Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>
There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>
Looks like the pop radio hits of yesteryear just aren't cutting it anymore for the folks at 107.1 FM, known until very recently as Jack FM. The station launched a complete overhaul of its format and its content yesterday, unveiling a new brand name, a new musical niche and a fresh emphasis on alt-ro ... More >>
Last night a Daily Show report by comedian Jason Jones reported on high levels of apathy among Colorado voters. Looking at statistics as well as conducting interviews on Denver's 16th Street Mall, Jones found that an overwhelming majority of people (80 percent) did not vote in last September's recal ... More >>
You only get one chance to make a first impression, as they say, and these bands sure made the most of their opportunity. Some of these inaugural releases launched new subgenres, while others have yet to be matched in more two decades. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best debut metal albums. ... More >>
PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 5/13/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit records tha ... More >>
Alright, how many times have you driven past that dude on the corner, the one twirling his sign like a madman, and thought to yourself Wow! That dude is rocking out. Wonder what the hell he's listening to? Wonder no more. Mystery solved. It's Slayer. At least that's what this particular gentleman wa ... More >>
You Me And Apollo from Fort Collins started out as the solo project of Brent Cowles when he was seventeen. Over the course of the last handful of years, Cowles has turned what was essentially a bedroom recording project into a full-fledged band. In 2011, Cowles released Cards With Cheats with a nasc ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! We made it. And as we already noted in Dance Card, there's an extra hour for you to enjoy. Depending upon how hard you go, this will either give you more time to imbibe or an extra hour to sleep off the effects of the night before. Whatever the case, there's plenty of quality ... More >>
DEFTONES @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 10/19/12 Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has an unmatched intensity on stage. With his trademarked disposition, Moreno hovered commandingly over the crowd, hunched over and screaming until the veins on his head popped out, belting songs like "Tempest," one of many of ... More >>
Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18, Ogden Theatre, 1-888-929-7849.
System of Down (due tonight at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre with Gogol Bordello) played its first show in five years last week at Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Early reports suggest the band is back in fine form -- at least from the reviews and the fan-shot clips that appeared on the ... More >>
As reported last week, the Avett Brothers will be at Red Rocks in July, while Warren Haynes and Cake are due at the Ogden in May and June respectively. Also, Arctic Monkeys, who have been working on their fourth album, make their way back to the Ogden again on Monday, May 30, as part of a twe ... More >>
Sunday, July 20, Fiddler's Green, 303-830-8497.
The Backbeat section of Westword’s June 12 edition is dominated by updates and details about the annual Westword Music Showcase, as well it should be. But strange as it might seem, there are other notable musical happenings taking place around town during the week, including a Saturday, June 14 pe ... More >>
Even on his own, Systems frontman bucks the system.
Tuesday, January 29, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.
Wednesday, August 8, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
Friday, February 16, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 303-788-0984.
Natalie Maines is one radical Chick.
Be there or be square!
Wednesday, May 10, Buell Theatre, 303-830-8497, SOLD OUT.
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned Rockist ways.
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Thursday, November 10, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308; Friday, November 11, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-447-0095.
Weezer's auteur takes a tentative step into the real world.
System of a Down is rock's least likely success story.
Black Black Ocean rolls in for one last romp.
Dieselboy brings role-playing strategy into the drum-and-bass arena.
Karsh Kale spins the soundtrack as blissful worlds collide.
Killing Joke's ghoulish rock has the last laugh.
Atom Egoyan gets personal with Armenian genocide in Ararat.
What does old-fashioned patriotic music mean in a newfangled war?
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Will freedom of expression be the first casualty in the war on terrorism?
It's out with Howard Stern and in with more Britney as radio conglomerates chase the almighty buck.
System of a Down fights a different battle of Los Angeles.