Red Rocks hosted the last concerts of its regular concert series a little over a week ago, signaling the official end of the summer concert season in Colorado. This week on the Backbeat blog, we're looking back at some of our favorite shows of 2014's warmest months. Note that we didn't include any f ... More >>
On a typical fall Sunday in Denver, people in orange and blue flock to local joints that serve cheap Coors Light and burger combos and have TVs blaring. But not everyone wants to bump elbows with former high school athletes getting drunk and trying to relive the "glory" days. Some people actually ju ... More >>
The West is not a place," Jack A. "Papa" Weil, the founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear, was fond of saying. "It's a state of mind." Jack A. entered that state for good in 1928, when the then-27-year-old salesman for Paris Garters drove his brand-new Chrysler Roadster across the plains from Memphis to o ... More >>
Nirvana songs played at the Gothic Theatre before the opener, Toronto-based July Talk. Singer Leah Fay kept nuzzling her head against her bandmates and yelling about pizza. "It's hard to open for the Presidents of the United States of America" she said as she tried to coax fans to come on down into ... More >>
Starring an outraged Adele, an EU lawsuit and social media's tendency to distort information, the "YouTube vs. Independent Labels" fiasco that's played out over the past several weeks highlights most of what's wrong with the Internet these days. In case you missed the brouhaha, here's a quick recap ... More >>
When Luis Etscheid and Caleb Henning launched their boutique effects-pedal company, Mantic Conceptual, in spring 2013, they had a great deal more curiosity than experience. Fortunately, the Denver-based musicians are pretty good at experimentation, and in their first year, they found an impressive l ... More >>
The 3rd Annual Bringing Back the Arts music competition is this Sunday, March 16, at the Bluebird Theater. Admission is free. The competition is part of First Lady of Denver Mary Louise Lee's Bringing Back the Arts initiative, designed to bring greater attention to local artists and to encourage the ... More >>
#33: Michael Chavez Michael Chavez had already worked as an artist and curator, experience that prepared him well for his current job as public-art administrator for Denver Arts & Venues. In that role, he both oversees and maintains the city's present collection of 350 works and coordinates new com ... More >>
Music is a tough game. As a profession, it's one of the riskiest. Stars rise and fall almost overnight, and a career of a few years often seems the best a musician can hope for. Some transcend this uncertainty to become lasting legends. Others have more complicated and challenging paths that lead th ... More >>
PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/13/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit records tha ... More >>
CONSPIRATOR @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/23/13 Conspirator is an apt name for this supergroup of sorts, which comprises members of several well-known acts. Exploring the ethereal realms of EDM, the quartet -- Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits, KJ Sawka of Pendulum and Chris Michetti ... More >>
Bunch of new shows to let you know about this week, including Rush, who's coming to the Pepsi Center in August, plus new dates featuring the Postal Service, Rodrigo y Gabriela with the Colorado Symphony, Death, Danzig and Deer Tick. Keep reading for the full rundown of all those shows, including tic ... More >>
So, yeah, I'm watching the Grammys right now and dutifully monitoring the #GRAMMYs hash tag on Twitter (thanks for the helpful reminders, LL). Color me confused. I feel like I just walked into the middle of a movie: On the set, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are in the middle of a duet. The Twi ... More >>
New week, new year, new show announcements -- the biggest one this week involves STS9. Fresh off a three-night New Year's Eve run at the Fillmore comes word that the outfit has been added as a headliner at this March's SnowBall Music Festival. We've got the full run down on that below, as well as wo ... More >>
While 2012 will be remembered as they year that Red Rocks hosted the most shows in its history, it's also going to go down as one of the best years for concerts in Colorado in general. As we reflected on all the incredible shows we took in this past year, there were an astounding number of what we'd ... More >>
If someone wanted to learn more about the sixties, but didn't know where to start, these are the albums we'd recommend. While they aren't necessarily the best selling, or the most critically acclaimed, they are certainly the ones that float to the surface all these years later, providing a rough blu ... More >>
See also: - Alanis Morissette, State Radio, Adventure Club and more - Bruce Springsteen, Waka Flocka Flame, Chevelle and more - Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive and more - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future ... More >>
See Also: - Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive lead this week's shows - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future, Atmosphere and XX lead this week's shows - Afghan Whigs, Amanda Palmer, Aimee Mann and Seether lead t ... More >>
See Also: - Four reasons Lollapalooza needs EDM - Enjoy these dance-move GIFs from Global Dance Festival - Ten Coachella dance-move GIFs to make you feel good about yourself This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was intense. The heat, the monsoon-like storm on Saturday, and even t ... More >>
See Also: - Afghan Whigs, Amanda Palmer, Aimee Mann and Seether lead this week's shows - Mumford and Sons, Brother Ali, Henry Rollins and Melvins Lite lead this week's shows - Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, Dinosaur Jr., Jackson Browne lead new shows - Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Shinedown, Godsma ... More >>
While things are slowing down a bit somewhat with summer concert announcements, the fall show season is beginning to shape up nicely with new shows from (updated) Mumford & Sons, a trio of dates with Brother Ali in October, as well as the Melvins Lite and Henry Rollins in September and an October da ... More >>
Last weekend was jam-packed with events all around Denver. The inaugural Denver Comic Con, PrideFest, Juneteenth and Father's Day, to name just a few, brought very diverse crowds out around the city. And that meant that very different fashion styles were seen on the street -- everything from the rai ... More >>
Many of previous weeks' big-performing albums have rebounded on the Billboard 200 chart, thanks to a Mother's Day sales surge. Adele's 21 is the best example of this boost, as the album shoots up from number four to number two this week. It's still not enough to reclaim the top spot from Carrie Unde ... More >>
Carrie Underwood debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with her fourth album, Blown Away, selling 267,000 copies. Underwood's latest trails only Madonna's MDNA, which sold 358,000, as the biggest-selling debut of 2012. Another noteworthy feat for Underwood this week: She f ... More >>
"What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." -- Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of the above building ... More >>
Flickr photoAs if vegetarians don't get enough kudos for being greener and more animal-friendly than their meat-eating counterparts, now they get rewarded with hugs. And who doesn't love a hug? Today is Hug a Vegetarian Day, according to PETA2. And since we've been slaving away in our cubic ... More >>
Patrick Mueller, in character.Patrick Mueller grew up in Lakewood and then left town for schooling at Pomona, where he started out a visual artist and through a new-found interest in theater, came away a movement and performance artist. A period of wandering followed, during which he lived a ... More >>
Danger Mouse just announced he will be collaborating with Jack White, which makes White the billionth musician Danger Mouse has worked with after Beck, the Gorillaz, MF Doom, Cee-Lo, James Mercer, U2, the Rapture, Sparklehorse, Black Keys and, oh, just about everybody else. He's the hottest c ... More >>
Joshua BradleyThe Heavy appears tonight at the Bluebird with Wallpaper The Noid isn't just that pesky pizza-chilling character from old Domino's commercials from the '80s. It's a region of England from which the neo-soul, garage rock band known as The Heavy hails. Fronted by the charismatic ... More >>
There's nothing like experiencing the sweat, thump and catharsis of a great show. But it can be tough to decide which one to go to when you live in Denver, the land of embarrassing musical riches, the land of too many shows and too little time. So which ones are worth checking out? Glad you ... More >>
As part of The Wall's thirtieth anniversary, Roger Waters is bringing the Pink Floyd rock opera in all its epic glory to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday, November 23 with a new band and a newly-mounted state-of-the-art production. Waters has performed The Wall, which is still among the Top 5 best ... More >>
Won't Get Fooled Again -- or will we? Before we get to the new developments in the White Stripes beef with the Air Force Reserve, we can't believe that no one else has noticed yet or pointed out the similarities between the music for the Reserve's other "Live the Extreme" PSA we posted yesterday and ... More >>
There was something funny going on in the Super Bowl commercials this year, and it wasn't those stupid Bud Light ads. Nope, this one wasn't supposed to be funny at all. It was supposed to inspire you to join the Air Force Reserves, but instead it had us thinking about Lego's. By now, you've hea ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. F ... More >>
Arcade Fire goes undercover.There have been billions of songs written in the last decade but sometimes it's not the new ones that matter, it's the reimaginings. Some people argue a great cover song is decided by it's accuracy to the original, others want something new to be brought into the m ... More >>
Horehound, the debut album by the alt-rock super group the Dead Weather featuring White Stripes' Jack White, the Kills' Alison Mosshart, Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita and the Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence, knocked Wilco latest effort down to the second slot at Twist & Shout for the week end ... More >>
Just when we thought the Red Rocks summer line-up couldn't get any hotter, three more shows were just added to the schedule, including Counting Crows and Augustana on Wednesday, July 29, Rock the Bells '09, featuring Nas, Damian Marley, Busta Rhymes and more, on Thursday, August 6, and the Mountains ... More >>
Nikolai Fraiture says his band has changed. What's he talkin' 'bout?
The Road and the Radio (BNA)
Indie rock meets prime time in a post-O.C. world.
Friday, March 4, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Saturday, November 6, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Two great mix tapes to get you rollin' and rockin'.
Just because the Go hails from Detroit doesn't mean it's stuck in the garage.
Extra! Extra! The Post-News Battle of the Bands acknowledges local musicians but won’t pay the bills.
Jack and Meg White resist the spoils of success.