It's a great time to be a fan of country music. Mainstream artists like Kacey Musgraves are challenging old stereotypes. And in the vast field outside the pop country stratosphere, there are songwriters whose wit and clarity transcend genre. Key among those is Randy Rogers Band, which will headline ... More >>
Womenswear is always on the go because modern women are constantly progressing with their busy lifestyles. One fashionable business lady we recently spotted is lobbyist Becky Brooks, who was prepping for an important meeting. Read here to learn about her style icon, where she shops, and what her sty ... More >>
Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands, and those bands often tend to get overlooked, because, well, they're playing somebody else's music. Thus, our latest feature, Cover Band of the Week (or, perhaps more accurately, every few weeks, because let's be honest: There's a finite numb ... More >>
Flobots are set to ring in the New Year this year at the Marquis Theater. Tickets ($28-$32) for the show go on sale this Friday, October 4, 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 local record stores. Se ... More >>
Craig Hlavaty I've had satellite radio in my life since Christmas. Nothing is better than falling asleep on the couch on a Saturday afternoon after a big fat lunch with Willie's Roadhouse playing; waking up every few hours to piss during a Ray Price cut and then falling back to sleep. What I love t ... More >>
Wednesday, May 23, Grizzly Rose, 303-830-8497.
Country superstars George Strait and Reba McEntire have sold close to 125 million records. combined. In his career, which spans more than three decades, Strait has had more number-one singles than Elvis, and his latest effort, Twang, debuted at the number-one slot on Billboard's Top Country A ... More >>
Sometimes we have to wonder if folks that program for Apple's App Store are hell-bent on wasting people's time. We spent an evening with as many artist-specific iPhone apps we could get our hands on and found a few amazing things, a few interesting things and a plethora of pure and total cr ... More >>
Friday, August 14, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergOver 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. Two young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Car ... More >>
Early arrivers gathered around the bandstand an hour or so before Palin was set to speak. A country band was twanging up a storm when I entered the Jefferson County Fairgrounds building where Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was slated to appear today. Didn't ... More >>
The latest edition of Beyond Playlist includes reviews of the Offspring's Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, Vanessa Hudgens' Identified, Misha Alperin's Her First Dance and George Strait's Troubadour.
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Some bands merely play, while others engage in full-scale musical riots. In this review, Monotonix opt for the latter.
Capsule reviews of current exhibits.
Capsule reviews of current exhibits.
MCA Denver takes on Chinese Art, while the Lab looks at rural America.
Oklahoma-based Cross Canadian Ragweed, which stops by the Grizzly Rose on Friday, January 4 (see the appropriate Now Hear This item for more details), is an anomaly: a big-selling country band that can't get played on country radio because its music supposedly isn't country enough. CCR's frontman, C ... More >>
This songstress is the best underage songwriter to emerge from Music Row in decades.
Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006.
Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.
Swallow Hill fest highlights pickin' and grinnin'
Having moved away from Palace, Will Oldham breaks down as Bonnie Prince Billy.
'Tis the season to rate another avalanche of holiday discs.
Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.
The Other Sessions (Dualtone Nashville)
George Jones has stuck around as one of country's greatest living legends. Now he speaks the cold hard truth about the state of the music he loves.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
Goodbye to Ratiocination.
His song dares to challenge the Nashville money machine. Somehow, though, songwriter Larry Cordle has gotten away with Murder.
Fans love Dustin Bogue's take on country music so much, they just might let him play a few songs of his own.
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Murder on Music Row
(Shell Point Records)
This year's holiday CDs alternately inspire joy, nausea and terror. Which would you prefer?
A Sixties icon becomes a weapon in Denver's promotion wars.
Bowlen's bonus: He would nab non-sports revenue at the new stadium, too.
Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.
A new breed of country fan is taking a shine to Moonshine Willy.
Are Denver listeners getting the radio they deserve? A Backbeat investigation.
WE'VE JUST LISTENED TO EVERY RADIO STATION IN DENVER--AND BOY, DO OUR EARS HURT.