Born Joshua Davis, DJ Shadow made great waves with his first proper album, 1996's Endtroducing, which has been lauded as the first album made up entirely by samples. By then, he'd already made a name for himself as a producer with some singles and production work out on Mo' Wax Records, and with Ent ... More >>
Wednesday, March 13, Marquis Theater, 866-468-7621.
With major comebacks and massive hits, 2011 was the year of the women, from BeyoncĂ© to Miley Cyrus. Without singers like Adele, we wouldn't have songs to cry along with, and without Katy Perry, we wouldn't have any songs to hum at our nine to five. So what exactly were the biggest pop moments of 20 ... More >>
Everybody knows that, in this town, if you're riding your bike around during the day and you're not decked out in blaring, full-body lycra, you are doing it wrong. At night, though, all bets are off. This weekend, the Kaiser Permanente Moonlight Classic once again took off from the state Capi ... More >>
Yes, it's been more than 20 years since the Beastie Boys were licensed to ill, and in those intervening years, the trio's output has been, on balance, fantastic. Sure, there have been a few duds along the way, but every album has been worth hearing. That's why I still get excited when I hear Be ... More >>
Photo by Denny DoesKevin Devine. Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine, the subject of a profile in this week's Westword advancing his Sunday, May 24 gig at the Marquis Theatre with Miniature Tigers, The Rouge and Brian Bonz, is the rarest of interview subjects: a guy who listeners carefully to every ques ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... More >>
The Decemberists frontman relishes the chance to play more intimate shows.
Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.
Monday, November 19, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
There’s plenty of smarts behind this outfit’s stupidity.
Tuesday, November 14, Paramount Theatre, 303-830-8497.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Searching for gems in the flood of seasonal discs.
The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor wanders through celebreality.
Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.
Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.
Liz Phair makes no apologies for reinventing herself.
Less is Moore in How to Deal.
After a year of renewal, Hall-of-Famer Jim Ibbotson gets down to the Nitty Gritty.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.
The scariest thing about Ozzfest isn’t the music. It’s the price bands have to pay just to play in it.
Country-radio pros gather in Colorado to search for ways to seduce a younger generation.
Will the Circle be Unbroken (Capitol)
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
A throat cancer survivor, the Band's Levon Helm can't sing anymore -- but the beat goes on.
Hip-hop's Aceyalone looks for ways to climb up from the underground.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
Jimmy Eat World doesn't have a record label, a distributor or a care in the world.
After a period out of the public eye, Remy Zero continues to create its own poets' society.
Listening to the distant echoes of a pop-rock genius.
Slim Cessna has seen the light.
A new generation is rediscovering one of Denver's strangest bands.
Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse is running the race his way.
The best holiday discs, as well as others that will make you pity the yule.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, that is--and its members have some scores to settle.
The Pet Sounds Sessions is the weirdest boxed set yet.
Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.
Three new reissues serve as reminders of how good country music can be.
LISA GERMANO TAKES ON HER DEMONS--AND WINS.
WHY GUITARIST DAVID ROBACK WANTS YOU TO KNOW AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE ABOUT MAZZY STAR.
A LOCAL INSURANCE COMPANY RAPS THE RAPPER IN A LAWSUIT.