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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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    June 4, 2013

    The xx at the Fillmore Auditorium, 6/3/13

    THE XX @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 6/3/13 Clad in black and appearing every bit as mysterious and guarded as their music implies, the xx stepped on stage, strapped on its gear and began playing "Try" from its sophomore album, Coexist. The siren-like drone from Jamie Smith's synthesizer set the tone for ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Imagine Dragons at Red Rocks, 5/16/13

    IMAGINE DRAGONS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5/16/13 On stage at Red Rocks last night, Dan Reynolds couldn't get over the emotional weight of the moment. "This may be the greatest night of our lives," Reynolds declared after "Round and Round," the band's energetic opener. Later, he marveled, "This is ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    4/20 shooting at Civic Center Park suspect caught on video: Do you recognize him?

    The shooting at Saturday's 4/20 celebration put a damper on an event that was seen by organizers as a way to make Denver the center of marijuana reform nationwide. At this writing, the Denver Police Department still has no one in custody for the crime. However, the department has identified what re ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    4/20 shooting: Organizer Miguel Lopez injured, nearly trampled during chaos

    We've been reporting about the shootings at the 4/20 Civic Center Park rally on Saturday, as well as the continuing search for a suspect caught on video. Watching developments closely is event organizer Miguel Lopez, who's having difficulty getting around the better part of two days since the start ... More >>

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    April 21, 2013

    Photos: 4/20 shooting at Civic Center Park -- and an activist's take

    Update below: For months, anticipation has built toward this year's 4/20 Rally at Civic Center Park, touted as a mix of pot, hip hop and serious politics to be witnessed by locals and visitors from all over the country. Yet the positive nature of the event was countered by a shooting after the cloc ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Suicidal Tendencies at Summit, 4/14/13

    SUICIDAL TENDENCIES @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL |4/14/13 In a fairly gutsy move, two songs into its set, Suicidal Tendencies performed its classic song, "Institutionalized," a tune of paranoia, societal oppression and mental illness. It was a different from the version on the album. The music was a little ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Photos: Broncos cheerleader tryouts 2013

    Just a few short months ago, the Denver Broncos' best season in years ended in disappointment. But hope springs eternal, and so do those wishing to become members of the Broncos cheerleading squad that will whip crowds into a frenzy at what we all anticipate will be even more victories to come. Ou ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Photos: Barack Obama talks gun control at the Denver Police Academy

    As recently as Monday, Representative Rhonda Fields didn't know if she'd be invited to President Barack Obama's Wednesday gun-control talk at the Denver Police Academy. But Fields was on hand along with many other local political heavyweights, including Governor John Hickenlooper, Senate President J ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Neurosis at Summit Music Hall, 2/16/13

    NEUROSIS at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/16/13 Experiencing the rare and punishing set from Neurosis at the Summit Music Hall evoked the sensation of being in front of a oncoming freight train. But then the music itself was so powerful and felt like so many things, that it was almost overwhelming. The imp ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    The Who at Pepsi Center, 2/12/13

    THE WHO @ PEPSI CENTER |2/12/13 Pete Townsend's first windmill of the night last night at the Pepsi Center came during "The Real Me." Seeing the famous wind up in person is an entirely different experience from merely listening to Townsend's fret work on the recordings, which is exciting and energe ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Photos: Super Bowl bar parties pit Ravens and 49ers fans v. the morning after

    How did local Ravens and 49ers fans spend Super Bowl Sunday? Plenty of them headed to bars catering to their respective teams: Chopper's Sports Grill for Baltimore boosters, the Icehouse Tavern for San Francisco faithful. Photog Brandon Marshall stopped by both places to sample the agony and the ecs ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Photos: Midnight on Market Street

    When it comes to nightlife in Denver, Market Street is always thriving year round, even when its bitterly cold outside on nights like this past Saturday, when we sent out our roving nightlife photographer Brandon Marshall to capture the scene. Marshall made his way up and down Market and brought bac ... More >>

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    December 23, 2012

    Clutch at the Fillmore, 12/21/12

    CLUTCH @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 12/21/12 Neil Fallon was happy that the Mayans were wrong about the end of the world. The Clutch frontman spelled out his reasoning to the crowd that packed the floor and the wings of the Fillmore on Friday night, taking a rare break between tunes in a breakneck set t ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    The Foodchain at Bluebird Theater, 12/20/12

    THE FOODCHAIN @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 12/20/12 As the Foodchain played "Young Amsterdam," their anthem to Denver's favorite plant, the thick cloud that hovered near the ceiling of the Bluebird got thicker, and the pungent smell that pervaded the venue got even more pronounced. The band shifted from a ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Photos: Mitt Romney loss prompts anger, heartbreak at Colorado Republican watch party

    Sell the house. Lay off employees. Shut down the business. Prepare for the children to move back home. These are some of the stories of gloom, doom and dread that Mitt Romney supporters at Denver's official GOP watch party shared as news broke -- rather suddenly, and before they even knew Colorado ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Photos: Mitt Romney tells 17,000 in Englewood he will win the election

    On Saturday morning, Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd in Arvada that a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for a candidate who doesn't have confidence in average Americans. But after taking the stage at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre that night, Romney told thousands that a vote for him is for "love of ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Photos: Barack Obama's Aurora rally makes final push for "real change"

    At the end of a busy day that included stops in four different states, Barack Obama touched down in Colorado late last night for his final pre-election rally in this key swing state, where he pushed the message of "real change" -- just one day after Mitt Romney used the very same phrase in his last ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Photos: The Romney/Ryan Victory Rally with Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins at Red Rocks

    Last night at Red Rocks, presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan held their optimistically titled Victory Rally at Red Rocks. More than 10,000 people reportedly showed up and thousands were turned away. Kid Rock and Rodney Atkins both played a batch of acoustic songs. According to Brandon Ma ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Photos: Anti-police march marked by six arrests, Zombie Crawl cross-over

    The streets of downtown Denver hosted two big events on Saturday night: the third annual March for a World Without Police and the seventh Denver Zombie Crawl. But there were times when the two spectacles seemed to combine into one -- an unfortunate turn according to some Zombie Crawlers, who felt th ... More >>

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    October 9, 2012

    Photos: Cirque de Cannabis goes from fire dancers to firin' up

    Is marijuana a performance-enhancing drug? This question springs to mind in connection with Cirque de Cannabis, a THC Magazine-hosted party on October 5 at Casselman's that combined Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics and fire dancers with attendees who used flame for other purposes. Our Brandon Marsh ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Offspring at Fillmore Auditorium, 9/27/12

    THE OFFSPRING @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 9/27/12 It was maybe four songs into Offspring's set -- somewhere around "Days Go By" and "Have You Ever," that the message became clear: Purists be damned. Frontman Dexter Holland looks every bit of his 46 years, and if his band didn't want to play punk music ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Photos: Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Denver hosts record-setting performance

    Japan's Mizuho Nasukawa made the most of the third annual Sports Authority Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, which took place in downtown Denver Sunday. Event organizers say her time of 2:37:05 was the fastest ever recorded by a woman in Colorado. Photographer Brandon Marshall was on hand to capture the scene ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Photos: Craziest Broncos fans gone wild

    In our continuing build-up to Peyton Manning's regular-season debut for the Denver Broncos, we've collected photos of the craziest Broncos fans to pose for shutterbugs Brandon Marshall and Aaron Thackeray over the years. They paint their faces so you don't have to. Check out the complete gallery be ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Iron Maiden at Comfort Dental, 8/13/12

    IRON MAIDEN @ COMFORT DENTAL AMPHITHEATRE | 8/13/12 See also: - The 25 Coolest Iron Maiden T-shirts we saw last night at Comfort Dental - The six best quotes from Iron Maiden's show last night at Comfort Dental - Slide show: Iron Maiden at Comfort Dental The word "epic" gets bandied about too oft ... More >>

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