It's a good one, folks: KS 107.5 FM's Summer Jam brings hip-hop royalty to Englewood tonight, and most of the people there will probably be capping off their weekends with The Fray at Red Rocks on Sunday. There's more: Dragondeer, subject of this week's Backbeat feature, will release its long-awai ... More >>
Paul Westerberg wasn't exactly thrilled to be in the Southern California desert last night. "Headed out to San Francisco, definitely not L.A.," he once sang. During his latest reunion show with The Replacements - at Coachella - he often mocked the audience, whom he quickly deemed insufficiently fami ... More >>
Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together like wine and cheese. Which is why we'd like to recommend a few pairings for those so chemically inclined, a fine list of musical acts coupled with good stuff sure to provid ... More >>
THE REPLACEMENTS at RIOT FEST | 9/21/13 Surely it wasn't lost on anyone when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson came on stage wearing pink skirts and orange cowboy hats. The two were clearly nodding to the absence of Stinson's late brother Bob, who frequently performed in such attire. Clad as they we ... More >>
THE OUTFIT @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 8/24/13 The Outfit saved one of its best songs for late in the set, and the sparkling urgency at the beginning of "What Happened To You?" perfectly framed the song's poignant lyrics, which were inspired by a chance encounter Eric Johnston had at a school library a few y ... More >>
Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>
One day, historians will look back and marvel at how blogs changed the music industry -- that is if they can avoid being distracted by the next big thing long enough to think analytically about history. Where just a few critics used to shape the tastes of music fans across country, now an army of bl ... More >>
Mojo Nixon (due Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at the Lion's Lair) gained notoriety in the mid- to late '80s for his irreverent songs informed by an absurdist humor with partner Skid Roper. Nixon's exuberant, unapologetic persona won over audiences because even as Nixon would make seeming ... More >>
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 >>
Monday, March 28, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Backbeat approved post-punk band Makeout Point broke up a couple months ago. A sad day for Denver music fans, but several of its members are brewing up another project: Bizarre Learning Center. So far it's a tumblr and the promise of demos, but there's plenty to start getting excited about. " ... More >>
Julian OchoaThe Posies (due tonight at The Gothic Theatre) had the good fortune -- or bad, depending on your perspective -- of being a non-grunge rock band in Seattle that came into its own during the era when, for far too many people, "alternative" became synonymous with "grunge."
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Saturday, March 4, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Swearing at Motorists holds steady on the fringe.
Elizabethtown is only the latest movie to reveal Cameron Crowe's love affair with soundtracks.
The Hold Steady's literate brand of rock is way above average.
Nobody's Darlings (Liberty & Lament)
Thursday, November 11, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-0959.
Haiku you: The year’s worst records get poetic justice.
Tommy Womack is still rattling Nashville's cage, but in a kinder, gentler way.
Boston-based singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick lets Freedom ring on a new recording.
A trio of records from Triage
Return of the grievous angel--a tribute to Gram Parsons, The Road Kings, Paul Westerberg
As part of Tuatara, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck heads in new musical directions.
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