I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when built with a loving hand they can turn a ... More >>
Looks like the pop radio hits of yesteryear just aren't cutting it anymore for the folks at 107.1 FM, known until very recently as Jack FM. The station launched a complete overhaul of its format and its content yesterday, unveiling a new brand name, a new musical niche and a fresh emphasis on alt-ro ... More >>
When Esme Patterson was learning to play Townes Van Zandt's song "Loretta," she says she started singing the words and got angry. "I started thinking about how one-sided and subjective a lot of 'love songs' are, and how a lot of women immortalized in songs might tell a different side of the story if ... More >>
The extended Valentine's holiday is over and the wavering Colorado weather is threatening some overdue winter snow, but that's no reason stay in this week. From a day of exploration at the Mizel Museum to a classic pre-talkie Clara Bow film and a night of Do-It-Yourself DJing, there are several fun, ... More >>
Country music used to have its own distinct identity, one that was tied to rich traditions of lonesome country roads, hard work, low pay and drinking. These days it's a black hole of insipidity. Following the Grammys, the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons are now reportedly making inroads on country radi ... 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 >>
This past year has been tough for many people, and we're eager to kiss 2012 goodbye. In hopes that 2013 will turn out to be much luckier for many, we invited some of the town's cultural tastemakers -- entrepreneurs and entertainers we're lucky to have in Denver -- to answer a trio of questions. We e ... More >>
Also see: - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Day One - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival: More From Day One - Slide show: Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Day Two Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance ... More >>
My taste in popular culture is inherently gay. Not "gay" in a derogatory sense -- I mean, "gay" as in I often find myself liking stuff only my gay dude friends like. Knowing nothing about her work, I signed on to see Kristin Chenoweth's performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House this past Friday ... More >>
Have you heard? Rockstar Aaron is a horrible DJ. So horrible, even, he made a song about it. Produced by Daniel Hyatt, Aaron's debut single "Horrible DJ," released yesterday, is meant to be tongue-in-cheek but also to start a conversation among those who might not know the brightly colored DJ ... More >>
It's April 20; do you know where your headies are? Because nothing goes with everyone's favorite (legal!) medicine like listening to righteous tunes, here's a rundown of where you can go to get your musical fix tonight -- trichromes not included.
Jack White has been a busy bee lately, producing records for Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson and now, Jerry Lee Lewis. We're starting to get the feeling he might view himself as a sort of Rick Rubin-type character, but instead of making older musicians darker and more introspective, he's just mak ... More >>
Suburban Home has been releasing mix tapes for a free for quite a while now, but it seems as though they might have reached the numerical limit of the format, because they've started over. That's right, we've got another Suburban Home Presents Mix Tape Volume 1, which might cause slight confu ... More >>
Okay, we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon nobody else knew about. "Guilty pleasures" is what most people term these sort of inclinations. Well, here at Backbeat, there's no shame in our game -- assuming, of ... More >>
The act we've chosen for Magnetic Fields to cover is so obvious, it just might work.With Denver Does Denver now safely in the rearview, we've been pondering what an expansion of the concept beyond the Colorado borders might look like. More to the point, we've been thinking about what some of ... More >>
Wednesday, January 20, Soiled Dove Underground, 303-830-9214.
Arcade Fire goes undercover.There have been billions of songs written in the last decade but sometimes it's not the new ones that matter, it's the reimaginings. Some people argue a great cover song is decided by it's accuracy to the original, others want something new to be brought into the m ... More >>
Last week, my buddy Dave Herrera over at Backbeat debuted a new bloggity thingamajig called Recast, in which he and his guys redo the soundtracks of existing movies. First one? Blade Runner -- one of the greatest movies of all time, and one with a soundtrack that already kicks some serious ... More >>
Eminem Relapse (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) The haters have been laying for this one, and there's no denying that Eminem has provided them with plenty of ammunition. Devoting an entire album to his drug problems and rehab struggles invites accusations of solipsism (yeah, yeah, it's a hip-hop trad ... More >>
I deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I would: a) run out o ... More >>
It's often been said that being in a band is just like being in a relationship, that sometimes your bandmates know you better than your significant other. We decided to put this notion to the test by asking a select band member a series of personal questions (easy, tiger, nothing salacious), and the ... More >>
Steel Magnolias is in full bloom at Miners Playhouse.
Thursday, October 6, Colorado Convention Center, 303-830-8497.
Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.
Feels Like Home (Blue Note)
Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.
Films highlight human rights
Jack and Meg White resist the spoils of success.
Colorado ski resorts look to folkie Jim Salestrom for a musical lift.
Detroit's White Stripes will save your savage soul.
Mountain Soul (Epic)
Baz Luhrmann makes movies--and audiences--in his own image.
Moulin Rouge thrusts forth a deliciously garish Paris.
If you want to eat, try a restaurant. If you want to be taken for a ride, try Holoworld.
Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe
(Skaggs Family Records)
The Grass Is Blue