When Luis Etscheid and Caleb Henning launched their boutique effects-pedal company, Mantic Conceptual, in spring 2013, they had a great deal more curiosity than experience. Fortunately, the Denver-based musicians are pretty good at experimentation, and in their first year, they found an impressive l ... More >>
See also: - Alanis Morissette, State Radio, Adventure Club and more - Bruce Springsteen, Waka Flocka Flame, Chevelle and more - Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive and more - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future ... More >>
Katie and Tom. Katy and Russell -- everybody's breaking up these days, it seems. Hell, even Adam Levine traded in one Victoria's Secret model for another. Break ups aren't just relegated to the super couples or the superstars, obviously. Everybody's been been on the receiving end of being dumped -- ... More >>
Thursday, March 15: Thousands of bands were packed into stages around town, fans were going nuts on every street corner. How'd the Morning Clouds spend their off day? Doing laundry. We're pretty rock like that. With piles of clean undies and non-smelly socks back in our room, we managed to catch a g ... More >>
The riots in the U.K. destroyed a lot of things, but one dear to our hearts is the Sony distribution center that housed the bulk of one of the largest distro's in Europe, PIAS. On the August 9, looters torched the entire facility, destroying the inventory of over 150 labels, including the lik ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are hosting the first annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit. Bad Brains is coming to the Summit Music Hall in August and Blues Traveler is coming back to Red Rocks for its annual Fo ... More >>
DeVotchKa's excellent 100 Lovers, released last week on Anti, debuted at number one at both Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout and rounded out the top five at Wax Trax. Two Rick Kulwicki-related releases, meanwhile, The Frantix's My Dad's a Fuckin' Alcoholic and the Fluid's Purplemetalflake ... More >>
Adele's new album 21, released last week on Columbia, debuted in the number one spots at both Twist & Shout and Independent Records, while coming in third at Albums on the Hill. Stockholm Syndrome, meanwhile, claimed the top spot at Albums on the Hill with its latest, Apollo, released Februar ... More >>
Monday, February 21, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
The chills-inducing men of MidlakeTo some, indie rock is an aesthetic, something between Sonic Youth and Pavement that's played by people with in mop-tops and ringer t-shirts with cans of Pabst atop their amplifiers. Others, meanwhile, might define indie rock literally as music recorded and p ... More >>
Photo by Brian TamborelloBusdriver with Busdriver. Boasting may seem like a hip-hop requirement, but it's actually possible to play the rap game without overdosing on self-love every other line. For proof, direct your gaze to the following Q&A with Regan Farquhar, who performs as Busdriver. T ... More >>
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 >>
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"...
Josephine and the Mousepeople stand tall. We've got so damn much new content today that as soon as I finish writing this blog, I'm taking the rest of the day off. Backbeat Online brings you live reviews of Nick Warren at Beta, as well as a Rhinoceropolis gig featuring BDRMPPL and Pictureplane, jo ... More >>
Senator McCain, that song is not about you Here's a round-up of all the great content you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy following the saga of yet another band -- the Foo Fighters -- getting pissed about the McCain campaign using one of their songs to promote his candidacy. ... More >>
Call me daddy. No, really. Here's a convenient and useful guide to all the wonderful content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were reeling from the shock and disbelief of discovering that Clay Aiken, of American Idol fame, has somehow managed to spawn, and is now a fath ... More >>
Panic at the Disco hits Broomfield Event Center Oct. 17. It's been an insanely busy week for concert announcements. We also just got word that Moby will in town for DNC and doing a DJ set at the Church on Wednesday, August 27. But in the meantime, here's a sampling of what's on sale this weekend. F ... More >>
The Q&A below starring Roots drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, whose band opens for Westword profile and Q&A subject Erykah Badu, represented a first for yours truly. Never before had I conducted an interview with an artist who spent the first portion of the conversation on a treadmill. But Thompson ... More >>
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
Thursday, October 4, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Saturday, September 23, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Friday, June 9, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Wednesday, June 7, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Tuesday, November 8, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
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KaitO is saving the world, one song at a time.
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