Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
ROBERT PLANT @ RED ROCKS | WEDS, 7/10/13 Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant returns to town this week with his newest backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters. The lineup features members of his early-'00s band the Strange Sensation, and has Plant revisiting both blues-rock and world-music in ... More >>
Brace yourself for the return of Fall Out Boy. The dudes are evidently back to save rock and roll. Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, meanwhile, are teaming up for a co-headlining date at Fiddler's Green for the Honda Civic Tour, and Warren Hayes is set to collaborate with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra ... More >>
CONSPIRATOR @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/23/13 Conspirator is an apt name for this supergroup of sorts, which comprises members of several well-known acts. Exploring the ethereal realms of EDM, the quartet -- Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits, KJ Sawka of Pendulum and Chris Michetti ... More >>
Saturday, March 23, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 888-929-7849.
A bunch of great shows announced this week: Fresh off a string of well received comeback shows, Fall Out Boy is back with a new record and a tour that will hit Denver in June. Vampire Weekend is due at Red Rocks with Of Monsters and Men, while fun. has announced a date of its own at Red Rocks with T ... More >>
There are a ton of new shows to tell you about this week, including a co-headlining date at Red Rocks featuring Alabama Shakes and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, plus new shows from Paramore, a solo date from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, the Gaslight Anthem, Marina & the Diamonds and Charli ... More >>
Okay, hands up if you knew the Zac Brown Band was so popular. He's wildly popular, in case you're wondering. Dude just added another show at Red Rocks, thanks to the fact that the first two have already sold out. Oh, and speaking of the Rocks, Sting has announced a June date up there, and we've got ... More >>
Evidently, Zac Brown isn't the only one who likes his chicken fried, along with a cold beer on a Friday night and a pair of jeans that fit just right -- at least judging from the fact that the country crooner's upcoming date at Red Rocks on Wednesday, May 8, which just went on sale about a half an h ... More >>
A number of new shows have been announced this week since our weekly Mile Highlights post dropped on Tuesday, and they all go on sale this weekend, so we thought you should know about them. Among the new dates, we've got shows at the Gothic (Billy Bragg, Cold War Kids, Sevendust, Coal Chamber and La ... More >>
Slim Cessna's Auto Club, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary last April, had been playing annual New Year's Eve shows at the Bluebird Theater for the past eleven years. This year, the band is playing two nights at the Oriental Theater -- with Sterling Sisters (which features Slim's son George ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! If you haven't made plans yet, there's an unreal number of shows, from five different festivals to several CD release shows to old school hip-hop. Of course, we have them all listed in our massive concert calendar. If you're feeling industrious, print that bad boy out and bre ... More >>
See also: - Profile: The Knew never really set out to find success - The Knew (CD release) at the Lion's Lair, 8/24-8/25 - The Knew at Wax Trax with the Outfit, 8/24 The Knew has been kicking around Denver for roughly eight years, having played its first show on New Talent Night at Herman's Hideaw ... More >>
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Tom Murphy host ... More >>
After a stellar show at Fillmore in January in support of its latest release, The Whole Love, Wilco returns to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks on Friday, June 22 (with Punch Brothers) and Saturday, June 23 (with Dr. Dog). On Record Store Day (April 21), Wilco is set to release Mermaid Av ... More >>
Photo: David IngrahamDr. Dog last night in Boulder. See all the photos from last night.DR. DOG With Paper Bird and Boulder Acoustic Society Boulder Theater | 5/7/11 View photo slideshow from last night For a band that sounds like it's drawing from a diverse pool of influences that spans from the Be ... More >>
On Versions of Joanna, the aptly titled tribute to Joanna Newsom, 21 artists from six countries cover Newsom's songs. Of those those acts, there's a number of familiar voices such as Billy Bragg, M. Ward, Owen Pallett and Ben Sollee. Astute Denverites, however, will instantly recognize one ve ... 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?" So 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 ... More >>
Jason StoffBig Boi, shown here at this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival, dominated our playlists. 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?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, ... More >>
‚ÄčAs music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we'r ... More >>
There is a long tradition of ex-punk rockers trading in their power chords and electric guitars for the idyllic green pastures of folk music. Frank Turner of Winchester, England made that very leap a few years ago after the breakup of his progressive hardcore band Million Dead had reached its ... More >>
Fast reviews of recent releases
Searching for a Former Clarity (Fat Wreck Chords)
Getting the skinny on Fatboy Slim.
As the Eternal Cowboy (Fat Wreck Chords)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists find that just a spoonful of anger helps the medicine go down.
Hamell on Trial
Patrick Parkís idle mind has been busy creating a brilliant debut album.
Shirley Henderson juggles a love triangle in the Midlands.
The Thermals light a fire under indie rock's ass.
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
The Weakerthans leave the noise, but not the idealism, of punk rock in their past.
Rachel & Andy, Denver's newest acoustic addition, live in perfect harmony.
Chicken Run cooks up a radical bucket of fun.
KBCO's Bret Saunders is taking on the shock jocks -- and winning.
Jeff Tweedy moves Wilco further toward perfect pop...and perfect despair.
Jimmy LaFave upholds American musical tradition one song at a time.
Fatherhood has given Billy Bragg a new reason to make music.
Members of Radiohead hope their latest trip to Colorado won't be as creepy as the last.