George Saunders is one of America's most celebrated short story writers. Winner of the Folio and Pulitzer prizes and been granted. MacArtuthur fellowship. Since 1996, he's professor at Syracuse, itself an incubator for the best authors of his generation. Saunders returns to town this week to the ... More >>
Metal music is a genre that transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always ... More >>
The buzz from the recent Craft Beer Conference annual trade show, which took place in Denver for the first time, is fading -- but Colorado's breweries are still making news. Here are a few tidbits from beer makers around the state. Beginning in May, Aurora's Dry Dock Brewing will begin selling its ... More >>
Last month, in anticipation of our Best of Denver 2014 issue, coming March 27, we posted about the ten toughest Best of Denver categories to win twice. But that list just scratched the surface when it comes to our annual celebration of the Mile High City. Below, check out ten more Best of Denver ca ... More >>
Back with another batch of fresh local hip-hop. This week, we've got a new clips from Spoke In Wordz featuring the 17th and Fokis, a cut from Slo Pain for hardcore fans, as well as fresh goodness from Rap League Manifest, assisted by Planet Asia, and Aires Jackson, who just dropped an incredible tra ... More >>
For this year's Now Showing, Westword's fall arts guide, we asked artistic movers and shakers to answer a few questions about the state of the arts, both locally and around the world. We'll be rolling out their answers over the next few weeks in pairs that combine both veterans and newcomers in simi ... More >>
Spend your money on an umbrella so that you can get out and enjoy some bargain entertainment in Denver this weekend. From drag bingo with the Denver Cycle Sluts to an art-themed yoga class set to live music, there's plenty to do this weekend -- indoors and out. (For outdoor events, we suggest you ch ... More >>
If you missed the pilot episode of Colorado Brews, which aired on Rocky Mountain PBS a few months ago, you can catch it again tomorrow, July 25, at 9:30 p.m. The half-hour program, which will begin a regular run this fall, features a different Colorado craft brewery each week. It's hosted by author ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing just announced that construction of its new brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, will be delayed by eight months, meaning the facility may not start making beer until 2016. "The adjusted construction timeline is the result of increased capacity coming online in Fort Collins this ... More >>
Theater Esprit Asia, a new company founded by playwright, actor and choreographer Maria Cheng and stage, film and television veteran Tria Xiong, will start its inaugural season on May 30 at Aurora's Vintage Theater; the lineup will feature plays by Cheng, Rick Foster and Julia Cho. In advance of ... More >>
St. Patrick's day weekend has come to a close, ending the sea of green on the streets. Many people went over the top, drowning themselves in the emerald hue (and beer), but a few sported green subtlely. This week we spotted Community College of Denver business student Jiadong Qiu rocking green in a ... More >>
At the end of October, Killing Joke released its fifteenth album, MMXII. Given the impending doom that supposedly awaits us at the end of next week, it's hard to imagine a more perfect time to release a record that explores themes of such a looming eschatological event. In 1982, Killing Joke's Jaz C ... More >>
How does the peaceful vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. translate in the heart of China? The subject of the documentary Bringing King to China, an American woman teaching in Beijing, decided to find out by jumping the multiple hurdles of interpretation, governmental suppression and fundraising to ... More >>
This past Saturday, the annual Five Points Jazz Festival returned to its namesake historic district with performances from a slew of acts like Carmen Sandiem and Aakash Mittal, among others, spread out across six stages all along Welton Street. Our own Nick Callaio was on hand for the fest and broug ... More >>
This year's Denver Arts Week will be bigger than ever, boasting the largest number of participating theaters, museums, galleries and artists that the city has yet seen for the annual celebration. The festivities begin tonight, and are coinciding for the first time with the Mayor's Awards for ... More >>
Quick reminder: The hip-hop doesn't stop in Denver with Kingz of the Mountain Weekend is kicking off tonight and running through Sunday. Embodying the true spirit of hip-hop and exemplifying unity in the community, a number of local hip-hop luminaries and organizers have banded together to pr ... More >>
Time flies! It's Friday again -- which means it's time to strap on those dance shoes and figure out which lucky venues you'll be putting on your Dance Card for the next three days or so. We're here to help! Keep reading for our weekend round-up:
The Donkeys.The Donkeys (due tonight at the Hi-Dive) from San Diego often get lumped in with anyone inspired by the country rock of the '60s and '70s. But even a casual listen to its latest release, Born With Stripes, reveals a band not beholden to a specific aesthetic of times past, but rath ... More >>
Old Radio, a prominent member of the Hot Congress collective and generally excellent band, has finally finished its debut recording. The band is slated to release the new EP, titled New Wives' Tale, this Thursday during Hot Congress's final night of residency at the Meadowlark. You can hear ... More >>
New Belgium BrewingThe Great American Beer Festival can be daunting. After all, there are 2,200 beers on tap from 462 breweries all over the country, and the three-day event takes place in a massive convention hall filled with 49,000 of sweating, drunk, pretzel-wearing hopheads. What's the b ... More >>
Lori Midson Jack Martinez Jack-n-Grill 2524 Federal Boulevard; 2630 West Belleview Avenue 303-964-9544; 303-474-4242 www.jackngrill.com This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Jack Martinez, owner/exec chef of Jack-n-Grill. To read part one of that Q&A, click here. Six words to d ... More >>
The Taste of Colorado, which opens at 11:30 a.m. today in Civic Center Park, serves up much more than turkey legs, snowcones, kettle corn and roasted nuts -- although those classic snacks are available, too. But there are also restaurants, gourmet carts and other culinary companies with bo ... More >>
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When we were in grade school, our choir used to sing old chestnuts like "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," which is probably why joining the choir seemed like slightly less fun than getting our lunch money stolen. But the times, they are a changin'. At least in India, they are. Yeah, India. Apparently, in I ... More >>
T-shirts, like tattoos, tell you a lot about a person's passions and prejudices, likes and dislikes. They, like tatts, have become an overt form of self-expression -- a bumper sticker for the body -- that lets people know if you're a fan of the Rolling Stones or the rolling pin. But while concert te ... More >>
Things slowed down a bit this week with concert announcements, especially compared to the past few weeks, but we did the get the word on some noteworthy shows including Sonic Youth Friday, July 31 at the Ogden Theater, Yes and Asia at the Paramount Theatre Sunday, July 12 and a pair of Avett Brother ... More >>
A Spectacular way to celebrate the new year!
It's beginning to feel a lot like blog roundup time. Today in Backbeat Online: • Twelve things every Wu-Tang Clan fan should own. • Mile High Makeout: Dreaming of me. • An extremely entertaining Q&A with Ryan Hendrix of Colourmusic. • Rap Up: Whygee and Sunken State unite for a free EP. • ... More >>
Light From the Desert is a harmonic bid for peace.
Tunes and talk carry this unique show.
Due to a crippling, worldwide shortage of seventeen-minute solos, Phish has decided to reform Here's a friendly, easy-to-use index to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy doing that weird stoner hippie dance in celebration of the recent news t ... More >>
Hmm... and folks say Denver's a cow town. So I’ve just returned from the startling, stunning and scintillating country of India with much food for thought – and no new music. When I left, I had visions of catching some cool Indian indies in some cavernous club that smelled vaguely of opium, cin ... More >>
These Kids are looking a little grizzled... Here's a convenient, one-stop guide to all the great content you might have overlooked this week on Backbeat Online while you were preoccupied with the alarming news that New Kids on the Block had reunited and released a new album, despite the fact they h ... More >>
Save me. As you may have noticed, this DNC thing is all about drinking and free stuff. The open bars at some delegate-friendly hotels start serving Bloody Marys at 10:30 a.m., and the Dems can hardly sneeze without stumbling on a free shuttle, water bottle, or bike. But as for public service… we ... More >>
Truth in advertising: Alright Alright. Indeed. (Photos by Tom Murphy). I Was Totally Destroying It, Alright Alright Wednesday, July 9, 2008 hi-dive Better Than: You might expect from a mid-week indie rock show. I missed Hunter Dragon and Fridge Magnet, because, the hi-dive, as it turns out, somet ... More >>
Here's a wrap-up of all the great stuff you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy speculating what kind of family dust-up could lead Madonna's younger brother to write an unauthorized, tell-all biography. We're betting he didn't get what he asked for last Christmas...
Nixon in China Saturday, June 7 Ellie Caulkins Opera House Although Nixon in China premiered way back in 1987, the John Adams-Alice Goodman opera still feels fresh and quirky. But neither the brashness of the piece itself nor Opera Colorado's energetic and imaginative rendering of it during its Jun ... More >>
Two conceptual photo shows explore life and death.
Eryc Eyl’s November 22 profile on Buck 65 was based on the following interview with the high-profile indie rapper. In it, Buck 65, also known as Rich Terfry, discusses -- with very little prompting -- his love for Colorado, his new disc, Situation, and his intensely personal artistic process.
Bound feet, ghosts and opera meet in a new novel.
Fast on the heels of the announcement on Wednesday of this year's National Book Award nominations (my favorite, for the record, is Peter Hessler, for his scrupulous and fascinating Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present) comes our own homegrown author fte: the Colorado Book Awards, ... More >>