Red Rocks hosted the last concerts of its regular concert series a little over a week ago, signaling the official end of the summer concert season in Colorado. This week on the Backbeat blog, we're looking back at some of our favorite shows of 2014's warmest months. Note that we didn't include any f ... More >>
It would be easy to dismiss a show like this as something aging fans of '90s alternative rock take their kids to. But Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden still have plenty of intellect and challenging music. And opener Oneohtrix Point Never, an experimental electronic and ambient artist, likely challeng ... More >>
Trent Reznor and pals will play betwixt the monoliths in Morrison in July with grunge hero Soundgarden. Red Rocks's summer calendar continues to fill out -- Daughtry, Goo Goo Dolls and Blues Traveler also announced shows there this week. The rest of the concert calendar updates follow.
SOUNDGARDEN @ 1STBANK CENTER | 5/28/13 Five songs into its set last night at 1STBANK Center, with the stage bathed in emerald light and Chris Cornell appearing sans guitar for the first time in the set, Soundgarden performed "Outshined," one of its first radio hits. Cornell put his mic toward the cr ... More >>
ZZ WARD @ GOTHIC THEATRE | WEDS, 5/29/13 While riding the bus to school as a child, Zsuzsanna Ward spent her time in headphones, thinking about just how much she wanted to become a singer. As an adult better known as ZZ Ward, she reached the crux of that dream long ago and is now well on her way to ... More >>
Soundgarden formed in 1984 as a three-piece with Chris Cornell on drums on vocals, Kim Thayil on guitar and Hiro Yamamoto on bass. Though noisier in the beginning, the band would go on to be one of the main purveyors of a slow, sludgy, intense, punk-rooted rock that was dubbed "grunge" by the Britis ... More >>
The 16th Street Mall filled with music and people during the 2013 Denver Day of Rock on Saturday, May 25, 2013. More than twenty bands performed throughout the day, and Westword photographer Philip Poston was there to capture the action. For more photos, visit our full Denver Day of Rock slide show. ... More >>
Turbonegro is finally coming to Colorado! Granted, it's with the new frontman -- whose name I haven't even bothered to learn yet because, well, he's got some big shoes to fill taking over for Hank von Helvete -- but it's still Turbonegro! Last time I saw these dudes, they literally rocked my face of ... More >>
QUICKSAND @ BLUEBIRD THEATER |1/15/12 In the moments before Quicksand took the stage last night at the Bluebird, the room lights dimmed and floor lights on stage came on to the sound of the Basil Poledouris's theme from Conan The Barbarian. Quicksand frontman Walter Schreifels looked pleasantly sur ... More >>
By Christian McPhate For years, hidden messages have allegedly been embedded in music, cryptic musings that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backwards. Backwards masking, as this phenomenon became known, centered on songs by bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, acts that supposedly impla ... More >>
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Update, 4:15 p.m.: The zoo has announced how much money the seven local Toyota dealerships donated to the newly christened Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, slated to open in June 2012. The figure? $5.4 million, the zoo's second-largest donation ever. Read on for more details.
Headbanger's Ball started on April 18, 1987, and ran for nearly eight years. With little regard for a narrow definition of what constituted metal, the show's programmers seemed to embrace it all. So you would see a Poison video, something from Motorhead and then something from the Cult. The e ... More >>
Aaron ThackeraySoundgarden at Red RocksAs this time of year generally tends to be, July was a heck of a month for concerts with Tech N9NE, The Avett Brothers, Soundgarden, Umphrey's McGee, Katy Perry and plenty more gracing the stages. We've got so many photos, it might be hard to sift throug ... More >>
Aaron ThackeraySoundgarden last night at Red Rocks with the Mars VoltaSOUNDGARDEN at RED ROCKS | 07/18/11With turrets of light bathing the stage in purple, the opening strains of "Searching With My Good Eye Closed" set the stage perfectly for the entrance of Soundgarden. It certainly felt lik ... More >>
In 1984, Soundgarden (due at Red Rocks tonight with The Mars Volta) started out as a three piece with Chris Cornell on drums and vocals, Kim Thayil on guitar and Hiro Yamamoto on bass. Within a year, the trio recruited Scott Sundquist to play drums, so that Cornell could cultivate his skills ... More >>
After spending over a decade on hiatus, Soundgarden (playing tonight at Red Rocks Amphitheatre) reunited in 2010, to the open arms of fans new and old, some sticking around since the band's 1984 inception. Drummer Matt Cameron spoke with us about the band getting back together, the current to ... More >>
Black hole sun, won't you come and wash away the rain? What an absolutely perfect sentiment for a soggy day like today. Well, except for the black hole part -- not even sure what that means exactly, black hole sun. Do you know? Anyhow, just got word that Soundgarden, authors of that curious t ... More >>
In a statement alongside it's quarterly and annual fiscal report, Activision, the company behind the Guitar Hero series, effectively put the axe on the series. Over the course of the last two years, the series has seen dropping sales due to a market that's completely saturated and an expensiv ... More >>
With all the hype surrounding Kanye West's latest effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it's not surprising that disc, released last week on Def Jam, debuted at number one at Independent Records and Twist & Shout. But West didn't make the top ten over Albums on the Hill, where Metallica' ... More >>
On the heels of their dual CD release party a few weeks ago at the Gothic, Air Dubai and the Heyday claimed the top spots at Twist & Shout for the week ending October 10. Up at Album's On the Hill, meanwhile, Bad Religion topped the charts with its latest Dissent of Man, Superchunk's latest e ... More >>
Soundgarden was just certified Platinum for sales of its best-of album, Telephantasm (which, incidentally, has the worst cover art of the year, beating out Hurley by a long shot) generated in one day. On the surface, this sounds like one hell of an accomplishment, until you read the fine pr ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most persistent question we encounter is: "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a lis ... More >>
What a difference a year makes -- well, give or take a few months. While it hasn't quite been a year yet, when it launched its online tour last winter, Candy Claws was still something of an unknown quantity outside of Denver and its home of Fort Collins. And now, with its new album, Hidden La ... More >>
While the Flaming Lips and Stardeath & the White Dwarfs' fascinating interpretation of the Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been available on iTunes since December, the colored vinyl version, released on Record Store Day, took the top spot at Twist & Shout and came in third at Independe ... 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 >>
I deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I would: a) run out o ... More >>
Chris Cornell and Timbaland team up at the Ogden October 17. It's been a fairly quiet week with show announcements this week. Former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and hip-hop producer Timbaland will join forces at the Ogden Theatre October 17; Staind, Seether and Papa Roach hit the Fillmore De ... More >>
Colorado's Unique Voice no more. As a new radio station, KRWZ/950 AM, is born, another one dies. KCUV/102.3 FM, known as Colorado's Unique Voice, has ceased operations. As of now, the outlet is simulcasting the programming from its sister operation, Jack/105.5 FM. The station -- which began life ... More >>
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