Red Rocks' season is in full swing, with Global Dub Festival tonight and country star Brantley Gilbert on Sunday. In between, you can catch Will Hoge at Grizzly Rose, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes' and, of course, the dude who wrote "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." He's playing the Boulder Theater ... More >>
Guitarist wiz Nels Cline says he used to envy people who could stick to one genre, like musicians who'd say, "All I do is play swing, or all I do is play bluegrass, or all I do is play prepared guitar." But for Cline, due tonight at Dazzle, focusing on one style has never really been his bag. His fa ... More >>
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 >>
In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the pianists and we'll soon be taking a look bassists and drummers, today we focus on the six-stringers. ... More >>
Master luthier Scott Baxendale lives in Athens, Georgia, these days, but he still has Denver on his mind. In fact, he says has plans to move back here. Right now, though, the gifted guitar maker and former Colfax Guitar Shop owner has his hands full in Athens, between running his latest guitar shop, ... More >>
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND @ BOULDER THEATER | THU, 9/12 The Preservation Hall got its start at the legendary New Orleans venue that it's named after over five decades ago. The group has gone through many line-up changes over the last fifty years with some of the group's elders passing the torch to ... More >>
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 >>
When guitarists Nick Didkovsky and Chuck O'Meara bought a $100 guitar, they came up with the idea for their $100 Guitar Project: They hit up a dozens of their guitar-playing friends and asked them to write and record a short piece of a song. They each had a week to come up with their part, and then ... More >>
Jon SolomonWilco's Jeff Tweedy last night at the Fillmore Auditorium. WILCO @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/19/12 "I'd like to thank the Fillmore for having us back," Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy told a capacity crowd last night. "It's a pretty sweet joint you got here. It's a good rock and roll joint wit ... More >>
Matt SkellengerSince Alex Lemski started the Creative Music Works in 1989 with the "vision of uncompromising freedom of expression for musicians," the organization has brought in a number of pivotal artists in the jazz and avant-garde realms such as David S. Ware, Joseph Jarman and Andrew Cyr ... More >>
Friday, January 7, and Saturday, January 8, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
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 >>
Jon Solomon WILCO 09.03.10 | Jazz Aspen Snowmass "Don't even think about yelling, 'Freebird," Wilco's frontman Jeff Tweedy replied to the guy in the crowd who screamed out the Lynyrd Skynyrd tune early in Wilco's ambitious two-hour set at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass labor day festival. "You can ... More >>
Just a year after taking over the Oriental Theater, the owners of 3 Kings Tavern have thrown in the towel and put the historic, 700-person venue at 4335 West 44th Avenue up for sale. Jim Norris, one of those owners -- and now also part-owner of the new opened Rockaway Tavern -- says they trie ... More >>
Autumn de WildeWhen we spoke with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline a few weeks ago for a profile that previewed his gig at Dazzle, we mainly talked about the Nels Cline Singers' latest effort, Initiate. But right before concluding our chat, we asked Cline about Wilco working on new material. He tol ... More >>
As this summer's Red Rocks schedule begins to fill in, a few more were added this week, including Rush, who will be performing its epic 1981 album Moving Pictures in its entirety for the first time ever on the Time Machine Tour, which kicks off in June. The band, who is currently working on i ... More >>
A while back, Paul Riola gave up his post as program director and treasurer at Creative Music Works to focus on making music with his Bottesini Project. With as passionate as Riola clearly was about the organization during his time there, the decision must've been made with much consideration. Be ... More >>
Naima's Grass Pajamas
Jon SolomonThe Bottesini Project Friday, October 16, 2009Notably Fine AudioBetter than: Any other local collective improvisation group. One of the great things about Bottesini Project shows is the uniqueness of each performance. Since the shows are based completely based on collective impr ... More >>
On Naima's Grass Pajamas, Paul Riola's Bottesini Project has assembled something of a dream lineup, including guitar legend Nels Cline of Wilco, bassist Keenan Wayne, CacheFlowe, Janet Feder and Glenn Taylor. The musicians recorded a day's worth of improvisations, then Riola and Colin Bricker ... More >>
Wilco and Okkervil River Friday, July 3, 2008 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Better than: Wilco's show at the Pikes Peak Center last year. Just as Wilco took the stage, the theme from the Price is Right played and two people cloaked in a camel suit pranced across the stage. Sure, it might have been a ... More >>
Mike Watt is most certainly a man whose thoughts cannot be expressed in a mere 500 or so words. Needless to say, this week's Rough Mixes entry only highlighted excerpts of our recent conversation with punk's elder statesman. While on tour supporting his newest punk rock opera "Hyphenated Man" and in ... More >>
Here's an index to all the great content you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy gaping in sheer disbelief at the ridiculous prices Beatles memorabilia was demanding at auction...
From Wilco to fronting his own band, this forward-thinking guitarist is happy about the shape he's in.
Except for Nels Cline occasionally singing through a tiny toy megaphone into his guitar pick-up, there aren’t any singers in the Nels Cline Singers. Rather the instrumental trio, which also features bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola have been traversing the lines of jazz, free improvis ... More >>
Today, Westword's blogs are like Mr. Creosote -- overstuffed and ready to erupt. Stand back, because you might get some on you. Scads of content about the astonishing Tillemann-Dick family, the subject of a feature article by Joel Warner, can be found in nearly every nook and cranny of the website ... More >>
Wilco Thursday, May 8, 2008 Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs Better Than: The last time I saw Wilco at the Fillmore. The first time I heard the live version of Wilco’s “Handshake Drugs” from Kicking Television I was floored by the guitar solo in the middle and the pure sonic wash of three ... More >>
The Fray's Isaac Slade and Joe King sound off on their favorite albums of 2007.
The Nels Cline Singers Draw Breath (Cryptogramophone) Sorry, vocal fans: The Nels Cline Singers don't engage in any literal singing. Instead, Cline, the guitarist for Wilco, joins bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola (with assistance from Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche) on a series of in ... More >>
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Friday, July 28, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Though rooted in some legendary punk and rock bands, Banyan's free-form style extends far into the future.
Interstellar Space Revisited: The Music of John Coltrane
Carla Bozulich talks about integrity, barbering and the Geraldine Fibbers.