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SMASHING PUMPKINS @ 1STBANK CENTER | 10/16/12 "So, for those of you who are insiders into our multifaceted world, you know that we're playing our album first tonight, Oceania," Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan told the crowd at 1STBANK Center on Tuesday night. "And then, if I'm in the mood.. ... More >>
AIMEE MANN @ OGDEN THEATRE | 10/9/12 With an interesting mix of middle aged 'Til Tuesday fans reliving their high school heartaches, along with twenty-something feminist-lit majors swaying with their eyes closed, Aimee Mann delivered a refreshing dose of singer/songwriter warmth to the Ogden Theatr ... More >>
PETER GABRIEL @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 9/30/12 Shortly before launching into an epic set that spanned nearly three hours at Red Rocks last night, Peter Gabriel took the tack of a well trained maître d', explaining that the program would come in three courses, kicking off with a four-song acousti ... More >>
JANE'S ADDICTION @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 5/29/12 Before closing out an hour-and-a-half long set last night, Jane's Addiction's frontman Perry Farrell told a packed Fillmore Auditorium: "I read a review of this tour. It was not good. It said, and I say verbatim, 'Jane's Addiction has no reason for ... More >>
LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 3.31.12 Early in Lucero's set for a sold-out crowd at the Bluebird on Saturday night, frontman Ben Nichols detailed the toll of the band's latest stint in Colorado. Between the band's appearance at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins on Friday, the pair of shows at the Blu ... More >>
PUSCIFER AT PARAMOUNT THEATRE | 11/10/11This was not Tool. If this point wasn't already clear to those familiar with Puscifer, it was driven home, when Maynard James Keenan appeared on stage dressed like Kenny Chesney, black cowboy hat and all, in front of a goddamn Airstream trailer and barb ... More >>
Peter Gabriel got all sorts of orchestral last night at Red RocksPETER GABRIEL at RED ROCKS | 06.13.11"The rain started to fall in earnest, and lyrics like "Be afraid of the cold" and "After me comes the flood" were punctuated with peals of thunder and the dance of lighting bolts on the distant hori ... More >>
For years, ticket scalpers have been the bane of existence for artists and venues. Directly and indirectly, they've been blamed for everything from rising ticket costs to fewer tours. Over the last few years, though, artists have started to fight back, and they've employed some interesting wa ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayThe 1Up, which had a busy weekend, is just one of the places that opened in March. From 1up to Stingray, March was a decent month for bar and club openings. A half dozen new joints opened their doors last month. Click through for a full rundown.
1Up probably isn't empty right now.One of the last open spots in LoDo is now full: The former Blues on Blake space opened today as 1Up, a vintage video arcade and bar that will also be serving a full bar menu -- next week. For today, the food options are limited but the beverage and game pos ... More >>
Jon Solomon THE FLAMING LIPS With Vitamins 12.27.10 | The Belly Up Aspen A few weeks ago, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne stopped by the Belly Up to scope out the 450-seat venue. "I wanted to see how much of a Flaming Lips show [we can do] in this small spot here," Coyne said to the sold ... More >>
Jon Solomon THE APPLES IN STEREO With Fol Chen 10.22.10 | Bluebird Theater Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider has described the band's latest effort, Travellers in Space and Time, as "retro-futuristic super-pop," a tag which could just as easily be applied to some of the band's ear ... More >>
No one ever said the restaurant business was easy. Most people (the smart ones) would actually say that, short of becoming a medical guinea pig or hand-grenade catcher, the food service-industry is one of the toughest out there. Fun, sure. Exciting. But not the easiest way in the world to m ... More >>
Jon SolomonThe Pogues Friday, October 23, 2009Ogden TheatreBetter than: expected. Much better. "Sorry it's taken us awhile to get here," guitarist Philip Chevron said during the Pogues' first show ever in Denver. "Almost thirty years in fact, but we finally got here." But holy Jesus, the epic two ... More >>
The Arizona-based Martini Ranch USA, which owns Martini Ranch clubs in Scottsdale and San Diego, abruptly closed its Denver space at 1317 14th Street at the end of July. "Right now it's in negotiations with the chain ownership and a remodel," Jason Witkes, the venue's marketing coordinator, told Jon ... More >>
Jon SolomonSonic Youth Friday, July 31, 2009Ogden TheatreThree songs into Sonic Youth's muscular set, Kim Gordon sang, "I want you to levitate me/Don't you love me yet?" during "Sacred Trixter." Although her feet might have still been on the ground, those first three songs, which also included th ... More >>
David BarberJohn Baxter and Matty Clark in the fleshThe picture above pretty much tells the tale of last night's Westword Music Showcase Awards -- drunk and debaucherous. Everyone (well, we think everyone -- we didn't exactly take a formal poll or anything) had a pretty swell time. Hugs were smiles ... More >>
So before its show last night with the Freeze and Pitch Invasion at 3 Kings Tavern, Nardcore legends Dr. Know played an especially sweaty, late afternoon, show gratis in the back room of Wax Trax. We stopped by and as you can see from the picture above of Brian Hagman from Black Lamb, we were among ... More >>
Walnut Room set shot by Jon Solomon (click to enlarge)Gene Ween Saturday, May 10, The Walnut Room Sunday, May 11, The b.side lounge Better than: Hearing Gene Ween play a bunch of solo songs you don't recognize. Gene Ween (aka Aaron Freeman) perhaps best summarized the dynamic of his trio of Colorad ... More >>
Broken Spindles, Born in the Flood, IuenglissThursday, February 26, 2009hi-diveBetter than: Eating chips and looking at a borrowed book of David Byrne's weird photography of furniture, which is what I would have been doingHere's what was weird about this show: Broken Spindles stole all the press. Th ... More >>
As if you needed another reason besides the band's funky tunes to head down to the Bluebird this Thursday, February 19, for the U.S. Pipe CD-release show (check out Jon Solomon's Backbeat feature on the band from this week's paper if you haven't already), you can grab yourself a free beer and help o ... More >>
I was shuttling between the hi-dive and the Larimer Lounge on Friday night, so unfortunately, I didn't catch Reno Divorce and Slim Cessna heating things up for Reverend Horton Heat at the Ogden. But from the sounds of it -- Jon Solomon was at the show -- both acts tore it up, and although it took th ... More >>
Reverend Peyton will be a guest DJ tonight at Larimer Lounge as part of Matt Fecher's New Music Mondays. We're guessing that the Rev might be spinning some of his favorite bluesmen who inspired the singer/guitarist like Charley Patton, Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House and Big Bill Broon ... More >>
You'll soon be bombarded with a million year-end lists, proclaiming the most important, amazing, must-have albums and songs of the year. In fact, the lists have already begun. As a writer, I'm not particularly fond of these lists. After all, there's no way I heard even a fraction of all the music th ... More >>
By now, you've heard of Turkeygate, the Sarah Palin TV interview in which a turkey farm employee sends a couple of gobblers to their gruesome deaths behind the former vice-presidential candidate. But you might have missed the Colorado connection. To find out more, check out Jon Solomon's hilarious& ... More >>
With the holidays officially kicking tomorrow, what better way to start of turkey day with a hangover from a lot of partying tonight. Here are a few Thanksgiving eve suggestions:Rockbar (3015 E. Colfax Avenue) will be dubbed Plymouth Rockbar for its Thanksgiving eve kegger. We're talking five kegs o ... More >>
It took Guns 'N' Roses fifteen years to finally release Chinese Democracy, which was released November 23 and available exclusively at Best Buy. That's a mighty long time. Heck, Jesus Christ died and returned from the grave in just three days. Our sister paper in Houston compiled a slide show of a d ... More >>
The new Synthetic Elements video for "How Far" (directed by Dave Franco and Ben Martinez) shows the band knee-deep in the rock and roll lifestyle: getting out of an Escalade limo, walking the red carpet, foxy dancers in cut-offs and hot chicks in hot tubs. Check it out after the jump. -- Jon Solomon
Just received word that Robin Thicke’s August 18 show at the Gothic Theatre was canceled. Ray LaMontagne has announced dates for his upcoming fall tour, which includes a stop at Boulder’s Macky Auditorium on October 27, in support of his of his forthcoming album, Gossip in the Grain. Larimer Lou ... More >>
The Fire Drills Saturday, July 26, 2008 Old Curtis Street Bar Better Than: A fire drill in grade school. A hell of a lot better. This town is a bit incestuous when it comes to bands, but, as it turns out, that’s a damn good thing. There are a ton of musicians who play spread their talents around ... More >>
Previously located in a basement near 2nd Avenue and Fillmore Street in Cherry Creek, RooBar could be hard to find your first time there. But once inside the subterranean spot, it felt like a secret speakeasy of sorts. Knute Hanson, who owned the bar for the last decade, had to pack up last year as ... 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 >>
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.
Your weekend may have been great. But, whether it was a lazy celebration of comfortable couch time or an action-packed journey deep into the heart of consumer-debt darkness at the mall, you missed out if you missed either of these two shows: On Friday, Westworder Jeremy Brashaw stepped a few feet o ... More >>
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