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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
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 >>
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 >>
Monday, February 27, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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?
Lori MidsonRhett Songer Zi Fusion 7340 South Clinton Street, Englewood 720-934-6402 www.ziasian.com 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
As his fourth film in a decade arrives in theaters, the movies' most enigmatic leading man reveals the method behind his on-screen madness.
Fast reviews of recent releases
The top WTF moments of 2005.
Empty House (Bloodshot)
The Honky Tonk Hangovers
Population Me (Audium Entertainment)
The Dalhart Imperials
If the FCC loosens its rules, will media giants go on a radio-and-TV shopping spree? Absolutely.
Still a big thinker, Dallas Wayne holds out for honky-tonk.
The Honky Tonk Hangovers make country music that will go to your head.
From the week of October 31, 2002
The All Night Honky Tonk All Stars crank it up at the Fox Theatre.
A student film festival tries to launch careers from Denver.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Channel 7 readies a new computer system that makes the newspeople behind the scenes all but obsolete.
Legendary sideman Moris Tepper fronts his own vision, with chilling results.
The Railbenders' take on traditional country is gaining momentum.
How the hell did Dan Daru get on Denver TV?
In the sport of fencing, nothing is beside the point.
Dwight Yoakam's new acoustic retrospective casts a shining light on the preeminent alt-rocker.
The Aluminum Group, Patricia Barber, Schneider TM, The Souvenirs
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
It'll take more than preconceptions to lick Candye Kane.
The Derailers bring the Bakersfield sound into the Nineties.
How the Dalhart Imperials have become roots-music royalty.
A Merle Haggard boxed set serves as a welcome reminder that country music can be dangerous.
DR. NORM AND THE REST OF PATRIOT RADIO FACE THE APOCALYPSE. NOW.