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    May 5, 2014

    What Kaskade's small-venue tour says about the future of dance music

    Kaskade is embarking on a small-venue tour, which is quite the change for the Grammy nominated EDM producer. Ask any DJ and producer who was spinning/attending shows in the '90s, or even into the early 2000s, and the general consensus would be that it's a great lifestyle, but not one that would ever ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Boulder to fight "unwelcoming behavior" by homeless, other groups

    How to describe the behavior of some homeless people and assorted members other groups in Boulder? A new update on homeless issues, presented in the context of Boulder County's "Ten-Year Plan to Address Homelessness Progress," deploys an unusual term: "unwelcoming." See the document, shared as par ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend

    BICEP @ NORAD | SAT, 8/10/13 It's always heartwarming when a childhood friendship grows into something more, which is exactly what happened with Bicep (aka Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar). Currently based in London, the two spent their early years in Belfast, sneaking into nightclubs as soon as they ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Photos: CU-Boulder slips from top Reefer Madness school, misses party school top ten

    The latest edition of the Princeton Review's annual party schools list is out, and for the second consecutive year, CU-Boulder didn't make the cut -- this despite being named Playboy's best party school as recently as 2011, and finishing third in the Daily Beast's rankings last year. But despite two ... More >>

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    April 23, 2013

    4/20 at CU-Boulder: Is it dead yet?

    Yesterday, CU-Boulder Police spokesman Ryan Huff called 4/20 on the campus, which was closed for the second consecutive year, a "non-event," and the description is apt. As a huge crowd gathered at Denver's Civic Center Park for a rally marred by a shooting, CU-Boulder, which once drew 10,000-reveler ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    4/20 at CU-Boulder: University expects quiet day but will be ready for anything

    Earlier this week, we chatted with CU-Boulder Police's Ryan Huff about the school's preparations to close campus on 4/20 for the second consecutive year. He said many of the 100 or so people who'd requested visitor passes for tomorrow seemed more focused on attending tonight's Macklemore concert tha ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    4/20 at CU Boulder: More visitor pass requests for Macklemore show than to protest closure?

    Last month, CU-Boulder announced that it would be closing campus on 4/20 for the second consecutive year -- and attorney Rob Corry, who unsuccessfully challenged the shutdown in 2012, is encouraging Boulderites to take part in Denver's 4/20 rally. If many of them do so, CU-Boulder could be quiet th ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    4/20: Why CU's going without fish fertilizer to stop pot rally, but still closing Boulder campus

    Yesterday, CU-Boulder announced that for the second consecutive year, the campus would be closed on April 20 in an effort to squelch the annual 4/20 event there; see our original coverage below. Why take this controversial tack again? CU-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard is straight-forward, deemi ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    The 20 most coveted Colorado music-industry jobs: The complete list with five new profiles

    In our series of coveted Colorado music-industry jobs, we've covered a range of jobs, from guitar tech and handling publicity to being tasked with overseeing digital music delivery from a vast electronic music catalog to band management. Today, we complete our list of the most coveted Colorado music ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Marijuana profiling of Colorado cars happened to me twice in one trip, says Westword writer

    In writing about the marijuana-possession arrest of Brighton's Brian Unbehaun last month, we explored claims that cars with Colorado plates are being profiled in other states because of our marijuana laws. Since then, more profiling anecdotes have rolled in amid related reports, like a TV station pi ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    4/20 at CU-Boulder: Student leaders looking at all options after concert flop, campus shutdown

    CU-Boulder student government leaders began talking about moving the 2012 version of the infamous 4/20 rally off-campus the previous July, and worked closely with the administration for months prior to a visitor ban and Norlin Quad closure on the big day. In contrast, the current student administrat ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Reader: Journalists are reporting on important things in dangerous environments -- you're whining about skateboarding

    Britt Chester admits that he knew it was against the law to skateboard on the 16th Street Mall, so he wasn't surprised when officers told him to stop. What did surprise him was what came after that -- including charges of interference, a ridiculous mug shot, an overnight stay in Denver's new jail, a ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    The ten best dubstep shows of 2012

    Let's face it: 2012 can go down in history as the year that dubstep came out. Granted, the scene and genre have been around since the late '90s and early 2000s, but it was in 2012 that they finally took over the airwaves. With Denver being a mecca of dubstep in America and all, Backbeat reflected on ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    The ten best EDM shows of 2012

    Well before the rise of electronic dance music in the mainstream, Colorado has always been a strong hold for EDM. This past year we saw more acts than ever come through town, including a record number of which that performed at Red Rocks. We were on hand for most of them, and below we've compiled a ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    CU-Boulder 4/20 student protesters: Case dropped after they volunteer for Amendment 64

    CU-Boulder closed Norlin Quad as part of its attempt to shrink the annual 4/20 event on campus. Three CU students were cited for trespassing on the Quad that day, with lawyer Sean McAllister defending them on First Amendment grounds. Now, the case has been dismissed after the students did a few hour ... More >>

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    September 16, 2012

    Review: Deltron 3030 at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 9/16/12

    DELTRON 3030 @ CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 9/16/12 The futuristic project known as Deltron 3030 and consisting of Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ P-Love (sitting in for Kid Koala, who was apparently stuck in Canada) took over the stage at Cervantes last night jus ... More >>

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    September 9, 2012

    Review: Lotus at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with Eoto and Emancipator, 9/8/12

    LOTUS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 9/8/12As its just over two-hour set came to a close, Lotus' encore proved there is a special place in the band's heart for Red Rocks. Following the close of "Colorado," the second track in a three-song encore, Lotus opened into "Spiritualize," which is arguably the b ... More >>

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    September 8, 2012

    Savoy at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with Krewella, 9/7/12

    SAVOY @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 9/7/12Behind a cloud of smoke and haze, the members of Savoy took to their raised podiums in front of a frenzied Red Rocks last night behind a glowing panel of pulsing lights that simply read "SAVOY." This build-up to the first drop was crucial, steadily adding to th ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Obama to talk at CU's Norlin Quad, annual 4/20 site: Don't expect any fish fertilizer

    The announcement that President Barack Obama will be speaking at CU-Boulder's Norlin Quad on Sunday marks the first time this particular campus spot has made headlines since April -- when the news was very different. Note that Norlin Quad is the site of CU's annual 4/20 event -- or it was until this ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    CU-Boulder out of Princeton Review's party school top 20, but number 1 for reefer madness?

    The latest edition of the Princeton Review's top colleges tome, released this week, is an irony bonanza for CU-Boulder. The school, which topped Playboy's party school list last year, and finished third in Daily Beast party school rankings two weeks ago, is entirely absent from the Princeton Review ... More >>

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    August 19, 2012

    Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, 8/17/12

    Pretty Lights @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre | 8/17/12 Similar to the unprecedented Skrillex show at Red Rocks last week, the Pretty Lights show started with a five-minute countdown and Trentemoller's "Take Me Into Your Skin" playing over the speakers. A Colorado flag with the Pretty Lights brand waved on ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Justice at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 8/7/12

    JUSTICE @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8.7.12 See Also: Justice, March 2008 profile Let's review last night's Justice set by the numbers. The number of towering Marshall amps outfitted with LED lights: eighteen. The estimated rank of those bad boys on the volume scale: eleven. The number of smooth-ope ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Reader: Josiah Hesse is cruising for a bruising

    Cool or crap? Yesterday two Show and Tell writers offered a point/counterpoint on cruiser bikes. But while Britt Chester has been cruising with his "Cruiser bikes rule" piece, Josiah Hesse's "Cruiser bikes suck" seems to have hit a brick wall...of criticism.

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    June 18, 2012

    Photos: Denver Pridefest 2012 puts on Sunday finest

    There were plenty of out-of-this-world sights on view in Denver this weekend -- and not only at Denver Comic Con. Denver Pridefest is one of the most exciting, eye-popping events of the year, and the temperatures on Sunday weren't the only things that were hot. See what we mean by checking out a sam ... More >>

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    June 16, 2012

    Review: Ghostland Observatory at Red Rocks, with MiM0SA and Zion I, 6/15/12

    GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 6.16.12 As if the signs plastered all over the Red Rocks weren't enough forewarning, Ghostland Observatory drove the point home of exactly what kind of show they put on, and let's just say it involves lights. Lots of lights. From the beginning to the ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Review: Nickelback at Pepsi Center, 6/10/12

    NICKELBACK @ PEPSI CENTER| 6.10.12 As the rotating stage rose to its peak nearly forty feet in the air, hovering above a packed general admission floor with the entire band playing, and just as the first notes of "Rockstar" began to fill the ears of fans, it became very apparent that Nickelback doe ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    CU-Boulder refutes attorney's claim that its 4/20 tactics were "fascist"

    Update: When speaking about the decision of three CU-Boulder students arrested for trespassing on the closed Norlin Quad amid the university's effort to shrink the annual 4/20 event to fight the charge on First Amendment grounds, attorney Sean McAllister described the school's tactics as "fascist" i ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Santigold at the Ogden, 5/29/12

    SANTIGOLD @ OGDEN THEATRE | 5.29.12 Last night at the Ogden, there were horses and what looked like buffalo skins, elaborate umbrellas and a rhythm perfect band dressed in...we don't know what, striking red, blue, and green lights, with plenty of space for Santigold to emerge, flanked by two synchr ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Ten items you'll need at Burning Man this year

    Burning Man is hands-down the biggest celebration of life, art, music and culture that America has ever seen. The week-long event held in the days leading up to Labor Day in the Black Rock Desert -- roughly 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada -- will have approximately 50,000 people in attendance this y ... More >>

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    May 19, 2012

    Review: Global Dub Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 5/18/12

    GLOBAL DUB FESTIVAL @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5.18.12 Barely half way through the show and still awaiting the headlining acts, Red Rocks Amphitheatre was absolutely blowing up with the sounds of Datsik. Flipping the script on everybody with an explosive remix of M.O.P.'s "Ante Up," the British Col ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Drake at Comfort Dental, 5/13/12

    DRAKE @ COMFORT DENTAL AMPHITHEATRE | 05.14.12 Last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, not only did Drake bring along a slew of his homeboys for The Club Paradise tour, he displayed mind-blowing artistry. Erudite and gorgeous, the Toronto MC charmed the entire place with his theatrics and gestur ... More >>

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    April 29, 2012

    Altitude Music Festival at CU Boulder, 4/28/12

    ALTITUDE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ BALCH FIELD HOUSE | 4.28.12 See Also: • Q&A with Gramatik • Snowball Music Festival 2012, Day One and Day Two • CU WelcomeFest 2011 • Sonic Bloom pre-party slideshow featuring GRiZ CU Program Council and Insomniac Events blew the walls of Balch Field House last n ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Photos: CU-Boulder touts 4/20 success despite boundary breech, concert disaster

    CU-Boulder's decision to ban campus visitors and close Norlin Quad in an effort to shrink the annual 4/20 event prompted an unsuccessful court challenge and plenty of controversy. But despite security breaches and a free Wyclef Jean concert that failed to siphon off more than a handful of students, ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Axwell at the Ogden Theatre, 4/19/12

    AXWELL @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4/19/12 Who needs the dry, sun blasted heat of the Coachella valley to have a good time? Not Axwell, the headphone-turned-goggle sporting Swede who happens to make up one third of Swedish House Mafia, one of the headlining acts at this weekend's Coachella Festival. Last nig ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Slaughterhouse at Cervantes', 4/18/12

    SLAUGHTERHOUSE @ CERVANTES' | 4/18/12 Emerging onto the stage one by one -- Crooked I first, followed by Joell Ortiz and then Royce da 5'9" and, finally, Joe Budden -- the members of Slaughterhouse came together like a perfect storm and immediately proceeded to murder the game. Royce da 5'9" climbe ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Photos: Groundbreaking for Mariposa housing project unites Michael Hancock, Flobots

    The Denver Housing Authority did not stand on authority. Yesterday, the latest phase of Denver's newest city housing community broke ground with passed-out pinwheels, high school drummers and speakers ranging from Mayor Michael Hancock, Representative Diana DeGette and councilwoman Judy Montero to t ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Review: Deep Medi Musik at City Hall, 4/7/12

    DEEP MEDI MUSIK @ CITY HALL | 4.7.12 City Hall felt the bass on Saturday night, the real bass, thanks to the Deep Medi crew coming all the way from across the pond from London to commemorate the five year anniversary of Sub.mission. The local crew put together an unprecedented production that even ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Photos: Ellie Goulding at Hot 107.1

    Just one week embarking on its recent format shift focusing on electronic dance music, HOT 107.1 brought in its first high-profile guest for an interview and performance this past Saturday. Shortly after noon, Ellie Goulding stopped by the studios to play some tunes for some lucky listeners, followe ... More >>

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    April 1, 2012

    Photos: Return to the raver parking lot at Caffeine Music & Arts Festival 2012

    With another Caffeine Music & Arts Festival in the books for 2012, take a look back at last night's parking lot scene outside the 1STBANK Center with the folks who traveled from far (Texas) and near (the Springs) for the all-night, annual party put on the Triad Dragons.

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    April 1, 2012

    Review: Caffeine Music & Arts Festival at 1STBANK Center, 3/31/12

    Let's not kid ourselves here: Caffeine Music Festival is a rave of epic proportions. From the first candy-clad fan entering the door at 7 p.m., to the last man standing on the floor of the laser-scaped 1STBANK Center, Caffeine blew up like an explosion of electronic music, raining down bass and treb ... More >>

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    March 4, 2012

    SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 2 travelogue

    SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL @ VAIL VALLEY | 3/3/12 (DAY 2) Having survived the frigid first night, the sunshine and above-freezing temps of the second day are a treat. Feeling a little wear and tear from the night before, I was hoping to make it back to the festival grounds in time to catch Sauna play ... More >>

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    March 3, 2012

    SnowBall Music Festival 2012: Day 1 travelogue

    SNOWBALL MUSIC FESTIVAL, DAY 1 @ VAIL VALLEY | 3/2/12It took about four bone-chilling minutes, starting at the opening of gates, to remind me of the frigid misery I signed up for again this year. Did I learn my lesson from last year in regard to snow boots, multiple layers, cash, and festival planni ... More >>

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    February 18, 2012

    Review: Wale at Summit Music Hall, 2/17/12

    WALE @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2.17.11 With the Summit Music Hall packed to the gills, Black Cobain was standing on stage in a blaze orange knit cap and a white t-shirt telling the crowd "everybody put your middle fingers up." To the casual passerby, it might have looked like things weren't going well, ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Review: Excision at the Ogden Theatre, 2/16/12

    Photo by Britt Chester EXCISION @ OGDEN THEATRE, 2/16/12 Last night, Excision, the Canada-bred dubstep monster, carried the Ogden Theatre on low frequency bass waves that were so powerful the ceiling is probably still resonating this morning. He opened his set with the title track of X-Rated, whic ... More >>

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    February 5, 2012

    Review: Lotus at the Fillmore Auditorium, 2/3/12

    LOTUS @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/4/11 Freezing temperatures aside, the Fillmore was turned into a dancing sauna, brimming with melodic improvisations and thousands of moving bodies. If Lotus derived their band name from Greek origin, then we all got a taste of the sweet fruit that leaves you in a st ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Photos: Lizards & Snakes at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

    Three weeks after the T.Rex Encounter exhibit vacated the gallery, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is already featuring a new exhibit (free with museum admission!), Lizards & Snakes. It first launched at the American Museum of Natural History and includes live animals -- sixty of them (Inclu ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Travelogue: Snowdown, Brother Ali and Raekwon

    With SIA happening in Denver all this week, there's been no shortage of shows this week. As you know, the Backbeat crew goes hard in the streets. Last night, we caught bits of Dilated Peoples, Twista, DJ Vajra and the Foodchain at Snowdown 2012, Brother Ali at the Ogden with the ReMINDers and a surp ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Mayor Michael Hancock opens SIA Snow Show at the Colorado Convention Center

    There's little snow along the Front Range, but there's a blizzard of activity at the Colorado Convention Center, which is currently hosting 20,000 industry buyers from around the world at the SnowSports Industries of America Trade Show.

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    January 22, 2012

    Review: Z-Trip at City Hall, 1/21/12

    Z-TRIP @ CITY HALL | 1/21/12Z-Trip brought the ruckus so damn hard for the Saturday night Terminal Kings festivities at City Hall. Surrounded by the art that will adorn the walls of Denver International Airport, party-goers most definitely got what they came for last night: The music phenom imbued C ... More >>

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    January 21, 2012

    Review: Big Gigantic at the Boulder Theater, 1/20/12

    BIG GIGANTIC @ THE BOULDER THEATER | 1/20/12In closing down the set, "Eyes Closed" showed off some of the more complex rhythms that Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken -- the duo which makes up Big Gigantic -- are working with, especially the climatic ending where a machine-gun wobble shakes bodies unde ... More >>

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