As with last weekend, there's a decent assortment of acts, from Skrillex at Balch Fieldhouse at CU-Boulder with GTA, Nadastrom and Alesia, as well as Sondre Lerche, Big Freedia, Shonen Knife and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. The rest of our picks are below.
TUES | POLICA at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 11/26/13 Polica, which hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, features former Roma di Luna vocalist Channy Leaneagh, Ryan Olson of Gayngs fame, a pair of drummers, Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson and bassist bassist Chris Bierdan. Formed in the summer of 2011, the ... More >>
French electronic duo Air grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax with its latest effort, Love 2, which was released last week on Astralwerks. A Place to Bury Strangers' There is No Enemy and Built to Spill's There is No Enemy, both issued last week, nabbed the second on third slots, while New Model Arm ... More >>
Thursday, June 25, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Doves Kingdom of Rust Astralwerks It's not exactly a mystery why Doves remain more popular in the U.K. than on these shores. After all, the band's music tends toward denseness, not instant accessibility -- and Jimi Goodwin and the brothers Williams, Jez and Andy, feel that brevity is highly overr ... More >>
B-52s Funplex Astralwerks 01:15-02:00 of “Pump” What the heck? Um, no seriously, what the heck? What made the B-52’s decide to release a record and, more importantly, why did they decide on the absolute stupidest album cover? You know, “Rock Lobster” is a great song that totally appeals t ... More >>
The Fray's Isaac Slade and Joe King sound off on their favorite albums of 2007.
The only constant for this band, it seems, is change.
Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew Spirit If… (Arts & Crafts) The credit Kevin Drew chose for himself on this disc seems designed to reassure fans fearful that his decision to release a CD under his own name means Broken Social Scene is bound for the grave. But the wordiness of this bit of ... More >>
Prinzhorn Dance School Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA Records/Astralwerks) Prinzhorn Dance School’s name salutes Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who, according to AllMusic.com, “collected the art of his mentally ill patients” -- and the unhinged quality of the music made by Tobin and Suzy Horn makes the mon ... More >>
Perry Farrell's Satellite Party Ultra Payloaded (Columbia) It's been ages since Farrell's best work with Jane's Addiction. Today, he's more of a scenester and raconteur than a musician interested in pushing anything other than product, and he proves it on Ultra Payloaded, an exercise in alleged coo ... More >>
Wednesday, April 26, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7370.
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Is Terry Reid the unluckiest man in rock?
Sunday, May 8, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Trevor Pryce delivers hits on the field -- and off, with Outlook Music.
Getting the skinny on Fatboy Slim.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Sondre Lerche puts plenty of fizz into his sophisticated brand of pop.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
The Beta Band demonstrates better living through sonic chemistry.
Terraform Records covers the extremes of the local dance spectrum.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Ol' Dirty Bastard, Richmond Fontaine, Basement Jaxx, Barbra Streisand
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.
Just in time for Lollapalooza, a list of the albums you need to understand electronica.
Is electronica the next big thing, or another passing fancy?
The biggest musical winners from 1996.