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    July 28, 2014

    Meet the volunteers who make UMS work

    There's a lot going on all the time at the Underground Music Showcase (UMS). Bands are setting up and breaking down to keep to the festival's tight schedule, fans clog the sidewalks for blocks on both sides of the street and food trucks and other purveyors of trinkets and pot paraphernalia hock thei ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014
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    July 6, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: String Cheese Incident, Chris Daniels, Mayhem and more

    See Also: Chris Daniels is back after a harrowing battle with illness Q&A with Slipknot's Clown Q&A with Julie Libassi of the Raven & the Writing Desk Q&A with JT Nolan of Beats Noir! Q&A with Zoe Jakes and David Satori of Beats Antique Welcome to the weekend! A parade of longtime local favorite ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    #WMS 2012 recap: Curious Theatre

    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 >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    June 12, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase schedule

    Okay, time to officially start getting excited now. The annual Westword Music Showcase is a little more than a week away. Did you pick up your tickets yet? If not, you can still get them at the discounted rate. Prices go up day of the show. By now, you've already seen the lineup of who's playing the ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase local lineup!

    We're just over a month out from this year's Westword Music Showcase, and we've already let you know who we have headlining the mainstage this year -- but keep it locked on Backbeat for another big announcement this coming Monday. Now it's time for us to give up the goods on the local lineup. As you ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Lucero, Flipper, the Ting Tings, Say Anything, Jewel and 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 >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011
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    December 6, 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: On the concert front, shows from Neil Diamond, Garland Jeffreys and Sophie B. Hawkins were announced; BLKHRTS, American Tomahawk and Driftwood Fire got spins on local radio; and new releases from Drake, Kate Bush and Sigur Ros wer ... More >>

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    November 29, 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: On the concert front, shows from Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio, Rusko (Snowball Fest), NEEDTOBREATHE and Dr. Dog were announced; Ian Cooke, Bare Bones and Slim Cessna got spins on local radio; and new releases from Drake, the Rolling Stones ... More >>

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    October 4, 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: On the concert front, a show at the Paramount Theatre featuring Puscifer was announced, along with a Kulwicki Twins Foundation benefit at the Bluebird Theater in January being headlined by Mudhoney and The Fluid. On local radio specialty ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Bop Skizzum, Force Publique, Kenny Perkins spun this week. See who else got spins.

    ​Here's what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists from a number of different shows, including KTCL's Locals Only, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show*, The Colorado Sound, which originates at ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Get The Centennial's debut release for free

    ​In conjunction with the band's Second Spring EP-release show, which took place this past Saturday at the hi-dive, the Centennial posted the platter for free download. We spoke with Patrick Meese last week about the new project -- which also includes his wife, Tiffany, and brother Nathan -- an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    My Chemical Romance, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Best Coast shows announced

    ​My Chemical Romance, which hit the road near the beginning of the new year on the World Contamination Tour and just released a new album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, is due to stop at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, April 9. Tickets ($32.50, $35 day of show) are ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    November 5, 2010

    Demon Funkies, the Informants and Kinetix spun this week. See who else got spins.

    ​Here's what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists from a number of different shows, including KTCL's Locals Only, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show, KBCO's Local Edition, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Novus Folium, Kinetix, Ian Cooke and DeVotchKa spun on local radio this week. See who else got spins.

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, KTCL's Locals Only, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Thom Yorke serenades Big Chill-goers with possible new Radiohead track "Give Up the Ghost"

    It's been three years since Radiohead released In Rainbows and fans are getting kind of itchy to hear some new material. This past weekend at England's Big Chill festival, Thom Yorke scratched that itch -- maybe. He played a new-ish song called "Give Up the Ghost" (debuted in February, apparently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    UMS Night Four Travelogue: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake at 3 Kings, Treeverb at the hi-dive and 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 >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Warlock Pinchers, Big Head Todd and Dan Craig spun on radio last week. See who else got spins.

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown*, KTCL's Locals Only*, KBCO's Local Edition, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broa ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    June 23, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase 2010: Backbeat scribes' travelogue

    ​ Here's our massive, multi-page report/travelogue of the Westword Music Showcase from (in order) Tom Murphy, Cory Casciato, A.H. Goldstein, Jef Otte, Jon Solomon and Brain Frederick. Let us know in the comments what you saw and loved, saw and hated, or missed and hated yourself for missing. ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Candy Claws look fierce, threaten buildings in Arvada

    Click to enlarge​Arvada, beware! There's a big-ass, crocodilian kaiju coming for you. Your skyscrapers, supposing you have any, are in serious danger. And don't let your guard down just because it says those claws are candy. Ahem. We were quite taken with this flier. We're not sure if the awe ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Over the weekend: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel Variety Show

    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 >>

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    December 11, 2009

    The Weekend Showdown: Nathaniel Rateliff heads a stacked lineup at the Bluebird

    ​ 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 three 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.

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    November 2, 2009

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, 99.5 the Mountain's Homegrown Show*, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and i ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 19, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only*, KQMT's Mountain Homegrown Show, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 25 edition

    Photo by Lori MidsonVirgilio Urbano at his namesake restaurant.​Just in case you're curious, Virgilio's pizza is a little slice of heaven. Today in Cafe Society: • Let the dough fly: There's a pizza battle brewing at Belmar. • Behind the Bar: Ky Belk of Elway's in Cherry Creek. • Brio T ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's long-running Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    May 18, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, May 18 edition

    Photo by Soren McCartyThe Conchords in flight. Did they play "Albi the Racist Dragon?" Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the weekend: Flight of the Conchords at Red Rocks. • Moving Pictures: the Sexy Convicts, Lyin' Bitch, the Get Down, Vitamins, the Swayback, Ian Cooke, Young Coyotes. • Over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Musicians supporting the people of embattled Gaza

    In a beautiful collision of altruism, more musicians are donating their time and talents to help kids this week. Instead of helping the children of Denver, as the Denver Gives March Music Jam will, these musicians will benefit kids on the other side of the world. On Friday night, March 27, at the Dr ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Scene, Not Herd

    MATTER Studio throws down for a holiday party and print sale.

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    October 16, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Making Music Matter

    There’s a lot of talk – especially in this column – about how supportive and caring the Denver music scene is. Every time you turn around, there’s a benefit show to help some musician pay his medical bills, move out of state, or fund his honeymoon. It’s not unlike the rent parties of the 1 ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008
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    May 22, 2008

    Denver Music’s Media Onslaught

    Pictureplane gets a shout-out on Pitchfork and Nathaniel Rateliff gets written up in Billboard, while DeVotchKa kills it on Conan and Flobots throw down on Carson Daly.

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    February 14, 2008
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    January 14, 2008

    Over the Weekend ... Hot Dogs, Football, and SWAT Teams on Colfax

    American as Apple Pie and Daisey-Cutters, Olde Tyme Drafts and Dawgs hosted their monthly hot dog eating contest on Saturday. Read all about the gluttonous glory here. And again Denver proves that its local music scene is truly something special with Saturday's hi-dive show featuring Eric Bachmann, ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Moovers and Shakers 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.

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    December 20, 2007

    Moovers and Shakers 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.

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    September 28, 2007

    Denver Art Museum's Untitled's Got LEGS

    Since the first one in February, the event series known as Untitled at the Denver Art Museum has transformed the new Hamilton wing from a huge crumpled piece of tin foil into a huge crumpled piece of tin foil that serves booze. Add some interesting special events combining music, live performance a ... More >>

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    June 18, 2007

    Showcase by the Snippet

    Slide Shows Part 1 Part 2 There are several ways to approach a festival such as June 16's Westword Music Showcase. Wrist-banders can check out a handful of their favorites or several groups they haven't had a chance to catch yet and spend the rest of their time exploring the rewarding world of mass ... More >>

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    June 2, 2007

    CHUN Capitol Hill People's Fair

    Day One Event Spotlight Street Side Mural Project -- If you never experience live art, this is worth checking out. Local artist will create five murals each with its own unique theme. The murals will be located across from the Performance and Cultural Stage Music Schedule Main Stage ... More >>

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    May 15, 2007

    Sarah Cass Will Take Your Picture

    Attention young, hip, creative-types of Denver! Need a photo to help launch your musical, acting, fashion, artistic, writing, dancing and/or modeling career? Look no further than local scenesterette Sarah Cass. The 21-year-old photographer from Grand Junction has been building quite a portfolio as ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    What About Bob?

    Meet the man behind some of Denver's best releases.

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    February 8, 2007

    myPod

    Finding more local bang for the byte.

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    September 22, 2005

    Upsizing

    Uphollow graduates from rock opera to pop opus.

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