Recently, in an interview with Hello! Magazine, that sappy dude with Ashton Kutcher hair, James Blunt, apologized for his double-platinum song "Beautiful." Referring to it as "force-fed down people's throats" and "annoying," Blunt has openly admitted his grim misdeed in writing the 2005 anthem for t ... More >>
Reviewing music is, at best, an inexact science. You may say, "I don't like The Mountain Goats because John Darnielle's voice is annoying." I would respond with, "Fuck you, his voice isn't annoying at all, you just don't get it." That's pretty much divisive music discourse in a nutshell. But that h ... More >>
Record Store Day is all about showing the love for your favorite bands by hitting the shops and making a purchase. Westword decided to hit the checkout lines at Wax Trax and Twist and Shout and put people on the spot. Hey You! You just bought a bunch of stuff from the record store: show us the goods ... More >>
It was sad -- Jay Leno's 22 years hosting The Tonight Show ended with all the excitement of a guy farting at the mall. We all talked about his joke stealing and his talk-show stealing and how he'd played to the middle, threw away his talent. We were happy to see him go back to his garage and all h ... More >>
In the darkest recesses of the metal world, truly shitty albums lurk. Now, these albums aren't necessarily 100 percent shitty (there may still be some redeeming music to be found), but they are certainly incredibly disappointing, particularly given the otherwise worthiness of their creators. Plug yo ... More >>
Feuds, tantrums, threatening to kill the president -- if you've been following rock music for the past few decades, you know that dickish behavior comes with the territory when your job involves a stage and adoring fans. Here we've assembled the reprehensible cream that has risen to top, highlightin ... More >>
ELECTRIC SIX @ LARIMER LOUNGE | TUES, 2/19/13 Electric Six has been bringing the party to the unwary for a decade. The group's songs combine '80s rock, disco and New Wave into a cranked-up, ultra-catchy sound all its own, with lyrics that mix a David Lee Roth-esque bravado with surreal barrages of i ... More >>
Brian Eno's 1977 album Before and After Science marks the end of an era. In the four years before it came out, starting in January of 1974, Eno released no fewer than three solo pop albums, and this, his fourth, was to be his last for almost thirty years. By the time he returned to song-oriented voc ... More >>
A revered hip-hop producer who got his start with Phonte and Big Pooh in the North Carolina-based group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has worked an array of top shelf artists from Jay-Z and Destiny's Child to Mary J. Blige and Ludacris, among many others. Known as one of the best samplers in hip-hop, w ... More >>
There's some stellar music on tap this week to look forward to no matter your flavor. The week kicks off with an absolute bang this afternoon at the Summit Music Hall with Cannibal Corpse, which headlines the Summer Slaughter tour with Between the Buried & Me, Job for a Cowboy, Exhumed, Goatwhore an ... More >>
Welcome to the end of the work week! Unsurprisingly, your musical options are plentiful this weekend: Gotye packs the Ogden tonight for a sold-out show with Kimbra, Fun. is at the Fox Theatre, John Scofield returns to Colorado after the successful three night stand with Phil Lesh not too long ago, B ... More >>
Friday, April 6, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849, SOLD OUT.
Brooklyn's Greenpoint held a Phil Collins parade as an antidote to Valentine's Day (and sincerity, presumably). More than 250 people showed up, and the revelry got so out of hand that the cops had to show up and explain what was acceptable behavior for these sorts of things. Dancing on the ro ... More >>
Yesterday the Canadian equivalent of the FCC decided to ban the Dire Straits' song, "Money for Nothing" from the radio because of the use of a certain slur. Fair enough, but it seems like they might be a little late to the party, as we're pretty certain Mark Knopfler and Sting could really ca ... More >>
Tim Saccenti Formed by pair of childhood friends, Chromeo first began gaining notoriety with the release of its second album, Fancy Footwork in 2007, and before long the Canadian duo, individually known as P-Thugg and Dave 1, garnered coveted slots at major festivals such as Coachella. The o ... More >>
With close to six months of postponed release dates under its belt, two official videos already out in advance of its supposed release on June 15, and almost every one of its tracks leaked all over the internet, Drake's much anticipated first full-length, Thank Me Later, has generated a ton ... More >>
A couple of nights ago, we had the absolute pleasure of seeing William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun do a rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on Lopez Tonight that made our hearts cream with loving ecstasy. We have no clue what to actually think of Lin Yu Chin (other than that the internet seems t ... More >>
Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half co ... More >>
Just take a look at me now. It's not everyday you're struck with eternal truth while watching a sitcom, but it does happen. And while watching a rerun of 30 Rock the other day, it happened to me when one character offered to make another a mixtape and asked, "You like Phil Collins?" and was a ... More >>
For the past several weekends, The Truth, at 101.5 FM, has broadcast music, as opposed to offering the sort of right-wing syndicated blather that dominates its airwaves Monday through Friday. But this particular aspect of its format has already gone through as many personalities as the famous ... More >>
Are there any more Baileys at home like you and Boss? As if the news about the Denver Broncos wasn't bad enough already, now we hear that the two best players on the team's hideous defense, Champ and Boss Bailey, are both hurt; Champ's on the shelf for four to six weeks with a groin injury, while ... More >>
Guys with guitars.
It's never been easier to start your own (fake) band.
Rilo Kiley, Jonathan Rice and Grand Ole Party September 11, 2007 The Ogden Theater Better than: The next Denver show they play, which will undoubtedly be at the Fillmore and I'll be that snob you know who says, “I saw them at the 15th Street Tavern on their first tour, so I've no need to see them ... More >>
From filmmaking to furniture design, this French duo is multi-faceted.
Linking you to the best in legitimate, artist-approved exclusives.
Violent shootouts and dangerous love in Michael Mann's visceral cop-series update.
Meat Beat Manifesto's Jack Dangers prefers different strokes.
The Very Hush Hush come back to Denver with music to die for.
The Dearly Beloved strike a balance between fringe folk and Buddhist blues.
Blusom was never intended to be a band, but it grew into one anyway.
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Room on Fire (RCA)
April 10, 2003
Jungle fever fails to catch hold in this routine sequel.
Frampton Comes Alive!: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (A&M)
Peter Frampton (Legacy)
Craig C is taking Denver house music to the masses.
Before you declare yourself a Grammy expert, let Backbeat test your skills.
Exploring the mindstate of the hip-hoppers in Denver's nGomA.
WE'VE JUST LISTENED TO EVERY RADIO STATION IN DENVER--AND BOY, DO OUR EARS HURT.
THE IN-CONCERT MELLOWING OF JIMMY PAGE AND ROBERT PLANT.