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 >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | FRI-SUN, 8/29/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day e ... 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 >>
When a 1974 demo tape was discovered of music by Death, the Detroit proto-punks, it was like a missing link. Ahead of its time and now all but forgotten, the trio's harsh, fast sound was the precursor to that of bands like Bad Brains, Ramones and Minutemen. A Band Called Death, part of the Universi ... 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 >>
Hallelujah! It's finally Friday. Feel like cutting loose this weekend, having a few cocktails and then cutting a rug like nobody's watching? You've come to exactly the right place. As with every week around this time, we've put together a full rundown of the best EDM options available to you, and th ... More >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/12 - 9/2/12 Telluride '88, Red Rocks '94 and Denver '97 -- these aren't just places and years to Phish fans. They're monuments, pivotal parts of Phish's Colorado legacy. Out of nearly eighty concerts that the band has played in the Centennial state and more ... 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 >>
Sharon Van Etten (due this Wednesday, March 28, at the Bluebird Theater) saw more sides of the music industry than most of her peers before embarking on her musical career. She moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee as a teenager to go to school and became involved with Red Rose, a coffee shop/music venue ... More >>
Wednesday, March 28, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849.
SNOOP DOGG @ SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL | 03.03.12 At times, it seemed like the entire weekend pointed toward Snoop Dogg's Saturday night set. Diplo mentioned Snoop's immanent arrival during a Friday night set, and showed off an exclusive drop the Doggfather had recorded for Major Lazer. Periodically ... More >>
David Bumgardner Williams & Graham 3160 Tejon Street 303-997-8886 www.williamsandgraham.com This is part one of my interview with David Bumgardner, exec chef of Williams & Graham. Part two of my chat with Bumgradner will run in this space tomorrow. The executive chef of Williams & Graham is leani ... More >>
Those looking for a little rowdy cinema to warm up those dreary final months of the season should look no further than Growler Distro's Mid-Winter Punk Film Festival, which features only the most hard-core selection of underground punk-rock movies of the '70s and '80s through today. The series is a ... More >>
Lori Midson Annabelle Forrestal Vine Street Pub, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery and Southern Sun www.mountainsunpub.com This is part one of my interview with Annabelle Forrestal, exec chef of Vine Street Pub in Denver and Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery and Southern Sun in Boulder. Part two of that ... More >>
Snowball 2012 lineup ticket info, Big Boi, MiMOSA, BoomBox, Ghostland Observatory, Gauntlet Hair, the Head and the Heart, TV on the Radio, Bassnectar, Rusko, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Elephant Revival, Avon Colorado
It wasn't until I found a guide to the definition of "stalking" in Initiative 300, Denver's Paid Sick and Safe Time proposal (Section 18-9-11, page 7) that my interest in the actual wording of the proposal developed into a plan to just plain exploit it. As the newest staffer at Westword, it' ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: A pair of new October dates have Smashing Pumpkins at the Ogden and Bush at the 1STBANK Center, with Chevelle and Filter, while November brings Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Fillmore. On local radio, Air Dubai, Le Divorce, Bop Skizzum and Signal Path ... More >>
The internet age just got a little weirder. One of Denver's most prolific musicians, Tommy Metz (AKA Iuengliss) decided his 2010 album, Blossom Frontier, wasn't up to snuff, so he pulled it, remixed it, re-mastered it and redid the artwork. He even renamed it to Frontier, which we're pretty s ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front,The Go-Go's are coming to the Ogden Theatre, Fleet Foxes are coming to the Fillmore, and Arvada Center has added shows to its summer lineup. Meanwhile, on local radio, Bad Weather California, Science Partner and Veronica got ... More >>
Danger Mouse just announced he will be collaborating with Jack White, which makes White the billionth musician Danger Mouse has worked with after Beck, the Gorillaz, MF Doom, Cee-Lo, James Mercer, U2, the Rapture, Sparklehorse, Black Keys and, oh, just about everybody else. He's the hottest c ... More >>
Snowy weather got you feeling glum? Yeah? We hear ya. Luckily, we've got just thing to turn that frown upside down. Meet Total Ghost. We don't know where in the hell these dudes Chön and Biktor came from -- they claim to be from Germany, but we suspect they're about as German as a Wisconsin lumbe ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Boyd Fletcher PHISH - NIGHT TWO 10.11.10 | 1STBANK Center Settling in for night two of three at the 1STBANK Center, the crowd and the members of the band seemed to be making themselves at home. Anastasio flashed a smile before sending the opening chords of "Runaway Jim" bouncing around the ... More >>
Since Speakerboxxx/The Love Below showcased Outkast's individual talents, André 3000 has generally been regarded as the auteur of the duo. And while that might be true -- André 3000 does tend to be weirder than his colleague Big Boi -- there's something to be said for consistency, as the la ... 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 t ... 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 >>
Some bands wear a style like a trendy fashion statement, and others embody what that music is about by creating their own artistic identity while expanding and building upon what has come before them. The Prids, from Portland, Oregon, are among the latter. Incorporating elements of synth-inflected n ... 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 >>
Tokyo Police Club started a solid run on the main stage. (Photo by Chad Fahnestock). And it's gone. Just like that, the gale-force winds of indie rock have come and gone, whipping Red Rocks into a frenzy all day Saturday and Sunday. Missed it? Can't remember it? Read our Day 1 Monolith Live Blog ... More >>
Denver's DeVotchKa headlines Saturday night. Monolith Festival, owners of perhaps the most aflame lineup of bands in 2008, starts Saturday at Red Rocks, and Backbeat will cover it end to end – with reviews, photos, and all the beer-fueled musings fit to print. Check back here on Saturday and Sun ... More >>
Photo by Aaron Thackeray Just received word that Monolith, the two-day music festival slated to take place at Red Rocks on September 13-14, has added 22 more acts, including Atmosphere (pictured above from the second show of a two-night stand last night at the Ogden Theatre), Hercules and Love Affa ... More >>
Need a little black dress? How about a flippy summer frock? Denver's fashion designers have you covered. Just ask Cydney Payton.
Play what you love.
The year in unfair shares.
The techtonic plates continue to shift along Denver's increasingly competitive concert scene. Although no official statement has been released, Chuck Morris will be vacating his current post at Live Nation to join his proteges, Don Strasburg and Brent Fedrizzi, at the new Denver outpost of Anschutz ... More >>
Awesome live bands sometimes make magic in the studio, too.
Monday, November 14, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Get out of Denver, baby, go!
Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.
Backbeat scribes weigh in on their favorite national releases from 2004.