Once upon a time when imposing creatures like Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch roamed the earth, we used to get glossy black & white publicity photos by the truckloads, along with CDs (I know, right?). The discs are long gone, but the pics, we crammed 'em in a filing cabinet and forgot about 'em. Unti ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! You made it! While we're assuming we'll be seeing you at Artopia tomorrow night, if for some reason we don't, there's a pretty diverse lineup of music on tap otherwise for the next three days, including two more nights of Phil Lesh at 1STBANK Center, two nights of Future Bird ... More >>
From power pop to power ballads, rock anthems to rap staples, the nominees of the 54th Grammy Awards, which airs this Sunday night, sees no dearth of great music. There's little doubt that it will be Adele's night, but others, like Kanye West and Mumford & Sons, could win big too. Continue reading f ... More >>
Catch Lykke Li tonight at the OgdenThere's an astounding number of great shows to pick from this weekend in the Mile High City: Lykke Li at the Ogden, Tech N9Ne kicks off his two-night Denver run with an intimate show tonight at the Summit Music Hall, followed by an appearance at the Fillmore ... More >>
Friday, November 11, Ogden Theatre, 1-888-929-7849.
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: A Band of Horses date was just announced at the Ogden in September, Five Finger Death Punch is coming to the 1STBANK Center in October and Blitzen Trapper is due at the Fox in November. On local radio, the Still City, the Swayback and '57 Lesbian g ... More >>
So Pitchfork is reporting this morning that Jay-Z and Kanye West's highly anticipated Watch the Throne tour, which we told you was coming to Denver on Monday, October 10, is no longer coming to town on that date. The tour's apparently being rerouted due to "overwhelming demand," says Billboard, citi ... More >>
After Kings of Leon's trainwreck of a show in Dallas over the weekend, it's not all that surprising to hear that the band has canceled the rest of its current tour, including a two night stand at Red Rocks on August 31 and September 1. "We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling thei ... More >>
Jelmer de Haas via Adele.tv Online dating, that cesspool of hilarious stories and perhaps even true love. Sure, you could scour OkCupid for witty About Me paragraphs, be completely charmed by his or her fondness for biking in the rain, and then get to the favorites section. Favorite band is T ... More >>
Although Kings of Leon practically re-institutionalized southern rock as an aesthetic, Alberta Cross (playing tonight at the Larimer Lounge with Boys) has taken it all to the next level -- both visually and sonically, the NYC-by-way-of-London quintet effectively creates its own dirty, melanch ... More >>
Damn you, Astley!In the modern age of the iPod, any shoe store, cowboy bar, hair salon or (in this particular case) pho restaurant can do business to any soundtrack it chooses. When I worked at KB Toys in the 90s, we were sent a monthly cassette to play in the store -- except the tape player ... More >>
Photos by Aaron Thackeray U2 360° TOUR With The Fray 05.21.11 | Invesco Field View U2 at Invesco Field slideshow Say what you will about U2. Name another band that can fill a stadium these days... Time's up. Drawing a blank? That's because there aren't any -- certainly not any from this era. That ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Kings of Leon is slated for a two-night stand at Red Rocks with Band of Horses, Tony Bennett is due at Ellie Caulkins and Symphony on the Rocks will feature Sarah McLachlan, among others. Meanwhile, ... More >>
Wednesday, February 16, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
PAUL OAKENFOLD With Zen Freeman 11.05.10 | Ogden Theatre Paul Oakenfold, who headlined the Ogden Theatre last night, has been spinning steadily to crowds around the world since the late 1980s. He has quite a track record, having founded the Perfecto imprint in 1989, the responsible for bri ... More >>
Elton John and Leon Russell's The Union , released October 19 on Decca, took the top spot at Albums on the Hill and came in second at Twist & Shout for the week ending October 31. Lil Wayne's latest effort, I Am Not a Human Being, continues to stay on top at Independent Records, while Hed P.E ... More >>
While it isn't a huge surprise, Come Around Sundown, Kings of Leon's fifth studio album, released last week on RCA, claimed the top spots at both Albums on the Hill and Twist and Shout, and checked in at number two at Independent Records, behind Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being. Deerhunter' ... More >>
We're all familiar with Ozzy Osbourne's infamous unprovoked attack on a bat in the early '80s, but rarely do you hear stories about animals attacking musicians. Until now, that is. Earlier this week, Bloc Party and Ash guitarist Russell Lissack was reportedly attacked by a lion cub while visi ... More >>
Ryan Bingham, who won an Oscar for his theme song to the film Crazy Heart, claimed the number two and four spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout with his new album, Junky Star, released last week on Lost Highway. Arcade Fire's The Suburbs and the Black Keys' Brothers, meanwhile, cont ... More >>
Kings of Leon • Built to Spill • the Features 07.20.10 | Comfort Dental Amphitheater, Greenwood Village In the pantheon of all time miserable shows, I'd rank last night's Kings of Leon show at Comfort Dental right up there with MGMT at Red Rocks last month, DeVotchKa's set at Monolith in 2008 ... More >>
Love comes easy when you're young -- but so does heartbreak. Such is the conceit of today's song, fittingly titled "Young Love," by the Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. On the word of our boy Mark at the Toad Tavern, who booked these guys not to long ago, and the co-sign of our colleagues i ... More >>
What a difference a year makes. The last time Lady Gaga was in town she played the Gothic. When she comes back to town on Friday, July 28, she'll be headlining the Pepsi Center. No word yet on when tickets when go on sale, but when they do, they'll run $49.50-$175. Kings of Leon kicks off i ... More >>
As if we didn't already have enough reason to find our way to Tennesee to catch the Flaming Lips playing Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, we now have even more incentive -- namely, Chromeo with Daryl Hall and Stevie Wonder!
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. F ... More >>
Church of Misery Houses of the Unholy (Rise Above/Metal Blade) The Japanese knack for musical mimicry reaches a new peak on the latest by Church of Misery, which sounds so much like the best hard-rock album from 1975 (or 1985) (or 1995) that listeners can be excused for checking their calend ... More >>
Third Eye Blind's fourth studio album, Ursa Major, released last week on Megaforce, topped Twist & Shout's charts for the week ending August, 23. Brendan Benson, who was releasing his own albums years before joining the Raconteurs, debuted at the number three slot with his latest effort, My O ... More >>
The panoramic songwriting of Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes has gained the attention of critics and peers alike and lead to her recurring opening gigs on the 2008 Radiohead tour. Drawing on her rich imagination for inspiration, Khan's songs tap into the language and imagery of collective myths, a ... More >>
Twista's Category F5 topped the charts at Independent Records for the second week in a row while Eminem's Relapse, which has also been a strong seller, nabbed the second slot for the week ending August 16. Slaughterhouse, Behemoth and Jeremih rounded out the top five. See the full breakdown after ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayKings of Leon, The Whigs Sunday, August 9, 2009 Red Rocks Better than: Listening to generic music on the radio. I had no problems with the delivery. The Kings of Leon's set at Red Rocks on Sunday didn't suffer from any bum notes, off chords or flubbed lyrics. The quartet offered a ... More >>
Photo by Aaron ThackerayOn the heels of hosting some of hip-hop's favorite sons on Thursday, Red Rocks welcomed indie rock's on Sunday: Kings of Leon. See photos at westword.com/slideshow.
Twista moved back to the number one spot and knocked Fabolous, who was the top seller last week, down to the second slot for the week ending August 9. It's Twista's third time in the first slot in the last month. Eminem and Tech N9ne, who have been top sellers for the last few months, continue to ... More >>
Modest Mouse's No One's First and You're Next, released last week on Sony, grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout while Yim Yames (aka Jim Jones of My Morning Jacket) nabbed the second slot for the week ending August 9. Wilco's Wilco (the album), Levon Helm's Electric Dirt and Dead Weather's H ... More >>
Breathe, Carolina, breathe!Prepare for the jump to Warped speed. Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the Weekend: Warped Tour at Invesco Field at Mile High. • Over the Weekend: Kings of Leon at Red Rocks. • Over the Weekend: Houses at the Meadowlark. • Dialed In: This week's local music ... More >>
All right, as if there wasn't already enough going on this weekend to entertain you, what with the Dancin' In the Streets Festival, the Warped Tour, the Mile High Blues Festival, Kings of Leon at the Rocks and the Houses EP release party tonight, here's another diversion: Gary Sinise -- you know, ... More >>
For the second week in row, Twista's latest effort, Category F5, grabbed the top spot at Independent Records while Eminem's Relapse moved into the second slot for the week ending July 26. Jeremih's self-titled debut and Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night came nabbed the fourth and fifth slots. See the ... More >>
Eric Syl GruniesenThe Epilogues tore up La Rumba. See more photos from La Rumba at westword.com/slideshow. Alan Baird Project, 12:00 p.m. It's never easy being the first band to play at an all-day event. Typically, bands that are booked to perform early in the day have to work a lot harder to get ... More >>
3OH!3 headlines this summer's Vans Warped TourSunday, August 9 is going to be a busy day for music in the Mile High, when Kings of Leon stops by Red Rocks, and the skater-centric Vans Warped Tour, pulls into Invesco with more than fifty bands in tow, including 3OH!3, Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Ja ... More >>
Neil Young's live recording from 1968, when he was just 22, tops Twist & Shout's bestsellers list, with a strong showing from local acts Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) and Paper Bird. Also good to see Tom Waits in the Top 10 with an album he released just over four years ago. The ... More >>
Thursday, October 23, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
The games people play.
Nobody's Darlings (Liberty & Lament)
Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
Youth & Young Manhood (RCA)
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