PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | FRI-SUN, 8/29/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day e ... More >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/30/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day extra ... 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 ... More >>
More and more, you've probably noticed an influx of Internet jukeboxes, the kind that offer a seemingly endless assortment of songs, cropping up in bars. But there are still a handful of spots rocking old school CD jukeboxes that require a bit of taste-making. Here's the ten best, including this yea ... More >>
THE WALKMEN @ THE OGDEN THEATRE | 01/21/13 Like a punk band scoring a gothic Western, the Walkmen delivered a set at the Ogden last night that came off as a unique chemistry of contrasts. Blending all the feverish energy of rockabilly inside a tightly controlled package of casual style, the band tu ... More >>
In this very special edition of Heavy Rotation, you not only get a through-the-keyhole view of our musical proclivities, but you also get a few words from us on our top pick of the week. Keep reading to find out what Mark Sanders considers musical comfort food, why Kelsey Whipple can't think of Spac ... More >>
See Also: My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks, 8/3/12 - 8/4/12 Having formed in the late '90s, Louisville, Kentucky's My Morning Jacket has continued to evolve over the course of six studio albums. At the same time, the band has managed to hang on to that reverb-drenched magnetism that fueled its first ... More >>
While there are a countless number of places to do karaoke around town, we've picked ten best spots to conjure your inner crooner. Some of these places cater to singers every night of the week, while others only do karaoke on specific nights. Page down to see which spots made the list. Did your favo ... More >>
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS @ 1STBANK CENTER | 4/19/12"Tonight, we thought it would be fun...," Tom Petty said a few songs into two-hour set, "we're going to go pretty deep into some deep tracks for you tonight." Sure enough, Petty & the Heartbreakers ran through a number of hits during the second ... More >>
"Hello. I'm Johnny Cash." That was enough of an introduction for the country legend himself, but Cash's legacy has surpassed that simplicity. In his nearly fifty-year career, Cash played himself in dozens of film and television spots, but his death in 2003 opened the gates for others to take up the ... More >>
Update: The Ryan Adams show originally slated for tonight the Temple Buell has been postponed until tomorrow night. The Dr. Dog show has also been postponed, but a new date has not been announced. What's a little snow? Blizzard schmizzard. There's too much great music this weekend to stay at home. ... More >>
Friday, February 3, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
The fourth episode of American Idol auditions took us four hours from the Mile High City to Aspen, where we saw many a Denver hopeful either break through to the Hollywood round or get the good ol' Randy Jackson boot. Unlike previous audition episodes thus far in the season, last night we fi ... More >>
Nurses (due at the hi-dive this Sunday, January 15) moved around a bit before settling down in Portland and completely shedding its previous, more rockist, musical identity. Having pretty much reinvented itself for its 2009 album, Apple's Acre, Nurses sounds as though some eccentric songwriters got ... More >>
A.H. GoldsteinIan Cooke and his band at the Curious Theatre for his Fortitude release party.IAN COOKE @ CURIOUS THEATRE | 12.16.11Ian Cooke made a wise choice in choosing the Curious Theatre to debut songs from Fortitude, his new full-length. The release show, which featured supporting performances ... More >>
Catch Roger Daltry at 1STBANK on SundayAnother enticing weekend for music in the Mile High City: Dax Riggs closes out his two night stand at the Larimer Lounge, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular illuminates the Fillmore on Friday, Cymbals Eat Guitars crash the hi-dive, Howard Jones plays his f ... More >>
Tom MurphyHappy New YearDay two of Goldrush Festival also felt like you had stepped into an alternate universe where a good friend with good taste in music was introducing you to his or her favorite bands of the moment were gathered together in one place instead of being handed some kind of m ... More >>
Friday, July 8, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1-877-435-9849.
The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers
AN EVENING WITH THE CARS 05.15.11 | Fillmore Auditorium Within the pantheon of rock and roll, there are relics, and there living legends. Last night at the Fillmore, on the fourth show of its current tour, the Cars proved that they are far from antiquity. In fact, the quartet blew a packed house ... More >>
Jon SolomonDRIVE-BY TRUCKERS With Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels 03.19.11 | Ogden Theatre After being on the road pretty much nonstop since the beginning of February, the Drive-By Truckers rounded out this leg of their tour with a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre before heading back ... 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 >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
Wednesday, July 2, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Tuesday, March 25, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Friday, December 7, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.
Sometimes sad songs say so much.
Pretty in Black (Columbia)
Tan Dun's Passion merges cultures
With a buoyant new album, Voices Underwater is rising to the surface.
Chicago's Brokeback takes some of the noise out of Illinois.
Nick Cave opens up about his most fascinating creation: himself.
Paula Frazer artfully crosses the country divide with Tarnation. As a solo artist, she sticks more to the shadows.
Tomorrow's Sounds Today (Reprise)
These cops have a beat, but can you dance to it?
The Kudzu Kings' hybrid country takes root across America.
Guitarist Patty Larkin is a tour de force.
Sleepy LaBeef hasn't tired of American roots.
The Aluminum Group, Patricia Barber, Schneider TM, The Souvenirs
Julian Lennon returns to music with a new album and new light to shed on his famous father.
Beatles producer George Martin tries to pass along the wisdom of the ages.
WE'VE JUST LISTENED TO EVERY RADIO STATION IN DENVER--AND BOY, DO OUR EARS HURT.