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Island Records Inc.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    How Bob Marley was sold to the suburbs

    At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    The ten best EDM albums of 2013

    It was another big year for EDM, with some memorable people, places and moments. And there were a slew of chart-topping releases from producers, massive releases whether you dig the harder styles of four-on-the-floor big-room bangers or the soft trance melodies. There were a lot of hot releases in 2 ... More >>

  • Film

    April 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    U2's The Joshua Tree turns 25

    It's difficult to imagine, but U2 used to be cool. Not just cool, but one of the most innovative, inspiring and mysterious bands of their generation. The group challenged the sounds, look and emotional resonance of rock music, forever redirecting the cultural stream for good or ill. Today, while man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Nick Drake's Pink Moon turns forty

    In his best selling book Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman asserts that "the best career move any musician can make is to stop breathing." When examining Kurt Cobain's post-mortem transformation from junkie dad to iconic voice of a generation, Klosterman notes that the suicide told everyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2012

    Spell and '57 Lesbian due at Pure Sunshine II at the Bluebird

    Michael LavineSpell Mississippi, if you dare.​Do you know what you're doing yet on Friday, March 2? Have plans? If so, you might consider canceling them. That night, Spell and '57 Lesbian, a couple of iconic Denver bands are getting together at the Bluebird Theater for Pure Sunshine II to pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    Jared Piccone of Innerpartysystem on the band's evolving sound and its growing popularity in CO

    ​When we last spoke with Jared Piccone of Innperpartysystem back in 2009, the act had just come off its split with Island Records. There was rampant speculation amongst fans about the future of the band, but Piccone assured us that it was a step in the right direction for everybody involved.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Q&A with Jared Piccone of Innerpartysystem

    ​Innerpartysystem knows all about the DIY approach. Since their formation, the members have spent countless hours dissecting technology, transforming it to suit their needs. Their light show, for instance, aside from a few stock lasers, was all hand built. Any fan that has seen the act more than o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Collections of 2008, Both Mixed and Unmixed

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>

  • Music

    June 19, 2008

    The Fluid

    Sub Pop's twentieth anniversary spurs this year's unlikeliest local band reunion.

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Imogen Heap

    This singer-songwriter is a child prodigy turned adult prodigy.

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    Release Me

    A roundup of six local imprints.

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Putting Denver on the musical map.

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Giving KTCL’s Project Next a whole new spin.

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Band of Brothers

    War is hell, but for the Bronx, so is rock and roll.

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Angel of Death

    Through tragedy and triumph, Bambi Lee Savage returns to Denver with new music and new hope.

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    The Frantix

    My Dad's a Fuckin' Alcoholic (Afterburn Records)
    Dark Days (Glazed Records)

  • Music

    August 21, 2003

    Eternal Flame

    After half a century, Burning Spear is still stoking the fire in reggae's soul.

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2002
  • Music

    March 15, 2001

    Ace in the Hole

    Hip-hop's Aceyalone looks for ways to climb up from the underground.

  • Music

    October 5, 2000

    Born to Die

    Knowing how Nick Drake expired helps bring his music to life.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best rockin' mama

    Chanin Floyd

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Postivly Negativ

    Sampling ad infinitum with America's sonic outlaws.

  • Music

    September 16, 1999

    On the Mark

    Guitarist Mark Ribot stumbles upon the hottest trend in popular music.

  • Music

    January 28, 1999
  • Music

    July 30, 1998

    Bring Back That Sunny Ade

    The King of juju makes party music with a message.

  • News

    May 7, 1998
  • Music

    March 19, 1998
  • Music

    February 19, 1998

    Still Wailing

    Aston "Family Man" Barrett of the Wailers is keeping a reggae tradition alive.

  • Music

    October 9, 1997
  • Music

    September 25, 1997

    The Jeers of a Clown

    A major label tried to muzzle Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse. Here's why.

  • Music

    September 18, 1997
  • Music

    July 10, 1997
  • Music

    June 12, 1997

    Cash on the Barrelhead

    After a period of obscurity, Johnny Cash is once again a wanted man.

  • Music

    October 10, 1996

    Seeing Red

    Red House Painter Mark Kozelek wants you to know that he isn't suicidal.

  • Music

    September 5, 1996
  • Music

    August 29, 1996
  • Music

    August 15, 1996

    Free Willie

    A gospel album on a Denver record label is the latest step in the rehabilitation of Willie Nelson's career.

  • Music

    December 20, 1995
  • Music

    August 30, 1995

    BURN, BABY, BURN

    AT FIFTY, REGGAE'S BURNING SPEAR HASN'T COOLED OFF YET.

  • Music

    August 23, 1995

    THE DAISY CHAIN

    FROM OBSCURITY TO A TOUCH OF NOTORIETY WITH TRIPPING DAISY.

  • News

    June 28, 1995
  • Music

    May 17, 1995
  • Music

    April 5, 1995
  • Music

    March 1, 1995

    SPEARHEAD'S UP

    THERE'S NOTHING DISPOSABLE ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN HIP HOP.

  • Music

    September 7, 1994

    THE ORIGINAL GINN

    EX-BLACK FLAG GUITARIST GREG GINN STILL KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH PUNKS.

  • Music

    August 24, 1994

    TODAY, BOULDER. TOMORROW, THE WORLD

    KBCO'S FORMAT SPROUTS UP AROUND THE U.S.

  • Music

    May 4, 1994

    SPELLBOUNDWILL SPELL FINALLY PUT DENVER ON THE ROCK-MUSIC MAP? CASTING A SPELL

    HOW LOUD IS THIS BAND? LOUD ENOUGH TO BE HEARD NATIONWIDE.

  • Music

    January 26, 1994

    LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

    DONALD KINSEY CONTINUES THE BLUES TRADITION OF HIS BIG DADDY.

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