Neil Peart

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    July 29, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    AMERICANARAMA @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | WEDS, 7/31/13 Sometimes when genre-specific festivals are put together, the bill gets padded with -- to put it charitably -- lesser-known artists. Fortunately, that's not the case with Americanarama, which features Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingha ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    The men of OM discuss the primacy of rhythm and how songwriting is really a lot like sculpting

    OM first formed when Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius got together a handful of years after their old band Sleep parted ways in the late '90s. The idea was to create a project that used rhythms to convey meaning in a fashion akin to Tibetan devotional music or Gregorian chants. From 2003 until the depar ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Gateway Acts: How a Rush to judgment ultimately led to more affecting music

    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, Noah Hubbell gives us the goods on a Rush to judgment that he made early on. I grew up in a ho ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Bon Iver at Red Rocks, 5/31/12

    BON IVER @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5.31.12 Flanked by talented multi-instrumentalists and standing in front of two drummers, both of whom played kits so sprawling they resembled Neil Peart's smaller setups in the '70s, Bon Iver compelled the packed Red Rocks crowd with songs from across its powerf ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Jordan Burns of Strung Out on being an influential drummer and the band's new album

    ​Jordan Burns, the drummer for Strung Out, is one of the most influential modern rock drummers ever. His timekeeping skills have been recognized by magazines such as Modern Drummer, and most recently DRUM! magazine, who tapped him as best punk drummer. The bionically gifted Burns has carved ou ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Rush levels Red Rocks with three-hours of power and precision

    ​ RUSH 8.16.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheater It's taken more than three decades for Rush to refine its approach to stadium rock, and the long gestation process has paid off. The Canadian trio's three-hour set at Red Rocks Monday night showed just how carefully the band has constructed its approac ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010


    Monday, August 16, and Wednesday, August 18, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 1-866-448-7849.

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    June 23, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase 2010: Backbeat scribes' travelogue

    ​ Here's our massive, multi-page report/travelogue of the Westword Music Showcase from (in order) Tom Murphy, Cory Casciato, A.H. Goldstein, Jef Otte, Jon Solomon and Brain Frederick. Let us know in the comments what you saw and loved, saw and hated, or missed and hated yourself for missing. ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    October 13, 2008
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    August 2, 2007


    Wednesday, August 8, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.

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    May 18, 2006

    Tool Time

    Tool puts all the emphasis on the music.

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    March 4, 2004

    East Is Eden

    Karsh Kale spins the soundtrack as blissful worlds collide.

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    October 9, 2003

    Human Resources

    New York's Puny Human is a mean mistreater.

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    November 28, 1996

    Heavy, Man.

    The ten worst concept albums of all time.