Isaac Slade

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    April 8, 2014

    Why (and how) Governor John Hickenlooper wants to support Colorado music: Interview

    Colorado Governor John Hicknlooper has long been invested in the culture of the state. As Denver's Mayor, Hickenlooper was a common sight at things like art gallery openings and concerts, and his roots in the community include co-founding Wynkoop Brewing Company in LoDo. He has spent the past thre ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Live Review: Colorado Rising Flood Relief Benefit at 1STBANK Center, 10/27/13

    COLORADO RISING at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/27/13 By the time Dave Matthews took the stage last night during the Colorado Rising flood relief benefit show at 1STBANK Center, it was tough to spot any empty seats. Matthews had the capacity crowd on its feet during his entire set, but even his obvious star ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Plates for the Peak kicks off a week of tasty activities

    Although it sometimes seems like the gang's all beer the week of the GABF, there are many other events on the culinary calendar -- including opportunities to do good while eating good food. Tonight, for example, you can help defeat youth homelessness by supporting Urban Peak at Vesta Dipping Grill, ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Photos: Biennial of the Americas' Denver Night

    The Biennial of the Americas paid tribute to the Mile High City on Friday with its Denver Night. And the event at Civic Center Park drew a sizable and varied crowd thanks to attractions such as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and a performance by Isaac Slade and Joe King, from a little band called ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Win tickets to see Joe King tonight at the Bluebird Theater and Sunday at the Fox Theatre

    Joe King of the Fray is slated to make his live solo debut tonight at the Bluebird Theater in support of Breaking, his brand new album, which dropped earlier this week. Nathaniel Rateliff and Night Sweats are sharing the bill. We've got a couple pairs of tickets to tonight's show and a couple of pa ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013
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    March 27, 2013

    Best of Denver 2013: A look back at the Best New Band winners from the past decade

    Our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands today. It's a painstaking issue to put together each year, and one that everybody looks forward to. This edition in particular, though, is even more significant as it's the thirtieth edition. It's also a minor milestone for Backbeat, as it marks the tenth ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    The five best concerts this weekend

    Welcome to the weekend! The fact that you're reading this right now means that we either all survived the end of the world, or we all misunderstood the Mayans and miscalculated the date of our supposed demise. Whatever the case, we're here, and it's the weekend -- and it's a holiday weekend at that. ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    The five best concerts this week: 12/17-12/21

    With the exception of the almighty Clutch (pictured above), the entirety of this week's enticing options are all homegrown, including the Foodchain's first headlining show at the Bluebird, with 9th Wonder behind the decks and a slate of Mile High heavyweights; OneRepublic's second annual Denver Acou ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Flobots, The Circle In the Square: Jonny 5's track-by-track breakdown of the new album

    Westword caught up with Flobots frontman Jonny 5 (aka Jamie Laurie) for a track-by-track breakdown of The Circle In the Square, the new record. If you've bought the record and you're listening right now wondering what the songs are about, wonder no more. You've come to the right place Page down to s ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Emmylou Harris on how she and Gram Parsons got "fired" before their first gig in Boulder

    See Also: - Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys at Red Rocks, 7/18/12 - The Rebirth of Emmylou Harris - The Fray Scars & Stories: A track-by-track breakdown from Isaac Slade and Joe King Since first performing with Gram Parsons in Boulder in the early '70s (and getting fired), Emmylou Harris has pl ... More >>

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    May 12, 2012

    The Fray at Red Rocks, 5/11/12

    THE FRAY @ RED ROCKS | 5/11/12 It was cold last night at Red Rocks. Like balls-into-your-body-cavity cold. Seriously. It was also wet and foggy and miserable. Once the lights went up, though, the Fray's sound cut through the fog and rain and made everyone forget their frostbitten feet. The hometown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: the Fray, the Lumineers, Leftover Salmon, Drake and more

    Welcome to the weekend! The sun's hiding this morning and rain's in the forecast for the next few days, but even that can't dampen spirits today. The Nuggets destroyed the Lakers last night, and you've got another full slate of local goodness on tap this weekend: Tonight the Fray kicks off a two-nig ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    John Hickenlooper celebrates Colorado's Oscar, Grammy wins

    Years before he won an Academy Award, filmmaker Daniel Junge was a barback at the Wynkoop Brewing Company -- and yesterday his former bosshosted a reception to celebrate not just Junge's recent Oscar win for best short documentary, Saving Face, but also Ryan Tedder's Grammy -- a real double whammy f ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    First Lady Mary Louise Lee wants to bring back the arts

    Several nationally renowned artists and musicians are Denver natives: Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire graduated from East Denver High School; The Fray's Isaac Slade and Joe King were schoolmates at Faith Christian Academy. Now Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee wants to promote Denver's notab ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    First Lady of Denver announces eight finalists in Bringing Back the Arts competition

    Several prominent artists and musicians are Denver natives -- Philip Bailey from Earth Wind and Fire went to East. Isaac Slade and Joe King of the Fray were schoolmates at Faith Christian Academy. Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee is aiming to continue Denver's notable legacy with "Bringing Back t ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    The Fray at Red Rocks on Friday, May 11

    Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album. On the eve of releasing their third full-length album, Scars and Stories and almost exactly a year after playing at Invesco with U2, the Fray has announced plans to return to Red Rock ... More >>

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    January 21, 2012

    Video: Tim Tebow joins Brad Paisley on stage at the Pepsi Center

    Um, so, yeah, you'll be happy to know that the whole Tebow mania thing hasn't died down in the Mile High City. Not in the slightest. Apparently, being utterly eviscerated by the Patriots around this time last week has done absolutely nothing to dampen the spirits of Denverites. Exhibit A: When Brad ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    John Parr turns "St. Elmo's Fire" into "Tim Tebow's Fire"

    Okay, I know we're all a little Tebow crazed around here these days and with good reason, but is anybody else here befuddled by the retooled version of John Parr's mid '80s tune "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," in which England's elder mullet ambassador has inexplicably revised the original lyric ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    The Fray posts "The Fighter," another track from new album

    ​Just before the holidays, the Fray offered another peek of its upcoming album, Scars & Stories, the follow-up to the act's eponymous sophomore release from 2009. While the record's first single, "Heartbeat," debuted this past October and has already charted, the Denver-based quartet recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Tim Tebow is an awesomely bad singer

    Tim Tebow: "Our God is an awesome God, he reigns from heaven above..."​Have you heard Tim Tebow's eleven second rendition of "Awesome God," the song originally penned by the late Rich Mullins and made ubiquitous in evangelical circles by Hillsong United? It's awesomely bad. It took a minute, b ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks featuring Atmosphere, Common, Greives Budo and Get Cryphy were announced; the Swayback, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Monroe Monroe and Juno What ... More >>

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    May 21, 2011

    U2 in Denver at Invesco Field, What to expect tonight: (likely) setlist, parking info and more

    Kevin Mazur Alright, so near as we can tell, when U2 takes the stage tonight at Invesco (after Isaac Slade and local homeboys in The Fray warm up the stage), the band's set will consist of two-dozen songs, possibly 25. Since the 360° Tour first kicked off in Barcelona in June 2009, the setlist ha ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Win tickets to see U2 at Invesco this Saturday!

    ​ Update (05/20 | 8 a.m.): Congratulations to Justin, Daniel, Christian, Jerry and Sessa709. You and a guest will be our guests at tomorrow night's show. Check your email for details on how to pick up your tickets. Thanks to everyone that entered!

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    February 24, 2011
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    January 27, 2011
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    September 2, 2010

    Last Night: John Mayer at Red Rocks Amphitheatre - 09.01.10

    Brian Landis Folkins​ JOHN MAYER With special guest Owl City 09.01.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre You ever been around somebody who's had a near-death experience? Notice how they're just a little more gracious than the rest of us, and perhaps a little more sincere? Or how they don't take life's ... More >>

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    February 13, 2010

    We Are the World 25/2010 performers pull off impressive performance

    All right, so we were admittedly skeptical of how this whole "We Are the World" remake was going to turn out with the seemingly random cast of characters organizers assembled. When we first glimpsed the initial list of those present the night of the recording, there were some head scratchers in the ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Over the Weekend: 3OH!3, Meese, the Photo Atlas and the Pirate Signal at the Fillmore

    Aaron Thackeray3OH!3's homegrown fanatics.​See more photos on the slideshow page. 3OH!3, Meese, The Photo Atlas, The Pirate Signal Saturday, December 19, 2009 Fillmore Auditorium Better than: Sampling the diversity of Denver's homegrown musical styles at four different venues. Anyone lookin ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    The Denver scene says goodbye to one of its biggest fans this weekend at the Toad Tavern

    ​Today marks yet another bittersweet day for the scene, a day when we bring you word that Tommy Nahulu, a tireless champion of Denver music over the years, is picking up stakes and moving back to his native Hawaii. To commemorate the occasion, the Toad Tavern is hosting the second annual Tommypalo ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Fray's former manager files counterclaim

    The Fray awaits its day in court​The saga continues. Back in September, you might remember, Isaac Slade and Joe King of the Fray filed a lawsuit in U.S. District court against Gregg Alan Corp, a company headed by their former manager, Gregg Latterman, alleging that a portion of their publishing wa ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    The Fray files suit against former manager

    ​From Bill Joel to Trent Reznor, it's a well-worn story line: a seemingly shrewd business manager attempts to hoodwink young musicians under his charge, taking advantage of their inexperience and naivety for his gain, and getting away with it before they really know any better or realize what's ha ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    A first look at Meese's "Forward Motion" video

    Rod Blackhurst​Yesterday, we posted a video from Katie Chastain directed by Nathan Johnson, a Denver bred artist/musician/director with loose ties to the Fray. Today, we bring you another swell clip from a director who's directly associated with Isaac Slade and company, Rod Blackhurst, the guy res ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Keeping up with the Johnsons

    The Johnson family never ceases to amaze us with their extraordinary talent. From making music (Nathan Johnson, musician, Cinematic Underground) to making films (Rian Johnson, auteur, Brick and Brothers Bloom) to making records (Aaron Johnson, producer, God or Julie/ and the Fray), the Johnsons ar ... More >>

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    February 6, 2009

    Week in Review: 2/2/09 - 2/6/09)

    Undoubtedly, the biggest news this week was word that Jim Dalton had been asked to join Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, replacing his friend, departing guitarist Steve Larson. This was also the week that the Fray's new album hit stores, which made for a great photo opportunity for Locals Only host, ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    The Fray's new single makes its debut

    Update: This afternoon, the Fray posted a viral video on its MySpace page, and sent out a bulletin explaining the meaning behind the words to "You Found Me." We've posted both after the jump, along with the lyrics. The Fray's new single, as previously reported, debuted last night during Grey's Ana ... More >>

  • Music

    November 1, 2007

    Taking the World On

    After five months of interest, Meese signs with Atlantic Records.

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    September 14, 2007
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    September 4, 2007
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    March 14, 2007
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    September 14, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of September 14, 2006

  • Music

    May 11, 2006

    An Even Dozen

    The Westword Music Showcase is back, and better than ever.

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    October 20, 2005

    Poe Show

    Hunger Artists revive the original shockmeister.

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    July 28, 2005


    The Oh No EP (Self-released)

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    November 25, 2004

    The Beatdown

    In the final tally, Avril is far less Complicated than Britney.

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    July 22, 2004

    The Beatdown

    The Westword Music Showcase Awards wrap-up.