An integral part of jazz is the swing feel, and drummers are often the ones stoking that fire, helping to propel the song, as well as the other players involved. While the saxophonists, trumpeters, pianists and guitarists all get their fair share of attention, the importance of a great drummer can't ... More >>
In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the pianists and we'll soon be taking a look bassists and drummers, today we focus on the six-stringers. ... More >>
If you missed the hour-long live-stream a bit ago in which "Weird Al" Yankovic announced the headliners for this year's edition of Bonnaroo, rest easy. We've got you covered. We took notes on all the acts announced thus far. Prepare to be overwhelmed. There's roughly ten billion on the bill, includi ... More >>
On the surface, Chimney Choir is an Americana band with the usual roots in folk, some country and the like. But anyone who has seen the band live can tell you, there's a lot more going on in the band's songwriting and ideas for music than merely evoking an old-timey sound. Rather than limiting itsel ... More >>
October brought Colorado some of the most horrific crimes in recent years, as well as accompanying images that are seared in our collective memory. But there were also plenty of unusual, strange or unsettling reports that may have gotten lost in the shuffle. See the twenty memorable mug shots they s ... More >>
Eric Decker had some ups and downs in the Broncos' win over the Chargers last night -- catching a sure touchdown pass before inexplicably falling down, and later scoring a TD in an impressive act of will. But he's familiar with emotional swings, having lived through a school shooting -- an experienc ... More >>
Megadeth (due tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium) may be one of the Big Four of thrash, but in many ways, its frontman Dave Mustaine is largely responsible for the sound and aesthetic of three of the Big Four. As a member of Metallica before that band recorded its first full-length, Mustaine's name ... More >>
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Indie troubadour Sufjan Stevens, who's set up a month-long fall tour that will include some of the country's most historic theaters and venues, is set to visit the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday, November 2. Stevens will be performing fully realized versions of songs he initially debuted at sma ... More >>
Tom MurphyGood Old Fashioned Sinners delving into some good old fashioned sin. Lil Slugger • Hot White • Good Old Fashioned Sinners 05.22.10 | Rhinoceropolis Evidently, this was some sort of reunion show for openers Good Old Fashioned Sinners, or perhaps just a coming out of hibernation ... More >>
The Pretenders visit the Paramount Theater Feb. 24. The Paramount Theatre announced some stellar shows this week, including the Pretenders show on February 24 and jazz heavyweights Chick Corea and John McLaughlin teaming up with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Vinny Colaiuta on March 25. ... More >>
Saturday, October 4, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
"The Colorado Model," an article in the July 21 Weekly Standard, gives coast-to-coast exposure to what its author, conservative Beltway Boy Fred Barnes, refers to as "an ambitious scheme" by well-heeled lefties to "crush Republicans" in the state. The tack "isn't a secret," Barnes writes, but "it ha ... More >>
Chick Coreas breakthrough act is back after nearly three decades.
Think timekeeping is an afterthought in indie rock? Meet Julian Dorio.
The Whigs, a buzz band that gets the profile treatment in the March 6 Westword, plays music of the sort typically identified as indie rock – yet drummer Julian Dorio continues to receive the sort of love from percussion aficionados that’s all but unheard of in the genre. Dorio takes on that topi ... More >>
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Stick Man (Self-released)
From the week of October 2, 2003
Charting the territory explored by John McLaughlin's guitar.
If the Earth Was a Woman
The banjo champion makes music that's finger-pickin' good.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones goes it alone.
Legions of neo-hippies latch on to the catch of the day.
THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS DISCS PROVIDE SOME ROUGH SLEDDING.