It is impossible to ignore Itchy-O. At full capacity, the band comprises 32 members, all dressed in matching costumes, all masked, delivering truly alien vocals and playing marching-band instruments along with guitars, basses, taiko drums and electronics attached to portable amplifiers. There is als ... More >>
FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>
TUES | WU YEAR'S EVE at CERVANTES | 12/31/13 More than just creating a free-associative style that would be emulated ceaselessly throughout the '90s and to this very day, the Wu-Tang Clan engineered an aesthetic and model for profitability with only a spiritual guide, the GZA, a mastermind producer, ... More >>
It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
If you're one of the fortunate ones who's going to Coachella this weekend, feel free to go ahead and skip to the end of this post, where you'll find the full lineup and schedule. If, however, you're a flat broke music lover who'll be attending Couchella, as some clever dude somewhere has coined it, ... More >>
Chicago is the city that most music fans probably associate with Ministry (due this Sunday, June 17, at the Ogden Theatre), and for good reason, as that's where the band got its start. Before moving to the Windy City, where the Wax Trax! label was headquartered, though, Ministry mastermind Al Jourge ... More >>
TGIF! You've worked hard all week, now it's time to coast into weekend. Plenty of great music on tap to help you unwind -- or get wound-up, as the case may be. Tonight at the Ogden, Sleigh Bells assaults the senses, Mojo Nixon kicks off a two-night stand at the Lion's Lair, JJ Grey and Mofro get the ... More >>
Behold, Untold Stories, another new periodic feature on Backbeat. As you've probably deduced from the name of this feature, Untold Stories will feature first-hand accounts of momentous occasions involving local folks that have never really been highlighted -- thus the Untold part of that equa ... More >>
It's time to spend that Valentine' Day cash you got from grandma, and what better way to do it than to buy something that'll make you feel less lonely? Thankfully, there is plenty to be happy about this week, with new releases that will make you nostalgic, cause you to cry and more. If you're ... More >>
Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke, aka 2 Live Crew front man, aka sister-paper Miami New Times columnist), has placed his hat in the race for mayor of Miami-Dade County. Nope, we're not kidding, but he's hoping to make a real change to the system, and he's taking the whole thing incredibly seri ... More >>
So Git Some has a brand new record coming out this Tuesday, July 20. We've heard it. It's called Loose Control, and it's about as badass as you'd expect. The thing we completely didn't expect -- and are trying to figure out how the hell we managed to miss hearing about -- was seeing the Alter ... More >>
If the emphasis on Pulpería (released just a few months ago) was precision, then the focus on the band's new Before it Ends 7-inch was speed. "Pulpería took about six months start to finish," says drummer Patrick Bowden. "So long that we ended up writing a few songs during the tail end of t ... More >>
Noise rock duo Lightning Bolt grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax with Earthly Delights for the week ending November 1. Investigate Witch Cults of The Radio Age, Broadcast and the Focus Group's collaborative mini-album came in at number two while Shrinebuilder's self-titled debut came ... More >>
AOL's music blog, Spinner.com, posted a list late last week titled "Revenge of the Rock Nerds: The 10 Biggest Geeks in Music." Between such dorky songsmiths as Talking Heads' David Byrne (#10) and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo (#1) lies former Dead Kennedys frontman and longtime Bay Area fixture Jello Bi ... More >>
It's been a couple months since its release, but the double-disc Rocky Mountain Low compilation--an exhaustive overview of the Front Range punk scene of the late '70s, including a rare pre-Dead Kennedys track by a young Jello Biafra, back when he was a long-haired Boulder kid named Eric Boucher-- ... More >>
Friday, January 30, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Quit horsing around, Bob Beauprez!
A few matchmaking suggestions for the also-rans.
Pollination Strategies (Self-released)
Throwing a few back for Katrina relief.
Thursday, February 17, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Jello Biafra pounds the podium to get out the vote.
Scenes from SXSW
How Al Jourgensen's years in Colorado helped shape Ministry's unique musical fury.
The Big Ka-Boom, Part One (Alternative Tentacles)
Oh, for Frankenchrist's sake! The Dead Kennedys return, sans Jello.
Always Say Please and Thank You
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
The Causey Way
Slim Cessna has seen the light.
Former SST producer Spot brings underground Celtic sounds into the light.
Herman's GM gets back in touch with the music at the Soiled Dove.
It's not easy being green.
Jello does a shot on the latest local-music compilation.
See you in Telluride.
This young whippersnapper is wise beyond his years.
Hemi Cuda likes the cars -- and the songs -- that go boom.
The punk-soul warfare of Zen Guerrilla.
They're punk. They're ska. They're Christian. They're Denver's Five Iron Frenzy.