Dolly Parton

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    My Night With Afroman, Fueled by Colt 45 and So Much Legal Weed

    When I was first asked if I wanted to cover a Weedmaps event at which Afroman was the featured guest, thirteen-year-old Taylor died a little bit on the inside. I was taken back to the good old days of middle school, and recalled the first time I ever smoked weed, with Afroman as the soundtrack. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: Herbal Wellness in Lafayette

    The lobby and bud-bar walls of Herbal Wellness are literally covered with framed head shots of random celebrities, all signed (I assume) to the owner, mostly from people who were big in the '70s, '80s and '90s. Some I got, like Cheech and Chong. But for most of them, I didn't understand the connecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    The Ten Best Rock-and-Roll-Themed Pinball Machines

    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 >>

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    September 4, 2014
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    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    107.1 FM reinvents itself as 107X, promises listener-based format

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    On Woman to Woman, Esme Patterson speaks for the ladies, responding to famous love songs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    December 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, February 18-21

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    The misappropriation of country music

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    The ten best music books of 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Lucky '13: Cortney Lane Stell, RMCAD gallery director and curator

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2012

    EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Kristin Chenoweth brings her brilliant voice and bizarre shoe fetish performance to Denver

    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 >>

  • Film

    January 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Rockstar Aaron releases "Horrible DJ" single

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011
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    April 20, 2011

    Twenty things to do on 4/20 -- happy holiday!

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Five careers Jack White could help revive next

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Download Suburban Home's free mix tape to prep for two months of shows

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Justify My Love: Defending '50s and '60s country

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Denver does Denver, but who's doing the rest? A list of our five dream covers.

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010
  • Music

    January 14, 2010

    The Grascals

    Wednesday, January 20, Soiled Dove Underground, 303-830-9214.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top Ten Cover Songs of the Decade

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Beyond Playlist: Eminem and 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    The Jukebox Effect

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 12, 2009
  • Dining

    November 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    The Mating Game: Born in the Flood's Nathaniel Rateliff

    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 >>

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    July 18, 2008
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    June 9, 2008
  • Culture

    January 26, 2006

    Heavy Petal

    Steel Magnolias is in full bloom at Miners Playhouse.

  • Music

    October 6, 2005

    Dolly Parton

    Thursday, October 6, Colorado Convention Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Season's Bleatings

    Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

  • Music

    March 11, 2004

    Norah Jones

    Feels Like Home (Blue Note)

  • Music

    December 18, 2003


    Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2003

    Lights, Camera, Reaction

    Films highlight human rights

  • Music

    June 6, 2002

    Unchanged Stripes

    Jack and Meg White resist the spoils of success.

  • Music

    January 31, 2002

    Preaching the Summit

    Colorado ski resorts look to folkie Jim Salestrom for a musical lift.

  • Music

    July 19, 2001


    Detroit's White Stripes will save your savage soul.

  • Music

    July 12, 2001

    Patty Loveless

    Mountain Soul (Epic)

  • Film

    May 31, 2001

    Sheer Gaul!

    Moulin Rouge thrusts forth a deliciously garish Paris.

  • Dining

    January 18, 2001

    Reality Bites

    If you want to eat, try a restaurant. If you want to be taken for a ride, try Holoworld.

  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    Various Artists

    Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe
    (Skaggs Family Records)

  • Music

    February 24, 2000

    Dolly Parton

    The Grass Is Blue
    (Sugar Hill)

  • Music

    April 22, 1999
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    October 29, 1998
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    April 16, 1998
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