TUES | THE NATIONAL/LOCAL NATIVES at RED ROCKS | 9/17/13 After finishing their tour in support of 2010's High Violet, the members of the National didn't have any immediate plans to record again. But guitarist Aaron Dessner, whose daughter had just been born, ended up with a lot of time on his hands. ... More >>
There's a long history of musicians who suffered from and overcame (or sometimes didn't overcome) crippling shyness, anxiety and stage fright to fulfill their dreams of standing in the spotlight. That spotlight, it's a cruel, uncaring light. So bright. So uncomfortably warm. Everyone's staring at yo ... More >>
The Faint was one of the main bands among the small wave of underground artists that emerged out of the unlikely environs of Omaha, Nebraska, a wave included noteworthy acts such as Cursive, Bright Eyes and Azure Ray, all on the Saddle Creek imprint. The Faint was one of the flagship bands on that l ... More >>
See also: Interview with Lauren Larson of Ume, sharing the bill this Sunday. Cursive (due this Sunday at Larimer Lounge with Ume) was one of the most popular and influential bands to have come out of the underground scene in Omaha, Nebraska, the same one that spawned Bright Eyes, the Faint, Azure R ... More >>
Hailing from Omaha long before bands like the Faint, Cursive or Bright Eyes became that city's chief exports, 311 (due tonight at Red Rocks with Sublime with Rome) was making its mark with its amalgam of rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk. Eight million records later, the outfit is still doing its thing ... More >>
Anyone who missed Bright Eyes' show last night at the Fillmore, will get another chance to see Conor Oberst and company, as the Boulder Theater just announced a date with the band on Tuesday, August 9. Tickets ($30 in advance and $35 day of show) go on sale this Friday, June 9.
Bright Eyes has sure come a long way since we saw him open up for the Gloria Record up in Boulder at Club 156 sometime in the late '90s. Back then, Conor Oberst was awkward kid with a guitar slung over his shoulder singing awkward songs with a tentative voice. Since then, of course, he's grown into ... More >>
Monday, July 13, Meadowlark, 303-293-0251.
Iuengliss, BDRMPPL and Josephine and the MousepeopleFriday, April 17, 2009hi-dive, DenverBetter Than: The mixture of snow, slush and thunder that barraged the city all day. In spite of one of the most schizophrenic patches of weather in recent memory, the show went on at the hi-dive and came as a mu ... More >>
Bright Eyes EP
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records t ... More >>
Hello. My name is Dave. I'm addicted. Hopelessly addicted. Hello, Dave. No, seriously. I'm a junkie. I've got it bad for Friday Night Lights, man. Really bad. Last year around this time, I got a terrible case of the flu. I missed a couple days of work. It was ugly. Sweatpants. Couch. No shower. You ... More >>
Thursday, October 16, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
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Linking you to the best in legitimate, artist-approved exclusives.
Friday, April 6, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Saturday, October 28, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
David Dondero's road-weary folk is picking up speed.
Monday, November 7, and Tuesday, November 8, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Monday, October 31, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Inside/Absent (Saddle Creek)
Saturday, July 9, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007
Friday, February 18, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Wednesday, December 22, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Thursday, November 11, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-0959.
In a Safe Place (Sub Pop)
Leave Your Name (Jade Tree)
Azure Ray's symphonic pop arrives right on schedule.
With its fourth and most compelling album, Cursive walks it like it writes it.
8 Teeth to Eat You/split CD (Better Looking/Five One)
With a retro sound and modern sensibility, the Faint fast-forwards to the past.
Outspoken and a little bit angry, Desaparecidos uses artful indie pop to question everything.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Conor Oberst sees the world through Bright Eyes.