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    November 5, 2014

    The Ten Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

    While traveling from Denver to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock. To me, being underrate ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    In defense of Sublime

    I thought I would have to wait until the 20th anniversary of Sublime's 1996 self-titled mainstream breakout album to write about how fundamentally misunderstood and judged Sublime is. I have so many feelings, too many probably, about a band whose legacy is beaten up almost as much as Insane Clown Po ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    How Bob Marley was sold to the suburbs

    At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Phil Alvin of the Blasters on death, Sun Ra and the greatest horn player in rock and roll

    The Blasters, due at the Lion's Lair tonight, May 6 and tomorrow, May 7, were founded in 35 years ago in Downey, California by brothers Phil and Dave Alvin along with drummer Bill Bateman and bassist John Bazz. Steeped in American music traditions, the band easily traverses through blues, rockabilly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    SAT | CAT POWER at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/23/13 Cat Power is the sometimes solo, sometimes full-band, project of Chan Marshall. Although born in Atlanta, Marshall made her way to New York City in the early 1990s and became involved in the underground music scene in the Big Apple. In 1993, Marshall earn ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    SUNDAY | COLORADO RISING at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/27/13 Colorado Rising is a fitting name for this benefit show. Aside from its obvious meaning, the title could also describe the homegrown acts on the bill, each of which has helped raise the profile of music being made in our state considerably. While ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    WEDS | FRANK TURNER at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/9/13 Before striking out on his own, Frank Turner spent some time in London's Million Dead, one of the better post-hardcore bands of the early 2000s. Rather than singing with nuance, as he does now, Turner screamed and yelled in that band, at the same time c ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    Repertory Cinema Wishlist: The Last Waltz

    Guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson of The Band turned seventy this month, and that milestone got me thinkng about The Last Waltz. Some folks call it the "best concert movie ever made," and it has a lot going for it in that respect: Martin Scorcese, who has a deep feel for the power of music on fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Denver's ten best Memorial Day weekend shows

    THE HEAD AND THE HEART @ MAGNESS ARENA | SAT, 5/25/13 Formed in Seattle in 2009, this project started out playing open mics and within a year after playing countless shows, the Head and the Heart independently released its debut album. The band, whose self-titled album came out on Sub Pop in 2011, i ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013
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    December 26, 2012

    The ten best music books of 2012

    This year, ambitious new books tackled the lives of music legends from Neil Young to Pete Townshend -- and many of these 2012 releases managed to burst through genres to offer significantly more than the average biography. We at Backbeat explored memoirs, historical surveys, ruminations on philosoph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Mark Knopfler stops by Rockmount Ranch Wear -- that's how the West was worn

    Rockmount Ranch Wear has a lengthy history of celebrity drop-ins. Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler is just the latest in a long list of stylish stars to stop by the store. Knopfler played at the 1STBANK Center on October 29 and 30, along with rock legend and former Rockmount visitor Bob Dylan, on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Alex B.'s Pirates of the Caribean remix: Top five other recent local remixes

    Alex Botwin of Pnuma Trio, Paper Diamond and the head of Elm & Oak Records, recently dropped a little tune for the Pirates of the Caribbean score that made it onto the official soundtrack for the movie. Now Alex B. will forever be printed next to Hans Zimmer and Rodriogo y Gabriela with his remixed ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Paper Bird at the Oriental, 12/31/10

    A.H. Goldstein​ PAPER BIRD Dovekins • Pee Pee 12.31.10 | Oriental Theatre The New Year's Eve traditions on display at the Oriental Theater went beyond the noisemakers and the balloons. For the second year in a row, Paper Bird shared the bill with the Dovekins to ring in the New Year. The y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Neil Young, Deerhunter, Blonde Redhead, Ice Cube top sellers at local stores

    ​Le Noise, Neil Young's collaboration with producer Daniel Lanois, released last week on Reprise, claimed the top spot at Twist & Shout, checked in at number three at Albums on the Hill and rounded out the top ten at Wax Trax for the week ending October 3. Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest, meanwhil ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Mile High Music Festival Q&A: Davy Knowles

    In an industry littered with tween pop stars and Disney Channel minions, it's refreshing to come across an artist whose work isn't a medley of foot-tapping drivel swathed with AutoTune. Equipped with awe-inducing guitar skills and a hauntingly intense wail, 22-year-old Davy Knowles is quickly making ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Built to Spill flashback: Our 1997 Doug Martsch interview

    Built to Spill back in the day. Our new profile and Q&A with Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, whose band headlines this Saturday's Westword Music Showcase (click here for more information), are built on a sturdy foundation -- an interview conducted with Martsch back in 1997, shortly after his band, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Confessions of a closet Paul Harvey fan

    Yeah, I know: Paul Harvey, who died in Arizona on Saturday, was so conservative that he made Rush Limbaugh seem like Karl Marx in comparison, and in recent years, his famously precise diction had begun to fray at the edges. But cut the man some slack: He was still working at age 90. If I can form ev ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Week in Review: 2/16/09 - 2/20/09

    All right, so we've reached the end of another work week in the Mile High City. While we can no longer brag about having the best selling band in the country, from what we can tell, Denver music is still on the minds and in the ears of at least a few prominent folks in what's left of the industry. T ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008
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    June 19, 2008

    Lonely at the 'Top

    Pinetop Perkins is among the last survivors from the classic era of the blues.

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    January 31, 2008
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    November 22, 2007

    Up and Coming

    Our top DVD picks scheduled for release this week

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    June 21, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 6/21/2007

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    April 27, 2007
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    April 27, 2007

    Rock and Reggae

    Nothing warms up the soul for a little rock ‘n roll better than reggae. Warren Haynes, a latter-day recruit of the famed Allman Brothers Band, probably learned that long ago. But regardless of when Haynes crossed paths with Toots Hibbert, frontman of the legendary Jamaican band Toots and the Mayt ... More >>

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    December 28, 2006


    Our music writers pick the years national bests.

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    December 7, 2006

    Imogen Heap

    This singer-songwriter is a child prodigy turned adult prodigy.

  • Music

    November 17, 2005

    Polywood Ending

    Cervantes' is the perfect place for Polytoxic to take its Last Waltz.

  • News

    February 19, 2004

    Motorized Madness

    The boxy, vintage Caterham auto beckons the purist with unbridled speed.

  • Film

    February 12, 2004

    Rites of Spring

    Bernardo Bertolucci revisits young love with The Dreamers.

  • Music

    May 1, 2003

    Johnny Marr and the Healers

    Boomslang(Artist Direct)

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    January 17, 2002

    Charley Patton

    Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues (Revenant)

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    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

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

  • Music

    July 27, 2000


    What would the face of rock history have looked like if the British Invasion had been a Britney Invasion instead?

  • Music

    October 14, 1999

    Just the Ax, Man

    The Atomic Bitchwax and Nebula are among a new breed of bands putting the wank back into guitar rock.

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    September 10, 1998
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    March 26, 1998
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    October 23, 1997

    A Rainbow in Brown

    Blue is only one of the musical colors produced by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.

  • Music

    August 28, 1997


    Outstanding in His Field The recordings of Alan Lomax dig up the roots of American music.

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    March 13, 1997

    A Legg to Stand On

    Guitarist Adrian Legg sees his music as serious fun.

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    January 9, 1997
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    July 11, 1996
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