Your new favorite band is from Denver -- you just have to find it! No small task in a city with thousands of artists and hundreds of venues, we know -- but you can start this weekend at the Westword Music Showcase. More than 140 of our favorite local artists will play sixteen stages around the Golde ... More >>
Our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands today. It's a painstaking issue to put together each year, and one that everybody looks forward to. This edition in particular, though, is even more significant as it's the thirtieth edition. It's also a minor milestone for Backbeat, as it marks the tenth ... More >>
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"My voice is a bit twangy," says Marie Litton. "It works with dark, quiet music -- but bands don't like to play quiet. The band I have now is perfect for my voice, but it took me a long time to find them." After fronting the locally-renowned Ghost Buffalo for six years (with ex-husband and former Pl ... 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 >>
JOY SUBTRACTION @ HI-DIVE | 8/4/12 See Also: - Joy Subtraction? Its members just enjoy screwing with Joy Division. "This is the first song on our new album," Joy Subtraction's Abe Brennan announced last at the hi-dive, goofing on Cheap Trick after the first couple of songs of the set. Then the ban ... More >>
See Also: People of UMS 2011 Kicked off the first day of UMS by catching Bad Weather California in a very humid 3 Kings Tavern. People were packed in pretty tight in the middle of the room and mostly on the flanks. BWC played a loose, relaxed set like the guys had a group meeting beforehand and all ... More >>
Tom MurphyThe Swayback and friends covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit"One of the obvious highlights of last night's exceptional Nirvana covers celebration in honor Nevermind's 20th anniversary was when Eric Halborg of The Swayback told us we knew the words to the third song the band played and invite ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray. See more photos from last night. PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS REUNION at 3 KINGS TAVERN | 8/13/11With special guests Kingdom of Magic, the Fire Drills and Vamos! Right before Planes took the stage, you could see the anticipation on the faces of many people who had been looking forwar ... More >>
Tom MurphyMike Watt & Missingmen MIKE WATT & THE MISSINGMEN With Ill Cattivo and Lion Sized 04.22.11 | Larimer Lounge There are a small handful of bands that would have been great openers for a show like this, and Ill Cattivo and Lion Sized are two of them. The former started off the show with a c ... More >>
Marie Litton has always had such a lovely voice. It was a sad day for all of us when Ghost Buffalo broke up a few years ago. Inevitably, though, as is typical with these sorts of things, we ended up with two great bands as a result of the split, Il Cattivo -- which features Jed Kopp and Mat ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray WARLOCK PINCHERS with Il Cattivo 12.31.10 | Gothic Theater Around 9 p.m., the safety videos started up and it looked and sounded like something straight out of Wonder Showzen. Puppets and people in a gorilla and a robot costume interacted as they would on a warped, faux kids ... More >>
Flier by Brian HoffmanClick to enlargeEver since the halcyon days of Star Trek (the original series), pop culture has loved the idea of the evil twin. And in our top flier this week, we are given a prime example of evil twin-ness. Using what appears to be a paunchy Stacy Keach as a model, ou ... More >>
The members of All Capitals are praying for retribution ... or at least the return of their van.What is it with all these lowlife jerks preying on hardworking, hapless musicians? It has been our great displeasure to report on a series of heists over the past year or so involving a number of local mi ... More >>
Ghost Buffalo, one last time as seen through the lens of Jon SolomonGhost Buffalo, Eyes and Ears, Brian Hartley, Sonic Vomit Tuesday, May 12, 2009 3 Kings Tavern Better than: The death of a person -- that just sucks. Out of the death of a band, at least there came a great show The night was bitters ... More >>
Allow us to make this semi dreary Friday a little drearier. We just received word that one of our favorite bands (yes, we know we have a lot of favorite bands) is about to expire. It seems Ghost Buffalo, we're saddened to report, has reached its natural end. The outfit is slated to play two final sh ... More >>
Just a week after we found out that Marie Litton and Matt Bellinger had their place broken into, it seems another local musician has found himself on the business end of a break-in. Tickle Me Pink frontman Sean Kennedy's home was recently burglarized, and he's offering a substantial reward to anyone ... More >>
While we're not exactly the type of folks to ever wish ill will on anyone, here's hoping that karma is indeed a boomerang this time around and that the presumed lowlifes who burglarized our friends in Ghost Buffalo burn in hell -- or at least get a flat tire or something. Thanks to a break-in at the ... More >>
For its latest trick, this four-piece added a new rhythm section and retooled its sound.
Capturing the final days of one of Denvers most vital bands.
Saturday, June 16
Matt Bellinger left Planes Mistaken for Stars to follow his heart in Ghost Buffalo.
Planes Mistaken for Stars takes flight.
Ghost Buffalo EP (Self-released)
Planes Mistaken for Stars brings the noise to Plea for Peace.
Planes Mistaken for Stars channels the angst of a Rust Belt upbringing into visceral post-hardcore.