In Washington State, where I live, marijuana is legal and sold in special stores. This poses an interesting quandary for parents. Do you: (A) raise pot in the vein of beer when discussing it with your children, or (B) embrace the federal standard and advise that they abstain from it altogether, unti ... More >>
Halloween won't be on a Friday again until 2025. Don't waste eleven years waiting for the next one because there is plenty to do this time. Even if you're not into the whole ghouls and goblins celebration, there are options, including smashing pumpkins, meeting artists and practicing vinyasa. Surf t ... More >>
Blind & Blues Bound
Black Chow Records
WEDS | FRANK TURNER at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/9/13 Before striking out on his own, Frank Turner spent some time in London's Million Dead, one of the better post-hardcore bands of the early 2000s. Rather than singing with nuance, as he does now, Turner screamed and yelled in that band, at the same time c ... More >>
LUCINDA WILLIAMS at PARAMOUNT | 11/12/11About a halfway through Lucinda Williams' two-hour set on Saturday night, it felt somebody hit a switch at the Paramount Theatre and all the sudden the place was electrified. For the first hour, the crowd of mostly middle-aged folks sat fairly complacen ... More >>
Catch Lykke Li tonight at the OgdenThere's an astounding number of great shows to pick from this weekend in the Mile High City: Lykke Li at the Ogden, Tech N9Ne kicks off his two-night Denver run with an intimate show tonight at the Summit Music Hall, followed by an appearance at the Fillmore ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows Tech N9ne, Lucinda Williams and Jimmy Buffet were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Monroe Monroe, Air Dubai, Spires and Popcult all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new a ... More >>
Grammy Award-winner and ultimate musical collaborator Lucinda Williams (playing tonight at the Boulder Theater with Lionel Young) shouldn't need an introduction. The rough-voiced storyteller has been making records since 1979, intertwining blues and rock n' roll with her own salty version of ... More >>
Friday, May 13, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are hosting the first annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit. Bad Brains is coming to the Summit Music Hall in August and Blues Traveler is coming back to Red Rocks for its annual Fo ... More >>
DeVotchKa's excellent 100 Lovers, released last week on Anti, debuted at number one at both Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout and rounded out the top five at Wax Trax. Two Rick Kulwicki-related releases, meanwhile, The Frantix's My Dad's a Fuckin' Alcoholic and the Fluid's Purplemetalflake ... More >>
Ain't No Crime
There was a ton of action with concert announcements this week, especially some great shows at Red Rocks including Ween (Sunday, September 6), Wilco (Friday, July 3), the Killers (Wednesday, September 9), Lyle Lovett (Sunday, July 26) and Slightly Stoopid (Wednesday, July 15). Fiddler's Green roped ... More >>
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 >>
Sound Circle hosts a seasonal concert without an agenda.
Ten of the best from Nashville and elsewhere.
Americana music gets its due from this duo.
Wednesday, February 9, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Folksinger plays Swallow Hill
The Delivery Man (Lost Highway)
Wednesday, October 13, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-837-0360.
These Chains (Funzalo Records)
Hell Yeah! (Epitaph)
Aussie Kasey Chambers is more country than most of her American counterparts.
Catching up with local releases, our music writers review local albums to the letter.
Barricades & Brickwalls (Warner Bros.)
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Timeless (Lost Highway)
Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.
Essence (Lost Highway)
Denver's early punk rock pioneers are remembered
Making music helped Cindy Bullens face her daughter's death. Now she's helping others do the same.
Return of the grievous angel--a tribute to Gram Parsons, The Road Kings, Paul Westerberg
Jimmy LaFave upholds American musical tradition one song at a time.
Lucinda Williams took years to complete her acclaimed new album -- and it was time well-spent.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
August 20 - 26, 1998