Planes Mistaken for Stars

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    October 15, 2014

    The Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages: Part Two

    Editor: Please see the Author's note on this new photo-driven series at the end of this article. In this second part (read part one here) of the Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages, we're going to use a few bands of the era to spotlight some of the important venues. Not every band played ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Mike Doughty, We Have Some Questions for Your Question Jar

    Mike Doughty will bring his Question Jar Show to the Walnut Room this Friday, October 10. He's had... an exciting relationship with the songs that made him semi-famous as the front man of Soul Coughing, originally swearing off the material before recording an album of Soul Coughing "re-imaginings." ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014
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    July 22, 2014

    Why reunited Denver punk legend Planes Mistaken for Stars has aged so well

    When Planes Mistaken for Stars made its return to Denver over the weekend after a long break, it attracted an assemblage of old fans and new. This included some people you don't much see at shows anymore -- a true testament to the enduring impact of Planes. There wasn't a song during which more than ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Planes Mistaken for Stars is back

    Gared O'Donnell is back in Denver now. He wants a cigarette badly, but with six smoke-free months under his belt, he's keeping his cool and just enjoying being back in the city he loves, despite occasional cravings. He even ran a half-marathon a little over a month ago. "I no longer want to attack ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013
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    March 27, 2013

    Best of Denver 2013: A look back at the Best New Band winners from the past decade

    Our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands today. It's a painstaking issue to put together each year, and one that everybody looks forward to. This edition in particular, though, is even more significant as it's the thirtieth edition. It's also a minor milestone for Backbeat, as it marks the tenth ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Fugazi is a benchmark, a signpost and an example of how it could and should be done

    Gateway Acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, guest columnist and Flattery Festival founder Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun, E ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Dirty Few at 3 Kings Tavern, 1/17/12

    DIRTY FEW @ 3 KINGS TAVERN |1/17/12 Earlier in the night, you wouldn't have guessed that so many people would have shown up so enthusiastic for a local band, many of them knowing the words to all the songs. But Dirty Few from the beginning hyped people up with its own antics to pump itself up for t ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Oct. 19-21

    Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! And what a glorious weekend it's going to be. Have you seen the forcast? What's more, the Broncos have a bye-week this week, which means there's no reason at not to get out in the sunshine during the day and then treat yourself to some shows at night. As always, we'v ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Free money! Denver bands have unclaimed SoundExchange royalties. Are you on the list?

    The bad news is you didn't win a gazillion dollars last night in Powerball -- some lucky jerk in Michigan did, apparently. The good news is, however, you may still have some cashola coming your way that you weren't expecting. Think of it as finding a crisp twenty in the pocket of pants you haven't w ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Famed Mastodon cover artist Paul Romano at Marion Street Tattoo this Saturday night

    See Also: - Emily Francis brings together art and music at Marion Street Tattoo Gallery - Emily Francis Prepares for Takeoff Fans of art and metal, take note: Famed artist Paul Romano, best known for his illustration and design work on albums by Mastodon, Chiodos, Earth Crisis and Trivium, among c ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia, on bum piss and fried fish

    Hunter Pritchett Luca d'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 This is part one of my interview with Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia. Part two of my chat with Pritchett will run in this space tomorrow. Hunter Pritchett and his kitchen crew are thumbing through an Ita ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Radiohead, Roger Waters, the Descendants and Los Lobos were announced. Nautical Mile, Tennis, Churchill and Dressy Bessy got spins on local radio. And new and recent releases from Tom Waits, Wale a ... More >>

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    September 3, 2011

    Labor Day: Let's recap the ten best concerts of the summer

    Summer's about sweating after dark.​From Lil Wayne's on-stage clowning and Katy Perry's cooing, to a perspiration-and-PBR soaked reunion of Planes Mistaken for Stars, and even those teenage, Danish punks Iceage melting the audience Rhinoceropolis, the summer of 2011 was as good as any for live ... More >>

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    August 14, 2011

    Review: Planes Mistaken For Stars at 3 Kings, with Fire Drills and Kingdom of Magic, 8/13/11

    Aaron Thackeray. See more photos from last night. PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS REUNION at 3 KINGS TAVERN | 8/13/11With special guests Kingdom of Magic, the Fire Drills and Vamos! Right before Planes took the stage, you could see the anticipation on the faces of many people who had been looking forwar ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    We're blessed to be living in the best city in America.Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In October, St. Vincent is due at the Boulder Theater, followed by DeVotchKa who also appear there later in the month, as well as the Ogden, and Why? at the Gothic Theater. On local radio, Bop ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Planes Mistaken for Stars reunion slated for August 13 at 3 Kings Tavern

    Jim Narcy​Another must-see date to circle in blood red ink: Saturday, August 13. Trust us: you will NOT want to miss this show. Planes Mistaken for Stars is getting back together for a reunion show at 3 Kings Tavern. Planes was one of the most kickass and ferocious bands to ever call Denver ho ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    DeVotchKa's new video for "The Man From San Sebastian" directed by Vincent Comparetto

    ​Have you seen the new DeVotchKa video yet? Talk about the ideal artistic pairing. Directed by Vincent Comparetto, the clip perfectly captures the vibe of the song. I mean he just nailed it. It's like Comparetto climbed into my head and pulled out the exact type of imagery I picture each time ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    May 5, 2011

    Emily Francis brings together the world of art and music with Marion Street Tattoo Gallery

    ​ After reading the above headline, you're probably thinking: Denver needs another tattoo parlor and art gallery like it needs another dispensary, right? Hold on. This one's a little different. For starters, it's being run by Emily Francis, a cherished member of the local music scene.

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    July 14, 2010

    Lost Lake Lounge plays host to evil twins Il Cattivo and Glass Hits

    Flier by Brian HoffmanClick to enlarge​Ever since the halcyon days of Star Trek (the original series), pop culture has loved the idea of the evil twin. And in our top flier this week, we are given a prime example of evil twin-ness. Using what appears to be a paunchy Stacy Keach as a model, ou ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    The last days of The Treehouse: Is Denver losing another iconic piece of the underground?

    ​In what appears to be the last days of The Treehouse, the downtown warehouse where dozens of bands have formed, practiced, lived and crashed over the years, a few of the last guys are sitting around reminiscing. In six years, some good stories are bound to come out of a place, like the one a ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Song of the Day: "Airplanes" by B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams

    ​ If you haven't already been acquainted, meet B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray, due at the Ogden with Lupe Fiasco on Thursday, April 29TONIGHT!), a dude that, if his record company has its way, will be well on his way to reaching ubiquitous status by the end of summer. Our friends at the Voice put toge ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only*, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show*, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Google improves its music search capabilities

    ​Been on Google lately? Notice something different? We noticed it the other day, but didn't think much of it until we came across this item on Evidently, the search engine provider has broadened its search capabilities to now provide links to songs that are capable of being streamed ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    MP3 Freeloader: Hot IQs final show, tonight at the Bluebird

    As previously reported, tonight's the night when Hot IQs retire their jerseys after an estimable six year run. A distinguished, iconic band that earmarked an era, the outfit is immortalized in the pantheon of local music alongside other dearly departed, homegrown legends such as the Fluid, the Czars ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Mile Hi-Fidelity playlist - 06.17.09

    Turned in an economy version of the show last night. No guests, no co-host. Not much to report really. Just one guy, one mike and two dozen handpicked tunes. Where was my faithful sidekick, you ask? Why Mr. Thomas had a show last night at the Larimer Lounge, as he dutifully reminded me via text yest ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Dialed in: This week's local music radio playlists

    Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were playing this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's long-running Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colo ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Lion Sized have hearts like, well, lions

    It's been said that the mark of a truly great band is the ability to deliver the same caliber performance in front of virtually nobody as you would for a crowd of thousands. Gared O'Donnell from Planes Mistaken for Stars didn't just subscribe to this notion, he lived it. Emily Francis, who managed P ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Mile Hi-Fidelity playlist - 12.10.08

    Well, Andy Thomas and I -- with the help of Jon Solomon, who sat in with us for the second half of the show -- made it through the second edition of Mile Hi-Fidelity, our new local show on 101.5 FM. Aside from some novice board-op flubs on my part (rookie!) and the fact that I'm an insufferable dork ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    Top 10 Denver Band Names

    Photo: Jim Narcy What's in a name ... for Planes Mistaken for Stars, a lot. Alright, so I just started editing next week’s section, and Tom Murphy wrote a preview on a band whose name appears in the list below -- you’ll have to pick up next week’s paper to find out who it is -- and it got me ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    The blog shortcut, October 7 edition

    Planes Mistaken for Stars made our best band-name list. Blog-day afternoon. Backbeat Online collects the Top 10 Denver band names -- a roster sure to excite fans of Lyin' Bitch and the Restraining Orders. Also available for the clicking: Chairlift's appearance in an Apple commercial and an invita ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    Breezy Porticos hanging it up

    I know it's not over yet, but I'm pretty sure that 2008 is gonna go down as the year of the break up. Here are some of the acts that called it a day: Planes Mistaken for Stars, Machine Gun Blues, the Brotherhood of Dae Han, Whiskey Kiss, Fight Like Hell, the Crimson Red, Erica Brown Band, Redline De ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Going to the Theater

    Photo: Jon Solomon Nothing like going to the theater. I almost never go to plays. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a well-written drama or a well-staged theatrical piece, but the artifice of acting is often a bit too – well – artificial for my tastes. This is odd, actually, because when it come ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Sharing the Wealth

    An out-of-state friend of mine just asked me to pull together some recommendations of good music that has emerged from colorful Colorado in recent years. I’m looking at the playlist in iTunes right now and can’t believe my eyes.

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    February 21, 2008

    Cue the Cricket

    One of Denver’s most storied stages may soon be silenced.

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    December 18, 2007

    Planes Mistaken for Stars Final Flight

    Just received word from the fine folks at Soda Jerk Presents that the venerable Planes Mistaken for Stars will be playing its last show ever on Saturday, February 16 at the Marquis Theater in the company of friends Mustangs & Madras and Kingdom of Magic. Keep checking Soda Jerk's site for tickets to ... More >>

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    July 3, 2007

    Audiophile: Music From Westword Music Showcase 2007 Nominees

    Each clip is between 20-30 seconds in length Rock Machine Gun Blues The Omens Rose Hill Drive The Swayback Tarmints

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    June 28, 2007
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    June 21, 2007

    The F-Troop

    This years Showcase was quite the earful.

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    June 19, 2007

    Review: Westword Music Showcase @ Outdoor Stage- 6/16/07

    Westword Music Showcase June 16, 2007 Outdoor Stage Better than: Making small talk about my daily life. Aaron Collins is totally offensive. So is Gared O’Donnell, for that matter. The two mouthy frontmen--Collins of Machine Gun Blues and O’Donnell of Planes Mistaken for Stars--shot off a strin ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Westword Music Showcase 2007

    Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Westword Music Showcase! This year’s Showcase, set for Saturday, June 16, in the Golden Triangle, is bigger and better than ever (yes, I know we say that every year, but it happens to be true). For starters, the all-ages Outdoor Stage has moved two blocks t ... More >>

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    May 9, 2007

    Rock the Vote!

    Alright, so the wait is over. This year’s Showcase ballot has finally been revealed. As with every year, the event continues to evolve and improve (we like to think so, anyway). This year, you’ll notice that we’ve added five new categories, and there’s 57 acts making a first-time appearance ... More >>

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    September 21, 2006

    Stage Managers

    The techtonic plates continue to shift along Denver's increasingly competitive concert scene. Although no official statement has been released, Chuck Morris will be vacating his current post at Live Nation to join his proteges, Don Strasburg and Brent Fedrizzi, at the new Denver outpost of Anschutz ... More >>

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    March 24, 2005
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    March 24, 2005

    Best Frontwoman

    Marie Litton
    Ghost Buffalo

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    March 17, 2005

    The Beatdown

    Get out of Denver, baby, go!

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    August 21, 2003


    Scorcher (Cloister)

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    July 3, 2003

    The Beatdown

    The lowdown on the Music Showcase awards.

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