Dead Kennedys

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    November 5, 2014

    The Ten Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

    While traveling from Denver to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Photos: Members of the Denver DIY music scene explain their tattoos

    In a world where you can buy a Dead Kennedys T-shirt at Urban Outfitters, the "punk" label has lost some of its ability to describe anything at all. We spent the past couple of months going to the shows that still embody the genre's original spirit, the ones that now define themselves as DIY and cer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Photos: Get to know the people (and tattoos) of Denver's DIY music scene

    In a world where you can buy a Dead Kennedys T-shirt at Urban Outfitters, the "punk" label has lost some of its ability to describe anything at all. We spent the past couple of months going to the shows that still embody the genre's original spirit, the ones that now define themselves as DIY and cer ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Six nu-metal bands you shouldn't be ashamed to like

    There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    BLKHRTS moving to L.A. This Saturday's video release party at Larimer to be last Denver show

    This Saturday, January 25, BLKHRTS are playing their last show as denizens of Denver. Next month, the lauded local act is picking up stakes and heading for Los Angeles. Before the outfit leaves the Mile High City behind, though, it's going to offer a special parting gift to one lucky fan, a trip to ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    TUES | WU YEAR'S EVE at CERVANTES | 12/31/13 More than just creating a free-associative style that would be emulated ceaselessly throughout the '90s and to this very day, the Wu-Tang Clan engineered an aesthetic and model for profitability with only a spiritual guide, the GZA, a mastermind producer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Tom Hunting of Exodus on how building a song is like building the best sandwich possible

    Exodus was founded in 1980 by a group of high school friends that included a pre-Metallica Kirk Hammett and Tom Hunting, the sole remaining original member of the act. The classic line-up also featured Paul Baloff on vocals and Gary Holt, who moved over to guitar when Kirk joined Metallica, just pri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    In honor of A Band Called Death, five more films about almost forgotten musicians

    When a 1974 demo tape was discovered of music by Death, the Detroit proto-punks, it was like a missing link. Ahead of its time and now all but forgotten, the trio's harsh, fast sound was the precursor to that of bands like Bad Brains, Ramones and Minutemen. A Band Called Death, part of the Universi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Blag Dahlia of Dwarves on kicking ass and not being old guys going through the motions

    Dwarves are one of the most notorious punk bands of all time. In a time when punk rock has become a kind of brand rather than an authentic lifestyle, Dwarves are always dependable to show what the real thing looks, feels and sounds like. With a reputation for dangerously raucous live shows often inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Mid-Winter Punk Film Festival kicks off on 2/4

    Those looking for a little rowdy cinema to warm up those dreary final months of the season should look no further than Growler Distro's Mid-Winter Punk Film Festival, which features only the most hard-core selection of underground punk-rock movies of the '70s and '80s through today. The series is a ... More >>

  • Music

    December 1, 2011


    I Can't Believe It's Not Better!

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    August 11, 2011

    Ten best songs about quitting your job

    "Oh, I can absolutely work Saturday. I didn't have any plans anyway."​The job market's still very tough, your 401 (k) has probably lost its value over the last week, and your rent, car payment and baby mama aren't going to get paid on their own. You hate your job, your boss treats you like gar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Mark Bliesener, who gave the Dead Kennedys their name, on how he coined the moniker

    ​Behold, Untold Stories, another new periodic feature on Backbeat. As you've probably deduced from the name of this feature, Untold Stories will feature first-hand accounts of momentous occasions involving local folks that have never really been highlighted -- thus the Untold part of that equa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Hey Ronnie! 10 best punk songs about Reagan

    April 1983 issue of TIME. How could '80s lefties not kind of loathe and fear this guy?​Thirty years ago today, at 12:27 p.m. mountain time, John Hinckley, Jr., shot then-president Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Reagan, of course, survived the shooting, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Rockaway Tavern set to open tonight

    ​After a few months renovating the former Triangle Denver space at 2036 Broadway, former 15th Street Tavern owners Myke Martinez and Kris Sieger, and 3 Kings Tavern owner Jim Norris are set to celebrate the Rockaway Tavern's grand opening on Friday, August 13. Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spagh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Ideal Fathers rarely disappoint, and this Wasteland show was no exception

    The Fugitive Kind (Tom Murphy)​ Ideal Fathers • Vicious Women • Fugitive Kind 05.28.10 | The Wasteland Although the Fugitive Kind from San Francisco may be the same band that former Blatz guitarist Robert Eggplant helped start, the female-fronted five-piece sounded like a more brutal Dea ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009
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    August 6, 2009

    Various Artists

    Mile High Low Life

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Spinner dubs Boulder's Biafra one of music's 10 biggest geeks

    ​AOL's music blog,, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Rocky Mountain Low listening/release party announced

    ​It's been a couple months since its release, but the double-disc Rocky Mountain Low compilation--an exhaustive overview of the Front Range punk scene of the late '70s, including a rare pre-Dead Kennedys track by a young Jello Biafra, back when he was a long-haired Boulder kid named Eric Boucher-- ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Strum Luck

    The Denver UkeFest returns to Swallow Hill.

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Live Review: Triclops, the Nod at Lion's Lair

    Photo by Tom Murphy The Nod gets the nod for its performance at the Lion's Lair this past weekend. Triclops, The Nod Saturday, August 30, 2008 Lion’s Lair, Denver Better Than: A full line-up of stoner rock bands. With a name like “The Nod,” I expected a druggy, stoner rock band and not much ... More >>

  • Music

    July 31, 2008

    Ideal Fathers

    3 Kings Tavern

  • Music

    July 3, 2008

    Streets of London

    Brush up on your Spanish at Gringo Bingo.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Playing the Part

    I've got news for you. Hot Topic didn’t invent poseurs. A lot of us like to think that we’re “authentic” or “old school” or some other euphemism that implies both allegiance and entrenchment. But, in all likelihood, we all started off as poseurs. I know I did. And, in some aspects of you ... More >>

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    January 18, 2008
  • Music

    January 17, 2008

    Pro Choice

    What does your jukebox selection say about you?

  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    Jesus, Saved

    The Rock & Roll Grill is here to stay.

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2007

    Rock Shots

    The '80s return in Chris Deutsch’s photographs.

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Making the Band

    A few matchmaking suggestions for the also-rans.

  • Music

    March 16, 2006


    Under a Billion Suns (Sub Pop)

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    Take Your Best Shot

    Throwing a few back for Katrina relief.

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Nouvelle Vague

    Nouvelle Vague (Luaka Bop)

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Off Limits

    Name blame

  • Calendar

    July 22, 2004

    Idiot's Delight

    Music insiders pen The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting a Band.

  • Music

    July 8, 2004


    Thursday, July 8, Rock Island, 303-572-7625; Friday, July 9, 32 Bleu, Colorado Springs, 1-719-955-5664; Saturday, July 10, Starlight Theatre, Fort Collins, 1-970-484-4974.

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    Best Jukebox

    Lion's Lair

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    March 4, 2004

    Crazy Times

    Mogul Mania leaps into Vail

  • Music

    June 12, 2003

    Hit Pick

    Reno Divorce

  • Music

    January 17, 2002

    Digging Up the Past

    Oh, for Frankenchrist's sake! The Dead Kennedys return, sans Jello.

  • Music

    June 21, 2001


    Can Barry Fey save the day for Denver's concertgoers?

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2001

    Best Country Recording

    Always Say Please and Thank You
    Slim Cessna's Auto Club

  • News

    February 8, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of February 8, 2001

  • Music

    February 1, 2001

    Critic's Choice

    Soul Brains

  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    Electric Frankenstein

    The Dawn of Electric Frankenstein
    (Triple X Records)

  • Music

    August 24, 2000

    X Marks the Spot

    Former SST producer Spot brings underground Celtic sounds into the light.

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    April 13, 1994
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