Brandon Marshall

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    November 21, 2014

    Photos: Celebrating the Opening of Even More Colorado Ski Resorts

    Today, Eldora ski area is slated to open for the 2014-2015 season, bringing the total number of resorts to six, including Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Copper Mountain, Wolf Creek and Winter Park. And Aspen Mountain is scheduled to be number seven tomorrow. To get you stoked, we've pulled together highl ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    The Five Coziest Music Venues in Denver

    The negative temperatures and piles of snow last week were a pretty solid indication that winter has arrived in Denver. While every day of winter here doesn't involve bone-chilling cold, plenty do, and it gets old, fast. Suddenly, concert calendars look a little bare and the idea of leaving your cou ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Twenty of the Best Adults-Only Halloween Parties

    Halloween takes over the month of October, providing plenty of places to party and play in costume. There's a lot to do and see around the city during this spooky season; here we've compiled a list of the top twenty haunted throwdowns catering to the mature crowd. (Don't worry, we've got kid-friendl ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts of the Summer

    Red Rocks hosted the last concerts of its regular concert series a little over a week ago, signaling the official end of the summer concert season in Colorado. This week on the Backbeat blog, we're looking back at some of our favorite shows of 2014's warmest months. Note that we didn't include any f ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Photos: See Same-Sex Marriages Officiated by Mayor on Free Wedding Wednesday

    When the office of Denver Clerk Debra Johnson came up with the idea of a monthly event dubbed Free Wedding Wednesdays, the folks there had no idea the first one would correspond with same-sex marriage becoming legal in Colorado owing to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to punt on the issue, allowin ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Reader: Living With Anyone 24/7 Could Make You Want to Throat-Punch Them

    Our post about attorney Gloria Allred decrying the NFL's response to domestic violence allegations against Brandon Marshall against the backdrop of the Ray Rice controversy prompted a slew of impassioned posts. This one definitely qualifies as provocative. See also: Videos: Brandon Marshall Becomes ... More >>

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    September 18, 2014

    Videos: Brandon Marshall Becomes Latest Ex-Bronco in Post-Ray Rice NFL Hit Parade

    Last week, as we reported, 104.3 The Fans' D-Mac and Alfred Williams argued that the alleged rape committed by ex-Bronco Perrish Cox was actually worse than the actions of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, whose caught-on-video punching of his former fiancee/now-wife turned him into the ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Photos: The First-Ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival Went Down Last Weekend

    The inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival took place last Saturday in West Central Park, where twenty Boulder County breweries, old and new, poured their creations. The festival, produced by Downtown Boulder, Inc., included live music, food and lawn games. Westword photographer Brandon Marshall was ... More >>

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    August 25, 2014

    Day of Rage protest: Video of Cop Pushing Down Woman, Communication and Rally Size Debate

    Members of groups such as Occupy Denver and local affiliates of Anonymous often protest together, as was the case for a police brutality rally in April. But there seems to have been something of a communication breakdown related to Thursday's Day of Rage event, which decried the Ferguson, Missouri p ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Chive Fest Kept Calm at City Park

    Deep in City Park on Saturday, past the father and son playing catch and the picnicking family, in a fenced off area, was a sea of "Keep Calm and Chive On" shirts and neon green. It was the first Chive Fest, and after several hours of music and revelry, a few minutes of near total silence descended. ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    Photos: Bubbling Up at the Fermentation Festival & Market

    Most people think beer when they hear the word fermentation, but many other food products are the result of bacterial action: kombucha, kimchi, yogurt, cheese and even some preserved meats. But at a festival celebrating all things fermented, alcoholic beverages are going to take center stage -- nobo ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Photos: Blues and Brews Festival on Old South Pearl

    South Pearl Street always attracts crowds on weekends, but this past Saturday the place was really packed for the annual Blues and Brews Festival. We sent photographer Brandon Marshall to capture the action; keep reading for a taste of Blues and Brews. See also: The neighborhood of Old South Pearl ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Photos: See Why Ironman Boulder Underpants Run Makes the Rest of Us Look Out of Shape

    Yesterday, Justin Daerr and Danielle Kehoe were the top men's and women's finishers at Ironman Boulder. But before the main event got underway, plenty of competitors reminded us that we've been slacking on sit-ups via the Ironman Boulder Underpants Run, which sported more six packs than your neighbo ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden are better than ever, especially live

    It would be easy to dismiss a show like this as something aging fans of '90s alternative rock take their kids to. But Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden still have plenty of intellect and challenging music. And opener Oneohtrix Point Never, an experimental electronic and ambient artist, likely challeng ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Photos: Denver Cruisers light up their lives -- and get lit

    This week's Denver Cruiser Ride cycled through the theme "You Light Up My Life," but there were no Debby Boone sightings. Instead, the images that filled photographer Brandon Marshall's lens involved Denverites having a great time on a summer night -- and enjoying the occasional libation. Check out ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Five must-see Colorado outdoor venues to check out this summer

    It's summer in Colorado which means it's time to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives again and the beautiful green fades to a snowy white. Summer also means the Denver-area concert calendar is packed, and thankfully, you can enjoy both mother nature and music in the same place this summer. From ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    50 photos that prove Red Rocks is the most beautiful venue on the planet

    Anyone who has ever taken in a show atRed Rocks knows that it is hard to describe. The acoustics, the crowds, the breath-taking view in every direction. Instead of describing it, our photographers have been hard at work capturing it, and the many concerts that occur there on film. The 2014 season i ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Nick Cave is the master of American mythology

    When Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds went into "Stagger Lee" from the 1996 album Murder Ballads, it was an iconic moment of an evening of music in which the band took the tradition of American folk mythology and breathed into it a larger-than-life electricity. Cave brought raging emotional intensity and ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Shout-outs from bands who played the Westword Music Showcase

    The Westword Music Showcase brought several thousand fans to see over 150 bands in the Golden Triangle over the weekend. You can find more coverage of the festivities elsewhere on Backbeat, but we wanted to give the bands a moment to weigh in. Earlier, we asked several artists playing the Showcase i ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    How awesome is it to play an opening set at Film on the Rocks?

    Film on the Rocks kicked off its fifteenth season on Tuesday with a screening of Caddyshack. As at all of these, a couple Colorado bands played opening sets. We won't make you wait for a verdict: It is spectacularly awesome to have one of those spots. There are down sides. As with anything where y ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    First responders braved the drizzle at the debut of the renovated Fiddler's Green

    A group of firefighters with yellow walkie talkies swaying at their chests were examining the new on-site structures at the first show at a renovated Fiddler's Green Ampitheatre. They wanted to ensure that they were familiar with the new facilities in case they were called to the scene in the future ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Photos: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre gets a $6 million overhaul

    For the past 25 years, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Englewood has been owned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts and operated under a single lease, most recently controlled by Live Nation. Last year, that lease expired, and AEG Live signed on to operate the venue for the next fifteen years. Check bac ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Photos: Ten best states for hippies -- and the ones ranks above Colorado

    Colorado has long been known as one of hippie culture's great bastions. But in its list of the best and worst U.S. states for hippies, suggests that while Colorado still deserves recognition, it's rep may soon start to slide. Really? Judge for yourself by counting down the roster, supp ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Kaskade's Spark Run had some highlights, but do we really need a fun run/EDM concert?

    As the mercury drops and a light drizzle starts to fall at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the emcee of the Spark Run can't stop reminding us of how much fun we're about to have. "This is not your ordinary night!" he shouts from the top of the scaffolding that overlooks the starting line, as house musi ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Photos: Denver Broncos cheerleaders auditions 2014 preview

    Just as the Broncos are readying for next season by stocking up on free agents, the Broncos cheerleaders are preparing for annual tryouts, in order to determine who'll be on the sidelines when the action kicks off again. Auditions begin on March 30, but 9 a.m. tomorrow at Sports Authority Field, the ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Artopia 2014: The artistic lights were bright on Broadway

    Broadway became the center of Denver's art world Saturday night as Westword's Artopia 2014 took over five venues in the heart of town. Artists ranging from Westword cover boy Andrew Novick to zombie portrait artist Stan Yan were on hand to show their work at City Hall and Vinyl, while musical acts ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Pixies at Fillmore Auditorium, 2/13/14

    PIXIES at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/13/14 Like the Ramones, the Pixies took stage and had little in the way of breaks between songs. There was no banter, no awkward joking and no meandering dialogue while anyone tuned or tried to read a set list. The only interruptions came when the band teased a bit ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Videos: See all 53 Colorado 14ers temporarily renamed for Broncos players

    Talk about a Mile High-plus example of Broncos pride: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has temporarily renamed all the 14ers in the state after Denver players. The numbers work out well: The standard NFL roster boasts 53 players -- and the number of Colorado 14ers just happens to be 53. That mean ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Trey Anastasio Band at Ogden Theatre, 1/28/14

    TREY ANASTASIO BAND at OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/14 Trey Anastasio Band kicked off its spring tour in Denver last night and debuted a couple new songs in front of a sold out crowd that was lined up down the block and across the street before doors were even open. The last time the band was in town in 201 ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    The Disco Biscuits at 1STBANK Center, 1/25/14

    The great thing about Bisco Inferno weekend is that you get two nights packed in with the fans in the intimate Ogden shows, providing its own level of energy, and then they stretch out to the space of 1STBANK Center, where the lasers get put on steroids. After two wonderful shows preceding, the audi ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    baRed welcomes the new year with crowds...and coffee

    Veteran restaurateur Cliff Young and his son, Zach Young, encountered many obstacles trying to open baRed, the bar/lounge at 437 West Colfax Avenue. But they finally opened the doors last month, just in time for New Year's Eve. "With live blues and two crimson floodlights creating columns of light v ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    Arapahoe High School shooting: Lessons from Columbine

    It's one of those phrases that gets tossed around after a school shooting, like how the shooter "seemed like a nice, quiet boy" and "didn't fit the profile" -- never mind that there is no profile for school shooters, other than seeming to be nice, quiet boys. From the moment news of the attack on Ar ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Review: Morbid Angel at Bluebird, 11/22/13

    MORBID ANGEL at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 11/22/13 Although this tour was dedicated to Morbid Angel playing its landmark third album Covenant in its entirety, the guys treated us to at least one song from each of its full-length releases. Before the band took stage, the lights went low and the spooky sound ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Review: Steve Aoki at Ogden Theatre, with Borgore and Waka Flocka Flame, 11/12/13

    STEVE AOKI at OGDEN THEATRE | 11/12/13 Before Steve Aoki took the stage, as the lights dropped and the crowd chanted the headliner's name, two human pillars of symmetrical hexagons took the stage on each side, and a digitized voice slowly intoned "A-O-KI." As soon as the Aoki took his place, confett ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Photos: Inside Denver Ski and Snowboard Expo 2013

    The Denver Ski and Snowboard Expo took over the Colorado Convention Center from November 8 to November 10. The event offered attendees microbrews and early-season deals on snow gear, as well as some fun activities such as skateboarding and curling. Photographer Brandon Marshall was on the scene. C ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Live Review: Walk The Moon at Ogden Theatre, with the Mowgli's, Smallpools, 10/26/13

    WALK THE MOON at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/26/13 For a band that played the Hi-Dive two years ago, Walk The Moon has done extremely well for itself, and if this sold out show was any indication, the band will be playing a much larger venue the next time around. The foursome was so strong from beginning to ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Naked and Famous at the Fillmore, 10/18/13

    THE NAKED AND FAMOUS at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 10/18/13 Naked and Famous was in total control at the Fillmore. From the first chords of "A Stillness," every string pluck and cymbal crash had been calculated, presumably in some sort of rock laboratory. Frontwoman Alisa Xayalith appeared onstage, clad ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Photos of the Day: Mike Alvarado, hometown boxing hero, falls to Ruslan Provodnikov

    Saturday night was supposed to be end in triumph for Thornton's Mike Alvarado. The hometown boxing hero was fighting Ruslan Provodnikov in a junior welterweight title bout at the 1STBANK Center in a slugfest aired live on HBO. But there was no happy ending: Provodnikov prevailed in the tenth round o ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Photos: Miss Colfax Pageant, a celebration of the nation's wickedest street

    Playboy once labeled Colfax the nation's "longest, most wicked street." It's also Denver's most celebrated, and on Saturday night the celebration landed at Tooey's Off Colfax, which hosted the Miss Colorado Pageant. And we were there to catch the action. See also: Miss Colfax Pageant 2013 -- slide ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    The Weeknd at 1STBANK Center, 9/20/13

    THE WEEKND at 1STBANK CENTER | 9/20/13 Though visually heightened by flashes of naked, writhing women and feeling rather Internet-manic with its placement of faux-commercials for condoms between songs, the Weeknd's show at 1STBANK Center was simply okay. But for fans of the Toronto-based musician an ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Photos: Free joint giveaway on Pearl Street Mall a mellow event

    The second free-joint giveaway sponsored by opponents to Proposition AA, the marijuana taxation measure on November's ballot, took place beginning at 11 a.m. today on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall. And according to photographer Brandon Marshall, who snapped the images on view below, it was hardly a mo ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    MGMT at Fillmore Auditorium, 9/6/13

    MGMT @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 9/6/13 There were two distinct, dramatically different moods to MGMT's set at the Fillmore, and let's just say that those who came to hear MGMT's breakthrough hits -- bright and peppy synthpop tunes like "Electric Feel," "Kids" and "Time to Pretend" -- were not disappoin ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    OneRepublic / Sara Bareilles at Red Rocks, with Serena Ryder, 8/29/13

    ONEREPUBLIC / SARA BAREILLES @ RED ROCKS | 8/29/13 "Fuckin' Coloradans really love their music," marveled OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder last night at Red Rocks, summing up a windswept evening of music from his band and co-headliner Sara Bareilles. Though Tedder's outfit was last to take the stage ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Photos: What did you do at the Broncos game other than watch football?

    Saturday night brought Broncos football back to Mile High Stadium, with the men in orange chalking up a victory over the St. Louis Rams! (Yeah, we know the game didn't count, but don't begrudge us that exclamation point...or this one!) Photographer Brandon Marshall, he of the Broncos-friendly name, ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Five Iron Frenzy at Ogden Theatre, 8/17/13

    FIVE IRON FRENZY @ OGDEN THEATRE | 8/17/13 There were several moments during Five Iron's set that nodded to the hometown crowd, and all of them were dependably absurd thanks to frontman Reese Roper. "The Broncos are losing forty to seven," Roper informed us. "I've never been more proud to be from th ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Phoenix at 1STBANK Center, 8/7/13

    PHOENIX @ 1STBANK CENTER | 8/7/13 Last night at 1STBANK, when the repeating bell-like sounds at the beginning of Phoenix's biggest hit "Lisztomania" rung out, the crowd roared expectedly and the outfit almost didn't have to sing at all. As everybody sang along with every word, you could tell that it ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Gigantour at 1STBANK Center, 8/2/13

    Newsted, Hellyeah, Device, Black Label Society and Megadeth all have well known members from very big former bands -- even Dave Mustaine with thirty years of kicking ass and taking names after Metallica. This was one of those shows so jam packed with metal talent like an Ozzfest, that it doesn't qui ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Photos: Zombie Run at City Park is bloody good fun

    At first blush, a Zombie Run would seem to be a pretty relaxing way to spend a day, given the undead's typical staggering gait. But some of the activities at Saturday's Zombie Run at City Park were paced more like World War Z and 28 Days Later than The Walking Dead, providing participants' corpses ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Bar Standard

    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. Tom Murphy hosted at Bar Standard this past Saturday. Keep reading for ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    DeVotchKa and the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks, with Amanda Palmer, 6/14/13

    DEVOTCHKA & THE COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | 6/14/13 Sharing the spotlight with an orchestra of more than fifty members, DeVotchKa ran the risk of getting lost in the shuffle on stage at Red Rocks. Then came the aerialists, who climbed high above the stage via slim stretches of fabric and perform ... More >>

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