Nirvana (Band)

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    In defense of Sublime

    I thought I would have to wait until the 20th anniversary of Sublime's 1996 self-titled mainstream breakout album to write about how fundamentally misunderstood and judged Sublime is. I have so many feelings, too many probably, about a band whose legacy is beaten up almost as much as Insane Clown Po ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd recalls being with Nirvana when it stopped by 23 Parish in Denver

    Soundgarden formed in 1984 as a three-piece with Chris Cornell on drums on vocals, Kim Thayil on guitar and Hiro Yamamoto on bass. Though noisier in the beginning, the band would go on to be one of the main purveyors of a slow, sludgy, intense, punk-rooted rock that was dubbed "grunge" by the Britis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Ryan McPhun of the Ruby Suns on being totally obsessed with Nirvana as a 'tweenager

    The Ruby Suns is the brain child of Ryan McPhun, whose New Zealander ancestry lead him to the land of his father before he joined his first actual band. Before that, he had played along to Nirvana in his parents' garage. That experience, coupled with what he learned as a member of the Brunettes and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Ten best comedy shows in Denver in February

    With Denver's local comedy scene finally beginning to catch up with Comedy Work's national acts -- in terms of both talent and swelling audience numbers -- we figured it was time to assemble some of our favorite standup shows for the coming month. As we salivate over the smorgasbord of Denver's incr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Comedian Rory Scovel on crowd tension, Bobcat Goldthwait and why Aurora didn't steal Batman from him

    Baby-faced Rory Scovel has been lighting up the comedy world with his classic observational humor, mixed with context-free voices that he applies randomly to no particular jokes or bits (he's been known to drift into a German accent at random points in the show, and may or may not continue with it t ... 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 13, 2012

    Nirvana's Incesticide turns twenty

    In the wake of the generation defining, pop music altering, astronomically hyped wonder that was Nirvana's Nevermind, Kurt Cobain would spend the next two and a half years of his life trying to remind people what his band was actually all about (while simultaneously trying to figure that out himself ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Twenty fabled moments in Denver music: #10: Nirvana's first post-Nevermind show here, 1991

    Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at when Nirvana came back to town for a show at the Gothic Theatre with Dinosaur Jr., fresh off of recording Nevermind. When the members of Nirvana left a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Flipper: "We had people reporting that they'd seen our graffiti on the Great Wall of China"

    Flipper (due tonight and tomorrow night at the Lion's Lair) got its start in 1979 in the creatively fertile arts and music scene in San Francisco. Formed after the break-up of Negative Trend and including two former members of that band, Will Shatter and Stephen DePace, Flipper didn't set out to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2012

    Saturday Night Live: The best, worst and most controversial performances

    Update: 10:39 a.m. Sunday The Shins were on Saturday Night Live last night night weekend's musical guests. Being invited to be the musical guest on an episode of SNL has been a benchmark of commercial success for any band of the last forty years. And for good reason: From Andy Kaufman annihilating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Garbage at the Ogden Theatre 4/25

    While Butch Vig is probably best known for his work as a Grammy-winning producer who's worked with the likes of Nirvana or, more recently, the Foo Fighters, he's also a member of Garbage, an alt-rock act (and a rather decent one at that) that formed in the mid '90s and was led by the fiery Scottish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2012

    Flipper at Lion's Lair March 29-30

    Oh, now, this is going to be just awesome! Girl Wreck is presenting two nights with Flipper. Although a legendary punk band in its own right, many remember the Bay-area outfit best for being immortalized by Kurt Cobain on an episode of MTV's Unplugged, when the late Nirvana frontman wore a homemade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Record Store Day, the Black Friday edition

    ​Record Store Day was originally started a few years ago as a once-a-year celebration for some 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S., including Twist & Shout and Wax Trax, but the organizers have also included today, Black Friday, as another chance to for music fans to get their ha ... More >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2011

    A Shoreline Dream

    Losing Them All to This Time
    Latenight Weeknight Records

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    Review: Come As You Are, a covers show for Nirvana's Nevermind, at Hi-Dive, 9/24/11

    Tom MurphyThe Swayback and friends covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit"One of the obvious highlights of last night's exceptional Nirvana covers celebration in honor Nevermind's 20th anniversary was when Eric Halborg of The Swayback told us we knew the words to the third song the band played and invite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    '90s relapse weekend! Here's your Good Friday roundup

    The Dwarves​This weekend is heavy on the flashbacks, as multiple punk and grunge shows usher in our new stage of societal nostalgia. Friday night features freak-punk outfit The Dwarves at the Bluebird, while downtown at The Walnut Room things will be kept a little more light and carefree wit ... More >>

  • Music

    September 22, 2011
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    September 21, 2011

    Nirvana's Nevermind turns 20 this Saturday

    The forthcoming 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind isn't just an observance of the release of the 1991 record; it is a tangible marking of a shift in popular culture.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Didn't catch the Tea Party Debate? Here it is, in 75 seconds of mind-numbing glory

    Uh, no apologies.​Monday night, the eight Republican Presidential candidates threw down on the CNN-hosted Tea Party Express debate, and one thing was clear: The country is poor, the current approach to healthcare isn't working and Rick Perry is disliked. By everyone else in his party. But we w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Facebook gets worked up over Nevermind: Ten notably more offensive album covers (NSFW)

    ​This week, Facebook claimed the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, which features a baby and his hanging do-dad, violated its terms of use when it was displayed on the official Nirvana fan page. The social networking site later reversed its decision, but it can only be assumed it was initially due ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Bobcat Goldthwait on touring with Nirvana and what attracts him to the darkness

    ​Bobcat Goldthwait says that when he couldn't make people feel awkward with his stand-up comedy, he tried to do that with the movies he wrote and directed -- films like Shakes the Clown (where Goldthwait stars as a depressed and alcoholic clown who gets framed for murder) Sleeping Dogs Lie (a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    The '90s make a womping comeback: Fifteen tracks get a good old dubstep goose via remix

    ​There are a lot of things to love about the '90s: Power Rangers, Cindy Crawford, Titanic, Beanie Babies, Win Ben Stein's Money, Mr. Bean, Friends or that notorious low-speed chase involving a white van and a retired professional football player. The music, however, was the best part of the de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Lady Gaga be damned: Top five "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies of all time

    ​Earlier this week, Lady Gaga reportedly refused permission to "Weird Al" Yankovic to release a parody of her new single, "Born This Way," called "Perform This Way." Upset, but well-aware of his right, Yankovic released the song anyway. Turns out, Lady Gaga actually loves "Weird Al" and is pla ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011
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    February 21, 2011

    Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls on being a shy person in an extroverted profession

    Tyson WirtzfieldDum Dum Girls​ As a rare drummer and frontwoman, Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Gundred) was part of experimental pop band Grand Ole Party. Once that band split, Gundred took it upon herself to learn how to write songs on an instrument well outside her comfort zone. When that expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Rose Hill Drive debuts new music this weekend at the Fox Theatre

    ​Just as the last of the amber alerts are set to expire, we've received word and indication that the members of Rose Hill Drive are emerging from their self-imposed hiatus. Although the act has played a couple of dates recently, for all intents and purposes, it's been a good year and a half or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Mashed landings: A rundown of the 5 worst mash-ups

    flickr / nmfin​Thanks to the absurdly low cost of music and video editing software and an inexhaustible number of people who clearly have too much time on their hands, the Internet has been inundated with mash-ups. Some folks, believe this is a auspicious development for humanity. And while we ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 25, 2010
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    January 11, 2010

    Over the weekend: Acoustic Profanity at Bender's Tavern

    Acoustic Profanity Friday, January 8, 2010Bender's Tavern Better than: MTV Unplugged. Acoustic Profanity was about what you'd expect from the name: Get a bunch of punks together and take them out of their element a little by handing them acoustic guitars and sitting them on some stools. Over the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Slayer grabs top spot at Wax Trax

    ​Slayer's latest effort, World Painted Blood, grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax for the week ending November 15. Lightning Bolt came in second with Earthly Delights and 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana's Bleach took the third spot, while The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14 co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Top ten reunions we'd rather not see

    Better Than Ezra ​There have been a lot of bands in the history of the universe and most of them, at one point or another, have broken up. Surprisingly, we've found the majority of them have reformed despite themselves. Another surprise is the amount of bands still playing -- Better Than Ezra, Sev ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009
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    June 18, 2009
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    May 29, 2009

    Dualistics unveiling new tune tomorrow at hi-dive

    The Dualisitcs have been on something of a hot streak for the past six months. They kicked off the year with a brand-new EP that drew great buzz, a solid review and warranted a feature from us. They followed that up a few months later with a Nirvana cover show that had everyone stoked (sorry I misse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Q&A with Kevin Devine

    Photo by Denny DoesKevin Devine. Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine, the subject of a profile in this week's Westword advancing his Sunday, May 24 gig at the Marquis Theatre with Miniature Tigers, The Rouge and Brian Bonz, is the rarest of interview subjects: a guy who listeners carefully to every ques ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Dualistics reach Nirvana

    On Friday night, I caught an entertaining, thought-provoking and extraordinarily heady bit of theater out at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. The play, directed by award-winning Denver actor and skilled chef John Arp, is called The Visitor. Written in 1993 by French playwright Eric Emmanuel-Schmitt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Here we are. Now entertain us: Dualistics channel Nirvana. Sheryl Renee pays tribute to Marvin Gaye.

    Got plans this weekend? If not, you do now. There's a couple of shows totally worth checking out featuring local musicians paying homage to a pair of past icons, groundbreaking, paradigm shifting artists who left this world violently and prematurely. This Friday night at the hi-dive, the Dualistics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Q&A with Lucas Field of Low Vs. Diamond

    Lucas Field, the frontman for Low Vs. Diamond (the subject of a profile in Westword's November 27 edition), is a Seattle native -- but he spent his college years at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he played in a jam band whose music has little in common with the tunes he's making with his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Foo Fighters: the original Westword review

    The younger Dave Grohl. Prior to seeing (and being knocked out by) the Foo Fighters during their September 8 Red Rocks show, I'd only seen the band once: back in 1995, during its first-ever Denver appearance. It'd only been a year or so since the suicide of Grohl's old boss, Nirvana leader Kurt Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Q&A With the Fluid's Rick Kulwicki

    Rick Kulwicki was half of the two-guitar attack that drove the Fluid, whose June 20 reunion takes place at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for more information). He's also an entertaining conversationalist, and his alternately witty and incisive commentary lights up the hefty Q&A that foll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Q&A With the Fluid's James Clower

    James Clower's guitar helped fuel the Fluid, which is getting back together for a June 20 appearance at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for the facts). And he's also the player most eager for the band to keep going, as he makes clear in this revealing Q&A.

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Q&A With the Fluid's Garrett Shavlik

    Garrett Shavlik's drumming had loads to do with the success of the Fluid, a classic Denver band that's reuniting at the Bluebird Theater on June 20 (click here and here to get the skinny). And although he's lived in Seattle for around a decade at this point, his musical history and Denver's remain i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Q&A With the Fluid's John Robinson

    John Robinson of the Fluid, which reunited on June 20 at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for the lowdown), is one of the great should-have-beens in the annals of Denver rock. He had everything it took to be a star of global proportions, but for whatever reason, it didn't happen. Neverthele ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 3, 2008

    The Elm

    Guys with guitars.

  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    Shonen Knife

    Tuesday, December 4, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

  • Calendar

    November 1, 2007

    Son Sets

    The late Kurt Cobain narrates a documentary about his life and death.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007

    J Mascis Says "Yeah" and Several Other Words

    J Mascis is a lot better guitarist, singer and songwriter than he is a conversationalist. As noted in the June 14 profile of the reunited Dinosaur Jr., which headlines the June 16 Westword Music Showcase, I quizzed Mascis back in 1991, when a group called Nirvana was opening for his band, and the ch ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    [Linkin Park]

    Meteora (Warner Bros.)

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    Division of Laura Lee

    Black City (Burning Heart/Epitaph)

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Queens of the Stone Age

    Rated R
    (Interscope Records)

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