Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at when a Ray Charles concert at Red Rocks in 1962 turned into a beer-can-tossing melee. With the passage of time, our heroes become more heroic, if docil ... More >>
Thursday, May 17, City Hall, 303-832-8628.
Update 5/17/12: Contest is over. Congrats to Jamaal Meezy Hinton and Stephanie Auld. Please shoot us an email for details on how to claim your tickets. Thanks to everybody for the entries! Lupe Fiasco is playing City Hall tonight. Maybe you consider yourself a fan. You might bump The Cool every n ... More >>
PORTUGAL. THE MAN at OGDEN THEATRE | 5/2/12 Portugal. The Man really, really likes Denver -- at least as much as the Portland-by-way-of-Alaska act appreciates band names with unwarranted punctuation and song titles with extra parentheses, it seems. "I know a lot of bands come out and say that every ... More >>
Photographer Lisa Law didn't just take pictures of the young Bob Dylan. She was also his cook and masseuse, and she hung out with him in L.A. when he roomed in the "Castle" where she then also lived. Her personal involvement with the artists she shot is the real legacy of her life's work; Denver wil ... More >>
It has been a long journey for Nappy Roots -- the hip hop group formed in 1995 as sextet of friends, spent some time in the early 2000s on Atlantic Records during the radio boom of Southern rap and now run their own label as a five-piece.
Looks like it's the end of the road for Meese. Well sort of. This Saturday, May 22, at the Bluebird, the band will be playing its last official show -- or delivering its final Broadcast, as it were -- as Meese with the Northern Way.
Ask and ye shall receive: We have it on good word that the Warlock Pinchers are planning a full scale reunion later this year, perhaps this summer, at one of the theaters around town. We've also heard that - are you ready for this?! - Dale Crover from the Melvins will reportedly be banging th ... More >>
â€‹Appearances to the contrary, the first annual 5280 Urban Music Awards has nothing to do with 5280 the magazine. It does, however, have everything to do with the local hip-hop scene. The UMAs are slated to be held on Saturday, October 17, at the Crown Plaza Convention Center off of I-70 and Chambe ... More >>
Kiernan Maletsky The Next Denver Band To Make It, Meese, anointed by Atlantic Records way back in October of 2007, yesterday delivered their debut LP Broadcast. They celebrated by playing a free show for maybe a couple hundred of their closest friends at Twist & Shout. The brothers Meese and Co. p ... More >>
If you've visited the Larimer Lounge website recently, you might have noticed a rather cryptic listing for Tuesday, March 3: The band listed is ESEEM, with the words, "Don't miss this one." No price is listed and no further information is available. Well, the cat's out of the bag now. After unveilin ... More >>
If you're looking for authentic, classic soul, it doesn't get more real than this.
3OH!3 extends its coverage area thanks to a new deal with Photo Finish Records.
After five months of interest, Meese signs with Atlantic Records.
Monday, October 29, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399; Tuesday, October 30, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
New Maps of Hell
Lamenting the passing of one of Denver’s great bands.
Saturday, March 4, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
The Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers fight for their right to, well, rock.
The Nappy Roots aren't sleeping on their independence.
Jason Hill thinks Louis XIV deserves to be rock royalty.
Madeleine Peyroux returns after a puzzling eight-year absence.
Atlantic Records may be a major fable, but it knows Vaux is the real deal.
Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse (Label M)
Olu Dora mixes his musical styles easily.
Songwriter Mark Ledwig would like to teach the world to sing.
The Dawn of Electric Frankenstein
(Triple X Records)
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones goes it alone.
Before you declare yourself a Grammy expert, let Backbeat test your skills.
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