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 >>
Chipotle: It's all about going back to the start.Ah, yes, Chipotle's new commercial, its first ever, apparently. Completely forgot about this until just now, actually. Last summer, our pal Laura Shunk wrote about this little moving picture on the Cafe Society blog. She dug it. Found it "quirk ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks featuring Atmosphere, Common, Greives Budo and Get Cryphy were announced; the Swayback, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Monroe Monroe and Juno What ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio, Rusko (Snowball Fest), NEEDTOBREATHE and Dr. Dog were announced; Ian Cooke, Bare Bones and Slim Cessna got spins on local radio; and new releases from Drake, the Rolling Stones ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from moe., the Bag Raiders and Jane's Addiction were announced; Monroe Monroe, Elway, Shel and Fierce Bad Rabbit got spins on local radio; and new releases from Florence and the Machine, Drake, Childish Gambin ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Radiohead, Roger Waters, the Descendants and Los Lobos were announced. Nautical Mile, Tennis, Churchill and Dressy Bessy got spins on local radio. And new and recent releases from Tom Waits, Wale a ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: Brad Paisley's at the Pepsi Center in January, Salt-n-Pepa's at the Gothic in December and Donavon Frankenreiter comes to town in March. Air Dubai, In the Whale, Jen Korte and Saints got spins on local radio. And new and recent re ... More >>
Jelmer de Haas via Adele.tv Online dating, that cesspool of hilarious stories and perhaps even true love. Sure, you could scour OkCupid for witty About Me paragraphs, be completely charmed by his or her fondness for biking in the rain, and then get to the favorites section. Favorite band is T ... More >>
Lollapalooza turns twenty years old this year. Can you believe it? We can't. Doesn't seem like it was two decades ago when Perry Farrell introduced America to his roving festival in 1991. The inaugural version, which made a stop at Fiddler's Green, featured Farrell's band Jane Addiction, alon ... More >>
It has been a long journey for Civil Twilight -- from South Africa to Los Angeles to Nashville, the band has been towing its sweeping, piano-heavy rock compositions along for more than a decade. Even if the band's moniker isn't immediately familiar, its big sound, which has been featured on s ... More >>
As adults, we can eat what we want when we want -- which sometimes means dessert for dinner. And those are the times you'll want to head to D Bar Desserts, 1475 East 17th Avenue, where the Food Network's Keegan Gerhard creates beautiful cupcakes and truffle treats for the display case, as wel ... More >>
Earlier this week, Nick Cave responded to accusations that he nicked the basis of the song "Palaces of Montezuma" from a tune by some guy named Frank Duffy called "Grey Man." It seems absurd someone as versatile as Cave would intentionally borrow a lick or two from another song. Any similarities ... More >>
This was not a good year for the "Best Original Song" category at the Golden Globe's. In fact, it's arguably one of the worst in recent memory. We're not certain what this means, if it means anything at all, but it's clear the film industry tossed original music to the wayside in 2009 in favor of li ... More >>
In terms of music news this was a slower week in the Mile High City. The biggest items were news of Overcasters being invited to perform at South By Southwest on the heels of a particularly harrowing trip to the East Coast a few weeks ago with the Fluid, followed closely by DJ Vajra's inclusion in ... More >>
Well, the first review is in. Two stars. In the brand-new issue of Rolling Stone, which just hit stands over the weekend, the mag gives the Fray's forthcoming full-length, the hotly anticipated, self-titled followup to How to Save a Life, due in stores next Tuesday, two stars out of five. Review hig ... 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 >>
Guitar virtuoso/noodler extraordinaire Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay, claiming the band's song "Viva la Vida," title tack from their latest opus, lifts a riff from his 2004 track "If I Could Fly." I can't be the only one who finds this utterly bizarre. Admittedly, my knowledge of both Satriani's gu ... More >>
Join us for a few cups of blog. Today in Cafe Society: • Izakaya Den (pictured) joins the lunch bunch. • What Denver restaurants would you recommend to Food & Wine? • Charlie Master could be getting back in the game. • Candy Girls sink their teeth into Flake and Curly Wurly bars. Today i ... More >>
Stuck at work or bored at home, these three links should keep you busy for the rest of the day, either way. Fist up, enjoy these one-line summaries of the meaning behind some of the biggest pop songs in history.Second, electronic music pioneer and legendary producer (U2, Talking Heads, Coldplay, et ... More >>
The weekend has evaporated, as weekends tend to do. After the jump, a user's guide to what you (probably) missed. -- Joe Tone
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 >>
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 >>
Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Backfield in motion.
Denver's hometown heroes are larger than Life.
Illuminare (The Militia Group)
Snow Patrol climbs out from an avalanche of comparisons.
Junkie XL uses Today to get back to basics.
Fiona Apple and Chris Martin have their games down Cold.
Sunday, February 19, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
Friday, October 7, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Apparently, Dressy Bessy is electrifying compared to Coldplay.
Friday, May 13, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Reason EP (Self-Released)
The last gulp.
Chris Martin expects people to hate him. So why is Coldplay feeling so much love?
A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol/Parlophone)
Now That's What I Call Music! 6 (Epic)