The Black Lips (due Wednesday, April 2nd, at The Bluebird Theater) are the notorious rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia who had to flee India for fear of persecution over on stage antics involving band members kissing each other. Their show at the club Heaven in London in September 2008 ended ... More >>
With new bassist Kim Shattuck in tow, the Pixies are slated to headline the Fillmore Auditorium on Thursday, February 13, with Best Coast. Tickets ($49.50/$55) go on sale this Friday, October 11, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what songs are being played on lo ... More >>
DEERHUNTER at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 9/7/13 The other members of Deerhunter were set up ready to go when Bradford Cox made his way on stage clad in some kind of vest with a lot of buttons and/or patches. He was also wearing a Cramps T-shirt, and that was fitting because he also had on an all black wig w ... More >>
Well, it's a wrap. The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase Awards are now officially in the books. The Bluebird was packed, and, man, what a good time. Drinks, food, friends -- what else do you need? Next to the Showcase itself, this is one of the best nights for local music all year. Plenty o ... More >>
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 5/17/13 Near the end of its set, Black Moth Super Rainbow performed "Sun Lips," one of its signature older songs. While some people sang along a bit earlier in the show, it seemed like everyone up front knew the words to this particular song and sang alo ... More >>
BORIS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 5/14/12 The fact that you could hear Atsuo Mizuno's drums or his hype-man shouts at all is a testament to whoever was running sound last night at the Bluebird. With two full Sunn stacks powering Takeshi Ohtani's guitar and a full stack and a half of Orange amps behind Wat ... More >>
Typically when a band records and releases a covers album, it's a sign of creative fatigue. This is not the case with the Congress, who picked up an old Tascam 388 reel-to-reel recorder and decided to record a bunch of covers, for an EP titled The Loft Tapes, which they'll release tomorrow night at ... More >>
Another week, another swell roster of music in the Mile High City. From the bacchanalian throwback debauchery of the Darkness, who will be invading the Summit Music Hall, to the lyrical thriftiness of Macklemore, who is set to headline Icelantic's second annual edition of Winter on the Rocks, there ... More >>
In recent years, the Black Angels have deservedly been a prominent band in the psychedelic rock world. Though the act had the rare distinction of being the backing band for one of the pioneers of psychedelic rock, Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators, the music created by the Austin-based act i ... More >>
Formed nearly a decade ago in Austin, Texas, the Sword, with its sludgy guitar work and the fantastical themes of its lyrics, is often assigned the stoner rock designation, and understandably so. But while the band certainly bears the clear influence of bands like Black Sabbath, Sleep and Led Zeppel ... More >>
DINOSAUR JR @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 10/15/12 In a an entire show of strong performances, one of the big surprises came when Lou Barlow said that he and J Mascis had been in a band called Deep Wound toward the end of the set. "We played the Ramones at triple speed," Barlow explained. "We didn't take dr ... More >>
Dinosaur Jr was the product of three guys from Massachusetts who had played in the hardcore bands Deep Wound and All White Jury. But when J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph got together, the music they produced sounded like it had all but shed that background in favor of melody, and the outfit made the ... More >>
MICHAEL KIWANUKA @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 8/7/12 Judging by the instrument setup on stage, you could have guessed what sort of music Kiwanuka would be playing: congas prominently pushed to the front of the stage, a classic sparkle drumkit reminiscent of something Ringo might play, an organ and handful ... More >>
See Also: - 2012 Westword Music Showcase winners - Photos: Locals only! 2012 Westword Music Showcase - Set recaps by Westword music writers - Photos: The people of Westword Music Showcase In case you missed their blistering performance at this year's Showcase or you just want to relive the mayhem ... More >>
See Also: Tonight: Youth Lagoon at the Bluebird The best SXSW music 2012 The worst SXSW music 2012 Youth Lagoon (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) began as the solo project of Trevor Powers, who first started making music while still in high school, and whose early recordings caught the attentio ... More >>
Curren$y has been getting high before it was cool to get high. The New Orleans rapper is releasing his second album this year. Yes, it's only May, but The Stoned Immaculate is set for release in early June, and if you think he's stopping now, you're trippin'. Tonight, Curren$y and Jet Life all-stars ... More >>
So by now you've probably heard the news: The tenth annual US Air Guitar competition is about to get under way, and the national finals are slated to take place in Denver on Saturday, July 21, at the Bluebird Theater. The culmination of a dozen separate regional events, which kick off on Friday, J ... More >>
See Also: A 4/20 playlist from Westword's marijuana critic William Breathes Happy 4/20! Welcome to the end of another work week. As always, there are plenty of music options to consider this weekend -- and that's whether you're living the Mile High life or not. The second edition of the annual Levi ... More >>
Neon Indian (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) got a boost early in its career by online media, and by the time of the act's first album, Psychic Chasms was released, there was a pretty big buzz around his blend of synth-driven, R&B inflected pop songs. Alan Palomo and company went on to tour wit ... More >>
White Rabbits (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) moved from Columbia, Missouri to Brooklyn within a year of forming in 2004. The group's music had, from the beginning, an ineffably energetic spirit that could be heard by broader audiences first with its 2007 debut album, Fort Nightly. But it was ... More >>
Secret Chiefs 3 (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) is the brainchild of Trey Spruance, whom you may know from Mr. Bungle. With Secret Chiefs 3, Spruance seemingly follows every musical idea he can think of down every rabbit hole imaginable. Along the way, he has learned to play a plethora of exot ... More >>
MUDHONEY @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 1/6/12Though the mood hanging from the heads of the Bluebird Theater crowd last night was a heavy one, it was also bittersweet -- Mudhoney, the Fluid and the bands' mutual fans were gathered together to remember their friend, Fluid guitarist Ricky Kulwicki, who died in ... More >>
Here are two quick lists to warm you up on this snow day; the ten best club shows and local shows (the two aren't mutually exclusive, by any means) of 2011, as picked by Backbeat writers and ranked by music editor Dave Herrera. Find our ten best arena concerts of 2011 and feel free to peruse ... More >>
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 >>
The world premiere of TB:20 -- the 20th anniversary edition of Standard Films' Totally Board series -- will be on Friday, September 16 at Red Rocks Amphitheater, where it's the headlining film at the 2nd annual Snowboard On The Rocks film and music festival. Standard released the first full t ... More >>
UMESo, the Westword Music Showcase is finally going down tomorrow, and, of course, we're excited. Along with laundry list of amazing local acts like Kingdom of Magic, Diamond Boiz and Vices I Admire, we've got Chromeo, UME and Del the Funky Homosapien rolling through.
To say that Joe Purdy (due this evening at the Bluebird Theater with The Milk Carton Kids) is prolific would be, well, exactly accurate -- the singer-songwriter has released ten albums in ten years, all while touring. His workman like approach has paid off in the form of devoted fans, and li ... More >>
Tom MurphyMogwai MOGWAI With Errors 05.02.11 | Bluebird Theater Errors, from Glasgow, Scotland, started things off with what seemed like the intro to an ethereal, somber set of music. Turns out, though, the foursome was just getting warmed up with a slow drift into its first song. Clearly t ... More >>
Steve GullickMogwai Formed in 1995, Mogwai quickly made a name for itself with adventurous guitar work and a sound that loosened and opened up the imagination. Over the course of the next sixteen years, the Scottish band very much plotted its own course through exploring every sonic whim wit ... More >>
Photo Britt ChesterPAPER DIAMOND with Raw Russ and Eprom Bluebird Theater | 2.25.11 The Bluebird Theater hosted the sold-out, Official Snowball Festival Kickoff Party last night with Raw Russ, Eprom and Paper Diamond. Alex B., who spins under the moniker Paper Diamond, spoke with Westword recently ... More >>
Todd ColeNo Age (due tonight at The Bluebird Theater) isn't a band that has hit the mainstream yet, but it has enjoyed an unexpected rise to prominence as a noisy pop band, making art grounded in notion of doing things your own way -- regardless of whether or not it's met with the stamp of ap ... More >>
Mogwai stops by the Bluebird Theater on Monday May 2 as part of its world tour supporting its seventh album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, slated for release on Sub Pop on February 15. Tickets for this one are $25 and go on sale this Saturday, November 6 at 10 a.m. Amos Lee visits ... More >>
The Ozzman cometh to the Pepsi Center in FebruaryOzzy Osbourne, who just launched a column in Rolling Stone called Ask Dr. Ozzy, in which he offers health and diet tips (no, really), hits the Pepsi Center with Slash on Tuesday, February 8, as part of an eighteen-month long world tour, which i ... More >>
Jamie Lidell, who issued his latest effort, Compass, on Warp last month, hits the Bluebird Theater again Tuesday, September 7. Advance tickets $20.50 and $25 day of show, but early bird tickets are $15 available from 10 a.m. Friday, June 18 through midnight Sunday, June 20.
There's nothing like experiencing the sweat, thump and catharsis of a great show. Trouble is, you live in Denver, the land of embarrassing riches when it comes to music, the land of too many shows and too little time. So which ones are worth checking out? Glad you asked. After the jump, we've ... More >>
We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments. This week, the F ... More >>
St. Vincent, with Wildbirds & Peacedrums Saturday, February 13, 2010 Bluebird Theater Tom MurphySt. Vincent Wildbirds & Peacedrums opened the show. A two-piece from Sweeden made up of Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin, the act has crafted a sound built upon creative use of various percus ... More >>
Photo by Doug BeamBat For Lashes' Natasha Khan.Lash-ing out. Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the Weekend: Bat for Lashes at the Bluebird Theater. • Over the Weekend: The Avett Brothers at the Ogden Theatre. • Over the Weekend: The Flaming Lips at Red Rocks. • Over the Weekend: Mos D ... More >>
The Fluid's John Robinson live at the Bluebird Theater last June. In addition to an appearance by profile and Q&A subject Built to Spill, this Saturday's Westword Music Showcase (click here for details) will include another bonus: an appearance by the Fluid, among the best bands and most influentia ... More >>
Leonard Cohen's concert at New York's Beacon Theatre last Thursday marked his first American performance in fifteen years. As he took the stage, AEG Live announced a run of North American dates that, as of now, concludes with a stop at Red Rocks on Tuesday, June 2. It was one of a few Red Rocks show ... More >>
In terms of music news this was a slower week in the Mile High City. The biggest items were news of Overcasters being invited to perform at South By Southwest on the heels of a particularly harrowing trip to the East Coast a few weeks ago with the Fluid, followed closely by DJ Vajra's inclusion in a ... More >>
Cheer on your favorites at the US Air Guitar Championship regional competition.
Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Yo Majesty Saturday, May 10, 2008 Bluebird Theater The evening went up, up then crashed hard Saturday night. Electro pop, electro rock and some god-awful hip-hop took over the Bluebird, leaving this reviewer asking, "How the hell did Yo Majesty snag a tour headlining f ... More >>
Ah, 1995: a time when entire Best Of categories were devoted to the O.J. Simpson trial, Bernie Bickerstaff and Dikembe Mutombo were still dominating the sports pages, and Mel's Bar and Grill was still new. Check out the winners from our 1995 Best Of issue after the jump.
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