#77: Mark McCoin Experimental musician and multimedia artist Mark McCoin has paid his dues many times over, contributing a free-thinking, collaborative style of creativity to the Front Range scene over three decades. He's worked with a who's-who of the local avant-garde, and in the last of those dec ... More >>
Before Yoko Ono even met John Lennon, she was an active and influential figure in international avant-garde art and music. In the 1950s, she went to school at Sarah Lawrence College, during which time she rubbed shoulders with the likes of La Monte Young. Her mentor was the godfather of minimalism, ... More >>
Gateway acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, Josiah Hesse gives up the goods on his Beck jones. There is no way to listen to the music of ... More >>
Although the great majority of our interviews take place in advance of a show, every now and then we get a chance to hang out with an act when in comes through town. Such was the case yesterday with affable and intelligent Dan Deacon, who took time out of his day to chat with us about a variety of s ... More >>
Wednesday, April 25, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Besides blowing the mind of everyone who ever heard it, Sgt. Pepper broke a lot of ground: The album radically expanded the concept of what pop music could be, in the process inventing the studio technology needed to make it happen. There's probably not another person alive who can articulate what t ... More >>
This week, Nickelodeon has been running some of its favorite shows of the '90s, finally tapping into what the Internet has been saying all along: People like old television programming. And, as Netflix continues to make its customers increasingly irate with price increases (information releas ... More >>
James Joyce playing "Stairway to Heaven"The James Joyce estate is well known for its nearly-impossible-to-break hold on the copyright of his works. Case in point, 22 years ago Kate Bush asked to use a soliloquy from Ulysses in one of her songs and was denied. Most people would just give up, b ... More >>
Most bands will go through their lifespan recording a few hours worth of music. The lucky ones might end up getting a single day's worth of music cut to tape. Composer Clayton Counts and Git Some's Neil Keener of Bull of Heaven have already recorded more than most musicians will in their enti ... More >>
Hey, ladies, think your male friends are resilient to emotion? Perhaps you've never seen them tear up, save for that lone teardrop that forms at the end of Rocky IV. Well, if you're looking to evoke a little emotion from a partner, a recent study suggests you can do it with a song. The stu ... More >>
Wednesday, December 10, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Saturday, January 13, West Side Books, 303-480-0220.
OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980 (Ellipsis Arts)
Friday, September 9, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
The Experimental Playground blasts classical-music cliches.
Michael Andrew Doherty
Breakin' All the Rules packs all the fun of a mediocre sitcom.
From laptops to insects to wineglasses, j.frede's sonic experiments leave no sound untweaked.
Don't look for DJ Spooky's new CD in his slot at the record store. It's not for sale.
Jewish potty-mouth MC Paul Barman makes a brilliant hip-hop oddity.
Sound tumblers Chris Cutler and Thomas Dimuzio flirt with the fault line.
The Tragically Hip doesn't believe in dumbing down its music to reach wide audiences. As a result, it's the most popular band in Canada.
Michael Paglia's brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
KBCO's Bret Saunders is taking on the shock jocks -- and winning.
Sampling ad infinitum with America's sonic outlaws.
Sound artist j.frede welcomes electronic experimenters, ambient minimalists and sonic terrorists into his life and his gallery.
The banjo champion makes music that's finger-pickin' good.
Plumbing the depths of Ron Bucknam's solo subversion.
Colorado Springs composer Stephen Scott on a different way to play piano.
SINGER-SONGWRITER JEFF BUCKLEY WEARS HIS AMBITIONS ON HIS SLEEVE.