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    July 5, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    MAYHEM FESTIVAL @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | SUN, 7/7/13 Established in part by Kevin Lyman, one of the founders of the Warped Tour, this traveling showcase features a stacked lineup that caters to metal fans, with side activities for your downtime throughout the day. With a roster including acts as diverse ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Achille Lauro speaks frankly about what it's really like to be a struggling musician in Denver

    Over the last seven years, Achille Lauro has become a band that's essentially synonymous with the Denver scene. A founder of the Hot Congress collective, the quartet has bared witness to an exciting evolution in the scene, watching fellow acts rise and fall while their own sound has evolved in many ... More >>

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    December 15, 2012

    Divine Fits at Bluebird Theater, 12/14/12

    DIVINE FITS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER |12/14/12 Picking a high point of a show as thoroughly enjoyable as this one would be tough, but when Alex Fischel started playing the synth intro to "You Got Lucky" by Tom Petty -- which could have gone either way, kitschy or funny -- and Dan Boeckner started singing ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Local Shakedown Volume 4 features forty local acts, including Ian Cooke, Hindershot and more

    After gaining a reputation for taste and comprehension with their first three volumes, including a nod in our Best of Denver issue in 2010, the folks at Radio 1190 continues to document the Denver music scene with the fourth installment of their Local Shakedown comp, a two disc set that covers a gam ... More >>

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    September 15, 2012

    Science Partner at Larimer Lounge, 9/14/12

    SCIENCE PARTNER @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 9/14/12After ten songs, the audience didn't want Science Partner to go -- so Tyler Despres, Maria Kohler and Jess DeNicola stayed on stage to do their original Miley Cyrus-themed song. Despres had joked about how if the audience knew the words, it could sing along ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase local lineup!

    We're just over a month out from this year's Westword Music Showcase, and we've already let you know who we have headlining the mainstage this year -- but keep it locked on Backbeat for another big announcement this coming Monday. Now it's time for us to give up the goods on the local lineup. As you ... More >>

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    May 6, 2012

    Rubedo at Unit E, with Achille Lauro, CougarPants and Hindershot, 5/4/12

    RUBEDO @ UNIT E | 5/4/12 See more photos in Rubedo at Unit E slide show In a show of sustained enthusiasm, Rubedo ended its set with one of its most visceral and dynamic numbers: "Give My Heart a Break." The song began with feedback created by Kyle Gray as he held his small, acoustic guitar to his ... More >>

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    February 12, 2012

    2012 Grammy Awards: Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic wins, as does Brian Joseph. Go CO!

    Rod BlackhurstBrian Joseph (center) with Achille Lauro, circa 2008.​Colorado represents! Big old fat props go out to Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Brian Joseph, who each won Grammy awards tonight for their contributions to albums by Adele and Bon Iver. The former earned a nod for Adele's 21, ... More >>

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    February 11, 2012

    Review: Achille Lauro at the hi-dive, 2/10/12

    ACHILLE LAURO @ HI-DIVE | 2/10/12 Before Achille Lauro launched into a rousing rendition of "Supernatural Beings" Friday night, frontman Matthew Close spoke to the creative process behind the band's new album, Flight or Flight. The album combines new material with singles released in the past year, ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012

    Achille Lauro

    Flight or Fight
    Hot Congress

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    February 2, 2012

    Matt Close of Achille Lauro: "I will just dig through libraries of samples"

    Achille Lauro's new full-length release came partly from a sense of smugness. According to Matt Close, the band's sample master, rhythm guitarist and lead singer, Flight or Fight came as the quartet recorded material for what was originally envisioned as the latest in a series of singles. When the g ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    UMS Travelogue: Fairchildren, Achille Lauro, Bonnie and the Beard, Hollyfelds and more

    A.H. GoldsteinAchille Lauro​UMS on S. BROADWAY | 07/23-24/11I started out Saturday with the Yes We Cans' appearance at Moe's Barbecue at 3 p.m., a staid set that seemed to reflect the early hour of the gig. With ballads composed of minor chords and heavily reverbed guitar effects, the Colorado ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Hindershot's Stuart Confer on background, Naked Eyes and evolving songwriting

    ​Hindershot (due tonight at 3 Kings Tavern with Force Publique, Achille Lauro and The Show is the Rainbow) started out with songs lead singer and guitarist Stuart Confer wrote in his bedroom a few years before. In just over a year, Hindershot became one of the more popular bands associated wit ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase: Backbeat scribes' travelogues

    Every year, we enlist our Backbeat writers to host various stages at the Westword Music Showcase, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty and write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Click through to read travelogues from Thorin Klosowski, Ru John ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Tame Impala at the Bluebird, 12/4/10

    Tom Murphy​ TAME IMPALA With Achille Lauro 12.04.10 | Bluebird Theater Stardeath and the White Dwarfs was originally slated to be part of this bill but couldn't make it, so last minute, local band Achille Lauro was added, which is just as well because that band shares a bit of the same exper ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Gathering of the Clouds, 10/21/10 - 10/23/10

    GATHERING OF THE CLOUDS Overcasters • Swayback • Buckingham Squares • Gangcharger Achille Lauro • Light Travels Faster • Glass Homes • Juliet Mission Action Packed Thrill Ride • Hearts In Space • Anna.Martina.Ross 10.21.10 - 10.23.10 | The Weather Center, Denver, CO Overcasters ... More >>

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    October 16, 2010

    Vinefield Agency showcase at Casselman's, 10/15/10

    Jon SolomonMonroe Monroe​ VINEFIELD AGENCY SHOWCASE 10.16.2010 | Casselman's Bar & Venue It's an ambitious task fitting close to a dozen diverse acts into a five and a half-hour show, but the folks at the Vinefield Agency pulled it off as part of new company's launch party and showcase. Loca ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    A first look at Vitamins new video for "Sequined Dress (Jovian Moons Workout Remix)"

    ​Before the band hibernation/recording season sets in for the colder months, Vitamins -- itself in the process of recording new material for release next spring -- has offered up a new, tricked out version of "Sequined Dress (Jovian Moons Workout Remix)," from 2009's Songs For Stem Cells. The ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Denver Does Denver: Find out Who's Doing Who

    Denver Does Denver sounds more salacious than it is -- though we're sure there's a sexualized metaphor in there somewhere that was intended. If you haven't heard about it, Denver Does Denver, slated to take place tomorrow night at the Meadowlark, is a rad little show put together by the fine peeps a ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Novus Folium, Kinetix, Ian Cooke and DeVotchKa spun on local radio this week. See who else got spins.

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, KTCL's Locals Only, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Col ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    The Weekend Show Down: Monotonix mixes up a molotov of rock

    Aaron ThackerayMonotonix at last year's Monolith festival​ There's nothing like experiencing the sweat, thump and catharsis of a great show. But it can be tough to decide which one to go to when you live in Denver, the land of embarrassing musical riches, the land of too many shows and too li ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase 2010: Backbeat scribes' travelogue

    ​ Here's our massive, multi-page report/travelogue of the Westword Music Showcase from (in order) Tom Murphy, Cory Casciato, A.H. Goldstein, Jef Otte, Jon Solomon and Brain Frederick. Let us know in the comments what you saw and loved, saw and hated, or missed and hated yourself for missing. ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    The Weekend Showdown: Mike Marchant and KVDU form like Voltron

    Photo by Stephanie Borgman​ We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the co ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    The Weekend Showdown: Experience the FoCoMX

    ​ We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments. This week, the F ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010
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    March 23, 2010

    Where can we sign up for The Achille Lauro Burn While You Burn Personal Empowerment System?

    Achille Lauro made a promo video for their album release party, and they nailed the campy informercial vibe hard. Front man Matt Close, from the clip: "When we're not writing choice rock and roll tunes, you can find us in the gym, using the Achille Lauro System to make sure we're 100. All the tim ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of March 8, 2010

    ​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. ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Over the weekend: John Common at Cassleman's Bar & Venue

    John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light, Achille Lauro, Danielle Ate the Sandwich Casselman's Bar & Venue Saturday, January 16, 2010 Better Than: Martinis and Red Wine Brian Landis Folkins​ John Common is too old for the slog of rock and roll. In this week's feature, he talked about giving i ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    The Weekend Showdown: Astrophagus will be at the Meadowlark. So will we.

    We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down three of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments. ​ This weekend: As ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Hot Congress at the Oriental

    Achille Lauro​ Hot Congress Comp. 1 Release Party Achille Lauro, The Vitamins, Fissure Mystic, Action Packed Thrill Ride October 12, 2009 The Oriental Theater Better Than: A community garden, or most other team projects you can think of. There is more than music to address here because Hot C ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    The Weekend Showdown: Nathaniel Rateliff heads a stacked lineup at the Bluebird

    ​ We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down three of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments.

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    December 10, 2009

    Various Artists

    Hot Congress Vol. 1

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    November 4, 2009

    Got plans after The Denver Film Festival? You do now.

    ​It's that time again. Next Thursday night, the Denver Film Festival kicks off. Although the various films are clearly the main draw, by no means are they the only attraction. As in years past, the real excitement takes place after the screenings. For those who are unable to get their hands on an ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    The Denver Boot: Achille Lauro at the Bluebird Theater

    Nearly two weeks ago, Achille Lauro opened up for Akron/Family at the Bluebird. Achille Lauro was dependably stellar as always. "In terms of the opening three bands, however, Achille Lauro's set stood out," wrote A.H. Goldstein in his review of the show. "The outfit's meditative and eloquent guitar ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Over the weekend: Akron/Family at the Bluebird

    ​Akron/Family, Laura Goldhamer, Achille Lauro, Fellow Citizens Friday, Aug. 1, 2009 Bluebird Theater Better than: Attending an energetic, long-form tribal jam in the woods. Akron/Family had no problem translating their musical dynamic to a live setting. The group's extended, hook-based don't requ ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Over the weekend: Here We Go Magic at Larimer Lounge

    Tom MurphyHere We Go Magic, Vitamins and Achille Lauro Sunday, June 28, 2009 Larimer Lounge Better Than: A straightforward interpretation of a band's album. This show opened with Denver's own Vitamins. Since coming to the Mile High City from Greeley two years ago, it seems Vitamins have shed a bit o ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Curious Theatre

    Aaron ThackeraySee more photos from Curious Theatre at Palmer, 12 p.m.Overcoming technical difficulties and an initially cumbersome stage setup (the stage manager had to find room for a drum riser amid the creative and complicated set -- including a desk, a bed and a road ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Dialed in: This week's local music radio playlists

    Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were playing this week. We're currently tracking the playlists for five different shows: Radio 1190's long-running Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado, and the ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Here we are. Now entertain us: Dualistics channel Nirvana. Sheryl Renee pays tribute to Marvin Gaye.

    Got plans this weekend? If not, you do now. There's a couple of shows totally worth checking out featuring local musicians paying homage to a pair of past icons, groundbreaking, paradigm shifting artists who left this world violently and prematurely. This Friday night at the hi-dive, the Dualistics ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Holy treasure trove of live local boots

    Update (01/12/09): Links to Friday night's show at the Meadowlark added.While we're going to be unveiling our own section of live local recordings on the blog shortly, in the meantime, we stumbled onto a great blog called the Flat Response. Some of you are already no doubt well aware of its exi ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Fleurs de Mall

    I'm calling for a revitalization and renewal of that time-honored cheapskate gift: the mixtape.

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    June 13, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (6/7/08-6/13/08)

    Here's a wrap-up of all the great stuff you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy speculating what kind of family dust-up could lead Madonna's younger brother to write an unauthorized, tell-all biography. We're betting he didn't get what he asked for last Christmas...

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    June 9, 2008

    MP3 Freeloader, Music Showcase Edition: Achille Lauro

    ACHILLE LAURO NOMINATED IN INDIE ROCK Performing 5-5:30 P.M. at SUTRA Personnel: Matt Close; Luke Mossman; Brian Joseph; Jon Evans; Ben Mossman Discography: Achille Lauro (2008); You're Going to Live (and Other Nice Things to Hear) (2007) Download "Laredo" or stream the entire track after the jump.

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    June 4, 2008

    Westword Music Showcase Lineup and Schedule Revealed

    You know when your mom sometimes goes on and on about how handsome you are, or how talented you are and whatnot, and you're all like, "Ah, ma', you're supposed to say that crap. You're my mom"? Keep that sentiment in mind right now as we tell you just how wicked cool our kid is. The lineup is for th ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008

    Last Night...Widowers CD release party with Achille Lauro, Mothership and Hawks of Paradise @ Larimer Lounge

    Photos by Jon Solomon. Widowers, Achille Lauro, Mothership and Hawks of Paradise. Thursday, April 24 Larimer Lounge Better Than: LSD Nearly a year ago, Widowers played its first gig with Achille Lauro and Mothership, so it was a no-brainer for the three like-minded bands to team up again to help ... More >>

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    December 26, 2007

    Over The (Long) Weekend ... Hello Kavita, Vitamins and Achille Lauro @ hi-dive

    Slide Show Achille Lauro Benefit Show with Hello Kavita, Vitamins and Achille Lauro December 21, 2007 The hi-dive Better than: A voyage on the real Achille Lauro It took a benefit show for one of Denver’s most intriguing acts to break my mid-winter lethargy. I haven’t made it to many shows lat ... More >>

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    November 20, 2007

    Tuesday Hearsay

    Received word last week thatAchille Lauro's Matt Close, was recently hospitalized after the bike he was riding was hit by a van. The accident, which left Close with a fractured pelvis and rib damage, has sidelined the singer/guitarist from performing for the time being. (In a bit of cruel irony, Ach ... More >>

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