Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, who are set to release Hypnotic Eye in July, visit Red Rocks for a two-night stint on Tuesday, September 30 & Wednesday, October 1. Steve Winwood opens both nights. Tickets ($51.50-$127) go on sale on Friday, June 20 at 10 a.m. Phantogram returns to the area for a sh ... More >>
FRI | BONOBO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/1/13 Simon Green's Bonobo project has taken chilled-out downtempo on a meandering journey through complex syncopation, sweeping strings and heavy bass lines since 1999, when he released the single "Terrapin" on the Tru Thoughts label. Since then, Green has cr ... More >>
SAT | MICHAL MENERT at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/16/13 Since his debut solo album Dreaming of Something Bigger, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when first hit the scene. Menert has one fans ov ... More >>
Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend headlines the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Thursday, November 21, as part of his twenty-city Made to Love tour. Reserved tickets ($49.50-$89.50) go on sale on Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale, what local songs are bein ... More >>
BASSNECTAR @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | FRI & SAT 5/31-6/1 "When I first got going," recalls Lorin Ashton, "I was into fuckin' brutal, satanic death metal." Even with all of his hair, it's hard to imagine that Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, was once enthralled with extreme metal. After all, dubst ... More >>
JOE BONAMASSA @ BELLCO THEATRE | TUES, 4/23/13 Joe Bonamassa is a nouveau bluesman who favors a hybrid blues-rock sound that employs simple song structures and puts the emphasis on powerful fretwork, an approach that nods to a distinctive era of the 1960s, when British players such as John Mayall, J ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and 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 we go, on and on about t ... More >>
Turbonegro is finally coming to Colorado! Granted, it's with the new frontman -- whose name I haven't even bothered to learn yet because, well, he's got some big shoes to fill taking over for Hank von Helvete -- but it's still Turbonegro! Last time I saw these dudes, they literally rocked my face of ... More >>
It's almost a shame when people as talented as Epoch When (aka Alex Koutsoukos) make an album as unflinchingly introspective as GRIM because it's almost certain to not get as much attention as it deserves, which is a lot. His lyrics, which tend to be dense and challenging, are consistently interesti ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, amigos! Ah, yes, we finally made it. Is it just us, or has this seemed like the longest week ever? Ah, maybe it's just the weather. Whatever the case, it's in the rearview now, and it's time to blow off some steam. Drinks are on the horizon and there's a full slate of great m ... More >>
A bunch of new dates going on sale later this week: This November, the Coup is coming to the Summit Music Hall, Killswitch Engage is due at the Fox and Interpol frontman Paul Banks is slated at the Bluebird. In December, Broncho's at the Gothic and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are at the Ogden. Finally, ... More >>
See Also: - Paper Bird's Esme Patterson flies solo - Amor, Est. goes from classical guitar to digital mayhem - Harpoontang combines Paper Bird, Laura Goldhamer and Kitty Crimes for raunchy fun - Tip Sheet archives A.Poco.Lips (aka Kyle Wilson) is in the midst of a prolific summer of music creation ... More >>
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Noah Hubbell ho ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, December shows by Beats Antique and Pretty Lights were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Veronica, Vices I Admire, INCA and Hazel Miller all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and re ... More >>
Michal MenertMichal Menert has parlayed his snowboarding mentality into a music career. It's all about doing what you love because you love doing it, and Menert embodies that in every way, from the dedicated tours to the free distribution of his music. Tonight, Menert joins RJD2 and Doomtree at Red ... More >>
What do you get when a New York-born, California-bred songstress and a French-born producer with influences ranging from J. Dilla and DJ Shadow combine forces? The duo known as Dinner at the Thompson's. An electro-funk-soul outfit with enough talent to fill a room twice between them, vocalist ... More >>
Paul LukesCut Chemist on Friday night at the Gothic Theatre. CUT CHEMIST J Flash â€¢ Skwared 12.10.10 | Gothic Theatre DJ Skwared took the stage at 9 p.m. Surprisingly, the kid in the Tap-Out hat knew his hip-hop. He started his set with Newcleus' "Jam On It," went into Juan Atkins' "Clear" ... More >>
Britt Chester THE GLITCH MOB With Beats Antique & Prefuse 73 10.31.10 | Fillmore Auditorium LA's Glitch Mob comprises three members -- DJs edIT, Boreta and Ooah (founding member Kraddy left last year) -- who use laptops and MIDI controllers to create the hip-hop influenced, bass-driven elec ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
After selling out a two-nights at Red Rocks and a show at the Boulder Theater earlier this month, STS9 has announced its return to the area for a three-night stand at the Fillmore Auditorium from Wednesday, December 29 to Friday, December 31. While tickets for the New Year's run go on sale to ... More >>
Astrophagus kicked off Bocumast Records' month-long residency at Lost Lake BOCUMAST RECORDS RESIDENCY 08.05.10 - 08.26.10 | Lost Lake Over the last month, Lost Lake handed over the booking keys for Thursday nights to Bocumast Records. During that time, the imprint was tasked with scheduli ... More >>
With the passing of Memorial Day we can finally say summer is here. And with summer comes summer camp, vacations and tours -- and how do we get there? We drive. That's how. This is America, after all. In celebration of seemingly endless sunny days and left-arm tans, we've picked some of our favori ... More >>
AG Photographyâ€‹Starkville, Mississipi is known for a lot of things: the arrest of Johnny Cash for public drunkenness, which inspired the song "Starkville City Jail." Real life American gangster Machine Gun Kelly lived there while studying agriculture at Mississippi State University. Starkville als ... More >>
Shawn Colvin joins Hot Rize and Leo Kottke at the RootsFest. Not too much shaking this week with concert announcements, but there's good news for acoustic and bluegrass fans: tickets for Swallow Hill's RootsFest (known as the Denver Folk & Roots Music Festival for the past two years) conce ... More >>
Blackalicious took much of their set from Blazing Arrow. Crown City Rockers, Mighty Underdogs and Blackalicious October 27, 2007, Fox Theatre Better than: Dropping a grand on tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art opening. There were only a handful of people in the building for the all-ages sh ... More >>
Dinosaurs rule the dance floors no more.
I¹m Not Young but I Need the Money (Cornerstone R.A.S.)
Be there or be square!
The best underground music from the U.S., Brazil, the U.K., the Caribbean and Africa.
There's more to Z-Trip than the mash-up phenomenon he helped make famous.
Tuesday, April 19, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
Ghetto Pop Life (Lex Records)
DJ Shadow's brooding sound structure is still Quannum leaps ahead.
In Chad Hugo's world, art and commerce co-exist.
Germany's Jazzanova blends hip-hop, funk, soul and house into a smooth redefinition of jazz.
Classical acoustician Janet Feder takes flight with a flock of musical surprises.
Dark Days sheds light on New York's “mole people.”
The Bay Area's Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel make hip-hop that's magically Blackalicious.
These student DJs are hip-hop professors.
New York's Ming & FS utilize the rhyme -- and the keyboard, sampler, turntable and guitar -- to create their own hip-hop heaven.
DJ Spooky is writing one of hip-hop's most mesmerizing chapters.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.
Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs fathers a return to hip-hop pop.
We have more musical choices than ever before. So why are so few of us taking advantage of them?