John Parr, Westword co-founder Sandy Widener and their oldest daughter, Chase Parr, were killed in a car wreck in December 2007, a tragedy that dimmed some of Denver's brightest lights. In tribute to this exemplary family (the only survivor was younger daughter Katy), friends and colleagues created ... More >>
BONOBO @ OGDEN THEATRE | FRI, 4/26/13 Simon Green's Bonobo project has taken chilled-out downtempo on a meandering journey through complex syncopation, sweeping strings and heavy bass lines since 1999, when he released the single "Terrapin" on the Tru Thoughts label. Since then, Green has created fo ... More >>
Only 23 years old, New York's Nicolas Jaar is turning heads in the electronic-music world with his cerebral take on left-field house and experimental techno that makes frequent use of live instrumentation performed by Jaar himself. A 2012 graduate of Brown University, Jaar released his debut album, ... More >>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has updated its Ten Most Wanted list -- an FBI tradition for more than sixty years. The individuals highlighted this time around include one who made the roster due to alleged actions in Colorado: Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, who's thought to have killed a man an ... More >>
This week, we have a load of solid new releases, including a new book from Jeffrey Eugenides, whom the reading public hasn't heard from in almost ten years and whose book Middlesex now holds a permanent spot in nearly every used book store in the country. We also have the DVD release of Terra ... More >>
I received an email a couple weeks ago from the 1090 Club, the delightfully unique indie rock outfit from Billings, Montana. The band was offering its new album, Natural Selection, for digital download for free through amiestreet.com. I had never heard of the website, but, after having gone all gooe ... More >>
PYT seduces her literary hero in the astute Starting Out in the Evening.
This insurgent hip-hop crew will move you by any means necessary.
There’s plenty of smarts behind this outfit’s stupidity.
David Grinspoon is popularizing science, one alien joke at a time.
October 30, 2003
From the week of September 11, 2003
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Jewish potty-mouth MC Paul Barman makes a brilliant hip-hop oddity.
The arrival of lacrosse legend Gary Gait could make the sport Mammoth in Colorado.
A Littleton High School student sues the City of Denver over his right to stay out late.
Three local indies demonstrate that not all record companies are created evil.
The big time's calling for Boulder's Sally Taylor -- but she's taking her sweet time answering.