The third annual edition of the Great American Techno Festival is going down this weekend, and it features a slew of top-notch talent, including Lusine, Jeff Mills, Ctrl_Alt_Dlt and Brendon Moeller (check out the full lineup if you haven't already). We recently spoke with all four of those acts. Kee ... More >>
You awkwardly danced to "End of the Road" at your middle school dances. You sang along to "I'll Make Love to You" on the radio, even if you didn't fully understand the subject matter. "Motownphilly" will always be back again. After taking a break for several years, the Boyz behind these early '90s ... More >>
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 >>
So this one summer before New Kids on the Block made all the girls (who are all middle aged moms now -- meditate on that for a minute) swoon like no other, the dudes did an in-store at the mall in Cheyenne. I was there. My best friend was a DJ at the station presenting the meet and greet, and so we ... More >>
For centuries, men have known that the real power of music lies in its ability to get you laid. From "panty-dropper" mixtapes that your parents made back in the day, to John Cusack standing outside the window with Peter Gabriel on the boombox, to that little boy banging on the drums in Love Actually ... More >>
It's less than a week until the fat man in the red suit shimmies down the chimney, and we've already heard "White Christmas," "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and every other traditional song you can think of at least a thousand times since Thanksgiving. But there are a few songs out there, well-wr ... More >>
TWIN SHADOW @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 9/07/12Before ending the set, after a show full of enthusiastic responses from his audience, George Lewis Jr. said, "Denver, you're amazing. Who was here last time we came?" A few people claimed to have been. He complimented the crowd on being honest because he had e ... More >>
George Lewis Jr. grew up in Florida but moved to Boston where he formed his punk-funk cabaret outfit Mad Man Films. That band split after releasing two albums, and Lewis moved to Brooklyn, where, inspired by the music of his childhood, he started writing songs on his own under the name Twin Shadow. ... More >>
Kate LevyJ. Carey is one smooth operatorHave you noticed the influx of male R&B singers these days, particularly in the Mile High City? Adam Duncan, who just joined the A&M/Octone Records roster, is just one of many cats putting it down in Denver these days. Jon Shockness (Air Dubai), J.Carey ... More >>
Katy Perry won't let another number-one single get away.This Friday, on the magical, mystical date of 11/11/11, Katy Perry is planning to premiere the video for her sixth single, "The One That Got Away," from Teenage Dream, the album that keeps on producing hit singles. In an attempt to break ... More >>
State University of New York professor Dawn R. Hobbs recently concluded that 92 percent of the songs that made it to the Billboard Top 10 in 2009 contained some form of "reproductive messages." The conclusion is unsurprising: Sex sells. What is mildly surprising, however, is the statistical degree t ... More >>
Boyz II Men (due this Monday, September 5 at the Taste of Colorado) is the best selling R&B group of all time. Having sold over sixty million albums worldwide and continuing to tour consistently, even during the group's more recent down years, the crooning fellas from Philly have enjoyed the type of ... More >>
Ideal Fathers in happier timesCue Boyz II Men: Ideal Fathers have evidently come to the end of the road. "The report of our death is not entirely an exaggeration," the outfit confirms. "We are, individually, in good health and spirit, though it is with somewhat heavy heart that we deliver the ... More >>
Lookin' fine, Boyz II MenIt hasn't been medically confirmed yet, but I'm pretty sure my pregnant girlfriend left the Boyz II Men show with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra last night approximately 250 percent more pregnant. Just as sexy and possibly even sexier than they were in the '90s despi ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front, we've received word that Kings of Leon is slated for a two-night stand at Red Rocks with Band of Horses, Tony Bennett is due at Ellie Caulkins and Symphony on the Rocks will feature Sarah McLachlan, among others. Meanwhile, ... More >>
It's a film so cool, Boyz II Men dedicated its first LP to it -- that EP was called Cooleyhighharmony, if you'll recall, and many of the songs on it (including the cover "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday") were in homage to the 1975 classic Cooley High. Set in the infamous Cabrini-Gre ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsSnanke Rattle Rattle SnakeSnake Rattle Rattle Snake, 1:30 p.m., Bison Tent Blame it on the early hour, chalk it up to the inconvenient location of the Bison Tent on the far eastern end of the complex. Maybe it boils down to the fundamental feel of the open-air stage, a fo ... More >>
You could say the Say So kind of sounds like the Killers in the aggressive drums and quick stabs of guitar, or you might say the band calls to mind At the Drive-In in the vocal acrobatics and the way it plays with tempo-changing breakdowns. You probably would not compare it to a jam band. Y ... More >>
This was a pretty good year for hip-hop dance crew BreakEFX. They not only won the Colorado's Best Dance Crew competition earlier this year, but they've been booked solid for quite a few events. Some of the standout events include Mighty 4 Colorado, Rockers Rumble 2008, and the recent Boyz II Men an ... More >>
Photo: Chad FahnestockBoyz II Men, Stevie B and Break EFXFriday, November 28, 2008Ogden TheaterBetter than: Listening to the recorded soundtrack from the ten-year high school reunion of any graduating class from the 1990s.The reactions varied wildly. When I told people that I was covering the Boyz I ... More >>
New blogs for a new month. Today in Backbeat Online: • Live reviews of Will Swindler's Elevenet (pictured) at Dazzle, plus Boyz II Men at the Ogden Theatre, Wetlands, Monofog and more at the Larimer Lounge, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk and friends at Rhinocerpolis, and Yeasayer at the Bluebird The ... More >>
The Killers invade Magness Arena on January 17. The big news in this slow week of concert announcements is the Killers January 17 show at DU's Magness Arena. Good news for fans of the Gibbons brothers: some amazing seats for ZZ Top's sold out Halloween show at the Paramount have been released. Bad ... More >>
Prinzhorn Dance School Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA Records/Astralwerks) Prinzhorn Dance School’s name salutes Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who, according to AllMusic.com, “collected the art of his mentally ill patients” -- and the unhinged quality of the music made by Tobin and Suzy Horn makes the mon ... More >>
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