• Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Quiz: The Sixteen Most Surprising Cameos By Musicians in Movies

    Not all cameos are equally coveted: A good cameo creates an undeniable rush (I know that person!) that widens the eyes and forces the viewer to blurt out the musician's name when he or she appears on the big screen, like Anthony Kiedis in Point Break. An even better cameo, in which the musician is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Failure's Ken Andrews on the Absurdity of Hair Metal

    Failure is slated to perform at Riot Fest this Friday, September 19th. Though the band enjoyed a great deal of popularity during its first run before splitting in 1997, its influence has loomed large on a good deal of guitar rock that has come along since. If someone writes a book like Our Band Coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Meet Denver Disco resident Falcon Punch

    Denver Disco resident DJ Falcon Punch -- or Avery Henderson, as he's known to folks back home in Minnesota -- recently moved to Boulder from Los Angeles. After graduating from Occidental College, where he majored in sociology and minored in music, he took a job at an ad agency in Boulder and immedia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (8 free!), January 24-26

    Though your lack of funds might make you want to stay home and blast the Descendents's Everything Sucks until the weekend's over, resist that urge. Even if you don't have much (or any) cash, you can find plenty to do in Denver this week, good, good things like watching the Descendents documentary F ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2014

    Birthday Candles

    Letters From Home

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Riot Fest Denver full schedule

    Ready? Riot Fest is just three days away, and if you haven't planned your itinerary yet, now's your chance. We've got the full schedule. While the entire lineup is stupid good, Saturday is the day we're most looking forward to -- The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, Superchunk, Rocket From the Cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Riot Fest Denver lineup revealed

    Wowers. The Riot Fest Denver lineup was just revealed, and if you haven't seen it yet, brace yourself. It's pretty stellar. Headliners include a reunited version of the Replacements, along with Iggy and the Stooges, Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, Rocket from the Crypt, Superchunk, the Dismemberment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 50 worst rock/pop lyrics: The Complete list

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    The worst rock/pop lyrics of all time: 20-11

    Join us as we go further down the rabbit hole of cringe-worthy rock lyrics, making our way through an underselling David Lee Roth, a culture war waged by Avril Lavigne, a melodramatic suicide note from Blink 182, some lumpy Black Eyed Peas and Chinese food that makes LFO sick, while Bob Dylan and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    The Ridiculous and rare: The 25 best publicity photos from our dust-covered filing cabinet

    Once upon a time when imposing creatures like Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch roamed the earth, we used to get glossy black & white publicity photos by the truckloads, along with CDs (I know, right?). The discs are long gone, but the pics, we crammed 'em in a filing cabinet and forgot about 'em. Unti ... More >>

  • Film

    December 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, December shows by Beats Antique and Pretty Lights were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Veronica, Vices I Admire, INCA and Hazel Miller all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, a show at the Paramount Theatre featuring Puscifer was announced, along with a Kulwicki Twins Foundation benefit at the Bluebird Theater in January being headlined by Mudhoney and The Fluid. On local radio specialty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Best Denver concert photos of September, 2011

    Holy crap, there were a lot of shows this month. It was difficult to pick our favorites of the bunch, especially with big-name acts like Taylor Swift, DMX, Blink 182 and Ke$ha rocking the stages in Colorado. We have so many photos, it's tough to sift through them all, which is why we've hand-selecte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Taste of Colorado paints the town -- and the people in it (PHOTOS)

    ​The perfect weather brought out a perfect crowd to this year's Taste of Colorado, and Westword's Dave Ingraham was there to capture snaps of memorable attendees. And other photogs were equally busy. Check out galleries devoted to Phish, Blink-182, Selena Gomez, Ke$ha and more on our overflowi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Review: Blink-182, My Chemical Romance and Rancid at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 9/4/11

    Blink-182 last night. More photos below.BLINK-182 at COMFORT DENTAL | 9/4/11Seeing Blink-182 live is kind of like viewing a moment suspended in time: The music hasn't changed, and the band's NOFX-knock-off-style masturbation conversations are identical to a decade and a half ago. But consistency is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 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: In concert news, TV on the Radio is slated to perform two nights at the Ogden in September, Furthur is making its way back to Colorado for three nights at Red Rocks and blink-182 and My Chemical Romance headline KTCL's Big Gig in September. On lo ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Left Foot Green

    Fun With Vengeance

  • Music

    December 16, 2010

    Steel Panther

    Friday, December 17, Ogden Theatre, 303-832-1874.

  • Articles

    November 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    The Cool Kids on mainstream hip-hop, industry fouls and the misconception about rappers

    ​ In 2008, the Cool Kids burst out of Chicago with The Bake Sale EP, a ten-track teaser packed with a unique take on modern hip-hop. Part old school Beastie Boys and part EPMD from the future, the Cool Kids bring nothing but the club bangers. Comprised of MCs Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Ingli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Top ten celebrity tweets about Balloon Boy

    Simon Pegg's advice for Falcon: Escape! Escape!​ The Twitterspere absolutely exploded yesterday with commentary about accidental-whistle-blowing, Today-show-vomiting Balloon Boy Falcon Heene, with celebrities among the countless thousands exercising their fingers on the topic both before and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Ink, Blink, food and drink

    Photo by Aaron Thackeray​ You said goodbye to summer with gusto, Denver, with a very ink-y tattoo convention, parties galore, and shows by Blink-182, Ween and Fell. See photos of the festivities at, and reviews of the concerts on the Backbeat blog. And say a little praye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    The blog shortcut, September 8 edition

    Photo by Aaron ThackerayBlink-182's Tom DeLonge.​Blink and you'll miss it. Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the Weekend: Blink-182 at Fiddler's Green. • Over the Weekend: Fell at Larimer Lounge. • Over the Weekend: Ween at Red Rocks. • Over the Weekend: Warlock Pinchers (almost) reuni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Blink-182, Staind, 3 Doors Down shows announced

    As previously reported, the recently reunited Blink-182 is hitting the road again for the first time in five years and is making a stop at Fiddler's Green on Sunday, September 6 with Weezer, Taking Back Sunday and Chester French. While reserved tickets, which go on sale Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    The blog shortcut, May 20 edition

    Photo by Denny DoesKevin Devine. Let us infotain you. Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with Kevin Devine. • This Just In: blink-182 reuninon tour hits Fiddler's in September. • Undercover and underage at LIFEspot. • Seems like old times: Jason Heller back in Westword and Off the Wall return ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    This Just In: blink-182 reuninon tour hits Fiddler's in September

    If the date on the band's MySpace page and the press release we received from the publicist of one of the supporting acts is to be believed, blink-182's much ballyhooed reunion tour is slated to make a stop at Fiddler's Green on Sunday, September 6, with Weezer and Taking Back Sunday in tow. To see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    A first look at Skyfox's new video

    By now you've probably heard that Skyfox is among the latest Denver acts to land a record deal, specifically, the group is the most recent addition to the Crappy Records roster -- a completely fitting association if there ever was one. The label is owned in part by Bowling for Soup frontman Jaret Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Live Review: Weezer, Angels & Airwaves and Toyko Police Club at the Broomfield Event Center

    Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner wear the red track suits they donned in Broomfield. Weezer, Angels & Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club Sunday, October 5 Broomfield Event Center Since 1994, when Weezer's Rivers Cuomo first arrived on the national scene (and spoke to Westword in the profile accessible ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Sanity Claus

    Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.

  • Music

    October 11, 2007

    Ken Andrews

    Friday, October 12, Walnut Room, 303-292-1700.

  • Music

    November 30, 2006


    Wednesday, December 6, Ogden Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Home Entertainment

    June 22, 2006
  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    June 1, 2006

    Phallic Carnage

    Dork finally stops dicking around.

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Stole Your Woman

    Sunday, March 12, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

  • Music

    December 8, 2005


    Epoxy Lips Now! (Self-released)

  • Music

    January 6, 2005

    Various Artists

    Original Soundtrack, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Interscope)
    Best of Video Game Music: Hits Vol. 1 (Artemis)

  • Music

    December 16, 2004


    Prolonging the Inevitable (Suburban Home)

  • Music

    October 7, 2004

    Good Charlotte

    The Chronicles of Life and Death (Epic)

  • Music

    August 19, 2004

    Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards

    Viking (Hellcat Records)

  • Music

    September 12, 2002


    If this summers concert season has an encore, wed rather skip it.

  • Music

    August 22, 2002

    New Found Glory

    Sticks and Stones (MCA)

  • Music

    September 20, 2001

    Hot and Bothered

    Breaking from the mold of prefabricated punk, Hot Water Music dares to be smart.

  • Music

    June 7, 2001

    Critic's Choice

    Alkaline Trio

  • Music

    May 3, 2001

    Critic's Choice

    Q and Not U

  • Music

    February 1, 2001

    The Vandals

    Look What I Almost Stepped In (Nitro)

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    New Bomb Turks

    Nightmare Scenario

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