Seriously funny musicians are compelled to seriously not make serious music, finding the absurd around every corner of a melodious jack-in-the-box. Pop goes the weasel 'cuz the weasel goes pop! When most musicians give in to an urge to create dramatic music, these comedic musicians can't help but ta ... More >>
There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>
Smashing Pumpkins leads this week's new show announcements. The '90s alt rock band fronted by Billy Corgan will make its way to Colorado this October for a show at 1STBANK Center. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday. Yonder Mountain String Band, Aesop Rock, the Faint and Mayer Hawthorne are ... More >>
See also: - Bruce Springsteen, Waka Flocka Flame, Chevelle and more - Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive lead this week's shows - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future, Atmosphere and XX lead this week's shows ... More >>
Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. They'll be gone within minutes, if not seconds -- only to reappear shortly thereafter on eBay, StubHub and other aftermarket ticket sites for two, three or even four times their original cost. It's nothing new. But it sure gets old. ... More >>
Mojo Nixon (due Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at the Lion's Lair) gained notoriety in the mid- to late '80s for his irreverent songs informed by an absurdist humor with partner Skid Roper. Nixon's exuberant, unapologetic persona won over audiences because even as Nixon would make seeming ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>
As anyone and their mother could have (and, ahem, did) predicted, it was Adele's show at last night's 54th Grammy Awards. The singer, who absolutely swept the awards, took home six Grammys -- meaning she won in every category in which she was nominated, including the big three: Song of the Year, Rec ... More >>
Friday, April 15, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-0959.
There will never be more people watching a musical performance at one time than during the Super Bowl, so it's a good thing they always pick legends. In order, starting the year after Nipplegate: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, the Who and the Black E ... More >>
For the fourth week in a row, Nederland's Elephant Revival claimed the top spot at Albums on the Hill with its latest effort, Break in the Clouds, while Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday knocked T.I. from the top spot at Independent Records for the week ending December 26. At Twist & Shout, meanwhile ... More >>
Musicians have a hard life: Touring, recording, partying -- all these things tend to destroy any semblance of their youngselves by the time they're older. Even so, there have been a few who've somehow managed to come out on top. Maybe it's plastic surgery, maybe it's something else entirely, ... More >>
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?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Jonathan Easley TITUS ANDRONICUS with Free Energy 09.15.10 | Bluebird Theater, Denver Free Energy opened for Titus Andronicus at the Bluebird last night, and while I was skeptical of the band's hype upon entering the venue, I'm fully on board now. The Philly quintet has received breathless ... More >>
Fresh City Life fashion faces West.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
A queer turn of events on a Colorado Springs playground.
Crystal Zevon tells the story of her late ex-husband with a little help from his friends.
Adam Sandler finally nails a somber role.
Fast reviews of recent releases
American V: A Hundred Highways (Lost Highway/American)
After a decade of frigid indie rock, Low's temperature is rising.
Saturday, November 13, Climax Lounge, 303-292-5483; Sunday, November 14, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, 1-970-407-1322; Monday, November 15, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-447-0095; and Tuesday, November 16, Navajo Hogan, Colorado Springs, 303-443-2227.
Tuesday, May 4, 15th Street Tavern, 303-629-9621.
October 30, 2003
If this summer’s concert season has an encore, we’d rather skip it.
Pop-punk prototype Pinhead Circus calls it quits after ten years in the ring.
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.
Rusted Root isn't as hippie as you think.
Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.