While traveling from Denver to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrate ... More >>
Denver blog posts do it all night long. At our Backbeat blog, Leslie Simon critiques night two of Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio's other band at the Ogden Theatre. Plenty of photos included, too. Coyote Gulch on climate change planning -- and uncertainty. Denver PR Blog's latest great moment in ... More >>
TREY ANASTASIO BAND at OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/14 Trey Anastasio Band kicked off its spring tour in Denver last night and debuted a couple new songs in front of a sold out crowd that was lined up down the block and across the street before doors were even open. The last time the band was in town in 201 ... More >>
FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>
THURS-SAT | DISCO BISCUITS at OGDEN THEATRE / 1STBANK CENTER | 1/23-25 Pioneers of the jamtronica genre, Philly's Disco Biscuits build interesting set lists; they invert portions of jams into each other, surprising the crowd again and again while shining a mega ton of lasers in your face for an over ... More >>
Phish fans have ample reason to be excited. Not only does the band have a new record on tap, Wingsuit, the songs from which the group introduced during the second set of its annual Halloween show, but the guys are hitting the road individually. Trey Anastasio already announced a two-night run with h ... More >>
As reported previously, there's a trio of big shows going on sale this weekend, Arcade Fire at the Pepsi Center and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at the Temple Buell on Friday, and Trey Anastasio Band at the Ogden on Saturday. We've also got the word on three more shows, Ellie Goulding, Public Enemy and ... More >>
The Colorado Symphony has just been added to the lineup for this year's Westword Music showcase. Having already performed successful collaborations with Trey Anastasio of Phish and DeVotchKa, the Colorado Symphony has proven to be notably progressive in its efforts to expand and the established boun ... More >>
While 2012 will be remembered as they year that Red Rocks hosted the most shows in its history, it's also going to go down as one of the best years for concerts in Colorado in general. As we reflected on all the incredible shows we took in this past year, there were an astounding number of what we'd ... More >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/12 - 9/2/12 Telluride '88, Red Rocks '94 and Denver '97 -- these aren't just places and years to Phish fans. They're monuments, pivotal parts of Phish's Colorado legacy. Out of nearly eighty concerts that the band has played in the Centennial state and more ... More >>
Okay, can we all just agree here that everything sounds better with an orchestra? And we mean everything. Pretty sure you'd get no argument from those who caught Trey Anastasio at Boettcher recently, or those who saw Death Cab for Cutie at Ellie Caulkins last week. Air Dubai, who already sounded pre ... More >>
TREY ANASTASIO @ BOETTCHER CONCERT HALL | 2.28.12 The soft, beautiful and, at times, elegant side of Phish's musical catalogue shone last night as frontman and songwriter Trey Anastasio took the stage at the Boettcher Concert Hall backed by the 65-piece Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Outside, fans dr ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio, Rusko (Snowball Fest), NEEDTOBREATHE and Dr. Dog were announced; Ian Cooke, Bare Bones and Slim Cessna got spins on local radio; and new releases from Drake, the Rolling Stones ... More >>
PHISH at DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | NIGHT TWO, 9/3/11Brandon MarshallTrey Anastasio of Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City on Friday night. See tons more pics in the full Phish at Dick's, 9/2/11 slide show, and if you missed it, read review of night one. On the second nigh ... More >>
Jon Fishman is one timekeeper with some crazy get upsThe Grateful Dead and Phish are often compared because of their fanatical fan bases, trippy live shows and psychedelic-rock flavored extended jams and improv. Lead singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboardist Page McCon ... More >>
Phish parking lots are a gold mine of bootleg memorabilia for fans. It used to be that a clever T-shirt design was the hot item on lot, but these days, fans have been moving into a different type of collectors item: hat pins. Below are our top ten hat pins in circulation -- with their corre ... More >>
MIKE GORDON 03.14.11 | Ogden Theatre Last night, just a week after Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio took the same stage, bassist Mike Gordon brought the funk to the Ogden Theatre with a little help from Ian Neville's Dumpstaphunk. Unlike Anastasio, Gordon doesn't pepper his set list with Phi ... More >>
Adam Perry TREY ANASTASIO BAND 03.01.11 |Ogden Theatre Whenever I think of Phish singer/guitarist/composer Trey Anastasio's most powerful solo work, my mind always turns to "orchestral funk" -- the term Anthony Keidis used to describe the Talking Heads' large-band era (with Adrian Belew on ... More >>
Robert Plant visits the Fillmore Auditorium on Wednesday, April 27, as part of the third leg of his tour supporting his Grammy-nomimated Band of Joy. He'll be bringing the same band that's on the recording, including Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Bryon House, Marco Giovino and Buddy Miller.
Jason NickelTrey Anastasio and Mike Gordon from Phish performing last night.The Fourmile Canyon Revival Benefit started its quick life as a small, Thursday night production at the Boulder Theater and wound up being one of the biggest nights of Colorado music in years -- raising more than $300 ... More >>
Sunday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 12, 1STBANK Center, 303-830-8497.
The name Keller Williams is instantly recognizable to just about every music fan, whether they are jamband aficionado or not. Combining a complex variety of guitar effects and looping pedals, Keller Williams more or less reinvented the whole modern one-man band movement of the last fifteen ... More >>
Boyd Fletcher PHISH August 9-10, 2010 | Telluride Town Park Looking out over a crowd of roughly 10,000 people on the ball fields of Telluride's town park after tearing through a cover of Traffic's "Light up or Leave Me Alone," Phish's Trey Anastasio summed up the surroundings succinctly: "I ... More >>
The chills-inducing men of MidlakeTo some, indie rock is an aesthetic, something between Sonic Youth and Pavement that's played by people with in mop-tops and ringer t-shirts with cans of Pabst atop their amplifiers. Others, meanwhile, might define indie rock literally as music recorded and p ... More >>
Friday, February 20, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Fast reviews of recent releases
The city is ready to roll out its new Colfax street-design study. I did my own study on Sunday. The sun was shining as I passed by Colfax and Sherman. Popping a squat on the green bench on the north side of the street, where people sit and wait for the bus, was a large woman in sweatpants and a coa ... More >>
Monday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 24, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Sunday, July 9, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
From the week of December 8, 2005
Saturday, November 26, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Thursday, September 1, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399; Friday, September 2, Vail Mountain Concert Series, 1-970-926-7770; Saturday, September 3, Quixote's True Blue, 303-297-1772; Sunday, September 4, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, 1-866-527-8499.
Saturday, August 13, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
Adam Ferrara brings his big-city humor to Denver
Harmony has something to sing about
Round Room (Elektra)
Jon Fishman gets swept up in Pork Tornado.
North Mississippi Allstars
May 13-19, 1999
Bassist Mike Gordon explodes some myths about Phish--and confirms others.
Putting the season's major releases to the test.
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
Legions of neo-hippies latch on to the catch of the day.