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    October 31, 2014

    Thirteen Best Places to Trick-or-Eat Tonight

    Halloween is here and Denver will be oozing with costumes, creatures and candy all weekend long. There's a grab-bag of events to indulge in: some scary, some sexy, and some scrumptious. Build your base for the evening at Chipotle, which is offering its Boorito deal after 5 p.m., selling all custome ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Thirteen Top Spots to Trick-Or-Eat on Halloween in the Denver Area

    As Halloween descends on the city, there will be plenty of ghostly, ghoulish and gory events on October 31. But if your idea of trick-or-treating is really trick-or-eating, here are thirteen special events and deals to stash in your goodie bag. See also: Death on Wheels at the Emma Crawford Coffin ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Meet Michael Amott, Slash and the Rest of the Denver Zoo's Rock and Roll Flamingos

    It's not every day you get to brush feathers with rock and roll legends like Ace Frehley and Slash, but in Denver, all it takes is a visit to the zoo. Brittney Weaver started working at the Denver Zoo about six years ago. She also happens to be a big music fan, regularly attending heavy metal and r ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Jolie Holland Is Playing the Most Ambitious Music of Her Career: Is it a Success?

    When a music-geek favorite such as Jolie Holland comes to town, the Larimer Lounge on a summer Thursday is pure Denver: tattooed, homegrown punks hanging at the bar and (mostly) transplants -- hippies, middle-aged alcoholics, young white-collar music lovers and everything in between -- milling aroun ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Kreator's Mille Petrozza: "When things are really, really bad, there can always be a way out"

    Formed in Essen, Germany in 1982, Kreator was one of the non-American pioneers of thrash. Like many of its peers, Kreator began as a speed metal band inspired the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, but the added influence of acts like Venom and Discharge produced an adrenalized thrash sound. See also ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes on the rumor that he's the one who got the Dead to cover Metallica

    Gov't Mule formed in 1994 as a side project of Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, who were then members of the Allman Brothers Band. While both men continued to play with the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule became quite a viable entity on its own, rooted in a similar blend of blues, jazz and rock, with a pe ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013
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    June 6, 2013

    Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

    Western Branches

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    June 6, 2013

    Download Force Publique's haunting new cover of "Today" by the Smashing Pumpkins

    Sometime in the last year, Force Publique shifted its focus a bit to include electric guitar rather than bass and the opted for using an MPC over playing pre-crafted beats made on software. The resulting sound is still darkly moody as it was during the band's more post-punk period, but this version ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Yngwie Malmsteen plays to impress himself first

    Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitar god known for his supremely technical fretwork. The virtuosic guitarist burst into the world of international music in 1984 with Rising Force. At the age of seven, Malmsteen says, he saw a documentary about the death of Jimi Hendrix and was so taken in by his musical pow ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Tea Leaf Green's Reed Mathis on how improv is a spirtitual discipline and an emotional art

    Reed Mathis talks about improvisation like it's a mystical religion. The current bassist for the San Francisco-based quintet Tea Leaf Green and former frontman of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey sees a great deal of power in making music on the spot, and that passion will likely be front and center when ... More >>

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    December 23, 2012

    R.I.P. Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis and Ministry

    Some sad news coming out of Texas this morning. We've just got word that Mike Scaccia of Rigor Mortis and Ministry has died at the age of 47. Last night in Fort Worth Texas, Scaccia reportedly collapsed on stage during a performance with his band Rigor Mortis and was subsequently transported to a ne ... More >>

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    September 8, 2012

    Ben Dicke on the emo rock opera Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    UPDATE: Just hours before Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was set to open last night, Ben Dicke, who directed the show and was to play Andrew Jackson, fell through an open trap door in a stage floor, sustaining a head injury and four broken ribs. According to updates from fellow production member Jason ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia on Rigor Mortis, Psalm 69 and his friendship with Al Jourgensen

    See Also: Ministry's Al Jourgensen on his ties to Colorado: living in Breckenridge, attending Greeley High School and his ill-fated attempt at a rodeo career Ministry (due Sunday, June 17, at the Ogden Theatre) got its start when Al Jourgensen moved from Colorado to Chicago, where the Wax Trax labe ... More >>

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    May 27, 2012

    Jolie Holland at the Walnut Room, 5/26/12

    JOLIE HOLLAND @ WALNUT ROOM | 5.26.12 After the applause died down following her final song last night, Jolie Holland offered to pay someone in the crowd for gas if they could drive her to her next gig in Colorado Springs. It's a shame that she was forced to ask, and also rather bittersweet for fan ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    White Rabbits: "It was more important to be emotionally visceral and in the moment'"

    White Rabbits (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) moved from Columbia, Missouri to Brooklyn within a year of forming in 2004. The group's music had, from the beginning, an ineffably energetic spirit that could be heard by broader audiences first with its 2007 debut album, Fort Nightly. But it was ... More >>

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    February 25, 2012

    Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth: "The chemistry in the band is better than it's ever been"

    Iced Earth (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) came out of the rich heavy metal scene in Tampa Bay, Florida in the late '80s. At a time when melodic heavy metal, especially the glam variety, was on the wane, Iced Earth came in with the wave of metal that produced a melodic speed metal as well as the ... More >>

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    December 4, 2011

    Review: Scott Kelly at the Hi-Dive, 12/3/11

    Tom MurphyScott Kelly​SCOTT KELLY at HI-DIVE | 12/3/11There were plenty of signs around the hi-dive last night indicating that this was an acoustic show. Meaning: Talking was ill-advised. Even so, some people near the stage decided to have a conversation at the beginning of Scott Kelly's set, ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Raymond Scott's looniest tunes: An introduction

    ​The pianist and composer Raymond Scott, born Harry Warnow in Brooklyn in 1908, is probably best-known for his cartoon music, which he didn't even originally write for cartoons. But his history is way more more interesting than that: Scott was not only a pioneer in sound engineering and multi- ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Les Paul Google Doodle in honor of what would've been the guitar legend's 96 birthday

    ​No, we don't have our guitar plugged into our Smokey Amp again. Why do you ask? Oh that. Yeah, no, we're just screwing around with our Google Doodle in honor of Les Paul, who would've been 96 today. Easy, tiger. It only sounds dirty -- uh, the Google Doodle, that is, not what we're playing. W ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Dave Chandler of St. Vitus on the band's early days at SST and what inspired the reunion

    Tina-Korhonen​St. Vitus (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) were one of the pioneers of a style of music that took its direct inspiration from the first four, maybe even the first six, Black Sabbath albums. The band's aggressive guitar work flirted with psychedelia but was too heavy to ever be ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Jeff Beck, Katy Perry, Snow Ball Music Festival shows announced. Tix on sale this weekend.

    ​Les Paul has been a long-time inspiration for Jeff Beck, and last summer, Beck paid tribute to the legendary guitarist on what would have been Paul's 95th birthday. Beck's two performances at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, where Paul performed for fourteen years until his death of August 200 ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Richard Thompson on Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and Sufism

    Pamela Littky​These days, the legendary folk-rock band Fairport Convention isn't as widely known as it once was, and yet Richard Thompson, the band's most storied guitarist, is often cited as an influence by a wide range of musicians and frequently included on the short list of the most talent ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010
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    January 23, 2010

    Conan O'Brien "Freebird" makes you want to flick your Bic

    Now this is what you call going out on a high note. In case you missed it, Conan O'Brien ended his stint at NBC on Friday night by strapping on a Les Paul and playing "Freebird" with Will Ferrell, Ben Harper, Beck and ZZ Top's Bill Gibbons. Ferrell actually does a pretty mean Ronnie Van Zandt an ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Q&A with Ethan Ward of Gangcharger

    Tom MurphyGangcharger's Ethan Ward at the Meadowlark​Gangcharger started out as something of a side-project Ethan Ward did with a few friends. Few probably saw or remember the earliest incarnation of the band, but when it started up full force at the end of 2008, even if you didn't like the ac ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Q&A with Adrian Belew

    ​Adrian Belew has lead something of a charmed existence as a musician for the last thirty years, from his first high-profile gig as a guitarist for Frank Zappa in 1979 to his later work with Talking Heads, Trent Reznor, David Bowie and King Crimson. Though possessed of preternaturally able technic ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 17, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Woody Paige knows his Les Paul

    Photo by Brett AmoleWoody Paige in the Denver Post newsroom circa 2005.​Yesterday, I expressed regret for the January blog headline "Good News, Woody Paige: Les Paul Isn't Dead Yet" in light of the fact that Paul, a pioneering guitarist and inventor, had just passed away at age 94. Then, this ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Remembering Les Paul, June 9, 1915 - August 13, 2009

    ​Les Paul's nose was running. It was during one of his weekly Monday gigs at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York, and I was sitting about ten feet from where he was sitting on stage. He looked at me, pointed at the napkin on my lap and gestured for me to toss it to him. So I did. He wiped his no ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    The blog shortcut, August 14 edition

    Photo by Tom MurphyThe Sunn O))) will come out tomorrow....​Getting your weekend off on the right note.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Last night: Sunn O))) at the Bluebird. • Hearsay bits: Van Morrison, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tyler Despres Band, Pictureplane. • Freaky Friday - "P ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Excuse us for that last Les Paul headline

    The late Les Paul.​Back in January, Denver Post columnist Woody Paige wrote that New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul "plays basketball like Les Paul played guitar" -- a sentence that implied the elder Paul, an ax pioneer, inventor and namesake of a Gibson electric guitar beloved by a legion o ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Good news, Woody Paige: Les Paul isn't dead yet

    It's always dangerous when sportswriters include music references in their columns. Such citations are typically moldy -- as, for instance, Rocky Mountain News staffer Bernie Lincicome's dopey mention of Loggins and Messina, who hailed from an era "when music was fun," he claimed in a December 7 pie ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    The blog shortcut, January 7 edition

    Better late than never. Today in Backbeat Online: • Vintage Q&A with the late, great Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton. • Mile High Makeout: Coming home. • A review of the Fray at the Gothic Theatre. • Baji wants to announce your calls. • Femi Kuti cancels Boulder Theater show. Today in Cafe ... More >>

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    August 4, 2008
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    July 23, 2008

    Live Review: My Feral Kin with Married in Berdichev! and French Quarter

    Photo: Tom Murphy Married in Berdichev! My Feral Kin w/Married in Berdichev! and French Quarter Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: Missing out on one of the most important tropical-pop bands by going to another show. The opening act, Greenery, didn’t make it for reasons unknown ... More >>

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    February 21, 2008

    Redline Defiance of Death

    Having a near-death experience causes you to rock like your life depends on it.

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    September 12, 2007

    Last Night: Rilo Kiley, Jonathan Rice and Grand Ole Party @ The Ogden Theater

    Rilo Kiley, Jonathan Rice and Grand Ole Party September 11, 2007 The Ogden Theater Better than: The next Denver show they play, which will undoubtedly be at the Fillmore and I'll be that snob you know who says, “I saw them at the 15th Street Tavern on their first tour, so I've no need to see them ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007
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    June 22, 2006


    There was something for every musical appetite at the Westword Music Showcase.

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    January 12, 2006

    Unlikely Requiem

    On the road to recovery with the Drive By Truckers.

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    April 22, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Rose Hill Drive's no-frills approach is guaranteed to rock your socks off.

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    December 18, 2003


    Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.

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    September 4, 2003

    The Mars Volta

    De-loused in the Comatorium (Universal)

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    August 21, 2003

    Hit Pick

    Los Muertos

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    July 24, 2003

    Something Underground

    Slides (Self-released)

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    July 25, 2002

    The Picking's Good

    Doc Watson has played across five decades of bluegrass music.

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    September 9, 1999

    Strung Along

    Rocky Mountain Guitar Show

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    May 6, 1999

    Taking Wing

    The Subdudes may be grounded, but Magpie's flying high.

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    August 31, 1994



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