When Annie Clark of St. Vincent took the stage with the rest of her band, it was with the same kind of choreographed ritual that informed the rest of the performance. Her hair these days seems to belong to a visitor from either outer space or the future, as are her clothes and the aforementioned cho ... More >>
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT @ DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS |7/13/12 When Annie Clark noted how the first time she had heard David Byrne's music was when she saw Revenge of the Nerds, we thought we knew what was coming next. Instead, though, Clark played "Cruel," one own of her songs. A light-hearted joke in ... More >>
DAVID BYRNE & ST VINCENT @ BOTANIC GARDENS CHATFIELD | 7/13 David Byrne and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) initially met at an AIDS/HIV benefit in 2009. But after they ran into each other at a collaborative performance between Björk and Dirty Projectors, it was suggested to Byrne that he should try ... More >>
This weekend, the 2013 Ride Festival kicks off in the Mountain Village of Telluride with performances from Rodrigo Y Gabriela, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Cake, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, the Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt and more big names on the mainstage throughout Saturday and Sunday. And we'v ... More >>
Welp, it's supposed to snow tonight. I know, right? It's April. Happy Monday from your own private rain cloud, eh? Oh well, what are ya gonna do? Happens. Talk to Prince. Sometimes it snows in April, evidently. The good news, though: Summer is coming! Proof? The lineup for the upcoming Denver Botani ... More >>
This year, ambitious new books tackled the lives of music legends from Neil Young to Pete Townshend -- and many of these 2012 releases managed to burst through genres to offer significantly more than the average biography. We at Backbeat explored memoirs, historical surveys, ruminations on philosoph ... More >>
While infinitely different than being there in the flesh, a live concert film can provide an up-close, multi-angled, cinematically inspired perspective of the music experience -- not to mention a glimpse into history for those who were born decades later. Such will be the case for a majority of the ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually 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 ... More >>
Last night's "All Glory to the Hypnoquiz: an all-Futurama Event " at Rackhouse Pub, sponsored by Geeks Who Drink, was a pretty raucous time, and I definitely debunked the myths that geeks can't drink, party, be hot or win things. The evening didn't turn out exactly how I wanted -- my team lo ... More >>
In honor of MTV's 30th Anniversary this week, we're reflecting on the network's best moments from the past three decades. Today: Our favorite music videos riffed on by Beavis and Butt-head. The duo tackled something around 250 different videos throughout the show's eight seasons, and although ... 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 >>
Gareth Jackson Some bands require creative tension or mercurial relationships to provide a spark. In our Local Natives Rough Mixes piece this week, we learned that this is not the case for these five So-Cal dudes. They're in a band because they like being around each other, and the music sta ... More >>
Thursday, April 8, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Saturday, March 27, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
I've never been a fan of the Talking Heads -- and I mean that in the most endearing way possible. Even as a kid I figured David Byrne was a pretentious turd, hell-bent on proving something. Which, at the time I wasn't particularly fond of. That said, as a pretentious turd myself, I randomly ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Kanyewest.com Last week, Kanye christened his new web site with the above photo of his girlfriend, Amber Rose. Then, Thom Yorke announced the name of his latest band on the Radiohead blog. Which got us thinking about the other band blogs we have bookmarked. In our bitchin' ... More >>
AOL's music blog, Spinner.com, posted a list late last week titled "Revenge of the Rock Nerds: The 10 Biggest Geeks in Music." Between such dorky songsmiths as Talking Heads' David Byrne (#10) and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo (#1) lies former Dead Kennedys frontman and longtime Bay Area fixture Jello Bi ... More >>
Leonard Cohen's concert at New York's Beacon Theatre last Thursday marked his first American performance in fifteen years. As he took the stage, AEG Live announced a run of North American dates that, as of now, concludes with a stop at Red Rocks on Tuesday, June 2. It was one of a few Red Rocks show ... More >>
DeVotchKa just got tapped to open for David Byrne, who visits Red Rocks Saturday, June 20 as part of his tour playing songs from his collaborations with Brian Eno, including tunes from Life in the Bush of Ghosts and Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. Byrne played a stellar show with th ... More >>
Welcome back. Today in Cafe Society: • Beerdrinker of the Year: A judge's tale. • Sexy Pizza's sexy facelift. • It's Denver Cupcake Week for Lovely Confections Bakery. • Room for one Pho. • Oodles of noodles and more news from Jet Entertainment. • Another round at Katie Mullen's. • A ... More >>
The Motet plays to a Talking Heads fan base.
Disco doesn't suck so bad now that it's saving your sorry ass, does it? Here's a user-friendly guide to all of the top-notch content you might have missed out on while you were busy this week practicing your CPR skills to the beat of the disco classic "Staying Alive"...
This week, we present “Byrne After Reading,” our new advice column by musician/artist (and former Talking Heads frontman) David Byrne. Dear David: I am a singer who used to be in a popular and highly influential ’80s band until we broke up because we all hated each other. Since then, I have p ... More >>
David Byrne visits the Buell Theatre October 12. Among the recent concert info we've received over the last week, a second Cheech & Chong was added and Eddy Grant's August 15 show at the Bluebird was canceled. Here's a rundown of the shows going on sale this weekend. For ticket information, click ... More >>
Sunday, August 10, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Is it wrong to write such catchy songs from a killer's perspective? Am I a sick man for finding this so cool? Does this mean I have deeply buried issues? Probably. What can I say, I always wanted to see a band that sounds like a David Byrne-fronted Devo tribute band write a song paying homage to ... More >>
The conspiracy theorists must be right: Denver International Airport is a gate to Hell. After all, what other than some diabolical force would deign to upset nerd-tastic musician David Byrne (he of the Talking Heads) as he tried to access his favorite websites while passing time in our fair airport? ... More >>
With the music industry in disarray, local acts seek new ways to release their music.
Wednesday, September 28, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.
Jim White Presents: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (Luaka Bop)
Walk softly and carry a big shtick
Friday, September 3, Ogden Theatre, 1-800-965-4827; Saturday, September 4, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, 1-866-527-8499.
Über Cobra (Widespread Records)
To the Rooftops (Gern Blandsten)
Stop Making Sense
George and Caplin
David Byrne comes up big-time in Stop Making Sense.
Any Dick or Harry can get funky with the Tom Tom Club's first recording in eight years.
David Byrne is mad as hell at his former bandmates--and he's not going to take it anymore.
The Heads' Jerry Harrison on the controversial decision to carry on without David Byrne.
THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.
A LOOK AT THE MODERN-ROCK SONGS DENVER RADIO IS DOING TO DEATH.