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    May 27, 2014

    The six most important rules for sharing a practice space

    Mixing business with pleasure is a dirty game, isn't it? While necessary, practice spaces exemplify the tension that comes with sharing a small area with a number of personal friends and acquaintances. It's like living in a tiny house with eight other unbalanced roommates. Between paying rent, keepi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    What the hell is babymetal?

    Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Denver's unlikely metal hero TaunTaun is back, with a very sloppy burrito promotion

    TaunTaun is a band of unusual provenance. Its members are all luminaries of the Denver music scene, but their other bands don't sound much like each other, and they sound even less like TaunTaun. It was the musicians' shared teenage love for '80s metal that initially informed the group's music, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Matt Harvey on forming Exhumed: "We were the angriest fifteen-year-olds of all time"

    Exhumed (due at Denver Black Sky this Saturday, December 14, at the Gothic Theatre) started in San Jose, California when Matt Harvey, the band's sole original member, was just fifteen years old. Rather than following the trends of the genre at the time, Exhumed has remained faithful to the older ten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2013

    The Gathering of the Juggalos' Best Overheard Quotations

    During the Gathering of the Juggalos, Cave-In Rock, Illinois becomes a sonic disaster zone. Even if you're a rap lover, it's hard to keep your mind sharp with all of the noise. But within the cacophony of sounds, a few incredible Juggalo statements were somehow deciphered and recorded by our numbed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Ten most common metal subgenres examined

    Keeping track of metal and all its subgenres can often be a confusing and frustrating. Classic and thrash metal are at the center of the metal universe, while various other styles are major and minor constellations radiating manic energy. Sorting through the subgenres can be a tedious task. Thus why ... More >>

  • Music

    April 11, 2013

    Suicidal Tendencies

    Sunday, April 14, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.

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    April 1, 2013

    The ten best concerts of the week

    BOB SEGER @ PEPSI CENTER | TUES, 4/2/13 While Bob Seger might be immortalized by his long-running Chevy ads that featuring "Like a Rock" and the scene in Risky Business where Tom Cruise sings along to "Old Time Rock and Roll," there's a lot more to the guy than that. He's carved out a spot in the ro ... More >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    Call of the Void

    Dragged Down a Dead End Path
    Relapse Records

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    J.D. Cronise of the Sword on being a regular dude that listens to R. Kelly and Michael Jackson

    Formed nearly a decade ago in Austin, Texas, the Sword, with its sludgy guitar work and the fantastical themes of its lyrics, is often assigned the stoner rock designation, and understandably so. But while the band certainly bears the clear influence of bands like Black Sabbath, Sleep and Led Zeppel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    David Ellefson of Megadeth: "We had punk attitude with metal chops"

    Megadeth (due tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium) may be one of the Big Four of thrash, but in many ways, its frontman Dave Mustaine is largely responsible for the sound and aesthetic of three of the Big Four. As a member of Metallica before that band recorded its first full-length, Mustaine's name ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    October 18, 2011

    Chuck Billy of Testament on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, Reign in Blood and Gene Hoglan

    Testament​Testament (sharing a bill tomorrow night at Summit Music Hall with Anthrax and Death Angel) is one of the bands that make a strong case for expanding the Big 4 to the Big 5 (or Big 6, if the often overlooked Exodus were included). The Bay Area act was part of the original thrash move ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    A $10,000 Led Zeppelin shirt? The next ten highest-selling band T-shirts

    ​Grab the Guinness Book of World Records, because we've got a ridiculous tale to tell. Earlier this week, a man in Australia purchased a Led Zeppelin T-shirt for $10,000, making it the largest sum anyone has paid for a vintage band shirt. That doesn't mean there aren't shirts that are valued h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Tonight: Death Angel at the Larimer

    Stephanie CabralBorn a year after MTV's inception and surviving the Headbanger's Ball-era, Death Angel (playing tonight at the Larimer Lounge with Four Horsemen and Steel Blades of Vengeance) is an integral part of thrash metal's history. The band members were in their early teens when the 1986 demo ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2011

    3 Inches of Blood

    Friday, February 11, Marquis Theater, 866-468-7621.

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    February 10, 2011
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    January 25, 2011

    Tonight: Cruel Hand at the Oriental

    ​While Portland, Maine's Cruel Hand has been identified with that strangely durable neo-hardcore style of the last decade, the band's sound stretches a little further, encapsulating the diverse energy and heaviness of Metallica and Bouncing Souls. Vocalist Chris Linkovich leads Cruel Hand with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The 20 bands that inspire tattoos like no other

    An average Misfits fan.​Personally, it's been the "One Bad Album" rule. That's all it takes for a band's musical reputation to be asterisked forever, which makes getting a tattoo of that band, well, risky. You have to wonder how often thirty-somethings across the land hear "Nice Chi' Pep's tat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Kanye West, Metallica top local sellers this week

    ​With all the hype surrounding Kanye West's latest effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it's not surprising that disc, released last week on Def Jam, debuted at number one at Independent Records and Twist & Shout. But West didn't make the top ten over Albums on the Hill, where Metallica' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Red Hot Chili Peppers give Glee the Heisman. Five other acts least likely to license their music.

    ​In recent years, there's been a parade of artists refusing to license their tracks, whether it's been for use in video games, commercials or television shows. Seems like some of these old timers have sticks up their butts when it comes to relinquishing artistic control and just don't get it. ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010
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    June 22, 2010

    Ozzy Osbourne and ten other old dudes who should just hang it up already

    Like so many new albums from old dudes, it's not that Ozzy Osbourne's Scream, which was released today, is not good, per se -- it's that it's not needed. While Osbourne's new effort updates his shtick a bit -- it sounds like he's been listening to a long of Norwegian opera-metal and possibly some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Drake/Hanson NYC riot? You call that a riot? Pffth! Here's ten real concert riots.

    Perhaps you've heard by now about the "riot" that happened a few days ago in New York surrounding a free concert featuring Drake and Hanson. Weird that there was a riot at a concert featuring two of maybe the blandest performers ever to exist. Weirder still is that Hanson and Drake were even perform ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters," as sung by a choir of Indian school children

    When we were in grade school, our choir used to sing old chestnuts like "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," which is probably why joining the choir seemed like slightly less fun than getting our lunch money stolen. But the times, they are a changin'. At least in India, they are. Yeah, India. Apparently, in I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    And the winners of the Tauntaun tickets are...

    ‚ÄčAll right, the Tauntaun contest is over. Today's Friday, and we've picked the winners as promised. Thanks to everyone who entered. It was genuinely surprising to see how much everyone knows about Tauntaun, about the members past history, ie., what bands they've all played in (Sleeper Horse, Grace ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    What you might have missed this week while chowing on some Nut Poppers...Green chile mania!  Jason ranked the top ten green chile joints in Denver, and even got some input on the best vegetarian versions.  We pitted El Taco de Mexico's chile against Santiago's and found a surprise victor.W ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Havok inks deal with Candlelight Records

    Looks like massive props are due to the fine young gentlemen of Havok. The thrash metallers just became label mates of Opeth, Obituary, Emperor and Crowbar, by joining the Candlelight Records roster. Good for them, we say. The guys have certainly put in their work since I first caught them way back ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (11/1/08-11/7/08)

    Rick Astley will never give this award up Here's a handy guide to all the great content you might have missed this week while you were busy voting on Rick Astley as best act ever in the MTV Europe Music Awards. Thanks to your tireless efforts, the EMAs were successfully Rickrolled...

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    November 5, 2008
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    August 22, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (8/16/08-8/22/08)

    Hello little girl. Do you like candy? Here's a handy guide to all the great content you may have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were transfixed by the efforts of one-time glam rocker and convicted child molester Gary Glitter to find a country that will take him in after being release ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    The blog shortcut, August 21 edition

    Patriotic people stand at attention when the flag flies. I'm late! I'm late! For some very important blogs! Cafe Society gets in the DNC mood with some naughty cupcakes. Yummy. Meanwhile, The Cat's Pajamas touts a Belleville fall fashion preview and a sale at Frolic boutique, and readies viewers ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008
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    July 17, 2008

    Rodrigo y Gabriela Prove Their Metal

    Weaned on Metallica, this duo makes acoustic guitars sound heavy.

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    Flobots Storm Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks Chart

    Damn, man, can Flobots catch any more fire? A week after we reported that the crew will be sharing a bill with Metallica (less than a month after inking its deal with Universal, no less) comes news today that the act has claimed the seventh slot on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart...or, as t ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    November 30, 2006


    The End of Days

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    November 16, 2006

    Shut Up and Sing

    Natalie Maines is one radical Chick.

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    August 24, 2006


    Wednesday, August 30, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

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    July 6, 2006


    Monday, July 10, Marquis Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

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    December 30, 2004

    Cine Bon!

    Remembering the films that heated up cinemas this year.

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    December 2, 2004

    Sum 41

    Chuck (Island)

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    September 12, 2002

    Critic's Choice

    High on Fire

  • Music

    December 3, 1998

    The Major and the Minor

    A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.

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    August 14, 1997
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    January 23, 1997
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