You have to earn a Weezer fan's trust before he shows you his playlists. First, he'll make sure you aren't just parroting somebody else's post-Pinkerton decline narrative. He'll want to be sure you don't believe bassist Matt Sharp secretly wrote both of the band's two classic albums. He'll need to k ... More >>
Weezer is the official band of AOL Instant Messenger. The years between 1996 and 2001, in which they went from well-reviewed one-hit-wonder to (briefly) unimpeachable generational touchstone, were peak-Buddy-List; in 2002 they demoed a song called "Private Message," which is exactly what it sounds l ... More >>
Let's be real: Most songwriting amounts to a bunch of vague amateur poetry with pretensions of profundity. In the midst of all the babble, though, periodically a lyricist will emerge who has the courage to write about things that are real, raw and personal. That kind of truly honest songwriting reli ... More >>
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Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: Brad Paisley's at the Pepsi Center in January, Salt-n-Pepa's at the Gothic in December and Donavon Frankenreiter comes to town in March. Air Dubai, In the Whale, Jen Korte and Saints got spins on local radio. And new and recent re ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: Guns N' Roses is at 1STBANK Center in December, and in January, Wilco's at the Fillmore and the Jayhawks are due at the Ogden. Air Dubai, Gauntlet Hair, Ian Cooke and Jonny Barber & the Living Deads all got some spins on local rad ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, Mute Math is coming to the Gothic in January and Kid Rock's at the Fillmore in December. On local radio specialty shows, Crimson Red, ManCub, the Foot. and DeVotchKa all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our loca ... More >>
Flickr photoAs if vegetarians don't get enough kudos for being greener and more animal-friendly than their meat-eating counterparts, now they get rewarded with hugs. And who doesn't love a hug? Today is Hug a Vegetarian Day, according to PETA2. And since we've been slaving away in our cubic ... More >>
Isaac Slade sounds at greater ease these days, like he's completely comfortable in his own skin. After spending the better part of his career grappling with the pressures of trying to live up to everyone's expectations, he's reached a point where that's no longer as big a consideration, which ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Another Mile High Music Festival is in the books. Weather was ideal, parking was a breeze and there were plenty of memorable moments at this year's fest, from Rivers Cuomo wandering through the crowd during Weezer's set to Z-Trip throwing down a Colorado-centric version of "California Love" to Cyp ... More >>
Little did the guys from the Knew know when they picked up a trio of pinatas on Federal this past Friday for their show at the Mile High Music Festival this past weekend that they'd be such a hit. In anticipation of their early afternoon set on the Bison Stage, the boys stuffed their pinata b ... More >>
Weezer, 6:45 p.m. on the Wolf Stage A piercing series of guitar lines, the push of a pounding drum line and synchronized singing syllables lent an epic feel to the beginning of Weezer's set. As soon as Rivers Cuomo and company took the stage, it seemed the band was working hard to create a large-sc ... More >>
Jef OtteMaria Kohler as Mercuria Hot Congress / Long Spoon Block Party 06.05.10 | Meadowlark • Larimer Lounge The upside to a big, multiple-venue show like the Hot Congress/Long Spoon Block Party this past Saturday is that there's always something awesome to see. The downside: There's alw ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayLupe Fiasco proves why he's the headliner. (Check out the slideshow for more pics from last night.) Lupe Fiasco • B.o.B. 04.29.10 | Ogden Theatre B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco collaborated on "Past My Shades," which appears on the former's just released, soon to be number one albu ... More >>
Just received word from the folks at Live Nation that the Weezer gig originally slated for Saturday, January 17 at the Fillmore has been postponed with no new date announced. While no official reason was given, we're guessing frontman Rivers Cuomo is going to need more time to recover from the to ... More >>
All right, just when I completely gave up all hope that Weezer would ever again write a song that I'd dig -- seriously, I just had a conversation yesterday with a friend of mine in which I asserted that Weezer just needed to hang it up already -- Rivers Cuomo goes and pens another ode to worthy o ... More >>
AOL's music blog, Spinner.com, posted a list late last week titled "Revenge of the Rock Nerds: The 10 Biggest Geeks in Music." Between such dorky songsmiths as Talking Heads' David Byrne (#10) and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo (#1) lies former Dead Kennedys frontman and longtime Bay Area fixture Jello Bi ... More >>
Senator McCain, that song is not about you Here's a round-up of all the great content you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy following the saga of yet another band -- the Foo Fighters -- getting pissed about the McCain campaign using one of their songs to promote his candidacy. ... More >>
Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner wear the red track suits they donned in Broomfield. Weezer, Angels & Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club Sunday, October 5 Broomfield Event Center Since 1994, when Weezer's Rivers Cuomo first arrived on the national scene (and spoke to Westword in the profile accessible ... More >>
Although we've yet to receive a press release confirming a date, we're pretty sure Weezer is going to be coming to town on this leg of its tour. At least that's what we can deduce from the video posted after the jump. Pulling a page from Tom Waits Glitter and Doom Tour playbook, Rivers Cuomo and com ... More >>
Why give anything an intent listen and fair assessment when I can review 5 albums in a matter of 225 seconds? Bullet for My Valentine Scream Aim Fire EP 20-20 Entertainment 00:30-01:15 of “Eye of the Storm” ARG! This is really, really, really bad metal. I believe that someone from Iron Maiden ... More >>
Tunes that take us back to those lazy, hazy days.
Tuesday, August 8, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Monday, May 15, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Weezer's auteur takes a tentative step into the real world.
A slot on Weezer's latest tour proves fruitful for the Fray.
Make Believe (Geffen)
South by So What? Not this year, thanks to Vaux and other Denver bands.
Yellow Second puts faith in the redemptive power of pop.
Probot (Southern Lord)
Yellow Second and Mary Beth Abella unleash two fine samples of local sounds.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Planes Mistaken for Stars channels the angst of a Rust Belt upbringing into visceral post-hardcore.