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    October 29, 2014

    Alt-J Revives the Slow Jam at the Fillmore Auditorium

    Alt-J is among rare company as an internationally successful pop act that attracts mostly 20-somethings who danced elegantly on every spare piece of Fillmore floor - and stairway, to security's dismay. Nowhere to be seen were the loud-mouthed bro-downers and screaming teenagers frequently populating ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend

    FRI | WINTER WARMER FESTIVAL at FILLMORE | 2/14/14 Since dropping his debut solo album Dreaming of a Bigger Life, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when he first hit the scene. Menert has won f ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    The best jam-band shows in January

    THURS-SAT | DISCO BISCUITS at OGDEN THEATRE / 1STBANK CENTER | 1/23-25 Pioneers of the jamtronica genre, Philly's Disco Biscuits build interesting set lists; they invert portions of jams into each other, surprising the crowd again and again while shining a mega ton of lasers in your face for an over ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    The ten greatest jam-band meccas

    For many jam band fans, traveling and seeing concerts goes hand in hand. Often when a favorite band announces its tour, folks will scan the tour dates and choose which dates to go to depending on which venue they are booked at. From giant outdoor summer sheds to intimate houses, here are the ten gre ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    The Moderators play music for charity

    Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands, and those bands often tend to get overlooked, because, well, they're playing somebody else's music. Thus, our latest feature, Cover Band of the Week (or, perhaps more accurately, every few weeks, because let's be honest: There's a finite numb ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    The xx at the Fillmore Auditorium, 6/3/13

    THE XX @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 6/3/13 Clad in black and appearing every bit as mysterious and guarded as their music implies, the xx stepped on stage, strapped on its gear and began playing "Try" from its sophomore album, Coexist. The siren-like drone from Jamie Smith's synthesizer set the tone for ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    New Denver shows: STS9, Big Gigantic at Red Rocks, tickets on sale this Saturday, April 6

    There's a couple of big Red Rocks shows that were just announced and about to go on sale this Saturday, April 6, and next Saturday, April 13: On the heels of its highly visually stimulating Great Cycle Spectacles tour which hit both the Fillmore and Red Rocks last year, Sound Tribe Sector 9 is makin ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Lamb of God at Fillmore Auditorium, 12/10/12

    LAMB OF GOD @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM |12/10/12 The highpoint of Lamb of God's set came somewhere around the midpoint, when after projecting pictures the band's fans in the military on the twin screens flanking drummer Chris Adler, Randy Blythe dedicated "Now You've Got Something to Die For" to the men ... More >>

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    December 10, 2012

    Anders Fridén of metal act In Flames becomes honorary brewer at Great Divide

    Great Divide Brewing has been distributing its beers to Sweden for years via Great Brands -- a craft-beer-focused Swedish distributor that carries a handful of American brews, including those from Avery, Left Hand, Oskar Blues and Ska. The Denver brewery has garnered many fans in Scandinavia since, ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    New shows: STS9 and String Cheese NYE runs, Fun. at 1STBANK, DeVotchKa and more

    New Year's Eve is shaping up to be an epic night of shows, with the String Cheese Incident pulling into 1STBANK Center for a three-night NYE run (tickets on sale this Saturday, September 29), STS9 plays three shows at the Fillmore (tickets on sale Friday, September 28), and the Motet's Beginning of ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Wilco at Red Rocks June 22-23

    After a stellar show at Fillmore in January in support of its latest release, The Whole Love, Wilco returns to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks on Friday, June 22 (with Punch Brothers) and Saturday, June 23 (with Dr. Dog). On Record Store Day (April 21), Wilco is set to release Mermaid Av ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Lupe Fiasco at City Hall on May 17

    Lupe Fiasco is coming back to Denver for a date at City Hall Amphitheatre on Thursday, May 17 with a stellar local supporting cast, including Foodchain, Pries and DJ Mu$a. Tickets ($40-$45) for this 18 plus show are on sale now via SoCo, and if Lupe's last show at the Fillmore offers any indication, ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Lenny Kravitz, Widespread Panic and more

    Ah, yes, we've reached the end of another glorious week in the Rockies, which can only mean another dope weekend of music in the Mile High City. Lenny Kravitz kicks things off tonight with a show at the Buell Theatre, Widespread Panic pulls into the Fillmore for a three-night stand, TaunTaun returns ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Ryan Adams, Lotus and more

    Update: The Ryan Adams show originally slated for tonight the Temple Buell has been postponed until tomorrow night. The Dr. Dog show has also been postponed, but a new date has not been announced. What's a little snow? Blizzard schmizzard. There's too much great music this weekend to stay at home. ... More >>

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    December 31, 2011

    Review: Ween at the Fillmore Auditorium, 12/30/11, Night Two

    WEEN @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | NIGHT TWO | 12.30.11 See also, reviews of: 12/29/11 (night one) and 12/30/11 (night three) There was no ambitious declaration or plan of attack from the Ween brothers as they launched into their nearly three-hour long set on Friday night for the second show of their thr ... More >>

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    December 4, 2011

    Review: Beats Antique at The Fillmore, 12/3/11

    Britt ChesterZoe Jakes of Beats Antique last night at the Fillmore Auditorium. See more pics in the full Beats Antique at the Fillmore slideshow​BEATS ANTIQUE at THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 12/3/11When Zoe Jakes emerged from stage right during the opening song adorned in a traditional bedleh and ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Chromeo, Lupe Fiasco, X, St. Vincent, Odd Future and more on tap this weekend

    Rocktober is living up to its name so far, especially this weekend: On Friday, Chromeo electrifies the Ogden, while Frank Turner throws down at the Marquis and Lupe Fiasco raps at the Fillmore. On Saturday, there's some agonizing decisions to make between seeing OFF!, which features Circle Jerks fro ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Review: Beirut at the Fillmore, 9/28/11

    Zachary Condon of Beirut​BEIRUT at the FILLMORE | 9/28/11"Thank you, sorry we didn't make it out here sooner," said Zachary Condon of Beirut last night to an adoring crowd at the Fillmore. Despite his birthplace just 350 miles to the south in Santa Fe, the globe-trotting Condon and his band -- ... More >>

  • Music

    September 8, 2011

    Explosions in the Sky

    Tuesday, September 13, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    August 13, 2011

    Review: Pretty Lights at the Fillmore, 8/12/11

    Pretty Lights, aka Derek Smith​PRETTY LIGHTS at the FILLMORE | 8/12/11Pretty Lights Music is more than just a label now. It's more than a producer. It's more than Derek Vincent Smith. It's huge. Backed by a solid team of producers and talented deejays, the audience last night at the sold-out F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Ween slated for a three-night stand at the Fillmore Auditorium New Year's weekend

    ​Have you started thinking about New Year's yet? What? Too soon? Well, yes, now that you mention it, it is only July. Nonetheless, if you're a fan of Ween, we have a feeling you're going to want to be at the Fillmore around then to ring in the New Year with Dean and Gene. Word has it that Ween ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Good Friday: Tech N9NE, the Glitch Mob and more on tap this Independence Day weekend

    ​So, the Fourth of July falls on a Monday this year, but that doesn't stop the celebrations from starting early this weekend. There's tons of shows this weekend, beginning with Tech N9NE tonight at the Fillmore. Tech's been on a constant grind, and shows no signs of stopping. Read our intervie ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Fashion First opening night at Suite 200: Do clothes make the woman? (PHOTOS)

    ​Do clothes make the woman or vice versa? Photographer Kate Levy's gallery of shots from Fashion First's opening night at Suite 200 should help you decide -- and there are plenty of other arresting images on view as well. Get an insider's look at StarFest 2011, Rise Against at the Fillmore and ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    My Chemical Romance at the Fillmore, 4/9/11

    Eric Gruneisen​ MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE The Architects • Neon Trees 04.09.11 | Fillmore Auditorium Walking into the Fillmore, I was greeted by a writhing sea of wildly dressed teenagers and hundreds of their parents awkwardly trying to fit in while performing chaperone duty. Seeing scads of gi ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Mumford & Sons due at the Fillmore in June

    ​ Wow! What a difference the Grammys make. Say what you will about the relevance of the annual awards show, but judging from the subsequent success of crossover country act Lady Antebellum last year to the increased exposure it generated this year for already celebrated indie acts like Arcade ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Lauryn Hill hits the Fillmore at the end of April

    ​Psst. What do you have planned for Saturday, April 23? Too far ahead? We know what we're doing. We just circled that date on our calendar in bright-red ink. From what we hear, that's the day the lovely and talented Ms. Lauryn Hill will finally make her way back to the Mile High City. The Fill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    This Weekend In Stoke: Five ways to beat the cold and get your blood moving

    ​We're #1! Come see the best roller derby league in the country in action when the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls (2010 Women's Flat Track Derby Association national champions) open their 2011 season on Saturday at the Fillmore at 7 p.m. The bout pits two of the league's teams - Dooms Daisies vs. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Holy crap! Talk about a Super weekend -- and we ain't talkin' about football here!

    Man alive! Ahem, it's a super weekend. As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do in the Mile High City. There's a full Dance Card, FaceMan having its First Waltz tonight at the Bluebird, then there's that kick ass double-bill at 3 Kings and the hi-dive, Bob Marley's b-day celebration at ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Hot geeks love Gary Busey?: Check out our Geek Bowl V photos and more weekend slideshows

    ​What is Gary Busey's mysterious appeal? Is it that he doesn't have any? Attempt to solve this puzzle by perusing photog Kate Levy's shots from Geek Bowl V at the Fillmore. And that's not all. Check out Raekwon at Summit Music Hall, RJD2 at the Gothic and more on our au courant slideshow page ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010
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    August 24, 2009

    One year ago today at the DNC: The New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya at the Fillmore Auditorium

    Allen Toussaint.​This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of Westword coverage. First up: An on-site cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Hey! Nice Snuggie!

    So it turns out April showers bring... people getting hammered in sleeved blankets. See photos from the Snuggie Pub Crawl, My Bloody Valentine at the Fillmore and DJ Chuck Love at Beta at And watch video from the weekend in local music on the Backbeat blog.

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    January 30, 2009

    Week in Review: 1/26/09 - 1/30/09

    In terms of music news this was a slower week in the Mile High City. The biggest items were news of Overcasters being invited to perform at South By Southwest on the heels of a particularly harrowing trip to the East Coast a few weeks ago with the Fluid, followed closely by DJ Vajra's inclusion in a ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    DeVotchKa announces spring tour dates

    This Friday night in Philadelphia, DeVotchKa is kicking off a fairly exhaustive eight week tour that will take the band across the country from New York to San Francisco to Austin -- not during South By Southwest, surprisingly -- back up through the midwest before culminating in Cleveland on Saturd ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2008

    The Black Crowes

    Saturday, December 13, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    November 14, 2008

    The blog shortcut, November 14 edition

    The devil made him do it. For more blogs, look out below. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Imp of Satan writes the best Craigslist musician-wanted ad ever. • Get a free MP3 download from your Mama. • Meese's now not-so-secret show in Boulder next week. • The Fray premiers new single during ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    This Just In 11/13-11/19

    George Clinton & P-Funk return to the Fillmore January 10. Things are slowing down a bit with shows these days, but it usually happens over the winter months. But there is some good music to look forward to in January, including George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic at the Fillmore (Jan. 10), Pep ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Cinema Paradiso

    Infinity Park takes up the outdoor-movie banner.

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    June 1, 2008

    Over the Weekend...George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic @ Fillmore

    George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic Saturday, May 31 Fillmore Auditorium Better than: getting up for the downstroke. For years, George Clinton and P-Funk have been delivering marathon sets of uncut funk where four –hour shows seem to be the norm. While Saturday’s Fillmore shore was just ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008
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    January 24, 2008

    Moguls Gone Wild!

    Watch Denver's finest take on a mechanical bull.

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    April 23, 2007
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    April 23, 2007

    Colin Check

    The crowd that gathered on April 22 for the Decemberists' gig at the Fillmore Auditorium was dominated by college agers who looked as if they'd decided to take a break from writing a paper for their semiotics class or post-grad couples looking for a little intellectual stimulation in advance of the ... More >>

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Backbeat Lounge

    Leggo my Leto.

  • Film

    July 20, 2006


    Films on Fillmore

  • Music

    November 30, 2000

    Setting Son

    The Wallflowers wither in the hype.

  • Music

    March 23, 2000

    An Apple With Bite

    Say what you want about Fiona Apple's past erratic behavior, her Denver performance showcased her considerable talent.

  • Music

    June 10, 1999
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    June 3, 1999
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    May 20, 1999

    Peace and Love, Nineties Style

    A Sixties icon becomes a weapon in Denver's promotion wars.

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