FRI | LOTUS at RED ROCKS | 10/4/13 The jazzy electronic quintet Lotus, known for its precisely timed improvisations during live shows, is celebrating its fourteenth year together. From incorporating video-game music to performing David Bowie tribute shows and playing Black Sabbath covers, Lotus has ... More >>
Trampled By Turtles, due at this weekend's Westword Music Showcase, was started in 2003 by a group friends from Duluth, Minnesota, who knew each other from playing in various bands. Liberated by the freedom and mobility of playing acoustic instruments, the players honed a sound that happened to bene ... More >>
Few bands in history have cast a longer shadow than The Smiths. They've inspired countless imitators and spiritual successors since they called it quits in 1987. While skinny indie kids moaning about the hardships of life are a dime a dozen, tracking down the successful artists influenced by Morriss ... More >>
10. CLUTCH @ BLACK SHEEP | MON, 3/18/13 Clutch has dodged being saddled with a label, primarily because of the illusion of reinvention it's projected with each album. But the truth is that it's just an illusion. Clutch is set in its ways, yet all of its music sounds like bold experimentation -- even ... More >>
Monday, March 18, hi-dive, 303-733-0230.
Tenacious D at Red Rocks on Thursday, July 26. This is not opinion. This is fact. The dudes are back and touring in support of Rize of the Fenix, their new album and purportedly the greatest album of all time. This, apparently, is not opinion either, but rather fact. The tour kicks off on May 23 in ... More >>
Tom Coohill Coohills 1400 Wewatta Street 303-623-5700 coohills.com This is part one of my interview with Tom Coohill, exec chef/owner of Coohills. Part two of my chat with Coohill will appear in this space tomorrow. "This," confides Tom Coohill, "is too good to be on the menu. It's like buttah." ... More >>
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All has announced its upcoming North American tour dates. The act is returning to the scene of the crime, as it were, on Sunday, March 11, to the Fox Theatre in Boulder, which as you might remember, was the first place the act played in Colorado last fall. The Fox appe ... More >>
PLACES @ MARQUIS THEATER | 1/7/12 No one seemed more surprised by the turnout at the Marquis Theater on Saturday night than the seven members of Places. The CD-release show for the septet's new album, No More Wasted Days, drew a capacity crowd, and the audience's feverish and energetic response was ... More >>
Update! Worst postponement EVER! Tonight's Denver premiere of The Worst Movie EVER! was supposed to be the first event hosted by the Oriental Theater after a chunk of its ceiling fell onto the stage last week. This morning, unfortunately, the city inspector gave it a no-go, meaning that, for the tim ... More >>
Tom MurphyMogwai MOGWAI With Errors 05.02.11 | Bluebird Theater Errors, from Glasgow, Scotland, started things off with what seemed like the intro to an ethereal, somber set of music. Turns out, though, the foursome was just getting warmed up with a slow drift into its first song. Clearly t ... More >>
What's for dinner? Whatever the answer, it's probably got an ethnic origin--or a supposedly ethnic origin. Because many of the foreign foods that we all enjoy aren't really very foreign at all. In other words, you can cross these ten dishes off your list, because, frankly, they're all just as Americ ... More >>
2 Girls 1 Cup may be the most notorious internet porn video of this generation, portraying two girls doing hideously disgusting things with one cup and some unsavory bodily functions. Seriously NSFW (Wikipedia link). Google it in private if you must. So when a Glasgow woman found out that h ... More >>
Gabriel Jones That was quick. For those of you not eagerly lapping up every vague clue coming from the Arcade Fire camp, allow us to bring you up to speed. May 15: The band posts a virtual postcard (the front of which you see above) saying they're just finishing pressing their new 12-inch. ... More >>
Last week, GQ magazine put out a bucket list of fifty beers to try before you die (see it below). That sounds like a reasonable goal - even if some of the selections were a little odd. I wouldn't have put Anchor Steam on the list, for instance. It may have been a bucket list fifteen years a ... More >>
Friday, March 5, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Photo courtesy of Kanyewest.com Last week, Kanye christened his new web site with the above photo of his girlfriend, Amber Rose. Then, Thom Yorke announced the name of his latest band on the Radiohead blog. Which got us thinking about the other band blogs we have bookmarked. In our bitchin' ... More >>
Update: Just received word that U2 will be bringing its 360° tour to Denver on Saturday, June 12, at Invesco Field. Oh happy day! No word yet on when tickets will go on sale, but they Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 6, and will reportedly range from $55 to $250 online at the Invesco Field bo ... 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 >>
Camera Obscura, Agent RibbonsBluebird TheaterMonday, June 1, 2009Better Than: A vintage-clothes show without live music. Okay, so that's a bit mean. But Camera Obscura did bring along fellow thrift-store doyennes Agent Ribbons as an opening act. The bands' shared love for '50s dresses is where th ... More >>
Early on in its career, Camera Obscura endured endless comparisons to revered fellow Glaswegians Belle & Sebastian. At this point, however, any comparison threatens to make the latter look bad: Among scholars of the heartache and growing pains of bookish, precocious youth, Stuart Murdoch's got n ... More >>
Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite as seen through the lens of Jon SolomonMogwai, Women Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Bluebird Theater Better than: Listening to layered and nuanced instrumental music as background. Instrumental music is not dead. For all the prominence of vocal-driven music in the modern pop scen ... More >>
Tuesday, May 12, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Thursday, April 9, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
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 >>
Examining an underground artist who doesn't do interviews and rarely plays the same song twice.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Franz Ferdinand, international chowhound.
Tuesday, September 27, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars takes a bite out of the hype.
Belle & Sebastian remains a word-of-mouth phenomenon.
A darkly comic meditation on love and suicide is full of surprises.
Shirley Henderson juggles a love triangle in the Midlands.
Grant Morrison's the best writer in comics--and maybe the nuttiest
Y'all Get Scared Now, Ya Hear! ([PIAS] America)
Is he a writer, director, actor or...sex symbol? Um, yes--and more
Kool Keith, Joe Gallant and Illuminati, Belle and Sebastian, Tricky With DJ Muggs and Grease, Reggae Gold 1999
The Very Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Love of A3 preaches the American gospel in a rather foreign tongue.
The members of Bis know what's wrong with most of their peers: They're too old.
FORMER VELVET UNDERGROUNDER JOHN CALE IS STILL DOING WHATEVER HE DAMN WELL PLEASES.
THE MEMBERS OF OASIS GRACIOUSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.