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  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    The seven best concerts in Denver this week

    We hope your long weekend was as full of smoked meats and assorted outdoor activities as ours was. And now we're back and ready to talk about Denver concerts some more. Obviously the selections are a little lighter in this week's show round-up given that we lost a day. But there are still plenty o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    FRI | THE NAKED AND FAMOUS at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 10/18/13 Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith formed this pop outfit in 2008 and recorded two EPs with future keyboard player Aaron Short when the three were students at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand in Auckland. Taking its name from Trick ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    The best punk shows in Denver in October

    SUN | GUITAR WOLF at MARQUIS THEATER | 10/6/13 Founded in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in 1987, Guitar Wolf was inspired in part by guitarist Seiji's encounter with Link Wray's monumental classic, "Rumble." Hashing together bits of old time rock and roll with punk, garage rock and noise, Guitar Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    More and more, you've probably noticed an influx of Internet jukeboxes, the kind that offer a seemingly endless assortment of songs, cropping up in bars. But there are still a handful of spots rocking old school CD jukeboxes that require a bit of taste-making. Here's the ten best, including this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Sick lines and the stories behind the rhymes: Rooke5 breaks down some of his best lyrics

    Rooke5 (aka Luke Whitrock) grew up in Loveland and Greeley, but he moved to El Paso, Texas, in the middle of high school. Though he has a self-described "southern twinge" to his personality and cites Kanye West as an influence (who isn't influenced by the omnipotent Yeezy), lyrically, he is far more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    My Morning Jacket's Jim James on the idea of letting fans tweet the songs they want to hear

    See Also: My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks, 8/3/12 - 8/4/12 Having formed in the late '90s, Louisville, Kentucky's My Morning Jacket has continued to evolve over the course of six studio albums. At the same time, the band has managed to hang on to that reverb-drenched magnetism that fueled its first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Cornel West steals the show at Auraria social-justice conference

    After three days of panels on everything from feminism and film making to bicycles, banks and Burger King, the Art of Social Justice conference on the Auraria campus came to a close last night with a breathtaking speech by human rights activist, Dr. Cornel West. The Turnhalle Ballroom in the Tivoli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Fresh new hip-hop from BMore, Zome, Spoke In Wordz and a brand new video from Babah Fly

    Zome of Diamond Boiz​Ah, yes, each week we bring you the latest and greatest in the world of local hip-hop and rap music. We're all across the map with this installment of That's a Rap, bringing you a sexy freestyle from singer Bmore, a beautifully crafted joint from Zome of Diamond Boiz, a se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Updated: Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne tour due at Pepsi Center on October 10

    ​Update (7/28/11): We just received word from LiveNation that due to an overwhelming demand, additional dates are being added to the Watch the Throne tour, featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West. The tour is slated to hit Denver on Monday, October 10. The additional dates are due be announced on Augus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Round two with Trattoria Stella's Valentino Ujkic

    Lori Midson​ Valentino Ujkic Trattoria Stella 3201 East Colfax Avenue 303-320-8635 http://trattoriastella.squarespace.com This is part two of my interview with Valentino Ujkic , executive chef of Trattroria Stella. Part one of that interview ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    800 the Jewell on founding a label and what inspires him

    Phillip Embry with his family.​ 800 the Jewell (aka Phillip Embry) is a man of many words and even more substance. In addition to his work as a producer, musician and rapper, he is the founder of Jewell Tyme Music, the label that houses such artists as Haven the Great, King FOE, Karma, and ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Street Fashion: Larry Green at the Denver Art Museum

    ​Being that the Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building kind of looks like a gigantic DeLorean collided with the landscape of Tron, it's saying something that Larry Green's shoes came pretty close to upstaging it. In today's edition of Street Fashion, wherein we talk to random people on the stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    2010 Red Bull Big Tune Finals, 11/18/10

    Jennifer Boyer​ RED BULL BIG TUNE FINALS 11.18.10 | Metro, Chicago First there were eighteen. Then there was one. Last night at the Metro in Chicago where the 2010 Red Bull Big Tune finals took place, aspiring producers from around the country competed against each other in the hopes of rece ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Tonight: Aloe Blacc at City Hall

    ​In an age where "vintage polaroid" is considered a look, Aloe Blacc's throwback style isn't much to write home about. But its not Blacc's retro-cool appearance that makes him stand out -- its his stunning, soulful voice and desire to mobilize social change through his music that deserves th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    The Heavy's Kelvin Swaby talks about the band's music, Jim Jarmusch and Marmite.

    Joshua BradleyThe Heavy appears tonight at the Bluebird with Wallpaper​ The Noid isn't just that pesky pizza-chilling character from old Domino's commercials from the '80s. It's a region of England from which the neo-soul, garage rock band known as The Heavy hails. Fronted by the charismatic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Graffiti Black on his muses, inspiration and the four categories of Colorado hip-hop

    ​Hailing from Montbello, Graffiti Black is a 23-year-old producer, writer and graphic designer known for creating sharp and distinct sounds that are both vibrant and accessible. He flips familiar elements and samples with flair and an experienced ear. Artists such as Innerstate Ike, Mr. Midas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Ghostand Observatory, Jonathan Tyler on our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Film

    June 3, 2010
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    May 28, 2010

    Memorial Day Playlist: Ten patriotic (and vaguely patriotic) songs that don't suck

    ​ As we all prepare to take time out from our hurried lives to remember the brave men and women of the armed forces who fought (and continue to fight) to keep us all free to live our lives as we please, we came up with a list of ten tunes to cue up this Memorial Day as you fire up the grill. ... More >>

  • Music

    May 27, 2010

    The Heavy

    Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    September 10, 2009
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    June 19, 2009

    Q&A with DJ A-What from the Pirate Signal

    Because of his outsized persona, Yonnas Abraham is the face that most people generally associate with the Pirate Signal. If you look over dude's shoulder, though, there's another cat that cuts an equally impressive figure in his own right on the ones and twos. That distinguished chap's name? Alejand ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2008
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    March 24, 2008

    Hair Metal Flashback and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Sate your nostalgia for the Aquanet-fueled halcyon days of hair metal with a look at this collection of vintage show ads from Minneapolis. My favorites are the many appearances by the oafishly named Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    Over the Weekend ... Stand By Your Band II @ hi-dive

    Slide Show Stand By Your Band II Saturday, January 26, 2008, hi-dive Better than: Sitting at home and watching The Last Waltz again. What makes a scene great? Better yet, what makes a scene viable and important? One could say the quality of music, even still it could be said that the thing that m ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 1, 2007

    Visualizing Change

    A new film festival champions independent media.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2007

    Welcome to Beyond Playlist

    Your eyeballs have found a new blog category that will appear every so often in Backbeat Online: Beyond Playlist. The concept is simple. Even in the waning days of the CD era, reviewers such as yours truly are sent far more discs than we can possibly critique in the physical paper -- and while they' ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007
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    July 27, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators

    Keep Reachin' Up (Pony Canyon)

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    Meditations

    Saturday, January 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Bun B

    Trill (Rap-A-Lot/Asylum)

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    The O'Jays

    Friday, September 16, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2004

    Rootsy Return

    Rickie Lee rises

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    Best Jukebox

    Lion's Lair

  • Music

    March 18, 2004

    Van Hunt

    Van Hunt (Capitol) The Soul of John Black (No Mayo)

  • Music

    January 29, 2004

    Critic's Choice

    Skeleton Key

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Free Bird

    Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.

  • Music

    February 6, 2003

    Heavy Soul

    Paul Weller, the mod heavyweight champion of the world, weighs in with Illumination.

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Various Artists

    Cinemaphonic Volume 2: Soul Punch, A Selection of British Library Music 1970-1976 (Motel Records)

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Discmania

    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

  • Music

    September 6, 2001

    Hit Pick

    The Motet

  • Music

    May 10, 2001

    Backwash

    Quixote's stays true blue, but it's movin' on down the road.

  • Music

    August 19, 1999

    Leon Huff & Gladys Knight & the Pips

    The Seventh Deadly Sin(Coroner Records/Atomic Pop) & The Seventh Deadly Sin(Coroner Records/Atomic Pop)

  • Music

    January 8, 1998

    The Return of Superfly

    One of the best albums of the Seventies is more timely than ever.

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    January 2, 1997
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    December 27, 1995

    THE GOODS

    THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.

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    October 12, 1994
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    May 18, 1994
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