Jerry Lee Lewis

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    J. Roddy Walston on the Identity of the South

    By Roy Kasten Onstage -- his hair whipping like a battlefield banner, his piano splintering, his gnarled voice bellowing and his band crushing out something like rock, something like the blues -- J. Roddy Walston is surely a force, but not really a force of nature, as he is often deemed. His reckle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>

  • Music

    November 7, 2013

    The Blue Rider

    The Blue Rider

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    The ten best music biopics

    Word came down recently that André 3000 of Outkast will be playing the highly influential Jimi Hendrix in a biopic called All Is By My Side, which centers on the iconic guitarist's early years. With inspired and estimable casting like this, it made us think about the other memorable biopics that ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Buzz Osborne of Melvins on how to him Beastie Boys were Warlock Pinchers for Dummies

    Since 1983, Melvins have been perfecting their brand of influential rock, inspired in part by punk and in part by the music Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover grew up hearing as kids in the '60s and '70s. With Melvins, the two have taken that sound to different places with each record that their contempor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    R.I.P. Levon Helm, 5/26/40 - 4/19/12

    See Also: At the Helm - A throat cancer survivor, the Band's Levon Helm can't sing anymore -- but the beat goes on Levon Helm, iconic drummer and singer extraordinaire of the Band, died yesterday at the age of 71, after a long and strenuous battle with throat cancer. Helm's imaginative drumming and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    R.I.P. Dick Clark, 11/30/29 - 4/18/12

    See Also: Firefall's Jock Bartley on American Bandstand and the time Dick Clark called the band "Firefly" When Dick Clark died earlier this week from a massive heart attack at the age of 82, he left a musical legacy that's far too comprehensive and broad to easily sum up. Clark may have spent the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Mojo Nixon: "I am here to set the world straight about Tim Tebow and his invisible friends!"

    Mojo Nixon (due Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at the Lion's Lair) gained notoriety in the mid- to late '80s for his irreverent songs informed by an absurdist humor with partner Skid Roper. Nixon's exuberant, unapologetic persona won over audiences because even as Nixon would make seeming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Johnny Cash: The five most memorable portrayals of the man in black

    "Hello. I'm Johnny Cash." That was enough of an introduction for the country legend himself, but Cash's legacy has surpassed that simplicity. In his nearly fifty-year career, Cash played himself in dozens of film and television spots, but his death in 2003 opened the gates for others to take up the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Five infamous monuments named after musicians of questionable moral character

    Kurt Cobain​How do you honor a musician when awards and certifications aren't enough? By naming something in his honor, of course -- be it a bridge, a street, an asteroid or even a whole day after the guy. But in naming something after a musician, it's easy to forget that while in some cases t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Five careers Jack White could help revive next

    ​Jack White has been a busy bee lately, producing records for Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson and now, Jerry Lee Lewis. We're starting to get the feeling he might view himself as a sort of Rick Rubin-type character, but instead of making older musicians darker and more introspective, he's just mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Bree Davies attempts to Justify My Love of R. Kelly

    Terry Richardson​Okay, we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon nobody else knew about. "Guilty pleasures" is what most people term these sort of inclinations. Well, here at Backbeat, there's no shame in our game ... More >>

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    July 11, 2008
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    February 14, 2008


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    February 11, 2008

    Grammy Suckfest Celebrates Half Century of Lameness

    On February 10, the Grammy Awards marked their fiftieth anniversary with a program so misguided and wrongheaded that it perfectly encapsulated all of the music industry's current woes. Following a suitably embalmed duet with the thoroughly dead Frank Sinatra, appearing in stock footage, Alicia Keys ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2007

    Soda Pop Kids Return

    Ex-members of Kill City Thrillers, Scott Baio Army and Call Sign Cobra come back for a sort of homecoming.

  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    Leon Russell

    Wednesday, May 31, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.

  • Film

    November 17, 2005

    Hello, He's Not Johnny Cash

    Walk the Line never strays from the dull telling of a tall tale.

  • Music

    October 6, 2005

    Dresden Dolls

    Wednesday, October 12, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2004

    Song Cyclist

    Marshall Chapman spins a yarn

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003
  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    That's the Spirit

    The Honky Tonk Hangovers make country music that will go to your head.

  • Music

    June 20, 2002

    Feast of Reason

    Pleasure Forever indulges the senses in a dark, debauched sound.

  • Culture

    May 24, 2001

    Look Ahead

    D.A. Pennebaker doesn't make history, but he's captured so much of it.

  • Music

    January 18, 2001

    Good Girls Do

    Hard-rocking Kittie specializes in smashing expectations. Starting with yours.

  • Music

    October 12, 2000

    Say That You'll Be True

    Dale Hawkins remains faithful to Susie Q and roots rock. No matter what the cost.

  • Music

    October 28, 1999


    The Aluminum Group, Patricia Barber, Schneider TM, The Souvenirs

  • Music

    June 10, 1999

    A LaFave Rave

    Jimmy LaFave upholds American musical tradition one song at a time.

  • Music

    November 12, 1998

    Monster Mash

    For Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf, sex, drugs and rock and roll never went out of style.

  • Music

    May 7, 1998
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    February 12, 1998

    Color Him Bluegrass

    Del McCoury is one of the masters of a great American art form.

  • News

    January 22, 1998
  • Music

    October 30, 1997

    No Synthetics Allowed

    The musical fabric of the Ray-Ons.

  • Music

    July 17, 1997

    A Blast From the Past

    Onetime Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin makes tradition sound new again.

  • Music

    June 12, 1997

    Cash on the Barrelhead

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

  • Music

    March 13, 1997

    He's Got His Mojo Workin'

    How onetime Denver resident Kirby McMillan Jr. was transformed into Mojo Nixon.

  • News

    January 23, 1997
  • Music

    September 26, 1996

    Not-So-Young Turks

    The New Bomb Turks are hitting harder because they're hitting slower.

  • Music

    September 12, 1996

    Mystery Man

    Who is Ralph Gean, and why is he the latest hero of Denver's musical underground?

  • Music

    July 4, 1996
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    February 29, 1996

    Rock's Roles

    Hardrock Gunter: From rockabilly pioneer to insurance agent to rock-and-roll legend.

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    November 22, 1995
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    September 20, 1995
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    April 26, 1995



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    November 16, 1994
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    May 18, 1994