While traveling from Denver to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrate ... More >>
When you purchase a ticket to any concert, you run the risk of not getting the experience you paid for. Outdoor shows get rained out. Favorite songs don't get played. Opening bands go over their allotted time. Sometimes a musician is just having a very bad night. The one variable any musician can fe ... More >>
Best known as the leader of the legendary '80s alternative band the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn has found surprising success in channeling his love of baseball into his songwriting. A few years back, Wynn found another baseball junkie, Scott McCaughey (best known for his work with the Young Fresh Fe ... More >>
A few spectacularly heavy hitters come to Colorado this week -- both Nick Cave and Merle Haggard are in town. Sharon Van Etten, playing Tuesday at the Bluebird, has plenty to show for her own relatively short career. You can read our extensive interview with her elsewhere on Backbeat this morning. ... More >>
This isn't the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The list of upcoming artists beaming on a nearby screen includes artists like Nothing But Saxes, billed as "a smooth jazz experience." The menu includes items that feel more a propos to a Chili's than a rock venue. You can nibble on jalapeno cheese dip and ... More >>
Aretha Franklin is the greatest soul singer to ever live. She's the reason we have Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green, Adele, you name it. The singer, born Aretha Louise Franklin in March 1942, paved the way for all of the artists who followed. The Queen of Soul sang on a slew of hits such as "Natural Woma ... More >>
The Red Hot Chili Peppers return to Denver on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Tickets on sale Saturday, December 17.Fresh off their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (along with Guns N' Roses, the Beastie Boys and the Small Faces, among others), the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be making the ... More >>
Guns N' Roses, who announced last week that it would be coming to Denver (but no venue or date has been confirmed yet), is among the fifteen acts nominated, along with the Cure, Joan Jett, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Donovan, Erik B & Rakim and Red Hot Chili Peppers, for the Rock and Roll Hal ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Mastodon, Stephen Stills and Trans-Siberian Orchestra were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Saints, Kinetix, the Fluid and Dave Beegle all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record s ... More >>
Getty ImagesA bunch of old white dudes and Darlene Love got trophies yesterday at a fancy hotel in New York. We're referring, of course, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, an institution that exists to reaffirm our canonical certainties. This year's class: Love, Tom Waits, Alice Coo ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsJimmy Cliff on the Kyocera main stage.Jimmy Cliff, 3:45 p.m. on the Kyocera Main Stage Jimmy Cliff and his band delivered all of the expected musical components within the first strains of their hour-plus set. The godfather of roots reggae and his ensemble set down a set ... More >>
Original Kinks bassist Peter Quaife died yesterday at age 66. The cause of death is yet to be determined but he had suffered from kidney disease for more than a decade. He was a member of the band from its founding in 1961 until 1969 when he quit due to tensions within the group. He played on ... More >>
Lori Midson Corey Cunningham, exec chef of Baur's Corey Cunningham Baur's Ristorante 1512 Curtis Street 303-534-4842 www.baursdenver.com Corey Cunningham has cooked for Bill Cosby, former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, NASCAR and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- and he also onc ... More >>
Electric Six have been bringing the party to the unwary for six albums in as many years, starting with 2003's Fire and leading up to the brand-new Kill. The group's songs combine '80s rock, disco and New Wave into a cranked-up, ultra-catchy sound all its own, with lyrics that mix a David Lee Roth ... More >>
Saturday, October 24, Swallow Hill, 303-777-1003.
Twenty-nine years into its career, the Church recently released Untitled #23, one of its most accomplished works in an already remarkable string of albums over the last decade. We had a chance to have a candid conversation about the band's music, the true meaning of artistic significance and its daz ... More >>
Photo by Soren McCartyYes, this is a man in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone looks better in a fedora.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Last night: Leonard Cohen at Red Rocks. • Westword exclusive: The Fray's not-so-secret dress rehearsals -- in pictures. • Ministry's Al Jourgensen off ... More >>
Just received confirmation of a rumor that we heard late last week, that the members of Animo have indeed parted ways. Bassist Donovan Welsh says while there's various reasons for the split, ultimately, the band had just run its course. The years of toiling away took its toll on he and his band mate ... More >>
It's always dangerous when sportswriters include music references in their columns. Such citations are typically moldy -- as, for instance, Rocky Mountain News staffer Bernie Lincicome's dopey mention of Loggins and Messina, who hailed from an era "when music was fun," he claimed in a December 7 pie ... More >>
Cadillac Records can't handle the truth
LOCALS ONLY Scribble Jam is an annual hip-hop festival hosted in Cincinnati, Ohio. So why are so many Colorado hip-hop artists excited about it? Well, on October 1 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, a Scribble Jam preliminary event is being held to determine the best rapper and best producer to represe ... More >>
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Had ax-expert Saul Hudson chosen to perform under his given name, he might never have succeeded in the music business, let alone made it to the cover of the forthcoming video game “Guitar Hero III.” Lucky thing he changed his moniker to Slash. During the Q&A below, which formed the basis of the ... More >>
Ben Gibbard at MGD's "The Craft" September 10, 2007 Better Than: Not seeing Ben Gibbard play at all, but just barely. Like the smell of freshly laid carpet. Or the pungent odor of melting polyvinyl chloride mixed with smugfuckness. That’s what my mouth tasted like after tonight’s Ben Gibbard s ... More >>
Slide Show Bob Dylan is a wierdo among freaks. Even when he was a leader of the '60s folk scene, he considered himself an outcast, a stranger who was lost, and by his own admission had "no direction home." So maybe it was fitting that the Bob Dylan tribute show last night at the Oriental Theater ha ... More >>
Hard work and ambition landed Dork in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Who will be inducted next? Gaze into our crystal ball.
Wednesday, September 20, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-486-7621.
Friday, August 25, City Lights Pavilion, 303-830-8497.
Blues master Buddy Guy searches for a place in today's music industry.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Friday, September 16, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
Monday, July 4, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.
Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
Wednesday, December 1, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.
What's old is new with the Bang on a Can All-Stars
A trio of records from Triage
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acknowledges Scotty Moore, the guitarist behind the King.
Ralph Carney, Charlie Haden Quartet West, Enemymine, Styx
Ike Turner doesn't say he's innocent, but he swears he's not as guilty as you think.
BURDENED BY IMPOSSIBLE EXPECTATIONS, DAVE PIRNER ACHES TO TAKE SHELTER IN SOUL ASYLUM.
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM: GREAT IDEA OR SIGN THAT THE END IS NEAR?