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The Fray

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    The twelve best concerts in Denver this weekend

    It's a good one, folks: KS 107.5 FM's Summer Jam brings hip-hop royalty to Englewood tonight, and most of the people there will probably be capping off their weekends with The Fray at Red Rocks on Sunday. There's more: Dragondeer, subject of this week's Backbeat feature, will release its long-awai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    New to the Denver Concert Calendar: Nickel Creek, Rod Stewart & Santana, Gogol Bordello

    Chris Thile has decided he's bored of not selling thousands of tickets at a time, so Nickel Creek is back, and they're coming to Denver. Rod Stewart and Santana are also into selling thousands of tickets, so they'll be coming through as well. Incidentally, Santana has never meet a collaboration he d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    The ten best non-rap covers of rap songs

    In the past few years, it has become fashionable for non-rap artists to cover rap songs, and it's often with an overwhelming irony. Most of the time, though, the best covers are ones that take the tune seriously enough to create something that expands on the original in a creative way. Here are the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Video: The Fray freestyles national anthem at the Kansas vs Kentucky NCAA Championship

    The Fray performed the national anthem at the NCAA championship last night, and like most songs the boys cover, they made it their own. There was nothing inherently wrong with their performance, except that, well, if you're a purist, there was everything wrong with their performance. Really, is it t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    The Fray at Red Rocks Saturday, May 12: Second show just added. Tix on sale next Friday

    The Fray just confirmed another show at Red Rocks. Quincy Magoo probably could've seen that coming, eh? Even less surprising: The date of the second show is Saturday, May 12, the night after the first Red Rocks date -- that is, assuming that Sir Isaac Slade isn't mixing it up with Killers frontman B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Beach Boys, Florence the Machine, the Walkmen, Passion Pit and Justice were announced; Coles Whalen, Caleb Slade, FaceMan and the Apples got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Adele, Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Avett Brothers, James Taylor, Blues Traveler and Gogol Bordello were announced; Gauntlet Hair, Hindershot and Fierce Bad Rabbit got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Van Halen, Dr. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Sh*t People From Denver Say -- and what our video should have said

    Westword's addition to the rapidly dying Sh*t _______ Says trend, Sh*t People From Denver Say, earned reactions as hilarious as they are varied. True to form, most readers who commented offered funny and insightful slogans we missed in our video of city stereotypes. (Some of you, on the other hand, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Reader: More sh*t people from Denver say

    In Internet time, the "shit people say" videos really peaked last month -- but we never came across one that really captured the phrases and idioms of Denver. So we made one. But apparently we missed some of the shit people say:

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    The Fray Scars & Stories: A track-by-track breakdown from Isaac Slade and Joe King

    Westword caught up with the Fray's chief songwriters, Isaac Slade and Joe King, for a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the new record. If you've bought the record and you're listening right now wondering what "Run for Your Life" or "Here We Are" is about, wonder no more. Or if you came h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    The Fray at Red Rocks on Friday, May 11

    Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album. On the eve of releasing their third full-length album, Scars and Stories and almost exactly a year after playing at Invesco with U2, the Fray has announced plans to return to Red Rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    The Fray posts "The Fighter," another track from new album

    ​Just before the holidays, the Fray offered another peek of its upcoming album, Scars & Stories, the follow-up to the act's eponymous sophomore release from 2009. While the record's first single, "Heartbeat," debuted this past October and has already charted, the Denver-based quartet recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    The Fray treats fan in San Jose to an unexpected pizza party/performance in her living room

    Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album. Remember that scene in La Bamba when Richie Valens shows up at a fan's house with a bunch of pizzas for private pizza party. More than two decades after that event played out on the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    The Fray films video for "Heartbeat," the first single from its new album, Scars and Stories

    Update (2/7/12): Isaac Slade and Joe King give a track-by-track breakdown of Scars & Stories, the Fray's new album. Update (11/22/11): The full "Heartbeat" video and the Scars and Stories cover art has been added below. And so it begins. The Fray is now in full-on promo mode, ramping up for the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Bop Skizzum, Force Publique, Kenny Perkins spun this week. See who else got spins.

    ​Here's what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists from a number of different shows, including KTCL's Locals Only, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show*, The Colorado Sound, which originates at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    The Fray's taking some chances on its new album? Appears so.

    Okay Fraysayers, sounds like the moment that you've been clamoring for all these years may finally be upon us. Just watched an interview that Sir Isaac Slade gave last week at Sundance in which he utttered the magic words so many detractors who have dismissed the band as being boring and safe have b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Fray's former manager files counterclaim

    The Fray awaits its day in court​The saga continues. Back in September, you might remember, Isaac Slade and Joe King of the Fray filed a lawsuit in U.S. District court against Gregg Alan Corp, a company headed by their former manager, Gregg Latterman, alleging that a portion of their publishing wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 26, 2009

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Rod Blackhurst puts up a Fair Fight when he has to

    All right, hands up: Who has eighty minutes to kill this afternoon? Aw, c'mon, sure you do. Take a longer lunch and then chow down at your desk. It will be worth it. Promise. Remember that Fray documentary we told you about at the beginning of the year, Fair Fight, the one that was supposed to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    A first look at the Heyday's new video

    ​ The Heyday sure has come a long way from when we first wrote about the outfit more than two years ago. Back then, the guys were greener than an Irish hillside in the summertime, having played less than a dozen shows. Since then, the act has crisscrossed the country countless times and developed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    The Flobots take on the Fray for bowling baller supremacy

    ​In an effort to benefit their nonprofit organization, the Flobots and The Fray are coming together for a ping-pong and bowling tournament on Friday, September 4 at Lucky Strike Lanes in the Belmar Shopping District in Lakewood. Think you can beat them? Well, the two bands are giving you a chance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

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    Photo by Cajun BoyMongo meets meat. Everyone form a line. Today in Cafe Society: • Hot Diggity Dog: Denver's Mongo Marquez joined the big leagues at Nathan's on July 4. • Civic Center Eats: Sweet Revenge cookies. • Tonight: Frasca wines paired with small plates from MiniBAR. • Where am I d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

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    On the road again.... Rollin', rollin', rollin'. Today in Cafe Society: • Update: Pad Thai on the go.... • Toke of the town: Mary Jane's Pizza. • First report from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. • A free donut for dad. • Huebner off The Bachelorette, back on pizza. • Barbecue this w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, June 5 edition

    Photo by Soren McCartyYes, this is a man in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone looks better in a fedora.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Last night: Leonard Cohen at Red Rocks. • Westword exclusive: The Fray's not-so-secret dress rehearsals -- in pictures. • Ministry's Al Jourgensen off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    From Mile High to Monolith, breaking down Denver's summer music fests

    The Mile High Music Fest returns to Dick's with Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray. With so many music festivals to fill up your summer and drain your pocketbook, we put together a handy rundown of Denver's fests, in order of their appearance on your calendar. Which are you looking most forward to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    YouTubers ratchet up the guilt on John Elway, other Denver celebs over child soldiers

    On April 25, InvisibleChildren.com is staging events in 100 cities to bring attention to the abduction and forced recruitment of child soldiers -- an unspeakably cruel practice that's all too common in many parts of the world. In Denver, participants will gather at the main gate of Coors Field prior ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, March 12 edition

    What's cookin'? Today in Cafe Society: • Sweet talk from Keegan Gerhard and other tasty events. • Zaidy's Deli Downtown is still Zaidy's... but now with fusion. • The Wynkoop's canny new strategy. • Veggie Girl: Pasquini's Pizzeria. Today in Backbeat Online: • Mile Hi-Fidelity playlist - ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009

    Roe

    Letter and Lights
    Self-released

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    T.I. grabs top spot at Independent Records

    Rapper T.I.'s Grammy-nominated album Paper Trail knocked Bobby Valentino off the number one spot on Independent Records top seller list for the week ending February 22. The Fray moved up to the number two spot from number four, while Lil Wayne and Ludacris still remain in the top ten. See the full b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    The Fray grabs top spot at Twist & Shout again

    For the second week in the row, the Fray's new self-titled album grabbed the number one spot on Twist & Shout's top seller list. Elsewhere, it's not too surprising that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss's Raising Sand,which just won a Grammy for Album of the Year, claimed the second spot, followe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Week in Review: 2/16/09 - 2/20/09

    All right, so we've reached the end of another work week in the Mile High City. While we can no longer brag about having the best selling band in the country, from what we can tell, Denver music is still on the minds and in the ears of at least a few prominent folks in what's left of the industry. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, February 18 edition

    The blogsophere never stops, does it? Today in Backbeat Online: • Ten bands we'd watch on TV. • Reviews of new releases by Bruce Springsteen, Charlie Louvin, John Shannon. • See Slipknot free courtesy of FashioNation. • Rowboat, row me to my shore. • The Fray covers... uh, Kanye West? • ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Meet the Fraysayers

    Dull. Boring. Formulaic. Uniformly bland. Uninteresting. Calculated. Inoffensive. Forgettable. These are just a few of the adjectives that various critics from across the country have used to describe the Fray's self-titled sophomore release. As observed in this column last week, the band is clearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, February 11 edition

    It's a day that probably won't live in infamy. But you never know... Today in Backbeat Online: • The Fray tops Billboard 200. • The Decemberists, Thievery Corporation, John Prine shows announced. • Young Coyotes to release pair of EPs next month. • Watch DJ Chonz mix live every day at 11 a. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Shockingly, the Fray captures top spot at Twist & Shout

    Okay, clearly we're being sarcastic with that headline, for it comes as very little surprise that the Fray captured the top spot at Twist & Shout this week. We're not privy to the actual SoundScan numbers yet, but suffice it to say, we're eager to see if interest the act has generated locally fo ... More >>

  • Music

    February 5, 2009

    The Fray

    The Fray
    Epic

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, January 26 edition

    Look out below! Falling blogs! Today in Cafe Society: • Rock, paper, scissors, booze at Nine75. • Mark & Isabella now open in Belmar. • Just in time for the Super Bowl, a Milking It review of Cap'n Crunch's Touchdown Crunch. • Buenos Aires Grill to close. • Thanasi Foods thinks Bigs with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, January 16 edition

    Blogus interruptus. Today in Cafe Society: • Fry me to the moon. • Candy Girls: Strawberry Charleston Chew. • Colorado's fast-expanding, fast-improving fast-casual world. Today in Backbeat Online: • Mile High Makeout: Guerillas in the mix. • This just in: Thursday is the new Friday. • ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, December 16 edition

    Only eight blogging days until Christmas. Today in Cafe Society: • The List: Best hotel restaurants. • Happy fifth birthday to Mezcal, which will soon get a sibling. • Is the second Santa Fe Tequila Company drying up? • Smashburger is a smash in Wichita. Today in Backbeat Online: • Eric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    The Fray's "You Found Me" video premieres

    The Fray's video for "You Found Me," the first single from the act's forthcoming self-titled disc, made its online debut Tuesday night on VH1.com. The clip, directed by Bear Creek High School alumni Josh Forbes -- who's also worked on videos for Alkaline Trio, Metro Station, Sara Bareilles and Great ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    Enter the Fray

    A group of Colorado favorites plays Vail Snow Daze.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, November 19 edition

    The Fray are waiting for you. The hits just keep on comin'. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Fray is previewing new songs live at Snow Daze in Vail. • Talking golf and rock in a Q&A with Dead Confederate's Hardy Morris. • Apollo Sunshine's Sam Cohen gets the Backbeat Q&A treatment, too. • ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, November 14 edition

    The devil made him do it. For more blogs, look out below. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Imp of Satan writes the best Craigslist musician-wanted ad ever. • Get a free MP3 download from your Mama. • Meese's now not-so-secret show in Boulder next week. • The Fray premiers new single during ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    The Fray to premier new single next week during Lost promo

    Looks like we won't have to wait until February after all to hear what the Fray has in store next. The band is slated to debut "You Found Me," the first single from its forthcoming self-titled album, next week. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, fans can listen to a stream the new song o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Fray sets date for new album

    The Fray has announced a release date for the follow-up to its triple-platinum debut, How to Save a Life. A year to the day of when the act first previewed songs from the as-yet-titled album live at the Bluebird at a trio of intimate shows, the disc is slated to hit shelves on Tuesday, February 3. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, November 6 edition

    The Fray. Take a visit to Blogville. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Fray sets the date for its next album. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout offers tricks and treats. • A Q&A with Gang Gang Dance's Lizzi Bougasos. • A free MP3 from Rabbit Is a Sphere. Today in Cafe Society: • Remembrance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007

    Compacting

    In The Graduate, a brain-dead fat cat famously advised Dustin Hoffman's character to devote his professional career to "Plastics!" These days, however, up-and-comers would be well advised to stay away from this field -- at least if they'd hoped to specialize in compact discs. Recently released 2006 ... More >>

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    On the Band Wagon

    Fray as you go.

  • Music

    September 22, 2005

    The Fray

    How to Save a Life (Epic)

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    The Fray

    Friday, September 16, Paramount Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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