The Stooges (Band)

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    The Thirteen Best Shows in Denver This Week

    Happy Halloween week, everyone! Time to figure out what pun costume you can accomplish with the clothes you already own. There are plenty of good shows before the actual weekend hits, though, including Avi Buffalo, a pair of Cut Copy dates and the 106.7 KBPI Saints & Sinners Halloween Ball. The re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Mike Watt on Touring: "I Guess You Pick Where You Want to Gruel"

    The night before Minutemen played in Denver for the first time in 1984, at the now-defunct Rainbow Music Hall with Black Flag, the punk progenitors made up of singer and guitarist D. Boon, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley endured what Watt called a "seventeen-hour hell ride" right after a ... More >>

  • Music

    January 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 22, 2013

    Iggy and the Stooges at Riot Fest, 9/21/13

    IGGY & THE STOOGES at RIOT FEST | 9/21/13 The Stooges came out on stage like a burst of fire and wind from another part of the world and got going with "Raw Power." From there, it was near constant dramatic movement from Iggy Pop, who struck poses as he choreographed how and where he would move next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    SAT & SUN | RIOT FEST at MAY FARMS, BYERS | 9/21-9/22 When your band can be said to be a direct and obvious influence on the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and countless punk bands since, it's fair to say you've made an impact on punk rock. But the Stooges didn't look too far into the future in making its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    The best punk in Denver in September

    RIOT FEST @ MAY FARMS | SAT & SUN, 9/21-9/22 When your band can be said to be a direct and obvious influence on the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and countless punk bands since, it's fair to say you've made an impact on punk rock. But The Stooges didn't look too far into the future in making its music, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Broncho at Larimer Lounge, 8/27/13

    BRONCHO @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 8/27/13 Broncho hit the stage last night like a great, long lost band from several eras. With its catchy melodies, and its infectious exuberance and aggression, Broncho recalled the Buzzcocks by way of the Stooges, except the guitar sweep and atmospherics was more like som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Tim Butler on the Psychedelic Furs being like Roxy Music with the attitude of the Sex Pistols

    The Psychedelic Furs formed in 1977 in the wake of the explosion of punk rock in England. By the 1980s, the group had evolved from its earlier musical impulses into a kind of atmospheric, at times brooding, at times celebratory, post-punk band with a broad emotional and sonic palette. See also: - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    KVELERTAK @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 4/30/13 With a name that translates roughly to "stranglehold" in Norwegian, this sextet has spent the last six years cultivating a sound that feels like a mixture of black metal and the Stooges, Cave In and Converge. Fittingly, the frontman of that last act, Kurt Ballou, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy turns forty

    Led Zeppelin was already a record-setting global powerhouse when Atlantic Records released their fifth album, Houses of the Holy, on March 28, 1973. The English quartet had laid down the basic tracks for the record in the spring of 1972 at the Rolling Stones' mobile recording studio at Stargroves, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon turns forty

    More than being one of the best selling albums of all time, more than having the most recognizable album cover the world over, Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon was a cross-cultural, trans-generational album that connected with audiences on issues of death, greed, life-purpose and the horrors and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    The Stooges' Raw Power turns forty today

    Great art does not always move units. Case in point: The Stooges' 1973 album, Raw Power, was a complete flop commercially. But, as with the story about the Velvet Underground, it seems that everyone who did buy it must have been inspired to start a band, because forty years after its initial release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen recalls his early experiences with the DC punk scene

    The Walkmen were one of the most successful bands that came out of the so-called post-punk revival of the turn of the century. With catchy melodies more bright than the dark and brooding variety favored by many of its contemporaries, this New York-based act also endured changes in tastes a little be ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Ten essential albums of the 1960s

    If someone wanted to learn more about the sixties, but didn't know where to start, these are the albums we'd recommend. While they aren't necessarily the best selling, or the most critically acclaimed, they are certainly the ones that float to the surface all these years later, providing a rough blu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Oct. 19-21

    Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! And what a glorious weekend it's going to be. Have you seen the forcast? What's more, the Broncos have a bye-week this week, which means there's no reason at not to get out in the sunshine during the day and then treat yourself to some shows at night. As always, we'v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Buzz Osborne of Melvins on how to him Beastie Boys were Warlock Pinchers for Dummies

    Since 1983, Melvins have been perfecting their brand of influential rock, inspired in part by punk and in part by the music Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover grew up hearing as kids in the '60s and '70s. With Melvins, the two have taken that sound to different places with each record that their contempor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced turns 45

    When he came storming onto the scene, Jimi Hendrix made weepy children out of the world's best guitar players, bringing a primal sexuality and grace to his playing that only a true master of the craft could muster. Guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Pete Townsend had spent nearly the whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Damned Damned Damned turns 35

    It's unfortunate that so many people assume that U.K. punk was all about politics. When Bill Maher interviewed Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong on his show Real Time with Bill Maher last year, he questioned the singer's punk credibility for working to help elect Barack Obama in 2008, referring to Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Bill Stevenson of Descendents: "Maybe it's just all of our fans are paying us back for some good music we've given them "

    Chapman BaehlerDescendents Descendents (due tomorrow night at the Fillmore Auditorium) didn't exactly invent pop punk, but the band's musical influence can be heard throughout that movement whether latter day poppy punk bands know it or not. Starting in 1978, Descendents were early compatriots of w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Is Stranahan's the punk rock of whiskey? Ask the bartender...

    ​Growing up in New Jersey, I was a punk-rock kid. I started with Iggy and the Stooges, the Ramones and the Clash, and moved on to Bad Brains, Fear, the Misfits, early Bad Religion, then into NY hardcore, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, etc. As the '80s progressed, so did my punk-rock fervor. I re ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase 2011

    The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers

  • Music

    April 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Ryat on its improvisational roots, its collaborations and Avant Gold

    Ryat.​Philadelphia's Ryat (due tonight at Rhinoceropolis) started as a solo project for multi-instrumentalist avant-garde songwriter Christina Ryat before Tim Conley joined the sonic adventure that is making music in this unit. With both Ryat and Conley benefiting from backgrounds in improvisa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Tesco Vee of the Meatmen on punk in Michigan, Meatmen album covers and Touch and Go

    The Meatmen​ In the late 1970s, Tesco Vee was an elementary school teacher in Michigan who lead something of a secret life, first as a fan of punk rock and then as the frontman of one of the most notorious and hilarious bands of that era -- the Meatmen (due this afternoon at Twist & Shout for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2011

    Pure Sunshine at the Bluebird, 3/16/11

    Tom MurphyGit Some PURE SUNSHINE Overcasters • the Buckingham Squares • the Purple Fluid The Omens • The Geniuses • Git Some 03.26.11 | Bluebird Theater Git Some kicked off night two of Pure Sunshine last night at the Bluebird Theater. The act's lyrics are often washed out by the torrent o ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Red Hot Chili Peppers give Glee the Heisman. Five other acts least likely to license their music.

    ​In recent years, there's been a parade of artists refusing to license their tracks, whether it's been for use in video games, commercials or television shows. Seems like some of these old timers have sticks up their butts when it comes to relinquishing artistic control and just don't get it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2010

    UMS Night Three Travelogue: Light Travels Faster at TS Board Shop, Murder Pinchers at 3 Kings Tavern and more

    Tom MurphyThe Murder Pinchers at 3 Kings Tavern​ UMS Travelogue, Night Thee 7.24.10 | Baker District/South Broadway The TS Board Shop stage was really an augmented version of the truck that Jeremy Gregory of Bands for Lands and The Construct uses to put on shows anywhere and everywhere. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Ozzy Osbourne and ten other old dudes who should just hang it up already

    Like so many new albums from old dudes, it's not that Ozzy Osbourne's Scream, which was released today, is not good, per se -- it's that it's not needed. While Osbourne's new effort updates his shtick a bit -- it sounds like he's been listening to a long of Norwegian opera-metal and possibly some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of December 21, 2009

    ​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 ... More >>

  • Music

    October 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Last night: The Dead Weather at the Ogden Theatre

    Jon Solomon​The Dead Weather, Tyvek The Ogden August 17, 2009 Better Than: Porn What's your Jack White flavor? Are you a vanilla fan, a consumer of the pale white God of garage rock, or would you prefer vintage chocolate Jack, shy and drinking moonshine? Or perhaps you're interested in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Q&A with Adam Franklin of Swervedriver

    Johnny MotoAdam Franklin is well known for his role as the singer and guitarist in Swervedriver. His work in post-Swervedriver projects such as Toshack Highway, Magnetic Morning and his solo work, however, shows a remarkable breadth of musical imagination and a wealth of sonic ideas that reveal dime ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Q&A with Mike Watt

    Mike Watt is most certainly a man whose thoughts cannot be expressed in a mere 500 or so words. Needless to say, this week's Rough Mixes entry only highlighted excerpts of our recent conversation with punk's elder statesman. While on tour supporting his newest punk rock opera "Hyphenated Man" and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Vintage Q&A with the late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton

    Ron Asheton, the mega-influential guitarist with the Stooges, died yesterday at age 60 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's sad news, but at least Asheton was able to experience some much deserved acclaim in his last few years, when the surviving Stooges reunited for a new album, entitled The Weirdness, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    The blog shortcut, January 7 edition

    Better late than never. Today in Backbeat Online: • Vintage Q&A with the late, great Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton. • Mile High Makeout: Coming home. • A review of the Fray at the Gothic Theatre. • Baji wants to announce your calls. • Femi Kuti cancels Boulder Theater show. Today in Cafe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    Q&A With Nels Cline

    Except for Nels Cline occasionally singing through a tiny toy megaphone into his guitar pick-up, there aren’t any singers in the Nels Cline Singers. Rather the instrumental trio, which also features bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola have been traversing the lines of jazz, free improvis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Q&A With the Fluid's Rick Kulwicki

    Rick Kulwicki was half of the two-guitar attack that drove the Fluid, whose June 20 reunion takes place at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for more information). He's also an entertaining conversationalist, and his alternately witty and incisive commentary lights up the hefty Q&A that foll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Q&A With the Fluid's John Robinson

    John Robinson of the Fluid, which reunited on June 20 at the Bluebird Theater (click here and here for the lowdown), is one of the great should-have-beens in the annals of Denver rock. He had everything it took to be a star of global proportions, but for whatever reason, it didn't happen. Neverthele ... More >>

  • Music

    May 1, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 19, 2008

    Q&A with Carbon/Silicon's Tony James

    Having once played together in a short-lived punk band called London SS, Mick Jones and Tony James have been friends for thirty years. After embarking on successful careers with the Clash, as well as Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik, respectively, pair reconvened in 2002 to form a new project ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007

    J Mascis Says "Yeah" and Several Other Words

    J Mascis is a lot better guitarist, singer and songwriter than he is a conversationalist. As noted in the June 14 profile of the reunited Dinosaur Jr., which headlines the June 16 Westword Music Showcase, I quizzed Mascis back in 1991, when a group called Nirvana was opening for his band, and the ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2007

    Poppin' Fresh

    When proto-punk and original-era punk acts were in their prime, I was either too young or too far from the various scenes to catch them in action. As a result, my only chance to see such groups perform has been in reunion formats -- and my experiences at such shows have been extremely mixed. During ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2007

    Supersized Stooges

    This week's profile of the Stooges describes original guitarist Ron Asheton as "voluble," and that's an enormous understatement. He's clearly enjoying the opportunity to talk about his life and career after all these years, and he's got plenty of stories to tell. In the extensive Q&A below, he talks ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 8, 2007

    Bad Chi

    Everyone’s a critic.

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    Best Jukebox

    Lion's Lair

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    Rocket From the Tombs

    The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs (Smog Veil Records)

  • More >>