When National Public Radio's weekly news quiz, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," began, way back in 1998, host Peter Sagal and his sidekick, radio veteran Carl Kassell, weren't even in the same room, let alone in front of a studio audience. The call-in show was recorded remotely from different studios. ... More >>
With three female comedians, three Davids (Spade, Chappelle, Sedaris) and a whole lot of masked wrestlers on the schedule, November is shaping up to be a delightfully eclectic month for Denver comedy. We have secret shows from Comedy Works, a Scottish wunderkind and another performance on the buddin ... More >>
Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>
Becoming a comedian will get you laid, and becoming an author will get you respect, but from the perspective of a professional audience member like myself, the two really aren't all that different. When I'm doubled over by the lyrical whimsy of local comic Jordan Doll, I could be cracking up over To ... More >>
Although the great majority of our interviews take place in advance of a show, every now and then we get a chance to hang out with an act when in comes through town. Such was the case yesterday with affable and intelligent Dan Deacon, who took time out of his day to chat with us about a variety of s ... More >>
Last night at Auraria, MC Lyte shared her views on the current state of hip-hop, a broad range of topics ranging from the diminishing role of females to the dwindling voice of hip-hop overall and its lackluster effectiveness to her personal triumphs and downfalls. With style and grace, she left many ... More >>
A fresh batch of new shows announced this week, including Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller at Red Rocks, the Head and the Heart and Blitzen Trapper at the Boulder Theater, Kimbra at the Ogden Theatre, Shinedown and Godsmack at Comfort Dental and Steve Vai at the Ogden. Page down for a full rundown plus lo ... More >>
Black History Month 2012 has been a doozy. Beginning with the tragic and shocking death of Don Cornelius to dealing with equally troubling news of Whitney Houston's passing as the month wore on. Most interesting about this time is the ways in which the music healed us. When Whitney died, DJs played ... More >>
What do you know about Jay-Z? Born Shawn Corey Carter in December 1969, the Brooklyn corner boy from the Marcy Housing Projects, who used to flip kilos of coke as fast as he flipped rhymes, turned his life of trial and tragedy into one of triumph and success, making a ton of money and marrying the g ... More >>
Pax-Am Records Update (12:53 p.m.): So check this out: A couple more things you should know here. First of all, the show has been postponed until tomorrow night due to inclement weather (shocker, we know). Secondly, whatever sensationalist malarkey you've read about Ryan Adams being some sort of up ... More >>
We're blessed to be living in the best city in America.Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In October, St. Vincent is due at the Boulder Theater, followed by DeVotchKa who also appear there later in the month, as well as the Ogden, and Why? at the Gothic Theater. On local radio, Bop ... More >>
Mark MangerMarnie Ward mixes her winning drinki at the Colorado Cocktail Contest.What does Colorado taste like? Sunshine and cherries and whiskey, according to Marnie Ward, who created "Tree Line," the winner of the inaugural Colorado Cocktail Contest. "I love to go to the farmers' markets th ... More >>
Gary Isaacs With DeVotchka's forthcoming album, 100 Lovers, the Denver quartet has released possibly it's finest album to date. Frontman Nick Urata says they spent about a year making the album in Tuscon, and let the songs cook a bit longer and ferment than on previous efforts, which might e ... More >>
Based out of Queens, New York, Freelance Whales (due tonight at the hi-dive with Minature Tigers) play the kind of atmospheric, experimental pop music that is often lumped under the umbrella genre title of "chamber pop." That's probably because the band actually seems to take care to craft so ... More >>
Joe Bithorn as George HarrisonNew York City native Joe Bithorn plays the role of George Harrison in Rain, one of the most popular and well-known Beatles tribute bands in the country (appearing September 22 to 27 at the Buell Theater. Raised with a steady diet of classical, jazz, blues and psy ... 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. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
Chick Coreas breakthrough act is back after nearly three decades.
From the magic of midnight burritos to the culinary miracles at Os, 2007 gave us lots of food for thought.
Here's a bonus for fans of Joseph Arthur, who's profiled in the April 26 edition of Westword. The published piece was based on an extensive Q&A reproduced below. Among the topics Arthur touches upon: his risky new solo album, Let's Just Be, and why at least one song on it is closer to punk rock than ... More >>
Joseph Arthur wants to write his own legend.
Fast reviews of recent releases
From the week of November 10, 2005
Fast reviews of recent releases
Shadow Theatre's Paul Robeson restores an American giant.
The Soul of John Black gets by with a little help from its friends.
Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell heats up Colorado’s winter.
After spearheading the post-punk revival, GoGoGo Airheart is still on its own island.
Spinal Tap tapped, the Folksmen turn it way down from 11.
A single-note version of the singer barely does her artistry justice.
Shadow Theatre shines a light on this wrenching retelling of Billie Holiday's downfall.
Tapping into his own past, dancer Thaddeus Phillips makes magic.
Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings, The Best of Townes Van Zandt (Tomato)
A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt (Dualtone)
The time is nigh for the release of Billy & Liza’s collaborative CD.
The voice of Flanders is the voice of reason, absatively posilutely.
Come to think of it, a Subway Series might be a good thing.
DAM director Lewis Sharp shows that there's more to the job than knowing what to hang.
A recently exhumed handbook reveals the secrets to playing music and staying happy.
Odetta is happy to find trouble everywhere she goes.
Outstanding in His Field The recordings of Alan Lomax dig up the roots of American music.