• Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Review: DeVotchKa at Gothic Theatre, 10/31/13

    DEVOTCHKA at GOTHIC THEATRE |10/31/12 Nick Urata was quite engaging throughout last night's show, but one of the most compelling moments came when he introduced a song as one written by one of the band's heroes. The tune wasn't immediately recognizable, as the band had expertly reworked the song to ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    THURS | DEVOTCHKA at GOTHIC THEATRE | 10/31/13 It just wouldn't be October without DeVotchKa's annual Halloween extravaganza. This year, the beloved Denver act is holding court at the Gothic Theatre on Thursday, October 31, and the Boulder Theater on the following night, Friday, November 1. Shady El ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    New Denver shows on sale this week: Third Eye Blind, Big K.R.I.T, Big Freedia, Lissie

    Third Eye Blind is making its way back to Denver for a show at the Gothic Theatre on Friday, December 6. Tickets ($30) go on sale this Friday, September 27, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what songs are being played on local radio and what's selling at local r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    New Denver shows: MGMT, Luke Bryan and Jack Johnson. Tickets on sale this weekend

    After a being out of the limelight for a spell, MGMT is back with a new record and ready to hit the road. The outfit, who is slated to release its new album in August, is set to headline the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday, September 6. Tickets ($35) go on sale on Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. Keep rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    Another great batch of shows this week. As always, there is a ton of variety for the music lover in you. Whether you're seeking EDM, jazz, metal, indie or country, there are at least ten reasons to stay up late this week and get down like there's no tomorrow. We've got all of the shows listed in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    New Denver shows: Zac Brown adds third show at Red Rocks, plus Sting, the XX and more

    Okay, hands up if you knew the Zac Brown Band was so popular. He's wildly popular, in case you're wondering. Dude just added another show at Red Rocks, thanks to the fact that the first two have already sold out. Oh, and speaking of the Rocks, Sting has announced a June date up there, and we've got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    New shows: Animal Collective at the Ogden, the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks, the Revival Tour

    After the comforting lull of the holidays, things are starting to ramping back up nicely on the concert front. Some big announcements this week, including Animal Collective, who is slated to return to Denver for a show at the Ogden Theatre with Dan Deacon, and the Avett Brothers who are set for a tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    New shows: Lotus three nights at Boulder Theater, Crystal Castles at the Gothic and more

    A perennial favorite in Colorado, Lotus is making its way back to the Centennial state for a trio of shows at the Boulder Theater, while Crystal Castles is set to return for a date at the Gothic Theatre and Anthrax tops the Metal Alliance tour, a stacked bill at the Summit Music Hall this April that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    New shows: SnowBall Music Festival adds STS9 and other acts, the Pharcyde at Fox and more

    New week, new year, new show announcements -- the biggest one this week involves STS9. Fresh off a three-night New Year's Eve run at the Fillmore comes word that the outfit has been added as a headliner at this March's SnowBall Music Festival. We've got the full run down on that below, as well as wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    New Shows: Furthur at 1STBANK, 420 show at Red Rocks with Slightly Stoopid, Cypress Hill

    Big news on the concert front this week: Furthur, always a local favorite, returns for a series of dates in Colorado, one at the Ogden, followed by three back-to-back nights at 1STBANK Center. Equally as big is word of a 420 show at Red Rocks featuring Cypress Hill, Slightly Stoopid and Tribal Seeds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Oct. 26-28

    Welcome to the weekend, amigos! Ah, yes, we finally made it. Is it just us, or has this seemed like the longest week ever? Ah, maybe it's just the weather. Whatever the case, it's in the rearview now, and it's time to blow off some steam. Drinks are on the horizon and there's a full slate of great m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Avett Brothers, James Taylor, Blues Traveler and Gogol Bordello were announced; Gauntlet Hair, Hindershot and Fierce Bad Rabbit got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Van Halen, Dr. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Photos: DeVotchKa at the Ogden, 10/28/11

    DeVotchKa at the Ogden this past Friday​DEVOTCHKA at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/28/11This past Friday night at the Ogden Theatre, DeVotchKa kicked off Halloween weekend with its annual scary soiree (the band played a sold out show the following night at the Boulder Theater). We were on hand at the Ogd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Boba Fett & the Americans heading to CMJ

    ​Boba Fett & the Americans, the fifteen-piece guerrilla-style marching band, will be heading to New York City to play all over Manhattan for three days during the CMJ Music Marathon, which runs from Tuesday October 18 to Saturday, October 22. The band, which includes DeVotchKa's drummer/trumpe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    DeVotchKa's "Enemy Guns" used in new VW Passat commercial

    ​DeVotchKa's music has been used in films like Little Miss Sunshine, and frontman Nick Urata has also been involved in scoring a number of films, including 2009's I Love You Phillip Morris. The band's cinematic and sprawling music lends itself quite well to visuals so it's not surprising Volks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    We're blessed to be living in the best city in America.Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In October, St. Vincent is due at the Boulder Theater, followed by DeVotchKa who also appear there later in the month, as well as the Ogden, and Why? at the Gothic Theater. On local radio, Bop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on-sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Flaming Lips have announced a co-headlining date with Primus this August at Red Rocks. Kenny Chesney is also at the Rocks in July, and Panic! at the Disco is due at the Ogden in June. Meanwhile on local radio, Air ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2011


    100 Lovers

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    February 8, 2011

    DeVotchKa, FaceMan, Churchill spun this week on local radio. See who else got spins.

    ​Here's what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists from a number of different shows, including KTCL's Locals Only, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show, The Colorado Sound, which originates at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    South By Southwest 2011: Candy Claws, DeVotchKa and Slim Cessna tapped to perform

    ​ Ah, here we are again, a new year. You know what that means? Yep. Time to start the South By Southwest countdown. The first bands have been announced, and although there will likely be a bazillion more announced, so far of the groups announced three local bands have received official invita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    DeVotchKa flier puts all hands on deck

    ​To be perfectly honest, we could have closed our eyes and stuck our hands into a flier bin and picked out an awesome flier for Halloween weekend, so picking just one this week was difficult. Even so, this lively DeVotchKa flier caught our eye over some of the others, mainly because of its non ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    CMJ 2010 partial list of performers announced

    ​This afternoon, the second round of artists due to perform at this year's CMJ Music Marathon in New York on October 19-23 was revealed. In addition to DeVotchKa which had already been announced, near as we can tell after wading through the massive list, three subsequent Denver acts have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    DeVotchKa plays sold out soccer stadium in Paris with Muse, working on new album

    DeVotchKa, who peformed for over 90,000 people when the band opened for Muse in Paris last weekend (see a few pics after the jump), has recently been at Wavelab studio in Tuscon working on the follow-up to its last album, A Mad and Faithful Telling. No word yet on what the new record will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Aloft in the Sundry and Carbon Choir got spins this week on local radio. See who else got love.

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown*, KTCL's Locals Only, KBCO's Local Edition*, The Colorado Sound*, which originates at KRFC and is re-bro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 31, 2009
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    December 4, 2009

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with DJ Ginger

    ​Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2009

    Mile High Music Fest Live Reviews: Day Two

    Brian Landis Folkins See photos of the day's fans and crowds on the slideshow page. We're back for Day 2, which looks to be shaping up a little hotter, and not just because of HoneyHoney's frontwoman (above). Check back throughout the day for more photos and reviews. For coverage from Day One, se ... More >>

  • Music

    April 16, 2009


    Seed Gathering for a Winter Garden

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    The blog shortcut, February 23 edition

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    The blog shortcut, February 16 edition

    Obi Best. The mail may not be delivered on President's Day, but the blogging never stops... Today in Backbeat Online: • Live review: Obi Best at the Larimer Lounge. • Live review: Speakeasy, Tiger and AT05 at 1515. • Live review: DeVotchKa at the Paramount. • Live review: Murder By Death a ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    The blog shortcut, January 26 edition

    Look out below! Falling blogs! Today in Cafe Society: • Rock, paper, scissors, booze at Nine75. • Mark & Isabella now open in Belmar. • Just in time for the Super Bowl, a Milking It review of Cap'n Crunch's Touchdown Crunch. • Buenos Aires Grill to close. • Thanasi Foods thinks Bigs with ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    KBCO Studio C celebrates its twentieth anniversary with two-CD set

    Just received an advance of KBCO's Studio C 20th Anniversary Edition. The 38-song two-disc set, celebrating two decades of in-studio performances, gathers tracks from a few of the usual suspects (Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow), alongside some rare gems from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Dr. John an ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2008

    Blast from the Past

    The Yard Dogs Road Show brings vaudeville to the Bluebird stage.

  • News

    September 18, 2008

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters for the week of September 18, 2008

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2008

    Monolith Festival Live Blog, Day 1

    Midnight has finally come. For 11 hours straight on Saturday, Backbeat Online had Red Rocks surrounded, an army of writers, photographers, and other assorted hooligans braving a piss-reeking media tent to bring you live coverage of Monolith Festival. Day 1 of the fest starred Devotchka, Vampire ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2008

    Denver Music’s Media Onslaught

    Pictureplane gets a shout-out on Pitchfork and Nathaniel Rateliff gets written up in Billboard, while DeVotchKa kills it on Conan and Flobots throw down on Carson Daly.

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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 >>

  • Music

    March 20, 2008

    Mile Highlights From South by Southwest

    Nathaniel Rateliff puts his voice in peril while other locals prove themselves worthy of national acclaim.

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    March 14, 2008
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    September 26, 2007

    Q&A With Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat

    Steve Bays, Hot Hot Heat’s frontman, had a lot more to say than we could squeeze into Westword’s September 27 profile, as demonstrated by the attached Q&A. At interview time (on September 12, the day after HHH’s latest CD, Happiness Ltd., was released), the band was heading north to Los Angel ... More >>

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    October 12, 2006

    Write Stuff

    Fast on the heels of the announcement on Wednesday of this year's National Book Award nominations (my favorite, for the record, is Peter Hessler, for his scrupulous and fascinating Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present) comes our own homegrown author fte: the Colorado Book Awards, ... More >>

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    May 4, 2006


    Saturday, May 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007; Sunday, May 7, Trilogy Wine Bar, Boulder, 303-473-9463.

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    The Beatdown

    Matt Kowal is happy about being fat.

  • Music

    September 12, 2002

    Club Scout


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    June 29, 2000
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    June 29, 2000

    Best friend to have in a recording studio

    Bob Ferbrache/Absinthe Studios

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