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    October 21, 2013

    The Bad Plus at the Oriental Theater, 10/19/13

    THE BAD PLUS at THE ORIENTAL THEATER | 10/19/13 After the Bad Plus opened its set with "Pound for Pound" and "Wolf Out," bassist Reid Anderson told a packed Oriental Theater, "We have to roll out the brand tunes because it's that time of year," he said. "The season changes. We have to change up. We ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    The twenty best hairdos at Riot Fest Denver

    There was many magnificent manes at Riot Fest Denver this past weekend. We sent Eric Gruneisen out roaming the grounds in search of the most stunning locks, and he came across a wide variety of colorful hairstyles, from vibrant candy-colored 'dos to mohawks a plenty. Keep reading to see the twenty b ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    October 17, 2012

    Smashing Pumpkins at 1STBANK, 10/16/12

    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 >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Aimee Mann at Ogden Theatre, 10/9/12

    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 >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Peter Gabriel at Red Rocks, 9/30/12

    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 >>

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    August 18, 2012

    Andrew Bird at Ogden Theatre, 8/17/12

    ANDREW BIRD @ OGDEN THEATRE | 8/17/12 See also: Q&A with Andrew Bird on his songwriting process and his approach to improvising using loops Last night at the Ogden Theatre, singer/violinist/Olympic-grade whistler Andrew Bird performed in front of the most attentive, respectful, rapt crowd the Chi ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Jane's Addiction at the Fillmore, 5/29/12

    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 >>

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    April 29, 2012

    Real Estate at Gothic Theatre, 4/27/12

    REAL ESTATE @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 4.27.12 See Also: Q&A with Alex Bleeker of Real Estate "That's all from us," Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney told the crowd, which stood nodding before him as the last notes of the encore washed across the Gothic Theatre. His voice conveyed no more or less emoti ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Review: Lucero at the Bluebird Theater, with Larry and His Flask, 3/31/12

    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 >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Review: Drive-By Truckers at the Ogden Theatre, 3/9/12

    DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 03.09.12 The last time the Drive-By Truckers came through town they wrapped up a leg of a tour with a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre a year ago. This time around, the guys kicked off a West Coast run at the same venue. Maybe it was having some off the road, ... More >>

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    January 29, 2012

    Review: Descendents at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1/28/12

    DESCENDENTS @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/28/12The Descendents were built with the inability to disappoint -- the seminal proprietors of pop punk brought a tried-and-true energy to the Fillmore Auditorium last night, for a appropriately short, two-encore set. Even if the massive venue was far from capa ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Review: Puscifer at the Paramount Theatre, 11/10/11

    ​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 >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Bars and clubs roll call for March

    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.

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    March 25, 2011

    Let the games begin! 1Up now open in LoDo

    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 >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Jeff Tweedy at Boulder Theater, 1/8/11

    Jon Solomon​ JEFF TWEEDY With The Handsome Family 1.8.2011 | Boulder Theater When Jeff Tweedy opened the second show of his sold out two-night stand at the Boulder Theater with "Sunken Treasure," the venue was amazingly quiet except for a few cheers during high points of the song. With an a ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 28, 2010

    The Flaming Lips at Belly Up Aspen, 12/27/10

    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 >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    April 9, 2010

    King Khan & the Shrines sent the Bluebird into a frenzy

    ​ King Khan & the Shrines • Fresh & Onlys • Eyes & Ears 04.08.2010 | Bluebird Theater When King Khan and Shrines played the Larimer Lounge about a year and a half ago, it was a tough show to shake. All those cats were sweaty and crammed on that stage, the cheerleader gal never stopped mo ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Over the weekend: Acoustic Profanity at Bender's Tavern

    Acoustic Profanity Friday, January 8, 2010Bender's Tavern Better than: MTV Unplugged. Acoustic Profanity was about what you'd expect from the name: Get a bunch of punks together and take them out of their element a little by handing them acoustic guitars and sitting them on some stools. Over the co ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Tough times in Boulder, too

    ​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 >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    December 24, 2009
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    October 26, 2009

    Over the weekend: The Pogues at the Ogden Theatre

    Jon Solomon​The 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 >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Martini Ranch and Hiccups III dry up

    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 >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Sonic Youth at the Ogden Theatre

    Jon Solomon​Sonic 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 >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Last Night: Black Francis at the Walnut Room

    Jon Solomon​Black FrancisWednesday July 29, 2009The Walnut RoomBetter than: Seeing him at a much bigger venue. Black Francis (aka Frank Black aka Charles Thompson) doesn't tour in a van. Dude's been riding around the country in a big-ass tour deluxe tour bus, which seemed really out of place parke ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase Awards Wrap Up

    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 >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Last night (well, yesterday): Dr. Know at Wax Trax

    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 >>

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    May 19, 2009

    The Denver Boot: Ghost Buffalo's final show - 05.12.09

    A Week ago this evening, the members of Ghost Buffalo played what was presumably their last show ever, at 3 Kings Tavern. While it's barely been even a week, it's safe to say that we already miss them. If you feel like we do, then you'll love this week's edition of the Denver Boot. After the jump we ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Over the weekend: Gene Ween at the Walnut Room and b.side in Boulder

    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 >>

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    May 11, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, May 11 edition

    Photo by Jon SolomonGene Ween, music machine. Welcome to the working week. Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the weekend: Gene Ween at the Walnut Room and b.side in Boulder. • Rumors of Tickle Me Pink's breakup completely unfounded. • Wentworth Kersey gives away new CD at St. Mark's. • Tech ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Last Night's Show: Broken Spindles, Born in the Flood, Iuengliss at hi-dive

    Photo: Jon SolomonBroken 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 ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Reno Divorce at the Ogden Theatre

    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 >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Mezcal cabaret application decision due soon

    After dueling meetings with business and neighborhood groups last week, Mezcal's application for a cabaret license went before a hearing officer with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses on Monday. Supporters of the application -- which would allow owner Jesse Morreale to regularly feature ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    November 26, 2008

    Turkeygate: Sarah Palin's Colorado connection

    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 >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Pre-turkey day debauchery

    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 >>

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    October 9, 2008
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    July 30, 2008
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    July 3, 2008
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    June 16, 2008
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    May 8, 2008
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    April 10, 2008
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    January 10, 2008

    Mini Reviews

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    December 27, 2007

    Critics' Picks for 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.

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    December 17, 2007
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    October 18, 2007

    Sound Bites

    Brief reviews of recent releases

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    April 19, 2007

    Listen Up

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