It is impossible to ignore Itchy-O. At full capacity, the band comprises 32 members, all dressed in matching costumes, all masked, delivering truly alien vocals and playing marching-band instruments along with guitars, basses, taiko drums and electronics attached to portable amplifiers. There is als ... More >>
A. Tom Collins, the five-piece band fronted by Aaron Collins, has a sound that's equal parts ragtime, honky tonk blues and tin pan alley. The outfit, which has smartly left its rough edges intact, is driven by Collins' piano and impassioned vocals, and while the act may teeter on the edge of chaos a ... More >>
It's been roughly two and half years since James McElwee raised more than $5000 on Kickstarter to make a documentary on Bob Ferbrache, and the film still isn't finished. After raising the money, McElwee started interviewing members of bands like Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Tarantella, Warlock Pinchers ... More >>
If you were living in Denver thirty-four years ago this week, the Rainbow Music Hall would've been the talk of the town. After a grand opening gala featuring Jerry Jeff Walker, who performed three sets on two back-to-back nights at the venue, suddenly, the humble movie theater multiplex at the corne ... More >>
Amanda Palmer recently set the record for crowd-sourced fundraising among music-related projects -- a record once held by Five Iron Frenzy -- after the Kickstarter campaign to fund her new record raised $735,000 in about two weeks. The former Dresden Dolls frontwoman served up tickets, copies of the ... More >>
Gooood morning, Denver! What a lovely day it is. While we typically hate Mondays, this one is shaping up to be pretty swell: Sweater weather is in full effect (oh how we looove fall!), the Broncos won, and best news of all, a brand new Ian Cooke record is upon us. Fortitude, the long and eage ... More >>
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
Last we heard from Ian Cooke, he had extended an invitation to fellow local musicians to remix his song " The Race." With that goal in mind, Cooke posted a dozen different parts of the song that folks could download and tweak, twist and manipulate at will. A number of people, including Tommy Metz of ... More >>
Live From Ebbets Field Vol. 4
The most rock and roll cellist in Denver has released a new song titled "The Race." Ian Cooke, in conjunction with producer/manager/guitarist Ian O'Dougherty, also released all twelve parts of the song as separate tracks, and they're inviting you to "Play, Record, Manipulate, Mix, Remix" at y ... More >>
Tom MurphyWovenhand WOVENHAND With Git Some 01.15.11 | Marquis Theater On the cusp of its tour with Wovenhand, Git Some seemed in high form to win over at least a few people in the audience on Saturday night at the Marquis Theater. Less chaotic than earlier incarnations of the band, one thi ... More >>
We first got a glimpse of the upcoming Warlock Pinchers film a few months ago. At the time we weren't entirely certain when it would arrive. Now we know. Just in time for the Warlock Pinchers New Year's Eve show at the Gothic Theatre, Eyeosaur Productions is slated to release the film, culled from ... More >>
Matthew Ballantine-PattonAdam Edwards, Ian O'Dougherty and Sean Merrell are Eolian In this week's issue, the Rough Mixes entry focusing on Eolian, the progressive rock project led by Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun) and featuring occasional Backbeat contributor Sean Merrell (T ... More >>
It's been nearly three years since Ian Cooke (due tonight at the Larimer Lounge) released The Fall I Fell and proceeded to blow everyone's minds with his inimitably expressive vocal style, dexterous cello playing and remarkably affecting songs. Brian Carney In the intervening years, he's qu ... More >>
The Swaybacks new platter, Long Gone Lads, has all the makings of a career-defining record.
Hearts of Palm. That's the new name being batted around by the members of Nathan & Stephen. Ran into Nathan McGarvey, who was tending bar on Friday night at the hi-dive, and he confirmed the less than ten minute-old rumor I had just heard on my way into the dive to catch Roger Green's set.
Suburban Home Records gets pilfered. Again.
Meet the man behind some of Denver's best releases.
Andrew Murphy carries on a long-distance love affair with Denver music.
Tarantella gets caught up in an exotic whirlwind.
Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots
The last gulp.
Oh, for Frankenchrist's sake! The Dead Kennedys return, sans Jello.
16 HP rides high with Hoarse, a new collections of live cuts from local performances.
For Maraca Five-O, instro-rock means catchin' an asphalt wave.
Don't label Sixteen Horsepower; just listen to them.
All the cool kids are playing Six Degrees of the Denver Gentlemen.
Bob Ferbrache/Absinthe Studios
Jello does a shot on the latest local-music compilation.
This young whippersnapper is wise beyond his years.
Hemi Cuda likes the cars -- and the songs -- that go boom.
Odds and ends from around Colorado's music scene.
The best twenty recordings to come out of Colorado in 1998.
The Czars make some of Denver's most beautiful noises.
1 night, 5 bucks, 7 venues, 39 bands Sunday, September 22 6 P.M.-1A.M. in LoDo
16 HORSEPOWER FINALLY GETS THE RECORD CONTRACT IT DESERVES.