Beck (Musician)

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    April 12, 2014

    The Coachella drug and band pairing guide

    Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together like wine and cheese. Which is why we'd like to recommend a few pairings for those so chemically inclined, a fine list of musical acts coupled with good stuff sure to provid ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Andrew Litton joins Colorado Symphony Orchestra as music director

    From the dark days of two years ago, when the Colorado Symphony Orchestra was facing big losses and worse morale, the situation keeps getting brighter, with innovative programming attracting more support -- and expanded audiences. And this morning the spotlight will shine on the CSO's new music dire ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Curious Theatre

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. A.H. Goldstein hosted at the Curious Theatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Best EDM in Denver this weekend: Westword Music Showcase, after party and more

    CROOKERS / WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE AFTER PARTY @ CITY HALL Crookers may have hit the radar for some with a mean remix of Kid Cudi's "Day and Night," but he's been on the radar for the heads for quite some time. He adapts hip-hop roots with modern club spins and always keeps your feet moving with upt ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    Best live music in Denver this weekend: The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase

    The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase -- affectionately known otherwise as the hottest party of the summer -- is here! This year's Showcase features more than 150 artists performing on sixteen different stages. In addition to the usual must-see local acts, we've got a killer roster of headli ... More >>

  • Music

    May 2, 2013

    Devendra Banhart

    Sunday, May 5, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 888-929-7849.

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    March 11, 2013

    Ten Essential albums from the CBGB scene

    It's easy to look at what's become of rock music over the last three and a half decades and find countless traces of the CBGB micro-culture and the fast-and-loud aesthetic it cultivated. During their now-legendary years at CBGB, bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie and Patti Smith were dis ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Gateway Acts: How a Rush to judgment ultimately led to more affecting music

    Gateway Acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, Noah Hubbell gives us the goods on a Rush to judgment that he made early on. I grew up in a ho ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Does this rental car make me look grown-up?

    A few weeks ago, a man knocked on the door of my commune around 6 a.m. He was pointing at the street frantically, barely able to sputter out the words "You? Subaru?" Yes, I owned a Subaru, and yes it was parked on the busy thoroughfare I call home on the west side of town. Apparently, a woman had pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    The five sassiest breakup songs of all time

    Katie and Tom. Katy and Russell -- everybody's breaking up these days, it seems. Hell, even Adam Levine traded in one Victoria's Secret model for another. Break ups aren't just relegated to the super couples or the superstars, obviously. Everybody's been been on the receiving end of being dumped -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    The Brian Jonestown Massacre at the Bluebird Theater, 5/8/12

    BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 05.08.12 If you decide to put all of your eggs in Anton Newcombe's basket, they're going to end up scrambled. The lead singer of early-'90s psychedelica group Brian Jonestown Massacre might be the group's longest-running member, but he also seems to be ... More >>

  • Music

    November 3, 2011

    Thrifty Astronaut

    Act So Big Forest/Woodstack Records

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    August 4, 2011

    MTV's 120 Minutes changed my life

    ​There is a point at which, I think, we all start to discover music on our own. I was around twelve or thirteen when the shift from pre-teen radio sex jams to discovering albums I would fawn over (and eventually learn to play) occurred. Up to then, I was listening to music that I loved, but it ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    More free music form Mike Marchant

    Kinsey Hamilton​If Mike Marchant isn't the most prolific songwriter, he's pretty damn close. Dude writes songs with a frequency that roughly rivals breathing. This afternoon he posted another set of songs for free download on Bandcamp that he's titled Lost and Found Sounds (2008-2011). As the ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Tonight: Tobacco at the Larimer Lounge

    ​Beat-man Tomas Fec (aka Tobacco, who performs tonight with Beans and Shapers at the Larimer Lounge) is not only a sound manipulator, but has the warped visuals to match. Tobacco's musical creations are best experienced live for this reason, as he projects pop- and consumer-culture collages wh ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011
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    January 26, 2011

    BLKHRTS, Wu-Tang top our weekly playlists

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of February 1, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2010

    Conan O'Brien "Freebird" makes you want to flick your Bic

    Now this is what you call going out on a high note. In case you missed it, Conan O'Brien ended his stint at NBC on Friday night by strapping on a Les Paul and playing "Freebird" with Will Ferrell, Ben Harper, Beck and ZZ Top's Bill Gibbons. Ferrell actually does a pretty mean Ronnie Van Zandt an ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Last Night: Prog Nation at the Buell

    Big Elf​Progressive Nation Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, Big Elf, Scale the Summit August 25, 2009 Buell Theater Better than: Reliving high school memories by flipping through a yearbook. Let me admit to a strong bias up front: I spent at least three of my teenage years with a diet almost excl ... More >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    On the Download

    The best in legitimate, artist-approved exclusives.

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    June 7, 2007

    The Lovely & Talented

    JT Nolan Presents: The Lovely & Talented Š

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    May 17, 2007
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    May 3, 2007


    Thursday, May 3, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Freestyle Fellowship

    Awesome live bands sometimes make magic in the studio, too.

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Syd Matters

    Syd Matters (V2)

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    December 1, 2005


    Indie rock meets prime time in a post-O.C. world.

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Alasdair Roberts

    Sunday, September 11, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    August 25, 2005
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    January 6, 2005
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    November 18, 2004


    Artist's Choice: Below the Radio (Ultra Records)

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    September 30, 2004

    Critic's Choice

    Gann Matthews

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    The Thrills

    Tuesday, July 27, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    January 15, 2004
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    May 1, 2003

    Johnny Marr and the Healers

    Boomslang(Artist Direct)

  • Goods & Services

    March 27, 2003

    Best Fine Art Masquerading as Rock Posters

    Lindsey Kuhn's Swamp Co. Posters

  • Music

    February 6, 2003


    A Demonstration of Intellectual Property (ARTISTdirect)

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    Furry Logic

    Classic rock and mother nature fuel the weird Welshmen of Super Furry Animals.

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    With a Bullet

    Two years after becoming Britain's surprise It band, Gomez reclaims a spot in the empire.

  • Music

    September 13, 2001

    Soul on Ice

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

  • Music

    April 12, 2001

    Señor Coconut

    El Gran Baile (Emperor Norton Records)

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Critic's Choice

    North Mississippi Allstars

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    November 25, 1999


    Liquid Skin

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    September 2, 1999
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    October 22, 1998

    Creep Show

    The joys of navigating Creeper Lagoon.

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    April 2, 1998

    Lord Knows

    Mary Lou Lord is smarter than the average busker.

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    January 1, 1998
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