From the dark days of two years ago, when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra was facing big losses and worse morale, the situation keeps getting brighter, with innovative programming attracting more support -- and expanded audiences. And this morning the spotlight will shine on the CSO's new music dire ... More >>
Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. A.H. Goldstein hosted at the Curious Theatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>
CROOKERS / WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE AFTER PARTY @ CITY HALL Crookers may have hit the radar for some with a mean remix of Kid Cudi's "Day and Night," but he's been on the radar for the heads for quite some time. He adapts hip-hop roots with modern club spins and always keeps your feet moving with upt ... More >>
The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase -- affectionately known otherwise as the hottest party of the summer -- is here! This year's Showcase features more than 150 artists performing on sixteen different stages. In addition to the usual must-see local acts, we've got a killer roster of headli ... More >>
Sunday, May 5, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 888-929-7849.
It's easy to look at what's become of rock music over the last three and a half decades and find countless traces of the CBGB micro-culture and the fast-and-loud aesthetic it cultivated. During their now-legendary years at CBGB, bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie and Patti Smith were dis ... 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, Noah Hubbell gives us the goods on a Rush to judgment that he made early on. I grew up in a ho ... 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 >>
A few weeks ago, a man knocked on the door of my commune around 6 a.m. He was pointing at the street frantically, barely able to sputter out the words "You? Subaru?" Yes, I owned a Subaru, and yes it was parked on the busy thoroughfare I call home on the west side of town. Apparently, a woman had pl ... More >>
Katie and Tom. Katy and Russell -- everybody's breaking up these days, it seems. Hell, even Adam Levine traded in one Victoria's Secret model for another. Break ups aren't just relegated to the super couples or the superstars, obviously. Everybody's been been on the receiving end of being dumped -- ... More >>
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 05.08.12 If you decide to put all of your eggs in Anton Newcombe's basket, they're going to end up scrambled. The lead singer of early-'90s psychedelica group Brian Jonestown Massacre might be the group's longest-running member, but he also seems to be ... More >>
Act So Big Forest/Woodstack Records
There is a point at which, I think, we all start to discover music on our own. I was around twelve or thirteen when the shift from pre-teen radio sex jams to discovering albums I would fawn over (and eventually learn to play) occurred. Up to then, I was listening to music that I loved, but it ... More >>
Kinsey HamiltonIf Mike Marchant isn't the most prolific songwriter, he's pretty damn close. Dude writes songs with a frequency that roughly rivals breathing. This afternoon he posted another set of songs for free download on Bandcamp that he's titled Lost and Found Sounds (2008-2011). As the ... More >>
Beat-man Tomas Fec (aka Tobacco, who performs tonight with Beans and Shapers at the Larimer Lounge) is not only a sound manipulator, but has the warped visuals to match. Tobacco's musical creations are best experienced live for this reason, as he projects pop- and consumer-culture collages wh ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>
Now this is what you call going out on a high note. In case you missed it, Conan O'Brien ended his stint at NBC on Friday night by strapping on a Les Paul and playing "Freebird" with Will Ferrell, Ben Harper, Beck and ZZ Top's Bill Gibbons. Ferrell actually does a pretty mean Ronnie Van Zandt an ... More >>
Big ElfProgressive Nation Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, Big Elf, Scale the Summit August 25, 2009 Buell Theater Better than: Reliving high school memories by flipping through a yearbook. Let me admit to a strong bias up front: I spent at least three of my teenage years with a diet almost excl ... More >>
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JT Nolan Presents: The Lovely & Talented
Thursday, May 3, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Awesome live bands sometimes make magic in the studio, too.
Syd Matters (V2)
Indie rock meets prime time in a post-O.C. world.
Sunday, September 11, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Artist's Choice: Below the Radio (Ultra Records)
Tuesday, July 27, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Lindsey Kuhn's Swamp Co. Posters
A Demonstration of Intellectual Property (ARTISTdirect)
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Classic rock and mother nature fuel the weird Welshmen of Super Furry Animals.
Two years after becoming Britain's surprise It band, Gomez reclaims a spot in the empire.
Legendary sideman Moris Tepper fronts his own vision, with chilling results.
El Gran Baile (Emperor Norton Records)
North Mississippi Allstars
The Hurting Business
The joys of navigating Creeper Lagoon.
Mary Lou Lord is smarter than the average busker.
After a period of obscurity, Johnny Cash is once again a wanted man.