If someone wanted to learn more about the sixties, but didn't know where to start, these are the albums we'd recommend. While they aren't necessarily the best selling, or the most critically acclaimed, they are certainly the ones that float to the surface all these years later, providing a rough blu ... More >>
While this year's endless summer has kind of turned into a bit of an endless bummer for the sun worshipers among us who loathe the rain (we couldn't be happier for the reprieve, personally), here's some news that should help temper the effects of the soggy weather: The Beach Boys (with Brian Wilson! ... 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. Mark Sanders ho ... More >>
BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS @ RED ROCKS | 6.10.12 It didn't take long for Todd Park Mohr to wax nostalgic for the capacity crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday night. Five songs into his band's nearly two-hour set, the frontman noted that he couldn't remember the last time the group had s ... More >>
And the shows just keep coming. Red Rocks, which is on pace for a record season this year, added a pair of dates from My Morning Jacket, while tickets for the Beach Boys show are finally going on sale. The biggest concert news this week is Nicki Minaj, who is bringing her Pink Friday Tour to the Mil ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Beach Boys, Florence the Machine, the Walkmen, Passion Pit and Justice were announced; Coles Whalen, Caleb Slade, FaceMan and the Apples got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Adele, Te ... More >>
Junior Brown is synonymous with good old-fashioned country music. As the inventor of the "guit-steel" guitar, the Austin-based singer-songwriter can play the hell out of any stringed instrument he touches. Brown launched his career in 1990 during a SXSW showcase where he met his current manag ... 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 >>
[via Flickr]Last week, it was revealed the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $16 million to recover $391,000 from lawsuits involving peer-to-peer file sharing. No, we didn't print that backwards; you don't need to adjust your screen -- they really did waste that much mone ... More >>
All right, so we were admittedly skeptical of how this whole "We Are the World" remake was going to turn out with the seemingly random cast of characters organizers assembled. When we first glimpsed the initial list of those present the night of the recording, there were some head scratchers in the ... More >>
Our friends over at CNN just posted a partial list of performers appearing on the "We Are the World" remake. From the looks of it, we put more thought into this whole thing than the organizers did. Okay, sure, there were a handful of bona fied stars that took part -- and we're assuming they've be ... More >>
Let these popsters be your guide to the 60s SoCal sound.
Tuesday, August 14, the hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Searching for gems in the flood of seasonal discs.
Friday, October 21, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
AIResTANGO gracefully fuses two art forms.
Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.
Westword asked me to match wits with a living legend -- who also happens to be my hero. Here's the result.
Sunday, June 13, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Through injury, adversity and obscurity, Orlando Terrell struggles to keep his music alive.
This time, it's the woman who manipulates the man.
Velocity of Sound (Elephant 6/SpinArt)
Innocence and Despair (Bar None)
The World Won't End (Ashmont), Maroon (Atlantic)
Reveal (Warner Bros.)
For Maraca Five-O, instro-rock means catchin' an asphalt wave.
As Badly Drawn Boy, Damon Gough colors outside the lines.
Knowing how Nick Drake expired helps bring his music to life.
Listening to the distant echoes of a pop-rock genius.
After Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe comes of age...finally.
Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.
The Ladybug Transistor steers clear of the beach.
Three members of famous musical families provide a good argument for nepotism.
The Pet Sounds Sessions is the weirdest boxed set yet.
Joe Queer makes punk that's built to last.
A new boxed set reveals the dark side of catching a wave.
...TO JOIN WHAT COULD BECOME DENVER'S BEST POP BAND.
THE APPLES GET SET TO REAP THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABORS.
THE BEACH BOYS' MIKE LOVE ON MUSIC, MONEY AND SUING COUSIN BRIAN.