Ian Cooke

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    March 21, 2014

    Ian Cooke plays the Science Lounge, where there's booze, bear suits and plenty of gluesticks

    At last night's Science Lounge at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, I asked a grown woman what drew her into a fishbowl full of craft supplies to make her own mini diorama, and this is what she said: "I was like, ooh! There's glue sticks in there!" Hot glue does have an undeniable magical p ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Ian Cooke set to premiere "Cassowary and Fruit Bat" book and video Thursday night at Sie

    Ian Cooke has always been known for his stunning lyrical imagery, and while he has dropped a handful of interesting video accompaniments in the past, he's never attempted anything like this before. A project that has spanned over two years, Cooke has collaborated with local artist Adam Singer and ba ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Curious Theatre

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. A.H. Goldstein hosted at the Curious Theatre this past Saturday. Keep ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Listen to a pair of new Ian Cooke covers

    Ian Cooke is one busy boy. Since dropping Fortitude, his second album, this past November, the despondent dreamboat has been busily weaving himself in and out of video projects, mini-tours and a gig recording songs for a local play about online dating -- all while keeping his fashionable feet on the ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Ian Cooke's new video gives new meaning to one-man band

    It's not easy being a one-man show, especially when it comes to a music video. If you're daring enough to brave it alone in front of the camera, it's a good idea to enhance the image with some kind of visual concept, like Dylan's flash cards in "Subterranean Homesick Blues" or Jamiroquai's vanishing ... More >>

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    December 18, 2011

    Review: Ian Cooke at Curious Theatre, 12/16/11

    A.H. GoldsteinIan Cooke and his band at the Curious Theatre for his Fortitude release party.IAN COOKE @ CURIOUS THEATRE | 12.16.11Ian Cooke made a wise choice in choosing the Curious Theatre to debut songs from Fortitude, his new full-length. The release show, which featured supporting performances ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Ian Cooke uninjured in van wreck near Sterling, Colorado at the start of a short Midwest tour

    Bigger picture below​Ian Cooke's gotta be breathing a sight of relief today. Yesterday morning, the lauded local songwriter, who was driving by himself, was involved in an accident in which his van flipped. Somehow he escaped injury. According to Ian O'Dougherty, his longtime friend and manage ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers on the time he spent in Denver and Breaks In the Armor

    Justin Evans​After the breakup of his influential underground pop band Archers of Loaf, frontman Eric Bachmann formed Crooked Fingers (due at the Larimer Lounge tonight with Strands of Oak and Ian Cooke) and had a kind of second chapter in his long musical career, one favored by some over the ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Buy Ian Cooke's new album at Twist & Shout on 11/25 and get a wristband to attend his in-store

    ​Update 11/14/12: In addition to the scheduled in-store performance at Twist & Shout on 12/2 (page down for details), Ian Cooke has announced a very special CD release show at the Curious Theatre on Friday, December 16. Seating is limited to 175 people, and tickets are available directly throu ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

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

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: Guns N' Roses is at 1STBANK Center in December, and in January, Wilco's at the Fillmore and the Jayhawks are due at the Ogden. Air Dubai, Gauntlet Hair, Ian Cooke and Jonny Barber & the Living Deads all got some spins on local rad ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of Ian Cooke's "Fortitude" from demo to final

    When we told you about the release of the song, "Fortitude," from Ian Cooke's new album of the same name, we didn't know much about how the song came to be. Sure, we knew where it was recorded and who did it, but we didn't know how much work and how many different versions of the song existed before ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Download a track from Ian Cooke's brand new album, Fortitude, now available for pre-order

    ​Gooood morning, Denver! What a lovely day it is. While we typically hate Mondays, this one is shaping up to be pretty swell: Sweater weather is in full effect (oh how we looove fall!), the Broncos won, and best news of all, a brand new Ian Cooke record is upon us. Fortitude, the long and eage ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Photos: Ian Cooke, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, the Missing Parts at the Fox Theatre

    ​On Friday night, Ian Cooke, Danielle Ate the Sandwich and the Missing Parts played the Fox Theatre. We sent out one of our intrepid, resident shutterbugs, Kelly Kaoudis, up to Boulder to capture the magic, and she brought us back this wholly captivating collection of photos featuring the inim ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Good Friday: Ian Cooke, The Photo Atlas, Girls Rock Denver camp showcase and more

    Ian Cooke​If you're not preparing for round two of Global Dance Fest tonight at Red Rocks, there are still plenty of shows to look forward to this weekend. Cellist and songwriter Ian Cooke brings his beautiful music to the Fox Theatre in Boulder tonight with Danielle Ate The Sandwich & The Mis ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Ian Cooke to present "The Race" remixes and debut new songs at Create Denver kickoff

    Last we heard from Ian Cooke, he had extended an invitation to fellow local musicians to remix his song " The Race." With that goal in mind, Cooke posted a dozen different parts of the song that folks could download and tweak, twist and manipulate at will. A number of people, including Tommy Metz of ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Ian Cooke's new song comes with some optional assembly

    ​The most rock and roll cellist in Denver has released a new song titled "The Race." Ian Cooke, in conjunction with producer/manager/guitarist Ian O'Dougherty, also released all twelve parts of the song as separate tracks, and they're inviting you to "Play, Record, Manipulate, Mix, Remix" at y ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    A freezing-weather playlist, from Denver and beyond

    ​Fun fact you probably didn't know already: It's really fucking cold outside. How cold? Well, eleven degrees below zero at last check. This is hunker down with hot chocolate and delivery Chinese food weather. Work can wait until you don't need an ice pick and a Sherpa to navigate your neighbor ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Ian Cooke appears on Joanna Newsom tribute album alongside M.Ward, Billy Bragg and others

    ​On Versions of Joanna, the aptly titled tribute to Joanna Newsom, 21 artists from six countries cover Newsom's songs. Of those those acts, there's a number of familiar voices such as Billy Bragg, M. Ward, Owen Pallett and Ben Sollee. Astute Denverites, however, will instantly recognize one ve ... 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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    November 5, 2010

    Tonight: Ian Cooke at Moe's Original BBQ

    Sarah Cass​There is no plausible reason an Ian Cooke show should be only five bucks. But tonight, you can catch Denver's polished gem at Moe's Original BBQ -- on a lovely first Friday night, no less -- for the low price of a cocktail. While we await the release of his follow-up to 2007's The F ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Bohemian Nights at New West Fest kicks off tonight in Fort Collins runs all weekend

    ​If you ever needed an excuse to head north to Fort Collins besides the many fine breweries there, how about the Bohemian Nights at New West Fest? The free, three day festival is bringing in an eclectic batch of talent, starting with Flobots August 20. They'll be followed by Earth, Wind & Fire ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Film on the Rocks announces Ferris Bueller's Day Off as 'favorite John Hughes Film'

    ​ Back when the Film on the Rocks schedule was announced, fans got a chance to select their favorite John Hughes film for a showing. Well, the fans spoke and overwhelmingly they chose Ferris Bueller's Day Off over The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Ferris grabbed nearly half the vote, lea ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    The Weekend Showdown: MSTRKRFT masters the Ogden

    Photo courtesy of MSTRKRFT​ There's nothing like experiencing the sweat, thump and catharsis of a great show. But it can be tough to decide which one to go to when you live in Denver, the land of embarrassing musical riches, the land of too many shows and too little time. So which ones are wo ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    The Weekend Showdown: Candy Claws in Arvada and Disco Biscuits everywhere

    Photos by Matthew Sage, Background and layout by Ryan Hover.​ We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    The Weekend Showdown: Experience the FoCoMX

    ​ We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments. This week, the F ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Freeloader: A sneak peek at Ian Cooke's new album

    It's been nearly three years since Ian Cooke (due tonight at the Larimer Lounge) released The Fall I Fell and proceeded to blow everyone's minds with his inimitably expressive vocal style, dexterous cello playing and remarkably affecting songs. Brian Carney​ In the intervening years, he's qu ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    The Weekend Showdown: We Are the Dot

    We would hate for you to miss out on all the awesome that happens every weekend in our fair city, so we've decided to run down five of the best shows in one easy-to-swallow post, with video and audio. Tell us -- and the rest of the world -- what we missed in the comments. ​ No sleep till Mon ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Ian Cooke Band, Alan Alda and Tauntaun at the Bluebird

    Doug BeamIan Cooke Ian Cooke Band, Alan Alda, Tauntaun Aug. 29 Bluebird Theater Better than: Seeing three of Denver's most dynamic and promising bands in three separate venues. It was challenging to find obvious common threads in the three performances at the Bluebird on Friday night. Separately, ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Mo's

    Chad FahnestockJoshua Novak helped break in Mo's on Broadway. See more photos from Mo's and the other venues at Andrea Ball, 12:00 p.m. Andrea Ball kicked off the Mo's lineup with an enjoyable set of mostly piano-driven, literate yet approachable songs that fit well in the ... More >>

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    May 4, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Houses at the Hi-Dive

    Houses, Elin Palmer, Ian Cooke Friday, May 1, 2009 Hi-Dive Better than: Going to bed at eight because you're mildly narcoleptic, which is what my date ended up doing (and man, she missed out) At the Hi-Dive on Friday night, someone mentioned that the lineup should have gone in reverse order. It was ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    MP3 Freeloader: Tonight, Houses EP release party at the hi-dive

    Just in case you haven't gotten enough of Houses for the week, who were also featured in this week's Pole Position, we've got a few more treats in store for you to help get you excited for tonight's show at the hi-dive featuring Houses, Elin Palmer another of Denver's brightest up-and-comers and Ian ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    Here are the playlists from the area's local-centric specialty radio shows this week. This week marks the addition of 99.5 the Mountain's Home Grown Show, whose playlist we've added to in additon to the others we're already tracking: Radio 1190's long-running Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, the ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Mile Hi-Fidelity recast playlist - 01.28.09

    Another two hours of playing the best hand-picked local music is in the books. Andy and I got all sorts of chatty last night -- I mean, more than usual; seriously we were like a gaggle of grandmas chopping it up in a sewing circle -- which meant that we didn't get to two of the songs we had planned ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009
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    July 10, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Hands On Experience

    My daughter looks nothing like me. When I look in the mirror, I see the Jewish-Italian pan-European mongrel that I am. Her mother – with her olive skin and thick black hair – looks vaguely Latina, or like she was born somewhere overlooking the Mediterranean. But our three-year-old daughter looks ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    And the Winners Are...

    A complete list of this year's Music Showcase winners.

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    June 26, 2008

    Music Showcase Awards: And the Winners Are...

    The 14th annual Westword Music Showcase Awards ceremony is now in the books. Holy crap! What a party! We haven't seen that many inebriated folks in one place since...well, probably since the last party we threw. In his Fluid review, Michael Roberts joked that "if terrorists wanted to rob Denver of i ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Britt Rodemich, Ellison Park, Ian Cooke @ the hi-dive

    Britt Rodemich, Ellison Park, Ian Cooke and Levi Weaver Friday, April 25, 2008 hi-dive Better Than: Enduring yet another uneventful happy hour. The matinee show is an idea whose time has come in Denver. Instead of doing happy hour and then heading home only to amble back out around nine or ten, how ... More >>

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    April 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Ian Cooke and Laylights @ Bluebird Theater

    Ian Cooke and Laylights Saturday, April 12, 2008 Bluebird Theater Better Than: Any other show I’ve seen from either act Though I was secretly skeptical about this weekend’s big Laylights CD release show, not only were my low expectations completely blown away, but I also came out of the show wi ... More >>

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    January 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend ... Eric Bachmann, Ian Cooke, Elin and Freida @ Hi-Dive

    Eric Bachmann w/ Ian Cooke, Elin and Freida Saturday, January 12 Better than: The hangover the next morning The swell of people at the Hi-Dive Saturday night seemed like a perfect fit for Denver transplant Eric Bachmann. Any one of the many there may have been a random character from any one of hi ... More >>

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    January 4, 2008
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    September 17, 2007

    This Weekend: Monolith Festival @ Red Rocks, Friday, September 14

    Monolith festival, Day One September 14, 2007 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Better than: Any other reason to climb roughly sixty thousand stairs. There are a lot of stairs at Red Rocks. Usually, once you make it through the grueling hike into the place, you’re done. You settle into a spot and maybe take ... More >>

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    June 18, 2007

    Review: Westword Music Showcase @ Sutra Room - 6/16/07

    Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 Westword Music Showcase June 16, 2007 The Sutra Room Better than: Endless margaritas on the beach. What a long, fucking amazing day it was at the Westword Music Showcase this past Saturday. Despite the outrageous amount of music that was spilling out of Golden Triangle, I ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Westword Music Showcase 2007

    Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Westword Music Showcase! This year’s Showcase, set for Saturday, June 16, in the Golden Triangle, is bigger and better than ever (yes, I know we say that every year, but it happens to be true). For starters, the all-ages Outdoor Stage has moved two blocks t ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007

    Talk of the Town

    Shut up, already, and listen to this lesson in concert etiquette.

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    April 5, 2007

    Ian Cooke

    Heartache still produces some of the finest art.

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    March 8, 2007


    Emerald City

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    January 25, 2007

    Class of 2007

    A half-dozen acts that we think will catch fire this year.

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