Chris Thile has decided he's bored of not selling thousands of tickets at a time, so Nickel Creek is back, and they're coming to Denver. Rod Stewart and Santana are also into selling thousands of tickets, so they'll be coming through as well. Incidentally, Santana has never meet a collaboration he d ... More >>
More than fifteen years after the release of Three Dolla Bill, Y'all, Limp Bizkit is back with a brand new album, Stampede of the Disco Elephants, on the Cash Money imprint. In advance of the band's return to Denver in support of that album this weekend, we caught up with Fred Durst yesterday as he ... More >>
Update 10/24/12: A Bob Weir solo date with Jackie Greene has been announced on Thursday, December 13 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets for the show ($37.50 - $56, plus fees) go on sale this Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. So now that the final debate's over, we still don't know who's going to be in t ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Shins, James Taylor and Explosions in the Sky were announced; In the Whale, Tennis and FaceMan got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Leonard Cohen, Matador, Young Jeezy and Lana Del Rey ... More >>
Despite being a judge on the American version of X Factor, Nicole Scherzinger has had a rough go in the music industry ever since leaving the Pussycat Dolls. This week, word came down that the release date for her debut album Killer Love, originally slated for November 15, has been pushed back to so ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are hosting the first annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit. Bad Brains is coming to the Summit Music Hall in August and Blues Traveler is coming back to Red Rocks for its annual Fo ... More >>
Geek icon and Internet rock star Jonathan Coulton is set to make his first appearance in Denver on January 17, at the Soiled Dove. In anticipation of his first concert in the Mile High city, Coulton was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about his beginnings as a code monkey, his inspirations f ... More >>
The Q&A below starring Roots drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, whose band opens for Westword profile and Q&A subject Erykah Badu, represented a first for yours truly. Never before had I conducted an interview with an artist who spent the first portion of the conversation on a treadmill. But Thompson ... More >>
John Reis, the subject of the following Q&A as well as a May 1 Westword profile, is the leader of a new band called the Night Marchers – but the group is hardly his first. He made his initial ripple as part of Pitchfork back in the ‘80s, after which he’s served as a member in acts such as Driv ... More >>
John Schmersals once hyper-prolific songwriting streak made Ryan Adams seem like a slacker.
The Hives are a Swedish import with staying power, and the band’s lead singer, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, knows it, as he makes clear in the following Q&A – a conversation conducted in advance of the outfit’s impending visit to Denver (see the appropriate Now Hear This item for the particulars) ... More >>
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
"I write my life as it progresses, as it gets worse, whatever," says Aaron Yates, also known as Tech N9ne, who headlines at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, January 6. "I'm like a fan inside this cat called Tech N9ne, who writes this crazy stuff. I'm just waiting to see what the beats are going ... More >>
Two years ago, the Velvet Teen took the road less traveled -- and that has made all the difference.
D12 looks to get out from underneath Eminem's shadow.
DJ Chonz and his gang are going places. Just not today.
Rolling on the Rocks
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Rooney's power pop infiltrates a valley of angry young men.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
New-wave pioneer Graham Parker is still squeezing out the sparks.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
The FCC's fining of a Colorado radio station is giving broadcasters headaches from coast to coast.
Marilyn Manson resurrects the same ol' shtick.
By refusing to follow the flock, Ugly Duckling has emerged as a wholly individual hip-hop creature.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
After a period out of the public eye, Remy Zero continues to create its own poets' society.
Fort Collins's favorite pop label is positively Not Lame.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Terrell Davis throws down some rhymes, but can't complete the play.
The Queens of the Stone Age find tipped-out serenity in their private desert oasis.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
A major label tried to muzzle Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse. Here's why.
FROM OBSCURITY TO A TOUCH OF NOTORIETY WITH TRIPPING DAISY.
THE LEADER OF MARILYN MANSON WANTS TO BECOME EVERY PARENT'S NIGHTMARE.