Damon Albarn

  • Film

    June 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 50 worst rock/pop lyrics: The Complete list

    Well, here we are, at the end of the road of lyrical idiocy. As our countdown to crappiness finally culminates, we've trained our eye on some of the greatest lyricists in rock, who during select moments, greatly disappointed us with their valueless verse. These lyrics are all bad on their own terms, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    The 50 worst rock/pop lyrics of all time: 40-31

    The countdown of total crappiness continues. Yesterday we laid out the back half of the of the top fifty worst rock and pop lyrics of all time, and today we present the other half, which is populated by Poison's "Unskinny Bop," the Rolling Stones' "Cocksucker Blues" and a bunch of other ill-conceive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Mustaches: They're gross, they scratch my face, and the Civil War is over

    Editor's note: Mustaches are derigeur on uncles, cops and closing pitchers, but they've also become a fixture on the upper lips of the young and the hip. In fact, it's hard to imagine a time since the Civil War when razors were so ignored. But the look can be polarizing, and Westword contributors Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012

    Past Presents

    We Should Start

  • Music

    December 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    10 weirdest music news stories of 2010

    ​2010 has been an aggressively weird year in music news. It seemed like no matter where we turned musicians were saying and doing the strangest damn things. From decrying the most popular thing in the world to talking people off of buildings, it was a wacky year to report. There was so much we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Yo Gabba Gabba! co-creator Christian Jacobs on making kids TV fun for everyone

    The beating heart of Yo Gabba Gabba!: Scott Schultz (clockwise from left) DJ Lance Rock and Christian Jacobs​As co-creator of the children's television show Yo Gabba Gabba!, Christian Jacobs has a simple agenda: Create entertainment that engages both parents and their kids through really aweso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Gorillaz at Wells Fargo, 10/24/10

    Jon SolomonDamon Albarn of Gorillaz​ GORILLAZ With N.E.R.D. 10.24.10 | Wells Fargo Theatre In what will probably now become a legendary appearance at Wells Fargo Theatre last night, Gorillaz brought out a Colorado crowd in its truest form -- Dads, ravers, white people with dreads, babies, br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Warlock Pinchers: An extensive oral history straight from the jokers' mouth

    ​Few bands in the annals of underground music in Denver have garnered as much notoriety as Warlock Pinchers. Beginning in 1987, the Pinchers made a name for themselves early on as a charmingly obnoxious outfit of musical pranksters whose legacy of creative mischief is as memorable as its shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Gorillaz, Sonic Youth, LCD Soundsytem shows announced

    ​It's been a hell of a week for show announcements. Aside from getting the word on shows by the Cult, Blitzen Trapper, Bad Religion, the Thermals and Drake, Gorillaz announced a show at the Wells Fargo Theatre on Sunday, October 24. Tickets to see the Damon Albarn-fronted group, which includ ... More >>

  • Music

    May 27, 2010

    Broken Bells

    Saturday, May 29, Gothic Theatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Gorillaz, Jimi Hendrix top sellers at local record stores

    ​On Plastic Beach, the Gorillaz first release since 2005's Demon Days, frontman Damon Albarn recruited a hell of a guest line-up, from Lou Reed and the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon to Mos Def, Bobby Womack and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. The album, which was released last week on Virg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Deferred Hat Tip: Blur's Think Tank

    It's no secret that Blur's seventh and final album Think Tank polarized critics and fans when it first debuted in 2003. Blur hasn't ever been a band that lived on my radar. Although I've enjoyed a song or two and haven't ever complained about hearing them, their records have spent most of their time ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 5, 2009

    Boy to Man

    Love it or hate it, Scott Walker has made his mark on music.

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    On the Attack

    Massive Attack is more dangerous than ever.

  • Music

    March 30, 2006

    tt Lester

    Hard Days, Hard Nights (Self-released)

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    Iron & Wine/Calexico

    Wednesday, October 26, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    OK Go

    Oh No (Capitol)

  • Music

    May 19, 2005


    Demon Days (Virgin)

  • Film

    September 23, 2004

    Vile With a Smile

    Stephen Fry masterfully transcribes the wit of Waugh to the big screen.

  • Music

    November 7, 2002

    Constant Evolution

    The weirdest thing about Del tha Funkee Homosapien isn't his mind. It's his ability to get better and better.

  • Music

    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    Stop Your Sobbing

    In the wake of September 11, Ray Davies reconsiders his past and looks to the future.

  • Music

    July 5, 2001


    Gorillaz (Virgin Records)

  • Music

    May 3, 2001


    The Best Of (Food/Parlophone/Virgin)

  • Music

    May 20, 1999
  • Music

    January 31, 1996