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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
â€‹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 >>
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 >>
Sub Pop's twentieth anniversary spurs this year's unlikeliest local band reunion.
Fast reviews of recent releases
This singer-songwriter is a child prodigy turned adult prodigy.
A roundup of six local imprints.
Putting Denver on the musical map.
Giving KTCL’s Project Next a whole new spin.
War is hell, but for the Bronx, so is rock and roll.
Through tragedy and triumph, Bambi Lee Savage returns to Denver with new music and new hope.
My Dad's a Fuckin' Alcoholic (Afterburn Records)
Dark Days (Glazed Records)
After half a century, Burning Spear is still stoking the fire in reggae's soul.
Hip-hop's Aceyalone looks for ways to climb up from the underground.
Knowing how Nick Drake expired helps bring his music to life.
Sampling ad infinitum with America's sonic outlaws.
Guitarist Mark Ribot stumbles upon the hottest trend in popular music.
The King of juju makes party music with a message.
Aston "Family Man" Barrett of the Wailers is keeping a reggae tradition alive.
A major label tried to muzzle Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse. Here's why.
After a period of obscurity, Johnny Cash is once again a wanted man.
Red House Painter Mark Kozelek wants you to know that he isn't suicidal.
A gospel album on a Denver record label is the latest step in the rehabilitation of Willie Nelson's career.
AT FIFTY, REGGAE'S BURNING SPEAR HASN'T COOLED OFF YET.
FROM OBSCURITY TO A TOUCH OF NOTORIETY WITH TRIPPING DAISY.
THERE'S NOTHING DISPOSABLE ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI'S LATEST ADVENTURE IN HIP HOP.
EX-BLACK FLAG GUITARIST GREG GINN STILL KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH PUNKS.
KBCO'S FORMAT SPROUTS UP AROUND THE U.S.
HOW LOUD IS THIS BAND? LOUD ENOUGH TO BE HEARD NATIONWIDE.
DONALD KINSEY CONTINUES THE BLUES TRADITION OF HIS BIG DADDY.