Nirvana songs played at the Gothic Theatre before the opener, Toronto-based July Talk. Singer Leah Fay kept nuzzling her head against her bandmates and yelling about pizza. "It's hard to open for the Presidents of the United States of America" she said as she tried to coax fans to come on down into ... More >>
SAT | ARTOPIA at SOCO CLUBS | 2/22/14 Artopia is always a blast, and this year's lineup includes a cornucopia of producers and bands handpicked from the local scene, including Shady Elders, Confluence, FaceMan, Colfax Speed Queen, the Outfit, the Royal, Pruitt, Mikey Thunder, Decadon, Lotus Drops, P ... More >>
TUES | MANOWAR at OGDEN THEATRE | 2/18/14 Manowar is powered by lyrics crowned in fantasy-flamed swords, armor, and everything having to do with metal warfare clashing into Norse mythology. Eric Adams's powerful vocals are steeped in wordy wizardry that really drives home the aggressive themes. "Man ... More >>
Stephen Gould, proprietor and distiller at Golden Moon Distillery, began producing spirits in 2012 and distributing earlier this year. And while Golden Moon might seem like yet another distillery in an expansive collection of stills that have spawned throughout the state this year, Gould and his tea ... More >>
One of the largest looming and most influential icons in the history of rock and roll, Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. No word has been received regarding the cause of Reed's death, though the "Walk On The Wild Side" songwriter did recently undergo a liver transplant last May that nearly c ... More >>
SUNDAY | COLORADO RISING at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/27/13 Colorado Rising is a fitting name for this benefit show. Aside from its obvious meaning, the title could also describe the homegrown acts on the bill, each of which has helped raise the profile of music being made in our state considerably. While ... More >>
FRI & SAT | BIG GIGANTIC at FILLMORE / RED ROCKS | 9/27-9/28 When Big Gigantic played Red Rocks last year, the feeling of hometown pride was unmistakable. As the act went into "Colorado Mountain High," a giant projection of the state flag draped the rocks, and the crowd went absolutely bananas. The ... More >>
DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>
ZZ WARD @ GOTHIC THEATRE | WEDS, 5/29/13 While riding the bus to school as a child, Zsuzsanna Ward spent her time in headphones, thinking about just how much she wanted to become a singer. As an adult better known as ZZ Ward, she reached the crux of that dream long ago and is now well on her way to ... More >>
Our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands today. It's a painstaking issue to put together each year, and one that everybody looks forward to. This edition in particular, though, is even more significant as it's the thirtieth edition. It's also a minor milestone for Backbeat, as it marks the tenth ... More >>
Welcome back to the work week. How was the weekend? A bunch of great shows, eh? Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks with Macklemore, Eli Goulding at the Ogden Theatre, Brother Ali and Danny Brown at Cervantes' and Hot Water Music at Summit Music Hall. What did you catch? Bunch more shows this week, incl ... More >>
Summer's over -- well, at least according to the time-tested, seasonal benchmark, the annual passing of Labor Day. Of course it still feels like we might burst into flames at any moment, but whatever. The Taste of Colorado has foist its parade of also-rans upon us and Phish has now come and gone, bo ... More >>
Dwarves are one of the most notorious punk bands of all time. In a time when punk rock has become a kind of brand rather than an authentic lifestyle, Dwarves are always dependable to show what the real thing looks, feels and sounds like. With a reputation for dangerously raucous live shows often inv ... More >>
Music sales were slow last week. Jack White's debut solo album, Blunderbuss took the top spot with 138,000 copies sold -- that's less than half of what Madonna 's new one, MDNA , shifted its first week on the chart this time last month: 359,000 (although sales subsequently plummeted the following w ... More >>
Tonight at Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver will be graced with the four-part Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour, where audiences will see the legendary Nintendo game soundtrack scored by a collection of classically trained musicians. But is this just another gimmick to get people out to ... More >>
Photo Britt Chester OneRepublic Civic Center Park | 1.26.11 Last night, OneRepublic closed out the Denver Big Air and the LG FIS Snowboarding World Cup event, performing in front of an audience that spanned the entirety of Bannock Street from Colfax to 14th. And then some. The park managed t ... More >>
Touring in support of his latest effort, No Better Than This, John Mellencamp comes to the Temple Buell Theatre on Wednesday, April 6. Tickets range from $44.50 to $130 and go on sale this Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. -- and include a digital download of the T Bone Burnett-produced album, wh ... More >>
MySpace Our Denver Rock Atlas feature is precisely what it sounds like: A compendium of storied Denver venues, past and present, in which we pick a place and share our favorite memories of the joint. After you read our memories, please feel free to share some of your own. Where does one even ... More >>
Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, released last week on Motown, took the top spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout, while claiming the number four slot at Independent Records. Meth, Ghost & Rae's Wu Massacre , meanwhile, released last week on Def Jam, and She & ... More >>
Flobots' Survival Story, released last week on Universal Republic, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill, while coming in second behind Ludacris' Battle of the Sexes at Independent Records. Gorillaz's Plastic Beach was also a strong seller for the week ending March 21. See the full brea ... More >>
Tuesday, February 16, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
This band had a leg up on everyone else for top song of the decade.Radiohead? Arcade Fire? Interpol? The Strokes? The White Stripes? Animal Collective? Yeah, we've heard of 'em. For us, though, there was a much more intriguing, compelling batch of bands that weren't -- for the most part, anyw ... More >>
Arcade Fire goes undercover.There have been billions of songs written in the last decade but sometimes it's not the new ones that matter, it's the reimaginings. Some people argue a great cover song is decided by it's accuracy to the original, others want something new to be brought into the m ... More >>
Horehound, the debut album by the alt-rock super group the Dead Weather featuring White Stripes' Jack White, the Kills' Alison Mosshart, Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita and the Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence, knocked Wilco latest effort down to the second slot at Twist & Shout for the week end ... More >>
Wednesday, June 10, Paramount Theatre, 1-866-461-6556.
Never mind that old saw about setting something free if you love it, but in the world of music, it's amazing how much you can hang on to by just letting go. Yesterday, I was marveling over the Presidents of the United States of America and the killer deal they're giving to fans and would-be fans by ... More >>
Obi Best Sunday, February 15, 2009 Larimer Lounge Better than: An angry note on your car. Sometimes vintage music gear sounds cool as hell, but other times the older gear is a pain in the ass when it doesn't work like it did four decades ago. Before Obi Best started its set, frontwoman Alex Lilly s ... More >>
After five months of interest, Meese signs with Atlantic Records.
As promised in this week's Beatdown, the following is a breakdown of entrance music for many of your favorite Rockies players. The songs are reportedly chosen by the players themselves, and while some of the selections make total sense (Todd Helton and Josh Fogg's picks are no-brainers), others are ... More >>
Colorado's Nobel Peace Prize nominees rock harder than Bono.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Fast reviews of recent releases
This country icon never left -- but he’s coming back anyway.
Wednesday, September 27, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Nikolai Fraiture says his band has changed. What's he talkin' 'bout?
Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party.
Saturday, July 23, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Friday, July 1, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.
Get out of Denver, baby, go!
Friday, March 4, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Sights and sounds of the Westword Music Showcase
Two great mix tapes to get you rollin' and rockin'.
Just because the Go hails from Detroit doesn't mean it's stuck in the garage.
Cold Mountain: Music From the Miramax Motion Picture (DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax)
Once content to write alone, Dean Fertita now soars with the Waxwings.