At the end of the Swans' hypnotic set last night at the Bluebird Theatre, front man Michael Gira told the crowd he'd be at the merch table in ten minutes if anyone wanted to talk or have him sign anything. He seems to do that every show. On stage, the guy is mysterious and menacing, but in person he ... More >>
Sean Lennon could have coasted on his name alone -- he's a child of privilege with two of the most famous people in the history of pop culture. And sure, some doors were open to him that wouldn't be to just any other teenager. He collaborated with Lenny Kravitz for "All I Ever Wanted," which appeare ... More >>
As the leader of Sepultura for over a decade, Max Cavalera helped put Brazil on the map. From the beginning, the outfit was clearly influenced by punk rock as much as it was by other metal bands, as evidenced by its socially conscious lyrics, its grassroots efforts to get its music out into t ... More >>
With the passing of Memorial Day we can finally say summer is here. And with summer comes summer camp, vacations and tours -- and how do we get there? We drive. That's how. This is America, after all. In celebration of seemingly endless sunny days and left-arm tans, we've picked some of our favori ... More >>
Ron Asheton, the mega-influential guitarist with the Stooges, died yesterday at age 60 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's sad news, but at least Asheton was able to experience some much deserved acclaim in his last few years, when the surviving Stooges reunited for a new album, entitled The Weirdness, and ... More >>
Alison Sudol is indeed someone You Oughta Know. Thanks, VH1.
Rufus Wainwright and Sean Lennon August 7, 2007 Fillmore Auditorium Apparently, being the offspring of famous people isn't the draw it once was. Last night's Rufus Wainwright-Sean Lennon concert was the most poorly attended show by major recording artists I've attended in recent memory. Although ... More >>
Tuesday, August 7, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Sean Lennon gingerly steps into the public eye.
This week's profile of the Stooges describes original guitarist Ron Asheton as "voluble," and that's an enormous understatement. He's clearly enjoying the opportunity to talk about his life and career after all these years, and he's got plenty of stories to tell. In the extensive Q&A below, he talks ... More >>
Teddy Thompson finds unity in his Separate Ways.
Superstar spawn Ben Taylor's got a legacy to stand on.
Les Fradkin brings back the Beatles with a little help from his friends.
Wednesday, July 20, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030
Rufus Wainwright thinks the world could use a little romance right now.
Paula Frazer artfully crosses the country divide with Tarnation. As a solo artist, she sticks more to the shadows.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
So...How's Your Girl?
A new boxed set tries to wring every last drop from the music of the late moptop.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
Sleater-Kinney is a critic's favorite that makes music you might actually enjoy.
Three members of famous musical families provide a good argument for nepotism.
Yuka Honda's Cibo Matto makes delectable treats for the postmodern ear.