It's a good one, folks: KS 107.5 FM's Summer Jam brings hip-hop royalty to Englewood tonight, and most of the people there will probably be capping off their weekends with The Fray at Red Rocks on Sunday. There's more: Dragondeer, subject of this week's Backbeat feature, will release its long-awai ... More >>
SUNDAY | COLORADO RISING at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/27/13 Colorado Rising is a fitting name for this benefit show. Aside from its obvious meaning, the title could also describe the homegrown acts on the bill, each of which has helped raise the profile of music being made in our state considerably. While ... More >>
MY BLOODY VALENTINE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 8/19/13 Few bands of the past two decades have had as profound an influence on as wide a spectrum of artists as My Bloody Valentine. Not only did the landmark 1991 album Loveless have a massive impact on the group's peers at the time, but it has since influ ... More >>
Update: Since last week, we've been documenting the latest batch of layoffs at Clear Channel Denver stations -- a nationwide action referred to by affected staffers as "National Firing Day;" see our previous coverage below. Among those canned was Andy Torri, engineer for KBCO's acclaimed Studio C se ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, y'all. Breathe easy. You made it. Good Friday to you. And, oh, what a good Friday it is. Another stacked weekend of music awaits you. Just like the Broncos win streak continues, so does the steady stream of solid shows, whether you're hankering for some old-school punk or old ... More >>
Today's election marks a potentially monumental day for our state. With Amendment 64 on the ballot, Colorado is on the cusp of being the first state to regulate marijuana like alcohol. In honor of what could be a historic moment in the legislative annals of the Centennial State, we've compiled ten o ... More >>
THE HEAD AND THE HEART @ COORS EVENT CENTER | 11/1/12 President Obama's speech last night at the University of Colorado's Coors Event Center marked the umpteenth time the Commander in Chief has stopped in the Centennial State this campaign season -- just last week, he was touting his record in Denv ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! Whoo freaking hoo! Another stacked one on tap. Tons of options no matter your flavor. We've got Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and more at KS 107.5's Summer Jam, Big Head Todd and the Monsters's annual sojourn to Red Rocks, a parade of imports, including Destroyer, Sarah Jaffe, ... More >>
Following a strong showing on Wednesday night by almost all of the Top 6, Elise Testone, one of the best of the Queen-covering bunch, was sent home during last night's results show. She was joined by Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanagh, only the latter of whom belonged there. Nevertheless, someone had ... More >>
With her classical training and her background singing country music, Lizzy Allen brings impressive chops to her role in Vitamins, which got its start in Greeley. And tonight at Red Rocks, she'll be putting that talent to work with the Flaming Lips, who have asked her once again to provide backing v ... More >>
Bobby, Bobby! Sign our back, too!Oh, Bobby Long, how hard we swoon for you. If it wasn't for the first Twilight soundtrack, we may have never discovered your gruff, Southern-by-way-of-London voice, perfect for carrying songs of heartbreak and seasonal love.
Brian Landis FolkinsMy Morning JacketMy Morning Jacket opened up their set with "Tonight I Want To Celebrate With You" and the favorite "Gideon," then "Anytime and "Magheeta." Jim James wove gorgeous guitar lines while jamming in and out of songs, meandering from place to place. They played " ... More >>
Duane Rieder When Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990, it made a world-beat influenced splash with a series of releases throughout the decade. During this creative period, the band released its most commercially successful song, "Send Me On My Way." The tune, which has been used on soun ... More >>
Being a junior in high school is all about experiencing things for the first time -- your first girlfriend, your first kiss, your first car. But seventeen-year-old Cherry Creek High School junior Zach Heckendorf is clearly not your typical high schooler. While his peers are still trying to figure ... More >>
While the Flaming Lips and Stardeath & the White Dwarfs' fascinating interpretation of the Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been available on iTunes since December, the colored vinyl version, released on Record Store Day, took the top spot at Twist & Shout and came in third at Independe ... More >>
All right, so we were admittedly skeptical of how this whole "We Are the World" remake was going to turn out with the seemingly random cast of characters organizers assembled. When we first glimpsed the initial list of those present the night of the recording, there were some head scratchers in the ... More >>
Chad FahnestockJoshua Novak helped break in Mo's on Broadway. See more photos from Mo's and the other venues at westword.com/slideshow. Andrea Ball, 12:00 p.m. Andrea Ball kicked off the Mo's lineup with an enjoyable set of mostly piano-driven, literate yet approachable songs that fit well in the ... More >>
Just received an advance of KBCO's Studio C 20th Anniversary Edition. The 38-song two-disc set, celebrating two decades of in-studio performances, gathers tracks from a few of the usual suspects (Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow), alongside some rare gems from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Dr. John an ... More >>
Midnight has finally come. For 11 hours straight on Saturday, Backbeat Online had Red Rocks surrounded, an army of writers, photographers, and other assorted hooligans braving a piss-reeking media tent to bring you live coverage of Monolith Festival. Day 1 of the fest starred Devotchka, Vampire ... More >>
Wadirum Wadirum, Elizabeth Rose, Benyaro Saturday, July 19, 2008, Meadowlark Better than: The weather this weekend. First a bit of confusion; sitting at the downstairs bar, The Meadowlark, we see what could ostensibly be the stage. Granted, the show tonight was going to be of the singer-songwrite ... More >>
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