While trumpeter Joshua Trinidad is a deft jazz player and performs with his own quintet and quartet, he also plays with Wheelchair Sports Camp and Poets Row. As evidenced with some of his previous efforts, Trinidad, who sometimes runs his trumpet through guitar effects, is well versed in electronic ... More >>
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND @ RED ROCKS | SAT, 8/10/13 If any band typifies the Colorado approach to contemporary bluegrass, it's Yonder Mountain String Band. The quartet built up its chops playing in venues in Boulder, Nederland and beyond in the late 1990s, and its fusion of traditional instrument ... More >>
NO AGE @ RHINOCEROPOLIS | WEDS, 08/28/13 Blurring the line between punk rock and noise, No Age could be mistaken for a particularly frantic and raw garage rock band. But this Los Angeles duo was one of the handful of bands that played at the Smell in L.A. in the mid-2000s and helped champion the DIY ... More >>
Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Mark Sanders ho ... More >>
Stag HareSTAG HARE at RHINOCERPOLIS | 5/28/11"If you allowed your imagination to synch up with the music, it felt like you'd been on a journey through inner space across vast plains lit only by the moon."
In this week's issue, as we do every year around this time, we published our annual Moovers and Shakers list and talked about how much the scene is thriving. In a testament to just how much the scene is thriving these days, we didn't have room to print all the write-ups of our favorite local ... More >>
In last week's issue, we weighed in on Open Captioning, the brand new Yawn Tron record and also the latest release from the burgeoning Bocumast imprint. "Had Front Line Assembly emerged now instead of in the '80s and dispensed with vocals entirely," wrote Tom Murphy, "it might have come up with s ... More >>
Julie Davis of Bela Karoli (A.H. Goldstein)Last night, the four-day UMS festival wrapped, and most of our crew made it out for at least part of the fest. And while we rarely agree on anything, we're all pretty much in agreement that Danielle Ate the Sandwich absolutely stole the show with one of ... More >>
Iuengliss, BDRMPPL and Josephine and the MousepeopleFriday, April 17, 2009hi-dive, DenverBetter Than: The mixture of snow, slush and thunder that barraged the city all day. In spite of one of the most schizophrenic patches of weather in recent memory, the show went on at the hi-dive and came as a mu ... More >>
Last night, I was bellied up to the bar next to Jason Cain at Sputnik, and he was telling about this show that his band, Astrophagus, has coming up on Saturday, April 4, at the hi-dive. If you look on the hi-dive's calendar, it's billed like any other show -- Cain's crew with Blue Million Miles, Dor ... More >>
Broken Spindles, Born in the Flood, IuenglissThursday, February 26, 2009hi-diveBetter than: Eating chips and looking at a borrowed book of David Byrne's weird photography of furniture, which is what I would have been doingHere's what was weird about this show: Broken Spindles stole all the press. Th ... More >>
IUENGLISS NOMINATED IN AMBIENT/ ELECTRO Personnel: Tom Metz; contributors Discography: Sammy’s Wildest Dreams EP (2008); Wake-Up Time (2007) Download "Genuine Love and Care" or stream the entire track after the jump.