Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Shawn White hosted at City Hall Amphitheatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>
Time (aka Chris Steele) has long been focused on enacting positive change and has rarely been shy about voicing his opinions. As a journalist, he's written on controversial subjects ranging from UFOs to the government's role in the death of Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party -- and has received ... More >>
This past weekend at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Kanye West went on a rant about selling out. Apparently, he now hates the Grammys, corporations and possibly the new Justin Timberlake song. Ironically, the self proclaimed "Louis Vuitton Don" saw absolutely no conflict of interest in calling out art ... More >>
It's easy being green these days, thanks to City, O' City and WaterCourse Foods, which are already off to a big year. "Business is really good," reports owner Dan Landes. "We're seeing newer and newer faces." But that doesn't mean they're younger faces: The biggest demographic growth has been in men ... More >>
311 @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8/19/12 When 311 made their long-awaited entrance, frontman Nick Hexum told the crowd, "We're going to start this off like sex: nice and slow, so it lasts long" -- and slow and mellow it was. As undoubtedly devoted as the fans were, the first few songs of the set were ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! You made it. And of course, this is not just any weekend. It's the Westword Music Showcase weekend! Whoo freaking hoo! So with that in mind, here's a rundown of what you have in store tomorrow afternoon/evening on the main stage. Be sure to check out this page for a full rund ... More >>
Karl Denson (due on the main stage at this weekend's Westword Music Showcase) is hard to pin down. The saxophonist and bandleader may have strong roots in the traditional jazz of giants like John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, but that hasn't stopped the musician from exploring funk, R&B, hip-hop and m ... More >>
While there are a countless number of places to do karaoke around town, we've picked ten best spots to conjure your inner crooner. Some of these places cater to singers every night of the week, while others only do karaoke on specific nights. Page down to see which spots made the list. Did your favo ... More >>
Among a handful of the local music-scene tributes to recently deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Time offered his respects for the fallen MC and activist on a new tune, "Too Sweet to Be Sour," a cross-Atlantic collaboration with British MC Akira the Don. The track opens with a crisp horn line looping ... More >>
LUPE FIASCO @ CITY HALL AMPHITHEATRE | 5.17.12 See Also: Five things non-Lasers need to know about Lasers, Lupe Fiasco's diehard fans Lupe Fiasco loves his fans, and clearly the feeling is mutual. The more he gave last night, the brighter his Lasers shone. The connection Fiasco has with his fans i ... More >>
It's finally here. The 2012 Film On the Rocks summer line-up at Red Rocks Amphitheatre was announced this evening, and many movies that made the cut were picked for the people, by the people. Though carefully curated by the Denver Film Center -- and led by FOTR Program Director Britta Erickson -- ... More >>
By all accounts, the Beastie Boys performed in the Denver metro area ten times over the course of two decades, beginning with the act's first show at the Mammoth Events Center on Friday, February 13, 1987, and culminating with its Rock the Vote double bill at the Fillmore with Tenacious D on Monday, ... More >>
While we've been mourning the untimely passing of Adam Yauch (aka MCA) of the Beastie Boys last week and reminiscing about the act's shows in Denver, we've learned that the musician/activist had pretty interesting ties to our city beyond playing here nearly a dozen times over the past two decades. B ... More >>
RUBEDO @ UNIT E | 5/4/12 See more photos in Rubedo at Unit E slide show In a show of sustained enthusiasm, Rubedo ended its set with one of its most visceral and dynamic numbers: "Give My Heart a Break." The song began with feedback created by Kyle Gray as he held his small, acoustic guitar to his ... More >>
Adam Yauch (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys) has died. He was 47. Forming the Beastie Boys as a teenager in Brooklyn in the late '70s, Yauch was part of a pivotal assembly of artists that defined rap music for the radio. Early incarnations of the group shifted genres and changed members, but Michael "Mi ... More >>
We haven't even really had a chance to absorb and process the news of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's death yet -- and this? Some people never cease to amaze me. Seriously. While it's since been amended, just a bit ago we noticed that some insensitive dickhole apparently thought it would be funny to edit t ... More >>
See Also: • Prince's Sign of the Times turns 25 • Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 • More Today in History posts When the '80s became the '90s, everyone stepped up their game. Rap matured lyrically and became more sophisticated sonically, while rock became more intelligent and emotionally r ... More >>
In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>
Eric MagnussenBad Brains last night. See more photos from last night.BAD BRAINS With Frontside Five and the Other Russia 4.22.11 | Summit Music Hall View photo slideshow While Bad Brains may not have the frenetic stage energy of three decades ago, the hardcore godfathers still managed to fuel qui ... More >>
From the Beastie Boys Facebook pageThe Beastie Boys have just announced, via YouTube video, that Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has cancer in one of his parotid glands. As a result, they are canceling all tour dates for this summer and pushing back the scheduled September 17 release of their album Hot Sauce C ... More >>
The season of big budget bangs uses its brain.
Thursday, August 16, Red Rocks; Friday, August 17, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Mix Master Mike wants you to know how the tables turn.
Thinking of getting married? Then Rancid may be the band for you.
September 17 - 23, 1998
Beastie Boy pal Money Mark likes to make new music the old-fashioned way.
Putting the season's major releases to the test.