Let's be real: Most songwriting amounts to a bunch of vague amateur poetry with pretensions of profundity. In the midst of all the babble, though, periodically a lyricist will emerge who has the courage to write about things that are real, raw and personal. That kind of truly honest songwriting reli ... More >>
Typically when a band records and releases a covers album, it's a sign of creative fatigue. This is not the case with the Congress, who picked up an old Tascam 388 reel-to-reel recorder and decided to record a bunch of covers, for an EP titled The Loft Tapes, which they'll release tomorrow night at ... More >>
One day, historians will look back and marvel at how blogs changed the music industry -- that is if they can avoid being distracted by the next big thing long enough to think analytically about history. Where just a few critics used to shape the tastes of music fans across country, now an army of bl ... More >>
The Fray performed the national anthem at the NCAA championship last night, and like most songs the boys cover, they made it their own. There was nothing inherently wrong with their performance, except that, well, if you're a purist, there was everything wrong with their performance. Really, is it t ... More >>
Even the menacing Sue Sylvester can't stop the rising art department of Fairview High School in Boulder. The 900 students in the department -- including all students in choirs, drama classes, bands and orchestras -- collaborated on an entree for Glee Give a Note, a contest sponsored by Fox, R ... More >>
Kate LevyJ. Carey is one smooth operatorHave you noticed the influx of male R&B singers these days, particularly in the Mile High City? Adam Duncan, who just joined the A&M/Octone Records roster, is just one of many cats putting it down in Denver these days. Jon Shockness (Air Dubai), J.Carey ... More >>
State University of New York professor Dawn R. Hobbs recently concluded that 92 percent of the songs that made it to the Billboard Top 10 in 2009 contained some form of "reproductive messages." The conclusion is unsurprising: Sex sells. What is mildly surprising, however, is the statistical degree t ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayThis is more of Maynard James Keenan than we saw last night at Red RocksA PERFECT CIRCLE at RED ROCKS | 8/2/11It seems more than a bit paradoxical that A Perfect Circle's frontman prefers to perform in background. With Tool, his primary band, and with A Perfect Circle, Maynard ... More >>
Thursday, June 30, City Hall Amphitheater, 303-832-8628.
Turn up the TammyOur long national nightmare is over. On Monday, the divorce between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren was made official. While Tiger will likely continue to pull strange ass on the road and Nordegren will likely get a dumptruck-load of cash, we're going to suggest these songs to the ... More >>
Germany is a strange, strange place, almost like Bizarro-world. It's place where David Hasslehoff can have a huge success as a pop singer, for example. And if you keep that in mind, the existence, and success, of today's freaky selection almost, kind of, sorta makes sense. Today's clip is a ... More >>
There are rumors floating around that the Tom Hanks owned Playtone production company may be discussing the possibilities of turning Green Day's American Idiot (the musical) into a movie. This is, without a doubt, the worst possible news we could feasibly imagine. We're picturing a kind of Garden ... More >>
With an entire day devoted to the vast, ceremonious, celebration of love, it's quite easy to overlook President's Day. But while Valentine's Day gets all the press and glory (and presents!), we'd be completely remiss not to at least acknowledge the men who helped shape who we are today. Without pres ... More >>
Got plans this weekend? If not, you do now. There's a couple of shows totally worth checking out featuring local musicians paying homage to a pair of past icons, groundbreaking, paradigm shifting artists who left this world violently and prematurely. This Friday night at the hi-dive, the Dualistics ... More >>
It's been a hellacious day over here at Backbeat HQ. I've been busier than a one-eyed cat keeping watch over two mouse holes. In addition to digging out from a litany of e-mails leftover from last week's DNC onslaught and from the long weekend, I've spent the day putting the finishing touches on an ... More >>
The Roland TR-808 Drum Machine is a legendary piece of musical gear, instrumental in the formation of several styles of music including rap and techno. It’s best known for its impossibly low, deep kick, snappy snare and obnoxious cowbell sounds, but all of its sounds are near iconic. Ironically, t ... More >>
Four musical moments in history that helped shape our lives and our country.
LOCALS ONLY With Westword’s Music Showcase going down this weekend, let’s take a quick look at what the last five hip-hop winners have been up to the last five years: The Pirate Signal (Yonnas and DJ A-What) who won in 2007, has just released its new mixtape The PS Pt. II: Of Gods and Gangster ... More >>
Prinzhorn Dance School Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA Records/Astralwerks) Prinzhorn Dance School’s name salutes Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who, according to AllMusic.com, “collected the art of his mentally ill patients” -- and the unhinged quality of the music made by Tobin and Suzy Horn makes the mon ... More >>
Three decades on, the Oakland ensemble still knows what is hip.
Thursday, January 11, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-468-7621.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Your folks got busy to Foreigner. Here's the play-by-play.
Hopps rekindles the jazz flame.
Arcos Azules offers adults-only Shopping.
Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.
Singling out some exceptional singles.
Pete MacKay, KQMT/99.5 The Mountain
Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.
A local band leader urges musicians to give peace music a chance.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Black on Both Sides
This week's concert pick.
THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.