Cedric Bixler-Zavala

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    October 20, 2014

    Ten Musical Projects Ikey Owens Made Great

    When Isaiah "Ikey" Owens passed away last week, the musician and producer left behind a massive legacy. Most recently the Long Beach, California native was on tour playing keyboards and piano with Jack White -- but he was also a member and founder of Free Moral Agents and was known for his role in s ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    25 ass-shaking GIFs from Lollapalooza 2012

    See Also: - Four reasons Lollapalooza needs EDM - Enjoy these dance-move GIFs from Global Dance Festival - Ten Coachella dance-move GIFs to make you feel good about yourself This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was intense. The heat, the monsoon-like storm on Saturday, and even t ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Review: Soundgarden at Red Rocks, 7/18/11

    Aaron ThackeraySoundgarden last night at Red Rocks with the Mars Volta​SOUNDGARDEN at RED ROCKS | 07/18/11With turrets of light bathing the stage in purple, the opening strains of "Searching With My Good Eye Closed" set the stage perfectly for the entrance of Soundgarden. It certainly felt lik ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010
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    November 13, 2009

    Q&A w/ Isaiah Owens of Free Moral Agents

    ​Isaiah "Ikey" Owens is better know these days as the keyboardist of the Mars Volta. His versatile and creative musicianship, though, was honed in the '90s when he played with Sublime and later Long Beach Dub Allstars. Ikey first played with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala in the ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    In case you missed it: Backbeat's ten most-read blogs of 2008

    The Mile High Music fest drew a lot of interest from local music fans in '08. This blog churned out more than 1,400 posts in 2008, about life, death, plastic surgery, and even some music. Here, in case you just joined us or are really taking stock of your year, a quick-clicking guide to the ten mos ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Mars Volta @ the Fillmore

    Photo by Aaron Thackeray The Mars Volta Sunday, May 18, 2008 Fillmore Auditorium “How are you supposed to review what we just saw?” my wife asked as we filed out of The Fillmore last night, following another Denver visit by the best hyphenated-name duo (well, plus seven other guys) on the plan ... More >>

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    February 7, 2008

    Class of 2008

    Here are the other six artists worth keeping an eye on this year.

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    January 24, 2008

    The Mars Volta

    Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez created a spirited affair with The Bedlam in Goliath.

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    January 23, 2008

    Q&A With Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta

    At one point during the following interview, conducted for a profile of the Mars Volta that appears in the January 24 Westword, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band’s vocalist, lyricist and frontman, casually mentions his “old habits” with “drug use.” After perusing the entire Q&A, readers will ... More >>

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    September 21, 2006

    The Mars Volta

    Amputechture (Universal)

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    May 26, 2005

    The Mars Volta

    Tuesday, May 31, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    March 17, 2005

    Mars Volta

    Frances the Mute (Gold Standard Labs/Universal)

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    November 25, 2004


    Friday, November 26, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

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    March 25, 2004
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    September 4, 2003

    The Mars Volta

    De-loused in the Comatorium (Universal)

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    July 24, 2003

    Mars Attacks

    The Mars Volta isn't interested in your expectations.

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    June 27, 2002

    Drive Away

    The members of Sparta leave At the Drive-In, expectations and a so-called hiatus behind.

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    November 2, 2000

    Politically Indirect

    Eschewing overt dogma, Texas rockers At the Drive In don't encourage riot, they embody it.