Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Jon Solomon hosted at Dazzle this past Saturday. Keep reading for some ... More >>
More and more, you've probably noticed an influx of Internet jukeboxes, the kind that offer a seemingly endless assortment of songs, cropping up in bars. But there are still a handful of spots rocking old school CD jukeboxes that require a bit of taste-making. Here's the ten best, including this yea ... More >>
Live From Ziggie's
My World Is Gone Telarc
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be too surprising to find that the most common (and our mutually favorite) topic of conversation among all of us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and boy, wouldn't you ... More >>
Reno Divorce (due tomorrow night at the Marquis Theater) began in the middle '90s when frontman and guitarist Brent Loveday founded the outfit while still living in Orlando, Florida. Some early, glowing press came the way of the band's 7-inch. But it wasn't until Loveday relocated to Denver and disc ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! The sun's hiding this morning and rain's in the forecast for the next few days, but even that can't dampen spirits today. The Nuggets destroyed the Lakers last night, and you've got another full slate of local goodness on tap this weekend: Tonight the Fray kicks off a two-nig ... More >>
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 >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
The son of a blues legend, John Lee Hooker Jr. has overcome many personal travails over the years, from addiction to doing time, and has been striving ever since to make a mark of his own in the blues world in the tall shadow of his late father. And he's done a pretty good job, having released a num ... More >>
There are a ton of songs out there that inspire us to throw down. For some it's the awesome "Margaritaville," and for others it's the dive-bar proud "Friends in Low Places." But even these songs are lighthearted. They might be about alcohol, but they don't really inspire you to get trashed, t ... More >>
Sara KieslingSince its inception in 1993, Low (due at the Larimer Lounge this Saturday, December 18) from Duluth, Minnesota, has created a body of work characterized by a fragile intensity. Although often lumped in under the banner of "slowcore" with a group of bands of similar sonic leanings ... More >>
Clovis People, Vol. 3
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 >>
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 of a ... More >>
"I believe I've transcended," Van Morrison repeatedly incanted toward the end of the title track from his 1968 album, Astral Weeks, during the second night of a brief November stint at the Hollywood Bowl. Indeed, frequently over the course of those two nights, the famously mercurial, 63-year-old Iri ... More >>
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Hell-raiser and one-man band Scott H. Biram lays the hammer down.
Saturday, February 5, Supreme Court, 303-892-6878; Wednesday, February 9, Little Bear, Evergreen, 303-674-9991.
Ghost writer Garland Jeffreys returns to his old haunt: the stage.
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do.
Bluesman Willie Houston turns a junkyard into a juke joint.
Colorado Ballet's Don Quixote rides again
Shirts Against Skins
Don's Club Tavern
At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers.
Two years after becoming Britain's surprise It band, Gomez reclaims a spot in the empire.
Mexico City's El Tri gives its fans the goods.
In Our Gun (Virgin)
Deborah Coleman is one of the country's emerging blues guitarists. She's also one of the genre's last black female bandleaders left anywhere.
Robert Belfour is Fat Possum's latest unearthed treasure.
Nick Cave opens up about his most fascinating creation: himself.
The Bright Midnight Sampler: 14 Songs/8 Concerts (Bright Midnight Records/Rhino Handmade), Various Artists Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors (Elektra)
Sleepy LaBeef hasn't tired of American roots.
Despite a recent tragedy, the Quadrajets are still flying high.
In Zap Mama, Marie Daulne dispenses the wisdom of the world.
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE PLAY THE BLUES THE NEW-FASHIONED WAY.