There's a Marc Maron joke about expensive audio equipment. He wants to buy a $10,000 amp Jack White has, but decides against it because he feels every time he plays his guitar with it he would just think, "No, this doesn't sound like $10,000." It was that joke that stuck in my head as I wandered ar ... More >>
The way you find a band is important. I discovered Haim in a park in small town Illinois with five story oak trees towering over strings of warm lights. I was camping nearby and drinking wine straight from the gallon-sized jug. The three sisters from LA drew me around the corner to the front of the ... More >>
Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality ... More >>
Widespread Panic returns to Red Rocks for a three-night run from Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29. Tickets ($57.50) go on on sale on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Now with Christine McVie back in the fold, Fleetwood Mac will embark on a 33-city North American tour that beings in September an ... More >>
Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
Dave Grohl is a busy guy. The Foo Fighters frontman is a member of multiple supergroups, played alongside Paul McCartney at the 12/12/12 Sandy Relief Concert, will be the keynote speaker at South by Southwest this March, and just made his directing debut with Sound City, a documentary tracing the hi ... 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 >>
In most towns, going out the weekend after New Year's is probably as deflating and anti-climatic as showing up a week after the Broncos have won the Super Bowl -- after the impromptu revelry in the streets and the work-stopping weekday parade makes its way through the streets of downtown -- and expe ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually 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 ... More >>
It was a big week for a certain Canadian this week, as the import's song finally overtook Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." And no, we're not talking about Justin Bieber, but she is his protege. Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable viral and radio hit, "Call Me Maybe," conquers the Billboard Ho ... More >>
Wednesday, February 15, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In September, Beirut hits the Fillmore and Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is slated for a date at DU's Gates Concert Hall, followed by Chromeo, who's due back in Denver in October for a return date at the Ogden after a stellar set at th ... More >>
A NEW YEAR UNDERGROUND With Hence * Eli D * BeeKay * Travis Press * Uriah West * Brick Lee 12.31.10 | Theory Practice The only sign that the Theory Practice gallery, 738 Santa Fe Drive, was hosting an epic New Year's Eve party was the pounding bass audible from the streets as passersby b ... More >>
Back in June when Beauty Bar opened its doors, The Swayback's Eric Halborg and Bill Murphy were brought in to throw down some jams and get the party started on 13th Avenue once again, following the Snake Pit's closing the year before. The night was a hit, and has since morphed into the monthl ... More >>
Just in time for his tour with Sleigh Bells -- which kicks off tomorrow at the Clubhouse in Tempe, Arizona -- Travis Egedy, aka Pictureplane, gets a little love and viral video exposure from Lovepump United labelmates HEALTH. The Los Angeles dudes did a clean, flattering version of "Goth Star" at ... More >>
Do you know way too much about who slept with whom in Fleetwood Mac? Do you long for others to witness your disturbingly thorough knowledge of 80s hair-metal drum solos? Do you know jack shit about music but sort of feel like getting hammered in the presence of a bunch of music nerds, on the ... More >>
For the past several weekends, The Truth, at 101.5 FM, has broadcast music, as opposed to offering the sort of right-wing syndicated blather that dominates its airwaves Monday through Friday. But this particular aspect of its format has already gone through as many personalities as the famous ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Just attended a private screening at Starz FilmCenter of Fair Fight, a brand-new documentary focusing on the Fray that chronicles the making of the act's forthcoming album. The film was directed by Rod Blackhurst, a onetime merch guy who's been trailing the band for the better part of three yea ... More >>
Here’s something that’s never made any sense to me. Live albums. I always feel like it would have been great to be there, but the recording only captures one dimension of the experience. And because all the rest of the experience is missing, the recording magnifies any weaknesses in the musical ... More >>
"Does this mean I need to find a real job?" Here's a user-friendly guide to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were reeling in shock and horror at the news that the end of era was coming with the impending cancellation of MTV's TRL...
Lindsey Buckingham in 1992. Lindsey Buckingham, the once and future Fleetwood Mac frontman and solo artist par excellence, gets the profile treatment in the September 18 edition of Westword prior to his September 24 appearance at the Ellie Caulkin Opera House -- and he's also the subject of an abs ... More >>
The Decemberists frontman relishes the chance to play more intimate shows.
Tuesday, July 31, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Fast reviews of recent releases
Saturday, July 23, Red Rocks, 303-830-8497.
The Frequent Flyers are putting on Air.
Gyros Are Hard to Find
October 16, 2003
The Thorns (Sony)
With a handful of artists, "classic rock" is not a pejorative.
Three new stations attempt to woo audiences turned off by Denver radio.
Denver's early punk rock pioneers are remembered
The Irish rockers in the Indulgers are part of the green wave that's sweeping Colorado.