#52: Taylor GondaWhen it comes to popular culture, Taylor Gonda talks a great game. As co-host of the local podcast These Things Matter, she chats about music, movies and other obsessions with celebrities both local and sometimes national. But there's more to Gonda than These Things Matter: A regula ... More >>
Summer was underway. It was. But just in case you were waiting to roll down the windows and put away your sweaters, the Ink Monstr pool party series kicks off on Sunday. There are shows for those of us no interested in thigh exposure as well -- Reckless Kelly is in town, as is moe. and Tech N9ne. Th ... More >>
FRI & SAT | ADVENTURE CLUB at OGDEN THEATRE | 1/10-1/11 The Montreal-based Adventure Club is a duo that started as a pop-punk act. Quickly outgrowing that hybrid, Christian Srigley and Leighton James started making electronic music, their first foray into it being a remix of Brand New's "Daisy." Adv ... More >>
Gov't Mule formed in 1994 as a side project of Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, who were then members of the Allman Brothers Band. While both men continued to play with the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule became quite a viable entity on its own, rooted in a similar blend of blues, jazz and rock, with a pe ... More >>
Savoy is slated to make its way back to the Mile High City for a headlining date at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, February 15, as part of the act's Get Lazer'd Tour. Tickets ($25) go on sale this Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what s ... More >>
Panic! at the Disco's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die tour hits the Ogden Theatre on Saturday, January 18. Tickets ($29.95) go on sale this Friday, October 18 at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what songs are being played on local radio and what's selling at lo ... More >>
While you've already got well over a hundred compelling reasons to pick up your tickets for the nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase, here's one more: Last night, in the basement of Boettcher Concert Hall, I got a sneak peek at the highly anticipated and ground-breaking collaboration between th ... More >>
There's nothing wrong with cover songs. In fact, before Sam Cooke and the Beatles shifted the established paradigms, singer and songwriter were two entirely separate professions. And there's also nothing wrong with a musician recording a cover album in the twilight of their career (Johnny Cash's Ame ... More >>
Update: Since last week, we've been documenting the latest batch of layoffs at Clear Channel Denver stations -- a nationwide action referred to by affected staffers as "National Firing Day;" see our previous coverage below. Among those canned was Andy Torri, engineer for KBCO's acclaimed Studio C se ... More >>
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In this very special edition of Heavy Rotation, you not only get a through-the-keyhole view of our musical proclivities, but you also get a few words from us on our top pick of the week. Keep reading to find out what Mark Sanders considers musical comfort food, why Kelsey Whipple can't think of Spac ... More >>
Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at Michael Jackson's week-long stay here in Mile High City in 1984 and the secrecy surrounding it. Long before Michael Jackson's name became shorthand for ... More >>
Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra. Aaron Johnson is pictured far right.Aaron Johnson has a lot on his plate right now. He teaches fifth-graders by day, and by night he's taking classes to get certified in teaching English as a Second Language. He's also a Geeks Who Drink quizmaster. But tonight? Ton ... More >>
Tom MurphyGit Some PURE SUNSHINE Overcasters • the Buckingham Squares • the Purple Fluid The Omens • The Geniuses • Git Some 03.26.11 | Bluebird Theater Git Some kicked off night two of Pure Sunshine last night at the Bluebird Theater. The act's lyrics are often washed out by the torrent o ... More >>
The week just got a little sadder: American country and folk icon Charlie Louvin lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer yesterday at the age of 83. Louvin's death marks the passage of a living piece of American music history.
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
Marcus RothIt was a hell of a week for show announcements, including rock legends, reunion tours and bit of everything in between. One of the most anticipated tours of the year is Pavement, who played its first show in a decade in New Zealand yesterday (photo of the setlist of that show here) ... More >>
Girls, Magic Kids, Smith Westerns Wednesday, February 10 Bluebird Theater Girls Christopher Owens has guided Girls through any number of seeming contradictions during their set at the Bluebird. Such as: taking the Beach Boys "Little Honda," borrowing a guitar line here and a bass line there ... More >>
Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors, Tune-Yards Sunday, November 8, 2009 Bluebird Theater What it was like: Watching a gospel choir through broken glass. There is a risk, when you see two bands as technically elaborate as Dirty Projectors and Tune-Yards, that you will get several hours of kno ... More >>
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 >>
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.Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to le ... More >>
Eef Barzelay played the Hi Dive Monday night. Photos by Tom Murphy. Eef Barzelay w/The Tanukis and Pee Pee Monday, August 4th, 2008 Hi-Dive, Denver Better Than: A show with songwriters peddling hackneyed premises. When I got to the Hi-Dive, I discovered I’d missed all but the last two songs by ... More >>
Westword Music Showcase Sutra Room, Bar Standard and 1144 Saturday, June 14, 2008 Better Than: Spending the day at the Highland Street Fair. It's just before 3 p.m. when I walk into Sutra completely unmolested. No one seems to be watching the door, taking tickets or checking ID’s. I survey the ro ... More >>
Most bands would kill for the buzz surrounding this NYC quartet.
The Cult, Action Action December 3, 2007, Fillmore Auditorium Better than: Seeing any band with “Guns,” “Revolver,” “Velvet,” “L.A.” or “Roses” in the name. The show was half-packed with strippers, heshers and goths, none visibly underage. Enough open space lay waiting for a b ... More >>
Eric Bachmann's Cuban sandwiches rock.
Perry Farrell's Satellite Party Ultra Payloaded (Columbia) It's been ages since Farrell's best work with Jane's Addiction. Today, he's more of a scenester and raconteur than a musician interested in pushing anything other than product, and he proves it on Ultra Payloaded, an exercise in alleged coo ... More >>
From the week of June 15, 2006
Woody Allen's Match Point can't return a serve.
The Hold Steady holds court at Littleton High School.
Saturday, July 30, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-0959.
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (Motown)
The Best of Donnie Iris: The Millennium Collection (MCA)
After her career blossomed anew with Magnolia, Aimee Mann made a declaration of artistic independence.
April 30 - May 6, 1998
Before you declare yourself a Grammy expert, let Backbeat test your skills.
SHANE MACGOWAN ENJOYS WINE, WOMEN AND SONG, IN ROUGHLY THAT ORDER.
TONY BENNETT IS GETTING OLDER--AND BETTER.