If music festivals are good for one thing it's seeing great new bands. If they're good for anything else it's seeing bands you used to really like play again after a long hiatus. This year's Riot Fest has a great crop of both new and old acts, so for anyone that missed these bands the first time aro ... More >>
Riot Fest will return to Denver this fall with a lineup including the Cure, the National, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan and more. It will take place over three days, from September 19 to 21, at May Farms in Byers. Just now, the festival has announced each day's lineup and started selling single-day tickets ... More >>
Riot Fest has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it features Slayer, The Cure, Wu Tang Clan, Die Antwoord and more. The festival will make its second appearance in Denver (well, technically Byers, where the host May Farms is located) from September 19 to 21. A limited number of early bird tickets a ... More >>
Paramore is back and busier than ever. The band just completed its first destination cruise with fans (cleverly dubbed Parahoy!), which included four days and nights aboard the Norwegian Pearl, sailing from Miami, Florida, to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Fans enjoyed two outdoor shows by Param ... More >>
The Lawrence Arms (due Saturday, February 22, at The Summit Music Hall) started in 1999 when former members of the Broadways, Brendan Kelly and Chris McCaughan, decided to do a more melodic punk band focused on often startlingly detailed and personal but emotionally vibrant music that didn't wax int ... More >>
Letters From Home
After a band have been together with the same lineup for nearly twenty years, it's understandable (even expected) they'd lose some of the vigor that defined their salad days. But that's not the case with the members of Jimmy Eat World, who have been together since their teens. See also: - Saturday: ... More >>
Wowers. The Riot Fest Denver lineup was just revealed, and if you haven't seen it yet, brace yourself. It's pretty stellar. Headliners include a reunited version of the Replacements, along with Iggy and the Stooges, Guided By Voices, Yo La Tengo, Rocket from the Crypt, Superchunk, the Dismemberment ... More >>
SHABAZZ PALACES @ LARIMER LOUNGE | MON, 5/6/13 In the first half of the '90s, Ishmael Butler went by the moniker "Butterfly" as part of the rap trio Digable Planets. After the outfit's 1995 split, the group performed one-off shows here and there, but since 2009, Butler has released music with Tendai ... More >>
The Uncertain Sea somehow managed to bring together a touch of math rock or prog with splintery post-punk and '90s emo and made it compelling -- think something like Mission of Burma with a country bent, written by people who grew up hearing stuff like Sunny Day Real Estate with a touch of Codeine's ... More >>
Blink-182 last night. More photos below.BLINK-182 at COMFORT DENTAL | 9/4/11Seeing Blink-182 live is kind of like viewing a moment suspended in time: The music hasn't changed, and the band's NOFX-knock-off-style masturbation conversations are identical to a decade and a half ago. But consistency is ... More >>
Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio enjoying some drinks with fans after the show.More than a thousand punk-rock patrons crammed into a sold-out Summit Music Hall to see Alkaline Trio perform in support of its newest album, Damnesia, last night, Monday, July 11. Openers were the Gamits and Smoking Po ... More >>
Chicago's Alkaline Trio (due this evening at Summit Music Hall with The Gamits and Smoking Popes) are one of those bands that essentially created a genre, and then thrived in it for the better part of two decades. The band's melodic punk came to prominence in the mid-'90s and has stayed on th ... More >>
Monday, July 11, Summit Music Hall, 303-487-0111.
YellowCardRock.comYELLOWCARD at SUMMIT | 06.15.11"Key talked with the audience quite a bit between songs, like he was catching up old friends on the band's life over the last few lost years."
Taking Back Sunday last night at Summit Music Hall.Long Island pop-punk band Taking Back Sunday headlined a nearly sold out show last night at Summit, boasting its original line-up. Also on the bill were Thursday and Colour Revolt. All photos by Aaron Thackeray for Westword.
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, TV on the Radio is slated to perform two nights at the Ogden in September, Furthur is making its way back to Colorado for three nights at Red Rocks and blink-182 and My Chemical Romance headline KTCL's Big Gig in September. On lo ... More >>
Monday, May 2, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
Fun With Vengeance
Sunday, February 6, Summit Music Hall, 303-487-0111.
Aaron ThackerayChris Carraba still makes all the ladies swoon DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL John Jefler, Lady Danville and Chris Conley Summit Music Hall | 1.10.11 View the full slide show. Unsurprisingly, a huge amount of people waited outside Summit Music Hall last night to witness the ten-year ... More >>
Britt ChesterNo lights, camera, action! HEY MONDAY With We Are The In Crowd • the Ready Set • Cartel • This Century 11.12.10 | Marquis Theater If there was any question as to whether this show was sold out, the line snaking past the Gin Mill just before 7 p.m. dispelled any doubts. Ea ... More >>
Matthew Ballantine-PattonAdam Edwards, Ian O'Dougherty and Sean Merrell are Eolian In this week's issue, the Rough Mixes entry focusing on Eolian, the progressive rock project led by Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun) and featuring occasional Backbeat contributor Sean Merrell (T ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray PARAMORE Tegan and Sara • New Found Glory • Kadawatha 09.13.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison view full slide show While this year's installment of the Honda Civic Tour felt more like an obscene barrage of advertisements (complete with a pamphlet about credit-buildin ... More >>
Monday, September 13, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
Wednesday, August 18, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.
Starting the Hearts
Wednesday, May 19, Summit Music Hall, 303-443-2227.
Let Go EP
Gail ButenskyIn recent history we've been treated to the reunions of Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, Antipop Consortium, among others. This year, Faith No More, Sunny Day Real Estate and Pavement got back together, and, of course, there's the ever pervasive rumors of Soundgarden reconvening at so ... More >>
Kanye West and Lady Gaga's Fame Kills tour, which was just announced on Monday, has been canceled. The tour was to include a stop at the Pepsi Center on December 2 and tickets were scheduled to go on sale Saturday, October 3. There's no word yet on why the tour was scrapped. Paramore's show at th ... More >>
Saturday, August 15, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
Breathe Carolina Warped Tour Invesco Field at Mile High August 9, 2009 Fifteen years down the line, the Warped Tour, which took over the asphalt surrounding Invesco Field on Sunday, has a well-established formula: lots of bands (around seventy in Denver), most of them falling into the pop-pu ... More >>
Saturday, June 20, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Saturday, April 4, Gothic Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.
Panic at the Disco hits Broomfield Event Center Oct. 17. It's been an insanely busy week for concert announcements. We also just got word that Moby will in town for DNC and doing a DJ set at the Church on Wednesday, August 27. But in the meantime, here's a sampling of what's on sale this weekend. F ... More >>
Photo: Brian Folkins Jason Mraz hits the Fillmore on October 27. Check here for the most up-to-date concert information. Every Tuesday, we'll post the most recent concert announcements, and whenever we get word of any concert cancellations or postponements, we'll pass that info along to you, as we ... More >>
Photos by Aaron Thackeray. Warped Tour Sunday, June 29 Invesco Field at Mile High Loads o' musicians stepped up to the microphone at Warped Tour 2008's Denver stop -- but in a very real way, the day belonged to 3Oh!3. The duo of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte made a huge impression at last year' ... More >>
British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music? Rough Trade 02:20-02:55 of “Waving Flags” Hmm, yes I do like rock music. I appreciate it when bands ask me questions. It makes me really feel like I’m involved in their creative project. It’s kind of like when an author tells me right away that I’ ... More >>
The members of Fall Out Boy, who headline the Young Wild Things tour that stopped at DU's Magness Arena on November 23, are new millennium anachronisms: musicians who became famous thanks to MTV video airplay. Of course, the video medium is currently the province of YouTube, while MTV prefers to dev ... More >>
Projekt Revolution, which concluded its 2007 run on September 3 at Coors Amphitheatre, wasn't exactly revolutionary from a musical standpoint. Sizable chunks of the venerable package show headlined by Linkin Park played like extended outtakes from VH1's I Love the '80s. Still, there were quite a few ... More >>
The double bill of Rise Against and My Chemical Romance, which drew a capacity crowd to DU's Magness Arena last night, was a study in contrasts. Rise Against is all about seriousness and sincerity and really meaning it, man, while My Chemical Romance celebrates the art of artifice. And on this eveni ... More >>