Halloween won't be on a Friday again until 2025. Don't waste eleven years waiting for the next one because there is plenty to do this time. Even if you're not into the whole ghouls and goblins celebration, there are options, including smashing pumpkins, meeting artists and practicing vinyasa. Surf t ... More >>
More and more, you've probably noticed an influx of Internet jukeboxes, the kind that offer a seemingly endless assortment of songs, cropping up in bars. But there are still a handful of spots rocking old school CD jukeboxes that require a bit of taste-making. Here's the ten best, including this yea ... More >>
Lauded Sub Pop recording artist Sera Cahoone grew up in Colorado -- Littleton, to be exact. By the time she was in middle school, she was playing drums for gigging bands, and in the early '90s, she formed the experimental-rock band Idle Mind with her friend Roger Green. Although one of the more prom ... More >>
RYAN ADAMS @ BOULDER THEATER Half of the fun of seeing Ryan Adams live, apparently, is getting to hear all his banter. He has a fascinating duality: One minute he's completely enthralling the crowd with a heartfelt ballad, and then he bookends the tune by casually offering up a hilarious one-liner ... More >>
See also: Hank 3 at Boulder Theatre, 9/4/12 Hank 3 has one of the most unimpeachable country music pedigrees of anyone alive: His grandfather is the late Hank Williams Sr., one of the pioneers of both country and rock and roll, and his farther is Hank Williams Jr. To his credit, Hank 3 has never re ... More >>
BRAD PAISLEY @ THE PEPSI CENTER | 1/21/12 It's about three-quarters of the way through "Waiting on a Woman" during Brad Paisley's blues-inflected lead that you arrive at a startling realization, a conclusion that you're sure many far more astute folks have no doubt probably reached long before you: ... More >>
So tonight, Kenny Chesney is kicking off his three-night stand at Red Rocks -- all three dates of which, BTW, are sold out. Impressive to be sure, but certainly not without precedent (Dispatch sold out a trio of dates last month, as did Widespread Panic). Regardless, even accounting for potential cr ... More >>
Monday, November 16, Buell Theatre, 1-877-234-8425.
Dwight Yoakam Dwight Sings Buck (New West) At first blush, the notion of Dwight Yoakam devoting an entire disc to the work of Buck Owens seems much too obvious. After all, he’s a well-established Owens acolyte and booster who often drops cover tunes into his live sets, and he famously paired with ... More >>
Not everything has changed in Highland.
Be there or be square!
Showdown (Stag Records)
Ten of the best from Nashville and elsewhere.
Empty House (Bloodshot)
Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Still a big thinker, Dallas Wayne holds out for honky-tonk.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
A new Rhino boxed set catalogues the Grateful Dead's journey down The Golden Road.
Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.
The Other Sessions (Dualtone Nashville)
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Tomorrow's Sounds Today (Reprise)
It's out with Howard Stern and in with more Britney as radio conglomerates chase the almighty buck.
Dwight Yoakam's new acoustic retrospective casts a shining light on the preeminent alt-rocker.
This year's holiday CDs alternately inspire joy, nausea and terror. Which would you prefer?
The Aluminum Group, Patricia Barber, Schneider TM, The Souvenirs
The Subdudes may be grounded, but Magpie's flying high.
August 20 - 26, 1998
June 11 - 17, 1998
Why Nineties hippies are discovering mandolinist Sam Bush.
When it comes to genuine country music, Wayne "The Train" Hancock is steaming full speed ahead.
The Derailers bring the Bakersfield sound into the Nineties.
Onetime Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin makes tradition sound new again.
Lee Roy Parnell thought that slide guitar had a place in country music. He was right.
The biggest musical winners from 1996.
How'd you get that drink in your hand--and that incredible way with a song?
A Merle Haggard boxed set serves as a welcome reminder that country music can be dangerous.
THANKS TO JEFF TWEEDY AND WILCO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EMBARRASSED TO LIKE COUNTRY ROCK ANYMORE.