LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | THURS, 4/18/13 Outside of perhaps the Hold Steady -- which shares a proclivity for Bruce Springsteen -- nobody plays straight-up rock these days as convincingly as Lucero. Led by Ben Nichols's gravelly croak, Lucero borrows liberally from the Boss and Lynyrd Skynyrd on so ... More >>
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (due tomorrow night at the Fox Theater in Boulder) formed after Malkmus's influential band, Pavement, went on indefinite hiatus at the end of the '90s. Initially, it was something of a solo project, but Malkmus ended up recruiting his friend John Moen, as well as Joanne ... More >>
Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra. Aaron Johnson is pictured far right.Aaron Johnson has a lot on his plate right now. He teaches fifth-graders by day, and by night he's taking classes to get certified in teaching English as a Second Language. He's also a Geeks Who Drink quizmaster. But tonight? Ton ... More >>
The world of heavy metal can be an exercise in absurdity and uninspired imitation played at blistering volume. With the relatively recent (and fading) popularity of "stoner-rock" and "doom metal," as evidenced by tours including the reunited line-ups of Sleep, Saint Vitus (read our recent int ... More >>
Lilly Scott isn't going to be the next American Idol. Not tonight. Not ever. And that's baffling. She should be. In spite of her undeniable talent, though, she wasn't even chosen to be among the final dozen contestants. Early on, before she was even cut, there was no shortage of folks (ours ... More >>
May 4, 2010: As good a day as any to say that Nathaniel Rateliff has made it. His sparse and powerful In Memory of Loss has been available digitally for a week, but today it appeared in physical form in record stores across the country. Rateliff grew up in Missouri, but as a musician he grew up he ... More >>
Lori MidsonMatt Mine, executive chef of OceanaireMatt Mine Oceanaire Seafood Room 1400 Arapahoe Street 303-991-2277 www.theoceanaire.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Matt Mine, executive chef of Oceanaire. To read part two of that interview, check back here tomorrow. M ... More >>
Photo by Alicia J. RoseThe Thermals new album, Now We Can See, represents more than simply a fresh recording for the Portland-based trio. After an amicable departure from the iconic Seattle label Sub-Pop, the group released their new disc on Kill Rock Stars. According to frontman Hutch Harris ... More >>
Rachael Pollard, Doo Crowder, Spoke Shaver, Rotaree, TemplesThursday, March 19, 2009GlobGlobGlobBetter than: Not falling asleep at work, which I'm now certain to do tomorrow.In military operations, planes often fly at low altitudes to avoid radar detection. If that's true in cliché form as well, th ... More >>
Josephine and the Mousepeople BDRMPPL and Pictureplane w/Josephine and the Mousepeople, Gangi and Rainbow Arabia Thursday, October 9th, 2008 Rhinoceropolis, Globeville Better Than: A show where everyone’s from the same demographic. Pictureplane seems to bring in people from a broad spectrum of ... More >>
Steve Bays, Hot Hot Heat’s frontman, had a lot more to say than we could squeeze into Westword’s September 27 profile, as demonstrated by the attached Q&A. At interview time (on September 12, the day after HHH’s latest CD, Happiness Ltd., was released), the band was heading north to Los Angel ... More >>
The Wayne Coyne profile that appears in the September 13 edition of Westword represents the SparkNotes version of a recent interview. Below, find the original text of our conversation with the Flaming Lips frontman, appearing unabridged and in its entirety. Coyne talks amusingly and at length about ... More >>
Saturday, June 16
KTCL's program director wants his station to be cool yet get good ratings. It's a tough balance to strike.
Is "Weird Al" Yankovic an American pop genius?
Some very Nobel intentions pay off.
Putting Denver on the musical map.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band breathes life into death.
From the week of October 14, 2004
Navigating hardship and hilarity, the Moths flutter toward greatness.
Don't let the downpour fool you. Aveo's clever pop is far from overcast.
With a buoyant new album, Voices Underwater is rising to the surface.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Scott Campbell moves down the road and away from the 15th Street Tavern.
Melding the synthetic with the traditional, Califone dials in the sound of the past. Will you accept the charges?
San Diego's Pinback moves from science fiction to oblivion without getting lost in space.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Built to Spill's Doug Martsch searches for the happy medium between fatherhood and rock and roll.