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. Shawn White hosted at City Hall Amphitheatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of a ... 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 >>
In conversation, singer-songwriter Erykah Badu, the subject of a May 29 Westword profile, sounds regal and all-knowing even when her words seem to defy space, time, logic and just about everything else. It’s a neat (and fascinating) trick, which she demonstrates throughout the Q&A below.
Saturday, July 21, the Oriental Theater, 303-455-2124.
Backbeat writers sound off on the best local releases of 2006.
Be there or be square!
Our Aim Is to Satisfy Red Snapper (Matador/Warp)
The acid jazz of United Dope Front keeps 'em dancing in the trenches.
Denver's Gary Givant has been DJing since the Seventies--and he's still going strong.
The Roots make rap for both your hips and your head.
THERE'S NOTHING DISPOSABLE ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN HIP HOP.
THE MOST MEMORABLE ALBUMS OF 1994.
SHE'S THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES' N'DEA DAVENPORT, A SOUL SONGSTRESS FOR THE NINETIES.