SPELLS (due this Friday, December 20, at 3 Kings Tavern) got together when Chuck Coffey and Rob Burleson, two longtime veterans of the scene, realized they shared a mutual love of East Bay pop-punk and San Diego noise rock. When the pair decided to form a band, they enlisted Ben Roy as the outfit's ... More >>
Ian Cooke has always been known for his stunning lyrical imagery, and while he has dropped a handful of interesting video accompaniments in the past, he's never attempted anything like this before. A project that has spanned over two years, Cooke has collaborated with local artist Adam Singer and ba ... More >>
John Rumley has posted the second Late Night Denver episode. Have you seen it yet? No? You taking a lunch today? Eat at your desk and watch this. So worth it. Besides the fact that Rumley, who plays guitar in Slim Cessna's Auto Club, is an absolute genius, a total natural as a host, the show -- the ... 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 >>
See Also: People of UMS 2011 Kicked off the first day of UMS by catching Bad Weather California in a very humid 3 Kings Tavern. People were packed in pretty tight in the middle of the room and mostly on the flanks. BWC played a loose, relaxed set like the guys had a group meeting beforehand and all ... More >>
For years, Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun, Eolian) thought about throwing himself a 33 1/3 birthday party and having a bunch of his friends spin records. He mentioned the idea to Wax Trax co-owner Duane Davis, and when he did, O'Dougherty discovered that he and Wax Trax were both bor ... More >>
Ah, yes, we've reached the end of another glorious week in the Rockies, which can only mean another dope weekend of music in the Mile High City. Lenny Kravitz kicks things off tonight with a show at the Buell Theatre, Widespread Panic pulls into the Fillmore for a three-night stand, TaunTaun returns ... More >>
Update (12/6/11): Suspicions confirmed. The mighty men of TaunTaun are indeed reconvening to play a show. "I don't want to call it a reunion," says Ian O'Dougherty, "because we never broke up. This is just for Jim." The Jim in question is Jim Norris of 3 Kings Tavern, where TaunTaun on Frid ... More >>
Bigger picture belowIan Cooke's gotta be breathing a sight of relief today. Yesterday morning, the lauded local songwriter, who was driving by himself, was involved in an accident in which his van flipped. Somehow he escaped injury. According to Ian O'Dougherty, his longtime friend and manage ... More >>
Gooood morning, Denver! What a lovely day it is. While we typically hate Mondays, this one is shaping up to be pretty swell: Sweater weather is in full effect (oh how we looove fall!), the Broncos won, and best news of all, a brand new Ian Cooke record is upon us. Fortitude, the long and eage ... More >>
Last we heard from Ian Cooke, he had extended an invitation to fellow local musicians to remix his song " The Race." With that goal in mind, Cooke posted a dozen different parts of the song that folks could download and tweak, twist and manipulate at will. A number of people, including Tommy Metz of ... More >>
The most rock and roll cellist in Denver has released a new song titled "The Race." Ian Cooke, in conjunction with producer/manager/guitarist Ian O'Dougherty, also released all twelve parts of the song as separate tracks, and they're inviting you to "Play, Record, Manipulate, Mix, Remix" at y ... More >>
On Versions of Joanna, the aptly titled tribute to Joanna Newsom, 21 artists from six countries cover Newsom's songs. Of those those acts, there's a number of familiar voices such as Billy Bragg, M. Ward, Owen Pallett and Ben Sollee. Astute Denverites, however, will instantly recognize one ve ... More >>
Matthew Ballantine-PattonAdam Edwards, Ian O'Dougherty and Sean Merrell are Eolian In this week's issue, the Rough Mixes entry focusing on Eolian, the progressive rock project led by Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun) and featuring occasional Backbeat contributor Sean Merrell (T ... More >>
Designed by Amy Goodrich and Ian O'DoughertyClick to enlargeHow cool is this week's flier pick? So cool that technical limitations won't even allow us to show you exactly how freaking cool it is (damn you, maximum file size!). To really see the awesome level of detail on this puppy, you need ... More >>
It's been nearly three years since Ian Cooke (due tonight at the Larimer Lounge) released The Fall I Fell and proceeded to blow everyone's minds with his inimitably expressive vocal style, dexterous cello playing and remarkably affecting songs. Brian Carney In the intervening years, he's qu ... More >>
Doug BeamIan Cooke Ian Cooke Band, Alan Alda, Tauntaun Aug. 29 Bluebird Theater Better than: Seeing three of Denver's most dynamic and promising bands in three separate venues. It was challenging to find obvious common threads in the three performances at the Bluebird on Friday night. Separately, ... More >>
Photo by Soren McCartyTauntaun, Kingdom of Magic and Wetlands Friday, March 6, 2009 Bluebird Theater Better than: banging your head against your steering wheel Friday night's Bluebird crowd came prepared to rock, and they certainly weren't disappointed. As metal reasserts itself in the mainstream D ... More >>
Photo by Tony GallagherWell, it's finally here. Almost a year after offering up a sneak peek of the music being made by Tauntaun, the defacto supergroup profiled in this week's issue, led by former Gamits frontman Chris Fogal and featuring Ian O'Dougherty, Matty Clark and Dave Barker, the outfit is ... More >>
With On High, Chris Fogal is shredding again with a vengeance.
Heartache still produces some of the finest art.
Meet the man behind some of Denver's best releases.
Jux County gets ready to leave the building, while a Five Points club gets rocking.