It's close to midnight on Friday night, and the crowd at the Bluebird is enraptured by the singer on stage. There's something of Buddy Holly in him, and he's tearing through a cover of "Valerie" that would make Amy Winehouse proud. The singer is Tyler Kellogg, here for the CD release party for the b ... More >>
If anything, the Pink Moon and lunar eclipse last night were a great break in the status-update monotony that usually plagues social networks -- for a few hours, Scandal, Game of Thrones and the cockroach of all television shows, Breaking Bad, were not dominating newsfeed conversation. Instead, I wa ... More >>
The shows continue, as always. Peelander-Z, which does crowd participation better than anyone on the planet, is in town on Wednesday. You have a chance to check out good-time local Pizza Time tonight at Larmier Lounge, or you can head to Boulder for Kate Nash. It's OK if you're staying in tonight. ... More >>
Whether you want to travel to the early-1930s glamour of Josef von Sternberg's Blonde Venus, celebrate the music of Amy Winehouse, or enter into an artistic exploration of an empty room, there are plenty of ways to escape the reality of dreary Denver this week. And these three are completely free! S ... More >>
After hosting Adore Tuesdays at the Living Room for nine months, former Backbeat scribe Ru Black is launching a new Tuesday night soul series tonight at Epernay Lounge at 1080 14th Street in the Theatre District. Dubbed the Blueprint, the series is set to kick off with this evening with CRL CRRLL, a ... More >>
With more than 77,000 pieces of music history in its possession, the Hard Rock Cafe empire is a global music museum as well as eatertainment complex. Along with presenting permanent displays in dozens of locations across the world, the company culls pieces from its archives for traveling exhibitions ... More >>
Last night, after attending a press preview of the Treasures of the Hard Rock traveling music memorabilia exhibition -- on view starting today at the Hard Rock Cafe Denver -- I was going to write about what it felt like to look at the belongings of famous dead people I care about. While it was defi ... More >>
Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>
Feuds, tantrums, threatening to kill the president -- if you've been following rock music for the past few decades, you know that dickish behavior comes with the territory when your job involves a stage and adoring fans. Here we've assembled the reprehensible cream that has risen to top, highlightin ... More >>
Happy Monday, amigos. Hope you didn't go too hard this past weekend -- though, judging from the pics from Rockbar's last call, some of you apparently did -- because there's at least four truckloads of shows (including Ryan Adams acoustic set at Boulder Theater tonight) going down this week, which me ... More >>
At this past weekend's UMS music festival, my band was asked to lead the audience at 3 Kings Tavern in a moment of silence for the victims of the Aurora theater shootings. Into a microphone I usually use for inappropriate jokes and crowd prodding, I stumbled through the announcement, asking the peop ... More >>
Ah, yes, we've reached the end of another glorious week in the Rockies, which can only mean another dope weekend of music in the Mile High City. Lenny Kravitz kicks things off tonight with a show at the Buell Theatre, Widespread Panic pulls into the Fillmore for a three-night stand, TaunTaun returns ... More >>
Friday, February 10, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
I've been staring at Amy Winehouse's signature for weeks. After reading the liner notes to Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Amy's third and final record, I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to get beyond the string of horrific photos, sad last performance videos and nasty "is anyone surprised she di ... More >>
With major comebacks and massive hits, 2011 was the year of the women, from Beyoncé to Miley Cyrus. Without singers like Adele, we wouldn't have songs to cry along with, and without Katy Perry, we wouldn't have any songs to hum at our nine to five. So what exactly were the biggest pop moments of 20 ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks featuring Atmosphere, Common, Greives Budo and Get Cryphy were announced; the Swayback, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Monroe Monroe and Juno What ... More >>
Devan Blake Jones is originally from California, but he was bred here in Denver. Growing up in a family of musicians, Jones learned to hone his skills in the church and started pursuing his passion for singing in earnest in high school. Now a protégée of Mercury Sauce's Nathan Reid (Amanda ... More >>
By now, you've no doubt seen the cover of Jenn Wohletz's Kink of the Jungle: A field guide to Denver's wild life feature story -- and have admired the lovely (and startled!) Satine LaChance. This is actually the third time photographer Jim Narcy, who took the photo, has submitted an image of ... More >>
Catch John Legend tonight at the Pepsi Center with SadeJohn Legend considers everything, especially when he's being interviewed. He pauses long enough for you to imagine him considering several inferior answers and tossing them before choosing one that sounds just right. Back in the fall of 2 ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: Tyler, the Creator himself confirmed the two local Odd Future dates in October we mentioned, we also got word of the official onsale date for the three Ween shows we told you about, and learned Duran Duran is coming to the 1STBANK Center. On local ... More >>
You can go on for days debating the musical mysteries of the so called 27 Club -- which includes Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and now Amy Winehouse -- but one thing is certain: The death of these artists had a profound impact on their subsequent sales. Pearl, for example, was rele ... More >>
By now, you've probably heard the news -- if not, sorry to be the bearer of sad news, darkening an otherwise sunny afternoon -- Amy Jade Winehouse has passed away at the age of 27. At 4 p.m. London time today, authorities reportedly found the singer dead in her apartment. The cause of death h ... More >>
Although she started out as a country singer, it didn't take Wanda Jackson long to learn the ways of rock and roll though some encouragement of a young Elvis Presley. Just out of high school, Jackson toured with Elvis during the mid '50s and soon became the first lady of rock and roll and roc ... More >>
Adele, the soulful British pop diva who's had this coming for a long time, has the first blockbuster album of 2011 with 21. She's atop the Billboard charts this week, having sold 350,000-odd copies. This is a welcome development no matter how you look at it: Take a tour through her recent bar ... More >>
Lilly Scott isn't going to be the next American Idol. Not tonight. Not ever. And that's baffling. She should be. In spite of her undeniable talent, though, she wasn't even chosen to be among the final dozen contestants. Early on, before she was even cut, there was no shortage of folks (ours ... More >>
Photo by Stephanie Borgman We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the co ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments... click image to enlarge Figure 44, views a & b. Jefferson Park: Sculpture suggests that "Thunderbird" is the guardian "spirit" of the drunken songbird of soul music. At first glance, the yard art pictured in figure 44 appears to be a Sou ... More >>
Wednesday, August 26, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Somewhere between breakfast and a cup of coffee lays this middle ground of stupid -- food that isn't really food, but still seems appropriate to consume for the (allegedly) most important meal of the day. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show exposed the ridiculousness of the pancake-wrapped sausage years ... More >>
I deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I would: a) run out o ... More >>
I had the pleasure and delight to DJ last Wednesday at the Larimer Lounge with some absolute luminaries among Denver's deck wreckers: DJ Ginger, DJ Klaw and the one and only Tyler Snow. The extremely talented Klaw mans the Thursday night Mommy's Little Monster party at Bender's Tavern, with El ... More >>
British singer-songwriter Adele Adkins, who's in town for a sold-out show at the Bluebird Theater tonight, is having a moment. She's been nominated for four Grammy awards, including Song of the Year and Best New Artist, in conjunction with 19, an album named for her age upon the time of its release. ... More >>
Here's a wrap-up of all the great coverage you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were digesting the news that Amy Winehouse's emphysema may end her singing career (and, eventually, her junkie career as well...).
Thursday, May 29, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
Amy Winehouse, Chuck Berry, Bobby Brown: Who'll be the first to go?
On February 10, the Grammy Awards marked their fiftieth anniversary with a program so misguided and wrongheaded that it perfectly encapsulated all of the music industry's current woes. Following a suitably embalmed duet with the thoroughly dead Frank Sinatra, appearing in stock footage, Alicia Keys ... More >>
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: There are good ways to promote your band, and then there are very bad ways, like this sticker, and many more like it.
The Afters Never Going Back to OK EP INO Records 01:10-01:55 of “Never Going Back to OK” Wow, the chorus is actually “Never Going Back to OK,” I figured it was just going to be one of those titles that didn’t really have any relation to the actual song (there is even one of those numbskul ... More >>
Monday, November 5, Walnut Room, 303-292-1700.
Friday, October 5, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Every once in a while, asking a stupid question pays off. As evidence, consider the following Q&A with guitarist Simon Taylor-Davies of Klaxons, a buzzy British band profiled in Westword’s October 4 edition. In about half of the pieces about this particular STD and cohorts James Righton and Jamie ... More >>
100 Days, 100 Nights
The Scene of the Crime
Make room on the Amy Winehouse bandwagon.
Portugal. The Man Church Mouth (Fearless) There's no denying that John Gourley and his two musical pals take themselves mighty seriously. Fortunately, they manage to merge artsiness with whimsy, cheek and good beats. The likes of "Sugar Cinammon," "Oh Lord" and the title track are herky-jerky alter ... More >>
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