Chris Martin

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Five worst moments in musical plagiarism

    How awesome is "Big Pimpin'," by Jay-Z? Really awesome. But some folks argue that its awesomeness comes courtesy of an unlicensed sample, and they'd like to be compensated. A new round of legal claims has been brought against HOV by a handful of heirs and music publishers who argue that the track ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Could Katy Perry's new single break MJ's record, or merely be "The One That Got Away"?

    Katy Perry won't let another number-one single get away.​This Friday, on the magical, mystical date of 11/11/11, Katy Perry is planning to premiere the video for her sixth single, "The One That Got Away," from Teenage Dream, the album that keeps on producing hit singles. In an attempt to break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    James Valentine of Maroon 5 on being a broke musician and finally achieving success

    Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine​Since releasing Songs About Jane, its breakthrough album in 2002, Maroon 5 (due tonight at Red Rocks with Train and Gavin Degraw) has earned four Grammy Awards, been nominated for five more, toured the world and made young girls (and probably boys) fall in lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2010

    We Are the World 25/2010 performers pull off impressive performance

    All right, so we were admittedly skeptical of how this whole "We Are the World" remake was going to turn out with the seemingly random cast of characters organizers assembled. When we first glimpsed the initial list of those present the night of the recording, there were some head scratchers in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Dan Hawkins's in-state recruiting success hits the skids

    No doubt Hawkins will put a good spin on things...​Last month, a spokesman for the CU Buffs maintained that the well-documented turmoil swirling around the return of embattled Coach Dan Hawkins hadn't really hurt recruiting. But with national signing day coming up on Wednesday, at least one i ... More >>

  • Music

    December 3, 2009

    Carbon Choir

    High Beams

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Milking It: Apple Jacks Gliders

    Apple Jacks Gliders Kellogg's Rating: Three spoons out of four Cereal description: Corn, wheat and oat flour provides the foundation for this crunchy treat, but the colors of the pieces, which include "limited edition" gliders (a.k.a. puffy triangles with a whole in the middle) along with the fam ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    Party Like a Rock Star

    The Denver Film Society hosts an Oscar-night bash.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Coldplay at the Pepsi Center

    Photo: Chad Fahnestock Coldplay, Jon Hopkins, Sleeper CarFriday, Nov. 21, 2008Pepsi CenterBetter Than: A rock show where the band stays rooted in one spot.Making an arena rock show personal may seem like an impossible task, especially for any band playing to thousands of fans in the airy expanses of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    The blog shortcut, November 24 edition

    Round 'em up. Today in Backbeat Online: • Chris Martin, seen here, is at the center of our live review of Coldplay at the Pepsi Center. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout experiences a renaissance. • Hotties provide an important element in Synthetic Elements' new video. Today in Cafe Society: ... More >>

  • Music

    October 9, 2008

    Kings of Leon

    Only by the Night

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    Top Sellers: Twist & Shout

    Coldplay had cold game last week. Say what you will about Chris Martin and company, but from a commercial standpoint, you can't knock the hustle. Still putting asses in the seats, the outfit was Twist & Shout's best seller last week. 1. Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends 2. Alkal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: Locals Get Radio Play, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z, Beyonce, 50 Cent, Young Buck

    LOCALS ONLY Local hip-hop artists and their fans rarely get to hear their music played on the radio. But in recent years, opportunities for local hip-hop artists to get their music on the air have grown immensely. Local hip-hop artists like Dent, Babah Fly, Catch Lungs, Infinite Minds, Deca and a h ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    A Tale of Two Rappers

    How the hype played out in the 50 Cent vs. Kanye battle royal.

  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    Kanye West

    Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Ron Sexsmith

    Kiefer Sutherland comes to this singer-songwriter's rescue.

  • Music

    December 14, 2006

    Jay-Z vs. Stallone

    A pop-quiz in honor of Hova and Balboa both coming out of retirement.

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Left Out in the Coldplay

    Fiona Apple and Chris Martin have their games down Cold.

  • Music

    February 16, 2006


    Sunday, February 19, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Critical Fatwa

    Michael Stipe

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Dressed to Kill

    Apparently, Dressy Bessy is electrifying compared to Coldplay.

  • Music

    August 11, 2005


    Friday, August 12, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    July 14, 2005
  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Flood Waters

    Born in the Flood's passionate rock sets a high-water mark.

  • News

    July 7, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of July 7, 2005

  • Music

    June 9, 2005


    X&Y (Capitol)

  • Music

    July 1, 2004

    Pedro the Lion

    Achilles Heel (Jade Tree)

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    The Fray

    Reason EP (Self-Released)

  • Music

    February 13, 2003


    The Skylark Lounge gets a green light on its move to a new nest.

  • Music

    January 30, 2003

    Head Trip

    Chris Martin expects people to hate him. So why is Coldplay feeling so much love?

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.