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The Mars Volta

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    December 13, 2012
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    April 26, 2012

    Lexigram

    Lexigram
    Self-released

  • Blogs

    April 3, 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 Wilco, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Dukes of September and more were announced; Overcasters, Lumineers, Churchill and the Jekylls got spins on local radio; and recent albums from the Shins, E-40, Fun. and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Review: Soundgarden at Red Rocks, 7/18/11

    Aaron ThackeraySoundgarden last night at Red Rocks with the Mars Volta​SOUNDGARDEN at RED ROCKS | 07/18/11With turrets of light bathing the stage in purple, the opening strains of "Searching With My Good Eye Closed" set the stage perfectly for the entrance of Soundgarden. It certainly felt lik ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on the reunion and singing on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    ​In 1984, Soundgarden (due at Red Rocks tonight with The Mars Volta) started out as a three piece with Chris Cornell on drums and vocals, Kim Thayil on guitar and Hiro Yamamoto on bass. Within a year, the trio recruited Scott Sundquist to play drums, so that Cornell could cultivate his skills ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    If you could rewind the clock, which shows that you missed would you make sure to see?

    ​I've seen probably upwards of seven million shows in my lifetime, give or take five or six. In all that time, there's been a ton that I'm grateful for having the chance to have seen -- Mars Volta at Tulagi, the Killers at the Larimer Lounge, an unreal triple bill at the Coliseum featuring Pea ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Tonight: The Memorials at the Walnut Room

    Evil VinceBay Area quintet The Memorials (playing tonight at the Walnut Room with Yerkish and the Orchid Set) are definitely definable as a hard-rock band, but underneath ex-Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen's brutal rhythms, there is a progressive, funk-influenced smoothness. Much can be attributed ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Q&A with Thomas Pridgen of the Memorials

    ​ Former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen does not have a lot to say. All the time spent behind a drum set, in the studio and on the road must impede on his ability to take time out for an interview. Nonetheless, in advance of his show tonight's at the Marquis with his new project, The Memor ... More >>

  • Music

    July 22, 2010

    The Say So

    Something Like Wild
    Self-released

  • Music

    May 20, 2010

    Free Moral Agents

    Monday, May 24, Gothic Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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    April 9, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of April 5, 2010

    ​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?" So 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 ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    December 23, 2009

    The 10 most popular concert reviews of 2009

    ​It's about damn time this year ended. But before it does, we're taking a look back at your favorite stories of 2009. Here, the ten most popular concert reviews from the Backbeat blog.

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    December 22, 2009

    The 10 most popular Backbeat stories of 2009

    ​It's about damn time this year ended. But before it does, we're taking a look back at your favorite stories of 2009. Here, the ten most popular stories from the Backbeat blog.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Neil Young Top Seller at Wax Trax

    ​Neil Young's Dreamin' Man Live '92, which includes a complete live performance of Harvest Moon before the studio album was released, grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax this week, while Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez claimed the second slot with his latest effort, Xenophanes. Tom Waits, meanwhile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Breaking: Monolith Festival on the ropes

    ​Just received word from Josh Baker, co-curator of Monolith, that the future of the indie-centric festival is uncertain. (Read Baker's full statement after the jump.) Although the turnout for this year's festival seemed to increase slightly from year's past and the lineup itself seemed more solid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Q&A w/ Isaiah Owens of Free Moral Agents

    ​Isaiah "Ikey" Owens is better know these days as the keyboardist of the Mars Volta. His versatile and creative musicianship, though, was honed in the '90s when he played with Sublime and later Long Beach Dub Allstars. Ikey first played with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala in the ... More >>

  • Music

    November 12, 2009
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    October 8, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 5, 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Watch 3OH!3's set from the MTV VMAs

    Okay, if you're like us and were up at Red Rocks for Monolith this past Sunday night watching the Mars Volta confound the audience with its spectacular over indulgence or -- depending upon your perspective -- dazzle the crowd with its awe-worthy musicianship, you missed 3OH!3's thirty second long, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Experience the urban-outfitted neon-infested loveliness of Monolith

    ​ Westword's weekend was dominated by Monolith, the annual two-day hipsterfest at Red Rocks that this year featured the Mars Volta, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Chromeo and plenty of other bands. Our stage-to-stage coverage includes photos of the bands from Day One and Day Two, photos of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Monolith adds more than a dozen local DJs

    DJ Vajra​Just received word from Monolith curator Matt Fecher that the annual fall festival, headlined this year by the Mars Volta and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, has just added more than a dozen local DJs to its lineup. Nationally renown turntablist DJ Vajra heads the roster, which also includes Mu$a, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    The Mars Volta and Yeah Yeah Yeahs to headline Monolith

    Update: Just in case you haven't been keeping tabs, this year's Monolith line-up has been shaping up rather nicely. On May 18, the masterminds of Monolith began revealing the line-up for the third annual two-day indie-centric music festival every two hours on Twitter and Facebook. Some folks found t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, July 15 edition

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich -- and then punched it, hard. Put up your dukes. Today in Backbeat Online: • Danielle Ate the Sandwich: Better than a bag of poop on fire! • Last Night: Paul Sprawl at the Laughing Goat in Boulder. • Hearsay bits: City Hall, Speakeasy Tiger, Torch the Wagon, Patrick ... More >>

  • Music

    July 9, 2009

    Tangible Stereo

    Live!
    Self-released

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Eminem keeps dominating charts at Independent Records

    For the sixth week in a row, Eminem grabbed the top spot at Independent Records for the week ending June 28. Mars Volta's new album, Octahedron, and Mike E. Clark's Psychopathic Murder Mix V. 1 compilation came in second and third while four Michael Jackson albums, including the 25th Anniversary edi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Regina Spektor top seller at Twist and Shout

    Regina Spektor's latest release, Far, was the top seller at Twist & Shout for the week ending June 28. Local faves Paper Bird's new EP, Sky Underground, nabbed the number two slot and brand new albums from Dinosaur Jr. and Mars Volta also grabbed slots in the top five. See the full breakdown aft ... More >>

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    January 18, 2009

    Vices I Admire on the hunt for new bassist

    Angry, artsy rockers Vices I Admire has been banging around northern Colorado for a few years now, and has a fair amount of local acclaim, based on its live shows, an EP and the song "Monster," which has appeared on a couple of compilations. On its MySpace page, the band compares itself to Incubus, ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008
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    January 24, 2008

    The Mars Volta

    Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez created a spirited affair with The Bedlam in Goliath.

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    January 23, 2008
  • Music

    August 2, 2007

    Rush

    Wednesday, August 8, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    El-P

    I'll Sleep When You're Dead
    Definitive Jux

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    November 16, 2006

    Sparta

    Threes
    Hollywood

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    September 21, 2006

    The Mars Volta

    Amputechture (Universal)

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    August 17, 2006

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Friday, August 18, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    July 27, 2006

    Sparta

    Wednesday, August 2, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

  • Music

    March 30, 2006

    Gospel

    Thursday, March 30, 15th Street Tavern, 303-572-0822.

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Subtitle

    Tuesday, February 21, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    For the record

    Since 2005 has hit the bricks, here's the final word on last year's finest discs.

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Nobody

    Thursday, September 8, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    March 17, 2005

    Mars Volta

    Frances the Mute (Gold Standard Labs/Universal)

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    The Rise

    Reclamation Process (Law of Inertia)

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    March 25, 2004
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    January 15, 2004
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    September 4, 2003

    The Mars Volta

    De-loused in the Comatorium (Universal)

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Mars Attacks

    The Mars Volta isn't interested in your expectations.

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    August 8, 2002
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    April 4, 2002
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