Break out the pretzels: The Great American Beer Festival kicks off today. The annual event will bring hundreds of breweries to the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets were sold out long ago, so unless you were lucky enough to have grabbed one already, you may have to enjoy the festivities from afar. ... More >>
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 >>
Colorado has long been known as one of hippie culture's great bastions. But in its list of the best and worst U.S. states for hippies, Estately.com suggests that while Colorado still deserves recognition, it's rep may soon start to slide. Really? Judge for yourself by counting down the roster, supp ... More >>
For many bands, the light show is almost as integral to the live act as the music, so much so, in fact, that lighting directors are often heralded as an additional member of the group. These illumination wizards have the most open and creative space to work in, and as result, they're able to create ... More >>
Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
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I think we can all agree that battle of the bands are often tedious. With some notable exceptions, obviously, generally what you get treated to is a parade of mediocre acts that test the thresholds of your tolerance. This one, however, that the Lefthand Brewing Company is hosting next month in Longm ... More >>
There is something magical about mushrooms -- even the non-hallucinogenic kind -- and so I was pretty stoked about eating at Mellow Mushroom for the first time. The chain got its start in Atlanta in 1974, when three college students cooked up the idea for an artful pizza joint based on philosophical ... More >>
TESTAMENT @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | MON, 2/25/13 Testament is one of the bands that you can make a strong case for expanding the Big 4 to the Big 5. The Bay Area act was part of the original thrash movement, which fused the precision and savagery of speed metal with the intensity of hardcore punk. For n ... More >>
As the winter chill finally thaws (work with us here -- we know it's still below freezing right now) and gives way to the hopefulness and fertility of spring, the upcoming concert season is likewise bursting with promise. Coming off one of the best years for live music in recent memory, the lineup i ... More >>
We're blessed to live here, you know. If you haven't already come to this conclusion on your own from feeling the ever-present sunshine and observing the wondrous sunset paintings we're treated to each evening, all you have to do is take a look at the brimming concert calendar. Whereas the live musi ... More >>
PHIL LESH AND FRIENDS @ 1STBANK CENTER | 2/16/12 - NIGHT ONEPhil Lesh played the first of a three night stand last night at the 1STBANK Center, bringing with him some extremely talented friends and an energy and enthusiasm in his playing that brought fresh breath to the timeless Grateful Dead catalo ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! You made it! While we're assuming we'll be seeing you at Artopia tomorrow night, if for some reason we don't, there's a pretty diverse lineup of music on tap otherwise for the next three days, including two more nights of Phil Lesh at 1STBANK Center, two nights of Future Bird ... More >>
FURTHUR at RED ROCKS | 10/1/11, NIGHT TWOAfter nearly 50 years of wearing down muscles and tendons in the hands and arms playing the same songs again and again, things have evidently slowed down for the remaining members of the Grateful Dead playing in Furthur. And while you can't fault the band for ... More >>
As you're probably already aware, Bob Dylan turns seventy today. We want to take this moment to thank Mrs. Zimmerman for giving birth to one of the most influential musicians of our time. We're hard-pressed to find a musician that is more versatile or as cool as Dylan. He has been called the voice o ... More >>
Thursday, January 13, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399; Friday, January 14, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
At the leftover Yam Jam on Friday, skiers and snowboarders alike gathered to face it off freestyle in a casual post-Thanksgiving competition. They were facing off against each other -- the skier and snowboarder events were separate -- but the real rivalry was, of course, between those who fav ... More >>
Duane Rieder When Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990, it made a world-beat influenced splash with a series of releases throughout the decade. During this creative period, the band released its most commercially successful song, "Send Me On My Way." The tune, which has been used on soun ... More >>
A funny thing happened the other day on an exploratory trip to the new Mellow Mushroom , which just opened at 1201 Sixteenth Street, in the Tabor Center. Tempted by the sweet allure of lunchtime pizza, we were actually more impressed by the drink specials than the pizzas.
Tobin Voggesser These days, there are dozens of well known electronic-based bands of all shapes and sizes. Back in 2003, though, the very mention of a band that took a DJ and fused it with live instrumentation would've conjured up thoughts of Linkin Park or worse, Limp Bizkit. When it form ... 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. ... More >>
Thursday, January 7, Bluebird Theater, 303-377-1666.
Adam Perryâ€‹Jolie Holland, with Matt Bauer The Walnut Room Saturday, October 10, 2009 Better Than: Walking from Market St. Station to Walnut & 31st in the cold No one shines like Brooklyn-based indie-folk goddess Jolie Holland. Just as Neil Young was the depth and edge of CSNY, Holland was the ... More >>
Believe it or not, drugs are fairly common at most concerts by Phish, whose phans have been known to follow them around the country, Grateful Dead-style. And according to police in Howard County, Maryland, a couple of Coloradans were doing their best to fill the phaithful's needs this past we ... 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 al ... More >>
Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, released last week on Columbia, grabbed the top spot at Twist and Shout for the week ending May 3. Depeche Mode, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Neko Case rounded out the top five. See the full breakdown after the jump.
Yes visits the Paramount on February 12. Yes, who kicked off its "In the Present" tour last month, will stop at the Paramount February 12 with long-time members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White, as well as Rick Wakeman's son, Oliver, on keyboards. Vocalist Benoit David, who Squire discovered ... More >>
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