Aaron Thackeray

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    September 9, 2014

    Photos: AFI Played the Best Opening Set of the Summer

    Yesterday, Linkin Park headlined Fiddler's Green Amphitheater. That band has aged surprisingly well, as rap-rock goes, but it brought a mighty opener in AFI. No one's following that band and coming out looking good. Photographer Aaron Thackeray, however, was able to capture some incredible shots o ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Photos: Meet Denver's Friendly Metalheads

    Denver Black Sky II brought a true believer's lineup of hardcore and metal to the Gothic Theater over the weekend. The crowd found the proceedings deeply satisfying -- on Saturday night, Englewood was home to more broadly grinning people in pointy-font t-shirts than anywhere else on the planet. Ph ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Photos: The disappearing shirt crisis deepens at HARD Red Rocks (NSFW)

    HARD is an organization that brings skyrocketing DJs in sunglasses and aggressively patterned shirts to venues and boats around the country. Last night, the Red Rocks installment (HARD: Red Rocks, duh) brought headliners Nero and Dillion Francis along with a few more artists and several thousand peo ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Photos: The face-painting mastery of KISS fans

    It is no surprise at this point that KISS fans do not come unprepared. Still, a flock spanning three generations spent hours getting that eye-star just right before last night's show at the Pepsi Center. Photographer Aaron Thackeray was there to commemorate their work. Here are our favorite face-p ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Pearl Jam Covers, pantslessness and so, so much beer: Great Divide's birthday bash in RiNo

    Here's the thing: When you let a bunch of people into a field where there are several dozen very high quality beers in limitless supply, and then you end the thing with a '90s cover band, people will sing every word and hug strangers and generally head out of there with smiles on their faces. Cred ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Photos: Ten states (including Colorado) most likely to survive the Zombie Apocalypse

    What states would be the most and least susceptible to annihilation should the Zombie Apocalypse prove to be an actual thing? The folks at Estately considered this important question -- and Colorado was ranked among those states whose citizens were most likely to survive. Why? That's explained belo ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Photos: Kong Off tournament at 1UP

    This past weekend, fans and gamers alike met at 1Up for KongOff 3, the world Donkey Kong championships. Jeff Willms took his second consecutive win in the competition, with Ross Benziger and Hank Chien following behind. And we were there to catch the action; keep reading for a sampling of the photos ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Photos: Twenty hot weather looks if fashion laws were suspended, The Purge-style (NSFW)

    Yesterday, inspired by our scorchingly hot weather, we shared our list of the top ten work fashion mistakes during a heat wave. Which made us wonder: What would people wear during high-temperature periods like this one if fashion laws were off? Like, say, the clothing equivalent of The Purge, the ho ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    A unicorn bumping and grinding -- I never thought I'd see that. Thanks, Artopia 2013!

    With Artopia's dense schedule, it's important to get limber. You can't rush into things. Pulling a muscle or getting a cramp early could mean missing all too many things. Much like a herd of wildebeests in migration, there is no forgiveness for being slow because time -- like a lion -- is unforgivin ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Gateway Acts: How a Rush to judgment ultimately led to more affecting music

    Gateway Acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, Noah Hubbell gives us the goods on a Rush to judgment that he made early on. I grew up in a ho ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Soda Jerk Presents revamps front room at the Summit and relaunches as the Moon Room

    The Summit Music Hall officially opened its main room in July 2010. A couple of months prior to that, however, the folks over at Soda Jerk began hosting smaller local shows in the front part of the venue. Since then, while there have been some shows in that front room, the club has primarily focused ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Rise Against at Fillmore, with the Gaslight Anthem and Hot Water Music, 9/24/12

    RISE AGAINST @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 9.24.12 If there was a single moment where Rise Against came alive -- really, sincerely began to lose their minds, feeding off the audience's vast stores of energy -- it happened late in the game. The crowd had been decidedly awestruck after opener the Gaslight ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Photos: A first look at 2Up on Colfax

    Jourdan Adler, the owner of the 1Up, the hip arcade/bar in LoDo, has opened a second outpost of his video game-centric bar in the former Pete's Monkey Bar space at 717 East Colfax, the 2Up. Last night, the 2Up -- complete with 35 games, eight pinball machines and three skee-ball lanes -- had a soft ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Review: English Dogs at Summit Music Hall, 2/19/12

    ENGLISH DOGS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/19/12 Throughout the show, Adie Bailey of English Dogs came off the stage and sang with the crowd just over the barrier and encouraged people to sing into the mike. But it was halfway through the show that Bailey figured he could trust people in the crowd well e ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Review: The Darkness at Summit Music Hall, 2/16/12

    THE DARKNESS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/15/12If you are one of the four original members of The Darkness, a band that hit its peak in 2003 but never seemed to care, where in the set do you strategically place "I Believe In a Thing Called Love"? Saving your monster hit for last makes you a tease, but pl ... More >>

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    January 28, 2012

    Review: Atmosphere and Common at Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks, 1/27/12

    ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS @ RED ROCKS | 1/27/12 Under a star-speckled sky and with freezing temperatures, Atmosphere delivered a greatest hits compilation at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the inaugural Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks. Nostalgia aside, when he greeted everyone at the venue and op ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Review: Converge at the Marquis, 12/8/11

    Aaron ThackerayConverge last night at the Marquis. More Converge Denver photos.​CONVERGE at the MARQUIS THEATER | 12/8/11 When Converge played the opening strains of "Worms Will Feed/Rats Will Feast" last night, the place erupted, with almost everybody taking part in a massive sing-a-long, si ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Atmosphere at Red Rocks... in January? Rusko at Snowball in March? That's what we hear...

    Red Rocks, end of January,Atmosphere, Greives, Yelawolf and Z-Trip? That's what we're hearing. We know: The prospect of seeing a show at Red Rocks in January seems, well, frosty, about as plausible as, say, seeing an NFL quarterback who cannot throw leading his team to W after W... Wait, what? Uh, n ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Review: Gwar at Summit Music Hall, 11/16/11

    Aaron ThackerayGwar last night at Summit Music Hall​GWAR at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 11/16/11There's not a lot left to say about Gwar that hasn't already been mythologized. Instead, I'll defer to tradition: About twenty minutes before one of the band's shows, you hear the collective sound of zipper ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Photos: Nightmare on Blake Street, 10/29/11

    Aaron ThackerayYonnas Abraham of The Pirate Signal​NIGHTMARE ON BLAKE ST. AT SUMMIT | 10/29/11This past Saturday night, the Summit Music Hall was transformed into a literal haunted house for the Nightmare on Blake Street bill, which featured My Body Sings Electric, The Pirate Signal, Eldren, S ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Photos: Anthrax and Testament's Earth On Hell Tour with Death Angel at Summit, 10/19/11

    Aaron ThackerayAnthrax frontman Joey Belladonna last night at Summit Music Hall​For the first time in over a decade, thrash metal titans Anthrax and Testament have teamed up for a 25 date U.S. tour dubbed the Earth On Hell Tour with Bay Area thrashers Death Angel. Hell came to the Summit Music ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Review: Misfits at Summit Music Hall, 10/9/11

    MISFITS at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 10/9/11There's a reason why people go to a Misfits show. It's the same reason at least half of those people spend the show in the moshpit. At this point, the number of former Misfits members could triple the roster of Arcade Fire, and the band has spent more than half ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Wild life on Colfax: Nature shots from before and after the midnight hour (PHOTOS)

    Big pics below.​Colfax has been a magnet for Colorado wild life for generations, and weekend photos from Westword's Aaron Thackeray taken before and after midnight near venues like the Streets of London prove that its reputation is well-deserved. Page down to see a sampling of pics, and click ... More >>

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    August 14, 2011

    Review: Planes Mistaken For Stars at 3 Kings, with Fire Drills and Kingdom of Magic, 8/13/11

    Aaron Thackeray. See more photos from last night. PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS REUNION at 3 KINGS TAVERN | 8/13/11With special guests Kingdom of Magic, the Fire Drills and Vamos! Right before Planes took the stage, you could see the anticipation on the faces of many people who had been looking forwar ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Photos: KMFDM at Summit Music Hall, 8/10/11

    Aaron ThackerayLucia Cifarelli of KMFDM last night at Summit Music Hall.​KMFDM (originally Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid) performed last night, Thursday, August 10, 2011 at Summit Music Hall, with openers Human Factors Lab, out of Orlando, 16Volt and Army of the Universe. Check out the full K ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Warped Tour Denver 2011: Hair apparent

    All photos by Aaron Thackeray​Since launching in 1994, much has changed about the Warped Tour. For everything that's different about the annual traveling punk rock caravan now, some things such as the hairdos have, for the most part, stayed refreshingly the same -- surprising considering that ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Review: A Perfect Circle at Red Rocks, 8/2/11

    Aaron ThackerayThis is more of Maynard James Keenan than we saw last night at Red Rocks​A PERFECT CIRCLE at RED ROCKS | 8/2/11It seems more than a bit paradoxical that A Perfect Circle's frontman prefers to perform in background. With Tool, his primary band, and with A Perfect Circle, Maynard ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Top Concert Photos of July, 2011

    Aaron ThackeraySoundgarden at Red Rocks​As this time of year generally tends to be, July was a heck of a month for concerts with Tech N9NE, The Avett Brothers, Soundgarden, Umphrey's McGee, Katy Perry and plenty more gracing the stages. We've got so many photos, it might be hard to sift throug ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Review: Katy Perry at 1STBANK Center, 7/26/11

    Katy Perry last night at 1STBANK Center with Skeet Skeet and Robyn​KATY PERRY at 1STBANK CENTER | 07/26/11The crowd at Katy Perry last night was exactly as expected -- armies of sprayed and glittered bodies evoked every variation of Perry's persona over the last half-decade: girls from prescho ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Review: Soundgarden at Red Rocks, 7/18/11

    Aaron ThackeraySoundgarden last night at Red Rocks with the Mars Volta​SOUNDGARDEN at RED ROCKS | 07/18/11With turrets of light bathing the stage in purple, the opening strains of "Searching With My Good Eye Closed" set the stage perfectly for the entrance of Soundgarden. It certainly felt lik ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Medical marijuana: Local Products of Colorado sweeps last Caregivers' Cup (PHOTOS)

    Big pics below.​Earlier this month, organizer Timothy Tipton announced that the next Caregivers' Cup would be the last because of new rules requiring registration of medical marijuana caregivers. Perhaps that's why the turnout for the event, which took place yesterday, was relatively light. Bu ... More >>

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    June 19, 2011

    Best one yet! 2011 edition of Westword Music Showcase attracts over 13,000 fans this year

    Photo by Aaron Thackeray​ Man, what a day we had yesterday at the seventeenth annual Westword Music Showcase! The music was exceptional, the weather was beyond agreeable and everywhere you looked in every direction it was a sea of smiling faces. With over 13,000 people in attendance this year ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Review: Bright Eyes at the Fillmore, 6/5/11

    ​BRIGHT EYES at THE FILLMORE, 6/5/11"It was a bit bittersweet to think that this might be the last time Bright Eyes plays Denver."

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    May 31, 2011

    Girls gone wild on the streets of Denver and other weekend images (PHOTOS)

    ​The women seen here have tongues and they weren't afraid to use them in front of Westword photog Aaron Thackeray, compiler of this Streets of Lodo gallery. And that's not all. Peruse Adele at the Ogden, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae at 1STBANK Center, Amanda Lepore at Tracks (NSFW) and more on ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    A hazy look back: May 2011 in photos

    Aaron Thackeray​Oh, how the time does fly. Next thing we knew it, Memorial Day was over and it was time to pay rent, and yet again, all our memories of all the fun we had are pretty much completely blotted out by a thick haze of roofies and blow. Luckily, we have a dedicated staff of photograp ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Wicked Sound System celebrates 20 years of spinning at the Beauty Bar (PHOTOS)

    ​Wicked Sound System's touring crew marked twenty years of vinyl solutions at the Beauty Bar on Saturday, and Westword's Aaron Thackeray captured the scene. And the images don't stop there. Check out Thackeray's take on U2 at Invesco Field, Kate Levy's shots of Curren$y at Summit Music Hall an ... More >>

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    May 22, 2011

    U2 Denver, 360° Tour at Invesco Field, 5/21/11

    Photos by Aaron Thackeray U2 360° TOUR With The Fray 05.21.11 | Invesco Field View U2 at Invesco Field slideshow Say what you will about U2. Name another band that can fill a stadium these days... Time's up. Drawing a blank? That's because there aren't any -- certainly not any from this era. That ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Broncos' 2011-12 cheerleading squad debuts at NFL Draft party (PHOTOS)

    Big pics below.​Broncos fans had plenty to celebrate last night after the team chose Von Miller with the second overall pick in the NFL draft -- and they did so during a draft party at Jackson's. Denver great Terrell Davis got plenty of attention, but so did the 2011-12 Broncos cheerleaders, m ... More >>

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    April 16, 2011

    Rise Against at the Filmore, 4/15/11

    Aaron ThackerayTim McIllrath of Rise Against last night at the Fillmore​ RISE AGAINST Bad Religion • Four Year Strong 04.15.11 | Fillmore Auditorium View more photos from last night The Rise Against show at the Fillmore began with a line that stretched from Colfax down Clarkson and east on ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Cold Cave at the Larimer Lounge, 4/11/11

    Aaron Thackeray​ COLD CAVE With Force Publique 04.11.11 | Larimer Lounge My companion's flowery dress was almost comically out of place amid all the black at the Larimer last night, as local and national representatives of the darkwave revival took the stage for some synth-heavy brooding. It ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Snuggie Pub Crawl creates a warm feeling inside and out (SLIDESHOWS)

    ​The Snuggie Pub Crawl made its triumphant return this past Saturday, and photog Aaron Thackeray was there to capture the boldly patterned fun. And the snapshots don't end there. Check out Fort Collins Music Experiment 2011, the Arcade Fire at 1STBANK Center, the weirdest crime stories of Marc ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Bars and clubs roll call for March

    Aaron ThackerayThe 1Up, which had a busy weekend, is just one of the places that opened in March.​ From 1up to Stingray, March was a decent month for bar and club openings. A half dozen new joints opened their doors last month. Click through for a full rundown.

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    March 28, 2011

    Photos: 3 Kings Tavern celebrates five years!

    Aaron Thackeray​ Among the many things happening this past weekend in the Mile High City, the venerable 3 Kings Tavern was celebrating its fifth year in business with Drag the River providing the soundtrack for the evening, which involved lots of drinking and socializing. Our ace photographer ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Caffeine at 1STBANK Center, 3/26/11

    Aaron Thackeray CAFFEINE 03.26.11 | 1STBANK Center view full Caffeine slideshow Ah, Caffeine - stronger than a triple espresso but mild enough for mass consumption. With its "spring break" theme, Caffeine feels like a frat party on The Hill -- only with much better music and minus the burning couc ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    St. Patrick's Day photo gallery: Kegs N Eggs brings out the Irish (and green beer) in Denver

    Big pics below.​Yesterday, while a lot of us were doing our award-winning impressions of keyboard monkeys, a passel of lucky Denverites were in full-on Irish mode at the early morning Kegs N Eggs bash at Lodo's Bar and Grill. Photog Aaron Thackeray was there, getting compelling shots of beauti ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Steel Panther at the Bluebird Theater, 3/16/11

    Aaron Thackeray​ STEEL PANTHER with Drug Under 03.16.11 | Bluebird Theater See Steel Panther at the Bluebird slideshow Last night, Steel Panther and a few hundred of its closest friends in Denver, hopped in the Delorean with Doc and took the Bluebird Theater back to the future when spandex, ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Photos: Lords of Acid at Summit, 03/09/11

    Aaron Thackeray​ Lords of Acid stopped by the Summit Music Hall last night with Radical G and Angelspit for a colorful evening that was all kinds of sweaty and sexy. Our resident shutterbug, the ever intrepid Aaron Thackeray was on hand and captured the whole thing for posterity. Click throug ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    The Hood Internet, Prefuse 73, Fresh2Death and more: Artopia 2011 photos

    Jonathan ShoupFresh2Death on the rooftop of Vinyl​Art, music, food and fashion were mashed together Saturday night for Artopia, our own little five-venue party on Broadway in the "Golden Triangle" neighborhood. Photographers Jonathan Shoup and Aaron Thackeray moved between Vinyl, City Hall, Ba ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Photos: The weekend on Lincoln at the Church, Rockstar Lounge and Sutra

    Photo: Marcus Gadison​Looks like this weekend's much welcomed warm up shook us all out of our winter funk. On Friday night, The Church held auditions for Caffeine, the March 26 electronic music party at the 1STBANK Center. Photographer Marcus Gadison brings back these photos, which are most li ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Ozzy Osbourne at the Pepsi Center, 2.8.11

    Aaron ThackerayHey, look: It's the Prince of Fucking Darkness, man!​ OZZY OSBOURNE With Slash 02.08.11 | Pepsi Center Ozzy Osbourne layeth the smack down last night at the Pepsi Center with Slash -- he of the shaggy mane, top hat, Velvet Revolver and, of course, Guns N' Roses -- in tow. A c ... More >>

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