Gwen Stefani

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    February 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    All the naked ladies I have known: appreciating Bettie Page, early Playboy and Vargas girls

    It occurred to me after watching Bettie Page Reveals All -- opening this Friday, January 10, at the Sie FilmCenter -- that Bettie Page isn't well-known to the masses, certainly not the way I know her. I grew up with more-liberal-than-thou, hippie parents, so art involving nudity has always been a pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    FRI | ONEREPUBLIC'S DENVER ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS at OGDEN | 12/20 Over the last few years OneRepublic has made its acoustic Christmas shows an annual event that helps local charities. This year's show, which also features Gungor, is a benefit for Colorado flood relief. VIP ticket includes ticket to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Womenswear Wednesday: Saleswomen Ashley Warmington on her concert style

    Street fashion can pull inspiration from a variety of sources. This is especially true for womenswear, because ladies have more fashion options -- as shown by Ashley Warmington, the Volkswagen saleswomen we recently spotted stylishly stepping out to see Muse at the Pepsi Center. Read on to learn whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Womenswear Wednesdays: Dance teacher Lysiane Ayite on her Parisian style

    Summer continues to scorch, and so does Denver women's wear. This week, we spotted Lysiane Ayite, a dance teacher and Aveda student, wearing unique accessories with an all-black ensemble. Keep reading to learn about who her style icons are, where she shops, and what her 2013 jam is. See also: -Wome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    The ten best concerts to see in Denver this week

    SHABAZZ PALACES @ LARIMER LOUNGE | MON, 5/6/13 In the first half of the '90s, Ishmael Butler went by the moniker "Butterfly" as part of the rap trio Digable Planets. After the outfit's 1995 split, the group performed one-off shows here and there, but since 2009, Butler has released music with Tendai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Do I have what it takes to be a drag queen pageant judge?

    I didn't have particularly soaring aspirations as a child. I wanted to be a fashion designer or a hair stylist -- it was the '80s, and those careers seemed very glamorous at the time. But I couldn't draw for shit and when I graduated high school at seventeen, my mom refused to let me go to hair scho ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2012
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    October 24, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    What's in your bag? Fake mustache, tickets and more!

    Fall is here, and weather-beating black boots have hit the streets. But while that footgear may be a staple, Jerome Maestas makes his look unique with a sensational take on accessories, including turning a necklace into a shoulder embellishment. Keep reading to learn his style mantra, which singer d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Celebrities on bikes: Ten best costumes at last night's Denver Cruisers ride

    The Denver Cruisers have been known to get wild and wacky on their weekly Wednesday rides. (On their website, however, they will warn you: The group is not intended for hook-ups.) Last night's celebrity theme brought out the troops once again, this time in easy-to-recognize (and occasionally, imposs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    I made my own signature fragrance and it smells like a tanning salon

    Coco Chanel once said, "A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." I ensured my future when I married my perfume in 2008...literally. Since I had to spend a year jumping through the FBI's hoops to have my last name legally changed to Davies, I decided to add a second middle name. "Coco" is wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Sounds of Blackness: Fishbone releases documentary in honor of Black History Month

    Fishbone, the self-described "disparate, all-black oddball crew," has released a documentary in honor of Black History Month. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is a brutally honest portrayal of one of the wildest and most influential black alternative bands in our culture. Fishbone began as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Blondes don't have more fun; fake Italian girls with glasses do

    I'm not a blonde anymore. That fantasy has officially ended. After spending the better part of a year transitioning from dirt brown to Michelle Pfeiffer's off-yellow Scarface bob to accidentally sea green to Gwen Stefani white, my hair is now a pleasant rich-chocolate color. So my mother can stop th ... More >>

  • Music

    January 26, 2012

    Lola Black

    Día de los Borrachos

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    How to unsuccessfully give yourself an Internet makeover

    That's me, sporting a chestnut-brown Tori Spelling.​This past Monday was, as far as I could tell, the last official day of summer. I decided to take advantage of this sad occasion by going for one final swim in my Aunt's apartment complex pool, a pool I had been dipping in like it was my own a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2011

    Labor Day: Let's recap the ten best concerts of the summer

    Summer's about sweating after dark.​From Lil Wayne's on-stage clowning and Katy Perry's cooing, to a perspiration-and-PBR soaked reunion of Planes Mistaken for Stars, and even those teenage, Danish punks Iceage melting the audience Rhinoceropolis, the summer of 2011 was as good as any for live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    John Hickenlooper-love spirals for students: Kenny Be's back-to school supplies

    ​ Largely based on Public Policy Polling's results revealing John Hickenlooper's approval rating as third best in the nation, Hickenlooper Lovers is a novelty line starring the Colorado Governor as an anime character featured on notebooks, folders and backpacks...

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    MTV's top five greatest on-air moments

    A very pregnant Kim Gordon, flanked by band mate Julie Cafritz and KennedyOnce upon a time, before reality TV cheapened television programming as a whole, MTV (thirty years old today) was a bastion of music culture that actually showcased cutting edge artists for the sake of art. Because the network ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    In honor of Mother's Day this weekend: A list of the music world's top five hottest mamas

    ​Even though most of our moms aren't rock stars, some of them sure as hell seem like it. With their busy schedules and insane ability to multi-task, they deserve screaming fans and scads of cash. We know it's hard being just a suburban mom trying to juggle work and a family, so we got to think ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Last Night: Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory at Red Rocks - 09.13.10

    Aaron Thackeray​ PARAMORE Tegan and Sara • New Found Glory • Kadawatha 09.13.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison view full slide show While this year's installment of the Honda Civic Tour felt more like an obscene barrage of advertisements (complete with a pamphlet about credit-buildin ... More >>

  • Music

    September 9, 2010


    Monday, September 13, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Seraphim Shock in top form at Gothic Theatre over the weekend

    Tom MurphySeraphim Shock's Charles Edward looked like a vampire superhero turned pop star.​ SERAPHIM SHOCK The Siren Project • Lola Black 08.27.10 | Gothic Theatre, Englewood Used to be you could count on the opening bands at a Seraphim Shock show to be pretty awful. But in the last severa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks

    Aaron Thackeray​ Global Dance Festival Friday, July 16, 2010 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre Every year, the Global Dance Festival brings some of the best in electronic music to the best outdoor venue on the planet, and Friday night's sold-out show was no exception. Judging from the proliferation o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Part two: Pete Ryan on cock's comb, Ron Burgundy and cheesy love songs

    Lori Midson Pete Ryan, executive chef/instructor of Cook Street School of Culinary Arts​ Pete Ryan Cook Street School of Culinary Arts 1937 Market Street 303-308-9300 This is part two of Lori Midson's Chef and Tell interview with Pete Ryan. To read part one of that inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    American Idol: Mark LaBriola gets the Heisman, Haeley Vaughn advances and the rest, well ...?

    ​Did you catch Idol last night? Cripes, How annoying was that? Just this side of insufferable, really. Still Hollywood week. Group day: The whole concept is counter-intuitive. Idol, like golf, is an individual sport, right? So what's the point of lumping the contestants together? We're guessin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Top Ten Songs from the '00s That Will Puzzle Future Generations

    Wonder if whoever set these misfit creatures loose happened to notice their poker faces?​This last decade has seen several genres rise and fall on the Billboard charts and because of that we've had a weird array of singles briefly topping the charts. In ten years or so, when we look back on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    The blog shortcut, May 28 edition

    Gwen Stefani has No Doubt. This is what we did. Today in Backbeat Online: • Last Night: No Doubt, Paramore and The Sounds at Fiddler's Green. • Q&A with Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura. • Missed FoCoMx? No worries. Check this out. • Musicians: Get your ears lowered for free. • Updat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Milking It: Banana Nut Cheerios

    Banana Nut Cheerios General Mills Rating: Two spoons out of four Cereal description: Those readers who hail from the planet Earth will recognize the standard Cheerios design: a circle with a hole in the middle, like a letter "O" designed to fill the diner with cheer. (Still can't figure out where t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    The Rockies Make a Grand Entrance

    As promised in this week's Beatdown, the following is a breakdown of entrance music for many of your favorite Rockies players. The songs are reportedly chosen by the players themselves, and while some of the selections make total sense (Todd Helton and Josh Fogg's picks are no-brainers), others are ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    This Just In...

    The latest nightlife news

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    The Fame Game

    Hard work and ambition landed Dork in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Singles Going Steady

    The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year.

  • Music

    August 17, 2006


    In My Mind (Star Trak/Interscope)

  • Music

    August 17, 2006

    Numan Group

    Gary Numan's songs get pimped.

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    La Bohème

    The bottom line on a third birthday bash.

  • Music

    March 9, 2006

    Cherry Bomb Suicide

    Volatile (Mota Land)

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    Gwen Stefani

    Wednesday, October 26, Magness Arena, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    Go Ask Alice

    For Alice Cooper, violent demises are a family affair.

  • Music

    July 7, 2005

    The Pod Squad

    What it is, how to get it and what pod-casting means to the world of radio.

  • Film

    December 23, 2004

    Crash and Yearn

    Howard Hughes gets what he wants -- in this case, a fun and loving biopic.

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Gwen Stefani

    Love, Angel, Music, Baby (Interscope)

  • Music

    July 1, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Sights and sounds of the Westword Music Showcase

  • Music

    June 17, 2004

    Critic's Choice

    Plastic Parachute

  • Summer Guide

    May 27, 2004

    Must Haves

    Denver's fashion insiders reveal their secrets for a stylish summer.

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    The HorrorPops

    Hell Yeah! (Epitaph)

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Old at Heart

    Mainstream news offers little to the under-thirty crowd.

  • Music

    December 20, 2001

    No Doubt

    Rock Steady (Interscope)

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    No Doubt

    Return of Saturn

  • Music

    June 4, 1998
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