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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sunday, April 14, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.
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 >>
Dragged Down a Dead End Path
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The members of Speedwolf (due tonight at the Marquis Theater) specialize in brand of no frills metal in the vein of Motorhead and Venom, played with the playful ferocity of a hardcore band. The guys are not necessarily carrying the torch for that older style of heavy music as much as they'r ... More >>
TestamentTestament (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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Friday, February 11, Marquis Theater, 866-468-7621.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
All 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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...
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 >>
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 >>
Weaned on Metallica, this duo makes acoustic guitars sound heavy.
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 >>
Fast reviews of recent releases
The End of Days
Natalie Maines is one radical Chick.
Wednesday, August 30, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Monday, July 10, Marquis Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
Remembering the films that heated up cinemas this year.
High on Fire
A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.
HE UNCLOGS LIFE'S PASSAGES! HE'S DR. BUZZ, NURSE PRACTITIONER TO THE STARS!
THE BANDS THAT CAN FILL STADIUMS OFFER ONLY BLASTS FROM THE PAST.