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    June 6, 2014

    Boulder County to review permit for marijuana growing operation near Cure Organic Farms

    A Boulder County Commissioners panel voted yesterday to review the permit issued for a large marijuana grow operation and hold a public hearing on the plan. The decision came after neighboring farmers, including the owners of Cure Organic Farms, and other community members loudly voiced their opposi ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    What the hell is babymetal?

    Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    FRI & SAT | ADVENTURE CLUB at OGDEN THEATRE | 1/10-1/11 The Montreal-based Adventure Club is a duo that started as a pop-punk act. Quickly outgrowing that hybrid, Christian Srigley and Leighton James started making electronic music, their first foray into it being a remix of Brand New's "Daisy." Adv ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    August 7, 2013

    The ten best metal videos

    Music videos are the artistic representation of the band's music, a visual extension of muscle from the shoulder to the fist, jarring a deeper emotion in your brain. If music videos were never created, who knows what would've happened? Well, actually a couple things are certain: We would've been spa ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Dave Mustaine talks addiction, religion and having a personal relationship with God

    Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine first conceived Gigantour as a platform to showcase acts whose music featured virtuosic guitar playing. In addition to his own band, the festival's inaugural roster in 2005 included prog-rock vets Dream Theater, extreme metal unit Nevermore and skronky math-core heroe ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    The ten best southern metal bands

    Because of the relentless pounding humid heat, a different kind of anger boils in the veins of southern metal cowpokes. Southern metal is at all times heavy like metal should be, but it's also lethargic at times with a sweet tea in hand sitting on the porch, and sometimes it's wild with beer while o ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 16, 2013

    The ten best pioneering metal frontmen

    Along with a killer set of pipes, the best frontmen can stand at his pulpit on stage and engage with the crowds and rage while conducting the flow of the show. Decisive, commanding and blunt, these men are the alpha males of alpha males, the kings of kingpins, and like Conquistadors, they take what ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week

    HAVOK @ MARQUIS THEATER | FRI, 6/21/13 Hot on the heels of its European tour with Cephalic Carnage, Suffocation and Fallujah, Havok is preparing for the release its new album, Unnatural Selection, next Tuesday, June 25. The ten-track album, the band's fourth release overall and the followup to 2011' ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Havok's new album, Unnatural Selection: Here's the release date, cover art and full tracklist

    Havok, on tour in Europe right now with Cephalic Carnage, Suffocation and Fallujah, is preparing to release its new album, Unnatural Selection, on Tuesday, June 25. The ten-track album, the band's fourth release overall and the followup to 2011's Time Is Up, was produced by Havok frontman David Sanc ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    So that guy you see twirling the sign on the side of the road? He's probably listening to Slayer

    Alright, how many times have you driven past that dude on the corner, the one twirling his sign like a madman, and thought to yourself Wow! That dude is rocking out. Wonder what the hell he's listening to? Wonder no more. Mystery solved. It's Slayer. At least that's what this particular gentleman wa ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    Welcome to the weekend, friendos! Mere hours away from quitting time, and there's so much great music to look forward to this weekend. We've got some choice grooves on tap from Disco Biscuits, who are closing out their three-night Colorado run tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center, some heavy goodness fr ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013


    Saturday, January 26, Summit Music Hall, 866-468-7621

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    January 16, 2013

    The 25 best concerts this winter/spring

    As the winter chill finally thaws (work with us here -- we know it's still below freezing right now) and gives way to the hopefulness and fertility of spring, the upcoming concert season is likewise bursting with promise. Coming off one of the best years for live music in recent memory, the lineup i ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    The five best metal shows in Denver this month

    January's a monster month for metal in the Mile High City, from Impending Doom tonight at the Marquis Theater to Down at the Summit Music Hall at the end of the month to a couple of killer local bills. If you're a completist, we've got all of this month's shows listed in our concert calendar or if y ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Twenty fabled moments in Denver music: #9: Pantera fans riot at Mammoth Event Center

    Backbeat is counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today: A look back at when Pantera played at Mammoth Events Center in the mid '90s and fans took their fury out on the venue. See Also: - #10: Nirvana's first post-Nevermind show here, 1991 - #11: Bob Dylan crashe ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Fire in the Asylum

    Poetry for the Apocalypse

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    November 24, 2011


    Friday, November 25, Summit Music Hall, 1-866-468-7621.

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    September 6, 2011

    Tonight: Down at Summit

    ​A virtual supergroup, Down (due tonight at Summit Music Hall with In Solitude and Ponykiller) is spearheaded by none other than the fear-instilling voice of Phil Anselmo, of super heavy legends Pantera. But Down is band all its own -- the group has been making sludgy, devastating metal since ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Down due at Summit Music Hall on September 6. Tickets and a special VIP package onsale now

    ​Fresh off the heels of a European tour and with a new album in the can, Down, fronted by Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, is coming back to Denver on Tuesday, September 6.

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    May 21, 2009

    Immortal Dominion seeking new timekeeper

    Just received word that Immortal Dominion, the subject of a recent extended Q&A, has begun the search for a new drummer. Evidently, at the behest of Sterling Winfield, the producer of Primortal, the band's latest platter, the outfit enlisted a studio drummer named Matt Thompson for the sessions. ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009
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    April 9, 2009
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    April 2, 2009


    Saturday, April 4, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7352.

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    February 26, 2009
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    January 9, 2009

    A preview of Immortal Dominion's forthcoming album

    Immortal Dominion, the monster metal unit out of Fort Collins, has recently completed tracking its brand new album. After spending five weeks in the studio with renown producer Sterling Winfield, who's overseen albums by Mercyful Fate, Pantera and Hell Yeah, among others, the platter has been shippe ... More >>

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    February 27, 2008

    Q&A With Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine

    In the States, the music of Bullet For My Valentine – the subject of a profile in the February 28 Westword – is typically lumped into the modern rock, hard rock or screamo categories. But as lead singer/guitarist Matt Tuck makes clear in the following Q&A, he considers his band to be part of the ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    This Just In...

    The latest nightlife news.

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    May 30, 2007

    Time for a Bolder Bolder Boulder

    There I was, on the home stretch of the Bolder Boulder, pounding down Folsom Street (read: jogging at an exhausted pace barely faster than a walk), endorphins ramping up for final push over the last hill. Then I heard it, blasting from a loudspeaker at a gas station: “Always have to steal my kisse ... More >>

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    August 24, 2006

    Lamb of God

    Sacrament (Epic)

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    August 3, 2006

    In My Room

    Things I won't miss about my apartment.

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    May 25, 2006

    La Bohème

    The bottom line on a third birthday bash.

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    May 4, 2006

    Rebel With a Cause

    Dimebag lives on in these new recordings.

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    April 13, 2006

    David Allen Coe

    Friday, April 14, Red & Jerry's, Sheridan, 303-783-0655.

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    December 15, 2005

    Year Long Disaster

    Wednesday, December 21, 15th Street Tavern, 303-572-0822.

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    March 3, 2005

    Single Bullet Theory

    Wednesday, March 9, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.

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    December 16, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Losing Dimebag Darrell was never part of the Damageplan.

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    August 12, 2004


    Wednesday, August 18, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.

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    April 10, 2003
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    August 23, 2001

    Season to Risk

    Shattering (Owned & Operated)

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    May 18, 2000


    Cabaret Diosa puts its surf-mambo sound on celluloid.

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    November 18, 1999

    Hit Pick

    Scene & Heard

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    July 3, 1997
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    June 19, 1997
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    November 7, 1996

    Yesterday and Today

    What the years have done to the Who.

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    July 25, 1996

    I Talked With a Zombie

    White Zombie's frontman on Disney World, KISS and Pee-wee's Playhouse.

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    November 9, 1994
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    July 20, 1994
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