It was evident early on that New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton had tremendous trumpet chops. After a stint with legendary drummer Elvin Jones, Payton inked a deal with Verve at the age of twenty and went on to release seven discs for the imprint, as well as a number of albums on other labels. S ... More >>
CODY CHESNUTT at HI-DIVE | 9/12/13 Between the chill of an autumn-like evening in Denver, and the soggy state of south Broadway, you couldn't have picked a better night for Cody Chesnutt to arrive in the Mile High City and anoint us with his particular brand of soul. Chesnutt left no margin for erro ... More >>
"WEIRD" AL YANKOVIC @ BOULDER THEATER | SUN, 7/21/13 "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany parodies catapulted him to fame in the '80s, back when pop culture was in dire need of some deflation. He never got critical props for his oddball iconoclasm, though, and after his 1989 film, UHF tanked at the box office ... More >>
MUSICFEST @ MAGNESS ARENA | 5/25/13 The Head and the Heart took the Magness stage at around 10 p.m., after the outdoor acts played earlier in the day and the three other groups played the main stage off and on for about three hours. At that point, folks seemed far from electrified. By the end of ope ... More >>
While many are counting the days until fall, others are still reveling in summer's glory. Catie Long is one of those. We spotted her on South Broadway, where her fashions were a definite standout. Find out more about Long's funky, vintage street style straight ahead. See also: What's in your bag? G ... More >>
See Also: My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks, 8/3/12 - 8/4/12 Having formed in the late '90s, Louisville, Kentucky's My Morning Jacket has continued to evolve over the course of six studio albums. At the same time, the band has managed to hang on to that reverb-drenched magnetism that fueled its first ... More >>
Black History Month 2012 has been a doozy. Beginning with the tragic and shocking death of Don Cornelius to dealing with equally troubling news of Whitney Houston's passing as the month wore on. Most interesting about this time is the ways in which the music healed us. When Whitney died, DJs played ... More >>
On this, the first day of Black History Month 2012, there's some sad news coming out of Los Angeles: Don Cornelius, a legend who changed television forever, was found dead this morning at his home of an apparent suicide. The 75-year-old Chicago-bred civil rights-inspired journalist was the epitome ... More >>
Some sad news to report today: We've received word that bluesman Creighton Holley passed away yesterday. The news is devastating to the scene, in general, but particularly for the blues community, which is still grieving the loss of John-Alex Mason, who passed away this past fall at the tragi ... More >>
Devan Blake Jones is originally from California, but he was bred here in Denver. Growing up in a family of musicians, Jones learned to hone his skills in the church and started pursuing his passion for singing in earnest in high school. Now a protégée of Mercury Sauce's Nathan Reid (Amanda ... More >>
With the recent passing of Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's first muse, we thought it only appropriate to give a shout out to a couple of other famous ladies. The muse position is demanding and the position can vary (physically and figuratively) -- it's not all about getting a song named after you. T ... More >>
Lori Midson Rhett Songer Zi Fusion 7340 South Clinton Street, Englewood 720-934-6402 www.ziasian.com This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Rhett Songer, executive chef of Zi Fusion. In part one of that interview, Songer dishes on the F-word, racism and sexism and eating a puppy... ... More >>
In an age where "vintage polaroid" is considered a look, Aloe Blacc's throwback style isn't much to write home about. But its not Blacc's retro-cool appearance that makes him stand out -- its his stunning, soulful voice and desire to mobilize social change through his music that deserves th ... More >>
Joshua BradleyThe Heavy appears tonight at the Bluebird with Wallpaper The Noid isn't just that pesky pizza-chilling character from old Domino's commercials from the '80s. It's a region of England from which the neo-soul, garage rock band known as The Heavy hails. Fronted by the charismatic ... More >>
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?" 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 al ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsSnanke Rattle Rattle SnakeSnake Rattle Rattle Snake, 1:30 p.m., Bison Tent Blame it on the early hour, chalk it up to the inconvenient location of the Bison Tent on the far eastern end of the complex. Maybe it boils down to the fundamental feel of the open-air stage, a fo ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver ZooCranbeary is smiling. Maybe because she just did it. It's Adorable Animal Friday! (See previous installments here: baby giraffe is born; baby monkey is effing cute; naked mole rats are effing hideous.) Today, we bring you Cranbeary, an eight-year-old polar bear who has ... More >>
All right, a few weeks ago we offered up our take on the ten worst moments of crossover disaster, ill-advised efforts to mate movies with music. Now it's time to look at the flip side of the coin, the ten movies in which music and Hollywood made great bedfellows, outstanding cinematic turns that ... More >>
The Pleasures Dudes aren't the only ones offering cheap shills.
Top 10 DJ Mixes of 2006.
Saturday, August 27, Gothic Theatre, 303-830-8497.
What's old is new with the Bang on a Can All-Stars
Van Hunt (Capitol) The Soul of John Black (No Mayo)
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers.
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (Motown)
Murphy and Wilson fool around with formulaic fun.
Denver's film fest looks forward and back.
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
What's wrong with a good old-fashioned pimp party?
The punk-soul warfare of Zen Guerrilla.
A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.
The biggest musical winners from 1996.
Me'Shell Ndegeocello fights the powers that be.