• Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    25 Things We Learned at Riot Fest 2014

    Live music always offers some kind of release, but Riot Fest appeared to be a particularly welcome respite for many fans.Tom Murphy It's been almost two decades since I first saw Mineral, and the time hasn't hurt its sound. It hasn't helped it, either. Mineral's brand of whiny emo and shameless Sun ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Overheard at Riot Fest 2014

    Maybe it's the punk rock origins of Riot Fest that brought out the funny and the ridiculous in various performers and attendees at Riot Fest. It was mostly the usual self-deprecating and/or sarcastic commentary one expects out of musicians but there were a handful of gems both inspired and just funn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Riot Fest announces new location and issues a statement: "Simply, we were duped"

    After being denied special-use permits required by Arapahoe County, Riot Fest has moved its 2014 festival from May Farms outside Byers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in downtown Denver. The dates (September 19 to 21) and schedule (see below) are unchanged. Previously purchased tickets will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Riot Fest 2014 schedule announced, single-day tickets on sale now

    Riot Fest will return to Denver this fall with a lineup including the Cure, the National, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan and more. It will take place over three days, from September 19 to 21, at May Farms in Byers. Just now, the festival has announced each day's lineup and started selling single-day tickets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Riot Fest 2014 lineup for Denver announced

    Riot Fest has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it features Slayer, The Cure, Wu Tang Clan, Die Antwoord and more. The festival will make its second appearance in Denver (well, technically Byers, where the host May Farms is located) from September 19 to 21. A limited number of early bird tickets a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Backbeat's 2014 Colorado bucket list: #15-6

    What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next week, we'll be rolling out the answers across our blogs. Check back on tomorrow for the full list -- and in the meantime, feel free to post your own sugges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    DAVE MATTHEWS BAND @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | 8/23-8/24 Twenty years ago, the Dave Matthews Band played Red Rocks for the first time, opening for the Tragically Hip and the Samples, and went on to build a loyal following with early shows at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. In the two decades since, the gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Punk Rock Karaoke invites you to sing along to Bikini Kill and Jawbreaker for a good cause

    Rebel girls and rude boys, this one's for you: tonight's Punk Rock Karaoke invites everyone to sing along with his or her favorite songs for a good cause, as the Denver Health Collective hosts a traveling repertoire of punk hits. The karaoke project makes its first stop in Denver -- which also acts ... More >>

  • Music

    April 11, 2013
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    March 13, 2013

    The 50 worst rock/pop lyrics: The Complete list

    Well, here we are, at the end of the road of lyrical idiocy. As our countdown to crappiness finally culminates, we've trained our eye on some of the greatest lyricists in rock, who during select moments, greatly disappointed us with their valueless verse. These lyrics are all bad on their own terms, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    The worst rock/pop lyrics of all time: 20-11

    Join us as we go further down the rabbit hole of cringe-worthy rock lyrics, making our way through an underselling David Lee Roth, a culture war waged by Avril Lavigne, a melodramatic suicide note from Blink 182, some lumpy Black Eyed Peas and Chinese food that makes LFO sick, while Bob Dylan and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Fugazi is a benchmark, a signpost and an example of how it could and should be done

    Gateway Acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, guest columnist and Flattery Festival founder Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun, E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2012

    NOFX at Fillmore Auditorium, 12/7/12

    NOFX @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM |12/7/12 The funniest (and definitely the wrongest) moment in NOFX's show last night at the Fillmore came when Fat Mike prefaced "Arming the Proletariat With Potato Guns" by saying, "This is kind of a racist song, but it's okay if you're racist toward the people in your b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2012

    The ten best mohawks at NOFX last night

    Probably one of the only things in punk that's lasted as long and remained as perennially as popular as NOFX is the mohawk. And while it's obvioiusly no where near as radical as it was in the Reagan era, it's still an eye-grabbing representation of the counter-culture that once was. We spotted a ton ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: 12/7-12/9

    Welcome to the weekend, y'all. Breathe easy. You made it. Good Friday to you. And, oh, what a good Friday it is. Another stacked weekend of music awaits you. Just like the Broncos win streak continues, so does the steady stream of solid shows, whether you're hankering for some old-school punk or old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 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

    December 5, 2012

    Fat Mike of NOFX on pornography, punk-rock parenting and how America is a sinking ship

    NOFX was started in Los Angeles in 1983 by Michael "Fat Mike" Burkett and Eric Melvin. The band was born of the same West Coast scene that produced some of the most important punk bands of all time, from Black Flag and the Circle Jerks to the Minutemen and the Descendents. Although the sound that NO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    The five best concerts this week: December 3-7

    Good morning, y'all! And oh what a joyously good morning it is, eh? Is it just us, or is the sun shining a little brighter today? With the Broncos clinching the AFC West division yesterday here at home on an unseasonably agreeable day at Invesco, well, it just feels like one of those green-lights-al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    New shows: STS9 and String Cheese NYE runs, Fun. at 1STBANK, DeVotchKa and more

    New Year's Eve is shaping up to be an epic night of shows, with the String Cheese Incident pulling into 1STBANK Center for a three-night NYE run (tickets on sale this Saturday, September 29), STS9 plays three shows at the Fillmore (tickets on sale Friday, September 28), and the Motet's Beginning of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    The Killers at 1STBANK, the Wallflowers at the Ogden, Nas and NOFX at the Fillmore

    If you thought last week's new show announcements were killer, brace yourself. This week's show is just as killer, er make that Killers. After being missing in action for the past couple of years, the Las Vegas quartet is making its triumphant return this November at the 1STBANK Center in support of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Rusko: "I, of course, support medical marijuana, and I am clearly a patient."

    For Colorado's annual celebration in honor of smoking the ganja -- known otherwise as the twentieth of April to non-imbibers -- Rusko (aka Christopher Mercer), the reknown dubstep producer hailing from the England, is bringing his production to 1STBANK Center, along with DJ Shadow, Paper Diamond and ... More >>

  • Film

    December 8, 2011
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    July 8, 2011

    Hindershot's Stuart Confer on background, Naked Eyes and evolving songwriting

    ​Hindershot (due tonight at 3 Kings Tavern with Force Publique, Achille Lauro and The Show is the Rainbow) started out with songs lead singer and guitarist Stuart Confer wrote in his bedroom a few years before. In just over a year, Hindershot became one of the more popular bands associated wit ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011

    Off With Their Heads

    Friday, February 18, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621.

  • Music

    September 23, 2010

    Strung Out

    Sunday, September 26, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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    August 5, 2010
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    September 10, 2009

    The Dropskots

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  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Tech N9ne grabs top spot at Independent Records

    Tech N9ne's new album, Sickology 101, knocked Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap down to the second spot on Independent's best seller list for the week ending May 3. The Dream and Keri Hilson grabbed slots in the top ten for the fourth week in a row. See the full breakdown after the jump.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Warped Tour, Kings of Leon, Judas Priest shows announced

    Sunday, August 9 is going to be a busy day for music in the Mile High, when Kings of Leon stops by Red Rocks, and the skater-centric Vans Warped Tour, pulls into Invesco with more than fifty bands in tow, including 3OH!3, Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake and Flogging Molly, among others. A few mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Sneak peek at Ghost Buffalo's new video

    Storyboard illustration: Justin Staggs Whoa! Just screened the new Ghost Buffalo video for "Gold Disease," from the band's sophomore effort, The Magician. Without putting too fine a point on it, let's just say it's... aw, hell, man -- it's freaking badass. The band filmed the clip in Minneapolis ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008
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    May 1, 2008


    Friday, May 2, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    Over the Weekend ... Dinosaur Jr., Hate Fuck Trio and Awesome Color @ Ogden Theatre

    Dinosaur Jr., Hate Fuck Trio and Awesome Color December 14, 2007 Ogden Theatre Better than: Reading Our Band Could Be Your Life for the tenth time. As I stepped off Colfax Avenue, and into the Way-Back Machine of the Ogden Theatre on Friday night, I took a second to reflect on how I had come to thi ... More >>

  • Music

    November 22, 2007

    Mini Reviews

    Mini Reviews

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    June 7, 2007


    Sunday, June 10, Gothic Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Class of 2007

    A half-dozen acts that we think will catch fire this year.

  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    Field of Vision

    The Unseen's contempt for the president has precedents.

  • Music

    January 19, 2006


    Resolve (Fat Wreck Chords)

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    December 8, 2005


    Epoxy Lips Now! (Self-released)

  • Calendar

    July 15, 2004
  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Donít be a D.O.R.K. ó support the local music scene.

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    June 20, 2002

    Critic's Choice

    Warped Tour

  • Music

    May 23, 2002

    Gone Again

    Pop-punk prototype Pinhead Circus calls it quits after ten years in the ring.

  • Music

    September 7, 2000

    Summer of Hate

    Is the season finally right for the Hate Fuck Trio?

  • Music

    August 31, 2000

    The Bad Luck Club

    After years of struggle with record labels, Automatic 7 is slowly returning to the business of punk rock.

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    August 17, 2000


    Pump Up the Valluum

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