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Dave Herrera

  • Music

    December 27, 2012
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    December 29, 2011
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    April 26, 2011

    Reader: John Denver was a Colorado treasure, and anyone who disagrees is an idiot

    Hick.​As an intro to a photo gallery featuring shots of John Hickenlooper and other attendees at the John Denver Colorado Hall of Fame induction concert, reviewed by Backbeat's Dave Herrera, I shared my strongly held feeling that JD's music is vomit-inducing. Unsurprisingly, there was some dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Moovers & Shakers 2010: More of our picks

    ​ This year once again as we compiled our annual Moovers and Shakers issue -- a rundown of our favorite local releases from the past year -- we found that there were simply more albums that we dug than we had space to devote to in the paper. Thankfully, no such limitations exist on the web. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    More picks from Moovers and Shakers 2009

    ​In this week's issue, as we do every year around this time, we published our annual Moovers and Shakers list and talked about how much the scene is thriving. In a testament to just how much the scene is thriving these days, we didn't have room to print all the write-ups of our favorite local ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009
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    July 15, 2009

    Behind the scenes at the Colorado Voice Clinic

    In this week's Westword, Dave Herrera introduces us to the men behind the Colorado Voice Clinic, where your favorite musicians go when their vocal chords fail them. Join Herrera on a video tour of the clinic above.

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    The Blackout Pact is back out, Jack!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Hello Kavita checks in from the studio

    Photo: Sarah Cass The exceptional gentlemen pictured above, otherwise known collectively as Hello Kavita, are currently holed up in the studio recording a brand-new album with Ian Hlatky, who's previously overseen recordings by the Last Seen, Born in the Flood and the Swayback, among others. The ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Step into the wayback machine with Faith No More

    Strange how that whole train-of-thought thing works, isn't it? One minute you're talking to your buddy on the horn and he brings up a certain Faith No More song, and the next thing you know, you've pissed away the better part of a half-hour watching old videos on YouTube. Although Faith will always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    The best Christmas gift. Ever!

    All right, so you know how this time of year everybody asks you if you've received anything cool for Christmas? Generally, I'm all, like, you know, socks, shirts, gift certificates, yada, yada -- and that's usually the extent of the conversation. Not that I'm ungrateful -- it's just, how much can re ... More >>

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    December 21, 2008

    Free show tonight at 3 Kings Tavern: Firedrills, Only Thunder and more

    Looking for something to get into tonight after the Broncos win the divisionget their asses completely handed to them? There's a killer show at 3 Kings Tavern featuring the Fire Drills, Only Thunder, Eyes & Ears, the GetDown! and Spoke Shaver. Here's the best part: Not only is it a sweet, swee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2008

    Roe wins Hometown for the Holidays

    Looks like props are due to Roe, who bested Fulcrum and the Epilogues -- not to mention the countless other hopefuls who submitted music -- to claim the honors as the winner of KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays promo. In addition to enjoying numerous spins on the station for the past few weeks, the F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Cephalic Carnage playing benefit this weekend and Summer Slaughter bootleg

    Later this week, we'll be unveiling a new feature on the blog called The Denver Boot, which will feature exclusive live recordings taped by our pal and frequent commenter, SxPxDxCx. The first installment will be the Cephalic Carnage and Brujeria show taped earlier this month at 3 Kings Tavern, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Rumor confirmed: Blackout Pact to record followup to Hello Sailor. Really.

    Looks like the rumor first floated last week by my cohort Andy Thomas on Mile Hi-Fidelity is true. (Not that I ever doubted you for a minute, man.) The original members of the Blackout Pact are indeed reconvening to record a followup to their stellar 2005 Astro Magnetic debut, Hello Sailor. When the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Got an extra $75K? Rock & Roll Grill up for sale

    Always secretly harbored a desire o get into the live music game? Here's your chance. The owners of the Rock & Roll Grill, located at 15th and Champa, have put the venue on the market. With approximately 5,000 square feet combined, the space, which purportedly was a speakeasy at one time, conta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    The lowdown on Radio 1190's Local Shakedown

    In what appears to be a fairly recent development, Radio 1190's long-running local-centric specialty show, Local Shakedown, which airs on Friday afternoons from 4-6 p.m., has begun posting past shows and playlists on the station's website. Music director Katherine Peterson has also put out a call fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Operation World Domination continues to be in full swing for 3OH!3

    All right, just when you thought things couldn't get any more redamndiculous for 3OH!3, they have. Following last week's appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly (clip posted after the jump), comes news that's likely to further stir the ire of naysayers. We've just learned that Nate and T-Pain have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Evidently, somebody REALLY digs KTCL

    As you may have gathered from the hi-dive post below, I'm about to head out of town this weekend. Taking a road trip to the West Coast for the holiday. Before heading into the office this morning, I picked up my rental car. The station was set to 104.3 the Fan -- no doubt thanks to the friendly coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    A Shoreline Dream's video short

    Presumably in anticipation of its next release, Recollections of Memory, due out on February 10, 2009, the stunningly prolific members of A Shoreline Dream have posted a short -- and we do mean short; its running time is one minute and thirteen seconds -- clip of themselves performing "Hypermode" at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Meese's not-so-secret-now show in Boulder next week

    Chances are better than good that if you're just hearing about this now, you're probably not going to catch this show. Nonetheless, we thought we'd let you know about it, just in case, for whatever reason, there's still room on the list. (Hey, you never know, right?) This Tuesday, November 18, Meese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Flier of the week: Palin barebacks a T-Rex

    Came across another stellar flier this week. Boasting a lovely pencil illustration of Sarah Palin all bareback on a T-Rex, this handbill (click thumbnail to view full-size) touts a show on Wednesday, November 19, featuring Oregon's Broadway Calls, with Esprit de Corps, Crooked Ways, Benchwarmer and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, November 12 edition

    Madonna rides on something a lot older than she is. Link up below. Today in Backbeat Online: • Dave Herrera's live review of Madonna at the Pepsi Center. • The skinny on tonight's Madonna cast and crew after-party. • A Q&A with Minor Threat, Fugazi and Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Fray sets date for new album

    The Fray has announced a release date for the follow-up to its triple-platinum debut, How to Save a Life. A year to the day of when the act first previewed songs from the as-yet-titled album live at the Bluebird at a trio of intimate shows, the disc is slated to hit shelves on Tuesday, February 3. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    MP3 Freeloader: Rabbit Is a Sphere

    Tonight at the hi-dive, the esteemed members of Rabbit Is a Sphere are unleashing their latest opus, Hope Is a Cinder that Blinks Quietly Until You Die, in the company of Joshua Novak and the Ocean Bed. A dependably engaging batch of atmospheric tunes, the four-song EP, recorded, mixed and produced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    3OH!3 adds second show at Ogden Theatre in January

    As the Killer would say, goodness gracious, great God almighty! Sooner or later, you'd think this 3OH!3 craze would begin to wane, right? Yah. Guess again. It seems the boys have gone supernova. After two (yes, that's two, folks) back-to-back sold out nights at the Gothic on Halloween weekend, the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Roe previews songs from new record

    Brace yourselves for yet another batch of pristinely crafted, radio-friendly pop served up from Ft. Collins. From the sounds of it, Roe -- who's previewing new songs from its forthcoming full-length, Letters and Light, every week until the record drops on November 13 -- is inline to be the next act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Conspiracy Assassin calling it a day

    Conspiracy Assassin, who's currently in the midst of putting the finishing touches on a new EP, has announced plans for its CD release/farewell show. That's right: The band is planning to call it a day after its show on Saturday, November 15 at Arvada's 12 Volt Tavern, which means its newest release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Do you have a 4-track mind?

    Remember the days before digital? Back before seemingly everybody had a ProTools- or Logic- or Cubase-driven rig in their bedroom? When all you had to record on was a beat up old analog four-track and a road worn SM-58? So do we. In fact, last weekend, we came across an entire box full of forgotten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    Evolution of the Rock Concert... a panel discussion

    Occasional Backbeat contributor and band manger/consultant with BandGuru, Mark Bliesener, has organized a panel discussion at the Tivoli Center titled Evolution of the Rock Concert. Fittingly, the discussion -- which is free and open to the public and slated to take place on Wednesday, November 12, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    The Pirate Signal added as support for 3OH!3 tour

    Photo: Dave Herrera Yonnas from the Pirate Signal Looks like Michael Roberts wasn't the only one impressed with the Pirate Signal's furiously energetic performance at the Fox last month opening for 3OH!3. Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte must've been pretty wowed, too, as the pair just tapped Yonn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    The Asbestos Tampons want to stick it to you

    Looking for new ways to make those that love you cringe in public? Look no further. A group of local punks calling themselves the Asbestos Tampons evidently just received a fresh shipment of stickers that they're just dying to lay on you. While we don't know how eyebrow raising the stickers are exac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    New Margot and the Nuclear So and So's...wow... just freaking wow!

    So I'm a third of the way through my first listen of Margot and the Nuclear So and So's new record Animal! -- well, the first of their two simultaneous releases, I should say, the other being Not Animals -- and good grief, man, they did it. Transcended my expectations, that is. Completely. If you'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, September 22 edition

    The Purple Fluid. Westword's other blogs are pipin' hot. Backbeat Online features an on-site report from Wax Trax's 30th anniversary celebration, complete with a reunion of the Fluid and a set by the Purple Fluid, co-starring the sons of Fluid guitarist Rick Kulwicki. The next generation appears ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Unearthed: Rainbow Music Hall bootlegs

    Trolling around on this here interweb this morning, we somehow managed to come across a trio of blogs linking to vintage soundboard recordings from Rainbow Music Hall. The first one, recorded on June 25, 1980 during the British Steel tour, features Judas Priest -- or, more accurately, the glass-shat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Bun B at the DNC

    This photo just popped into my e-mail box from my dude Chris Gray at our sister paper in Houston. Matt Sonzala, the man behind the Houston So Real blog, snapped this pic of Bun B from UGK straight flossin' at Pepsi Center and sent it to Chris this afternoon. Now if you read my column this week, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Live Review: 3OH!3, Chain Gang of 1974 and the Pirate Signal @ The Fox Theatre

    Photo: Dave Herrera 3OH!3, Chain Gang of 1974 and the Pirate Signal Saturday, August 23, 2008 Fox Theatre, Boulder Having seen 3OH!3 at each of the past two Warped Tours (click here and here for details), I expected more of the same on August 23 at the first of two sold-out Fox shows -- and tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    MySpace? More Like OurSpace, Suckas. Denver Music Represents.

    Whoa! Did y'all happen to catch a glimpse of who's being touted on MySpace's music page today? Both 3OH!3 and Flobots are featured prominently: The former is previewing tracks from its forthcoming album, Want, while the latter is the subject of the site's Who Knew feature. To paraphrase Pete Wentz a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    Flier of the Week: d.biddle's CD Release Show at the hi-dive

    Choosing a flyer to highlight in this week's Pole Position was an absolute no-brainer. As you may be aware, d.biddle is one our favorite bands, so naturally, we have no qualms about hyping the act's CD release show on Friday, June 13 at the hi-dive. Regardless, even if we didn't dig those cats, this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2008

    MP3 Freeloader: Demon Funkies CD Release Tonight

    Tonight over at the Bluebird, the Demon Funkies will be celebrating the release of their brand new disc, Punk Junkies, with Strange Condition and the Flash Mob. To commemorate the occasion, we're presenting you with two songs from the record for download. Snag an MP3 of "Backdoor" or "Girl," or just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    WTF? Vices I Admire Down a Bassist

    Bass players and drummers, man. What is it about bass players and drummers? I've never been able to hold on to one. Ever. Actually, that's probably more on me than them, if you want to know the truth. I'm what I would call a perfectionist -- and what other musicians would probably call a hack. As an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    Vonnegut Down a Bassist

    Photo: Derek Gibbs Vonnegut, nominated in the Modern Rock category of this year's Music Showcase, is down a bassist. Brian Farnsworth, who previously held down the low-end for the act, is vacating his post and heading for the Windy City, for personal and professional reasons, as he puts it in a pos ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    The Crimson Red Is Dead

    After being together less than a year, the Crimson Red has called it a day. The outfit, comprised of former members of Ion, Adam's Ruin and Ember, offered no reason as to why the band is splitting aside from leaving a pithy note on its MySpace page last week stating that, "Due to our indifferences a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say...

    Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Uh, yeah, there's at least one recently deceased 27-year-old rapper who'd probably beg to differ with that adage after an MC battle turned deadly earlier this week in the Motor City. Having witnessed countless battles in my time, I f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    Tip Sheet: Natural Selection

    Alright, stop whatever you're doing right now. No. Seriously. Stop. Right now. Great, now that I have your attention, click here and give a listen to the Natural Selection, a new local act my boy Bitz turned me onto. Let's see, there's really no real delicate way to put this...on first listen, these ... More >>

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    February 20, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    Moovers and Shakers 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.

  • Music

    December 20, 2007

    Moovers and Shakers 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2007

    Hot Burnin'

    Reader reviews of the Rocky Mountain News' redesign may be mixed -- but whoa, what's up with the new columnist photos? Who knew that pasty and pale writers could look so damn sexy?! You have to wonder what these wordsmiths were thinking as they stepped in front of the lens. Do I smile? Do I brood? S ... More >>

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    December 8, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of December 8, 2005

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