• Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    The nine best shows in Denver this week

    A few spectacularly heavy hitters come to Colorado this week -- both Nick Cave and Merle Haggard are in town. Sharon Van Etten, playing Tuesday at the Bluebird, has plenty to show for her own relatively short career. You can read our extensive interview with her elsewhere on Backbeat this morning. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Joe Neguse -- "I go by Joe" -- on his run for Secretary of State

    As Scott "Honey Badger" Gessler stepped away from another run for the Secretary of State seat in order to go for governor, Joe "I go by Joe" Neguse stepped into the race for that position, as the sole Democratic candidate. Neguse believes that young people should be as involved in the political proc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon: More than thirty local bands are playing it. Here's which ones

    The fourth annual Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon is Sunday. While that's probably news that gets your heart racing if you're a jock, for us fat, lazy, non-athletic, beer-guzzling blokes, eyes glaze over, if you know what I mean. Worse, it starts at the crack of dawn -- well, 7 a.m., close enough if y ... More >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2013

    Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams

    Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    MELVINS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | MON, 7/15/13 Since 1983, the Melvins have been perfecting their brand of influential rock, inspired in part by punk and in part by the music Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover grew up hearing as kids in the '60s and '70s. With the Melvins, the two have taken that sound to dif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Josh Abbott on the Texas/Red Dirt scene and bringing banjo back to country music

    Josh Abbott (due at the Grizzly Rose this Friday, June 1) got his start playing country music while attending Texas Tech in Lubbock, spending his nights watching artists like Pat Green, Corey Morrow, Roger Creagor, Eli Young Band and Randy Rogers roll through the local country bar, the Blue Light. A ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012


    Monday, February 27, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2011

    Review: Social Distorion at the Ogden Theatre, 12/3/11

    Eric GruneisenThe unmistakable guitar of Mike Ness of Social Distortion, last night at the Ogden Theatre.​SOCIAL DISTORTION at the OGDEN THEATRE | 12/3/11Early on in Social Distortion's Friday night show at the Ogden, the first of a three-night stand, frontman Mike Ness thanked the crowd for c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    7News, Azteca America sold: Scripps back in CO two years after Rocky Mountain News closure

    In February 2009, E.W. Scripps shut down the Rocky Mountain News, seemingly ending its major participation in the Colorado media market. Now, however, Scripps is back thanks to the purchase of KMGH-Channel 7 and three Azteca America stations in the state, which went on the block in June. Scripps CEO ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    7News, Azteca America affiliates in CO for sale: McGraw-Hill looks to peddle broadcasting group

    ​Update below: KMGH-TV, better known as 7News, is on the block -- and so are Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, according to an announcement by McGraw-Hill, the stations' parent company. Officially, the move is part of a "portfolio review" -- but the real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Social networking: Denver ranked 3rd in U.S. by Men's Health (eat our hashtags, Portland!)

    ​Congratulations, Denver: You have officially been swallowed up whole by the Matrix. Men's Health recently came out with its list of the country's most socially networked cities, and Denver, of all places, came in third. Do we get a prize for this? Like a new FarmVille animal or something?

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Zi Fusion's Rhett Songer on the F-word, racism and sexism and eating a

    Lori Midson​Rhett Songer Zi Fusion 7340 South Clinton Street, Englewood 720-934-6402 This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Rhett Songer, the executive chef of Zi Fusion. Part two of Songer's interview will run in this space tomorrow. "It's absolutely silly that it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Rock N' Roll Denver Marathon aims to live up to its name

    ​So the organizers of the Rock 'N' Roll Denver Marathon evidently take the name of the event very seriously. So much so that they've convinced the members of Semisonic -- you know, the dudes who did that song "Closing Time" -- to get the old band back together, man, just for the occasion. Wise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Flobots winter tour dates announced

    ​All right, break's over, kids. Time for the big takeover. Looks like the Flobots are getting back to work -- and it's about damn time, for chrissakes. While the rest of us slept in intervals as a result of our efforts to diligently invest our time in such noble, productive pursuits as drinking ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Channel 7's Byron Grandy: new title, more work

    In today's financial environment, TV stations don't have a lot of extra cash to offer executives. But they can usually afford to shift around folks already on the payroll -- which explains today's announcement about Channel 7's Byron Grandy. As pointed out in the September 2008 blog "Changes at Chan ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Q&A with David Marion from Fear Before the March of Flames

    In advance of the Fear Before the March of Flames show tonight at the Marquis Theater, we sat down for a chat with frontman David Marion, who filled us in on everything that’s been going on with the band, from recording the new record, which the act just finished, to getting ready to head back out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: Dwight Yoakam and More

    Dwight Yoakam Dwight Sings Buck (New West) At first blush, the notion of Dwight Yoakam devoting an entire disc to the work of Buck Owens seems much too obvious. After all, he’s a well-established Owens acolyte and booster who often drops cover tunes into his live sets, and he famously paired with ... More >>

  • Film

    December 27, 2007

    The Way He Lives Now

    As his fourth film in a decade arrives in theaters, the movies' most enigmatic leading man reveals the method behind his on-screen madness.

  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Say What?

    The top WTF moments of 2005.

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys

    Empty House (Bloodshot)

  • Music

    April 22, 2004
  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    On the Road

    The Honky Tonk Hangovers

  • Music

    August 28, 2003

    Dwight Yoakam

    Population Me (Audium Entertainment)

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Hit Pick

    The Dalhart Imperials

  • News

    January 23, 2003

    Green-Light Specials

    If the FCC loosens its rules, will media giants go on a radio-and-TV shopping spree? Absolutely.

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    The Heart of Country

    Still a big thinker, Dallas Wayne holds out for honky-tonk.

  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    That's the Spirit

    The Honky Tonk Hangovers make country music that will go to your head.

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 31, 2002

  • Music

    September 26, 2002


    The All Night Honky Tonk All Stars crank it up at the Fox Theatre.

  • Music

    April 18, 2002

    Critic's Choice

    Merle Haggard

  • Calendar

    April 18, 2002

    Student Projections

    A student film festival tries to launch careers from Denver.

  • Music

    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

  • News

    November 29, 2001

    Robo News

    Channel 7 readies a new computer system that makes the newspeople behind the scenes all but obsolete.

  • Music

    September 13, 2001

    Soul on Ice

    Legendary sideman Moris Tepper fronts his own vision, with chilling results.

  • Music

    April 19, 2001

    Their Train Keeps A Rollin'

    The Railbenders' take on traditional country is gaining momentum.

  • News

    November 30, 2000

    The Loose Screw

    How the hell did Dan Daru get on Denver TV?

  • News

    November 16, 2000


    In the sport of fencing, nothing is beside the point.

  • Music

    August 24, 2000

    Long Way Back

    Dwight Yoakam's new acoustic retrospective casts a shining light on the preeminent alt-rocker.

  • Music

    October 28, 1999


    The Aluminum Group, Patricia Barber, Schneider TM, The Souvenirs

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Year-End Close-Out

    We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.

  • Music

    August 27, 1998

    Size Matters

    It'll take more than preconceptions to lick Candye Kane.

  • Music

    October 2, 1997

    The 'Rail Thing

    The Derailers bring the Bakersfield sound into the Nineties.

  • Music

    January 30, 1997

    Straight From the 'Harts

    How the Dalhart Imperials have become roots-music royalty.

  • Music

    May 16, 1996

    Old Hag

    A Merle Haggard boxed set serves as a welcome reminder that country music can be dangerous.

  • News

    May 3, 1995



  • Film

    April 12, 1995
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