• Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    The best DIY shows in Denver in September

    GOLDRUSH MUSIC FESTIVAL @ SIDEWINDER & CRASH 45 | 9/27-9/28 In its third year, Goldrush Music Festival will again feature some of the most intriguing experimental artists in the world of underground music today, including Noveller, led by Sarah Lipstate, who as a member of Parts & Labor, helped ushe ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Phoenix at 1STBANK Center, 8/7/13

    PHOENIX @ 1STBANK CENTER | 8/7/13 Last night at 1STBANK, when the repeating bell-like sounds at the beginning of Phoenix's biggest hit "Lisztomania" rung out, the crowd roared expectedly and the outfit almost didn't have to sing at all. As everybody sang along with every word, you could tell that it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    February is already off to a good start for hip-hop with a pair of great shows this past weekend, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks and Brother Ali with Prof, Danny Brown and Evidence at Cervantes'. Even excluding those shows, the rest of the month looks to be just as enti ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013
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    October 18, 2012

    Flying Lotus on how J Dilla really did change his life by making music that was deep and heartfelt

    Flying Lotus is one of the most innovative electronic producers out right now. Born Steven Ellison but better known these days by his stage handle, the L.A.-based artist began making beats at the age of fourteen, and with his omnivorous taste in music, he's gone on to create lush, detailed music wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    New Order at 1STBANK Center, 10/10/12

    NEW ORDER @ 1STBANK CENTER |10/10/12 If you've been a New Order fan for long enough, you've heard the song hundreds of times or more. Just the same, that repetition did nothing to dull the haunting yet soothing majesty of "Your Silent Face" when New Order played it pretty much in the middle of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    New Order's Substance turns 25 today

    See also: - New Order's Movement turns thirty - Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction turns 25 - The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street turns 40 - The Beatles' Sgt Pepper turns 45 - Prince's Sign of the Times turns 25 - Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 today - Today In History Archives When N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Wait, so Dave Grohl doesn't hate dance music? Evidently not.

    So Dave Grohl, through his peeps at Nasty Little Man, just clarified the seemingly incendiary remarks he made during his acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards last weekend when he was picking up his Gramophone trophy. Turns out, as suspected, he wasn't ripping on dance music specifically, his com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    The 20 greatest geek albums

    ​If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Artists like Springsteen and Dylan can start applying to regain copyrights of 1978 recordings

    ​When copyright law was revised in 1976, there was a provision that gave artists control of their work after 35 years, provided they applied two years in advance. The law didn't go into effect until 1978, but now artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Loretta Lynn can start a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Girl Talk's Greg Gillis on whether or not his new album "broke the Internet" as alleged

    ​Girl Talk is a phenomenon. Who knew this one time biomedical engineer would breathe fresh life into the mash-up movement? Although pioneers such as Z-Trip and Kraftwerk were blending samples long before Greg Gillis - who performs under the Girl Talk moniker -- stepped on the scene, for some r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Warlock Pinchers at Gothic, 12/31/10

    Aaron Thackeray​ WARLOCK PINCHERS with Il Cattivo 12.31.10 | Gothic Theater Around 9 p.m., the safety videos started up and it looked and sounded like something straight out of Wonder Showzen. Puppets and people in a gorilla and a robot costume interacted as they would on a warped, faux kids ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Holy Fuck, Indian Jewelry, Gauntlet Hair and DJ Peter Black @ Larimer Lounge, 10/20/10

    Tom MurphyHoly Fuck​ HOLY FUCK Indian Jewelry • Gauntlet Hair • Peter Black 10.20.10 | Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO As usual, Peter Black set the stage for what was to come with what sounded like some sonically-appropriate remixes. Right before the first band took the stage, it sounded lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    The weird, wonderful world of Loke Wilson

    ​There's something admirable about an artist who just does their own damn thing, who doesn't give a fuck about trends or tastes, and who couldn't care less about how cool they look -- or don't look. Ladies and gentleman, Loke Wilson is just such an artist. In the cold, dark hinterlands of Nor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Grinderman, RJD2 and Dismemberment Plan fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    CacheFlowe releases open-source robot vocal software to welcome our digital overlords

    Image by TheAlieness GiselaGiardino23​Need a robot to harmonize on your latest opus, but Autotune got you down and vocoder too kitschy and retro? Well, local electronic music mastermind CacheFlowe (aka Justin Gitlin) has got a treat for you! As of today, his custom vocal processing software R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2010

    UMS Night Two Travelogue: A Tom Collins at Club 404, Nathan & Stephen at the Mayan and more

    Tom MurphyNathan & Stephen at the Mayan​ UMS Travelogue, Day Two 7.23.10 / Baker District, South Broadway Well away from the densest cluster of the festival was a place called Fentress Architects Materials Garden on 4th and Broadway, and when you walked through the glass doors, there was a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Updating the soundtrack to On the Beach

    ​If you haven't seen the 1959 film On The Beach, you might want to tune out now before we spoil anything. It's a post-apocalyptic emotion-drain that chronicles the last days of humanity in a painstakingly slow manner -- which is to say it's a bit slow in the hips but fast in the brain. Anyw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Erykah Badu, Brian Eno on our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Lil Slugger brings their comic book to life at Rhino

    Tom MurphyGood Old Fashioned Sinners delving into some good old fashioned sin.​ Lil Slugger • Hot White • Good Old Fashioned Sinners 05.22.10 | Rhinoceropolis Evidently, this was some sort of reunion show for openers Good Old Fashioned Sinners, or perhaps just a coming out of hibernation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    The top five music podcasts

    ​Music podcasts are a difficult breed. With the current outdated copyright law, most podcasts can't utilize full songs in their recordings, making anyone but the best sound like boring music nerds. Of course, we love boring music nerds but being able to speak eloquently or interestingly about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Constellations return as a "nationwide collective" with new music

    So, here's some good news for fans of adventurous music in the Mile High City: the long-quiet post-punk/dance/experimental band Constellations have announced they'll be returning from limbo in 2010. This has got us pretty damn excited -- before disappearing a few years ago, we considered Constellati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Q&A with Ilya Laqutenko of Mumiy Troll

    Michael Muller​Mumiy Troll from Vladivostok, Russia is one of that country's most popular bands. The act's combination of energetic rock and moodily atmospheric pop, for which lead singer Ilya Lagutenko coined the term "rockapops," has been gaining popularity in America despite the fact that, up t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Monolith Q&A: Depreciation Guild

    Photo by Drew Reynolds​Brooklyn's the Depreciation Guild has spent the last few years fusing elements of synth pop, dream pop and experimental electronic music into an indistinguishable amalgamation of the band's wide-ranging sonic influences. In reviews and profiles of the band, much has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Curious Theatre

    Aaron ThackeraySee more photos from Curious Theatre at Palmer, 12 p.m.Overcoming technical difficulties and an initially cumbersome stage setup (the stage manager had to find room for a drum riser amid the creative and complicated set -- including a desk, a bed and a road ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008
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    December 6, 2007

    VHS or Beta

    The only constant for this band, it seems, is change.

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2007
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    August 30, 2007

    Richard Swift Earns Praise

    Nothing like getting Dressed Up for a Letdown that never happens.

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Left Out in the Coldplay

    Fiona Apple and Chris Martin have their games down Cold.

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Beat It

    Meat Beat Manifesto's Jack Dangers prefers different strokes.

  • Music

    January 19, 2006

    New World Order

    Peter Hook has found a new way to move the masses -- as a DJ.

  • Home Entertainment

    December 8, 2005
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    June 30, 2005

    The Juan Maclean

    Less Than Human (DFA/Astralwerks)

  • Music

    February 10, 2005


    The Secret Machines locate the sweet spot between heartache and head rush.

  • Music

    August 14, 2003

    Man Posse

    Diggie Diamond finds fresh meat in the International Male.

  • Music

    October 17, 2002

    Boogie Men

    VHS or Beta inspires communal dance ecstasy and has a good beat. But don't call it disco.

  • Music

    May 23, 2002

    Trans Am

    TA (Thrill Jockey)

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    April 11, 2002

    Critic's Choice

    Anti-Pop Consortium

  • Music

    June 7, 2001


    A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure (Matador)

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    In the Thick of It

    For more than a decade, the Jungle Brothers have remained members of hip-hop's original tribe.

  • Music

    February 18, 1999

    Strings Attached

    Redefining chamber music on Turtle Island.

  • Music

    December 11, 1997
  • Music

    November 13, 1997

    The Men of Mouse

    Blasting off with Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars.

  • Music

    March 13, 1997
  • Music

    February 13, 1997

    Quiz Show

    Before you declare yourself a Grammy expert, let Backbeat test your skills.

  • Music

    July 26, 1995
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    November 23, 1994
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