Five Finger Death Punch formed in 2005 when Zoltan Bathory and Jeremy Spencer started putting together their next band. Ivan Moody, a singer who moved out to L.A. without knowing a soul and had been sleeping in his rehearsal space, heard the nascent project's demos and ended up joining the band. Ori ... More >>
P.O.S, due at this weekend's Westword Music Showcase, is a founding member of the eclectic and independent Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree. He's been dealing with kidney problems of late, and although he's started dialysis and is back performing, he's still hoping for a transplant. In spite ... More >>
Guy Fieri is getting more bad press than Congress and/or Lindsay Lohan right now -- okay, maybe the same amount of rotten press, but that's still plenty -- all apparently inspired by the review that Pete Wells, restaurant critic for the New York Times, just gave Fieri's brand-new restaurant, Guy's A ... More >>
Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! And what a glorious weekend it's going to be. Have you seen the forcast? What's more, the Broncos have a bye-week this week, which means there's no reason at not to get out in the sunshine during the day and then treat yourself to some shows at night. As always, we'v ... More >>
Welcome to another splendid week of music in the Mile High City. As usual, there are plenty of shows to choose from this week, from Kreator and Accept at the Gothic to DeVotchKa and Airborne Toxic Event at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony, and we've got them all listed in our comprehensive conce ... More >>
Over the course of a line-up change or two, Ideal Fathers Ideal Fathers, playing its final show tonight at the Larimer Lounge, developed a sound and a stage presence that probably would have been lumped in with "dance punk." But there was always an agenda in the band to inspire people to wake ... More >>
Big pics below.It's official: Invesco Field at Mile High is about to become Sports Authority Field at Mile High. But before all the signs are changed, what were the top ten moments during the nearly ten years under the Invesco name? Here's the list and text from the history section of the Inv ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayChino Moreno of the Deftones up close and personal. See more photos from last night. THE DEFTONES With Funeral Party and Dillinger Escape Plan 04.22.11 | Ogden Theatre See the photo slideshow Funeral Party got the evening started, and after enduring its set -- one in which ear plug ... More >>
Tobin Voggesser These days, there are dozens of well known electronic-based bands of all shapes and sizes. Back in 2003, though, the very mention of a band that took a DJ and fused it with live instrumentation would've conjured up thoughts of Linkin Park or worse, Limp Bizkit. When it form ... More >>
Jonny 5 is scaring folks in middle America. Literally. But while the Flobots frontman -- better known to folks around here by his government name Jamie Laurie - has devoted the better part of his adult life to becoming a radical force for change, it's not his politics that making folks in t ... More >>
Those Breathe Carolina boys sure are colorful. It started out as a simple phone interview for a feature commemorating Breathe Carolina's participation in this year's Warped Tour, which rolls into Invesco Field at Mile High on Sunday, August 9. But it turned into something considerably more unexpect ... More >>
Prior to the creation of the Backbeat Online blog, Westword conducted plenty of Q&As with plenty of rock stars, schlock stars, rising stars and fading stars -- and oftentimes only a small percentage of the conversations made it into the finished articles. So in the coming weeks and months, we hope t ... More >>
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Adrian Romero acquires a New York state of mind.
Denver's Orangu-Tones go ape for frat rock.
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After more than a decade, the Deftones are overnight sensations.
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Eminem plays the race cardin reverse.