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Dave Herrera

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    November 8, 2013

    Trader Joe's will make a three-store love connection on Valentine's Day

    Denver blog posts are open and shut cases. Our Cafe Society blog reports that not one, not two, but three Trader Joe's will open in Colorado on Valentine's Day. That's the kind of three-way Trader Joe's fans will love. Meanwhile, Backbeat's Dave Herrera reports that the Colorado Music Hall of Fame ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Filter drummer Jeff Fabb on video being rejected at Brothers Bar for neck tattoo

    Denver blog posts don't cry over spilled ink. Over at our very own Backbeat blog, Dave Herrera shares a video of Filter drummer Jeff Fabb being turned away from Brothers Bar & Grill for having visible neck tattoos. Really. Coyote Gulch: Flood relief dough is starting to flow. Colorado Pols asks a ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    March 22, 2010

    Busting beers at home and in Austin: Over the Weekend

    ​Another Monday. Ugh. Not sure if reliving the weekend will make it better or worse, but we don't have much of a choice, do we? So, without further ado, some shit that happened between last Friday and now: • Kate Levy threw down at the Wrangler's Sunday Beer Bust. • Kiernan Maletsky shoo ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    August 20, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 17, 2009

    ​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 >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 3, 2009

    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 al ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Nostalgia and nausea: Putting together the perfect '80s mix

    You've had the experience. You're driving in the car or Pandora-ing or even - gasp! - listening to the radio when that song comes on - the one you can't believe you forgot all about. Instantly, you're transported in time and space - back to that kegger during your freshman year when you got so ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Let's go to the videotape...

    Tauntaun. A band. See them rock on the Backbeat blog. With more than one events getting postponed due to weather, you might think it was a slow weekend in Denver. And maybe it was. But not if you ask Dave Herrera, who captured video from about 47 different concerts over the weekend and packaged the ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    A preview of Immortal Dominion's forthcoming album

    Immortal Dominion, the monster metal unit out of Fort Collins, has recently completed tracking its brand new album. After spending five weeks in the studio with renown producer Sterling Winfield, who's overseen albums by Mercyful Fate, Pantera and Hell Yeah, among others, the platter has been shippe ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    December 17, 2008

    Chairlift continues its ascent... upward, of course.

    Photo: Jason Klauber All right so how freaking rad is this? The mailman just laid the new copy of Spin on me, the Best of 2008 issue with TV on the Radio on the cover. And as I'm thumbing through it, I notice very few surprises: Black Kids, Vampire Weekend, Deerhunter and Santogold, all receive n ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Flier of the week: The Red Light Dance Party at 3 Kings Tavern

    Alright, this may just be the coolest flier we've seen all year. This one's all about the old school. All day, every day, Playboy. Know what I'm saying? We're talking Sharpies, an Xacto knife, some old magazines and a glue stick. Fuck Photoshop. This is how is used to be done. And as a bonus, it's p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: So this is the new year, part 1

    You'll soon be bombarded with a million year-end lists, proclaiming the most important, amazing, must-have albums and songs of the year. In fact, the lists have already begun. As a writer, I'm not particularly fond of these lists. After all, there's no way I heard even a fraction of all the music th ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, December 12 edition

    And you thought you'd finished all your assigned reading... Today in Backbeat Online: • Dave Herrera confesses his musical addiction to Friday Night Lights. • Mile High Makeout: Alone again or. • Rap-Up: A Ground Zero Movement reunion? • Memorialize Monolith on the cheap. Today in Cafe Soc ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    The Fray's "You Found Me" video premieres

    The Fray's video for "You Found Me," the first single from the act's forthcoming self-titled disc, made its online debut Tuesday night on VH1.com. The clip, directed by Bear Creek High School alumni Josh Forbes -- who's also worked on videos for Alkaline Trio, Metro Station, Sara Bareilles and Great ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Enter the Fray

    A group of Colorado favorites plays Vail Snow Daze.

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    November 18, 2008

    Pee Pee to back Nellie McKay this Saturday before hibernating for the winter

    This Saturday, November 22, the members of Pee Pee, Denver's most curiously named combo, will be warming up for Nellie McKay at the Mercury Cafe before then joining the songstress back on stage as her backing band. The show, a benefit for bands for lands, will be the outfit's last for a while. The g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Paper Bird signs new management deal

    Just received word that Paper Bird has inked a new joint management agreement with Mark Bliesener's Band Guru and Sarah Levin's Letter R Management firms. Coming off a series of dates on New Belgium's Tour de Fat, the darling, irresistible, retro-tinged, roots-based combo has already had quite a not ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008

    DeVotchKa's "How It Ends" gets licensed... again

    Photo: Bryce Boyer When he penned "How It Ends," it's a safe bet that Nick Urata's artful inclinations far exceeded any commercial aspirations he might have had. All the same, the members of DeVotchKa, whose contributions to the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack earned the act reams of acclaim, have ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008

    Magic Cyclops makes a cameo (sort of) in the Centro-Matic video

    Illustration: Unique Ink After sixteen attempts, Centro-Matic filmed its new video for "Rat Patrol and DJs" in one continuous shot with no edits. While that in itself is beyond noteworthy and impressive, it was equally as rad to spy one of the members sporting a Magic Cyclops shirt in the clip (pos ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008

    Breezy Porticos fans, behold: Liberry

    Photo: James Bludworth Attention distraught, inconsolable fans of the recently departed Breezy Porticos: We've just been handed some late-breaking news that might inspire you to stop playing rush hour Frogger in the middle of I-25. It seems the outfit's erstwhile frontman Andy Falconetti has alread ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008

    Animo premieres new video

    In case you've been wondering where we've been most of the morning, we're happy to inform you that we just returned from the ophthalmologist, where, after much consternation and effort, he successfully removed the mechanical pencils we had jammed in our eyeballs after screening Animo's video for "Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    3OH!3 in Entertainment Weekly

    This just in... 3OH!3 has officially reached ubiquity, as evidenced by its appearance in the October 3 edition of Entertainment Weekly (the one with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on the cover re-creating the controversial New Yorker illustration). As if there was any doubt, Boulder's most unlikely ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Breathe Carolina checks in on Billboard charts

    Looks like big ups are due Breathe Carolina, whose debut disc, It's Classy, Not Classic, released in mid-September on the Rise Records imprint, claimed the sixth spot on Billboard's Heat Seeker chart and #186 on the magazine's Top 200 chart. Not a bad first outing for a band that many folks in Denve ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Fight Like Hell back for more

    When Fight Like Hell called it a day this past spring, Denver lost one of its finest and most vital hardcore bands. After the band broke up, the members moved forward, with Memphis going on to play drums in Death Before Dishonor, Jake joining Know the Score, and Matt playing with Folsom. It looked l ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    DeVotchKa panned on L.A .Times blog

    Giving DeVotchKa an unfavorable review is a rarity on par with seeing Haley's Comet. Chris Barton from the LA Times, however, is clearly impervious to the band's charms. In his critique of the act's show a few nights ago at the El Rey in Los Angeles, he gave the band a thumbs down, saying, "For all ... More >>

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    September 5, 2008

    3OH!3 in Rolling Stone

    As if selling out multiple nights at the Gothic and the Fox Theatre, killing it on the Warped tour and dominating airplay on most -- if not all -- of the modern rock stations in the country weren't already evidence enough, 3OH!3 is edging closer and closer to ubiquity. In the Artists to Watch sectio ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008

    Hot IQs and Eyes and Ears both releasing new vinyl

    This just in: In case you've somehow managed to to miss the thousands of inescapable national trend pieces floating around on the subject, vinyl is evidently making a comeback. And now it seems the backwards-glancing craze has made its way to the local scene. And we couldn't be happier, friends. Aft ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, September 3 edition

    The vinyl solution. How much is that blog in the window? Absolutely free. Backbeat Online has been action-packed today. Read live reviews of Shearwater and Wye Oak as well as Triclops and The Nod. In addition, peruse items about two Denver bands getting their vinyl on, an update about the Denver ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    Breezy Porticos hanging it up

    I know it's not over yet, but I'm pretty sure that 2008 is gonna go down as the year of the break up. Here are some of the acts that called it a day: Planes Mistaken for Stars, Machine Gun Blues, the Brotherhood of Dae Han, Whiskey Kiss, Fight Like Hell, the Crimson Red, Erica Brown Band, Redline De ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    Yonder Mountain String Band scores the coolest gig at the DNC

    Yonder Mountain String band has scored, hands down, the coolest gig of the entire DNC and perhaps its career. Tonight the Nederland-based act will be performing at Invesco prior to Barack Obama's acceptance speech, alongside Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow and will.i.am. Don't know how the band managed t ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    This just in: Moby is slightly amusing when writing about Denver

    Moby's been in town all week, in case you haven't noticed (we haven't really paid any attention, to tell you the truth). Evidently, he's been drinking coffee at the Brown Palace, which he thinks sounds like some sort of Berlin club for shit fetishists, and when he's not doing that, he's been playing ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Public Enemy's Boulder Show Back On

    Just received word from the Mad Society Productions folks that the Public Enemy show originally slated for tonight at Boulder's Theater has been rescheduled for Wednesday. Admission to the show is free and open to folks sixteen and older (with a valid photo ID). You may remember last week the whole ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    U2 Live At Red Rocks Released on DVD

    Photo: G.Wigler U2's breakthrough June 1983 performance at Red Rocks, captured on the band's Live at Red Rocks and Under a Blood Red Sky, is slated to be released on DVD on Tuesday, September 30. The disc will include five previously unreleased songs and a director's commentary, all presented in ... More >>

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    August 8, 2008

    Tonight: Machine Gun Blues Final Show.

    It's almost quitin' time. What are you doing tonight? If it doesn't involve pounding beers at the Bluebird with your friends until you're Otis-drunk and seeing the most badass rock show of the year, cancel your plans right now! Seriously. Tonight, the venerable rock and roll warlords known as Machin ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008

    Kanye West, N.E.R.D. and Wyclef Jean Reportedly Slated for DNC Events

    According reports filed by NME and the Washington Post, Kanye West is reportedly in talks with AT&T to perform at a party being thrown on behalf of Bono's One Campaign, a non-partisan organization whose primary mission is to raise public awareness in the areas of global poverty, hunger and disease. ... More >>

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    July 8, 2008

    Animo: Lady Killing It On This Year's Warped Tour

    Animo just got a nice little bump on RollingStone.com about it's, ahem, swelling buzz on this year's Warped Tour. Evidently, the band is turning heads a plenty. About damn time. God knows the act, formerly known as Dork, has certainly paid its dues. If we're not mistaken, this summer marks the outfi ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008

    The Westword.com Blog Shortcut, July 1 Edition

    So you think you've seen every new Westword blog simply by visiting The Latest 'Word? Think again. Backbeat Online leads with shocking news about the death of 22-year-old Tickle Me Pink bassist Johnny Schou (pictured), whose body was found on the very day the group's much-anticipated new album came ... More >>

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    June 24, 2008

    Flobots' eMusic... Uh...Conversion?

    Flobots's music has been characterized as a lot of things. Socially conscious? Check. Political? Sure. Insurgent? Sure. Incisive? Most definitely. But Spirtual? Perhaps to some, I guess. Christian? Uh... really? That's a new one. Nonetheless, that's exactly how eMusic -- or somebody, CD Baby maybe? ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008

    DeVotchKa Kills It On Conan O'Brien

    As expected, Nick Urata and company absolutely murdered it on Conan. Makes us proud to be from Denver, and even more so to be able to claim them as our own. "If I had seen them back when I was playing violin in eighth grade," says Patty Calhoun, "I would've been a lot hipper, and I would've been pro ... More >>

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    May 14, 2008

    Breathe Carolina Signs with Rise Records

    Yet another Denver band has officially been spoken for, and for once, the rumors were actually true: Breathe Carolina has indeed inked a deal with Rise Records, the Oregon-based imprint that previously released the debut recordings of Fear Before the March of Flames and Drop Dead, Gorgeous.

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    May 8, 2008

    Flier of the Week: Demon Funkies with Some Random Band, the Flash Mob and Strange Condition

    Literally, just moments before I was getting ready to post the flier for this week's edition of Pole Position, I came across a post on the DMB praising the banner above, touting Demon Funkies' CD-release show on Thursday, May 29, at the Bluebird. After seeking it out (I use Firefox with the ad-block ... More >>

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    February 1, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 2/1/2007

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    January 9, 2007

    Tuesday, January 9, 2007

    Death Becomes You It's death metal Tuesday at the Larimer Lounge. Okay, I made that crap up; there's no official, on-going weekly theme at the Lounge. Nonetheless, that's precisely what's on tap -- too much metal for one hand. Stop by tonight and have your ass handed to by Cryogen, Columbian Neckt ... More >>

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    December 21, 2006

    Moovers and Shakers 2006

    Backbeat writers sound off on the best local releases of 2006.

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    August 4, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of August 4, 2005

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    December 2, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of December 2, 2004

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    September 9, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of September 9, 2004

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    March 4, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 4, 2004

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