I don't read books. Really. I used to be ashamed of this, but then I realized that I read thousands of words every day -- they just come in the form of online articles and, when I'm lucky, physical copies of magazines. I've been a voracious magazine reader since I learned how to read; I love longfor ... More >>
David Sedaris, author of many humorous books of essays, including his latest Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls, has added a second Denver show. He will be bringing his awkward sense of humor and captivating stories to the Paramount Theater, November 24 at 2 p.m. This show follows his sold-out Novembe ... More >>
The next four weeks in Denver will see a tsunami of comedy events. There are four killer standups at Comedy Works (Craig Ferguson, Mike Birbiglia, Marc Maron, Kevin Nealon), two comedy festivals (High Plains, Funstival) and the Oddball Comedy Tour (Dave Chapelle, Flight of the Conchords). It's raini ... More >>
Last week Kanye West dropped a promotional video for his Yeezus album in the form of a (comedic?) tribute to the film American Psycho. The clip is a near mirror image of the unforgettable scene in which Christian Bale axes Jared Leto after torturing him with a pedantic speech about the genius of Hue ... More >>
Returning to the Boulder Book Store for the first time since 2006, Chuck Klosterman was a new breed of literary animal on this visit. Now the author of two fiction novels and a new essay collection about the dark truths of self-deception, Klosterman is no longer the dismissable pop nerd who instruct ... More >>
The ultimate aim of good satire is to parody an unintentionally funny event as accurately as possible, while spicing it up with a little exaggeration and sarcasm. But sometimes the comedy gods throw you something so ridiculous, so shockingly unreal, that all you have to do is xerox it and say: Look ... 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 >>
While most of the world celebrated the resurrection of old J.C., there were several weird developments -- both real and satirical -- in an even more implausible resurrection: that of Chris Brown's career. After becoming the most hated man in show business, Breezy has defied logic by continuing to br ... More >>
Celebrity fandom is almost always based on inaccessibility. Whether it's a rock star, an actor or a politician, desire is created when you reach out for the object of passion and come up a few inches short. So what happens when you have a fanbase that is made up of people who long to find themselves ... More >>
Tony Wilson (the Andy Warhol of Manchester, England) once made the hackneyed statement "Morrissey is a woman trapped in a man's body," to which the dandified frontman of the Smiths eventually replied, "Tony Wilson is a man trapped in a pig's body." The two were friends and icons of the Manchester mu ... More >>
Things that intrigue me are my job. If something is problematic or beautiful, it is my job to discover why and write about it," author Chuck Klosterman told a crowd Tuesday at the Auraria campus, home to three colleges. "Now I get to come and speak at colleges like this, and sometimes I even wond ... More >>
In his best selling book Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman asserts that "the best career move any musician can make is to stop breathing." When examining Kurt Cobain's post-mortem transformation from junkie dad to iconic voice of a generation, Klosterman notes that the suicide told everyone ... More >>
Davy Rothbart brings his lost and FOUND department to Denver.
Leave the Gun. Take the cannoli. All eyes -- or ears, rather -- in the music world, including ours, were on Chinese Democracy this week. Most of us honestly never thought we'd live to see the release of the mythical Guns N' Roses record, and now that we had a chance to listen to it all the way thro ... More >>
Hot on the heels of the news that Chinese Democracy has been leaked (see the blog directly below this one) comes what I assume is the first review of the years-in-the-making album from noted rock scribe Chuck Klosterman. The review is full of his usual overblown, overwritten hyperbole, but that does ... More >>
The Fray are waiting for you. The hits just keep on comin'. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Fray is previewing new songs live at Snow Daze in Vail. • Talking golf and rock in a Q&A with Dead Confederate's Hardy Morris. • Apollo Sunshine's Sam Cohen gets the Backbeat Q&A treatment, too. • ... More >>
Chuck Klosterman. Music critic and memoirist Chuck Klosterman visits Denver tonight (click here for details) to introduce his first novel, Downtown Owl. But before he greets the crowd at the Tattered Cover LoDo, he talked about his latest offering, and a whole lot more, during a generous, free-flo ... More >>
Memoirist Chuck Klosterman ditches first person to write a novel.
I'm listening to Billy Joel right now, and it's all Chuck Klosterman's fault. That prick. Prompted by a passage that I read earlier this morning in one of his books, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto, I'm sorting through several of Joel's deep cuts, among them a tune called "Where ... More >>
Uncle Zant folks around at Shooting Star.
Jenny Lewis takes a break from Rilo Kiley with a solo experiment.
The Hold Steady's literate brand of rock is way above average.
Two decades later, Morrissey is still influencing a ton of bands that sound nothing like him.
Harlan Hendrickson wants to prove that '80s rock and roll is not noise pollution.