Although Steve Crenshaw has spent more than a decade as lead guitarist with the Groove Hawgs (which features Lewis and Floorwax, from 103.5/The Fox) and he's shared stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Delbert McClinton, he's been a fixture on the scene since the early '90s. In recent years, Crensha ... More >>
Exhumed (due at Denver Black Sky this Saturday, December 14, at the Gothic Theatre) started in San Jose, California when Matt Harvey, the band's sole original member, was just fifteen years old. Rather than following the trends of the genre at the time, Exhumed has remained faithful to the older ten ... More >>
In what's become an annual tradition for us, we ask a few members of Team Backbeat to reflect on an album they're thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving. In eighth grade, Green Day's song "Longview" exploded into my little world and got seemingly everyone I knew to start learning a couple power ch ... More >>
Death Angel was formed in 1982 by four cousins who were inspired by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. After releasing a demo called Heavy Metal Insanity, the band enlisted its roadie, another cousin, Mark Osegueda, to be its singer just in time to open for the then up-and-coming Megadeth. From th ... More >>
Born Joshua Davis, DJ Shadow made great waves with his first proper album, 1996's Endtroducing, which has been lauded as the first album made up entirely by samples. By then, he'd already made a name for himself as a producer with some singles and production work out on Mo' Wax Records, and with Ent ... More >>
In a scene oversaturated with bands mining the 1960s, Shannon and the Clams manage to stand out in stark contrast to their peers. That's partly because their songwriting is simple and strong, but mostly because of Shannon Shaw's powerful, soulfully melodic and emotionally gripping voice. Shaw sounds ... More >>
Exodus was founded in 1980 by a group of high school friends that included a pre-Metallica Kirk Hammett and Tom Hunting, the sole remaining original member of the act. The classic line-up also featured Paul Baloff on vocals and Gary Holt, who moved over to guitar when Kirk joined Metallica, just pri ... More >>
David Payne Jelly Cafe 600 East 13th Avenue, 303-831-6301 1700 East Evans Avenue, 720-596-4108 www.eatmorejelly.com This is part two of my interview with David Payne, executive chef of Jelly; part two of our interview ran yesterday. Favorite dish on your menu: I love our French toast with freshly ... More >>
THEE OH SEES @ THE GOTHIC | 9.13.12 Since playing Rhinoceropolis in 2007, Thee Oh Sees have progressively worked their way through the daisy chain of Denver venues from Bender's Tavern to Moe's Original BBQ. Last night, the San Francisco band headlined the Gothic and blasted everyone with an infect ... More >>
Fabio Flagiello PastaVino 1043 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-955-8791 www.pastavino.com This is part one of my interview with Fabio Flagiello, exec-chef owner of PastaVino. Part two of my chat with the Boulder chef will run in this space tomorrow. "There's something about the life of a chef and resta ... More >>
Ceremony (due tonight at the Marquis Theater) started out in Rohnert Park, California, as a straight ahead hardcore outfit. The band's fast, hard-hitting songs put it in good company with like-minded bands influenced by that era of punk where a song could be less than a minute long, so long as you s ... More >>
Although the Denver Roller Dolls and Rocky Mountain Rollergirls are often billed as crosstown rivals, their traveling all-star teams hardly ever skate against each other: The last time DRD's Mile Club and RMRG's 5280 Fight Club competed directly was at the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA ... More >>
Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album. Remember that scene in La Bamba when Richie Valens shows up at a fan's house with a bunch of pizzas for private pizza party. More than two decades after that event played out on the s ... More >>
Tony Kovaleski.For a decade, 7News investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski has been one of local TV's most reliable trouble-stirrers. But starting in January, he'll have a new address: KNTV, an NBC owned-and-operated station in the Bay Area. Kovaleski, who grew up in San Jose, is making the mo ... More >>
TestamentTestament (sharing a bill tomorrow night at Summit Music Hall with Anthrax and Death Angel) is one of the bands that make a strong case for expanding the Big 4 to the Big 5 (or Big 6, if the often overlooked Exodus were included). The Bay Area act was part of the original thrash move ... More >>
On his grind for almost two decades, Andre Nickatina -- who at one time went by Dre Dog -- has released over a dozen albums, mostly through his own imprints. On the road now in support of his forthcoming album, Khan! The Me Generation, the cocaine rapper and movie producer is due tonight at t ... More >>
Great Divide BrewingGreat Divide made beer drinkers in six states cry last week when the Denver brewery acknowledged that it had pulled its beers from the shelves there. In addition to Michigan, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Mexico and Alaska, the brewer is leaving Washington, D.C ... More >>
Su-Yin MahBirds & Batteries San Francisco's Birds & Batteries may be essentially a pop band, but the lushness of the act's songwriting and the ability to evoke and articulate complex emotions with poetry and intensity is a rare talent these days. The group's latest album, 2010's Panorama, li ... More >>
Formed in 2009, Weekend started out as a trio comprised of guys from punk and hardcore bands in the Bay Area who wanted to do something with a broader sonic palette. Often compared to My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain, Weekend doesn't really sound like either so much as a pop ban ... More >>
Three typical Denverites display their impressive brain capacity.There's a mechanism in every journalist that's triggered whenever a list mentions the city where he or she lives. We're powerless to resist writing about it -- and the urge is particularly strong when the results are complimenta ... More >>
Chef Fabio FlagielloTonight, at 7 p.m., Firenze a Tavola, the charming basement level Italian restaurant just below Parisi, at 4401 Tennyson Street, is hosting Fabio Flagiello, an Italian chef who's done time in numerous kitchens in Italy, France, Boston and California, including Risibisi restaurant ... More >>
The Denver Art Museum will jump again on Friday night.
A Flickr photoThis man needs a trip. It's been a long trial, and former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill probably needs a mental break from his wrongful-termination lawsuit against the school (a case that has gone to the jury and could wrap up as early as today). And what better pla ... More >>
A hippie heaven takes over the Denver Art Museum.
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 2 and 3, Old Main Chapel, CU-Boulder, free.
The new show at Rule Gallery is exquisitely crafted and intelligently conceived.