Grammy Awards

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    May 27, 2014

    The seven best concerts in Denver this week

    We hope your long weekend was as full of smoked meats and assorted outdoor activities as ours was. And now we're back and ready to talk about Denver concerts some more. Obviously the selections are a little lighter in this week's show round-up given that we lost a day. But there are still plenty o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Austin Wintory to bring award-winning Journey video game score to CSO's Comic Con tribute

    Denver native Austin Wintory says attending frequent Colorado Symphony Orchestra concerts and nerding out on video games and comic books inspired him just about equally as a kid, so Saturday's special concert "The Hero's Journey: A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con" at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Ten Grammy awards that you don't see on TV but that are totally worth being televised

    The Grammys are supposed to be "music's biggest night." Unfortunately, the only person who truly believes this is the copywriter who came up with that tagline. There are easily five festivals every year with stakes to the same claim. One of the highlights of this year's Grammys was a Bruno Mars/Stin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2013

    Grammy tape delay versus realtime Twitter reaction: What's with the East Coast bias?

    So, yeah, I'm watching the Grammys right now and dutifully monitoring the #GRAMMYs hash tag on Twitter (thanks for the helpful reminders, LL). Color me confused. I feel like I just walked into the middle of a movie: On the set, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are in the middle of a duet. The Twi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Dubstep for Dummies, a primer for newly-minted dubstep fans (infographic)

    So thanks to our pal Skrillex and his utterly inescapable ubiquitousness since the Grammys, dubstep has steadily made its way into the mainstream to the chagrin of true aficionados and the delight of unsuspecting casual music fans. But for as many newbies that have embraced the low-end sound, there' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Savoy and Lotus at Red Rocks on September 7 and 8. Tickets on sale Saturday, April 14.

    Dance music has always been a major draw in Denver -- the birthplace of Beatport and the home to Beta and the Church, each considered among the best clubs in the world at one time or another -- but right now, it's just exploding in the mainstream across the country. Need proof? See this year's Gramm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Five acts whose careers have resurrected

    Whether you're honoring a ubiquitous egg-laying rabbit obsessed with scavenger hunts or the miraculous resurrection of a thirty-something Jewish carpenter, the Easter season is upon us once again. But regardless of your religious affiliation, in the world of music, returning from the dead seems to h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Garbage at the Ogden Theatre 4/25

    While Butch Vig is probably best known for his work as a Grammy-winning producer who's worked with the likes of Nirvana or, more recently, the Foo Fighters, he's also a member of Garbage, an alt-rock act (and a rather decent one at that) that formed in the mid '90s and was led by the fiery Scottish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry fight for pop's best new song with "Starships" and "Part Of Me"

    Whose new single is better -- Nicki Minaj's "Starships" or Katy Perry's "Part Of Me"?​Both Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj used their Grammy performances on Sunday to premiere new singles from their forthcoming albums, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, respecti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    2012 Grammy Awards: Adele sweeps, Bon Iver surprises and Kanye West missing in action

    As anyone and their mother could have (and, ahem, did) predicted, it was Adele's show at last night's 54th Grammy Awards. The singer, who absolutely swept the awards, took home six Grammys -- meaning she won in every category in which she was nominated, including the big three: Song of the Year, Rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Reader: There is nothing wrong with letting your freak flag with dreads

    Just as white stars occasionally show up sporting dreads, like Crystal Bowersox at the 2011 Grammys, our post on white people with dreads keeps popping up, with yet another group googling it during last night's awards ceremony. The hairdo is woven into the histories of many cultures, notes one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2012

    Video: Chipotle's Grammy commercial with Willie Nelson doing Coldplay: What'd ya think?

    Chipotle: It's all about going back to the start.​Ah, yes, Chipotle's new commercial, its first ever, apparently. Completely forgot about this until just now, actually. Last summer, our pal Laura Shunk wrote about this little moving picture on the Cafe Society blog. She dug it. Found it "quirk ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012
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    February 9, 2012

    The 54th Grammys: who will win (Adele) and who won't (Lady Gaga)

    From power pop to power ballads, rock anthems to rap staples, the nominees of the 54th Grammy Awards, which airs this Sunday night, sees no dearth of great music. There's little doubt that it will be Adele's night, but others, like Kanye West and Mumford & Sons, could win big too. Continue reading f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Ten pop music moments that defined 2011

    With major comebacks and massive hits, 2011 was the year of the women, from Beyoncé to Miley Cyrus. Without singers like Adele, we wouldn't have songs to cry along with, and without Katy Perry, we wouldn't have any songs to hum at our nine to five. So what exactly were the biggest pop moments of 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    2012 Grammy Nominations: Kanye West and Adele clean up, Katy Perry earns pair of nods

    Grammy nominations for 2012 were announced last night during the Grammys Nomination Concert -- which was, oddly, just that: a concert, not a nominations show. Nominations in four major categories were announced, plus performances by major players in mainstream music like Lady Gaga, who performed twi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2011

    Spineshank's Tommy Decker on his approach to drumming and reconvening with Jonny Santos

    Spineshank (due Sunday, October 2, at 3 Kings Tavern) started in 1996 as a band that fused industrial sounds and ideas with elements of thrash. With the release of its 1998 debut, Strictly Diesel, Spineshank caught the attention of a wide audience with its blend of melody and hard-edged musicianship ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Tonight: Bone Thugs N Harmony at the Gothic

    Forming in the early '90s, Bone Thugs N Harmony (performing tonight with FoodChain, Input and Fresh Breath Committee at the Gothic Theatre) has roots that run deep in rap's history. Mentored by Eazy-E, the Cleveland dudes also collaborated with 2pac and Notorious B.I.G., and picked up a Grammy along ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks this summer with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

    ​ Mark your calendars: We've just heard that the Avett Brothers are due at Red Rocks on Saturday, July 9, with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Presale begins on Tuesday, March 8. Tickets officially on sale next Saturday. Don't snooze. How quickly do you think that bad boy is going to sell out? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Grammy winners: The Arcade Fire, Esperanza Spalding and The Grammys

    Probably should have seen this coming, actually.​The most derided of the major award shows came and went last night in a flash of epileptic strobe lights, fake fire effects and surprise winners. We're referring, of course, to The Black Keys' win for Best Package. Oh, and some Canadian band on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    How the Grammy Sausage is Made

    ​The Grammy nominations are out. You're welcome to see the list, but we don't recommend reading much into it. The major awards are all more or less their respective industries sitting in a circle for a giant back-rub chain, but none is less indicative of what is actually happening than the Gr ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    October 4, 2010

    The Fray tapped to warm up for U2 at Invesco Field next spring

    ​Grammy nominations? Platinum status? Selling out Red Rocks? It's difficult to imagine any single event surpassing those sorts of mile markers in your career. Unless, of course, said event involves warming up for U2. In your hometown. Now that's beyond difficult. That's inconceivable. But tha ... More >>

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    March 4, 2010
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    January 27, 2010

    Poptimystic: The Grammy Edition

    ​ The Poptimystic returns to preview the least relevant award in all of pop culture-dom: The Grammys. This Sunday, watch as outdated nominees in outdated categories vie for a slight amendment to their Wikipedia entries and a collective shrug from America. But, you know, contests are fun, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Welcome to Colorado, home of the Grammys

    Rod Blackhurst​Who do we talk to about changing the state slogan? Instead of the staid "Welcome to Colorful Colorado" phrase that adorns entrance signs at each of our borders, how about we change it to "Welcome to Colorado, Home of the Grammy"? Got a nice ring to it, yeah? What's that? Oh sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    The Fray earns a pair of Grammy nods

    What are you doing on Sunday, January 31? Haven't thought about it yet? Bet those Fray kids have. In fact, we're going to guess that they know exactly what they're doing that night. We don't have access to the band's itenerary or anything like that, but something tells us that Isaac Slade and compan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    This Just In: Jay-Z tour confirmed, Kevin Smith show canceled

    ​Jay-Z, whose Blueprint 3 has been a strong seller since hitting the streets two months ago, just confirmed his 2010 North American tour, which includes a stop at the Pepsi Center Monday, March 22. Grammy-nominated rapper Young Jeezy will open the show and tickets go on sale Friday, November 13 at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Silver Wave Records takes home another Grammy

    Last night in Los Angeles, Silver Wave, a Boulder-based imprint that specializes in Native American, world and new age music, took home another Grammy. We say another, because this is the fourth consecutive year that the label has earned a statue for its Native American contributions. This year's re ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    January 22, 2009

    Leo Kottke, Shawn Colvin highlight RootsFest

    Swallow Hill just released the lineup for its third annual RootsFest, coming Saturday, March 28, to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The highlights of the show are the legendary Leo Kottke and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin. Also appearing are the Boulder Acoustic Society, Hot Rize, Ta ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008
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    July 24, 2008

    Punch It Up

    The Punch Brothers headline etown.

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    February 28, 2008
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    February 11, 2008

    James Blunt is a Douchebag and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: The Next Big Thing has been sighted by Tom Breihan; prepare yourself for the onslaught of sensitive white-boy robo-soul.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    Spice Girls' Box Set and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: There are good ways to promote your band, and then there are very bad ways, like this sticker, and many more like it.

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    May 31, 2007
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    March 22, 2007


    Don¹t Mess With the Dragon
    Concord Records

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    OK Go

    Theres plenty of smarts behind this outfits stupidity.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2007

    The Grandma Awards

    Just over four decades ago, actor Peter Sellers presented the Beatles with a Grammy they'd won for the song "A Hard Day's Night." In a film of this event that was shown during the 1965 Grammy telecast, Sellers referred to the prize as a "Grandma award" -- and his joke rings true to this day. The fol ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2006


    And the winner is

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    John Legend

    Monday, November 13, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    July 28, 2005

    Jason Boland & the Stragglers

    Thursday, July 28, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308; Friday, July 29, Aggie Theater, 1-970-482-8300; Saturday, July 30, Boulder County Fair, 303-772-7170.

  • Music

    March 17, 2005

    Killswitch Engage

    Friday, March 18, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Various Artists

    Grammy Nominees 2005 (Capitol)

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    April 4, 2002
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    February 20, 1997
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    February 13, 1997

    Quiz Show

    Before you declare yourself a Grammy expert, let Backbeat test your skills.

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    January 17, 1996



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