The musical Kinky Boots, which was inspired by a modest 2005 film, tells the story of an unlikely partnership. Charlie has just inherited his father's shoe factory in Northampton in the English Midlands, a factory once known for producing some of the highest-quality shoes in the country. But the bus ... More >>
Cyndi Lauper was totally right: Money does change everything. But it wouldn't change how much fun you can have in Denver this week, because there are several worthy events that are absolutely free. You can play bingo, watch Big Trouble in Little China, or attend a panel discussion on women in justic ... More >>
We all have to make a buck, and musicians are absolutely no different. When their music careers start to fade, they still have to pay the bills. And with the endless parade of also-rans appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, we are continually reminded just how low some will go to keep their name in the ... More >>
Like gay marriage, marijuana use and tattoos, public perception of female sex toys is not what it used to be. While male sex toys still weigh heavy on the shame scale, a female pleasure device is mostly seen as a cute novelty. Encountering one while snooping is comparable to finding a rutabaga in th ... More >>
Last night's performances by the American Idol top eight were all over the place. The theme, '80s songs, proved difficult for some, while other contestants chose just the right song for their voices and their personalities. The group performances were the most off-putting. "I'm So Excited" by Holli ... More >>
So Dave Grohl, through his peeps at Nasty Little Man, just clarified the seemingly incendiary remarks he made during his acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards last weekend when he was picking up his Gramophone trophy. Turns out, as suspected, he wasn't ripping on dance music specifically, his com ... More >>
Katy Perry last night at 1STBANK Center with Skeet Skeet and RobynKATY PERRY at 1STBANK CENTER | 07/26/11The crowd at Katy Perry last night was exactly as expected -- armies of sprayed and glittered bodies evoked every variation of Perry's persona over the last half-decade: girls from prescho ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In October, Portishead hits the 1STBANK Center, Bring Me the Horizon comes to the Fillmore, and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart is due at the Bluebird. On local radio, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Veronica and Andy Hackbarth got some spins. Meanwhile ... More >>
With her own band, Adrian & the Sickness (due tonight at 3 Kings Tavern with BugGirl and Cock N Balls), Adrian Conner gets to be herself on stage and on record. This isn't the case with her day job -- as resident lead guitarist for AC/DC tribute outfit Hell's Belles, Conner channels her inner ... More >>
Watch out, Cindy Lauper.Rowdy Roddy Piper is one of the stranger interviews I've ever done. He's a hard man to get a hold of -- he juggles a variety of projects from showbiz to professional wrestling -- but once you get him on the phone, he's like a spigot unstopped, a torrent of tangentially ... More >>
Hanging the Hamster. The Five Digit Disco. Jerking the Johnson. There's a million terms for the ingratiating act of self-love. Look, if we're being real here, there's no shame in the game. After all, not everyone can be pleasured by super-fantastic lovers all day, everyday, and sometimes this ... More >>
Fucking MTV. On the heels of its "extreme" strategy, we just heard the network is introducing another awards show that is apparently supposed to celebrate the "migration of music to the digital space." The show will honor tweets and best apps...uhhh...what?!? This isn't an awards show; this i ... More >>
Sleigh Bells is Derek Miller (from left) and Alexis Krauss So the story goes: Derek Miller met Alexis Krauss one day when he was serving her and her mother at a restaurant, and Krauss's mom pushed her into working on music with Miller. Until a few years ago, Miller had been living in souther ... More >>
Cassettes, in case you haven't noticed, are once again becoming viable. The number of tape-only imprints that seem to keep cropping up have not only made for decent blogger bait (see our recent Deathbomb Arc item or the recent NPR blog post focusing on Ft. Collins Patient Sounds), it's served ... More >>
After a supporting slot on Lupe Fiasco's tour earlier this year, B.o.B. will be making his return to the area for a date at the Boulder Theater on Saturday, October 9, followed by a show at the Ogden Theatre on Sunday, October 10. Tickets for the Boulder show, which are $36, went on sale yest ... More >>
What would Cyndi Lauper think? A new pizzeria with a name reminiscent of one of the '80s-era pop singer's most notorious tunes opened up shop last week at 1175 Walnut Avenue in Boulder featuring "affordable, sustainable Southern Italian dining and drinks for eco-conscious Boulderites." Boul ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Drawing equally from the Melvins as it does from My Bloody Valentine, this Florida metal quartet sets itself apart.
The legendary Cyndi Lauper headlines the True Colors Tour.
Guys with guitars.
End of days? Why not dance the night away?
As touted in this week's Backbeat, music editors from across the country asked luminaries from our respective towns to tell us what music they loved this year. Their picks appear below and on the subsequent pages. Margaret Cho has had her own TV show, a couple of best-selling books, a Grammy-nomi ... More >>
Sunday, June 10, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year.
These Swedes think their country is becoming too Americanized.
The Dearly Beloved strike a balance between fringe folk and Buddhist blues.
Cutting and scratching with DJ Rap.
All Girl Summer Fun Band
Baz Luhrmann makes movies--and audiences--in his own image.
Christopher Walken and Cyndi Lauper make the most of The Opportunists.
DJ Garth delivers a blast from the Eighties past.
The best holiday discs, as well as others that will make you pity the yule.
JILL SOBULE IS KEEPING HER BEDROOM PROCLIVITIES TO HERSELF.