It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
Hi. Uh, erm, happy Monday? Yes, we know: A certain sports team let everybody down (grumble, grumble, f*@king Broncos! grumble). Not too mention, it's overcast and bitterly cold. So what's happy about it, right?! Music. That's what. Nothing picks up spirits like, well, spirits and music. And since yo ... More >>
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 bring their white hot melodies, thunderous vocal stylings and high vibration rhythms to the Boulder Theater tonight. But while Seun, the son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and his band are clearly the main draw this evening, you won't want to miss the opener, Atomga, a ... More >>
Kate LevyJ. Carey is one smooth operatorHave you noticed the influx of male R&B singers these days, particularly in the Mile High City? Adam Duncan, who just joined the A&M/Octone Records roster, is just one of many cats putting it down in Denver these days. Jon Shockness (Air Dubai), J.Carey ... More >>
Devan Blake Jones is originally from California, but he was bred here in Denver. Growing up in a family of musicians, Jones learned to hone his skills in the church and started pursuing his passion for singing in earnest in high school. Now a protégée of Mercury Sauce's Nathan Reid (Amanda ... More >>
You can't experience a Colorado summer without seeing at least one show at Red Rocks and tonight, Widespread Panic throws down the inaugural performance of a full weekend of jammy goodness. These dudes are so popular here, you would think they are from Colorado, but no. It might just be somet ... More >>
David Lang / Red Bull PhotofilesBoonie Mayfield (top) and Xperiment BeatsThe term "producer" has very different connotations in the worlds of rock and hip-hop. Although they're both instrumental in shaping the sound, they serve very different functions. Generally speaking, in rock, a produc ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For ... 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. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>
Tuesday, February 26, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
An agitator like his father, this saxman uses music as a weapon.
Saturday, June 16
Be there or be square!
Fast reviews of recent releases
Wednesday, July 20, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030
Pit er Pat brings a warm pulse to its spare, conceptual pop.
Q and Not U deconstructs the ABCs of punk rhetoric.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Cultural awareness, positivity and groove are all part of the Common cause.
Like Water for Chocolate
Femi Kuti represents the next generation of Afrobeat.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Chicago outfit Isotope 217 approaches jazz through the scientific method.
Les Nubians explore the arts of song, sisterhood and cultural pride.
Celebrity drummer Ginger Baker prepares to leave Colorado. Will he be gone for good?
The King of juju makes party music with a message.
THE MOST MEMORABLE ALBUMS OF 1994.