Tilman Fertitta of Landry's has been on a buying spree over the last several years, picking up national chains with links in Denver, including Morton's Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick's and Oceanaire Seafood Room. And this month, chefs at many of the Landry's restaurants are strutting their stuff on ... More >>
This coming weekend promises some major events, including Easter and 4/20. But don't save up all your appetites for then, because there are ample opportunities to eat out this week -- everything from wine dinners to private chef specials. See also: Bistro Vendome's "Adventures on the Wine Route" la ... More >>
Oysters are like Crocs -- you either like them or you don't. But those plastic shoes will never be a thing of beauty, unlike oysters prepared the right way and served with a beautiful bottle of wine. Tonight Oceanaire Seafood Room will host an informative dinner that highlights both fruits from the ... More >>
Tonight is celebrity waiter night at Ocean Prime, where All-Pro linebacker Von Miller and Bronco teammates will trade in their day jobs and run interference at the front of the house. The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction; dinner will follow at 8 p.m., when a l ... More >>
There have been so many chef shuffles lately that one swam by almost without notice. Matt Mine, the affable exec chef who'd stayed on when Denver's Oceanaire was swallowed up by Landry's, is no longer with the downtown restaurant. John Robinson is now the executive chef/managing partner there. See ... More >>
THE AFGHAN WHIGS @ OGDEN THEATRE |10/30/12 Probably the biggest surprise of the Afghan Whigs show last night at the Ogden came right before the end of the set when Greg Dulli revealed that his band had a Colorado connection. He told us how more than two decades ago, the Fluid heard a Whigs demo tap ... More >>
MUDHONEY @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 1/6/12Though the mood hanging from the heads of the Bluebird Theater crowd last night was a heavy one, it was also bittersweet -- Mudhoney, the Fluid and the bands' mutual fans were gathered together to remember their friend, Fluid guitarist Ricky Kulwicki, who died in ... More >>
Tom MurphyGit Some PURE SUNSHINE Overcasters • the Buckingham Squares • the Purple Fluid The Omens • The Geniuses • Git Some 03.26.11 | Bluebird Theater Git Some kicked off night two of Pure Sunshine last night at the Bluebird Theater. The act's lyrics are often washed out by the torrent o ... More >>
Jon Solomon Last night at the Bluebird was night one of Pure Sunshine, the aptly named Rick Kulwicki celebration and benefit. Among Kulwicki's family, friends, fans and many admirers (with Rick, it seems, none of those terms are mutually exclusive), all of the remaining members of the Fluid were of ... More >>
A little more than a month ago, I attended the memorial service for a Rick Kulwicki at Fairmount Cemetary, the same place where my grandparents and my favorite aunt happen to be laid to rest. The place doesn't really hold a lot of fond memories for me. Barely ten-years-old, I remember wip ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Photo by Bert Ross For this year's Saturday's Westword Music Showcase, I told myself I was going to take it easy. No running around like an idiot, trying to see as many acts as possible. Instead, I would move at a leisurely pace, sampling and savoring instead of trying to gorge myself on as much mu ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsIdeal Fathers opened the day at Sutra.See more photos from Sutra at westword.com/slideshow.Ideal Fathers, 12 p.m.Ideal Fathers kicked off the Sutra stage with a high-charged set of post-punk that included some keyed up takes on songs from its new brand new EP, A Complete Waste of ... More >>
The Fluid's John Robinson live at the Bluebird Theater last June. In addition to an appearance by profile and Q&A subject Built to Spill, this Saturday's Westword Music Showcase (click here for details) will include another bonus: an appearance by the Fluid, among the best bands and most influentia ... More >>
Photo by Autumn DeWildeBuilt to Spill. You think you're so smart.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with Built to Spill's Doug Martsch. • Mini Q&A with the Fluid's John Robinson. • A first look at FOE and Karma's "Tic-Toc" video. • Atmosphere, Bat for Lashes, Brad Paisley shows announced. ... More >>
THE FLUID @ MAXWELL'S | 1/6/09 It was a painfully cold night in northern New Jersey, but the legendary Maxwell's was plenty warm, and any thoughts of harsh weather were eclipsed once the show got started. Opening, oddly enough, was Overcasters from Denver. The band had been invited to share the sta ... More >>
Here's a wrap-up of all the spectacular coverage you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were transfixed by Ice T's calling out Soulja Boy for ruining hip-hop and telling the young star to "eat a dick" ...
Sub Pop's twentieth anniversary spurs this year's unlikeliest local band reunion.
The Fluid reunited to play a handful of shows, including a June 20 Bluebird Theater concert (click here and here for details aplenty), almost fifteen years after calling it quits in 1993. Back then, the musical divorce was big news, but since it took place prior to the launch of Westword's online ar ... More >>
Matt Bischoff, bassist for the Fluid, which reunites on June 20 (click here and here for more information), put the thump into the band. He also fronted the late, lamented band '57 Lesbian and served a stint with Boss 302, one of two groups opening at the Fluid's big gig. Just as important, he's a s ... More >>
Rick Kulwicki was half of the two-guitar attack that drove the Fluid, whose June 20 reunion takes place at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for more information). He's also an entertaining conversationalist, and his alternately witty and incisive commentary lights up the hefty Q&A that foll ... More >>
James Clower's guitar helped fuel the Fluid, which is getting back together for a June 20 appearance at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for the facts). And he's also the player most eager for the band to keep going, as he makes clear in this revealing Q&A.
Garrett Shavlik's drumming had loads to do with the success of the Fluid, a classic Denver band that's reuniting at the Bluebird Theater on June 20 (click here and here to get the skinny). And although he's lived in Seattle for around a decade at this point, his musical history and Denver's remain i ... More >>
John Robinson of the Fluid, which reunited on June 20 at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for the lowdown), is one of the great should-have-beens in the annals of Denver rock. He had everything it took to be a star of global proportions, but for whatever reason, it didn't happen. Neverthele ... More >>
The Fluid, which plays a reunion show on June 20 at the Bluebird Theater, wasn't just a great-sounding band. It was also a highly visual one thanks to flashy lead singer John Robinson and a supporting cast that brought a variety of compelling rock-and-roll styles to the stage. Get a glimpse of the p ... More >>
Just in time for the Friday, June 20, reunion show featuring the Fluid - among the best Denver bands of the past quarter century - Backbeat Online is offering a cyber-history of the act in words and images. The June 19 Westword includes a new profile of the five-piece plus a Message column focusing ... More >>
Photos by Jon Solomon and Aaron Thackeray. First show in fifteen years, eh? Pshaw! Could've fooled us. Last night, the Fluid played a (not so) secret show at the Larimer Lounge and sounded every bit as tight and vital as it did the last time we saw the band back in '91 (or was it '92?). There was a ... More >>
From the week of 9/13/2007
The Z-Boys roll into Dogtown again, and truth is cooler than fiction.
New Backbeat editor throws his first punch.
Rebecca Blasband, veteran of The Real World, is getting on with her real life.
16 HORSEPOWER FINALLY GETS THE RECORD CONTRACT IT DESERVES.
HOW LOUD IS THIS BAND? LOUD ENOUGH TO BE HEARD NATIONWIDE.