Going to an electronica show is a fantastic excuse to bust out a wild outfit to accentuate your dance moves, and Bassnectar, in town this weekend for their annual appearance at Red Rocks, was no different. Here are the ten best getups from the show, as found by photographer Eric Gruneisen. See also ... More >>
Over the last six months, Cervantes' has been at work on a new patio and outdoor stage by the Other Side portion of the venue. Woodworker Tommy Lyle of Wood of a Kind built the outdoor stage, seating and bar using wood from trees that fell during the floods last year.
Lady Gaga went high-concept on her last album and found mostly apathy among her desensitized fan base. But! The concerts have always been the best part -- last time around she gave birth to herself onstage and that was literally her entrance. So her upcoming show at the Pepsi Center should be a spec ... More >>
Denver blog posts speak in mysterious ways. On our Backbeat blog, Leslie Simon provides an unusual guide to Phish's on-stage hand signals. The Colorado Independent's Sandra Fish on the handful of contentious House races, which are expected to be brutal and expensive. Denver Frank offers video adv ... More >>
The Avett Brothers are making their annual trek to Red Rocks, but this year, the outfit will be setting up shop for a three-night run with Bob Weir & Rat Dog on Friday, July 11, Lucero on Saturday, July 12, and Shovels and Rope on Sunday, July 13. Tickets for the shows range from $49.95 to $59.95, a ... More >>
Denver blog posts do it all night long. At our Backbeat blog, Leslie Simon critiques night two of Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio's other band at the Ogden Theatre. Plenty of photos included, too. Coyote Gulch on climate change planning -- and uncertainty. Denver PR Blog's latest great moment in ... More >>
TREY ANASTASIO BAND at OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/14 Trey Anastasio Band kicked off its spring tour in Denver last night and debuted a couple new songs in front of a sold out crowd that was lined up down the block and across the street before doors were even open. The last time the band was in town in 201 ... More >>
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 >>
THURS-SAT | DISCO BISCUITS at OGDEN THEATRE / 1STBANK CENTER | 1/23-25 Pioneers of the jamtronica genre, Philly's Disco Biscuits build interesting set lists; they invert portions of jams into each other, surprising the crowd again and again while shining a mega ton of lasers in your face for an over ... More >>
As 2013 winds to a close, I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. Not because it was a particularly bad year, though. Just the opposite: 2013 was the first year in a long time that wasn't marked by some kind of personal tragedy. It was a year of minor triumphs and general pleasantness, unmarred by the ... More >>
SAT-TUES | STRING CHEESE INCIDENT at 1STBANK | 12/28-12/31 String Cheese Incident will be presenting its 20th Anniversary Celebration at 1STBANK Center with various openers for their NYE run. The group has Bootsy Collins joining forces on Saturday, December 28, and confetti rockers Flaming Lips on t ... More >>
Phish just finished a stunning run of shows on the East Coast last week, in which the band debuted new material. While the new tunes will no doubt inspire much debate, the band's already sprawling archive of performances provides endless fodder for discussions of which versions are the best. Admitte ... More >>
For many jam band fans, traveling and seeing concerts goes hand in hand. Often when a favorite band announces its tour, folks will scan the tour dates and choose which dates to go to depending on which venue they are booked at. From giant outdoor summer sheds to intimate houses, here are the ten gre ... More >>
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 >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 9/1/13 One of the best things about Phish playing Dick's around Labor Day is that you get to see our sunset. A good, juicy, late summer Colorado sunset pre-show, and then you get two whole sets of Kuroda's light show like it's an indoor Fall show. This year's clo ... More >>
By Leslie Simon PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/13 I guess we do really all love Dick's. For the first time last night, Phish sold out Dick's Sporting Goods Stadium, which can hold up to 26,000. Not too bad for some goofy dudes who have never had a hit song. Many assumed the show would se ... More >>
By Leslie Simon PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/13 The night started with a familiar sight in the Denver skies last night over the Phish show at Dick's Sporting Goods Park -- the airplane that local grow supply store chain Way to Grow usually has flying overhead at concerts with its "Grow ... More >>
While 2012 will be remembered as they year that Red Rocks hosted the most shows in its history, it's also going to go down as one of the best years for concerts in Colorado in general. As we reflected on all the incredible shows we took in this past year, there were an astounding number of what we'd ... More >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/12 - 9/2/12 Telluride '88, Red Rocks '94 and Denver '97 -- these aren't just places and years to Phish fans. They're monuments, pivotal parts of Phish's Colorado legacy. Out of nearly eighty concerts that the band has played in the Centennial state and more ... More >>
Good morning! Here we are again. Weekend's over. Bummed? So are we. Luckily, there's another full slate of music to look forward to this week. As always, the choices are plentiful. From folk and metal to indie rock and jam, whatever your flavor, there's plenty of options. Mumford & Sons kicks off a ... More >>
Sleep-deprived Phish fans who woke up early for Record Store Day made a great investment it seems. As noted in our Record Store Day coverage, the most sought-after piece of vinyl on the April 21 event was a limited-edition vinyl pressing of the band's first album, Junta, and the available copies wen ... More >>
TREY ANASTASIO @ BOETTCHER CONCERT HALL | 2.28.12 The soft, beautiful and, at times, elegant side of Phish's musical catalogue shone last night as frontman and songwriter Trey Anastasio took the stage at the Boettcher Concert Hall backed by the 65-piece Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Outside, fans dr ... More >>
Update (9/29/11): A few commenters on this week's cover story, "Phish Story," alerted us to another video of the incident that has surfaced. This one, which was posted on YouTube today, evidently, is shot from yet another angle, and the footage appears to be from sometime between the subsequent elev ... More >>
The perfect weather brought out a perfect crowd to this year's Taste of Colorado, and Westword's Dave Ingraham was there to capture snaps of memorable attendees. And other photogs were equally busy. Check out galleries devoted to Phish, Blink-182, Selena Gomez, Ke$ha and more on our overflowi ... More >>
Jon Fishman is one timekeeper with some crazy get upsThe Grateful Dead and Phish are often compared because of their fanatical fan bases, trippy live shows and psychedelic-rock flavored extended jams and improv. Lead singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboardist Page McCon ... More >>
There were some amusing Phish stories were shared this week.If you've just joined us, earlier this week we gave away a pair of three-day, general admission field passes to see Phish this weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Rather than just giving the tickets away at random, we asked folks ... More >>
Paper Diamond's stock just rose significantly. The Boulder-based act led by Alex B. (aka Alex Botwin) of Pnuma Trio and Elm and Oak, has been added to the Outside Lands festival happening a few weekends from now in San Francisco. Have you seen the lineup? He'll be in some pretty impressive c ... More >>
MIKE GORDON 03.14.11 | Ogden Theatre Last night, just a week after Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio took the same stage, bassist Mike Gordon brought the funk to the Ogden Theatre with a little help from Ian Neville's Dumpstaphunk. Unlike Anastasio, Gordon doesn't pepper his set list with Phi ... More >>
Adam Perry TREY ANASTASIO BAND 03.01.11 |Ogden Theatre Whenever I think of Phish singer/guitarist/composer Trey Anastasio's most powerful solo work, my mind always turns to "orchestral funk" -- the term Anthony Keidis used to describe the Talking Heads' large-band era (with Adrian Belew on ... More >>
An average Misfits fan.Personally, it's been the "One Bad Album" rule. That's all it takes for a band's musical reputation to be asterisked forever, which makes getting a tattoo of that band, well, risky. You have to wonder how often thirty-somethings across the land hear "Nice Chi' Pep's tat ... More >>
Boyd Fletcher PHISH - NIGHT TWO 10.11.10 | 1STBANK Center Settling in for night two of three at the 1STBANK Center, the crowd and the members of the band seemed to be making themselves at home. Anastasio flashed a smile before sending the opening chords of "Runaway Jim" bouncing around the ... More >>
Boyd Fletcher PHISH - NIGHT ONE 10.10.10 | 1STBANK Center One night after the Fourmile Canyon Benefit warmed up the 1STBANK Center, Phish turned the arena into a steam bath. The band took the stage just after eight, and aside from two suites that were going unused, the 6,500 seat arena was ... More >>
File this one under the most heartening news we've heard all week. Just got word of a benefit concert for the folks effected by devastating Fourmile Canyon Fire. Presented by KBCO, the aptly dubbed Fourmile Canyon Revival features the String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Yond ... More >>
Boyd Fletcher PHISH August 9-10, 2010 | Telluride Town Park Looking out over a crowd of roughly 10,000 people on the ball fields of Telluride's town park after tearing through a cover of Traffic's "Light up or Leave Me Alone," Phish's Trey Anastasio summed up the surroundings succinctly: "I ... More >>
Phish, which kicks off its summer tour in June, is slated to play back-to-back dates at Telluride Town Park on Monday and Tuesday, August 9 and 10. An online ticket request period is currently underway and ends March 26. After that, tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Ap ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we'r ... More >>
The Diamond Boiz.Diamonds in the rough? Today in Backbeat Online: • Update: Diamond Boiz crew ready to bust through. • Over the weekend: Phish at Red Rocks, 8/02/09. • Flobots check in from the Blasting Room to hype the Bowling Ball. • Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlis ... More >>
Don't make your weekend a weak end. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Five Peace Band at the Paramount Theatre. • Phish at Red Rocks sells out in minutes; fans call bullshit. • Q&A with David Frederickson of the Prids. • Freaky Friday: "The Force" Swinging robodisco of the '70s. Today in Caf ... More >>
Due to a crippling, worldwide shortage of seventeen-minute solos, Phish has decided to reform Here's a friendly, easy-to-use index to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy doing that weird stoner hippie dance in celebration of the recent news t ... More >>
Head to the Denver Coliseum for the Lowrider Tour.
Friday, January 25, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030; Saturday, January, 26, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
Thursday, April 20, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772; Friday, April 21, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Watch out for beer bottles, laser pointers and pointy umbrellas.
Adam Ferrara brings his big-city humor to Denver
Radio waves: Clear Channel clears the air about independent promoters.
Sancho's Broken Arrow