Shabazz Palaces is the adventurous hip-hop outlet of former Digable Planets MC Ishmael Butler and multi-instrumentalist Tendai Mariare. Based in Seattle, the group is signed to the historically rock-centric Sub Pop label. We talked to Butler before Shabazz Palaces' show tonight at the Fox Theatre ... More >>
It is Texas time in Denver. All we'd need is the Geto Boys and Gary Clark Jr. to hit the spectrum of Lone Star exports: St. Vincent brings her shock of white hair to town tomorrow, the Toadies' Rubberneck victory lap hits Englewood and songwriting genius Joy Ely makes the Soiled Dove the perfect pla ... More >>
The Head and the Heart (due tonight at the Ogden Theatre) came together when its members met while playing open-mic nights at a pub in the Old Ballard section of Seattle and decided to join forces. The band writes earnest, hushed, folk-inflected pop songs that recall Déjà Vu-period Crosby, Stills, ... More >>
HAVOK @ MARQUIS THEATER | FRI, 6/21/13 Hot on the heels of its European tour with Cephalic Carnage, Suffocation and Fallujah, Havok is preparing for the release its new album, Unnatural Selection, next Tuesday, June 25. The ten-track album, the band's fourth release overall and the followup to 2011' ... More >>
ALICE COOPER & MARILYN MANSON @ RED ROCKS | MON, 6/3/13 Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks. Sweet Jesus! How this totally obvious and sure-to-be-awesome pairing has not happened before now is anybody's guess. The music world's O.G. shock rocker and his direct artistic descendent are slated ... More >>
YO GABBA GABBA! @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE | SUN, 2/24/13 Sesame Street couldn't handle mixing kids' programming with Katy Perry cleavage, but Yo Gabba Gabba! gets it right every time. Perhaps it's because one of the show's creators, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. After becoming a f ... More >>
Bunch of new shows to let you know about this week, including Rush, who's coming to the Pepsi Center in August, plus new dates featuring the Postal Service, Rodrigo y Gabriela with the Colorado Symphony, Death, Danzig and Deer Tick. Keep reading for the full rundown of all those shows, including tic ... More >>
OM @ LARIMER LOUNGE |2/13/12 It was impossible not to be moved last night by the music of OM, as the visceral, low-end sounds moved through your body and the music hit you and washed around you like a physical force. The mixture of those cthonic tones, with the clatter of cymbals and tambura, octav ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, friendos! Mere hours away from quitting time, and there's so much great music to look forward to this weekend. We've got some choice grooves on tap from Disco Biscuits, who are closing out their three-night Colorado run tomorrow night at 1STBANK Center, some heavy goodness fr ... More >>
THE SHINS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5/29/12 Fewer than thirty seconds into their set and the Shins already needed a do-over. Playing Red Rocks could make any band nervous, but its grip is especially tight on one for whom U2 were gods growing up and for whom "this Red Rocks thing is really big for ... More >>
And it don't stop. Another batch of great shows announced this week, including Rise Against, who's due for a pair of back-to-back nights at the Fillmore in September, as well as Peter Gabriel, who will be performing his album So in its entirety a few nights later at Red Rocks. Wait, there's more: th ... More >>
THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT @ OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/12 Just in case anyone forgot how long the Reverend Horton Heat has been around, he reminded everyone during the first 45 minutes of his show the Ogden Theatre Saturday night by playing a song from each of his albums in chronological order, from 1991' ... More >>
Grab the Guinness Book of World Records, because we've got a ridiculous tale to tell. Earlier this week, a man in Australia purchased a Led Zeppelin T-shirt for $10,000, making it the largest sum anyone has paid for a vintage band shirt. That doesn't mean there aren't shirts that are valued h ... More >>
Tyson WirtzfieldDum Dum Girls As a rare drummer and frontwoman, Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Gundred) was part of experimental pop band Grand Ole Party. Once that band split, Gundred took it upon herself to learn how to write songs on an instrument well outside her comfort zone. When that expe ... More >>
Mogwai stops by the Bluebird Theater on Monday May 2 as part of its world tour supporting its seventh album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, slated for release on Sub Pop on February 15. Tickets for this one are $25 and go on sale this Saturday, November 6 at 10 a.m. Amos Lee visits ... More >>
Tuesday, October 12, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Friday, August 20, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Megan Cullen While this week's profile on King Khan focused primarily on his trip to jail and how he first got into garage music, it only scraped the surface of our interview with the guy. Known for some insanely great live shows both with the Shrines and BBQ Show, Khan gives almost an equal ... More >>
Band of Horses recently finished recording a new album, Night Rainbow, which the act has been playing songs from at shows since. While there's still no word on when the disc will be issued, chances are better than good that the band will be playing new material when it hits the Fox Theatre on Monday ... More >>
Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
(Julian Gilbert)Welcome to another edition of Sound Bites, our economy-sized album reviews, wherein we give you the lowdown in 75 words or less. Today, Nick Hall weighs in on recent releases from Grooms (pictured above), Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Converge, Spiral Stairs, Naam and Flight of ... More >>
Saturday, August 29, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
As pointed out in yesterday's Record Store Day preview, which focused on Vetiver, Sub Pop Records has kept the art of the jukebox 45 alive for two decades-plus -- generally with assistance from actual bands. As for Flight of the Conchords, the duo is sort-of actual, sort-of not. But the music these ... More >>
Over the next few weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Today, our own Michael Roberts runs down his favorite indie albums of 2008. In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today ... More >>
Tuesday, March 4, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Minus the Bear, the Helio Sequence and Grand Archives October 29, 2007 Gothic Theatre Better than: Flying to the Northwest to see each of these bands. When it comes to concerts, sometimes it’s better to go in blind but with open ears, where you hardly have any expectations and just embrace the ... More >>
Wallow in the mire of the year's best scuzz rock.
The Thermals have fun with fundamentalism.
Once again, Microsoft is chasing Apple in the hipster-hardware game. Will it make sweet music this time?
Monday, August 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Sun, Sun, Sun (Sub Pop)
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Friday, September 9, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
After a decade of frigid indie rock, Low's temperature is rising.
Saturday, October 30, Climax Lounge, 303-292-5483.
Wednesday, October 20, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-0959.
Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop)
My Dad's a Fuckin' Alcoholic (Afterburn Records)
Dark Days (Glazed Records)
Primus, The Go, At the Drive In, Method Man/Redman
After a three-year hiatus, Sunny Day Real Estate is in business again.
Gifted singer-songwriter Rebecca Gates says the Spinanes are both singular and plural.
The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, in black, white and gray.