Ian Anderson

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Who's Afraid of the New York Swans?

    At the end of the Swans' hypnotic set last night at the Bluebird Theatre, front man Michael Gira told the crowd he'd be at the merch table in ten minutes if anyone wanted to talk or have him sign anything. He seems to do that every show. On stage, the guy is mysterious and menacing, but in person he ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    Joe Piscopo on Frank Sinatra and Saturday Night Live

    Joe Piscopo joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1980, after honing his stand-up chops at New York's Improv; he stayed with the show until 1985. During his SNL stint, he became known for such original characters as the Sports Guy, as well as celebrity impersonations of David Letterman and Frank ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Dandy Warhols, Cake, Fiona Apple among new shows, Alabama Shakes, Nicki Minaj top sellers

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows from the Dandy Warhols, Cake, Fiona Apple and more were announced; Musketeer Gripweed, Hot Robots, and Broken Tongues got spins on local radio; and recent albums from the Alabama Shakes, Nicki Minaj, the Shins a ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Madonna, Jeff Mangum, the String Cheese Incident, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King and more were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent a ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Janet Jackson, Jethro Tull, OMD shows announced. Tix on sale this weekend.

    ​Janet Jackson visits the Wells Fargo Theatre on Wednesday, April 6 as part of her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour, on which she'll be performing music exclusively from her album, Number Ones. Jackson's new book on self-esteem, dieting and exercise,True You, hits stores February 8. Res ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    The men of Eolian on their backgrounds and the creation of Egg, their concept album

    Matthew Ballantine-PattonAdam Edwards, Ian O'Dougherty and Sean Merrell are Eolian​ In this week's issue, the Rough Mixes entry focusing on Eolian, the progressive rock project led by Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun) and featuring occasional Backbeat contributor Sean Merrell (T ... More >>

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    May 21, 2010

    Top ten myths about Red Rocks​ As Red Rocks is gearing up for its set of summer shows, we decided to do a little bit of research about its vibrant history. Not surprisingly, we learned that the ancient venue has its fair share of myths and rumors, many of which we've collected below. Feel free to share ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Last Night: Prog Nation at the Buell

    Big Elf​Progressive Nation Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, Big Elf, Scale the Summit August 25, 2009 Buell Theater Better than: Reliving high school memories by flipping through a yearbook. Let me admit to a strong bias up front: I spent at least three of my teenage years with a diet almost excl ... More >>

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    November 24, 2005

    The Rolling Stones

    Thursday, November 24, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

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    December 18, 2003


    Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.

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    December 7, 1994