The Melvins

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    June 2, 2014

    The five best shows in Denver from June 2 to June 5

    There are bigger concerts, sure, but for our money there is no better way to see Red Rocks than during Film on the Rocks. The series, which features Colorado bands opening for beloved movies, starts Tuesday with Ark Life, Covenhoven and Caddyshack. You can also see some masterful old-timey updates ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    The ten best stoner metal bands

    No other musical genre (aside from reggae) has a stronger connection to the cannabis lifestyle than heavy metal, hence the term 'stoner metal.' But of course, this term describes a subgenre that can encompass different types of metal music and mean different things to different folks; whether you'r ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    SAT | CAT POWER at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/23/13 Cat Power is the sometimes solo, sometimes full-band, project of Chan Marshall. Although born in Atlanta, Marshall made her way to New York City in the early 1990s and became involved in the underground music scene in the Big Apple. In 1993, Marshall earn ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013
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    July 24, 2013

    The ten best southern metal bands

    Because of the relentless pounding humid heat, a different kind of anger boils in the veins of southern metal cowpokes. Southern metal is at all times heavy like metal should be, but it's also lethargic at times with a sweet tea in hand sitting on the porch, and sometimes it's wild with beer while o ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    "WEIRD" AL YANKOVIC @ BOULDER THEATER | SUN, 7/21/13 "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany parodies catapulted him to fame in the '80s, back when pop culture was in dire need of some deflation. He never got critical props for his oddball iconoclasm, though, and after his 1989 film, UHF tanked at the box office ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    The ten wildest heads of hair in metal

    In metal, stage flare is pulled from every corner and then piled high on stage, or in this case brushed, rolled, picked and gelled to such great heights. Most metal musicians are so busy perfecting their metal madness through instruments, they don't have time to be bothered with such trivial matters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    The ten best debut metal albums

    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 >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Best live music in Denver this weekend: The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase

    The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase -- affectionately known otherwise as the hottest party of the summer -- is here! This year's Showcase features more than 150 artists performing on sixteen different stages. In addition to the usual must-see local acts, we've got a killer roster of headli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd recalls being with Nirvana when it stopped by 23 Parish in Denver

    Soundgarden formed in 1984 as a three-piece with Chris Cornell on drums on vocals, Kim Thayil on guitar and Hiro Yamamoto on bass. Though noisier in the beginning, the band would go on to be one of the main purveyors of a slow, sludgy, intense, punk-rooted rock that was dubbed "grunge" by the Britis ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    New Denver shows: Peter Hook, Ani DiFranco, Blood on the Dance Floor and more

    Bassist Peter Hook, who played Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures at the Bluebird in 2011, returns to the area with his group, the Light, to perform New Order's Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies at the Gothic Theatre on Saturday, September 28. Tickets ($25.75) go on sale this Saturday, May 25. Con ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    New Colorado Concerts: Smashing Pumpkins at 1STBANK, Yonder Mountain at Boulder Theater

    Smashing Pumpkins leads this week's new show announcements. The '90s alt rock band fronted by Billy Corgan will make its way to Colorado this October for a show at 1STBANK Center. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday. Yonder Mountain String Band, Aesop Rock, the Faint and Mayer Hawthorne are ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2012


    Saturday, April 28, ATLAS Institute, Boulder, 303-735-4577.

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    April 25, 2012

    Brian Williams of Lustmord on how you have to be a little bit crazy to be creative

    See Also: • Q&A with Nick Zammuto • Q&A with Morton Subtonick • CMKY brings electronic arts and music to Boulder for a fourth year Lustmord (due Saturday, April 28, at the ATLAS Institute during the Communikey Festival) is the long-running project of Brian Williams. In the late '70s and early ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Top ten Twilight Zone references in pop culture

    ​The groundbreaking sci-fi series The Twilight Zone is still socially relevant, and it's also inspired much social satire since it first appeared on television sets in 1959. The homage and spoofs range from many Simpsons episodes to a Melvins song to the Theater Company of Lafayette's Return t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2011

    Review: Melt Banana at Larimer Lounge, 10/8/11

    MELT BANANA at the LARIMER LOUNGE | 10/8/11Nothing can fully prepare you for the sounds coming off stage at a Melt Banana show unless you've seen the band before. Between the breakneck rhythms, Yasuko Onuki's demented and rapid-fire vocal delivery and Ichirou Agata's ability to meld noise with exper ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    The Skivies on its history and Lorem Ipsum

    Tom MurphyThe Skivies.​Since the fall of 2003, The Skivies (due Saturday, June 25th at The Meadowlark Bar) has graced stages in Denver with its alchemical brew of bizarro psychedelia and hard-edged, experimental guitar rock warped by unexpected twists and turns born of progressive structures t ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, TV on the Radio is slated to perform two nights at the Ogden in September, Furthur is making its way back to Colorado for three nights at Red Rocks and blink-182 and My Chemical Romance headline KTCL's Big Gig in September. On lo ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Top ten retro metal bands currently melting faces and minds

    ​The world of heavy metal can be an exercise in absurdity and uninspired imitation played at blistering volume. With the relatively recent (and fading) popularity of "stoner-rock" and "doom metal," as evidenced by tours including the reunited line-ups of Sleep, Saint Vitus (read our recent int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    High On Fire's Des Kensel about the origin of band's moniker and his massive drum sound

    Travis Shinn​ After Sleep broke up in 1998, singer/guitarist Matt Pike formed High on Fire with drummer Des Kensel and bassist George Rice. Initially evoking more of a doom rock sound, High on Fire evolved into being more of a straight ahead metal band without either dumbing down the music or ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    June 7, 2010

    Melvins, Jack Johnson top sellers at local record stores

    ​The thick and sludgy new album from the Melvins, The Bride Screamed Murder, released last week on Ipecac, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and came in fourth at Twist & Shout for the week ending June 6. Jack Johnson's new platter, To the Sea, meanwhile, released last week on his Bru ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Top ten reunions we'd rather not see

    Better Than Ezra ​There have been a lot of bands in the history of the universe and most of them, at one point or another, have broken up. Surprisingly, we've found the majority of them have reformed despite themselves. Another surprise is the amount of bands still playing -- Better Than Ezra, Sev ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009
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    August 21, 2009

    Last night: Burn Sand Burn, Circle Number Dot and Wetlands at the hi-dive

    ​Burn Sand Burn, Circle Number Dot and Wetlandshi-diveThursday, August 20Better Than: more soul-killing boredom Wetlands was the opener. Now, my tastes generally run pretty poppy (I like Dressy Bessy), and to that end, Wetland's prog-metal is not really my style. But like those great prog bands ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Mutemath, Matt & Kim, the Bad Plus shows announced

    Mutemath kicks off its North American tour this fall in support of the release of its forthcoming album, Armistice, which hits the stores August 18. Along the way, the New Orleans-based rockers will stop at the Ogden Theatre Wednesday, October 14. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 3 at 10 am. Brooklyn ... More >>

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Beauty and the Bestiality

    Quit horsing around, Bob Beauprez!

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    December 22, 2005

    Nationalistic 2005

    The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.

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    September 1, 2005

    Metal Church

    Tuesday, September 6, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.

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    December 11, 2003

    Spaced Out

    Combining everything from hardcore to free jazz, New Ancient Astronauts have all the right stuff.

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    November 20, 2003

    Georgia Spazzelites

    Jucifer makes rock for the Ritalin kid in all of us.

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    October 9, 2003

    Human Resources

    New York's Puny Human is a mean mistreater.

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    July 31, 2003

    Swarm Reception

    Despised by hardcore elitists, the Locust finds a loving home on Epitaph Records.

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    July 3, 2003

    Feel the Noise

    If people won't come to the noise, Friends Forever will take the noise to them.

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    January 16, 2003


    Jerrys kids are all right: Can the Bianchi Brothers make Denver the Deadhead center of the universe?

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    August 15, 2002

    More Local Color

    Catching up with local releases, our music writers review local albums to the letter.

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    May 23, 2002


    Thirty Imposters do battle with the Warlock Pinchers' past.

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    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

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    August 16, 2001

    Here's Mud in Your Ear

    Seattle's Mudhoney sometimes wonders what all the fuzz was about.

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    May 10, 2001

    Time of the Season

    Springing into action with a new crop of local releases.

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    June 8, 2000


    This band lives -- and performs -- in a van down by the river.

  • Music

    April 20, 2000

    Modern-Day Calvinism

    How a small band of insurgents led by K Records co-founder Calvin Johnson helped fashion a punk revolution.

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    November 11, 1999

    Strategic Thinking

    Metal label Game Two bends record-industry rules.

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    July 8, 1999
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    July 1, 1999
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    October 16, 1997

    System's Abnormal

    K Records founder Calvin Johnson leads Dub Narcotic Sound System down the road less traveled.

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    July 11, 1996

    Dinosaur Johnson

    On his own, Mike Johnson sounds nothing like his main band, Dinosaur Jr.

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    June 6, 1996
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    October 12, 1994



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