A Colorado summer can be short, but there are plenty of ways to make it sweet, especially if you pack it with as many festivals, road trips and patios as possible. We've picked out ten music festivals sure to give you the flavor of the state's musical offerings -- everything from the EDM of Global D ... More >>
What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whatever bar that Denny's restaurant turned into? Or maybe you could do something really wild, like go out an ... More >>
Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and love is in the air. Lists of romantic movies. Articles on romantic date ideas. Five easy tips to please your lover. Love here, love there, love fucking everywhere. It gets a little tiresome, honestly, especially if you're one of those people who isn't currently ... More >>
FRI | NATHANIEL RATELIFF at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/29/13 From his recent stint making music backed by the Night Sweats, to the incredibly moving songs he's crafted on his own, to his cinematic work with Born in the Flood, Nathaniel Rateliff is a man who requires absolutely no preamble -- his reputation ... More >>
In what's become an annual tradition for us, we ask a few members of Team Backbeat to reflect on an album they're thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving. In eighth grade, Green Day's song "Longview" exploded into my little world and got seemingly everyone I knew to start learning a couple power ch ... More >>
SUN | DEICIDE at GOTHIC THEATER | 10/13/13 While many metal bands flirt with concepts and perceived aesthetics of Satanism, Deicide has championed a very anti-Christian stance. Deicide, formed in Tampa in 1987, has long been one of the pillars of death metal since releasing its self-titled 1990 debu ... More >>
By Jason Roche One year ago, Baroness was touring Europe in support of its criticially acclaimed record Yellow & Green. The ambitious double album was generating a strong buzz for the Georgia-based band. The momentum came to a screeching halt, though, on a rainy morning in August 2012, when the ban ... More >>
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine first conceived Gigantour as a platform to showcase acts whose music featured virtuosic guitar playing. In addition to his own band, the festival's inaugural roster in 2005 included prog-rock vets Dream Theater, extreme metal unit Nevermore and skronky math-core heroe ... More >>
Denver is the capital of Colorado. It is located exactly one mile above sea level. Weed is legal here, while riding your bike on the sidewalk is not. Your mom can make more free throws than Andre Iguodala -- these are all facts. The music scene here sucks ass...now, that is an opinion. The differenc ... More >>
Alright, so admittedly, you're going to have to suspend disbelief a little as we frame this next item, and you'll need to operate under the premise that A), time travel is a reality, and B), the internet existed in the mainstream realm in 1983. Got it? Okay, good. Now imagine you're a pimply faced k ... More >>
It's the end of the year -- and that means there are plenty of ways to blow your last bucks on extravagant champagne toasts and hotel rooftop parties. But why do that when you can spend this weekend having fun...without spending too much cash. Skip the fancy parties and spend the last weekend of 201 ... More >>
Denver-based snowboard manufacturer Never Summer Industries celebrates its 20th anniversary season this winter, and the party starts tonight at 7 p.m. at Summit Music Hall with the world premiere of the second full-length team video, Shred Em' All, followed by a thrash-rock set and Metallica ... More >>
J.D. CroniseThe last time I got a contact high was in September, when Sleep played the Gothic Theatre. So it was only appropriate that my next contact high came while talking with J.D. Cronise of the Sword, another great metal band, about fifteen minutes after the Austin-based act finished it ... More >>
Is the concept of students bringing lunch from home dying a hideous death -- just like live social interaction and Gilbert Gottfried's career? At Little Village Academy on Chicago's west side, students are not allowed to bring lunches from home unless they have a medical excuse, so they have ... More >>
Monday, January 17, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Not only is Joe Satriani a hell of a shredder on the guitar, early in his career he taught a bunch of guitarists like Steve Vai, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Now Satriani's giving away free half-hour lessons. Well, the only catch is that you have to buy ... More >>
In an interview for a Westword profile in advance of an April 15 Oriental Theater gig with Mates of State and Judgement Day, Reggie Youngblood, lead singer and songwriter for Black Kids, talked at length about his buzzy band and plenty more. Get into his head after the jump.
Saturday, February 14, Owsley's Golden Road, 303-296-2844.
Alright, so it's a day of reckoning, a day a great many of us have been anticipating for quite a while now -- and no, I'm not talking about the election. I'm talking about fucking Metallica at the Pepsi Center, dudes. Tonight we'll see if the cats still got it. I have to admit, I'm starting to warm ... More >>
Jackson Browne thinks McCain is a dick (ed. note: this is pure conjecture) Here's a friendly one-stop guide to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were wondering how the hell John McCain thought he could get away with using a song -- without permission ... More >>
Drawing equally from the Melvins as it does from My Bloody Valentine, this Florida metal quartet sets itself apart.
This doom metal comes endorsed by Metallica.
Why give anything an intent listen and fair assessment when I can review 5 albums in a matter of 225 seconds? Bullet for My Valentine Scream Aim Fire EP 20-20 Entertainment 00:30-01:15 of “Eye of the Storm” ARG! This is really, really, really bad metal. I believe that someone from Iron Maiden ... More >>
Tuesday, May 1, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.
Tuesday, February 13, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, 1-800-298-4200.
Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, Ogden Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
Fast reviews of recent releases
A few matchmaking suggestions for the also-rans.
Mex and Match
Sunday, May 14, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
For just pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia.
Teaching the Rockies how to rock the Rockies.
When it comes to the power and passion of punk rock, there's no substitute for Stuntdoubles.
8 O'Clock Fix (Self-Released)
Still seething, Speedealer stretches out and slows down -- a little.
Jupiter (Hydra Head Records)
This week's concert pick.
This week's local music pick.
Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.