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  • Music

    November 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    MON | JUNIP at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 10/14/13 Formed in 1998, Junip fuses an acoustic folk sensibility with a meditative psychedelia driven by synthesizers. Before the Swedish outfit took off, guitarist and singer José González had a bit of a successful solo career with songs that were used in telev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | SUN & MON, 5/12-5/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    New shows: Fall Out Boy, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Marr and more

    A bunch of great shows announced this week: Fresh off a string of well received comeback shows, Fall Out Boy is back with a new record and a tour that will hit Denver in June. Vampire Weekend is due at Red Rocks with Of Monsters and Men, while fun. has announced a date of its own at Red Rocks with T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    The five most listened-to songs and albums of the week, August 20 through August 27

    Well, lookie here. What you do know? It's the return of Heavy Rotation. Longtime readers of Backbeat will remember this feature as one in which we shared our weekly listening habits in hopes of giving you some insight into our individual sensibilities. It's been dormant for a while, but starting tod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Nicki Minaj, My Morning Jacket and Michael Kiwanuka among this week's new shows

    And the shows just keep coming. Red Rocks, which is on pace for a record season this year, added a pair of dates from My Morning Jacket, while tickets for the Beach Boys show are finally going on sale. The biggest concert news this week is Nicki Minaj, who is bringing her Pink Friday Tour to the Mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Max Bemis of Say Anything: "We're stripping away the loud, distorted guitars and the redundant self-destructive imagery"

    On March 13, Say Anything, the indie rock band that came of age in the 2000s, released its sixth album, Anarchy, My Dear. The band soon launched its tour, which will hit the Mile High City this Friday, March 30, at the Summit Music Hall. In advance of the show, we spoke with frontman Max Bemis about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Last Night review: Kings of Leon at Comfort Dental Amphitheater

    Kings of Leon • Built to Spill • the Features 07.20.10 | Comfort Dental Amphitheater, Greenwood Village In the pantheon of all time miserable shows, I'd rank last night's Kings of Leon show at Comfort Dental right up there with MGMT at Red Rocks last month, DeVotchKa's set at Monolith in 2008 ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009

    We All Have Hooks for Hands

    Tuesday, December 15, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Q&A with Eric Gilbert of Finn Riggins

    ​Eric Gilbert, Lisa Simpson and Cam Bouiss formed Finn Riggins in the small town of Hailey, Idaho, in August of 2006. Since that time, the band has put out five releases. Three of those albums were released on the Portland, Oregon-based Tender Loving Empire label including the act's latest, Vs. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 26, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Flaming Lips grab top spot at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​The Flaming Lips latest effort, Embryonic, debuted at the number one spot at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending October 18. Bob Dylan's Christmas in the Heart, released last week on Columbia, came in second and Built to Spill's There Is No Enemy came in third, while the Avett Brothers' I and Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Built to Spill top seller at Twist and Shout

    ​Built to Spill's latest effort, There is No Enemy, released last week on Reprise, grabbed the top spot at Twist and Shout for the week ending October 11. Rosanne Cash's The List, which features some cameos from Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy, claimed the second slot, while Mons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Air top seller at Wax Trax

    ​French electronic duo Air grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax with its latest effort, Love 2, which was released last week on Astralwerks. A Place to Bury Strangers' There is No Enemy and Built to Spill's There is No Enemy, both issued last week, nabbed the second on third slots, while New Model Arm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Built to Spill, Brother Ali, Colbie Caillat shows announced

    ​Built to Spill, who headlined this year's Westword Music Showcase, will come through town again, this time with Disco Doom at the Bluebird Sunday, September 20. Minneapolis-based rapper Brother Ali makes stops at the Ogden Theatre Tuesday September 29 and the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, September 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase: We're here, are you?

    Aaron Thackeray It's 2:27. Do you know where your favorite band is? Chances are they're here, in the Golden Triangle, blowing the doors back of the boozed up and sun-drenched crowds that are bouncing from venue to venue, bar to bar, soaking up a shit-ton of local music. Chain Gang of 1974 (picture ... More >>

  • Music

    June 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Q&A with Built to Spill's Doug Martsch

    Photo by Autumn DeWildeDoug Martsch, foreground, and the rest of Built to Spill. Doug Martsch, whose band, Built to Spill, headlines this year's Westword Music Showcase on June 12 (click here for more details), is a rarity -- a indie-rock musician who signed to a major label in the mid-'90s who's s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Built to Spill flashback: Our 1997 Doug Martsch interview

    Built to Spill back in the day. Our new profile and Q&A with Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, whose band headlines this Saturday's Westword Music Showcase (click here for more information), are built on a sturdy foundation -- an interview conducted with Martsch back in 1997, shortly after his band, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    The blog shortcut, June 10 edition

    Photo by Autumn DeWildeBuilt to Spill. You think you're so smart.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with Built to Spill's Doug Martsch. • Mini Q&A with the Fluid's John Robinson. • A first look at FOE and Karma's "Tic-Toc" video. • Atmosphere, Bat for Lashes, Brad Paisley shows announced. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Update: Westword Music Showcase line-up

    Update: As with year's past, before the ink's even dry on the schedule, we've had to make made some minor more changes. Among the recent ones: We've moved the metal showcase from Andrew's to Broadways (two doors down from Bar Standard, next to the pawnshop), and moved the punk line-up to Bannock Str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    From Mile High to Monolith, breaking down Denver's summer music fests

    The Mile High Music Fest returns to Dick's with Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray. With so many music festivals to fill up your summer and drain your pocketbook, we put together a handy rundown of Denver's fests, in order of their appearance on your calendar. Which are you looking most forward to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    This Just In: Cursive added to Westword Music Showcase lineup

    Wendy Lynch RedfernAll right, just when you thought it couldn't get any better (or at least that's what we thought), it has. Talking about the 15th annual Westword Music Showcase here, an event that already includes more than fifty of Denver's best and brightest and a main stage offering that featur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    2009 Westword Music Showcase headliners

    Recognize the dudes pictured above? If you do, then you're probably pretty stoked right now. That's right -- Built to Spill will be headlining this year's Showcase. Hold on. There's more... you know we always have more than one act on the mainstage, right? Well, how about some Mudhoney? (No, we're n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Q&A with David Frederickson of the Prids

    Some bands wear a style like a trendy fashion statement, and others embody what that music is about by creating their own artistic identity while expanding and building upon what has come before them. The Prids, from Portland, Oregon, are among the latter. Incorporating elements of synth-inflected ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    Modest Mouse

    We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    The Long Winters

    Monday, October 9, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Pushing the Rock

    With his hoop dreams quashed, Doug Martsch is back in the game.

  • Music

    May 4, 2006

    Built to Spill

    You in Reverse (Warner Bros.)

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Band of Horses

    Sunday, March 12, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Freestyle Fellowship

    Awesome live bands sometimes make magic in the studio, too.

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Cowboy Curse

    Bender's Tavern

  • Music

    November 3, 2005

    Rogue Wave

    Descended Like Vultures (Sub Pop)

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    dios (malos)

    Friday, October 21, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    May 5, 2005
  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Calvin Johnson

    Friday, May 14, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    Tin Men

    Tintin packs an epic, spacious sound into a modest frame.

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Caustic Resin

  • Music

    September 19, 2002

    Mighty Rime

    The Mighty Rime (Caulfied)

  • Music

    April 25, 2002

    Critic's Choice

    Pedro the Lion

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Straight Outta Echo Park

    Rilo Kiley tiptoed toward success while you weren't looking.

  • Music

    June 7, 2001

    A Better Build

    Having traded indie-hero status for fatherhood, Built to Spill's Doug Martsch makes music when -- and where -- he wants to.

  • People & Places

    March 29, 2001

    Best Radio Lefty

    David Barsamian

  • Music

    November 16, 2000

    Critic's Choice

    Caustic Resin

  • Music

    October 16, 1997

    System's Abnormal

    K Records founder Calvin Johnson leads Dub Narcotic Sound System down the road less traveled.

  • Music

    May 1, 1997

    Building for the Future

    Built to Spill's Doug Martsch searches for the happy medium between fatherhood and rock and roll.

  • Music

    February 27, 1997
  • Music

    October 26, 1994
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