The West is not a place," Jack A. "Papa" Weil, the founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear, was fond of saying. "It's a state of mind." Jack A. entered that state for good in 1928, when the then-27-year-old salesman for Paris Garters drove his brand-new Chrysler Roadster across the plains from Memphis to o ... More >>
It's a good weekend here in Denver, with hip-hop deity KRS-One playing Cervantes' and the criminally under-appreciated Ralph Gean playing Mutiny Information Cafe tonight. Elsewhere, the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brings E-40 and others to the Merchandise Mart. The rest of our picks are below.
As part of his 27-date 2014 American fall tour, Skrillex headlines CU's Balch Fieldhouse on Wednesday, October 15 with GTA, Nadastrom and Alesia on the bill as well. Early bird tickets ($40, available while supplies last) and general admission seats ($50) go on sale Friday, August 15 at 10 a.m. Ro ... More >>
The first time I met with my doula, she asked me about all of my feelings and fears about going into labor, about what was important to me. Much to her surprise, I told her one of those things was music. But she was supportive. She told me I should make two playlists to help set the mood. One shoul ... More >>
ROBERT PLANT @ RED ROCKS | 7/10/13 When you're Robert Plant, you can get just about anyone to play with you. Thus why you see folks like Billy Fuller of Massive Attack, along with psychedelic rock impresario Justin Adams, ridiculously talented guitarist Liam "Skin" Tyson, talking drum/kolongo/ritti ... More >>
By Jason Roche Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant returns to town this week with his newest backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters. The lineup features members of his early-'00s band the Strange Sensation, and has Plant revisiting both blues-rock and world-music influences; this after expl ... More >>
Robert Plant is making his way back to the Mile High City for a show at Red Rocks with the Sensational Shape Shifters. We've got a pair of tickets to the show. If you and a guest would like to be our guests, keep reading for details on how to enter and then check back tomorrow afternoon to see if yo ... More >>
ROBERT PLANT @ RED ROCKS | WEDS, 7/10/13 Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant returns to town this week with his newest backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters. The lineup features members of his early-'00s band the Strange Sensation, and has Plant revisiting both blues-rock and world-music in ... 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 ho ... More >>
Led Zeppelin was already a record-setting global powerhouse when Atlantic Records released their fifth album, Houses of the Holy, on March 28, 1973. The English quartet had laid down the basic tracks for the record in the spring of 1972 at the Rolling Stones' mobile recording studio at Stargroves, a ... More >>
Live Nation Entertainment, which now houses Ticketmaster, House of Blues and Ticketweb has announced a partnership with the Universal Music Group to create a joint-venture management company for managing and strengthening the label's acts. This is the first time a major label has teamed up di ... More >>
Eric Gruneisen ROBERT PLANT & BAND OF JOY With North Mississippi Allstars 4.27.11 | Fillmore Auditorium Say what you will about his refusal to reunite Led Zeppelin and his musical journey since that project ended: Robert Plant is and has always been a rock god. He reminded the Fillmore last night ... More >>
Wednesday, April 27, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
In case word hasn't reached you yet, rock god among men, Robert Plant, is coming to the Fillmore Auditorium on Wednesday, April 27. We've been blessed with a pair of VIP tickets to the show that could potentially have your name on them. How would you and a guest like to be our guest to see th ... More >>
Robert Plant visits the Fillmore Auditorium on Wednesday, April 27, as part of the third leg of his tour supporting his Grammy-nomimated Band of Joy. He'll be bringing the same band that's on the recording, including Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Bryon House, Marco Giovino and Buddy Miller.
Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz, released last week on Asthmatic Kitty, and Belle & Sebastian's latest release on Matador, Write About Love, took the top two spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout for the week ending October 17. Lil Wayne's new album, meanwhile, I Am Not a Human Being ... More >>
Artichoke & Parmesan Dip at Wynkoop Brewing Co.One of the challenges of being a vegetarian is finding a place where you can kick back and relax with old friends, maybe make some new friends. Carnivorous folks take their hospitable hangouts for granted; we don't have that option. While Water ... More >>
Le Noise, Neil Young's collaboration with producer Daniel Lanois, released last week on Reprise, claimed the top spot at Twist & Shout, checked in at number three at Albums on the Hill and rounded out the top ten at Wax Trax for the week ending October 3. Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest, meanwhil ... More >>
Michael Franti & Spearhead's The Sound of Sunshine , released last week on Capitol, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and checked in at number three at Twist & Shout for the week ending September 26. Santana's new Arista release, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All T ... More >>
Grinderman, which features Nick Cave and three members of the Bad Seeds, claimed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and landed in the top five at Twist & Shout with Grinderman 2, released last week on Anti. The Black Angels' Phosphene Dream, meanwhile, which also came out last week on the B ... 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 >>
NPR has been quietly building a reputation as the best place to get a peek at hotly anticipated new albums a week or two before their official releases (welll, for those of us who prefer to avoid leak sites and torrent servers, anyway). Today, it got a lot louder, with a crazy fourteen album ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most persistent 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 lis ... More >>
Duane Rieder When Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990, it made a world-beat influenced splash with a series of releases throughout the decade. During this creative period, the band released its most commercially successful song, "Send Me On My Way." The tune, which has been used on soun ... More >>
After two weeks of U2 and Neko Case sitting at the number-one and -two spots, Bonnie Prince Billy's new album, Beware, knocked U2 down to the second spot and Case moved down to the eighth slot at Twist & Shout for the week ending March 22. Les Claypool's new disc, Of Fungi & Foe, came in at ... More >>
Morrissey's new album, Years of Refusal, released last week on Decca, grabbed the top spot on Twist & Shout's top seller list for the week ending February 22. Andrew Bird, M. Ward and Beirut also performed strong while the Fray's latest album dropped from its number one position for the last two ... More >>
For the second week in the row, the Fray's new self-titled album grabbed the number one spot on Twist & Shout's top seller list. Elsewhere, it's not too surprising that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss's Raising Sand,which just won a Grammy for Album of the Year, claimed the second spot, followe ... More >>
The view from the bar at Beatport Lounge, according to this slide show. What you missed while the Broncos prepared to soil themselves... Friday: Photographer Uriah West posts up in the Beatport Lounge to bring you a slide show accessible here. Saturday: Everything may not be bigger in Littleton. ... More >>
Here's a wrap-up of all the great coverage you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were digesting the news that Amy Winehouse's emphysema may end her singing career (and, eventually, her junkie career as well...).
What else is happening in the Westword.com blog universe? Glad you asked. Backbeat Online includes a review of the city-shaking Fluid reunion show, plus our take on a Red Rocks performance by once-and-future Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass lass Alison Krauss, plus a review of Broke ... More >>
Saturday, June 21, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
Monday, April 28, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
Brief reviews of recent releases
Here's a brief look at some of the items America is desperate to learn about today: Leave Britney alone Video blogger Chris Cocker completely loses it and goes on shrieking, sobbing, incoherent tirade inveighing people to just please, please leave poor Britney Spears alone. Looks like Britney’s ... More >>
Hawks and Doves
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones goes it alone.
Comeback attempts by acts that should just go away.
Putting the season's major releases to the test.
THE IN-CONCERT MELLOWING OF JIMMY PAGE AND ROBERT PLANT.
OUR LIST OF THE MOST OVERPLAYED CLASSIC-ROCK SONGS OF ALL TIME.