Mark Sanders

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    The true spirit of 4/20 was at Cervantes' insane block party/quadruple concert

    Method Man and Redman, who were recently immortalized on the cover of High Times with their faces carved into an imaginary "Mount Kushmore," played a sold-out show on 4/20 at Cervantes' Masterpiece. No surprises there. Also Leftover Salmon was playing in the street right outside, with members of Lit ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Here's what my cat thinks of the new War on Drugs album, with photos and video

    The War on Drugs released its new album Lost in the Dream today. The band also plays the Bluebird on March 26. Here's what's going to happen now: I'm going to listen to the new War on Drugs album with my cat, Kitten and we're going to review it track-by-track. Her credentials are that I once wrote a ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Kitty don't give a f*ck about your new album -- or maybe she does

    Denver blog posts have animal attraction. At our Backbeat blog, Mark Sanders tries to figure out if his cat likes the new War on Drugs album -- a challenge since he admits "I'm not a goddamned cat whisperer." Denver Urbanism's Ken Schroeppel offers an invite to Meetup #5. The Denver PR Blog intro ... More >>

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    November 27, 2012

    Twenty fabled moments in Denver music: #8: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's last show

    Over the next few weeks, Backbeat will be finishing our count down of the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, we take a look back at Barry Fey's Denver Pop Festival, a three-night musical event in June 1969 that culminated with the final appearance of the Jimi Hendrix Experien ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Bandmate vs Soulmate: So who really knows Hearts in Space's Ezra-David Darnell better?

    Brace yourself: Today marks the triumphant, eagerly awaited return of the Mating Game, a feature we dreamed up once upon a time in which we pit bandmate vs soulmate to see who knows who better. It's often been said that being in a band is just like being in a relationship, that sometimes your bandma ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Our top five spins this week, September 24-30

    In this very special edition of Heavy Rotation, you not only get a through-the-keyhole view of our musical proclivities, but you also get a few words from us on our top pick of the week. Keep reading to find out what Mark Sanders considers musical comfort food, why Kelsey Whipple can't think of Spac ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    #WMS 2012 recap: Rooster & Moon

    Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Mark Sanders ho ... More >>

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    April 29, 2012

    Lambchop at Fox Theatre, 4/28/12

    LAMBCHOP @ FOX THEATRE | 4.28.12 See Also: Q&A with Kurt Wagner of Lambchop No one goes to a Lambchop show expecting a circus. Fans know that taking a ride with frontman Kurt Wagner and his crew will be a slow one. But last night at the Fox, the band and the audience seemed downright narcoleptic. ... More >>