the Icon: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell artwork.
The great duet duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
The duet is often maligned. What should be a simple yet effective songwriting tool has been ruined by years of cheesy celebrity cameos, lackluster songwriting and poor musical pairings. But there are also a few gleaming gems out there. Here are our favorite duets in history. Let use know about your favorites in the comments!

See also: The Ten Worst Duets in Pop History

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Can You Name These Bands Based on Their Famous Fonts?

Categories: Commentary

Jena Ardell

Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo.

In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, designed an extremely condensed typeface named Onyx that became very popular among advertising type in the 1940s because it allowed more characters to be used when space was limited or costly.

Cut to present day and any 90s kid will identify Powell's Onyx typeface as "Nirvana font", thanks to typesetter Grant Alden. According to, Alden was paid $15 to assist the graphic designer originally hired to create the cover art for Nirvana's Bleach in 1989. Nirvana's signature smiley face, drawn by Cobain, is another "mental shortcut" to identify the band.

Time to test your typography knowledge and the following bands' branding skills. Can you identify these famous acts by their typefaces? Answers provided on the last page.

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Coda Brewing's New Beer Was Inspired By Denver Band Dragondeer

Categories: Music News

Courtesy of Coda Brewing's Facebook page
At some point last year a drummer with arm sleeve tattoos wandered into Coda Brewery in Aurora. He struck a conversation with the owner, Luke Smith, a pharmacologist turned brewer and lifelong musician, and the local band Dragondeer came up. Blank quickly went to the back of the brewery to give the swampy blues-inspired band a listen, and when he returned the mystery patron was gone. But Smith's impression of Dragondeer stuck.

See also: Dragondeer is hippie music for the indie-rock crowd, and vice versa

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Best of Denver 2015 Readers' Poll: Nominate Your Favorite Bands and Venues!

Categories: Best of Denver

Aaron Thackeray
Red Rocks was one of our first winners.
There are more reasons than ever to celebrate Denver's music scene: more venues, more bands, more people finding ways to make this city a great one for fans. We've been documenting the state of that scene in the Best of Denver since 1984. Some of that year's winners -- like Red Rocks Amphitheater -- still deserve accolades today. Today, the people and places making Denver music great are old standbys and newcomers alike, and we're asking you to tell us your favorites.

See also: Best of Denver 2014 Winners

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Will Someone Please Buy Out the Caribou Ranch Auction and Open Denver's Coolest Bar?

Categories: Music News

All photos by Jon Solomon
A Fender Jazzmaster guitar, Hammond B3 organ and a Gibson Thunderbird bass are just a few items from Caribou Ranch that will be up for auction on Saturday, January 24.
Nearly 200 artists recorded recorded at Caribou Ranch, just outside of Nederland, throughout the '70s and early '80s. Starting with Joe Walsh's 1972 debut solo album, Barnstorm, the ranch's recording studio hosted some huge names in music, including Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys, Chicago, Frank Zappa, Billy Joel, Elton John and Johnny Cash. But when a fire destroyed the control destroyed the control room in 1985, owner James Guercio closed the studio. Three decades later, Guercio and his family are auctioning off 400 lots, including studio instruments, memorabilia and furnishings from Caribou Ranch. Between the furniture and memorabilia there's easily enough stuff here to outfit what could be a very cool bar concept or music venue.While the auction starts tomorrow, January 24 at 3 p.m., there's still time to preview what's included in the auction in the Denver Design Center East Building (595 South Broadway) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Here's a taste of what to expect.

See also: Rock and Roll History Is for Sale at the Caribou Ranch and Studio Memorabilia Auction

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