We've just learned that Barry Fey, a larger-than-life figure who helped put Denver on the music-business map, has died. At this writing, the circumstances of Fey's death have not been made public, but he has been ill of late. His personal Facebook page features a March 11 post that reads, "I am hap ... More >>
Gateway Acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, guest columnist and Flattery Festival founder Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun, E ... More >>
Dwarves are one of the most notorious punk bands of all time. In a time when punk rock has become a kind of brand rather than an authentic lifestyle, Dwarves are always dependable to show what the real thing looks, feels and sounds like. With a reputation for dangerously raucous live shows often inv ... More >>
"One of my favorite things to do is look at the line of the people going into the show. It's totally diverse. And even back in the day, in the early days, I didn't want to play just for punk rockers. I felt that we had something more to offer. Maybe we didn't have quite the global message that the C ... More >>
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) has been through ups and downs since 1990. But through it all, singer and primary songwriter Anton Newcombe, has steered the band through releasing more great albums per decade than most bands have across entire career. For the unini ... More >>
THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT @ OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/12 Just in case anyone forgot how long the Reverend Horton Heat has been around, he reminded everyone during the first 45 minutes of his show the Ogden Theatre Saturday night by playing a song from each of his albums in chronological order, from 1991' ... More >>
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins last night at the Ogden.SMASHING PUMPKINS at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/10/11It took Billy Corgan 21 songs, or until halfway through the encore, to acknowledge his audience last night. It's unclear whether this is a bad thing or a bad-ass thing -- though more than an ... More >>
FURTHUR at RED ROCKS | 10/1/11, NIGHT TWOAfter nearly 50 years of wearing down muscles and tendons in the hands and arms playing the same songs again and again, things have evidently slowed down for the remaining members of the Grateful Dead playing in Furthur. And while you can't fault the band for ... More >>
As a record, T. Rex's Electric Warrior wears both the flickering flame of ageless cool and the glaring time stamp of what was 1971. Flagged as the entry point for glam rock, this second record for T. Rex (the sixth, technically speaking, as the band endured line-up changes and a moniker short ... More >>
Boyd Fletcher PHISH - NIGHT ONE 10.10.10 | 1STBANK Center One night after the Fourmile Canyon Benefit warmed up the 1STBANK Center, Phish turned the arena into a steam bath. The band took the stage just after eight, and aside from two suites that were going unused, the 6,500 seat arena was ... More >>
There's a certain political group that pays a lot of lip service to individual property rights -- raise your hand if this sounds familiar: Lower taxes, gun ownership, capitalism! As it turns out, there seems to be one aspect of individual property that certain group does not seem to respect ... More >>
Six years in the making, Runner is Monofog’s best effort yet.
Elevators, Frappuccinos, and things that go bump in the night.
Despite drugs, demons and an ever-revolving cast, the Brian Jonestown Massacre refuses to go gently into the night.
Jimmy West revs up the Rok Tots -- again.
Junior Senior is proud to be a silly dance band.
Bluesman Willie Houston turns a junkyard into a juke joint.
Why can't Americans make TV shows as good as Brit import MI-5?
Mainstream news offers little to the under-thirty crowd.
The Unkindest Cut
Denver's Orangu-Tones go ape for frat rock.
Mr. Tree and the Wingnuts' refried hillbilly music takes root.
Re-examining the cultural legacy of the MC5.
Phil Coulter doesn't just wear green on St. Patrick'd Day.
Sleepy LaBeef hasn't tired of American roots.
After nearly twenty years, Electric Frankenstein has rock down to a mad science.
For Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf, sex, drugs and rock and roll never went out of style.
The B-Movie Rats want to star as the next monsters of rock.
Denver's Boa and the Constrictors squeeze new life out of jump blues.
Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.
Armed with deep pockets, Terry Walker mounts a bid for governor.
After thirty years, Barry Fey is stepping down. Sort of.
The world's oldest rock-and-roll band is still rolling.
Lee Roy Parnell thought that slide guitar had a place in country music. He was right.
Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.
Mike Ness of Social Distortion has a few problems with today's punk rock.
Next month, Colorado voters will decide whether the state's $5 billion worth of tax-exempt properties are all charity cases.
Who decides on a new rug at the governor's pad? A little-known state commission.
Southern Culture on the Skids is finger-lickin' good.
Punk godfather Wayne Kramer is keeping the legacy of the MC5 alive.
THANKS TO JEFF TWEEDY AND WILCO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EMBARRASSED TO LIKE COUNTRY ROCK ANYMORE.
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE PLAY THE BLUES THE NEW-FASHIONED WAY.
MEET IGGY POP, THE ABIGAIL VAN BUREN OF THE NINETIES.