When Isaiah "Ikey" Owens passed away last week, the musician and producer left behind a massive legacy. Most recently the Long Beach, California native was on tour playing keyboards and piano with Jack White -- but he was also a member and founder of Free Moral Agents and was known for his role in s ... More >>
In what's become an annual tradition for us, we ask a few members of Team Backbeat to reflect on an album they're thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving. In eighth grade, Green Day's song "Longview" exploded into my little world and got seemingly everyone I knew to start learning a couple power ch ... More >>
TUES | POLICA at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 11/26/13 Polica, which hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, features former Roma di Luna vocalist Channy Leaneagh, Ryan Olson of Gayngs fame, a pair of drummers, Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson and bassist bassist Chris Bierdan. Formed in the summer of 2011, the ... More >>
Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! Been a long week, and now you're about to get to enjoy a long weekend. As always, a plethora of enticing options this weekend and it's another good mix: Tonight, a trio of local release parties featuring Signal Path, Mancub and Rockie kick things into gear, along wit ... More >>
It might not have been on purpose, but Spotify's constant delays in coming stateside have somehow managed to create an organic buzz for the streaming music service unlike anything that could have been done intentionally.
Goya SkyeBill Callahan Bill Callahan (due Monday, June 27th) started releasing music under the moniker Smog in 1990. He was connected to the then-emerging underground network of music that included the indie label Kill Rock Stars, which included his song "37 Pushups ." Callahan's emotionally ... More >>
Saturday, December 11, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records t ... More >>
Over the next few weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Today, our own Michael Roberts runs down his favorite indie albums of 2008. In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today ... More >>
Tuesday, July 29, Ogden Theatre, 303-832-1874.
Photo by Tom Murphy Nudity with Temples and Outer Neon Friday, May 9, 2008 Glob Glob Glob, Colorado Springs Better Than: Most of the neo-classic rock out there. Tight Bros. From Way Back When only played Denver once during its entire career, and that was on June 15, 1999 at Soulciety on Brighton B ... More >>
The Decemberists frontman relishes the chance to play more intimate shows.
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
Kill Rock Stars
Our music writers pick the year’s national bests.
Saturday, November 4, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Thursday, October 5, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Matt Fecher brings the sound of music to Fairplay.
Tuesday, September 5, Rock Island, 303-291-1007.
The Sound the Hare Heard (Kill Rock Stars)
Tuesday, November 8, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Thursday, September 29, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
In the final tally, Avril is far less Complicated than Britney.
Friday, October 8, Monkey Mania, 303-292-4370.
Thursday, September 9, the Construct, 303-292-2245.
The Decemberists make smart music, and damn the consequences.
Elliott Smith 1969-2003
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs get swept up in the rock-is-back movement.
The musical feminists in Le Tigre get catty -- and dance.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
How a small band of insurgents led by K Records co-founder Calvin Johnson helped fashion a punk revolution.
Hip-hop rock-fusionist band Rainbow Sugar believes it's a Wonderful life.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
Sleater-Kinney is a critic's favorite that makes music you might actually enjoy.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.