It's a good weekend here in Denver, with hip-hop deity KRS-One playing Cervantes' and the criminally under-appreciated Ralph Gean playing Mutiny Information Cafe tonight. Elsewhere, the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brings E-40 and others to the Merchandise Mart. The rest of our picks are below.
This week's cover story is about how Lyons developed a music community and how that community has been impacted by the flooding last fall. Much of the story focuses on Planet Bluegrass, an organization that three music festivals, including two at its ranch in Lyons. This weekend, it will be open f ... More >>
ROBERT PLANT @ RED ROCKS | 7/10/13 When you're Robert Plant, you can get just about anyone to play with you. Thus why you see folks like Billy Fuller of Massive Attack, along with psychedelic rock impresario Justin Adams, ridiculously talented guitarist Liam "Skin" Tyson, talking drum/kolongo/ritti ... More >>
By Jason Roche Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant returns to town this week with his newest backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters. The lineup features members of his early-'00s band the Strange Sensation, and has Plant revisiting both blues-rock and world-music influences; this after expl ... More >>
Robert Plant is making his way back to the Mile High City for a show at Red Rocks with the Sensational Shape Shifters. We've got a pair of tickets to the show. If you and a guest would like to be our guests, keep reading for details on how to enter and then check back tomorrow afternoon to see if yo ... More >>
ROBERT PLANT @ RED ROCKS | WEDS, 7/10/13 Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant returns to town this week with his newest backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters. The lineup features members of his early-'00s band the Strange Sensation, and has Plant revisiting both blues-rock and world-music in ... More >>
PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | SUN & MON, 5/12-5/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit rec ... More >>
SHABAZZ PALACES @ LARIMER LOUNGE | MON, 5/6/13 In the first half of the '90s, Ishmael Butler went by the moniker "Butterfly" as part of the rap trio Digable Planets. After the outfit's 1995 split, the group performed one-off shows here and there, but since 2009, Butler has released music with Tendai ... More >>
Ah, yes, Sunday morning coming down. I believe that's how Kris Kristofferson once described the tail end of an epic bender, what, with no way to hold his head in a way that didn't ache and what have you. Hopefully you didn't go too hard the past two days; there's still one day of great music to look ... More >>
See also: - Dave Gonzalez of Paladins fame on the Stone River Boys and playing country soul - Review: The Reverend Horton Heat at the Odgen, 1/28/12 - Kappa Cell takes over the Lion's Lair with its dark, dystopian hysteria Welcome to the weekend! As per usual, there's a gajillion shows to choose fr ... More >>
Alison Krauss & Union StationGoing strong for nearly four decades, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival just announced that Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, John Prine, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Leftover Salmon, Bela Fleck & the Marcus Roberts Trio, Punch Brothers, P ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, we've received word that Lil Wayne is coming to town in August, followed by Santana and George Lopez, who are coming to Red Rocks in September. On local radio, Novus Folium, Justin Roth and Elephant Revival got spins. Meanwh ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Death Cab for Cutie is due at Red Rocks in August with Frightened Rabbit, preceded by O.A.R. in July, while Ben Folds stops by the Ogden in July and Queensryche plays the Theatre in September. ... More >>
Eric Gruneisen ROBERT PLANT & BAND OF JOY With North Mississippi Allstars 4.27.11 | Fillmore Auditorium Say what you will about his refusal to reunite Led Zeppelin and his musical journey since that project ended: Robert Plant is and has always been a rock god. He reminded the Fillmore last night ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Kings of Leon is slated for a two-night stand at Red Rocks with Band of Horses, Tony Bennett is due at Ellie Caulkins and Symphony on the Rocks will feature Sarah McLachlan, among others. Meanwhile, ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: Alison Krauss is coming to Red Rocks, while Godsmack, Megadeth and Disturbed are due at Comfort Dental for the The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Wiz Khalifa brings his Rolling Papers World Tour to the 1STBANK. Me ... More >>
An average Misfits fan.Personally, it's been the "One Bad Album" rule. That's all it takes for a band's musical reputation to be asterisked forever, which makes getting a tattoo of that band, well, risky. You have to wonder how often thirty-somethings across the land hear "Nice Chi' Pep's tat ... More >>
Thursday, December 3, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
After two weeks of U2 and Neko Case sitting at the number-one and -two spots, Bonnie Prince Billy's new album, Beware, knocked U2 down to the second spot and Case moved down to the eighth slot at Twist & Shout for the week ending March 22. Les Claypool's new disc, Of Fungi & Foe, came in at ... More >>
Morrissey's new album, Years of Refusal, released last week on Decca, grabbed the top spot on Twist & Shout's top seller list for the week ending February 22. Andrew Bird, M. Ward and Beirut also performed strong while the Fray's latest album dropped from its number one position for the last two ... More >>
For the second week in the row, the Fray's new self-titled album grabbed the number one spot on Twist & Shout's top seller list. Elsewhere, it's not too surprising that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss's Raising Sand,which just won a Grammy for Album of the Year, claimed the second spot, followe ... More >>
Here's a wrap-up of all the great coverage you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were digesting the news that Amy Winehouse's emphysema may end her singing career (and, eventually, her junkie career as well...).
What else is happening in the Westword.com blog universe? Glad you asked. Backbeat Online includes a review of the city-shaking Fluid reunion show, plus our take on a Red Rocks performance by once-and-future Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass lass Alison Krauss, plus a review of Broke ... More >>
Saturday, June 21, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
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Ketch Secor and company's old-timey music invokes a simpler time.
Brief reviews of recent releases
Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006.
Thirteen weeks of quirky, offbeat, gloriously Colorado entertainment.
Colorado Ballet conjures its own Peter Pan
Nickel Creek's Chris Thile spanks country radio and bluegrass nazis. Consider it tough love.
After a year of renewal, Hall-of-Famer Jim Ibbotson gets down to the Nitty Gritty.
The Waybacks strike a chord with fans of old-timey music.
Lookout for Hope (Sugar Hill)
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Steve Earle has taken everything that's been thrown at him--and he's coming back for more.
The vocalist reinvents herself on a new album.