Formed in 1982, Skinny Puppy (due tonight, February 24, at the Ogden Theatre) is a pioneer of electronic industrial music. The band's dark aesthetic and its visionary amalgamation of rhythm, texture and tone cast an indelible shadow on virtually all industrial music that followed in its wake. Throug ... More >>
It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
Over the weekend, Suicidal Tendencies played to a packed house at the Summit Music Hall. Before that, we had a chance to chat with the band's founding frontman, Mike Muir, the sole continuous member of the group, about how he first got into punk, how his group has successfully straddled the divide b ... More >>
Gateway Acts is an ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, A.H. Goldstein reflects on his Frank Zappa fixation. Some of my earliest musical memories revol ... More >>
NOFX was started in Los Angeles in 1983 by Michael "Fat Mike" Burkett and Eric Melvin. The band was born of the same West Coast scene that produced some of the most important punk bands of all time, from Black Flag and the Circle Jerks to the Minutemen and the Descendents. Although the sound that NO ... More >>
The National Enquirer's story about James Holmes's alleged confession to the theater shooting included the assertion that something in The Dark Knight Rises' soundtrack set off the lethal rampage. One reader believes this tale is possible and connects the concept to Tipper Gore's campaign against mu ... More >>
Like gay marriage, marijuana use and tattoos, public perception of female sex toys is not what it used to be. While male sex toys still weigh heavy on the shame scale, a female pleasure device is mostly seen as a cute novelty. Encountering one while snooping is comparable to finding a rutabaga in th ... More >>
There is very little argument to make against the suggestion that Prince ruled the 1980s. The decade was jam packed with memorable pop artists making music to treasure for generations to come, but none came close to the eclecticism, the energy, and the downright strangeness that was Prince Rodgers N ... More >>
Chris Romero Chris Romero has been a member of the scene for more than two decades, from his early days playing in bands like Tipper Gore to fronting hard rock acts like Sick, one of the first unsigned Denver bands to be added to regular rotation on local radio, and its offshoot, Drug Under. ... More >>
Hanging the Hamster. The Five Digit Disco. Jerking the Johnson. There's a million terms for the ingratiating act of self-love. Look, if we're being real here, there's no shame in the game. After all, not everyone can be pleasured by super-fantastic lovers all day, everyday, and sometimes this ... More >>
There's a certain political group that pays a lot of lip service to individual property rights -- raise your hand if this sounds familiar: Lower taxes, gun ownership, capitalism! As it turns out, there seems to be one aspect of individual property that certain group does not seem to respect ... More >>
"Parental Advisory. Explicit Content." Remember that little sticker? The little black and white one that used to rest in the corner of only the most bad-ass of cassette tapes? The first albums I remember seeing with this warning were Danzig's self titled album, Soundgarden's Louder than ... More >>
Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan get religion in First Sunday.
Hillary Clinton's run has made it open season on powerful women.
Inside a courtroom drama playing at a theater near you.
After more than two decades, Blackie is still lawless.
The Golden Triangle was really golden during the Westword Music Showcase.
The left, turning right, was plain wrong.
Jewish potty-mouth MC Paul Barman makes a brilliant hip-hop oddity.
Time to kick back and get comfortable at Tom's Home Cookin'.
From the week of August 2, 2001
Realms of Rebel, Help Them Lord, and Life (RAS Records)
Get 2 Da Point takes hip-hop to the classroom.
Alternative rockers are getting behind Alternative Radio.
Slayer hasn't stopped giving the devil his due.
Bisexual pudding wrestlers aside, Denver shock jock Rover MacDaniels says he's a true original.
Ol' Dirty Bastard, Richmond Fontaine, Basement Jaxx, Barbra Streisand
Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.
THE LEADER OF MARILYN MANSON WANTS TO BECOME EVERY PARENT'S NIGHTMARE.