Ben Folds

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    Ready for another solid week of shows? Good. There's plenty to look forward to this week, a diverse batch of offerings from the jammier side of things with the Disco Biscuits, who's setting up shop in Colorado for three nights, to the long and eagerly awaited Denver appearance of Cat Power to a floo ... More >>

  • Music

    January 17, 2013

    Ben Folds

    Wednesday, January 23, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Stuart Davis

    Music for Mortals

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers on the time he spent in Denver and Breaks In the Armor

    Justin Evans​After the breakup of his influential underground pop band Archers of Loaf, frontman Eric Bachmann formed Crooked Fingers (due at the Larimer Lounge tonight with Strands of Oak and Ian Cooke) and had a kind of second chapter in his long musical career, one favored by some over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Reader: Colorado Symphony Orchestra interview with Barry Fey sounds a sour note

    All the talk about the troubles at the Colorado Symphony (and watch for an update on the CSO's revised fall schedule today) had us thinking about the big troubles of 1989, when the Denver Symphony Orchestra was failing and concert promoter Barry Fey rode to the rescue, rallying the community. Old n ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Tonight: Ben Folds at the Ogden

    ​Ben Folds (performing tonight with Kenton Chen) has had several careers over the last few decades. Playing in bands since the '80s, the multi-instrumentalist found MTV and radio-friendly success in the '90s with his piano-led outfit Ben Folds Five. Weathering the storm of mainstream success, ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    Aaron Hart

    We All Know Better

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    FoCoMX to host DIY recording workshop

    ​If you've been itching to learn how to record your music yourself or you just want to hone your skills a bit, here's your chance. Next month, as part of FoCoMX, music producer John Alagia (Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Ben Folds) will be hosting a free workshop for budding engineers. To attend ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011

    The David James Band

    Street Performer

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies talk about fame, Shatner and Big Star

    Julian Ochoa​The Posies (due tonight at The Gothic Theatre) had the good fortune -- or bad, depending on your perspective -- of being a non-grunge rock band in Seattle that came into its own during the era when, for far too many people, "alternative" became synonymous with "grunge."

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Tonight: Miniature Tigers at the hi-dive

    ​Tonight's hi-dive show headliner Freelance Whales are great and all, but we think tour mates Miniature Tigers are equally worth a mention. Part Ben Gibbard, part Kevin Barnes, bandleader and backbone Charlie Brand creates the kind of intelligent pop music that can only get better with time.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa, Interpol, Railroad Earth shows announced

    ​Gogol Bordello, who shared a headlining bill with Primus at Red Rocks last week, returns to the area for a two-night stand at the Boulder Theater on Wednesday and Thursday, October 27 and 28. Tickets for this one range between $36 and $41 and go on sale on Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m. The gyp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Q&A with Adrian Belew

    ​Adrian Belew has lead something of a charmed existence as a musician for the last thirty years, from his first high-profile gig as a guitarist for Frank Zappa in 1979 to his later work with Talking Heads, Trent Reznor, David Bowie and King Crimson. Though possessed of preternaturally able technic ... More >>

  • Music

    September 17, 2009

    Oh My God

    Tuesday, September 22, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Week in Review: 2/16/09 - 2/20/09

    All right, so we've reached the end of another work week in the Mile High City. While we can no longer brag about having the best selling band in the country, from what we can tell, Denver music is still on the minds and in the ears of at least a few prominent folks in what's left of the industry. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Ben Folds and the CU Buffoons

    If you love a cappella versions of funny, smart-guy piano tunes (and really, who doesn't?), the world is smiling on you today. Ben Folds is releasing an album of covers of his tunes by college a capella groups -- I know, what took so long, right? It's due to hit in April and proceeds from the disc w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Meet the Fraysayers

    Dull. Boring. Formulaic. Uniformly bland. Uninteresting. Calculated. Inoffensive. Forgettable. These are just a few of the adjectives that various critics from across the country have used to describe the Fray's self-titled sophomore release. As observed in this column last week, the band is clearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Mile High Makeout: My head is spinning

    Photo: Lucia De Giovanni Last night, I had the honor and privilege of guest deejaying at Matt Fecher's New Music Mondays at the Larimer Lounge, playing music from my collection next to the incandescent DJ Ginger and firestarter DJ Hot to Death. Ginger played a couple of body-rocking sets, including ... More >>

  • Music

    December 25, 2008
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    October 2, 2008

    Amanda Palmer

    Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
    Roadrunner Records

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2008

    Monolith Festival Live Blog, Day 1

    Midnight has finally come. For 11 hours straight on Saturday, Backbeat Online had Red Rocks surrounded, an army of writers, photographers, and other assorted hooligans braving a piss-reeking media tent to bring you live coverage of Monolith Festival. Day 1 of the fest starred Devotchka, Vampire ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008
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    March 31, 2008
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    March 5, 2008
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    January 3, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Radiohead, Maroon 5, HIgh School Musical 2, Chingy, Bubba Sparxxx

    Bubba Sparxxx The Lost Tracks FMS 00:00-00:45 of “Never Scared” I never totally understood the point of the “Lost Tracks” albums. These are songs that didn’t make the cut for whatever reason before and I’m entirely unsure what makes them worthwhile now. “Never Scared” is about as bo ... More >>

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Ben Folds

    Supersunnyspeedgraphic: The LP

  • Film

    May 18, 2006

    Shell Game

    Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything.

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Fray Time

    Is Denver's most high-profile band in over its head?

  • Music

    February 9, 2006


    Thursday, February 9, Marquis Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    Michael Lloyd Band

    Highwaters EP (Self-released)

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    The Beatdown

    A slot on Weezer's latest tour proves fruitful for the Fray.

  • Music

    February 6, 2003

    Ben Around the World

    At 21, songwriter Ben Kweller is young at art.

  • Music

    December 12, 2002

    Xmas Marks the Spot

    A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.

  • Music

    November 22, 2001

    Sideshow Swamp

    A Beck boy no more, DJ Swamp uses headbanger histrionics to blaze his way to the top.

  • Music

    March 30, 2000

    Getting in Tune

    Former Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann exchanges indie cred for songcraft.

  • Music

    September 16, 1999

    Other Voices, Other Tunes

    Two new releases -- and a certain music awards showcase -- prove Denver's no one-note town.

  • Music

    July 16, 1998

    Kids Do the Darnedest Things

    Three members of famous musical families provide a good argument for nepotism.