DIVINE FITS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER |12/14/12 Picking a high point of a show as thoroughly enjoyable as this one would be tough, but when Alex Fischel started playing the synth intro to "You Got Lucky" by Tom Petty -- which could have gone either way, kitschy or funny -- and Dan Boeckner started singing ... More >>
It feels like we say this every week, and we probably do, but we're continually astounded by how good we have it here music wise. If you haven't noticed, this time of year, the number of touring acts decreases dramatically, generally in line with the music industry itself, which pretty much slows to ... More >>
Friday, December 14, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849.
Diving Fits formed when Britt Daniel of Spoon and Dan Boeckner formerly of Wolf Parade got together with their friend Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks. The music that came out of that union was a kind of power pop infused with a strong electronic undercurrent, like something that could have happened in t ... More >>
We're blessed to live here, you know. If you haven't already come to this conclusion on your own from feeling the ever-present sunshine and observing the wondrous sunset paintings we're treated to each evening, all you have to do is take a look at the brimming concert calendar. Whereas the live musi ... More >>
It's not Christmas yet, but you'd certainly be excused for thinking otherwise, what with the radio already playing round-the-clock holiday tunes and the new shows we've been gifted with. Looks like somebody's been on their best behavior (god knows, it wasn't us). Whatever the case, we're now being r ... More >>
Have plans this weekend? If not, as usual, there's plenty of choices: Tonight, Jason Aldean's at the Pepsi Center, Jim Hall's at Dazzle and All Capitals is celebrating the release of its new CD at the hi-dive. On Saturday, Five Finger Death Punch hits the 1STBANK Center, Rene Marie's at Dazzl ... More >>
Sunday, October 23, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Mastodon, Stephen Stills and Trans-Siberian Orchestra were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Saints, Kinetix, the Fluid and Dave Beegle all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record s ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Slap the folk label on a band is kind of a sweeping generalization -- simplicity in instrumentation and a focus on vocals might be a better way to describe Portland's Priory, who come through Denver tonight for the second time in the past few months. Reminiscent of Wolf Parade and the Anniver ... More >>
Ryan Bingham, who won an Oscar for his theme song to the film Crazy Heart, claimed the number two and four spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout with his new album, Junky Star, released last week on Lost Highway. Arcade Fire's The Suburbs and the Black Keys' Brothers, meanwhile, cont ... More >>
Arcade Fire's latest effort, The Suburbs, continues to dominate the local charts, claiming the top spots at Albums on the Hill, Twist & Shout and Wax Trax for the week ending August 15. Los Lobos' Tin Can Trust, released August 3 on Shout! Factory, performed well, as did Wolf Parade's Expo 86 ... More >>
The Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, released last week on Merge, claimed the top spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout while checking in at number five at Independent Records. The Books' latest effort, The Way Out, meanwhile, and the Black Crowes' Croweology, a double album of the band's ... More >>
Big Head Todd & the Monsters' ninth studio album, Rocksteady, released last week, took top spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout, while the Books' latest effort, The Way Out, also issued last week on the Temporary Residence Limited imprint, debuted in top four slots at the two stores, ... More >>
Jason StoffBig Boi, shown here at this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival, dominated our playlists. As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, ... More >>
While national acts like the Roots, the Black Keys and the Wolf Parade continue to be strong sellers at local record stores, local acts came in on top at two stores for the week ending Sunday, July 11. Danielle At the Sandwich, who gave an in-store performance at Twist & Shout last week, debu ... More >>
Streets of Gold, 3OH!3's new disc, which dropped last week on Photo Finish/Atlantic, grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout, and claimed the top two slots (both deluxe and regular versions) at Albums on the Hill and snagged the third position at Independent Records for the week ending July ... More >>
Sunset Rubdown, tUnE-yArDs Friday, October 23 Bluebird Theater Better Than: Wolf Parade and Swan Lake combined. Providing the latest evidence that the loop pedal is the best thing to happen to one-person bands since the harmonica holder, Merrill Garbus, who performs as tUnE-yArDs, opened up the ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
The Acorn Glory Hope Mountain Paper Bag Records 00:22-01:07 of “Low Gravity” The Acorn proves, apparently, that Canadian indie-rock has a “sound,” and bands like the Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade and the Acorn all jerk each other off with their Baroque attitudes, collective ... More >>
Your eyeballs have found a new blog category that will appear every so often in Backbeat Online: Beyond Playlist. The concept is simple. Even in the waning days of the CD era, reviewers such as yours truly are sent far more discs than we can possibly critique in the physical paper -- and while they' ... More >>
Monday, April 16, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Monday, August 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Be there or be square!
Tuesday, May 9, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned Rockist ways.
Tuesday, September 13, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.