July may be over and school may be just around the corner, but festival season in Colorado is nowhere near ready to come to a close. Here are twelve upcoming festivals that offer a taste of everything from blues to metal, local to international bands, mountains and microbrews to cities and skateboar ... More >>
After being denied special-use permits required by Arapahoe County, Riot Fest has moved its 2014 festival from May Farms outside Byers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in downtown Denver. The dates (September 19 to 21) and schedule (see below) are unchanged. Previously purchased tickets will b ... More >>
Riot Fest will return to Denver this fall with a lineup including the Cure, the National, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan and more. It will take place over three days, from September 19 to 21, at May Farms in Byers. Just now, the festival has announced each day's lineup and started selling single-day tickets ... More >>
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
CHUCK RAGAN @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 4/13/13 Chuck Ragan first made his mark as the frontman of Hot Water Music, one of the more highly influential punk acts to emerge in the '90s. Fueled by youthful exuberance and inspired in part by the music that surrounding the skateboarding culture of the tim ... More >>
If you're one of the fortunate ones who's going to Coachella this weekend, feel free to go ahead and skip to the end of this post, where you'll find the full lineup and schedule. If, however, you're a flat broke music lover who'll be attending Couchella, as some clever dude somewhere has coined it, ... More >>
Reno Divorce (due tomorrow night at the Marquis Theater) began in the middle '90s when frontman and guitarist Brent Loveday founded the outfit while still living in Orlando, Florida. Some early, glowing press came the way of the band's 7-inch. But it wasn't until Loveday relocated to Denver and disc ... More >>
Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at Black Flag's 1984 show at the Rainbow Music Hall that ended with members of the opening act being arrested. You may have heard about this one; it was n ... More >>
"One of my favorite things to do is look at the line of the people going into the show. It's totally diverse. And even back in the day, in the early days, I didn't want to play just for punk rockers. I felt that we had something more to offer. Maybe we didn't have quite the global message that the C ... More >>
Eric GruneisenOn the heels of its three-night stand at the Ogden Theatre this past December, Social Distortion has announced plans to return to the Centennial State, this time at the Boulder Theater with the Toadies. Tickets for the Thursday, May 10, date go on sale this Friday, January 20, a ... More >>
Eric GruneisenThe unmistakable guitar of Mike Ness of Social Distortion, last night at the Ogden Theatre.SOCIAL DISTORTION at the OGDEN THEATRE | 12/3/11Early on in Social Distortion's Friday night show at the Ogden, the first of a three-night stand, frontman Mike Ness thanked the crowd for c ... More >>
Chuck Ragan (due at the Ogden Theatre with Social Distortion tonight and tomorrow night) first made his mark as the frontman of Hot Water Music, one of the more highly influential punk acts to emerge in the '90s. Toward the middle part of the last decade when that band went on hiatus, Ragan v ... More >>
Social Distortion kicks off a three-night stand at the Ogden Theatre tonightIf you're looking for some captivating music this weekend, you need not look very far. Social Distortion kicks off its three-night stand tonight at the Ogden Theatre. Sean Paul is playing a free show tonight at Cassel ... More >>
Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, Ogden Theatre, 1-888-929-7849.
After selling out two nights at the Ogden Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, Social Distortion, who's on tour in support of its latest effort, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, just added a third and final show on Friday, December 2. General admission tickets ($30) are on sale now ... More >>
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Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Paul Simon, Amos Lee and Matisyahu were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Whiskey Bottles, Petals of Spain and Hot IQsall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new and rec ... More >>
PJ Harvey's Let England Shake, released last week on Vagrant, took the top spot at Twist & Shout and claimed the sixth spot at Albums on the Hill for the week ending February 20. The Drive-By Truckers, meanwhile, debuted at number one at Albums with their latest effort Go-Go Boots, also relea ... More >>
The Decemberists latest effort, The King is Dead, continues to hold on the top spot at Twist & Shout, while Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues, released last month on Rounder, came in first at Albums on the Hill for the week ending February 13. Akron/Family's new album, meanwhile, S/T II: The C ... More >>
The Decemberists' latest effort, The King is Dead, moved back up to claim the top spot at Twist & Shout, while moving in the opposite direction at Albums on the Hill to the seventh slot for the week ending February 6. Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday held on to the number one spot at Independent Rec ... More >>
Iron & Wine's first studio effort in three years, Kiss Each Other Clean, released last week on Warner Brothers, debuted at number one at both Twist & Shout and Wax Trax, while coming in at number two at Albums on the Hill for the week ending January 30. The Decemberists' latest effort, The Ki ... More >>
Social Distortion's Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, released last week on Epitaph, claimed the top spot at Independent Records this week and came in second at Twist & Shout, while the Decemberists' latest effort, The King is Dead , released last week on Capitol, debuted at number one at both A ... More >>
An average Misfits fan.Personally, it's been the "One Bad Album" rule. That's all it takes for a band's musical reputation to be asterisked forever, which makes getting a tattoo of that band, well, risky. You have to wonder how often thirty-somethings across the land hear "Nice Chi' Pep's tat ... More >>
Travis shows off his Social D neck tat. He received it eight years ago and has seen Social Distortion four times.As you might have heard or read, Social Distortion was in town over the weekend, playing Friday and Saturday night at the Fillmore Auditorium (Read our review of Social Distortion ... More >>
As this summer's Red Rocks schedule begins to fill in, a few more were added this week, including Rush, who will be performing its epic 1981 album Moving Pictures in its entirety for the first time ever on the Time Machine Tour, which kicks off in June. The band, who is currently working on i ... More >>
This year's Lollapalooza lineup has been revealed. Bold face names this time around: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Erykah Badu, alongside nearly ninety of the brightest emerging acts, including MGMT, Grizzly Bear, the National, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Frightened Rabbit and Edward S ... More >>
Acoustic Profanity Friday, January 8, 2010Bender's Tavern Better than: MTV Unplugged. Acoustic Profanity was about what you'd expect from the name: Get a bunch of punks together and take them out of their element a little by handing them acoustic guitars and sitting them on some stools. Over the co ... More >>
YerkishMaybe it was the last minute switch of venues from the Auraria Campus to the 3 Kings Tavern and Oriental Theater, but it was pretty slim turn-out for Saturday night's section of the festival at 3 Kings. Although not many folks came out that night, there was still a lot of solid local talen ... More >>
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Skinny Puppy has stopped by FashioNation (613 E. 13th Ave.) quite a few times over the years. So has Ministry, Front 242, KMFDM, Peter Murphy, Motorhead, Social Distortion...well, you get the idea. See who else has visited the store here. On Friday, November 28, (the day after ohGr's show at the Blu ... More >>
An Austin institution opens a new location in Louisville.
Saturday, August 11, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.s
Saturday, July 15, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
Tuesday, March 21, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Monday, November 21, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
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