TaunTaun is a band of unusual provenance. Its members are all luminaries of the Denver music scene, but their other bands don't sound much like each other, and they sound even less like TaunTaun. It was the musicians' shared teenage love for '80s metal that initially informed the group's music, whic ... More >>
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | 8/23-8/24 Twenty years ago, the Dave Matthews Band played Red Rocks for the first time, opening for the Tragically Hip and the Samples, and went on to build a loyal following with early shows at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. In the two decades since, the gu ... More >>
Chris Fogal's studio has been around for three years, but this evening he and Dan Fox are celebrating Black In Bluhm's first anniversary with a little gathering amongst friends at their studio. That's when the pair became partners and moved the studio out of Fogal's Park Hill basement and into the b ... More >>
See also: - Profile: The Knew never really set out to find success - The Knew (CD release) at the Lion's Lair, 8/24-8/25 - The Knew at Wax Trax with the Outfit, 8/24 The Knew has been kicking around Denver for roughly eight years, having played its first show on New Talent Night at Herman's Hideaw ... More >>
Gooood morning, Denver! What a lovely day it is. While we typically hate Mondays, this one is shaping up to be pretty swell: Sweater weather is in full effect (oh how we looove fall!), the Broncos won, and best news of all, a brand new Ian Cooke record is upon us. Fortitude, the long and eage ... More >>
Jim J NarcySnake Rattle Rattle Snake, profiled in June 2010Whatever the measure of success -- whether its defined by artists making music on their own or having someone else doing their bidding -- a music scene is only as interesting as, well, the music being made there, of course, and the pe ... More >>
Matthew Ballantine-PattonAdam Edwards, Ian O'Dougherty and Sean Merrell are Eolian In this week's issue, the Rough Mixes entry focusing on Eolian, the progressive rock project led by Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun) and featuring occasional Backbeat contributor Sean Merrell (T ... More >>
Folks hoping to see TaunTaun at the Anthrax show earlier this week at Summit Music Hall were likely disappointed. We'd heard rumors that the band had parted ways. Turns out, TaunTaun, initially slated to open for the thrash metal icons, had actually dropped off the bill due to a scheduling co ... More >>
The Gamits celebrate the release of their new album, Parts, this Saturday, September 4, at the Gothic Theatre, with UME and Joy Subtraction. The Gamits were one of the classic, melodic punk bands of the late '90s. Unlike many of their peers, they survived well into the new decade before call ... More >>
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IMPORTANT SCHEDULING UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control (and, more to the point, frontman Chris Fogal's) TAUNTAUN will not be performing in the 6:15 - 7 p.m. slot at Broadway's tomorrow. While Fogal is resting his aching back ("I would tough it out," he assures us, "but the problem is t ... More >>
All the young dudes: Chris Fogal (from left), Forrest Bartosh and Scott Weigel are the Gamits. Again. It's finally official: This past January, we spoke with Gamits mastermind Chris Fogal about getting the old band -- which checked out entirely too early, if you ask us -- back together again ... More >>
A few weeks ago, we told you about the Gamits getting back together and frontman Chris Fogal said he already worked up a few songs for the new record. We assumed he'd be keeping a tight wrap on things until said album was ready to be released. Alas, however, to our pleasant surprise, this mornin ... More >>
Six years after disbanding and breaking hearts across the front range, the Gamits are back together. Although this version of the band is not the same lineup that was on stage at the Bluebird in December 2004, the players will be familiar to longtime fans. This time around, frontman Chris F ... More >>
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel Variety ShowSaturday, December 12, 2009Bluebird TheaterBetter Than: The V Ultimate Variety show featuring Wally Eastwood. An estimated 48 musicians took part in the third annual Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel variety show on Saturday night. All of them played br ... More >>
Doug BeamIan Cooke Ian Cooke Band, Alan Alda, Tauntaun Aug. 29 Bluebird Theater Better than: Seeing three of Denver's most dynamic and promising bands in three separate venues. It was challenging to find obvious common threads in the three performances at the Bluebird on Friday night. Separately, ... More >>
Tauntaun, Kingdom of Magic and Wetlands Friday, March 6, 2009 Bluebird Theater Better than: banging your head against your steering wheel Friday night's Bluebird crowd came prepared to rock, and they certainly weren't disappointed. As metal reasserts itself in the mainstream Denver music scene, fan ... More >>
Photo by Tony GallagherWell, it's finally here. Almost a year after offering up a sneak peek of the music being made by Tauntaun, the defacto supergroup profiled in this week's issue, led by former Gamits frontman Chris Fogal and featuring Ian O'Dougherty, Matty Clark and Dave Barker, the outfit is ... More >>
Better get some gloves on, folks: This one's so hot off the presses that it's literally still cooling as we post this. We've just been blessed with a brand-new, super-exclusive (it isn't even posted on the band's MySpace page yet) track from the Still City's as-yet-titled forthcoming record, which t ... More >>
Oh, man, gang! Lock up your liquor cabinets. We just caught wind that the combustible former members of the Blackout Pact will be reconvening next week for a show -- their first since splitting up over two years ago. While we knew the guys were getting back together to record a new album for Eyeball ... More >>
Remember this past November, when I wrote about Chris Fogal's new doom metal super group, On High, featuring Ian O'Dougherty, Matty Clark and Dave Barker? I directed you to their page on Virb.com, which at the time had three free songs posted for download from their forthcoming disc. Those who were ... More >>
Here's a run down of what you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while all eyes were on R. Kelley, who was undoubtedly ruing the day that he gave in to his body, which was evidently telling him "yes," while his mind was telling him "no"...
With On High, Chris Fogal is shredding again with a vengeance.
Sometimes sad songs say so much.
Meet the man behind some of Denver's best releases.
I needed a fix, and Chris Fogal delivered.
In 2004, Mootown's best and brightest gave us something to write home about.
Giving KTCL’s Project Next a whole new spin.
After nine years of pop-punk heartache, the Gamits have the Antidote.
Two great mix tapes to get you rollin' and rockin'.
East High's Brickyard skate crew is livin' large.
Unlike their more commercial pop-punk counterparts, the Gamits are most interested in good old-fashioned rocking.
The Front Range offers its share of impov work.