DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>
Congratulations! You've officially survived the holidays, including a Monday-night edition of New Year's Eve. If you're fully recovered and preparing for another weekend of getting down, you've come to the right place. We've got a full rundown of the best EDM in store for you this weekend in Denver. ... More >>
Sister Spit is coming. The queer, feminist-minded, spoken-word tour will land at St. Cajetan Event Center on the Auraria campus Friday night, and at the helm of the event is founder, author and icon Michelle Tea. From her debut memoir The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in A ... More >>
With winter starting to really settle in, our natural hibernation instincts are kicking in. It's a perfect time for hunkering down with ambient electronic music. So, when we noticed the new EP from C.DB.SN and Scaffolding was available for streaming at Plastic Sound Supply, with a pair of fre ... More >>
Tom MurphyBast at Titwrench 2011 doing some belly dancingTITWRENCH FESTIVAL | 7/29-7/31/11Friday, July 29 - Glob Every year it seems as though someone involved with Titwrench (likely Piper Rose) comes up with some kind of ritual to start off the festivities. This year, a woman calling herse ... More >>
Many people in Denver may not know Nathan Reid by name. Just the same, over the course of his career, which spans three decades, he's had the chance to work with a host of prominent acts from Ghostface to Damien and Stephen Marley. Currently operating out of Mercury Sauce, his private produ ... More >>
Church of Misery Houses of the Unholy (Rise Above/Metal Blade) The Japanese knack for musical mimicry reaches a new peak on the latest by Church of Misery, which sounds so much like the best hard-rock album from 1975 (or 1985) (or 1995) that listeners can be excused for checking their calend ... 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.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... More >>
When you're here, you talk about family.
An avant-garder takes a walk on Sesame Street.
Latin jazz gets its due in a Smithsonian exhibition
Verse comes to worse at the National Poetry Slam.
Women roll out the klezmer tunes
The left, turning right, was plain wrong.
Groove Thang gets it in gear
At 21, songwriter Ben Kweller is young at art.
Raise the roof! The Denver Barn Dance finds a home in the Mercury Cafe.
Britain's William Topley finds a second home in Colorado.
Has everyone's favorite retro-dance fad already faded?
Trish Murphy, John Fahey, Pavement, Matthew Shipp Duo
Elvis Costello isn't angry anymore.
Thanks to a little help from a famous friend, Steve Poltz is finally being taken seriously.
Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.
Forget grunge. Today Denverites are dancing to a very different beat.
PEPPERMENT SHINES WITH ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW.
NEW-WAVE PIONEER GRAHAM PARKER REFUSES TO GO AWAY.
SOMETIMES EVEN KATHY MATTEA'S FAMILY DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HER STYLE OF COUNTRY.