• Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Corrosion of Conformity on Arena Shows:"It Is Hard to Latch on to One Pair of Eyes"

    In spite of a mind-boggling amount of personnel changes (including two members leaving and then returning), Corrosion of Conformity has nevertheless remained consistent for over three decades. Currently whittled down to the trio of bassist/singer Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Ree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    FRI & SAT | BIG GIGANTIC at FILLMORE, RED ROCKS | 9/27-9/28 Last year's Big Gigantic date at Red Rocks was the best EDM shows of the year in this state, and that speaks volumes, given how many stellar acts there were to choose from. The feeling of hometown pride, in both the band and the crowd, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Summer Slaughter at Ogden Theatre, 8/16/13

    SUMMER SLAUGHTER @ OGDEN THEATRE | 8/16/13 Kicking the slaughter off early before work hours ended didn't prevent fans from sneaking out of work a little early to get the mass-murder body-ripping brutal metal started. Those who were previously in docile work environments quickly acclimated to the ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    The ten biggest arguments in metal

    In the company of booze and a bowl, a metalhead's favorite pastime is arguing about all things metal -- the who, what, where, when, why and how something is the best of the best. These arguments typically end with someone spitting out of blood/teeth, bloody noses, fat lips and a cold can of beer on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Denver Riot Fest and Sideshow map and dates

    If you haven't heard yet, Riot Fest, the incredibly popular festival founded in Chicago in 2005, is expanding to Colorado. There's no word yet on the lineup, but if the roster of acts (Motörhead, Public Enemy, Bad Brains, Guided by Voices, the Dismemberment Plan, Dinosaur Jr. and Surfer Blood, amon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    PASSION PIT @ 1STBANK CENTER | FRI, 3/1/13 Passion Pit began in as a solo project of lead singer and keyboard player Michael Angelakos in 2007. The project quickly fleshed out into a full band that combined a keen sense for upbeat pop melodies with lyrics that didn't exactly try to sugarcoat the com ... More >>

  • Music

    February 28, 2013
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    October 31, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually 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 ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Motörhead a no-go tonight at the Fillmore?

    That's what we're hearing. According to a post on, Lemmy, Motörhead's godlike frontman, has reportedly lost his voice and has decided to take the night off. Megadeth and the other acts on the bill are slated to perform as scheduled. We've reached out to the folks at Live Nation for ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012


    Tuesday, February 28, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497. 

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2012

    Review: The Reverend Horton Heat at the Odgen, 1/28/12

    THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT @ OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/12 Just in case anyone forgot how long the Reverend Horton Heat has been around, he reminded everyone during the first 45 minutes of his show the Ogden Theatre Saturday night by playing a song from each of his albums in chronological order, from 1991' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Reed Bruemmer and Richie Tice of Speedwolf on "Denver 666" and having a sense of humor

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2011


    Cognitive Dissonance
    Infinite Seven

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Motörhead returns to Denver February 28 with Megadeth

    Timothy NorrisMotörhead in March in LA.​Stop showering now. You may be almost sleazy enough to enjoy Motörhead when the legendary NWBHM band returns to Denver in the February cold for Megadeth's Gigantour with Volbeat and Lacuna Coil. The show is slated for Tuesday, February 28, at the Fill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Donny Paycheck on recording the first Zeke album in half a decade, playing with Motörhead

    It's been a while since Zeke rocked our ears off in these parts. Drummer Donny Paycheck (aka Don Hales) of Zeke's thinks the last time was in 2005 with Motörhead and Corrosion of Conformity. Alas, the Zeke dudes are roaring back into town tomorrow night for a gig at 3 Kings Tavern with their tradem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Slim Cessna, A. Tom Collins, Serious Moonlight and DJ MU$A top our weekly playlists

    ​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?" 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 al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    BLKHRTS, Wu-Tang top our weekly playlists

    ​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?" 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 al ... 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

    September 16, 2010

    Grinderman, RJD2 and Dismemberment Plan fill our playlists this week

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2010

    UMS Night Three Travelogue: Air Dubai at Import Warehouse, Machine Gun Blues at 3 Kings and more

    UMS Travelogue, Night Thee 7.24.10 | Baker District/South Broadway There's been no shortage of buzz surrounding Air Dubai: Though it has yet to hit the national stage, round these parts we've already as good as coronated the band successor to Flobots. Though the acoustics were terrible in the Im ... More >>

  • Music

    July 1, 2010


    Friday, July 2, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    April 15, 2010

    Holley 750

    Prison Rules
    Zodiac Killer

  • Music

    April 8, 2010


    Denver 666/Hell and Back 7-inch
    Splattered! Records

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of November 9, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Motorhead show canceled/Regina Spektor, STS9, Tech N9ne shows announced

    ​Motorhead's Saturday, September show at the Fillmore Auditorium with Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase, but if you bought tickets at Fiddler's Green they will be refunded at the Fillmore box office. Other recent cancellations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Motorhead, Black Crowes, Butthole Surfers shows announced

    When Motorhead rocked the Fillmore Auditorium last September, Lemmy and crew had the Misfits in tow. When the band hits the venue again on Saturday, September 26 the metal legends will co-headline with Reverend Horton Heat, and Nashville Pussy gets things warmed up. The Black Crowes also return the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    ohGr from Skinny Puppy visits FashioNation

    Skinny Puppy has stopped by FashioNation (613 E. 13th Ave.) quite a few times over the years. So has Ministry, Front 242, KMFDM, Peter Murphy, Motorhead, Social Distortion...well, you get the idea. See who else has visited the store here. On Friday, November 28, (the day after ohGr's show at the Blu ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2008
  • Music

    September 4, 2008

    Valient Thorr

    Saturday, September 6, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    Live Review: Witchcraft, Dead Child, Kingdom of Magic at Marquis Theater

    Photo: Jim Narcy Kingdom of Magic's Luke Fairchild See a slideshow at Witchcraft, Dead Child, Kingdom Of Magic Wednesday, August 6, 2008 Marquis Theater Better than: Whatever passes for OzzFest these days. The cyclical nature of music has, by this point, become unsurprisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    On High Gets Rechristened - Exclusive MP3 Download

    Remember this past November, when I wrote about Chris Fogal's new doom metal super group, On High, featuring Ian O'Dougherty, Matty Clark and Dave Barker? I directed you to their page on, which at the time had three free songs posted for download from their forthcoming disc. Those who were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    SXSW: Motorhead at Stubbs

    ...wasn't nearly as loud as expected, but this kid was prepared. The last time I saw Motorhead was a few years back at the Ogden Theatre with Corrosion of Conformity. Stupid me, I forgot to bring earplugs. I knew better. Not sure what the hell I was thinking. Anyhow, about a quarter of the way into ... More >>

  • Music

    February 14, 2008


    Wednesday, February 20, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Calendar

    September 13, 2007
  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    The Vibrators

    Wednesday, September 19, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7370.

  • Music

    October 12, 2006
  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    August 17, 2006


    Christ Illusion (American)

  • Home Entertainment

    January 12, 2006
  • Music

    October 13, 2005


    Valiomierda (Five Core Records)

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    Nashville Pussy

    Get Some (Spitfire)

  • Music

    September 1, 2005


    Friday, September 2, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    March 17, 2005

    Killswitch Engage

    Friday, March 18, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    August 19, 2004

    Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards

    Viking (Hellcat Records)

  • Music

    October 30, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Kiss me, Im a rock star -- at least for one night.

  • Music

    March 22, 2001

    Hit Pick


  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    Electric Frankenstein

    The Dawn of Electric Frankenstein
    (Triple X Records)

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Critic's Choice

    Pure Rubbish

  • Music

    February 7, 1996



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