The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
Kaia Wilson (due tonight at Yellow Feather Coffee) was a teenager in the late '80s and early '90s in Oregon when she became involved in the Pacific Northwest's underground music scene. Although she played shows with many of the famous bands of the era with her band Adickdid, she first came to ... More >>
Bad Brains (due tonight at Summit Music Hall with Frontside Five and the Other Russia) is a band that's consistently mentioned in the same breath as Black Flag and and Minor Threat as groups that made massive contributions to defining the hardcore/punk movement in the late '70s and early '80s ... More >>
April 1983 issue of TIME. How could '80s lefties not kind of loathe and fear this guy?Thirty years ago today, at 12:27 p.m. mountain time, John Hinckley, Jr., shot then-president Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Reagan, of course, survived the shooting, ... More >>
Tina-KorhonenSt. Vitus (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) were one of the pioneers of a style of music that took its direct inspiration from the first four, maybe even the first six, Black Sabbath albums. The band's aggressive guitar work flirted with psychedelia but was too heavy to ever be ... More >>
"Medusa," by Cristy Road.Cristy Road is a queer punk-rocker radical feminist Cubana artist and writer; her career as a 'zinester dates back to the 7th grade and a time when she struggled with personal gender and identity issues, masking over her true feelings with a combination of deep-felt l ... 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 >>
Todd ColeNo Age (due tonight at The Bluebird Theater) isn't a band that has hit the mainstream yet, but it has enjoyed an unexpected rise to prominence as a noisy pop band, making art grounded in notion of doing things your own way -- regardless of whether or not it's met with the stamp of ap ... More >>
Emerging From Troubled Days
Eric Gruneisen BAD RELIGION With Bouncing Souls • Off With Their Heads 11,12.10 | Fillmore Auditorium Yes, lead singer Greg Graffin was a little rounder, a lot balder and dressed like the college professor that he is, but his voice was still as crystal clear as ever. Last night's Bad Reli ... 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 >>
Travis shows off his Social D neck tat. He received it eight years ago and has seen Social Distortion four times.As you might have heard or read, Social Distortion was in town over the weekend, playing Friday and Saturday night at the Fillmore Auditorium (Read our review of Social Distortion ... More >>
Many people heard The Cult after its breakthrough album, Love, which contained the classic single "She Sells Sanctuary," was released in 1985. But The Cult increasingly became a worldwide phenomenon with its following two albums, Electric and Sonic Temple.
Monday, September 6, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Wednesday, August 18, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.
Jason Arthurs Superchunk never tried to be the biggest band in the land, but it did make music on its own terms and became an iconic outfit in its own right by embodying what it means to be an indie rock band. While the band didn't enjoy nearly the same level of commercial success as many of ... More >>
The Fugitive Kind (Tom Murphy) Ideal Fathers • Vicious Women • Fugitive Kind 05.28.10 | The Wasteland Although the Fugitive Kind from San Francisco may be the same band that former Blatz guitarist Robert Eggplant helped start, the female-fronted five-piece sounded like a more brutal Dea ... More >>
Cough Up Your Teeth
Tuesday, May 4, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Caught Nouvelle Vague last night at the Bluebird and want to know more about the act? Your wish is our command. We recently caught up with Marc Collin and fired a few questions at him about the projects musical goals, the act's artistic approach to re-contextualizing songs and how the studio project ... More >>
Patti Smith provided an interesting definition of punk rock in the current issue of New York magazine: "Punk rock is just another word for freedom." That got us thinking about what punk is and was, and how, as with all abstractions, you get to make up your own definition. As you can see in the ab ... More >>
These days, a real punk band (sorry, Green Day) can almost never find its way onto the pop charts. But back in the day (see: mid-'80s), England's New Model Army released political punk that didn't merely sell to left-wing extremists. Almost thirty years ago, frontman/mastermind Justin Sullivan, w ... More >>
Billy Joe Armstrong engages the crowd (Aaron Thackeray)Green Day, Franz Ferdinand Pepsi Center Saturday, August 15, 2009Better than: Hanging out with eleven-year-olds at an indoor recreation center. The members of Green Day and their crew tried with all their might to summon the spirit of an old ... More >>
Saturday, August 15, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
Wednesday, July 29, PT's Inferno
Monday, July 27, Marquis Theater, 866-468-7621.
Photos by Aaron Thackeray Check out the full slideshow.Punk Rocks: Offspring, Alkaline Trio, The Vandals, Street Dogs, Frontside FiveRed Rocks AmphitheaterThursday, May 28, 2009 Better than: Attending a purported punk festival at the Pepsi Center. It was an unlikely forum for a punk show. Red Rock ... More >>
Photo by Jerry GoffThe Ideal Fathers are four guys (singer Jesse Hunsaker, guitarist Adam Rojo, bassist Michael King and drummer Michael Perfetti) who play gloriously chaotic, hyperkinetic dance punk with verve and abandon. If you haven't caught one of their sets or heard any of their songs on one o ... More >>
Like oil and water, punk-rock and queer lifestyles just don't seem to mix well, despite a shared penchant for edgy fashion and a fuck-the-system attitude. Which is what made Pansy Division -- the very first out-and-proud-of-it queer punk-rock band -- such an anomaly. The band was formed in San Fra ... More >>
Fucked Up, Mustangs & Madras, Guns N Rosa Parks Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Larimer Lounge Better than: The G.G. Allin documentary. Right off the bat let's dispense with two things. One: Fucked Up is an awful name for a band. Two: If you are going to name your band Fucked Up, timidity is not g ... More >>
The February 4 profile "Fucked Up Pushes Punk Into the Future By Understanding the Past" is pretty hefty -- nearly 1,400 words. And yet it only uses a small portion of the quotes offered by Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham during a sprawling, wide-ranging and hugely entertaining conversation that c ... More >>
"William Elliott Whitmore Stretches the Definition of Hardcore," a profile in the January 22 edition of Westword, only scratches the surface of an enjoyable and revealing Q&A with this deep-voiced roots-and-folk purveyor, who shares more in common with punk rockers than just his record label. (He's ... More >>