It's summer in Colorado which means it's time to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives again and the beautiful green fades to a snowy white. Summer also means the Denver-area concert calendar is packed, and thankfully, you can enjoy both mother nature and music in the same place this summer. From ... More >>
It's been a hell of long time since Beck played these parts. Now touring in support of his new album, Morning Phase, which he's called a companion piece to 2002's Sea Change, Beck headlines Red Rocks on Friday, August 15. General admission and reserved tickets ($49.95-$57.50) go on sale on Friday, M ... More >>
There's a long history of musicians who suffered from and overcame (or sometimes didn't overcome) crippling shyness, anxiety and stage fright to fulfill their dreams of standing in the spotlight. That spotlight, it's a cruel, uncaring light. So bright. So uncomfortably warm. Everyone's staring at yo ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! The sun's hiding this morning and rain's in the forecast for the next few days, but even that can't dampen spirits today. The Nuggets destroyed the Lakers last night, and you've got another full slate of local goodness on tap this weekend: Tonight the Fray kicks off a two-nig ... More >>
BRIGHT EYES at THE FILLMORE, 6/5/11"It was a bit bittersweet to think that this might be the last time Bright Eyes plays Denver."
Anyone who missed Bright Eyes' show last night at the Fillmore, will get another chance to see Conor Oberst and company, as the Boulder Theater just announced a date with the band on Tuesday, August 9. Tickets ($30 in advance and $35 day of show) go on sale this Friday, June 9.
Little Brazil (playing tonight at the hi-dive with the Photo Atlas and Take to the Oars) began as the solo project of Landon Hedges, following his time in big name acts like Tim Kasher's The Good Life and the Conor Oberst-led Desparecidos. Eventually Hedges decided fill out his pretty guitar ... More >>
Bright Eyes has sure come a long way since we saw him open up for the Gloria Record up in Boulder at Club 156 sometime in the late '90s. Back then, Conor Oberst was awkward kid with a guitar slung over his shoulder singing awkward songs with a tentative voice. Since then, of course, he's grown into ... More >>
The National and Sharon Van Etten recorded a song for the Win Win soundtrack. It leaked yesterday, but Fox Searchlight has pretty well scrubbed the legal-ish streams. Regardless, the two artists are a good fit, Matt Berninger's sleepy baritone makes a seamless companion for Van Etten's own ho ... More >>
Wednesday, September 15, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Photos by Joe ToneBand of Horses • Co. • 03.16.10 | Ogden Theatre There are certain tricks storytellers use, moves that keep the audience's minds or livers from getting anxious and hitting the bar. Band of Horses owns a heavy arsenal of those tricks -- but we'll get to that shortly.
Last time we checked, there's still a good four months left until the end of the year. Regardless, that hasn't stopped Bob Boilen and company from NPR's All Songs Considered from weighing in on the best music of 2009 (so far). Actually, check that -- the results, which were posted on the show's b ... More >>
Monday, July 13, Meadowlark, 303-293-0251.
Rocky Mountain Low, a compilation of Colorado underground bands of the late 1970s, was the top seller at Wax Trax for the week of May 17. Green Day's new album came in second, while Peaches, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Obits grabbed slots in the top five. See the full breakdown after the jump.
Steve Earle, who performed songs from his new Townes Van Zandt tribute album at Twist & Shout last Friday, beat out Green Day for the top spot on the store's best seller list for the week of May 17. Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Iron & Wine and Conor Oberst continue to hold down spots in the top te ... More >>
Bob Dylan's latest disc, Together Through Life, was the top seller for the second week in a row at Twist and Shout, while new releases from Ben Harper, Isis, Peaches and St. Vincent rounded out the list for the week ending May 10. See the full breakdown after the jump.
For the week ending May 10, local glacial rockers Pleistocene topped Wax Trax's best seller list with their new album, The Mammoth and the Microchip. New releases by Bob Dylan, Metric, Cursive and Isis also earned spots in the top five. See the full breakdown after the jump.
Friday, April 3, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
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 a ... More >>
Modest Mouse visits CU's Balch Fieldhouse February 28. As we reported earlier today, Bruce Springsteen's April 10 Pepsi Center show was announced today, but it's also been a busy week for other concert announcements, including Modest Mouse's February 28 gig at CU's Balch Fieldhouse, Conor Oberst's A ... More >>
Bright Eyes EP
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. Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records t ... More >>
Paper Bird, The Autumn Film, Laura Goldhamer, Chuck Potashner, Rob DrabkinWednesday, November 26, 2008Oriental TheatreBetter than: The typical Thanksgiving birdThanksgiving Eve (that's a thing, right?) is always a good night to get out and have a little fun, unless maybe you're the one stuck cooking ... More >>
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, with All Smiles and The Like Thursday, October 16, 2008 Ogden Theatre, Denver Better than: Any mystic valley I've ever wandered through. First things first: Conor Oberst would like his ring back. The poet laureate of Omaha, Oberst (formerly Bright Eyes) was ... More >>
Conor Oberst in concert. We've got your pre-weekend bloggery all lined up. Today in Backbeat Online: • Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes fame, captured on stage at the Ogden Theatre. • A live review of M.A.N.D.Y. at Beta. • Our Friday Rap-Up feature, spotlighting nerdcore rapper ytCracker. It's ... More >>
Thursday, October 16, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
ZZ Top rolls into the Paramount on Halloween. The bad new first: After already canceling shows once at the Ogden Theatre, Bow Wow and Bootsy Collins both canceled their shows a second time. The good news: the Fox Theatre announced Matisyahu's November 30 show and added a second Galactic show with ... More >>
Saturday, April 19, Larimer Lounge, 303-292-3666.
The best in legitimate, artist-approved downloads.
Saturday, April 28, Buell Theatre, 303-830-8497.
Linking you to the best in legitimate, artist-approved exclusives.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Saturday, September 30, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
David Dondero's road-weary folk is picking up speed.
Monday, November 7, and Tuesday, November 8, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Friday, February 18, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (Saddle Creek)
Thursday, November 11, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-0959.
As pop eats itself, the Faint gives birth to new sounds and vibrations.
Fall Back Open (Saddle Creek)
Leave Your Name (Jade Tree)
With its fourth and most compelling album, Cursive walks it like it writes it.
Outspoken and a little bit angry, Desaparecidos uses artful indie pop to question everything.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Conor Oberst sees the world through Bright Eyes.