Did you watch the most recent Wrestlemania? I didn't. I also haven't had a Mountain Dew in seven years. I guess this means I'm finally an real adult, which means I should do the mature thing and write a list for an audience of people who are mostly hung-over and sitting in cubicles. This week, I'll ... More >>
FRI & SAT | THE LUMINEERS at RED ROCKS | 9/13-9/14 Last summer the Lumineers played Red Rocks for the first time, opening for Cake. And that was just a few months after playing the Bluebird Theater for the first time. What a difference a year makes. Thanks to the inescapable single "Ho Hey," the ban ... More >>
Andrew W.K. is best known for his single "Party Hard" from his 2001 album I Get Wet, but really, he's one of the hardest working people in show business. The guy puts himself fully into it all he does, particularly his music, be it the party rocking variety, classically-inflected piano pieces or mak ... More >>
RIOT FEST @ MAY FARMS | SAT & SUN, 9/21-9/22 When your band can be said to be a direct and obvious influence on the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and countless punk bands since, it's fair to say you've made an impact on punk rock. But The Stooges didn't look too far into the future in making its music, i ... More >>
NO AGE @ GLOB | 8/28/13 When No Age kicked into "Fever Dreaming," during a show that had already maintained a hyperkinetic momentum from jump, the title of the song was such a metaphor for the entire performance that you had to wonder if its placement was intentional. The song brought out an even mo ... More >>
In true Captain James T. Kirk style (or the style of whatever heroic character he's portraying, for that matter), William Shatner has come through to save the day once again -- taking the place of Denver Comic Con's original guest of honor, Stan Lee. (The ninety-year-old comic icon had to bow out la ... More >>
It's not like Geeks Who Drink, the Denver-based, bar-style trivia juggernaut that got its start here in 2005, needs much celebrity power: Over the past eight years, it's stretched to more than twenty states, and thousands of people turn out to test their nerdy knowledge each week at hundreds of wate ... More >>
Ah, yes, what a, uh, super weekend we have on tap. Welcome! You made it! Not only is the big game going down, but the weather is supposed to be favorable with a high in the fifties and there is an abundance of music to look forward to -- so much so, in fact, that we've expanded our picks this week t ... More >>
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, guest columnist and Flattery Festival founder Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun, E ... More >>
Blag Flag, Fugazi, Descendents, Sunny Day Real Estate and the Misfits? On the same bill on the same night? Uh, no. Not in this lifetime, even if you've got Warren Buffet money and you're on some Looper shit. Sorry. But, alas, here's the next best thing, Denver, some of your town's finest musicians p ... More >>
Baby Dee (due Tuesday, July 3, at the Walnut Room) has been recording music for over a decade, and her music defies easy classification. A multi-instrumentalist, Dee songs are driven by piano, harp and various other instruments that accompany her unique, sometimes haunting voice, which also manages ... More >>
The Vans Warped Tour made its stop in Denver on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Aaron Thackeray brings back these photos for Westword. See also: - People of Warped Tour 2012 - People of Warped Tour 2011 - Day in the Life: Andrew W.K.'s Denver Warped Tour - Yelawolf: A ... More >>
There is a place somewhere in the pacific ocean that is essentially a cesspool for plastic waste and various other bits of debris and man-made trash. The rudimentary physics and science behind this collection is that all ocean currents from all over the world eventually whirlpool and cycle through t ... More >>
Party-obsessed rocker Andrew W.K. and bargain-obsessed actor William Shatner are both going to be in Denver on the same night, March 20. Let that soak into your cerebellum for a second. Do you drop acid and let James motherfucking Kirk expand your mind? Or do you soak your noggin in so much beer and ... More >>
Grab your party shoes, kids. Andrew W.K. is coming back to Denver. In honor of the ten year anniversary of I Get Wet (hands up if you can believe it's already been a decade since dude first hit the scene), Mr. Party Hard is bringing his party to the Bluebird Theater on Tuesday, March 20. Brace yours ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: Brad Paisley's at the Pepsi Center in January, Salt-n-Pepa's at the Gothic in December and Donavon Frankenreiter comes to town in March. Air Dubai, In the Whale, Jen Korte and Saints got spins on local radio. And new and recent re ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayAndrew W.K. on stage on Sunday in Denver during his Warped Tour set. As Warped Tour winds down for another summer, Aaron Thackeray shadowed the hardest partier on the tour, Andrew W.K., capturing his average day. Below are a few highlights -- check out the full gallery of AWK' ... More >>
On June 29, 3OH!3 is slated to release Streets of Gold, the eagerly anticipated and sure to be stupefying follow-up to Want, the act's 2008 Photo Finish debut. What we know about the record thus far, to wit: It will presumably contain a song called "House Party," a tune that's so over the top that ... More >>
And so here you have it. Streets of Gold, 3OH!3's forthcoming album, now has a release date and the cover art has been revealed. According to our friends at AP, Gold, the follow-up to the act's 2008 Photo Finish debut, Want, is due on the, uh, streets on Tuesday, June 29, and appearances to ... More >>
Yep. Still not quite desensitized to seeing Andrew WK with all that crimson blood flowing from his nostrils. Um, yeah, so this just happened: Guess who just crashed 3OH!3's little house party ... Okay, times up. Give up? Mr. Party Hard, and he's rocking the hell out of the remix, evidently. ... More >>
Pennywise is one of the many bands at this year's Vans Warped TourWhile the Mile High Music Festival was announced yesterday, the Vans Warped Tour is also coming to town. Alkaline Trio, Andrew W.K., Bring Me the Horizon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Face ... More >>
Sunday, September 6, Bluebird Theater, 303-377-1666.
Eden Fire (Pivotal Rockordings).
Friday, May 9, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Atom and His Package
Mr. Ferrell comes into his glory in Old School.
Vaux -- formerly known as Eiffel -- finally finds its voice.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs get swept up in the rock-is-back movement.
Pleasure Forever indulges the senses in a dark, debauched sound.
Andrew W.K. is oozing with gratitude. Watch out -- you might get it on your clothes.
TA (Thrill Jockey)