It is impossible to ignore Itchy-O. At full capacity, the band comprises 32 members, all dressed in matching costumes, all masked, delivering truly alien vocals and playing marching-band instruments along with guitars, basses, taiko drums and electronics attached to portable amplifiers. There is als ... More >>
Soilwork formed in Helsinborg, Sweden, in 1995 and developed out of the Gothenburg melodic death metal mold, incorporating aspects of NWOBHM and other styles of music to forge an angular yet flowing sound of its own. Though clearly rooted in prog, there is enough of punk frayed edges in the band's m ... More >>
Los Lobos singer and guitarist David Hildago clearly knows his away around Latin music, and so does guitarist Marc Ribot, who's played with a ton of folks over the years, from Tom Waits and Elvis Costello to John Zorn and the Lounge Lizards. When the two bring their Border Music duo to the L2 Arts a ... More >>
See Also: Ghost of Glaciers at the Mouth House, 7/20/12 Ghosts of Glaciers has played a lot more shows than most bands in the two years since forming. Because the metal group's sound isn't just rooted in that style exclusively, the trio has been able to appeal to a wider audience. The outfit's heav ... More >>
Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at the time when Radiohead had all of its gear stolen outside the Rockmada before a 1995 show at the Ogden Theatre. Okay, so it's bad enough that Radiohea ... More >>
So Dave Grohl, through his peeps at Nasty Little Man, just clarified the seemingly incendiary remarks he made during his acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards last weekend when he was picking up his Gramophone trophy. Turns out, as suspected, he wasn't ripping on dance music specifically, his com ... More >>
WEEN @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | NIGHT ONE | 12.29.11 | See also, reviews of: 12/29/11 (night two) and 12/30/11 (night three) Early in the first show of Ween's three-night stint at the Fillmore, guitarist and frontman Dean Ween offered the crowd a simple game plan: "We're Ween. We're the band for the ... More >>
Growing up in New Jersey, I was a punk-rock kid. I started with Iggy and the Stooges, the Ramones and the Clash, and moved on to Bad Brains, Fear, the Misfits, early Bad Religion, then into NY hardcore, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, etc. As the '80s progressed, so did my punk-rock fervor. I re ... More >>
There's only room for one Elway in this town.Had to see this coming, right? I mean, it was only written on the wall in giant, ten-foot, orange letters. Just two weeks after we published our profile of Elway, the affably, ambitious punk quartet formerly known as 10-4 Eleanor, received a "hey w ... More >>
As the leader of Sepultura for over a decade, Max Cavalera helped put Brazil on the map. From the beginning, the outfit was clearly influenced by punk rock as much as it was by other metal bands, as evidenced by its socially conscious lyrics, its grassroots efforts to get its music out into t ... More >>
Gary IsaacsSlim Cessna misses green chile sauce.Slim Cessna hasn't lived in Denver for a decade but that doesn't mean he's forgotten where he came from. Cessna, who fronts the band Slim Cessna's Auto Club, has lived in Pittsburgh since 2000 but still practices and records his brand of countr ... More >>
Napalm Death, Coliseum, Toxic Holocaust and KataklysmSaturday, May 9, 2009Marquis Theater, DenverBetter Than: A straightforward metal show.The last time I saw Coliseum, the band had played at a warehouse space with Motheater. For this show, even though it was a more conventional setting, these guys ... More >>
Rick Kulwicki was half of the two-guitar attack that drove the Fluid, whose June 20 reunion takes place at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for more information). He's also an entertaining conversationalist, and his alternately witty and incisive commentary lights up the hefty Q&A that foll ... More >>
Garrett Shavlik's drumming had loads to do with the success of the Fluid, a classic Denver band that's reuniting at the Bluebird Theater on June 20 (click here and here to get the skinny). And although he's lived in Seattle for around a decade at this point, his musical history and Denver's remain i ... More >>
There’s nothing smooth about the subversive jazzy punk funk these cats play.
Nouvelle Vague does new wave the really old-fashioned way.
Matt Fecher brings the sound of music to Fairplay.
Quit horsing around, Bob Beauprez!
Puttling Colorado on the map.
To shake the teen-idol stigma, Tiffany bared her breast assets.
System of a Down is rock's least likely success story.
Under the Drone shreds stoner-rock conventions.
The Charlie Hunter Trio strikes a jazzy balance between brains and heart.
Ozomatli imagines one world under a groove.
Bashing hip-hop is not going to solve LoDo's recent problems.
With the world on the brink, it's high time for Year Future.
Please, don't try to classify Tony Furtado.
Jello does a shot on the latest local-music compilation.
See you in Telluride.
The members of the 8 Bucks Experiment enjoyed a moment as movie stars. Now they're back to the real-life business of punk rock.
British punk pioneers the Buzzcocks invade America -- again.
Hemi Cuda likes the cars -- and the songs -- that go boom.
The punk-soul warfare of Zen Guerrilla.
Meet TARD, Denver's most politically incorrect punk band.
Craig C is taking Denver house music to the masses.
A new breed of country fan is taking a shine to Moonshine Willy.
They're punk. They're ska. They're Christian. They're Denver's Five Iron Frenzy.
THERE'S NOTHING DISPOSABLE ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN HIP HOP.