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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
#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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Titwrench 2010 Friday, July 9 - Sunday July 11, 2010 | Glob | Denver Over the course of one weekend, Titwrench 2010 brought together artists and people of all stripes from around the country and attracted a wider than usual swath of the local community. On Saturday afternoon, there were worksho ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Fresh from Nashville, this songstress visits her old stamping grounds.
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 >>
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 >>
For American men tired of American women, Richard Beals knows how to Thai the knot.
The Dearly Beloved strike a balance between fringe folk and Buddhist blues.
The cast of Starz Cabaret is ready for fun.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Beauty is only skin deep -- but that's deep enough.
Jason Ringenberg embraces his title as alt country's architect.
These days, his signature guit-steel playing leaves listeners slack-jawed. But it took Junior Brown a long time to get to center stage.
Multi-talented songwriter Laurie Lewis makes music with an ear toward tradition. But she's not afraid to break rules.
Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.
Baz Luhrmann makes movies--and audiences--in his own image.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Many important musicians won't be on stage in Boulder with Emmylou Harris -- but they'll be with her.
A chromosome-challenged critic gets in touch with his feminine side.
Both Cheri Knight's music and her business are blooming.
Carla Bozulich talks about integrity, barbering and the Geraldine Fibbers.
After a period of obscurity, Johnny Cash is once again a wanted man.
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS A STAGE MOTHER WITH A GROUP OF SCHIZOPHRENICS? A REALLY, REALLY BIG SHOW.
SOMETIMES EVEN KATHY MATTEA'S FAMILY DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HER STYLE OF COUNTRY.