• Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The Eight Best Shows This Weekend in Denver

    There are some punk rock bands playing next to the football stadium this weekend. Perhaps you've heard. There are plenty of options for those not headed to Riot Fest, including the inaugural Cloak & Dagger fest, with an impeccable lineup full of some of dance music's most interesting up-and-coming a ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    The Nine Types of People You'll See at Riot Fest

    Riot Fest isn't just for the punks anymore. This festival, coming to Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High this weekend, is bringing an eclectic, loud, lineup and there will surely be a diverse crowd roaming the Byers-themed parking lot. To help you prepare, and maybe even dress, we've rounde ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Riot Fest announces new location and issues a statement: "Simply, we were duped"

    After being denied special-use permits required by Arapahoe County, Riot Fest has moved its 2014 festival from May Farms outside Byers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in downtown Denver. The dates (September 19 to 21) and schedule (see below) are unchanged. Previously purchased tickets will b ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Riot Fest 2014 schedule announced, single-day tickets on sale now

    Riot Fest will return to Denver this fall with a lineup including the Cure, the National, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan and more. It will take place over three days, from September 19 to 21, at May Farms in Byers. Just now, the festival has announced each day's lineup and started selling single-day tickets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Six punk bands we don't need to talk about anymore

    I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Riot Fest 2014 lineup for Denver announced

    Riot Fest has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it features Slayer, The Cure, Wu Tang Clan, Die Antwoord and more. The festival will make its second appearance in Denver (well, technically Byers, where the host May Farms is located) from September 19 to 21. A limited number of early bird tickets a ... More >>

  • Music

    November 28, 2013

    Crash Landings


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    September 18, 2013

    Naked Raygun's Jeff Pezzati on Wax Trax, and why and how the band got back together

    Someday a monograph about punk will give Naked Raygun its proper place of prominence in that history. Naked Raygun was one of the most important punk bands to emerge in Chicago in the Reagan era. Inspired in part by the diversity of sounds in that initial wave of English punk, Naked Raygun forged a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Broncho at Larimer Lounge, 8/27/13

    BRONCHO @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 8/27/13 Broncho hit the stage last night like a great, long lost band from several eras. With its catchy melodies, and its infectious exuberance and aggression, Broncho recalled the Buzzcocks by way of the Stooges, except the guitar sweep and atmospherics was more like som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Ty Segall at the hi-dive, 2/12/13

    TY SEGALL @ HI DIVE | 2/12/13 Ty Segall and his band must have been feeling nostalgic as they performed the final set of what looks like a monster tour. Over the past three months, they've been going nonstop between enviable European destinations, to the West and East coasts, and now back westward ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Review: Los Campesinos! at the Bluebird Theater, 1/31/12

    LOS CAMPESINOS! @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 1/31/12 Los Campesinos! is a band weathered by fine lines. By attending one of the Welsh septet's shows, you are, whether you know it or not, crossing one of your own in the sand. You are saying that you prefer precociousness to pretense, that you listen to blun ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    Stiff Little Fingers

    Saturday, August 20, Summit Music Hall, 1-866-468-7621. 

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    June 20, 2011

    Tonight: Bare Wires at the Larimer

    ​ Partially reinventing the old garage rock wheel, Oakland's Bare Wires (playing tonight at the Larimer Lounge with Winter Legends, Six Eyed Snake, The Conjugal Visits and BleachedBlonde) do a damn fine job of adding a pretty shine to the usually clangy genre. Part Buzzcocks, part Kinks, the t ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011

    Pacific Pride

    Vamping in the Key of Niche
    Fire Talk

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    November 25, 2010


    Emerging From Troubled Days

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    November 11, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    Billy Duffy of the Cult on punk's influence and playing with Morrisey in the Nosebleeds

    ​ Many people heard The Cult after its breakthrough album, Love, which contained the classic single "She Sells Sanctuary," was released in 1985. But The Cult increasingly became a worldwide phenomenon with its following two albums, Electric and Sonic Temple.

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    December 24, 2009
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    November 4, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of November 2, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Dualistics unveiling new tune tomorrow at hi-dive

    The Dualisitcs have been on something of a hot streak for the past six months. They kicked off the year with a brand-new EP that drew great buzz, a solid review and warranted a feature from us. They followed that up a few months later with a Nirvana cover show that had everyone stoked (sorry I misse ... More >>

  • Music

    May 28, 2009
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    January 5, 2009

    Ideal Fathers seek ideal drummer

    The Ideal Fathers have a fresh, danceable, well-crafted take on post-punk. They have a freshly recorded, yet-to-released EP that's damn good. What they don't have is a drummer, and that's holding them back from capitalizing on those first two things, which is a shame. Their longtime drummer recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Live Review: Dressy Bessy, the Fire Drills & the Pseudo Dates

    Dressy Bessy, the Fire Drills and the Pseudo Dates Bluebird Theater Saturday, October 18, 2008 Better than: listening to it in your headphones When Tammy Ealom started singing about a gal obsessed with the ‘60s in the song “Do You Whisper?” on Saturday night, it was hard not to think the so ... More >>

  • Music

    September 18, 2008

    The Fire Drills

    Cheap Lies EP

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Live Review: The Fire Drills at Old Curtis Street

    The Fire Drills Saturday, July 26, 2008 Old Curtis Street Bar Better Than: A fire drill in grade school. A hell of a lot better. This town is a bit incestuous when it comes to bands, but, as it turns out, that’s a damn good thing. There are a ton of musicians who play spread their talents around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Q&A With the Fluid's John Robinson

    John Robinson of the Fluid, which reunited on June 20 at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for the lowdown), is one of the great should-have-beens in the annals of Denver rock. He had everything it took to be a star of global proportions, but for whatever reason, it didn't happen. Neverthele ... More >>

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    November 27, 2007
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    June 28, 2007
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    June 18, 2007

    Review: Westword Music Showcase @ Sutra Room - 6/16/07

    Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 Westword Music Showcase June 16, 2007 The Sutra Room Better than: Endless margaritas on the beach. What a long, fucking amazing day it was at the Westword Music Showcase this past Saturday. Despite the outrageous amount of music that was spilling out of Golden Triangle, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2007
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    April 18, 2007

    Poppin' Fresh

    When proto-punk and original-era punk acts were in their prime, I was either too young or too far from the various scenes to catch them in action. As a result, my only chance to see such groups perform has been in reunion formats -- and my experiences at such shows have been extremely mixed. During ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    The Atlantic Divide

    Ten bands that weren't singing Yankee Doodle Dandy in '06.

  • Music

    July 13, 2006

    The Buzzcocks

    Tuesday, July 18, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Taking Back Sunday

    Louder Now (Warner Bros.)

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Zodiac Room

    New night, new faces

  • Music

    June 30, 2005

    The Adicts

    Monday, July 4, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.

  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    The Fight

    Wednesday, February 9, Club 156, Boulder, 303-443-2227.

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    Alkaline Trio

    Sunday, July 18, Invesco Field at Mile High, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Film

    May 20, 2004

    Nice Puss

    A killer cat steals a wonderful movie.

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    March 25, 2004
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    May 22, 2003
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    October 4, 2001

    Music for Pleasure

    Twenty-five years after releasing Britain's first punk single, the Damned return to the fray -- and to form.

  • Music

    November 4, 1999

    Cocked and Loaded

    British punk pioneers the Buzzcocks invade America -- again.

  • Music

    August 27, 1998
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    February 12, 1998

    Size Matters

    The rockers in Gaunt don't feel guilty about their new major-label contract.

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    February 5, 1998
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    September 19, 1996

    Material Grrrls

    The women of Cub aren't as cuddly as you think.

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    November 9, 1994
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    May 11, 1994
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