I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>
The Berningers are a talented family: Tom Berninger is a filmmaker, and when his brother Matt, a member of the Brooklyn-based band The National, asked him to go on tour as a roadie, he obliged. Tom needed a job and some direction, and his brother's request inadvertently offered both. Tom was fired e ... More >>
Forgot to read the syllabus? Forgot to do the homework? Showed up hungover? Well, at the Auraria campus this Saturday, none of that matters. On September 14, the University of Colorado Denver is holding its first annual LYNXAPALOOZA, an all-day music festival sponsored by CU Denver Live!, the schoo ... More >>
JOHN SCOFIELD'S UBERJAM BAND @ BOULDER THEATER | THU, 8/1/13 John Scofield's never been one to settle in any particular musical style. Deft in a number of different styles, he always seems to find ways to reinvent himself. With 1998's A Go Go, guitarist John Scofield tapped into a whole new audience ... More >>
As you've certainly heard by now, the world is ending tomorrow. Thanks to infallible Mayan prophecies and/or calendar design, we know the whole shebang comes to a hard stop on December 21, 2012. What our helpful future-seeing friends didn't see fit to tell us is how the world ends. Sure, you could a ... More >>
"An artist is an artist, no matter what form the canvas takes," a pretentious man once said. It's one of those statements that may sound pompous (and is), but is no less true. Over the past fifty years there are endless examples of musicians establishing successful careers on the stage, then find th ... More >>
Update (6/1/12): We've received word that services for Jerry Krantz will be held next week on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church at 4200 Federal Boulevard, followed by an interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. in area "B." Jerry Krantz's full obituar ... More >>
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 3/22/12 Fresh off their stint at South By Southwest, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros delivered a strong dose of their tent-revival mania to Denver last night. Strutting a fine line between sunshine hippie cult and televangelist showmanship, ... More >>
Right now, Tim Tebow is watching the Denver Broncos' attempt to sign Peyton Manning -- a deal that would supplant him as the team's starting quarterback. But many YouTube watchers want him to watch something else -- videos exhorting him to help make murderous Ugandan strongman Joseph Kony famous. An ... More >>
Update (2/24/12): Barry Fey video montage added below. All is right with the universe this morning. We have a pair of Grammy winners in our midst, and as it should be, Harry Tuft and Barry Fey are now officially part of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. While we didn't stick around until the very en ... More >>
During his three decades as a promoter, Barry Fey brought in legendary acts like the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and U2. In his new book, Backstage Past, released yesterday on Lone Wolfe Press, Fey chronicles behind-the-scenes stories, some of which have nev ... More >>
PANIC! AT THE DISCOFuneral Party â€˘ fun.The Ogden Theatre06.28.11PANIC! AT THE DISCO at OGDEN THEATRE | 06/28/11This was going to be a big show -- it had to be. Panic! At The Disco, performing last night to a sold out and extremely sweaty crowd at The Ogden Theatre, hadn't been back to Denve ... More >>
Trey Parker.We've been following The Book of Mormon's march to theatrical dominance for months, from first raves to Drama Desk nominations and Tony nods -- fourteen of them, leading to nine victories at the awards ceremony last night, including Best Musical for hometown boys made good Trey Pa ... More >>
Tom Bachtell, The New YorkerWhile the Fray might have been getting all the attention this weekend because they were the opening act for U2's "Bono Single-handedly Stops Judgment Day" concert at Invesco Field, another hometown band done good, DeVotchKa, has also been making waves. That's becau ... More >>
U2 in 1981 in DenverWhat a difference 30 years makes. Below: the $3.20 ticket to see U2 in Denver in 1981, side-to-side with the $58 nosebleed ticket to see U2 this past Saturday at Invesco Field. To put this in perspective, if we counted for inflation, that $3.20 ticket would be about $7.5 ... More >>
No, I'm The Dude. Somewhere out there, The Dude abides, taking 'er easy for all us sinners -- no, seriously: There is an actual Dude. His name is Jeff Dowd, his nickname is The Dude, and he was the Coen Brothers's inspiration for their most famous and beloved character by the same name, playe ... More >>
April 1983 issue of TIME. How could '80s lefties not kind of loathe and fear this guy?Thirty years ago today, at 12:27 p.m. mountain time, John Hinckley, Jr., shot then-president Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Reagan, of course, survived the shooting, ... More >>
Jared Polis as he appears on an episode of CNN's "Freshman Year." The last time we blogged about Freshman Year, CNN's You Tube-y reality show about two totally different congressmen picked to serve in the House, we had these predictions for forthcoming episodes: Conservative Utah father-of-three Ja ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
Joe Strummer transcends punk, and the music lives on.
Run for your life if you can, little girl: Julie Taymor’s ’60s-set musical is a bust.
In a profile from Westwordâ€™s June 28 edition, Mavis Staples speaks her mind in a notably feisty manner -- and in the following Q&A, which encompasses the entire text of the interview that formed the basis of the article, her undimmed passion comes through even more clearly. Topics include her rea ... More >>
The civil-rights era is far from over for this songstress.
Why in God’s name did Steve Carell take the paycheck?
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Returning to true north at the Northwoods Inn.
The left, turning right, was plain wrong.
Doves want to be known for music, not hype.
Jars of Clay rocks on the fringe of Christian music.
Heralded as new heroes of indie rock, the Shins shrug their way out of obscurity.
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August Wilson's Fences scores a home run at the Acoma Center.
Sampling ad infinitum with America's sonic outlaws.
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Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.
Why we care that the king rat has packed it in.
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