Donovan (Singer)

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    The eight best shows in Denver this week

    It's a particularly good week at Red Rocks, with something like half of our recommended shows taking place at the World's Sexiest Natural Ampitheatre. There is a particularly appealing collection of Colorado talent taking that stage on Thursday, when DeVotchKa joins the symphony orchestra for what i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Alice Cooper on how Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali and Elvis are probably, definitely, aliens

    Alice Cooper is a shock rock pioneer that's influenced countless artists with his on stage horror movie imagery and antics, which included hangings and beheadings by guillotine. Theatrics aside, Cooper (aka Vincent Furnier) is also a talented songwriter. Hits like "I'm Eighteen," "School's Out" and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Do drugs make musicians more creative?

    Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Ten essential albums of the 1960s

    If someone wanted to learn more about the sixties, but didn't know where to start, these are the albums we'd recommend. While they aren't necessarily the best selling, or the most critically acclaimed, they are certainly the ones that float to the surface all these years later, providing a rough blu ... More >>

  • Music

    October 11, 2012

    Sic Alps

    Monday, October 15, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809. 

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Guns N' Roses, Joan Jett, the Cure nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    ​Guns N' Roses, who announced last week that it would be coming to Denver (but no venue or date has been confirmed yet), is among the fifteen acts nominated, along with the Cure, Joan Jett, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Donovan, Erik B & Rakim and Red Hot Chili Peppers, for the Rock and Roll Hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Tonight: Smith Westerns at the Larimer

    ​Chicago's Smith Westerns have no doubt been thrown under the worn out labels of beachy and reverb-heavy -- but past a surface listen, the band goes deeper than many of it's lo-fi contemporaries. Reminiscent of T. Rex and Donovan, the music of Smith Westerns has a charming sexiness in their vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    In honor of Valentine's Day, we present you with fifteen love songs about... inanimate objects

    ​It's Valentine's Day, which means the entire Internet is abuzz with songs about love -- or if people are feeling particularly sad -- songs about hate. But what about those who prefer to spread their affection to other things, like inanimate objects? Well, there are plenty of those songs, too. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Coffee at The Point is officially open for business

    J. WohletzCoffee at The Point​Coffee at The Point opened for business this week, with the full beverage, food and dessert menu available to Crossroads Theater patrons next door and anyone else who needs a kidney-punch of espresso made with Denver's own Novo coffee. Owners Ryan Cobbins, his wi ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 2010

    Distance Engine

    Songs in Alphabetical Order

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Over the weekend: Six Months to Live at the Meadowlark

    ​Six Months to Live, deadbubbles and Dario Rosa Saturday, November 14, 2009 Meadowlark Better Than: The second big snowstorm of the season outside. Opening act deadbubbles set the pace for the rest of the show with an energetic set of rock and roll full of more than its fair share of weirdness an ... More >>

  • Music

    November 12, 2009


    Wednesday, November 18, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7352.

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Moovers and Shakers 2006

    Backbeat writers sound off on the best local releases of 2006.

  • Music

    April 27, 2006

    Invisible Orange

    Valium (Mourning Star Records)

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Nationalistic 2005

    The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.

  • Calendar

    November 24, 2005
  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    Reid 'Em and Weep

    Is Terry Reid the unluckiest man in rock?

  • News

    July 28, 2005

    Hard to Stomach

    Breaking bread with Colorado's top competitive eater.

  • Music

    October 5, 2000

    Born to Die

    Knowing how Nick Drake expired helps bring his music to life.

  • Music

    February 10, 2000

    20 Miles to Go

    A member of Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion maps his own road.

  • Music

    October 21, 1999

    Getting Out of the Led

    Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones goes it alone.

  • News

    July 9, 1998

    Bad Company

    They had guns. They were after drugs and cash. What they got was trouble.

  • Calendar

    March 20, 1997
  • Music

    December 19, 1996

    To Buy or Not to Buy

    Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.

  • News

    November 14, 1996
  • Music

    November 7, 1996
  • Music

    March 21, 1996

    What Simon Said

    Can't the members of Denver's Simon Sez all just get along?