10. Stephen Stills came Boulder on Saturday. He talked about his busted knees and encouraged fiscal responsibility. 9. Stephen Stills is capable of a particular confluence of guitar chords and mythology that reserved for songwriters born before, say, 1953. Maybe their stories have simply had the t ... More >>
Red Rocks' season is in full swing, with Global Dub Festival tonight and country star Brantley Gilbert on Sunday. In between, you can catch Will Hoge at Grizzly Rose, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes' and, of course, the dude who wrote "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." He's playing the Boulder Theater ... More >>
Brace yourself for the return of Fall Out Boy. The dudes are evidently back to save rock and roll. Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, meanwhile, are teaming up for a co-headlining date at Fiddler's Green for the Honda Civic Tour, and Warren Hayes is set to collaborate with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra ... More >>
This year, ambitious new books tackled the lives of music legends from Neil Young to Pete Townshend -- and many of these 2012 releases managed to burst through genres to offer significantly more than the average biography. We at Backbeat explored memoirs, historical surveys, ruminations on philosoph ... More >>
The year 1972 saw the death of the hippies -- or, at the very least, the decline of the movement from idealistic young go-getters playing with the fire of radical social change to an out-of-control inferno of hard drugs and failed dreams. Neil Young's Harvest wasn't the first to comment on these dar ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Mastodon, Stephen Stills and Trans-Siberian Orchestra were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Saints, Kinetix, the Fluid and Dave Beegle all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record s ... More >>
And the award for the most unfortunately named release of the year goes to... drum roll, please ... Rhino Records. Just under a month after the crushing elimination of our Denver Nuggets from the NBA Western Conference Finals, comes word of a box set being issued by the folks at Rhino titled Where t ... More >>
For this week's slice of the weird, I give you Sir Ivan, and it doesn't get much freakier than this guy. He's a fifty-something ex-financier who lives in a castle and maintains a superhero identity called Peaceman (also, Mr. Mitzvah for a short time on SciFi's Who Wants to Be a Superhero?). In 2000 ... More >>
In today's economy, municipalities seldom have the money to fund even the safest, most predictable art projects, let alone a documentary about rock and roll like 2002's Sweet Lunacy: A Brief History of Boulder Rock, which screens tonight in Boulder. But according to writer Leland Rucker, who co-dire ... More >>
Cinderella City's old "Blue Mall" fountain. Eerie, isn't it? We've all read about Denver’s haunted places. The same old stories get trotted out every year about this time, and they can be fun. But they tend to lose their zing the fourteenth time you hear about the ghosts of the Brown Palace or t ... More >>
Nuclear War EP
Backbeat scribes weigh in on their favorite national releases from 2004.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Box Set (Atco/Elektra/Rhino)
From the week of November 2, 2000
Richie Furay found something unexpected on his way to country-rock stardom: salvation.
Big Mike returns to the local music biz.
How CSNY reproduced again.
Maids of Gravity frontman Ed Ruscha tries to play the music game his way.
EX-EAGLE RANDY MEISNER ON GETTING SCREWED OUT OF A FORTUNE.