John Vanderslice

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Will Johnson shares some stories in advance of the Denver Music Summit this weekend

    Will Johnson (due this Saturday, November 23, at the Denver Music Summit) made a name for himself in the '90s in Centro-Matic. A gifted songwriter, Johnson has a knack for penning elegant, emotionally rich and subtly powerful, folk-inflected songs. Over the years, he's toured endlessly on his own an ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    New Denver shows: moe., the Devil Makes Three, the first annual Denver Jazz Fest

    New York-based jam band moe. returns to the Ogden Theatre for a two-night stand on Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7. General admission tickets ($30) go on sale on Saturday, August 31 at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale, what songs are being played on local radio a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Fire Season on the band's debut EP, American Gladiators and "dad tolerance"

    Fire Season (due tomorrow at Wax Trax) is best described as a power- pop band with a singer who sounds like he retired from a decade or two of serving as a drill sergeant -- or might have been raised by wolves. Sam Braakman's voice has character, a Scott Kelly-esque edge in otherwise upbeat, angular ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    October 12, 2011

    See Nathaniel Rateliff perform a handful of songs for KGNU's fund drive at City O' City

    See Nathaniel Rateliff play a few songs for free tonight at City O' City​Tonight at City O' City, beloved local songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff will be playing a handful of songs as part of KGNU's annual fall fund drive. The event begins at 10 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KGNU (88.5 FM & 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Gauntlet Hair signs with Dead Oceans

    ​Hooray for Gauntlet Hair and congrats to Dead Oceans for having the good sense to add the Lafayette-based duo to its roster. The outfit attracted the attention of the "instantly spellbound" label with a pair of 7-inch releases, one on Mexican Summer and the other on Gorilla Vs Bear's Forest F ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    John Vanderslice on White Wilderness, photography and how he receives criticism

    Autumn De Wilde​In the middle to later half of the 1990s, John Vanderslice (due tonight at the hi-dive with Damien Jurado) was a member of the respected Bay Area alternative rock band, MK Ultra. When the band split in 1999, Vanderslice took the delicate intensity and experimental edge he had b ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Michael Sempert of Birds & Batteries on Panorama and San Francisco

    Su-Yin MahBirds & Batteries​ San Francisco's Birds & Batteries may be essentially a pop band, but the lushness of the act's songwriting and the ability to evoke and articulate complex emotions with poetry and intensity is a rare talent these days. The group's latest album, 2010's Panorama, li ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Arcade Fire, Bruno Mars, Disco Biscuits shows announced. Tix on sale this weekend.

    ​Having just won a Grammy for Album of the Year for The Suburbs, the Arcade Fire kicks off its North American tour at the 1STBANK Center on Saturday, April 9, a week before the Montreal-based band headlines Coachella. Local Natives opens the show. General-admission tickets ($40) go on sale thi ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009
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    January 7, 2009

    Mile High Makeout: Coming home

    Photo: Adam D'Antonio Jeremy D'Antonio left Colorado a while ago, taking his beautiful acoustic project, Tiny Television, with him. Since then, he has returned a few times for a show or two. On January 16th, however, D'Antonio and Tiny Television make a triumphant return, celebrating the release of ... More >>

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    September 14, 2008

    Monolith Festival Live Blog, Day 1

    Midnight has finally come. For 11 hours straight on Saturday, Backbeat Online had Red Rocks surrounded, an army of writers, photographers, and other assorted hooligans braving a piss-reeking media tent to bring you live coverage of Monolith Festival. Day 1 of the fest starred Devotchka, Vampire ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008

    Monolith Announces 22 More Acts

    Photo by Aaron Thackeray Just received word that Monolith, the two-day music festival slated to take place at Red Rocks on September 13-14, has added 22 more acts, including Atmosphere (pictured above from the second show of a two-night stand last night at the Ogden Theatre), Hercules and Love Affa ... More >>

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    April 29, 2008

    Monolith Line Up Announced

    All right, if you thought the inaugural edition of Monolith last year was pretty kick ass, wait until you get a load of this year's line-up, which comes even closer to living up to the festival's name: How about some TV on the Radio? Justice? Vampire Weekend? Neko Case, And what about a little Sharo ... More >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    David Bazan

    With Pedro the Lion behind him, this troubadour's working with fewer moving parts.

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    October 25, 2007

    The Helio Sequence

    Monday, October 29, Gothic Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

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    August 23, 2007

    On the Download

    The best in legitimate, artist-approved exclusives.

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Division Day

    Thursday, December 7, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    April 6, 2006

    John Vanderslice

    Tuesday, April 11, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    For the record

    Since 2005 has hit the bricks, here's the final word on last year's finest discs.

  • Music

    September 8, 2005

    John Vanderslice

    Pixel Revolt (Barsuk)

  • News

    June 23, 2005
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    December 9, 2004


    You Are Food (Self-Released)

  • Music

    March 18, 2004

    John Vanderslice

    Cellar Door (Barsuk)

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

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    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

  • Music

    March 15, 2001

    Hoax, Lies and Audio

    John Vanderslice is an excellent musician and songwriter. He's also a pretty good prankster.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.