Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Kelsey Whipple ... More >>
Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! Don't you just love living in the Mile High City? Besides the glorious weather we're enjoying right now, we have yet another weekend filled with a ridiculous number of enticing options: Lucero kicks off its two-night stand at the Bluebird, in addition to an in-store ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Bigger picture belowIan 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 >>
Justin EvansAfter 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Ian CookeIf 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sarah CassThere 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 >>
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 >>
A.H. Goldstein UMS Travelogue, Night Four 7.24.10 | Baker District/South Broadway I have never seen so many neon Wayfarer sunglasses in my life. Ever. It was like I walked into 1982 the second I walked onto Broadway -- the hot sun blistered people's skin but their eyes were blocked by their ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel Variety ShowSaturday, December 12, 2009Bluebird TheaterBetter Than: The V Ultimate Variety show featuring Wally Eastwood. An estimated 48 musicians took part in the third annual Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel variety show on Saturday night. All of them played br ... More >>
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 >>
Chad FahnestockJoshua Novak helped break in Mo's on Broadway. See more photos from Mo's and the other venues at westword.com/slideshow. 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 >>
Houses' Mike Marchant at the Hi-Dive. Photos by Jef Otte. 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 mentione ... More >>
Photo by Lulu DevilJust 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 ... More >>
A complete list of this year's Music Showcase winners.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.
Shut up, already, and listen to this lesson in concert etiquette.
Heartache still produces some of the finest art.
A half-dozen acts that we think will catch fire this year.
Uphollow graduates from rock opera to pop opus.
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