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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Monday, October 15, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
J. WohletzCoffee at The PointCoffee 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 >>
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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 >>
Wednesday, November 18, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7352.
Backbeat writers sound off on the best local releases of 2006.
Valium (Mourning Star Records)
The rest of the planet generated some good CDs this year, too.
Is Terry Reid the unluckiest man in rock?
Breaking bread with Colorado's top competitive eater.
Knowing how Nick Drake expired helps bring his music to life.
A member of Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion maps his own road.
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones goes it alone.
They had guns. They were after drugs and cash. What they got was trouble.
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
Can't the members of Denver's Simon Sez all just get along?