Elliott Smith

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Denver-Bred Ron Miles and Bill Frisell Are Among the Greatest Collaborators in Jazz

    Two of the best jazz musicians Denver has ever produced, cornetist Ron Miles and guitarist Bill Frisell, are sitting across from each other at a table in the back corner of Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge's showroom in mid-September. Last night, they both played here with guitarist Dale Bruning, Frisel ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Wilco, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Dukes of September and more were announced; Overcasters, Lumineers, Churchill and the Jekylls got spins on local radio; and recent albums from the Shins, E-40, Fun. and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    David Bumgardner, exec chef of Williams & Graham, on moving your ass

    David Bumgardner Williams & Graham 3160 Tejon Street 303-997-8886 This is part one of my interview with David Bumgardner, exec chef of Williams & Graham. Part two of my chat with Bumgradner will run in this space tomorrow. The executive chef of Williams & Graham is leani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Uni and Square set the street-art scene at UnseenDenver's fundraiser for Arts Street

    Street art is usually a fly-by-night phenomena, one that the artists prefer no one -- especially the police -- witness. Just ask the Knapper twins, the subjects of this week's Westword cover story. But Denver has recently taken to the idea of live street-art events. And last Friday night, UnseenDenv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    MEN at the hi-dive, 3/18/11

    Tom Murphy MEN With Hideous Men 03.18.11 | hi-dive Before any bands played, DJ Sl8er and Piper Rose, the dynamic duo behind Titwrench, played a variety of records that could loosely fit into the context of dance music, if you go back just over thirty years, including some Joy Division and Tones O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Marco Benevento on his latest album, circuit bent toys and Brad Mehldau

    ​As half of the Benevento-Russo Duo, Marco Benevento played bass lines with his feet and held down organ and Wurlitzer parts with separate hands. But in the trio format, he's completely at home behind the piano, which he says is totally his ax. The forward-thinking Benevento makes captivating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Q&A with Adam Franklin of Swervedriver

    Johnny MotoAdam Franklin is well known for his role as the singer and guitarist in Swervedriver. His work in post-Swervedriver projects such as Toshack Highway, Magnetic Morning and his solo work, however, shows a remarkable breadth of musical imagination and a wealth of sonic ideas that reveal dime ... More >>

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    George Jones

    Wednesday, October 3, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, 1-970-619-4100.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2007

    Last Night: Ben Gibbard Interviewed by Blonde-Highlights McTeeth @ The Filmore

    Ben Gibbard at MGD's "The Craft" September 10, 2007 Better Than: Not seeing Ben Gibbard play at all, but just barely. Like the smell of freshly laid carpet. Or the pungent odor of melting polyvinyl chloride mixed with smugfuckness. That’s what my mouth tasted like after tonight’s Ben Gibbard s ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Moovers and Shakers 2006

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

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Pandora's Box offers a whole new approach to discovering music.

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Whoa, Mann!

    After all these years, Aimee Mann's voice still carries.

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    Billy Corgan

    The Future Embrace (Reprise) Pajo (Drag City)

  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    Vanishing Act

    Madeleine Peyroux returns after a puzzling eight-year absence.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Marrying the Mainstream

    White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.

  • Music

    May 6, 2004

    For Whom the Belle Toils

    Belle & Sebastian remains a word-of-mouth phenomenon.

  • Film

    May 8, 2003


    This time, it's the woman who manipulates the man.

  • Music

    February 20, 2003

    In the Key of Free

    Pianist Brad Mehldau opens up on Largo.

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    High and Mighty

    What do emo, Jah, Neil Young and THC have in common? The Mighty Rime.

  • Music

    June 20, 2002

    Feast of Reason

    Pleasure Forever indulges the senses in a dark, debauched sound.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

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

  • Music

    June 1, 2000


    Please, don't try to classify Tony Furtado.

  • Music

    May 25, 2000


    Jello does a shot on the latest local-music compilation.

  • Music

    April 13, 2000

    Little Boy Blue

    Conor Oberst sees the world through Bright Eyes.

  • Music

    March 30, 2000

    South By So What

    Unknown bands can't expect much from SXSW, just ask the Czars' Chris Pearson.

  • Music

    January 27, 2000

    Southern Exposure

    South by Southwest chooses an eclectic Denver lineup.

  • Music

    October 21, 1999


    Poor Little Knitter on the Road and Quasi

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Year-End Close-Out

    We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.

  • Music

    March 12, 1998

    Everything's Peechees

    The punk-rock entrepreneur behind one of the music's finest bands.