FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>
SUN | MAZZY STAR at OGDEN THEATRE | 11/10/13 David Roback was a leading light in the Paisley Underground movement with his band Rain Parade. When that group split up in 1986, Roback formed another outfit, called Opal, with former Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith. Opal released Happy Nightmare Ba ... More >>
BOB SEGER @ PEPSI CENTER | TUES, 4/2/13 While Bob Seger might be immortalized by his long-running Chevy ads that featuring "Like a Rock" and the scene in Risky Business where Tom Cruise sings along to "Old Time Rock and Roll," there's a lot more to the guy than that. He's carved out a spot in the ro ... More >>
There's nothing wrong with cover songs. In fact, before Sam Cooke and the Beatles shifted the established paradigms, singer and songwriter were two entirely separate professions. And there's also nothing wrong with a musician recording a cover album in the twilight of their career (Johnny Cash's Ame ... More >>
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) has been through ups and downs since 1990. But through it all, singer and primary songwriter Anton Newcombe, has steered the band through releasing more great albums per decade than most bands have across entire career. For the unini ... More >>
Thursday, April 12, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849; Friday, April 13, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
Kurt CobainHow do you honor a musician when awards and certifications aren't enough? By naming something in his honor, of course -- be it a bridge, a street, an asteroid or even a whole day after the guy. But in naming something after a musician, it's easy to forget that while in some cases t ... More >>
Behold, Untold Stories, another new periodic feature on Backbeat. As you've probably deduced from the name of this feature, Untold Stories will feature first-hand accounts of momentous occasions involving local folks that have never really been highlighted -- thus the Untold part of that equa ... More >>
Thursday, April 7, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: Peter Gabriel and Widespread Panic are coming to Red Rocks in June, while Sade is due at the Pepsi Center in August. Meanwhile on local radio, My Body Sings Electric, Pacific Pride, the Sunshine House and String Chees ... More >>
Monday, February 21, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Saturday, November 20, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Earlier this morning, Lil Wayne was released from New York's Rikers Island after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. Fellow Southern rapper T.I., meanwhile, went back to jail on Monday after a federal judge in Atlanta revoked his probation follow ... More >>
David BlackBethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno are Best Coast In recent years, with bands ransacking the '60s, '70s and '80s for musical ideas and sounds, it's becoming increasingly easy to dismiss many musicians as being little more than throwbacks mimicking their artistic ancestors. But some ... More >>
Wednesday, November 3, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
It was only a matter of time before a film was made about Phil Spector. His life has been bonkers enough to at least warrant a made-for-TV movie. It turns out, this might just end up being the case. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that David Mamet has been tapped to write the f ... More >>
Kiernan MaletskyThe cover's off the grill, the windows are down and sweet freedom is on the horizon. Ahh, summer is coming. And while it's still early, there have already been more than enough entrants in the summer jam sweepstakes to make a short list. A few ground rules: 1. Must have been ... More >>
Wednesday, February 10, Bluebird Theater, 303-377-1666.
A semi-chaste spot of former gay-porn actor Timothy Boham. As expected, former gay-porn star Timothy Boham's claim that that a Colorado businessman he was accused of murdering had actually killed himself -- a dubious defense made famous by Wall of Sound innovator Phil Spector -- didn't manage to sw ... More >>
Photo by Lori MidsonDo the martinis at Vesta Dipping Grill come with fuses? May we see some I.D.? Today in Cafe Society: • Vesta Dipping Grill gets happy with its Colorado cocktails. • Feast tonight at Feast on the Fax. • Zanzibar Billiards gets ready to break on Larimer. • A sign of the t ... More >>
Timothy Boham during his gay-porn days. Timothy Boham, the former gay-porn star currently on trial for the 2006 murder of a Denver businessman, took the stand in his own defense yesterday. This move is often a sign of desperation -- and his testimony reflected the quality, too. He'd previously conf ... More >>
Thursday, April 9, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
But your movie's kinda drab. Mamma Mia! drains the fun out of ABBA.
Let these popsters be your guide to the 60s SoCal sound.
Monday, November 5, Walnut Room, 303-292-1700.
Ten bands that weren't singing Yankee Doodle Dandy in '06.
Music biopics Hollywood won't make.
Friday, November 24, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Thursday, September 21, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Awoo (Arts & Crafts)
Flying beneath the radar, Supply Boy delivers.
Wednesday, May 31, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Pretty in Black (Columbia)
You Are the Birthday Girl (Shelter Thee Records)
Silence Is Easy (Capitol)
Space Team Electra
Nuggets II strikes gold by mining new territory.
Former SST producer Spot brings underground Celtic sounds into the light.
Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.
Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.
A new boxed set tries to wring every last drop from the music of the late moptop.
JOHNNY RAMONE TAKES A SWING AT BILL CLINTON, BOB DYLAN AND CHANGE OF ANY KIND.