You may want to include Lipgloss at Beauty Bar in your Halloween plans this Friday for a DJ set with Cold Cave's Wesley Eisold. It's a fitting guest for the venerable party: while what often passes for goth today is very far removed from the music and subculture that laid the foundations, Cold Cav ... More >>
It's been a hell of long time since Beck played these parts. Now touring in support of his new album, Morning Phase, which he's called a companion piece to 2002's Sea Change, Beck headlines Red Rocks on Friday, August 15. General admission and reserved tickets ($49.95-$57.50) go on sale on Friday, M ... More >>
By now, you've probably heard about Colorado Symphony's latest collaboration. After several lauded pairings with beloved local acts like DeVotchKa and Nathaniel Rateliff, whom the players successfully teamed up with at this year's Westword Music Showcase, the Symphony backed the Lumineers on a few s ... More >>
This weekend at the Westword Music Showcase for the first time anywhere, the Colorado Symphony will perform songs from Beck's Song Reader. But not only does this mark the world premiere of these pieces, which were arranged by Jump, Little Children's Jay Clifford, it's the first time a professional e ... More >>
Well, here we are, at the end of the road of lyrical idiocy. As our countdown to crappiness finally culminates, we've trained our eye on some of the greatest lyricists in rock, who during select moments, greatly disappointed us with their valueless verse. These lyrics are all bad on their own terms, ... More >>
Just when you think the suck factor has been turned all the way up, here comes another batch of songs to push the needle further in the red. Today as the countdown of total crappiness continues, we've got tunes by Kid Rock, Nickleback, Michael Jackson, Sublime and more. Keep reading to see which son ... More >>
The Warlocks, one of the earlier bands in the new wave of psychedelic rock, formed in 1999 when founder, singer and sole continuous member, guitarist Bobby Hecksher got some encouragement from Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre to start writing his own songs. The Warlocks took a fairly d ... More >>
Saturday, March 9, Walnut Room, 303-292-0529.
The Colorado Symphony has just been added to the lineup for this year's Westword Music showcase. Having already performed successful collaborations with Trey Anastasio of Phish and DeVotchKa, the Colorado Symphony has proven to be notably progressive in its efforts to expand and the established boun ... More >>
There's nothing wrong with cover songs. In fact, before Sam Cooke and the Beatles shifted the established paradigms, singer and songwriter were two entirely separate professions. And there's also nothing wrong with a musician recording a cover album in the twilight of their career (Johnny Cash's Ame ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about 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, Josiah Hesse gives up the goods on his Beck jones. There is no way to listen to the music of ... More >>
The Telos Amaranthine
While the Afghan Whigs are probably not the first band people think of when they think of the '90s, album for album, the band consistently put out quality material. The outfit's soul-inflected rock, which could just as easily be called power pop even though it packed a lot more punch than some of th ... More >>
Kill Our Friends
Fellow Creature Recordings
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) has been through ups and downs since 1990. But through it all, singer and primary songwriter Anton Newcombe, has steered the band through releasing more great albums per decade than most bands have across entire career. For the unini ... More >>
Update: 10:39 a.m. Sunday The Shins were on Saturday Night Live last night night weekend's musical guests. Being invited to be the musical guest on an episode of SNL has been a benchmark of commercial success for any band of the last forty years. And for good reason: From Andy Kaufman annihilating ... More >>
Bruno MedinaDelicous religious cleavage. We live for releases of controversial and eye-opening videos that cause a stir. And we're personally offended when one comes out that claims to be groundbreaking but just rips someone else off. We know it's hard for these new popstresses to come up wit ... More >>
Danger Mouse just announced he will be collaborating with Jack White, which makes White the billionth musician Danger Mouse has worked with after Beck, the Gorillaz, MF Doom, Cee-Lo, James Mercer, U2, the Rapture, Sparklehorse, Black Keys and, oh, just about everybody else. He's the hottest c ... More >>
‚ÄčAll right, have y'all heard about this one yet? Beck's record club? Just stumbled upon this one ourselves. Evidently, El Guero Loco and his cronies -- an ever shifting lineup which includes Nigel Godrich, Devendra Banhart, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden from MGMT, Andrew Stockdale from W ... More >>
Frog Pad Records
Frog Pad Records
Kyle Holingsworth in an image courtesy of flickr. Among the most unexpected participants in the New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya, staged on August 24 at the Fillmore Auditorium (click here to read a full review) was organist Kyle Hollingsworth, a Colorado boy best known in these parts for his membe ... More >>
UmConscious knocks em' dead. Looks like some massive props are due to the cats in UmConscious, who claimed the top slot at Twist & Shout last week by outselling some big names, including Beck, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, John Mayer and white hot fellow locals Flobots and 3OH!3. Nice work, fellas.
The Information (Interscope Records)
Be there or be square!
The Flaming Lips
November 21, 2002
Is he some kind of hypnotist? The Flaming Lipsí Wayne Coyne raises heck with Beck.
A Beck boy no more, DJ Swamp uses headbanger histrionics to blaze his way to the top.
Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton)
Moulin Rouge thrusts forth a deliciously garish Paris.
A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.
K Records founder Calvin Johnson leads Dub Narcotic Sound System down the road less traveled.
The man of the moment wants some moments for himself.
Sebadoh's Lou Barlow has found a way to put the pathos back into punk.
The Dirty Three make instrumental music with plenty to say.