FRI | NEGATIVE APPROACH at MARQUIS THEATER | 11/23/13 In a just world, John Brannon would be as hallowed a punk icon as anyone out of early '80s and D.C. Hardcore. As the frontman for the Detroit-based Negative Approach, Brannon was involved in making some of the most confrontational and pointed mus ... More >>
GASLIGHT ANTHEM @ OGDEN THEATRE |4/29/12 Gaslight Anthem performed last night with a fluidity and emotional power worthy of peers like Hot Rod Circuit or Hot Water Music or perhaps even the E Street Band. Gaslight is clearly informed by punk, as edges of the band's guitar sound recalled Hüsker Dü, ... More >>
CHUCK RAGAN @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 4/13/13 Chuck Ragan first made his mark as the frontman of Hot Water Music, one of the more highly influential punk acts to emerge in the '90s. Fueled by youthful exuberance and inspired in part by the music that surrounding the skateboarding culture of the tim ... More >>
This past weekend on the front porch of her home in Arkansas, country singer Mindy McCready is thought to have taken her own life. That part of her story has been widely reported. What you may not know, however, is that toward the end of her career and ultimately life, the 37-year-old artist had str ... More >>
HOT WATER MUSIC @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL |2/3/13 Last night's Hot Water Music show at the Summit was the kind where the crowd pretty much knew all of the songs. But the song that got the strongest reaction, bar none, was "Rooftops," which came in toward the end of the set. The crowd reacted with upraise ... More >>
Welcome back to the work week. How was the weekend? A bunch of great shows, eh? Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks with Macklemore, Eli Goulding at the Ogden Theatre, Brother Ali and Danny Brown at Cervantes' and Hot Water Music at Summit Music Hall. What did you catch? Bunch more shows this week, incl ... More >>
How did you spend what might have been the strangest Super Bowl in history? Those of you who are strict fans of the Ravens or the 49ers probably spent it glued to a TV -- maybe even one that belongs to a local sports bar, like these two that fed the feud this weekend. One thing's clear: With concert ... More >>
Ah, yes, what a, uh, super weekend we have on tap. Welcome! You made it! Not only is the big game going down, but the weather is supposed to be favorable with a high in the fifties and there is an abundance of music to look forward to -- so much so, in fact, that we've expanded our picks this week t ... More >>
Hot Water Music came together in Gainesville, Florida when four friends moved there in 1993. Fueled by youthful exuberance and inspired in part by the music that surrounding the skateboarding culture of the time, Chuck Ragan, Chris Wollard, Jason Black and George Rebelo created a band that had that ... More >>
Sunday, February 3, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.
Gateway Acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, guest columnist and Flattery Festival founder Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun, E ... More >>
After the comforting lull of the holidays, things are starting to ramping back up nicely on the concert front. Some big announcements this week, including Animal Collective, who is slated to return to Denver for a show at the Ogden Theatre with Dan Deacon, and the Avett Brothers who are set for a tw ... More >>
The Uncertain Sea somehow managed to bring together a touch of math rock or prog with splintery post-punk and '90s emo and made it compelling -- think something like Mission of Burma with a country bent, written by people who grew up hearing stuff like Sunny Day Real Estate with a touch of Codeine's ... More >>
It's not Christmas yet, but you'd certainly be excused for thinking otherwise, what with the radio already playing round-the-clock holiday tunes and the new shows we've been gifted with. Looks like somebody's been on their best behavior (god knows, it wasn't us). Whatever the case, we're now being r ... More >>
As reported yesterday, the Disco Biscuits are playing three shows in Colorado after the first of the year at the Boulder Theater, Ogden Theatre and 1STBANK Center. And while that's arguably the biggest concert announcement of the week, it's not the only one. After cancelling its co-headlining date w ... More >>
Tons of concert news for you this morning: You've already heard about the Morrissey show this weekend being postponed and about Taylor Swift coming back to Denver next summer, but we've also got word of Green Day's 1STBANK show in February being postponed, K'nann show at the Gothic being cancelled, ... More >>
RISE AGAINST @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 9.24.12 If there was a single moment where Rise Against came alive -- really, sincerely began to lose their minds, feeding off the audience's vast stores of energy -- it happened late in the game. The crowd had been decidedly awestruck after opener the Gaslight ... More >>
Rise Against is returning to the Colorado -- its veritable home away from home -- next week with Gaslight Anthem and Hot Water Music for a two-night stand at the Fillmore Auditorium on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25, along with a very special signing at Independent Records on Monday ... More >>
JOY SUBTRACTION @ HI-DIVE | 8/4/12 See Also: - Joy Subtraction? Its members just enjoy screwing with Joy Division. "This is the first song on our new album," Joy Subtraction's Abe Brennan announced last at the hi-dive, goofing on Cheap Trick after the first couple of songs of the set. Then the ban ... More >>
See Also: Angry Hand of God at Bender's Tavern, 8/2/12 Angry Hand of God started in 2008 as a band inspired by the kind of slow, crushing, psychedelic metal that ran through most of the stoner rock bands at the time. Only this band has really strong riffs that have propelled it from the dark sludge ... More >>
A fresh batch of new shows announced this week, including Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller at Red Rocks, the Head and the Heart and Blitzen Trapper at the Boulder Theater, Kimbra at the Ogden Theatre, Shinedown and Godsmack at Comfort Dental and Steve Vai at the Ogden. Page down for a full rundown plus lo ... More >>
Things might be slowing down a bit with the bigger concert announcements, but there was still a fair amount of activity over the last week, including Jane's Addiction at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, Swans and Xiu Xiu at the Gothic Theatre, and Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) at both the ... More >>
While the concert announcements have started tapering off a bit, there's still some big shows that have been announced, including Gotye's Red Rocks show in August, Channel 93.3's Big Gig in September featuring Silversun Pickups, 3OH!3, the Hives, the Wombats and others at Red Rocks. Also, Matisyahu ... More >>
And it don't stop. Another batch of great shows announced this week, including Rise Against, who's due for a pair of back-to-back nights at the Fillmore in September, as well as Peter Gabriel, who will be performing his album So in its entirety a few nights later at Red Rocks. Wait, there's more: th ... More >>
Holy moly! The Summit Music Hall has one helluva show tonight. The Revival Tour is in town this evening, and if you're a fan of great songs and great music, you won't want to miss this. Talk about a stacked bill. How about Chuck Ragan from Hot Water Music, Tom Gabel from Against Me!, Denver's own Na ... More >>
DESCENDENTS @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/28/12The Descendents were built with the inability to disappoint -- the seminal proprietors of pop punk brought a tried-and-true energy to the Fillmore Auditorium last night, for a appropriately short, two-encore set. Even if the massive venue was far from capa ... More >>
Denver's best live music bets, weekend of January 20, 2012
While we're guessing this is probably already circled on your calendar in bright-red ink, just in case you haven't heard, the Descendents are coming to the Fillmore on Saturday, January 28, with Hot Water Music and Endless Monster! Yessir! If you haven't already bought your tickets because you're ru ... More >>
Eric GruneisenThe unmistakable guitar of Mike Ness of Social Distortion, last night at the Ogden Theatre.SOCIAL DISTORTION at the OGDEN THEATRE | 12/3/11Early on in Social Distortion's Friday night show at the Ogden, the first of a three-night stand, frontman Mike Ness thanked the crowd for c ... More >>
Chuck Ragan (due at the Ogden Theatre with Social Distortion tonight and tomorrow night) first made his mark as the frontman of Hot Water Music, one of the more highly influential punk acts to emerge in the '90s. Toward the middle part of the last decade when that band went on hiatus, Ragan v ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Radiohead, Roger Waters, the Descendants and Los Lobos were announced. Nautical Mile, Tennis, Churchill and Dressy Bessy got spins on local radio. And new and recent releases from Tom Waits, Wale a ... More >>
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 >>
An average Misfits fan.Personally, it's been the "One Bad Album" rule. That's all it takes for a band's musical reputation to be asterisked forever, which makes getting a tattoo of that band, well, risky. You have to wonder how often thirty-somethings across the land hear "Nice Chi' Pep's tat ... More >>
Crimes of Passion
Last Anthem Records
Wednesday, July 14, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Wednesday, May 19, Marquis Theater, 866-468-7621.
Update: Thanks to our friends at Suburban Home Records, we've got our hands on a track for Chad Price's forthcoming record, which we've posted after the jump for your downloading pleasure.Hot on the heels of Vistor's Band, Jon Snodgrass's excellent solo record, Chad Price, the other half of the a ... More >>
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.
Tuesday, March 13, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Thursday, May 25, 15th Street Tavern, 303-572-0822.
Saturday, October 23, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.
When it comes to musical stagnation, Laymen Terms pleads innocent.
Seattle's lauded These Arms Are Snakes prepares to strike.
Breaking from the mold of prefabricated punk, Hot Water Music dares to be smart.
Planes Mistaken for Stars channels the angst of a Rust Belt upbringing into visceral post-hardcore.
Jimmy Eat World doesn't have a record label, a distributor or a care in the world.