Music is a PUBLIC GOOD: Campaign Update

If you didn't catch it, the Westword picked up the story about the Denver Public Health Department's campaign against having any sound you can recognize as music in the city. After that story hit the streets, Wax Trax and several of you stepped up to defend the shows at a meeting with the City to discuss changes to the ordinance.... Continue Reading →

Case dismissed!

Campaign for "Community Performances" amendment begins The videos and written testimony sent by you, our readers, along with support from other 13th Ave small businesses, helped Wax Trax get a noise citation dismissed at a hearing last week, when the city failed to produce any witness.  The case was about a noise citation leveled at Wax Trax’s Sidewalk... Continue Reading →

What We’re Listening To: February 2023

Doug- Sunny Murray - Hommage to Africa LP(available in-store) "There's a bunch of dudes from the Art Ensemble of Chicago on this one. It's just very restrained by very full of love. Restrained but at the same time free."  Ryan- Smegma - Glamour Girl 1941 LP(out of stock) "Mid 70s experimental free music. Very intense and challenging.... Continue Reading →

Who you calling a clown?

The Denver band Watch Yourself Die is not satisfied with the typical relationship between performer and audience. A passive listener will not make it through unscathed. The name of the band is no mistake, it speaks to an inevitable journey inward, a kind of ego-death, or the disintegration of the known. At a Watch Yourself Die... Continue Reading →

Local Tansy Wine charts a path through dystopia

By: SIMONE FOHRMAN Denver’s local music scene is made up of a vast network of small circles, and while each of these nuclei express themselves differently, they actively cross pollinate– exchanging resources, thoughts, and ideas that spur on the creativity of the local scene. This open-minded, fluid atmosphere has given birth to the genre-defying, innovative... Continue Reading →

Help bring back Sidewalk Shows!

Your local music scene needs you! Last year, one of our neighbors decided to try to end the weekly 2-3 hour long sidewalk shows we've been offering since 2020 (also part of the weekly 13th Ave Flea markets). They filed multiple complaints even before the bands set up, claiming physiological harm-- but their complaint is clearly hostile... Continue Reading →

Buried Treasure

This is a column dedicated to discs that get passed by in the racks, either because they're underappreciated, because they're obscure as hell, or, as in the case with this one, because so few of us have travelled down to Ecuador. The folks over at London record shop Honest Jon's have undoubtedly been there and... Continue Reading →

What We’re Listening To: January 2023

Doug- Diamanda Galas - (self-titled aka Panoptikon) LP"It's the scariest album ever made. I'll put it on and then it'll be all of our favorite albums in the store."  Simone- Carambolage - (self-titled) LP"It's my favorite right now because they're one of the first post-punk acts in Germany in the late 70s/early 1980s, they're bad ass,... Continue Reading →

13th Ave. Flea shall return! 

Another victim of city policies last summer was the 13th Ave Flea, a market that folks from Kilgore’s Books, Common Collective, Wax Trax and others on ‘the block’ put together. The Flea was called off in September when the site got overwhelmed with unhoused guests who did not want to make way for all the micro... Continue Reading →

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