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    November 19, 2014

    Does Boulder's New Bike Studio Really Feel Like a Nightclub?

    After work one frozen night last week, I put on my bike helmet, ski mask and warmest gloves and rode in the snow up 17th Street in Boulder to Beat Cycle, a new music-centered cycling studio on the Hill. "Sorry, I'm early," I said to the four young female employees milling around the front desk as I ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Beer Calendar: Jagged Mountain, Dad & Dude's Celebrate Brewery Anniversaries

    The Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation, which was created a year ago to help Lyons -- where Oskar Blues was founded -- recover from the devastating floods that ravaged several towns in Colorado, said this week that is had raised one million dollars over the past twelve months and has expanded its miss ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    The Thirteen Best Shows in Denver This Week

    Happy Halloween week, everyone! Time to figure out what pun costume you can accomplish with the clothes you already own. There are plenty of good shows before the actual weekend hits, though, including Avi Buffalo, a pair of Cut Copy dates and the 106.7 KBPI Saints & Sinners Halloween Ball. The re ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    The Fifteen Best Shows in Colorado This Week

    The outdoor concerts may be over, in spite of the summer weather going on in Denver right now, but there are plenty of shows to keep you busy. We can strongly, strongly advise seeing Flatbush Zombies, either in Fort Collins or Denver. Polica is wonderful. There are plenty more, observe:

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    October 22, 2014

    Beer Calendar: Count Chocula, New IPAs, Pumpkins and Hot Wings

    Who knew that a cereal could capture the world's attention? On Monday, the Fort Collins Coloradoan posted a story about how Black Bottle Brewery had bought up all of the Count Chocula cereal in two stores and used it for a Halloween beer. Over the next few days, that story went viral, appearing on w ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife on Why Shows Start Earlier in Japan

    In the late 1980s, it was nearly unheard of for Japanese underground rock bands to play in the United States. But Shonen Knife, appearing at the Oriental Theater this Thursday, October 16, played a show in Los Angeles in 1989. By then, the band's music had already spent several years circulating i ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    The Ten Best Rock-and-Roll-Themed Pinball Machines

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when built with a loving hand they can turn a ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    The nine best shows in Denver this week

    A few spectacularly heavy hitters come to Colorado this week -- both Nick Cave and Merle Haggard are in town. Sharon Van Etten, playing Tuesday at the Bluebird, has plenty to show for her own relatively short career. You can read our extensive interview with her elsewhere on Backbeat this morning. ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Shout-outs from bands who played the Westword Music Showcase

    The Westword Music Showcase brought several thousand fans to see over 150 bands in the Golden Triangle over the weekend. You can find more coverage of the festivities elsewhere on Backbeat, but we wanted to give the bands a moment to weigh in. Earlier, we asked several artists playing the Showcase i ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    Six reasons I won't dance at your wedding

    The wedding invitations are coming in fast now, and although we typically don't enjoy sitting in a church and staring at comb-overs, there are two things provided at weddings we can all agree on: food and alcohol. I can live like the lord of the event center, alternating between sips of coffee and b ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    The 10 best thrash metal bands

    Thrash metal flayed disco Kiss before binging on high speed guitars, rapid double bass drum and foul lyrics. The emergence of thrash in the early '80s poked fun at a hardcore fan base of metal historians worshiping at the alter of loud and slow. These thrash bands did the world a favor and took meta ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    July 22, 2013

    40th Day at Larimer Lounge, 7/20/13

    40TH DAY @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 7/20/13 The whole 40th Day set felt a bit like me traveling and a creative resurrection at the same time. For whatever reason, it just didn't feel like a reunion show. The felt show felt like the five members of the band were playing music they had written and just hadn't ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013
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    June 26, 2013

    The ten best faceless metal bands

    These are the phantoms of the metal opera. They are the faceless. Human? Alien? Robot? Beast? Pinky and the Brain? Luke Skywalker's father? Nobody knows for sure. The only way we could ever find out is if we go back in time to the '50s to collect a bunch of UPC codes for some X-ray glasses. For now, ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    May brings Maibocks, spring tappings and the start of beer-fest season

    Salt Lake City-based Epic Brewing, which announced in January that it will build a 20,000-square-foot brewery and taphouse in Denver, updated its followers on social media this week with a couple of pictures and some potential opening dates. The Facebook pictures (like the one above) show the brewer ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012
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    June 27, 2012

    This KISS fan's dream car can be yours for $10K

    Oh, sweet baby Jesus! The search has ended. I think I've finally found my soulmate. Isn't she a beauty? Only problem is she's a little pricey. Anybody have a spare $10K lying around that they can spot this card-carrying member of the KISS Army? C'mon! Can't you just see the two us cruising around? M ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Low Gravity: "You have to create a desire for people to be there."

    Low Gravity (hosting its dual CD release party tomorrow night at 3 Kings Tavern with Jaded Poet) got together in the summer of 2009 when Jess Ellis -- who used to play in the noteworthy, and unconventionally literary, sludge metal band the Nod, as well as Half of Zero -- started jamming with Austin ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Lucero, Flipper, the Ting Tings, Say Anything, Jewel and more

    Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! Don't you just love living in the Mile High City? Besides the glorious weather we're enjoying right now, we have yet another weekend filled with a ridiculous number of enticing options: Lucero kicks off its two-night stand at the Bluebird, in addition to an in-store ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    The stereotypes of violence in metal

    Metal is often stereoptyped as being a violent genre. And while violence is a indeed a common theme in the lyrics of many bands -- and granted, even the concept of mosh pits is violent -- when you combine that with the violence we're all exposed to in movies, TV and video games, it's easy for metal- ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    David Ellefson of Megadeth: "We had punk attitude with metal chops"

    Megadeth (due tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium) may be one of the Big Four of thrash, but in many ways, its frontman Dave Mustaine is largely responsible for the sound and aesthetic of three of the Big Four. As a member of Metallica before that band recorded its first full-length, Mustaine's name ... More >>

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    February 25, 2012

    Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth: "The chemistry in the band is better than it's ever been"

    Iced Earth (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) came out of the rich heavy metal scene in Tampa Bay, Florida in the late '80s. At a time when melodic heavy metal, especially the glam variety, was on the wane, Iced Earth came in with the wave of metal that produced a melodic speed metal as well as the ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Weekend's best dance bets: DJ Dan, Kirk DeGiorGio, Pinch and more

    ​House heavyweight DJ Dan will no doubt rock the dance floor at Beta on Saturday night; the UK's Kirk DeGiorGio and Pinch will also be gracing our city with their presence this weekend. Sex Panther returns to Beauty Bar tonight for the regular dubstep, Moombahton, funky dance party with Max Kl ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012

    Lady Antebellum

    Wednesday, February 15, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

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    December 17, 2011

    Review: Speedwolf at The Marquis Theater, 12/16/11

    Tom MurphySpeedwolfSPEEDWOLF at the MARQUIS THEATER | 12/16/11Speedwolf vocalist Reed Bruemmer feigned surprise at the end of the band's set last night and asked the audience if they actually wanted to hear the band cover KISS. Of course everyone did, so the guys closed the record-release show with ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    What's the first music you bought with your own money?

    Can you guess which member of Team Backbeat bought this record?​Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money? Of course you do! It's like the first person you kissed or the first one who broke your heart -- it's a monumental, life-changing moment in your life that's unforgett ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Rock-N-Dogs rocks gourmet links and old vinyl in Lakewood

    Lori Midson​"It came to me in a dream one night," says Larry Bigay. "I have a pad of paper by my bedside, and I woke up early one morning, and started to draw what I'd seen in my dream." What he saw were visions of hot dogs dancing in his head.

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    July 7, 2011
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    April 15, 2011

    Top five best music action figures

    ​NECA is gearing up to release a topless, Skeletor-esque Iggy Pop action figure onto unsuspecting fans this coming June, a fact that might seem a bit odd for those who aren't familiar with rock stars' long and illustrious history with action figure manufactures. Over time we've seen plenty of ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Never can say goodbye: Five acts who can say retired, but just can't seem to stay retired

    Here's why some fans have reasonable doubts when they hear an artist say they're retiring.​With the regular football season getting ready to kick off, Brett Favre has once again pulled a fast one and decided to return for one more season. Sure, he can say retired; he just can't seem to stay re ... More >>

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    August 15, 2010

    Mile High Music Festival day two travelogue: BoomBox and Z-Trip

    As I crossed the festival grounds toward the Bison tent, where BoomBox was scheduled, I caught strains of Matt Morris and his amazing voice, and Ozomatli getting their reggae-style funk on. I reached my destination just as BoomBox took the stage and immediately knew I was in for a good time. They op ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010
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    July 22, 2010
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    July 15, 2010
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    July 8, 2010
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    June 17, 2010

    Erykah Badu offers a window seat to her soul at the Fillmore

    ​ Erykah Badu • Janelle Monae 06.16.10 | Fillmore Auditorium Before Erykah Badu's set, a DJ was spinning and doing live mixes of pop hits of yesteryear, stopping or slowing down the music every now and then to let the crowd enthusiastically fill in the blanks. During "Poison" by Bell Biv D ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase headliners: Legendary, iconic ... those are just a few words to describe the splendor that is Superchunk

    Jason Arthurs​ Superchunk never tried to be the biggest band in the land, but it did make music on its own terms and became an iconic outfit in its own right by embodying what it means to be an indie rock band. While the band didn't enjoy nearly the same level of commercial success as many of ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Song of the Day: "Let Go" by jj

    Today's song of the day comes from an utterly bewitching Swedish duo known as jj. Comprised of Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander, the group is in the midst of embarking on its first ever tour of the States with xx, a kindred act with an equally google defying moniker. Bummer or all bummers: The tou ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    How to record: Tyler Ward's video mash-up

    All right, we know what you're thinking: Ugh! Another mash-up, right? Wait a sec. This one -- assembled by the furiously talented pop tart known as Tyler Ward -- is different. How so, you ask? Well, for one, he played all the instruments and sang all of the parts. When we stumbled on the clip, we we ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Reviews of new releases by Bruce Springsteen, Charlie Louvin, John Shannon

    Bruce SpringsteenWorking on a DreamColumbiaReviews for Springsteen's latest tend toward extremes, with most critics declaring it to be either a work of absolute genius or an exercise in vapidity whose lyrics could use a major infusion of seriositude. The confusion is understandable. After all, Worki ... More >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Red Orange Yellow, Michael Trundle, Autokinoton and the Swayback @ Bluebird Theater

    Red Orange Yellow, Michael Trundle, Autokinoton and the Swayback Saturday, April 5, 2008 Bluebird Theater The drummer is often the most overlooked member of any rock ensemble. Providing the rhythmic foundation and propulsion for a band’s songs, the drummer is rarely noticed, unless he or she rea ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007

    Now Playing

    Brief reviews of current shows

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    August 2, 2007

    Rock Shots

    The '80s return in Chris Deutsch’s photographs.

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    December 28, 2006



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    May 27, 2004

    The Stations Remain the Same

    The hits just keep coming on radio.

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    May 13, 2004

    Stalking the Bogeyman

    Coming to grips with the killer inside me.

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    June 7, 2001


    16 HP rides high with Hoarse, a new collections of live cuts from local performances.

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    May 31, 2001

    Gaza Strippers

    Electric Bible: The New Testament (Triple X)

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