FRI | PENTAGRAM at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/28/14 If you've seen Last Days Here, you're familiar with the frustrating tale of Pentagram. Formed in Virginia in the early '70s, the pioneering psychedelic metal band should have, by all accounts, realized massive worldwide fame. Instead, success evaded the ... More >>
MUSICFEST @ MAGNESS ARENA | 5/25/13 The Head and the Heart took the Magness stage at around 10 p.m., after the outdoor acts played earlier in the day and the three other groups played the main stage off and on for about three hours. At that point, folks seemed far from electrified. By the end of ope ... More >>
SHAMROCK & ROLL @ VIEWHOUSE | SAT, 3/16/13 With St. Paddy's Day happening this weekend, there's a ton to do. If you're looking for something holiday-centric, you obviously have plenty of options. But you really can't do much better than our free show, Shamrock & Roll, at the Viewhouse tomorrow after ... More >>
ALABAMA SHAKES @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/9/13 A number of bands are returning to a Southern-rock sound these days, but much of the music they're making is too derivative to be interesting. Alabama Shakes, fresh off a date warming up for Neil Young, bucks that trend. The group's members, who met in hi ... More >>
See also: - Brennen Bryarly goes Into the Night as option4 - Parting words: A Sauna Q&A before its farewell show - Sharon Van Etten Q&A: "I get nervous sometimes that my songs are too personal" - Q&A with Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance - Q&A with Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights Welcome to the ... More >>
Noah Ray's grandmother probably never guessed that her waffle recipe would be served up at a bar -- yet, for some reason, it's a natural fit alongside fried chicken and Motown. After only a month and a half, Beauty Bar's newest venture already has a following of sweaty dancers and casual, chilled-ou ... More >>
See Also: - Mile High Soul Club keeps the Meadowlark sweaty with classic Motown - Nightcap: Membership has its privileges at the Meadowlark's Mile High Soul Club On Saturday, August 25, former Backbeat scribe and longtime local musician and DJ, Jason Heller, is coming together with Reggie Blanding, ... More >>
See Also: Mile High Soul Club keeps the Meadowlark sweaty with classic Motown and vintage soul When I walked into the Meadowlark on Friday for Mile High Soul Club, I was greeted by the sight of a woman sporting a beehive that would've made Marge Simpson envious and a pair of folks who looked like R ... More >>
See Also: - Hey, DJ! Q&A with Tyler "Danger" Jacobson - Photos: Mile High Soul Club at the Meadowlark - Denver's ten best dance clubs The soul mavens behind Mile High Soul Club grew up on a diet of Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and Motown 45s played by their parents. "My parents listened to '60s ... More >>
I heard last week that Cracker Barrel has an exclusive CD out by a band called Eden's Edge. I had no idea who this band was, or that Cracker Barrel did music -- or even or that people still buy CDs. Last I checked, Cracker Barrel was that old-timey chicken-fried stop off the off-ramp with the potpou ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
The behavior of Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall, whose "hamstring injury" over the weekend followed obvious signals that he'd rather undergo several weeks of continuous dental work that participate in the team's training camp, clearly isn't to the liking of YouTuber garyhoosier. He's created a v ... More >>
Sunday, August 9 is going to be a busy day for music in the Mile High, when Kings of Leon stops by Red Rocks, and the skater-centric Vans Warped Tour, pulls into Invesco with more than fifty bands in tow, including 3OH!3, Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake and Flogging Molly, among others. A few mor ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY With Westword’s Music Showcase going down this weekend, let’s take a quick look at what the last five hip-hop winners have been up to the last five years: The Pirate Signal (Yonnas and DJ A-What) who won in 2007, has just released its new mixtape The PS Pt. II: Of Gods and Gangster ... More >>
Prinzhorn Dance School Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA Records/Astralwerks) Prinzhorn Dance School’s name salutes Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who, according to AllMusic.com, “collected the art of his mentally ill patients” -- and the unhinged quality of the music made by Tobin and Suzy Horn makes the mon ... More >>
Sunday, December 17, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Thursday, July 20, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-468-7621.
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
It's a very good time to be John Legend.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers.
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (Motown)
Heralded as new heroes of indie rock, the Shins shrug their way out of obscurity.
Any Dick or Harry can get funky with the Tom Tom Club's first recording in eight years.
Romeo Must Die: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Proof that today's popular music is just as good -- and bad -- as it's always been.
Painting the town with Count Bacon
A gruesome triple murder puts a Boulder publisher and its how-to-kill book in the crosshairs.
HOW DO YOU GO FROM BEING A JUNKIE TO A RAP STAR? COOLIO KNOWS.