Guitar Hero

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    The somewhat promising future of a tiny, app-based guitar called FretPen

    Are you a music lover with a burning desire to carry a tiny guitar wherever you go? Don't fret (Ha! See what we did there?), because Avon-based inventor Mark Roebke has created just the thing: the FretPen! What is the FretPen? It's a pen - just a normal pen - that doubles as a teensy guitar. "But Ba ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    How to ruin everyone's night at karaoke

    What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whatever bar that Denny's restaurant turned into? Or maybe you could do something really wild, like go out an ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Meet Alterity, Eva Claire and the Pigz, three of Denver's most interesting high school bands

    The 3rd Annual Bringing Back the Arts music competition is this Sunday, March 16, at the Bluebird Theater. Admission is free. The competition is part of First Lady of Denver Mary Louise Lee's Bringing Back the Arts initiative, designed to bring greater attention to local artists and to encourage the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    The ten worst hip-hop Christmas songs

    Every holiday season, we're blessed with great renditions of classic Christmas songs to warm our spirits, but along with that also comes a lists of well meaning yuletide flops. This is especially the case in hip-hop, in which rhyming about Christmas has not always produced the best results. Here are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Ten sad, strange and sexy Christmas songs

    It's less than a week until the fat man in the red suit shimmies down the chimney, and we've already heard "White Christmas," "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and every other traditional song you can think of at least a thousand times since Thanksgiving. But there are a few songs out there, well-wr ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    March 16, 2012

    Five worst American bands playing Irish music

    Much has been made of the politically incorrect sin of appropriating a culture that is not your own. From the blackface minstrel shows of the 19th Century to the hippies finding sacred Native American beads and headbands to be some pretty groovy threads, Americans have been tripping over the cultura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Hey, Facebook: Nervesandgel wants your noise

    ​Johnny Wolfhart, aka experimental noise-ist Nervesandgel, is working on a new track, and he's chosen to collaborate with everybody -- well, everybody in his social network anyway. Earlier this week, Wolfhart put out a call to his Facebook friends, asking for thirty-second to two-minute audio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Guitar Hero franchise overdoses and dies

    ​In a statement alongside it's quarterly and annual fiscal report, Activision, the company behind the Guitar Hero series, effectively put the axe on the series. Over the course of the last two years, the series has seen dropping sales due to a market that's completely saturated and an expensiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Manitou Springs brings the olde-timey weirdness

    ​Wherever you go, chances are that not too far away from you is a hidden gem tucked away in some off-the-path corner of the landscape, a weird little spot that somehow got bounced off the flatbed of time and just kind of stayed there -- to find it, you just have to know where to look. Where I' ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 9, 2010
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    November 23, 2010

    Behold this seizure-inducing Christmas display soundtracked by, uh, Slayer's "Raining Blood"

    ​Not to be outdone by that radiculous Guitar Hero display from last year, we happened upon another dude in SoCal who created this audacious light show soundtracked by Slayer. While we'd love to tell you how amazing it is, you're just going to have to watch it for yourself -- we're too busy sei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Soundgarden cheats its way to a Platinum release: Here are five more bands that could use the boost

    ​ Soundgarden was just certified Platinum for sales of its best-of album, Telephantasm (which, incidentally, has the worst cover art of the year, beating out Hurley by a long shot) generated in one day. On the surface, this sounds like one hell of an accomplishment, until you read the fine pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    When was the last time you played a music video? Here's "Inside a Dead Skyscraper," to fill the void

    ​You can chalk this one up as one of the more brilliant ideas of July 2010: "Inside a Dead Skyscraper" is an interactive music video (aka "music video game") from Jesse Stiles' Target Museum album. You read all that correctly -- it's a music video you can play. The video itself comes from Ita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Move over, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Power Gig is made for real aspiring guitarists

    ​ In case the heated debate between music games being viewed as a teaching tool or as a hindrance wasn't convoluted enough, a new guitar related peripheral is attempting to make its way into the already crowded and slightly confusing market. Meet Seven 45 Studios' Power Gig: Rise of the Six S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Why the Rock Band Network is the Greatest Innovation Since Colored Buttons

    Ever since the launch of Harmonix's Guitar Hero in 2005 there has been an ongoing debate between musicians and gamers about the legitimacy of the multi-colored guitar peripherals in regards to teaching people how to play. We're not going to weigh in on the debate, but with the introduction of the Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Top Ten Cover Songs of the Decade

    Arcade Fire goes undercover.​There have been billions of songs written in the last decade but sometimes it's not the new ones that matter, it's the reimaginings. Some people argue a great cover song is decided by it's accuracy to the original, others want something new to be brought into the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    OMG! Douglas County teens face horrors of sexting

    ​I am back from the front lines of the kiddie porn wars with some shocking news: The prosperous, sprawling suburbs of Douglas County conceal a steamy underbelly of underage sexual exhibitionism. Youth are being exploited right and left. Usually by each other. Sexting -- the insidious, techno ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 3, 2009

    Bowled Over

    Love the Fray? The Flobots? Then bring it on!

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Q&A with Joe Perry of Aerosmith

    Photo by Ross HalfinJoe Perry, right, and his Aerosmith brethren, between hospital visits. In Rolling Stone's list of the greatest guitarists of all-time, Aerosmith's Joe Perry placed 48th -- a ranking capable of slackening the jaw of any true rock-and-roll fan. This former Toxic Twin has penned on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Things you see on the Fox 31 morning show

    ​For reasons that remain unclear, I worked this morning with Fox 31 morning show playing silently on the nearby TV. Just so you don't worry that you missed something while driving to work, here are some of the stories I caught: - An update on the Michael Jackson death investigation with a TMZ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Tech: Let me tweet you a secret

    Psst: Want to know a secret? Shenae Von Liebt did, so she asked a few friends via Twitter to tell her theirs. "I was reading one of my Post Secret books while waiting in church's parking lot," she recalls. "I was bored with it and tweeted for everyone to text me a secret of theirs. Someone then t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Bat'leth not the only creative weapon for would-be criminals

    Usually when someone wants to commit armed robbery, he'll bring along a weapon that combines stealth, convenience and anonymity -- a small gun, for instance. Not so one enterprising Colorado Springs man, who this week brazenly robbed one area 7-Eleven store (and tried to knock over a second) armed o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008

    A Very Scantily Clad Holiday

    3 Kings brings back a Christmas favorite.

  • Calendar

    August 7, 2008
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    August 7, 2008

    Rock Hard

    Copper Mountain’s Guitar Town brings the music to you.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (7/12/08-7/18/08)

    Here's a convenient one-stop guide to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were anxiously exercising your fingers in anticipation of Jimi Hendrix's announced contributions to an upcoming installment of the Guitar Hero series...

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008
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    June 12, 2008

    Hero We Go Again

    Fake-instrument overload offers plenty to fret about.

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    May 21, 2008

    Q&A with Kelley Deal of the Breeders

    Because one feature is never enough when it comes to a band like the Breeders, in addition to this week's profile by Rob Trucks, we bring you the following extended Q&A with Kelley Deal by Andrew Fersch.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: pureNRG, Puscifer, Robyn, Santogold

    pureNRG Here We Go Again Word Entertainment 02:30-03:15 of “Here We Go Again” This is one of the most totally awesome releases that I’ve heard in a long time! OMG I am so excited that FINALLY there is a group out there that is full of love and energy for Jesus. We all know that all those othe ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    April 3, 2008

    Paging Freaks

    Guinness writes the book on gaming, but doesn't shatter any records.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    Q&A With Laurent Barnard of Gallows

    In the following Q&A, conducted for a February 7 Westword profile, Gallows guitarist Laurent Barnard gets visceral in his descriptions of the U.K. punk act’s life and times. Barnard, who joins Frank Carter, Steph Carter, Stuart Gili-Ross and Lee Barratt in the band, kicks off with a preview of an ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    January 24, 2008

    Axes to Grind

    The Guitar Hero frenzy careens toward overkill.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    The Live Magic of Ghostland Observatory and Alicia Keys and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: One girl's love of Ghostland Observatory overcomes a solid, wailing wall of douchebags, drunks and general idiocy.

  • Calendar

    January 3, 2008
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    December 27, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    December 13, 2007

    Almost Famous

    It's never been easier to start your own (fake) band.

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    Wii the People

    Video games have grown up. I havent.

  • News

    November 15, 2007

    Quality, Like Spelling, Matters Not at KollegeTV

    How can you portray college life at CU without a date-rape joke?

  • Home Entertainment

    November 15, 2007

    Shred Cred

    You wanted the best, you got the best: Guitar Hero III.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2007

    This Weekend: The Wheel, Gregory Alan Isakov, Porlolo and Bela Karoli @ hi-dive

    The Wheel, Gregory Alan Isakov, Porlolo and Bela Karoli Bela Karoli CD Release Party October 6, 2007 hi-dive Denver’s singer-songwriter scene currently enjoys more support and recognition than it has seen in many years, and Saturday night’s Bela Karoli CD release party was further proof. A sol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Confessions of a Halo Addict

    Last night, at 12:01 a.m., the final chapter in the Halo trilogy was released. At my neighborhood Game Crazy, thirty or forty people had gathered to be among the first in this time zone to get their hands on the game. Two of them had been there since 4 p.m. When I arrived at 10, there were already 1 ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Velvet Revolver Seek Libertad

    Slash touts his new band as everyones celebrating the old one.

  • News

    June 21, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 6/21/2007

  • Music

    May 24, 2007

    This Just In

    The latest nightlife news.

  • Home Entertainment

    November 23, 2006

    Encore Performance

    Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.

  • Home Entertainment

    September 21, 2006

    Puddle of Fun

    LocoRoco is the perfect one-night stand.

  • Home Entertainment

    May 11, 2006

    Beat Down

    This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about.

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