Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>
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 >>
Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at Black Flag's 1984 show at the Rainbow Music Hall that ended with members of the opening act being arrested. You may have heard about this one; it was n ... More >>
El TEN ELEVEN @ FOX THEATRE | 2/1/12 El Ten Eleven lit up the Fox Theatre last night on its second stop in Colorado. Frontman Kristian Dunn had a Wal fretless bass and 1977 Carvin double neck guitar/bass to choose from with an array of guitar pedals at his disposal, while drummer Tim Fogarty employ ... More >>
Tom MurphyIn the eloquent liner notes of Sin Desires Marie, the band's sole full-length, bassist Yoon Park explains that Sin Desires Marie (due tonight at Glob for this weekend's Titwrench Festival) was started by friends who learned how to play their respective instruments as they learned to ... More >>
The Meatmen In the late 1970s, Tesco Vee was an elementary school teacher in Michigan who lead something of a secret life, first as a fan of punk rock and then as the frontman of one of the most notorious and hilarious bands of that era -- the Meatmen (due this afternoon at Twist & Shout for ... More >>
Netflix's instant streaming service is quite possibly the most amazing service in the history of mankind. Combing through its offerings, however, is no easy task. Thankfully, we've spent an inordinate amount of time watching music documentaries (so you don't have to) and have narrowed down th ... More >>
Hollywood has been fascinated with the idea of punk rockers since the word was originally coined in the '70s. It's a rare case that they get it right, and it's even more amazing that nobody has devoted any significant time looking at the ways Hollywood has destroyed, showcased, revered and mi ... More >>
Although ZetaKaye House, the name of John and Kim Baxter's new booking and management company, might sound like sorority house, it's actually a deliberate fusion of the names of two individuals: Oscar Zeta Acosta, who was part of the Brown Power movement in the '60s and Hunter S. Thompson's a ... More >>
In case you haven't gotten your quotient of feel-like-shit yet today, check out I Need That Record! website, a documentary about the death of independent record stores. For a limited time, you can stream the doc for free in its entirety on Pitchfork or you can purchase it directly for eleven buck ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray Who's Having Fun Fest 1346 Lipan Street | 4.17.10 See more photos on the slideshow page. I'll eat my words right up front: The Who's Having Fun? Festival was an unqualified success, completely free of drugs, alcohol, house-trashing, train-wreck technical difficulties and co ... More >>
Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham loves vinyl. And Denver. When we last spoke with him about a year ago, he sang the praises of bygone Denver punk bands like the Frantix and Bum Kon, an act he also namedropped in a Spin article. "I wish I could just be satisfied owning a reissue or owning ... More >>
Mehko & Ocean Birds Saturday, February 20, 2010 Larimer Lounge Sour Boy, Bitter Girl Sundays at the Larimer Lounge are pretty much guaranteed to be a mulligan, with the decidedly un-rock 'n' roll start time of 4pm. This is not the way to attract a crowd, but neither is having a show on a S ... More >>
Patti Smith provided an interesting definition of punk rock in the current issue of New York magazine: "Punk rock is just another word for freedom." That got us thinking about what punk is and was, and how, as with all abstractions, you get to make up your own definition. As you can see in the ab ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsIdeal Fathers opened the day at Sutra.See more photos from Sutra at westword.com/slideshow.Ideal Fathers, 12 p.m.Ideal Fathers kicked off the Sutra stage with a high-charged set of post-punk that included some keyed up takes on songs from its new brand new EP, A Complete Waste of ... More >>
The February 4 profile "Fucked Up Pushes Punk Into the Future By Understanding the Past" is pretty hefty -- nearly 1,400 words. And yet it only uses a small portion of the quotes offered by Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham during a sprawling, wide-ranging and hugely entertaining conversation that c ... More >>
"William Elliott Whitmore Stretches the Definition of Hardcore," a profile in the January 22 edition of Westword, only scratches the surface of an enjoyable and revealing Q&A with this deep-voiced roots-and-folk purveyor, who shares more in common with punk rockers than just his record label. (He's ... More >>
Ian MacKaye. If Ian MacKaye had a different value system, he could be one of the wealthiest men in the music business. After all, he was the primary force behind Minor Threat and Fugazi, two of the most revered rock acts of the past three decades, and he co-founded and continues to run Dischord Re ... More >>
Madonna rides on something a lot older than she is. Link up below. Today in Backbeat Online: • Dave Herrera's live review of Madonna at the Pepsi Center. • The skinny on tonight's Madonna cast and crew after-party. • A Q&A with Minor Threat, Fugazi and Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye. ... More >>
After its date at the Mile High Music Festival at the end of July, the Photo Atlas will reportedly be heading out to Baltimore for two weeks to record with the legendary J. Robbins. For the uninitiated, Robbins is an icon from the D.C. hardcore scene on par with guys like Ian MacKaye. Besides playin ... More >>
Tuesday, April 10, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Be there or be square!
Friday, February 17, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Thursday, October 20, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
The Evens (Dischord)
Black Smiths (Self-released)
Location Is Everything, Vol. 2 (Jade Tree)
After spearheading the post-punk revival, GoGoGo Airheart is still on its own island.
A local band leader urges musicians to give peace music a chance.
Henry Rollins takes no prisoners, wants no sympathy and gives good quote.
Denver clubs face a fight for the ages.
How a small band of insurgents led by K Records co-founder Calvin Johnson helped fashion a punk revolution.
After ten years, Superchunk and Merge Records are still working. But they are not working for you.
Henry Rollins takes on all comers.
The New Bomb Turks are hitting harder because they're hitting slower.