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  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Shovels and Rope Bring Denver Roots, Southern Soul to the Ogden

    Before Shovels and Rope performed Saturday night at the Ogden Theatre, the crowd there was trying to claim them. There was plenty of discussion about the potential Colorado roots of husband-and-wife-duo Michael Trent and Carry Ann Herst, who champion Charleston, South Carolina as their hometown. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Paper Bird and Esme Patterson Had to Split Up Before Both Could Take Off

    Early on a Tuesday night at Syntax Physic Opera, Paper Bird is taking advantage of its sound check to play a bit of a new song, "Parade." It is one of several things the band will debut tonight; another is the writer of the song, Carleigh Aikins, on lead vocals. Normally, this portion of the process ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Gittyup Kitty is a Bluegrass Band With Punk and Pop Pedigree

    Marni Pickens wasn't always the easy-going bluegrass picker she is today. "I'm a rocker chick," she says. "Even though I grew up in Colorado, I never listened to much country or bluegrass at all." After moving from Colorado to New York City at eighteen years old, Pickens started playing bass in pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour proves she's pop music's greatest role model (seriously)

    The world's most maligned former Disney princess is strutting down the stage, leading a platoon of dancers dressed in (more) preposterous costumes, the most preposterous of them a pair of seven-foot foam finger outfits where the dancers' heads stick out of the knuckles. It's a direct reference to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Photos: Ten trade-offs to true love from a top Denver matchmaker

    If you think matchmakers are outmoded in the age of dating websites, think again. Michele Fields of Bon Jour Matchmaking Service is marking her 25th year of bringing people together the old-fashioned way. We asked Fields to offer some advice for those looking to find that perfect someone, and she c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    100 Colorado Creatives: Laura Shill

    #54: Laura Shill Laura Shill calls her work "a collision of collecting, costuming, performance, installation and photography," and as you might expect, it's always intriguing: The many-faceted artist, currently a studio resident at RedLine, is known of late for labor-intensive stuffed fiber install ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Mustaches: They're exciting, and they celebrate a classic ode to manhood

    Editor's note: Mustaches are de rigueur on uncles, cops and closing pitchers, but they've also become a fixture on the upper lips of the young and the hip. In fact, it's hard to imagine a time since the Civil War when razors were so ignored. But the look can be polarizing, and Westword contributors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Sera Cahoone knows what it's like to have Thom Yorke hold your hands and sing to you

    Lauded Sub Pop recording artist Sera Cahoone grew up in Colorado -- Littleton, to be exact. By the time she was in middle school, she was playing drums for gigging bands, and in the early '90s, she formed the experimental-rock band Idle Mind with her friend Roger Green. Although one of the more prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2012

    Savoy at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with Krewella, 9/7/12

    SAVOY @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 9/7/12Behind a cloud of smoke and haze, the members of Savoy took to their raised podiums in front of a frenzied Red Rocks last night behind a glowing panel of pulsing lights that simply read "SAVOY." This build-up to the first drop was crucial, steadily adding to th ... More >>

  • Film

    August 9, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    April 29, 2012

    Altitude Music Festival at CU Boulder, 4/28/12

    ALTITUDE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ BALCH FIELD HOUSE | 4.28.12 See Also: • Q&A with Gramatik • Snowball Music Festival 2012, Day One and Day Two • CU WelcomeFest 2011 • Sonic Bloom pre-party slideshow featuring GRiZ CU Program Council and Insomniac Events blew the walls of Balch Field House last n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    American Idol Top 8: '80s songs prove difficult for all but Skylar Laine and Phillip Phillips

    Last night's performances by the American Idol top eight were all over the place. The theme, '80s songs, proved difficult for some, while other contestants chose just the right song for their voices and their personalities. The group performances were the most off-putting. "I'm So Excited" by Holli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    Review: Miranda Lambert at 1STBANK Center, 3/17/12

    MIRANDA LAMBERT @ 1STBANK CENTER | 3/17/12 Miranda Lambert is justifiably incredulous. Twenty songs into her 22-song set, just before the St. Patrick's Day edition of her She-Woman Men Haters Club is about to conclude, someone on her crew has taken it upon himself to preempt the proceedings by turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Gaylord Entertainment makes pitch for tourism incentives to build hotel in Aurora

    The addition of a 1,500-room hotel and conference center in Aurora would definitely give out-of-towners a reason to visit. And Aurora is looking for 'em, as explained in our cover story, "Wish You Were Here!" Yesterday, the company that wants to build said behemoth hotel made a pitch for the million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Review: Tennis at Bluebird Theater, 2/16/12

    Tom MurphyTennis at The Bluebird Theater TENNIS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/2/12 For a band whose music is so bright and sunny, the tinge of melancholia that swirled around "Waterbirds" gave this Tennis performance an otherworldly feel. The breakdown section in the middle was one of the most evocative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Alex B.'s Pirates of the Caribean remix: Top five other recent local remixes

    Alex Botwin of Pnuma Trio, Paper Diamond and the head of Elm & Oak Records, recently dropped a little tune for the Pirates of the Caribbean score that made it onto the official soundtrack for the movie. Now Alex B. will forever be printed next to Hans Zimmer and Rodriogo y Gabriela with his remixed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Best Coast at the Bluebird, 11/03/10

    Tom Murphy​ BEST COAST With Sonny & The Sunsets 11.03.10 | Bluebird Theater The Twitter Universe is a strange one: The ability for fans to connect with and receive semi-personal information directly from people like Dolly Parton and Just Bieber -- or in this case, Bethany Cosentino aka Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Staffing Up: A new concept for Mark & Isabella

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Introducing Recast, our latest feature in which we appoint ourselves as soundtrack supervisors of an existing film

    ​Movie soundtracks have the ability to create mood and atmosphere in an interesting way when utilized properly. Changing or adding to a soundtrack is a way to create a completely new experience. Blade Runner is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time but the soundtrack has always fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    Over the Weekend... The Hollyfelds, Kosmos and Three Miles West @ the Walnut Room

    Click here for more photos by Brian Folkins. The Hollyfelds and Three Miles West Friday, May 2, 2008 The Walnut Room The Hollyfelds are a country band – a fact that co-lead singer Eryn Hoerig made sure to point out. Although this was pretty obvious after the band's first song, Hoerig’s charm w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Ian Cooke and Laylights @ Bluebird Theater

    Ian Cooke and Laylights Saturday, April 12, 2008 Bluebird Theater Better Than: Any other show I’ve seen from either act Though I was secretly skeptical about this weekend’s big Laylights CD release show, not only were my low expectations completely blown away, but I also came out of the show wi ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Katie Herzig Returns Home

    Fresh from Nashville, this songstress visits her old stamping grounds.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2007

    Kangaroo Road Kill -- Sleepy Mad Max

    7.30.07 Rockhampton, Australia Tropic of Capricorn PBC, I split the first two weeks in this country between Sydney and Melbourne, trying to erase the image of Foo the Saigon security guard and his red Thermos from my mind while also trying to locate the fabled Australian "spirit." This spirit was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2007

    Honkin' Tonkin

    July 17th, 2007 Riverside Hotel Ho Chi Mihn City (Saigon) District 1 Esteemed Editor, If you recall, this whole caper started off two months ago with a bunk tip from a blackjack dealer in Vegas regarding a cousin connection in Iraq. My intention to provide our news organization with a set of eyes ... More >>

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    December 6, 2006
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    December 6, 2006
  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Yin-Yang Sisterhood

    The Dearly Beloved strike a balance between fringe folk and Buddhist blues.

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2004

    Seeing Starz

    The cast of Starz Cabaret is ready for fun.

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

  • News

    November 7, 2002

    Face Time

    Beauty is only skin deep -- but that's deep enough.

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Still Scorching

    Jason Ringenberg embraces his title as alt country's architect.

  • Music

    January 17, 2002

    Brown and Red

    These days, his signature guit-steel playing leaves listeners slack-jawed. But it took Junior Brown a long time to get to center stage.

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    Kind of Blue

    Multi-talented songwriter Laurie Lewis makes music with an ear toward tradition. But she's not afraid to break rules.

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    Onward Through It All

    Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.

  • Culture

    June 7, 2001

    The Great Escape

    Baz Luhrmann makes movies--and audiences--in his own image.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

  • Music

    December 23, 1999

    And the Emmy Goes to...

    Many important musicians won't be on stage in Boulder with Emmylou Harris -- but they'll be with her.

  • Music

    August 27, 1998

    My Seven Hours With Lilith

    A chromosome-challenged critic gets in touch with his feminine side.

  • Music

    May 7, 1998

    Harvest Time

    Both Cheri Knight's music and her business are blooming.

  • Music

    September 18, 1997

    The Truth About the Fibbers

    Carla Bozulich talks about integrity, barbering and the Geraldine Fibbers.

  • Music

    June 12, 1997

    Cash on the Barrelhead

    After a period of obscurity, Johnny Cash is once again a wanted man.

  • Music

    November 21, 1996
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    July 19, 1995
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