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    October 7, 2014

    Neil Diamond, Billy Idol, String Cheese Incident Shows Announced

    Neil Diamond, who's set to release his new album, Melody Road, on October 21, stops at the Pepsi Center on Sunday, May 31 as part of his 2015 North American tour. Tickets for the general public go on sale on Monday, October 13 at www.livenation.com and through the Live Nation mobile app. With his ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 1, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    SUN | OF MONTREAL at MARQUIS THEATER | 11/3/13 Among the most popular and successful of the bands associated with the Elephant 6 collective, Of Montreal started off as a sort of indie pop band with an experimental edge. The band evolved dramatically across several records, fearlessly exploring lyric ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from upstairs at City Hall

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Brad Lopez hosted the upstairs stage at City Hall this past Saturday. ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Yngwie Malmsteen plays to impress himself first

    Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitar god known for his supremely technical fretwork. The virtuosic guitarist burst into the world of international music in 1984 with Rising Force. At the age of seven, Malmsteen says, he saw a documentary about the death of Jimi Hendrix and was so taken in by his musical pow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    R.I.P., Chris Haney

    Update, 3:30 p.m. 4/29/13: Just got off the phone with Kent Shelton from the Gothic, who told us that a memorial in remembrance of Chris Haney is planned for this Friday, May 3 at the Gothic Theatre. Keep reading for the exact details and a few additional words from Shelton about his departed friend ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

    Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin! The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    March 26, 2012

    The stereotypes of violence in metal

    Metal is often stereoptyped as being a violent genre. And while violence is a indeed a common theme in the lyrics of many bands -- and granted, even the concept of mosh pits is violent -- when you combine that with the violence we're all exposed to in movies, TV and video games, it's easy for metal- ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Trey Spruance of Secret Chiefs 3: "I started studying the musical systems of antiquity to try to understand what made them tick"

    Secret Chiefs 3 (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) is the brainchild of Trey Spruance, whom you may know from Mr. Bungle. With Secret Chiefs 3, Spruance seemingly follows every musical idea he can think of down every rabbit hole imaginable. Along the way, he has learned to play a plethora of exot ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    November 3, 2011
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    September 3, 2011

    An interview with Ideal Fathers in advance of their farewell show tonight at the Larimer

    ​Over the course of a line-up change or two, Ideal Fathers Ideal Fathers, playing its final show tonight at the Larimer Lounge, developed a sound and a stage presence that probably would have been lumped in with "dance punk." But there was always an agenda in the band to inspire people to wake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Elton John, Ray LaMontagne, Iron & Wine shows announced. Tickets on sale this weekend.

    ​Elton John is performing at the Wells Fargo Theatre on Tuesday, April 12 to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. Tickets ($49-$149) go on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Joey Belladonna of Anthrax talks about Married...With Children and rejoining the band

    Andy BuchananScott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante and Rob Caggiano (L-R) are Anthrax.​Considered one of the "big four" of the thrash metal era, Anthrax put New York on the map with its inventive take on infusing metal with a punk rock spirit. When singer Joey Belladonna joi ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010
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    December 3, 2009

    Last Night: Norma Jean at Marquis Theater

    ​Norma Jean, HORSE the Band, The Chariot, Arsonists Get all the Girls Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 Marquis Theater Better than: Seeing an actual Kenny Loggins show -- this show had just the right amount of Kenny Loggins. Though, to be fair, I've never seen the guy play. It might be pretty badass, for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Pixies, Bob Dylan, Yonder Mountain String Band shows announced

    ​As we reported in July, the Pixies will visit the Fillmore Auditorium Monday, November 16 as part of a nine-city US tour celebrating the twentieth anniversary of act's 1989 watershed album Doolittle. The original line-up of Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering will play Dooli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Frank Black shows annouced

    The Flaming Lips know all about putting on a hell of a show, and the Monolith Festival gig at Red Rocks in 2007 was one most phenomenal things to happen to that venue in the last few years. Lets hope for a repeat performance when the Lips return to Red Rocks Sunday, August 23 with Explosions in the ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Last night: Gojira at the Marquis

    Krallice as seen through the lens of Tom MurphyGojira, Krallice and Wolves in the Throne Room Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Marquis Theater, Denver Better Than: A nationalist rather than socially conscious black metal show. Krallice opened the show. A four-piece whose membership includes Mick Barr, one o ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Q&A with Barney Greenway from Napalm Death

    In this week's Rough Mixes entry focusing on Napalm Death, we only printed highlights of Tom Murphy's recent conversation with Barney Greenway. The two of them actually had a fairly extensive conversation in which Greenway discussed the influence of My Bloody Valentine and other unexpected acts on N ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Rearview: The week in review (12/15/08 - 12/19/08

    This week, U2 threw its colleagues at Live Nation a curve when it unexpectedly -- well, in this economy, it shouldn't really come as too big a surprise -- set about cashing in the 1.6 million shares it received as part of a 360 deal it signed with the entertainment conglomerate. According to a repor ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    This Just In 12/4-12/10/08

    Tickets for B.B. King's April 10 Boulder Theater show go on sale Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.  There was a lot more action this week with concert announcements, including Scott Weiland's gig at the Gothic Theatre February 2, KBPI's Birthday Bash with Slipknot, Coheed & Cambria and Trivium March 3 at t ... More >>

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    October 14, 2008

    This Just In 10/16-10/22

    Tapes 'N Tapes hits the Fox January 17. Not a whole lot shakin' with the bigger concert announcements this week, but there are still some good smaller shows on tap, like Tapes 'N Tapes January 17 at the Fox, the Giraffes November 7 at Larimer Lounge and the etown taping with Sonny Landreth and Juli ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    The Beatdown

    Dan Rutherford has his finger on Mootown's musical pulse.

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    March 31, 2005

    The Beatdown

    South by So What? Not this year, thanks to Vaux and other Denver bands.

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    March 3, 2005

    The Beatdown

    Metal maven Dave Otero cranks up the production at Flatline Audio.

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    January 22, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Things to do in Denver when youre dead.

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    September 11, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Dont be a D.O.R.K. support the local music scene.

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