#43: Britta Erickson Britta Erickson, a Denver native who's the director of the Starz Denver Film Festival, not only builds the fest from the ground up behind the scenes but also serves as its public face. Popular Denver Film Society side projects such as Film on the Rocks and the Stanley Film Fest ... 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 >>
There's something about the approach of winter that makes me want to be outdoors as much as possible, and fortunately this fall, Mother Nature has acquiesced to my desires with outdoor-friendly temperatures. Last week, my craving brought me to Forest Room 5 and its unique woodsy patio. See also: He ... More >>
There's a bizarre alternate reality on the Internet when it comes to Denver -- there's the city we know and the city being sold to out-of-towners through fake blogs on real estate websites, like this list: "27 Things People From Denver Have to Explain to Out-Of-Towners." The problem with these listi ... More >>
Jukeboxes are hard to come by in the digital age. But Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh brought one with him when his band played in Denver last week. And it isn't just any jukebox; it's one made more than fifty years ago by AMI Music and filled with sixty vinyl records of mostly unheard recordings by ... More >>
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 >>
To the uninitiated, Devo is just some '80s band with funny hats who did that "Whip It" song that occasionally gets a nod on Family Guy or something. To the slightly wiser, they were the basis of Weird Al's mind-bending original "Dare to Be Stupid." Such a person might start getting to know the sound ... More >>
#3: Richard Alden Peterson From his stint documenting punk-rockers in the 1970s and snapping art images for the early Bay Area zine Search and Destroy to his current gig -- only one of many -- as house photographer at MCA Denver, Richard Alden Peterson has covered a lot of ground with camera in han ... More >>
Outsider musician Larry "Wild Man" Fischer passed away last week at the age of 66 due to heart failure. He wasn't exactly the most well-known musician in the world, but his blend of crazed outsider songwriting and a knack for attracting some popular friends -- including Rosemary Clooney, Fran ... More >>
Update: Yay! DEVO Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. this morning! Get yours at the Denver County Fair website. It's official: As previously reported here a few weeks ago, Barry Fey joined the Denver County Fair fold to help Dana Cain and Tracy Weil wrangle a high-profile act music headliner fo ... More >>
The beating heart of Yo Gabba Gabba!: Scott Schultz (clockwise from left) DJ Lance Rock and Christian JacobsAs co-creator of the children's television show Yo Gabba Gabba!, Christian Jacobs has a simple agenda: Create entertainment that engages both parents and their kids through really aweso ... More >>
CQ took itself seriously despite its absurd premise.Movie soundtracks are a difficult beast to master. They have to take an already existing song and apply it to a new medium in a new context. This often works with varying results, and many songs are so overused in soundtracks, they've lost a ... More >>
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