Will Johnson (due this Saturday, November 23, at the Denver Music Summit) made a name for himself in the '90s in Centro-Matic. A gifted songwriter, Johnson has a knack for penning elegant, emotionally rich and subtly powerful, folk-inflected songs. Over the years, he's toured endlessly on his own an ... More >>
New York-based jam band moe. returns to the Ogden Theatre for a two-night stand on Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7. General admission tickets ($30) go on sale on Saturday, August 31 at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale, what songs are being played on local radio a ... More >>
Fire Season (due tomorrow at Wax Trax) is best described as a power- pop band with a singer who sounds like he retired from a decade or two of serving as a drill sergeant -- or might have been raised by wolves. Sam Braakman's voice has character, a Scott Kelly-esque edge in otherwise upbeat, angular ... More >>
See Nathaniel Rateliff play a few songs for free tonight at City O' CityTonight at City O' City, beloved local songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff will be playing a handful of songs as part of KGNU's annual fall fund drive. The event begins at 10 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KGNU (88.5 FM & 1 ... More >>
Hooray for Gauntlet Hair and congrats to Dead Oceans for having the good sense to add the Lafayette-based duo to its roster. The outfit attracted the attention of the "instantly spellbound" label with a pair of 7-inch releases, one on Mexican Summer and the other on Gorilla Vs Bear's Forest F ... More >>
Autumn De WildeIn the middle to later half of the 1990s, John Vanderslice (due tonight at the hi-dive with Damien Jurado) was a member of the respected Bay Area alternative rock band, MK Ultra. When the band split in 1999, Vanderslice took the delicate intensity and experimental edge he had b ... More >>
Su-Yin MahBirds & Batteries San Francisco's Birds & Batteries may be essentially a pop band, but the lushness of the act's songwriting and the ability to evoke and articulate complex emotions with poetry and intensity is a rare talent these days. The group's latest album, 2010's Panorama, li ... More >>
Having just won a Grammy for Album of the Year for The Suburbs, the Arcade Fire kicks off its North American tour at the 1STBANK Center on Saturday, April 9, a week before the Montreal-based band headlines Coachella. Local Natives opens the show. General-admission tickets ($40) go on sale thi ... More >>
Photo: Adam D'Antonio Jeremy D'Antonio left Colorado a while ago, taking his beautiful acoustic project, Tiny Television, with him. Since then, he has returned a few times for a show or two. On January 16th, however, D'Antonio and Tiny Television make a triumphant return, celebrating the release of ... More >>
Midnight has finally come. For 11 hours straight on Saturday, Backbeat Online had Red Rocks surrounded, an army of writers, photographers, and other assorted hooligans braving a piss-reeking media tent to bring you live coverage of Monolith Festival. Day 1 of the fest starred Devotchka, Vampire ... More >>
Photo by Aaron Thackeray Just received word that Monolith, the two-day music festival slated to take place at Red Rocks on September 13-14, has added 22 more acts, including Atmosphere (pictured above from the second show of a two-night stand last night at the Ogden Theatre), Hercules and Love Affa ... More >>
All right, if you thought the inaugural edition of Monolith last year was pretty kick ass, wait until you get a load of this year's line-up, which comes even closer to living up to the festival's name: How about some TV on the Radio? Justice? Vampire Weekend? Neko Case, And what about a little Sharo ... More >>
With Pedro the Lion behind him, this troubadour's working with fewer moving parts.
Monday, October 29, Gothic Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
The best in legitimate, artist-approved exclusives.
Thursday, December 7, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Tuesday, April 11, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Since 2005 has hit the bricks, here's the final word on last year's finest discs.
Pixel Revolt (Barsuk)
You Are Food (Self-Released)
Cellar Door (Barsuk)
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
John Vanderslice is an excellent musician and songwriter. He's also a pretty good prankster.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.