The complete Denver music fan field guide

Noah Van Sciver


Metalheads are simply committed listeners of the hardest-rocking genre. The community of metalheads value authenticity within the group by maintaining disinterest in commercial appeal. The musicians themselves maintain a sincere refusal to sell out. Metal dudes have long hair, plenty of leather, motorcycle boots and the need to mosh and headbang.


Punk isn't just defined by music; it's defined by an attitude. For the most part, punks oppose the government and are extremely politically aware. Often, they'll emulate the style of members of the Ramones or the Clash -- or they're drunken rabble-rousers in the tradition of bands like NOFX and the Dwarves, who have a pronounced refusal to take shit, are supportive of anarchy and show disdain toward the mainstream.

Hip-Hop Purists

The Hip-Hop Purist is someone who resists any type of change in the hip-hop genre. Any music that pushes the boundaries of traditional hip-hop is indicative of the death of genre. You can often find them lamenting about the narrowing of hip-hop to rapping and production. The Purist owns a sizable vinyl collection, perhaps with some cassettes and maybe even some 8-tracks, if they're super-old-school. They won't listen to anything past the '90s, though the hip-hop purists before them ironically considered the '90s the death of hip-hop. Look for these cats at cyphers, park jams, open mics and other places where the seeds of hip-hop are sowed.

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Will Hayden
Will Hayden

I wish I could remember what it was like to be a music fan instead of a musician...

Chuck Shannon
Chuck Shannon

Cannon speaks the truth, get someone to write your articles that actually knows what they are talking about

Chuck Shannon
Chuck Shannon

Wow Westword you really fucked that one up. Ravers don't flock to see STS9

Nonnac Navillus
Nonnac Navillus

I think it is incredibly inaccurate to say that STS9 is one of the main focus of ravers donning neon american apparel and frequenting global dub. this is an unfair representation of an incredibly complex band with a sound "ravers" could not hope to truly understand. the ravers you speak of reside at skrillex, pretty lights, and other EDM acts. Sound tribe is mostly instrumental and if anything an influence on these button pushers


Can't your stories be read on one page?  Having to click through 17 pages is quite annoying, I don't need a full screen image of each type christ.

Eddie Garza
Eddie Garza

you have not been to a tribe show have you?


"An unhealthy love of MF Doom" Guilty as charged, haha.

dave.herrera moderator editor

@Harry Hey, Harry, we hear ya, buddy. Reload for revised version. Not on one page, but not as much clicking as previously. Thanks for stopping by.

Mantonat topcommenter

@Harry Do you complain about having to turn the page of a book or magazine?

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