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 >>
Wednesday, January 23, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.
Music for Mortals
Justin EvansAfter 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
We All Know Better
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 >>
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 >>
Julian OchoaThe 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."
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Tuesday, September 22, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
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 >>
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 >>
Supersunnyspeedgraphic: The LP
Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything.
Is Denver's most high-profile band in over its head?
Thursday, February 9, Marquis Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
Highwaters EP (Self-released)
A slot on Weezer's latest tour proves fruitful for the Fray.
At 21, songwriter Ben Kweller is young at art.
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.
A Beck boy no more, DJ Swamp uses headbanger histrionics to blaze his way to the top.
Former Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann exchanges indie cred for songcraft.
Two new releases -- and a certain music awards showcase -- prove Denver's no one-note town.
Three members of famous musical families provide a good argument for nepotism.