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 >>
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 i ... More >>
On March 13, Say Anything, the indie rock band that came of age in the 2000s, released its sixth album, Anarchy, My Dear. The band soon launched its tour, which will hit the Mile High City this Friday, March 30, at the Summit Music Hall. In advance of the show, we spoke with frontman Max Bemis about ... More >>
While Butch Vig is probably best known for his work as a Grammy-winning producer who's worked with the likes of Nirvana or, more recently, the Foo Fighters, he's also a member of Garbage, an alt-rock act (and a rather decent one at that) that formed in the mid '90s and was led by the fiery Scottish ... More >>
This past Sunday during his acceptance speech on behalf of his band the Foo Fighters for Best Rock Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy awards, Dave Grohl made some comments that stirred the ire of some folks. Lauding the fact that Wasting Light, the album in question, had been recorded in his gara ... More >>
As anyone and their mother could have (and, ahem, did) predicted, it was Adele's show at last night's 54th Grammy Awards. The singer, who absolutely swept the awards, took home six Grammys -- meaning she won in every category in which she was nominated, including the big three: Song of the Year, Rec ... More >>
From power pop to power ballads, rock anthems to rap staples, the nominees of the 54th Grammy Awards, which airs this Sunday night, sees no dearth of great music. There's little doubt that it will be Adele's night, but others, like Kanye West and Mumford & Sons, could win big too. Continue reading f ... More >>
As a willing participant at Friday night's My Teenage Angst on-stage diary-reading event, I had some pre-show fears: What if my entries weren't as funny as I remembered them being? What if other people's entries weren't funny? What if the whole thing fell apart because someone unintentionally read f ... More >>
As another year comes to a close, this one's going to be remembered for some stellar concerts. All week, we'll be running down a list of our favorites from the past year beginning with this one: Best arena concerts of 2011. Page down to see which shows made the cut. (Click on the band name fo ... More >>
They don't call it Rocktober for nothing. There was no shortage of options this past weekend: Foo Fighters at the Pepsi Center, Odd Future at the Fox and at the Ogden Theatre, X at the Summit Music Hall, OFF! at the Marquis Theater, Melt Banana at the Larimer Lounge, Misfits at the Summit and Chrome ... More >>
FOO FIGHTERS AT PEPSI CENTER | 10/9/11"You guys ready for a long fucking rock show tonight?" Foo Fighters frontman Dave asked the Pepsi Center crowd early in Sunday night's set. "You ready for that shit? Foo Fighters don't fuck around. We don't fuck around. We don't play those eensy-weensy one-hour- ... More >>
This weekend was all about the music in these parts, and Westword's photography crew captured the action. Check out art galleries featuring the Foo Fighters at the Pepsi Center, X at Summit Music Hall, Odd Future at the Fox Theatre and more at our burgeoning slideshow page.
When the Foo Fighters pull into the Pepsi Center on Sunday, they're expecting Mexican food -- and "not just chips, salsa and some microwave burritos." The dudes are from SoCal, and apparently consider themselves connoisseurs, so the production crew is well advised to be on their toes. So warns the ... More >>
In case you missed it, last night at a gig in London at the iTunes Festival, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (due October 9 at the Pepsi Center) stopped his set mid-song and singled out an unruly fan and basically told him in to scram! Beat it, buster! Hit the bricks! Grohl was a little more p ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, the Avett Brothers announced another Colorado date on July 8 at the Boulder Theater the night before their sold-out Red Rocks show, the FMQB Triple A Conference is returning to the Fox, Diana Ross is due at Wells Fargo in Septemb ... More >>
Wow! We'd be lying if we said we saw this coming. While we were sleeping, evidently, the Foo Fighters have officially been elevated made to bona fied arena rock status, presumably owing to the success of the new album, Wasting Light.
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, we've received word that Lil Wayne is coming to town in August, followed by Santana and George Lopez, who are coming to Red Rocks in September. On local radio, Novus Folium, Justin Roth and Elephant Revival got spins. Meanwh ... More >>
For years, ticket scalpers have been the bane of existence for artists and venues. Directly and indirectly, they've been blamed for everything from rising ticket costs to fewer tours. Over the last few years, though, artists have started to fight back, and they've employed some interesting wa ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Death Cab for Cutie is due at Red Rocks in August with Frightened Rabbit, preceded by O.A.R. in July, while Ben Folds stops by the Ogden in July and Queensryche plays the Theatre in September. ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Kings of Leon is slated for a two-night stand at Red Rocks with Band of Horses, Tony Bennett is due at Ellie Caulkins and Symphony on the Rocks will feature Sarah McLachlan, among others. Meanwhile, ... More >>
Lollapalooza turns twenty years old this year. Can you believe it? We can't. Doesn't seem like it was two decades ago when Perry Farrell introduced America to his roving festival in 1991. The inaugural version, which made a stop at Fiddler's Green, featured Farrell's band Jane Addiction, alon ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front,The Go-Go's are coming to the Ogden Theatre, Fleet Foxes are coming to the Fillmore, and Arvada Center has added shows to its summer lineup. Meanwhile, on local radio, Bad Weather California, Science Partner and Veronica got ... More >>
Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, and stores around town have been preparing for the epic event in a variety of ways. The exclusive release list is huge, but so far, most stores aren't confirming or denying their inventory. The owner of Twist & Shout Records, Paul Epstein, confirms ... More >>
Sasquatch became the second major summer festival to announce its lineup last night. The George, Washington (kills us every time) indie-fest is always heavy on the hipster-bait, but this year is egregious. The top of the bill looks like this: Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, W ... More >>
Senator McCain, that song is not about you Here's a round-up of all the great content you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy following the saga of yet another band -- the Foo Fighters -- getting pissed about the McCain campaign using one of their songs to promote his candidacy. ... More >>
The view from the bar at Beatport Lounge, according to this slide show. What you missed while the Broncos prepared to soil themselves... Friday: Photographer Uriah West posts up in the Beatport Lounge to bring you a slide show accessible here. Saturday: Everything may not be bigger in Littleton. ... More >>
Take my picture and I will bust your ass Here's a handy compendium of all the great content you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy pondering why Kanye West hates having his picture taken so badly he decided to bust up $10,000 worth of camera gear and get himself arrested. Reall ... More >>
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor. Welcome to a new Latest Word feature: The Westword.com Best of the Blogs. As the latest edition of Westword is hitting the streets and the web, we wanted to provide an easy way for you to catch up with the top bloggery from the past week. And here it is. At Backbeat ... More >>
Photo: Aaron Thackeray Dave Grohl doing what he does best. Foo Fighters, with Year Long Disaster September 8, 2008 Red Rocks Earlier this summer, in a review of KTCL's Big Gig, I confessed to having underrated the Offspring simply because the band's been so damned consistent and reliable for so ... More >>
The younger Dave Grohl. Prior to seeing (and being knocked out by) the Foo Fighters during their September 8 Red Rocks show, I'd only seen the band once: back in 1995, during its first-ever Denver appearance. It'd only been a year or so since the suicide of Grohl's old boss, Nirvana leader Kurt Co ... More >>
Dave Grohl at Red Rocks. Free blogs. Get your free blogs here. Backbeat Online doubles your pleasure with two blogs about the Foo Fighters -- a review of Dave Grohl's band at Red Rocks last night (the group is on the Rocks tonight as well) plus the first online appearance of Westword's original F ... More >>
Monday and Tuesday, September 8-9, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
101.5's Whip. The whispers about the impending demise of 101.5 FM, a station that calls itself "The Independent Alternative," continue unabated, and an incident that took place on August 14 won't squelch such gossip. A listener tells me the station went off the air for an hour and a half, from aro ... More >>
Here's a convenient one-stop guide to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were anxiously exercising your fingers in anticipation of Jimi Hendrix's announced contributions to an upcoming installment of the Guitar Hero series...
I, for one, was looking forward to the Foo Fighters' Monday, July 13 gig at Red Rocks -- the first of two nights at the venue. But I'll just have to put my enthusiasm on hold for a couple of months. Moments ago, a press release came through announcing that due to illness, the concerts have been resc ... More >>
Monday and Tuesday, July 14 and 15, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Before there was rock opera, there was real opera and this review of Mozart's The Magic Flute is a fine reminder that there was some pretty kick ass music around in the days of yore.
Gary Numan's songs get pimped.
In Your Honor (RCA)
The Fire Theft
After a three-year hiatus, Sunny Day Real Estate is in business again.