Amanda Palmer is known for her crazy antics as the leader of the Dresden Dolls and the Grand Theft Orchestra. But Palmer started her career doing something a little more stationary. She worked as a living statue, painted all in white, wearing a wedding dress and giving people flowers. In her time ... More >>
DEVOTCHKA & THE COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | 6/14/13 Sharing the spotlight with an orchestra of more than fifty members, DeVotchKa ran the risk of getting lost in the shuffle on stage at Red Rocks. Then came the aerialists, who climbed high above the stage via slim stretches of fabric and perform ... More >>
After his house was foreclosed on, Baltimore burlesque performer Paco Fish decided to seize the circumstance and pursue his dreams. So the performer took the plunge and moved into his van, then embarked on a 52-week Burlesque Vanguard Tour across the country, taking along a variety of characters and ... More >>
AMANDA PALMER @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 2/4/12 Amanda Palmer wants to ask the audience a personal question. It's halfway through her set, and the crowd is understandably sweaty, aroused, and willing to answer anything she asks. "How many of you, in high school, were described as 'goth'?" To which the crow ... More >>
Hola, amigo! Welcome to the weekend! A massive amount of musical goodness awaits you this weekend, the first of this fall season. Whatever you feel like getting into, there are a ton of shows to choose from, whether you're looking for metal, rock, hip-hop or just want to party down like there's no s ... More >>
Update 9/20/12: Local string quartet Per Vita is slated to back Amanda Palmer this Friday at the Gothic Theater. The group reached out to Palmer immediately when she put out the initial call, knowing full well that it was volunteer only. "We didn't care at all," says Laena McDonald. "We play a lot ... More >>
Friday, September 21, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 303-788-0984.
Welcome to another splendid week of music in the Mile High City. As usual, there are plenty of shows to choose from this week, from Kreator and Accept at the Gothic to DeVotchKa and Airborne Toxic Event at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony, and we've got them all listed in our comprehensive conce ... More >>
Amanda Palmer recently set the record for crowd-sourced fundraising among music-related projects -- a record once held by Five Iron Frenzy -- after the Kickstarter campaign to fund her new record raised $735,000 in about two weeks. The former Dresden Dolls frontwoman served up tickets, copies of the ... More >>
Jason Webley.Jason Webley (due at the Mercury Cafe, Saturday, June 25) started out playing punk rock as a teenager in Seattle, but it wasn't until well into his twenties that he shed that musical skin. It would be difficult to pin Webley with a genre, but it could be said that he mixed perfor ... More >>
Colorado's easy-going persona has always been a magnet for transplants, and hey, if we had a beach, our population would probably rival California's. But for Raven and the Writing Desk -- a band who's founding members, Julie Libassi and Scott Conroy, landed in our fair square state via Boston ... More >>
In case you missed it, Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls fame) has released a ukulele Radiohead cover album called, well, conveniently enough, Amanda Palmer performs the popular hits of Radiohead on her magical ukulele -- a title that's sure not to leave anyone confused. Now, this is all wel ... More >>
Fansourcing: Although the textbook definition of the word applies more to having fans pitch in from a creative standpoint on a specific artistic endeavor, the term probably comes closest to describing this trend we're seeing revived lately -- employed previously by local groups like the Cza ... More >>
Camera Obscura, Agent RibbonsBluebird TheaterMonday, June 1, 2009Better Than: A vintage-clothes show without live music. Okay, so that's a bit mean. But Camera Obscura did bring along fellow thrift-store doyennes Agent Ribbons as an opening act. The bands' shared love for '50s dresses is where th ... More >>
Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
AC/DC rocks the Pepsi Center November 25. There were a lot of things shaking this past week in local concert announcements. Some of the bigger shows include AC/DC's show in support of the band's forthcoming album, Black Ice (due October 20), on November 25 show at the Pepsi Center, DeVotchKa's two- ... More >>
Here's a wrap up of what you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were transfixed by the dustup between Radiohead and Prince over whether or not Prince has the right to cock block the release of video of his performance of Radiohead's "Creep" at Coachella...
Photo by Chris Velarde The Dresden Dolls, Smoosh, and Ukulele Loki and the Gadabout Orchestra Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Ogden Theatre Better Than: Not dressing up in clothes from the movie Cabaret. The Dresden Dolls throng was out in full force last night, but only about half of them donned the requis ... More >>
Tuesday, May 27, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
BDRMPPL, State Bird, The Tanukis, Mad Happy April 6, 2008 Brooks Center Arts Better than: The last party you attended in a church basement. A show at Brooks Center Arts is a truly unique experience. If you’re strictly accustomed to theater or arena shows with lights and smoke, you’ll feel a lit ... More >>
Bang Camaro Saturday, February 23, 2008 Bluebird Theater On the line: Denver’s rep as a bastion of metal magnitude. (Hint: The Jury’s still out.) It was nearly 10:30 when I rolled up on the Bluebird last Saturday night. Joel Simches, the sometimes JV rocker and once long-time master soundman f ... More >>
As touted in this week's Backbeat, music editors from across the country asked luminaries from our respective towns to tell us what music they loved this year. Their picks appear below and on the subsequent pages. Margaret Cho has had her own TV show, a couple of best-selling books, a Grammy-nomi ... More >>
Sunday, June 10, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
Saturday, November 4, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Tuesday, April 4, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Wednesday, October 12, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Tuesday, August 23, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.
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