Joe Strummer

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    The twelve best shows in Denver this weekend

    Another several-night stand at Red Rocks this weekend: The Avett Brothers play three shows at the World's Only Natural Amphitheater. Elsewhere, Ms. Lauryn Hill will confound you with a bunch of songs that sound absolutely nothing like the hits your remember. And Joan Baez goes from Denver to Fort Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Do drugs make musicians more creative?

    Do drugs fuel creativity? Is an addled mind essential to making great music? Does sobriety cause creative impotence? What if Jimi Hendrix had suddenly decided to enter a twelve-step program? Would Are You Experienced? have sucked? To answer this nagging question, you have to take a look at rock's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    The ten traits of the perfect frontperson

    The best frontmen and women all have something in common. Whether it's their ability to connect with a crowd or the swagger with which they carry themselves, their fashion sense, the intrigue that surrounds them or their reckless disregard for their own well being, they all have that ineffable "it" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Our top five spins this week, September 24-30

    In this very special edition of Heavy Rotation, you not only get a through-the-keyhole view of our musical proclivities, but you also get a few words from us on our top pick of the week. Keep reading to find out what Mark Sanders considers musical comfort food, why Kelsey Whipple can't think of Spac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    The five most listened-to songs and albums of the week, August 20 through August 27

    Well, lookie here. What you do know? It's the return of Heavy Rotation. Longtime readers of Backbeat will remember this feature as one in which we shared our weekly listening habits in hopes of giving you some insight into our individual sensibilities. It's been dormant for a while, but starting tod ... More >>

  • Film

    August 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    Just as music collections say a lot about people, a jukebox can do the same for a bar; it often reflect the place's personality. A lot of times, variety is key to a well-stocked jukebox, and 3 Kings Tavern, this year's winner in the Best of Denver, had that with balls, to boot. Here's a look at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Damned Damned Damned turns 35

    It's unfortunate that so many people assume that U.K. punk was all about politics. When Bill Maher interviewed Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong on his show Real Time with Bill Maher last year, he questioned the singer's punk credibility for working to help elect Barack Obama in 2008, referring to Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Ten best songs about quitting your job

    "Oh, I can absolutely work Saturday. I didn't have any plans anyway."​The job market's still very tough, your 401 (k) has probably lost its value over the last week, and your rent, car payment and baby mama aren't going to get paid on their own. You hate your job, your boss treats you like gar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Graham Parker and the Rumour: April 16, 1979, Rainbow Music Hall

    ​ Some might note how far the mighty have fallen when Graham Parker must play the Lion's Lair, as he will tomorrow night (and it's not the first time), but in this case, it's actually the perfect place for Parker to perform: grungy, low-rent, patently sharp-edged and designed for drunken debau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Alex Cox, director of Repo Man, joins CU-Boulder's film studies faculty this fall

    ​Alex Cox, who wrote and directed cult favorites like Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, is joining CU-Boulder's film studies faculty this fall and will teach screenwriting and film production, as the Daily Camera reported. Cox, who grew up England, studied film at UCLA, then lived in Mexico and Spain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Tonight: Cowboy Mouth at the Bluebird

    ​For some bands, touring is a natural state of being. This is absolutely true for Louisiana's Cowboy Mouth, as the quartet comes through Denver tonight on it's 16th annual "Mardi Gras tour." Making country-twinged pop-rock since 1990, the band pulls from influences like The Clash -- heard loud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    This Just In: Black Eyed Peas, Ray Davies, Twiztid shows announced

    ​Quite a few shows announced this week that will be going on sale this weekend: The Black Eyed Peas, who just added another trio of Grammys to the three they already have, bring their E.N.D. World Tour to the Pepsi Center on Saturday, March 27. Ludacris and LMFAO open the show. Tickets for the tou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of January 25, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

  • Music

    October 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Q&A with Philip Chevron of the Pogues

    ​While this week's preview of the Pogues' show this Friday at the Ogden Theatre only scratched the surface of our interview with guitarist Philip Chevron, who also talked at length about Just Look Them Straight In The Eye And Say... Pogue Mahone!!, the five-disc box set of b-sides, outtakes, live ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 5, 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Q&A with Justin Sullivan of New Model Army

    ​These days, a real punk band (sorry, Green Day) can almost never find its way onto the pop charts. But back in the day (see: mid-'80s), England's New Model Army released political punk that didn't merely sell to left-wing extremists. Almost thirty years ago, frontman/mastermind Justin Sullivan, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    When music meets movies: Ten Great Hollywood Decisions

    ​All right, a few weeks ago we offered up our take on the ten worst moments of crossover disaster, ill-advised efforts to mate movies with music. Now it's time to look at the flip side of the coin, the ten movies in which music and Hollywood made great bedfellows, outstanding cinematic turns that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    3OH!3 SXSW tour diary by Kam from Chain Gang of 1974

    JensenFriday, March 20: I arrived in Austin on the evening of Wednesday, March 18th. I had played SXSW last year so I knew what to expect. But this time around, I am hired to play bass for 3OH!3 -- you know, that small band from Boulder? The band who still aren't super stars in the eyes of a Colora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Obama poster creator Shepard Fairey talks to NPR about getting arrested in Denver

    Street artist Shepard Fairey, whose "HOPE" poster became an icon of the Obama campaign, did an interview with Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air earlier this week. Now that the Smithsonian recently purchased the original stenciled poster for its National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Fairey has offici ... More >>

  • Film

    December 27, 2007

    Doc Block

    Non-fiction continues its ascent on the screen.

  • Film

    December 13, 2007

    Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

    Joe Strummer transcends punk, and the music lives on.

  • Music

    October 11, 2007

    Sick of It All

    Wednesday, October 17, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    May 10, 2007

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Against Me!

    Searching for a Former Clarity (Fat Wreck Chords)

  • Music

    September 8, 2005
  • Music

    September 1, 2005

    Waco Brothers

    Freedom and Weep (Bloodshot Records)

  • Music

    January 6, 2005


    Ghost writer Garland Jeffreys returns to his old haunt: the stage.

  • Film

    December 23, 2004

    Diva Down

    Franco Zeffirelli imagines cheering up an operatic legend.

  • Music

    September 23, 2004

    Aped Artifacts

    Sleepytime Gorilla Museum gets back to the future.

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2003
  • Music

    October 9, 2003
  • Music

    September 18, 2003

    Shriek and Spell

    Q and Not U deconstructs the ABCs of punk rhetoric.

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Punk of Ages

    Down by Law's Dave Smalley still emits a positive charge.

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    Rasta La Vista, Baby

    Kingston's Culture keeps onna chantin' down Babylon.

  • Music

    January 23, 2003


    Teetering on the edge of oblivion, COMA gets a wake-up call from its members.

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of Janury 16, 2003

  • Music

    January 9, 2003

    High and Mighty

    What do emo, Jah, Neil Young and THC have in common? The Mighty Rime.

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Butthole Surfers

    Humpty Dumpty LSD (Latino Buggerveil)

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Culture Clash

    Alex Paterson returns from Orblivion with a disc that inspires passionate responses.

  • Culture

    October 5, 2000

    Rock and a Hard Place

    Music can free your soul, but can it spring the West Memphis Three?

  • News

    August 13, 1998
  • Music

    July 9, 1998
  • Music

    April 4, 1996

    Running on Fumes

    Seven years down the road, the members of Gas Huffer are breathing easier.

  • News

    August 23, 1995
  • Music

    November 30, 1994



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