• Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Meet Michael Amott, Slash and the Rest of the Denver Zoo's Rock and Roll Flamingos

    It's not every day you get to brush feathers with rock and roll legends like Ace Frehley and Slash, but in Denver, all it takes is a visit to the zoo. Brittney Weaver started working at the Denver Zoo about six years ago. She also happens to be a big music fan, regularly attending heavy metal and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    The ten best summer music festivals in Colorado

    A Colorado summer can be short, but there are plenty of ways to make it sweet, especially if you pack it with as many festivals, road trips and patios as possible. We've picked out ten music festivals sure to give you the flavor of the state's musical offerings -- everything from the EDM of Global D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    How to ruin everyone's night at karaoke

    What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whatever bar that Denny's restaurant turned into? Or maybe you could do something really wild, like go out an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Five reasons I love being a geek

    Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and love is in the air. Lists of romantic movies. Articles on romantic date ideas. Five easy tips to please your lover. Love here, love there, love fucking everywhere. It gets a little tiresome, honestly, especially if you're one of those people who isn't currently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    FRI | NATHANIEL RATELIFF at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/29/13 From his recent stint making music backed by the Night Sweats, to the incredibly moving songs he's crafted on his own, to his cinematic work with Born in the Flood, Nathaniel Rateliff is a man who requires absolutely no preamble -- his reputation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Giving thanks for Kerplunk! by Green Day

    In what's become an annual tradition for us, we ask a few members of Team Backbeat to reflect on an album they're thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving. In eighth grade, Green Day's song "Longview" exploded into my little world and got seemingly everyone I knew to start learning a couple power ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    The best metal shows in Denver in October

    SUN | DEICIDE at GOTHIC THEATER | 10/13/13 While many metal bands flirt with concepts and perceived aesthetics of Satanism, Deicide has championed a very anti-Christian stance. Deicide, formed in Tampa in 1987, has long been one of the pillars of death metal since releasing its self-titled 1990 debu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Baroness battles back from catastrophe

    By Jason Roche One year ago, Baroness was touring Europe in support of its criticially acclaimed record Yellow & Green. The ambitious double album was generating a strong buzz for the Georgia-based band. The momentum came to a screeching halt, though, on a rainy morning in August 2012, when the ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Dave Mustaine talks addiction, religion and having a personal relationship with God

    Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine first conceived Gigantour as a platform to showcase acts whose music featured virtuosic guitar playing. In addition to his own band, the festival's inaugural roster in 2005 included prog-rock vets Dream Theater, extreme metal unit Nevermore and skronky math-core heroe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    25 reasons the Denver music scene rules

    Denver is the capital of Colorado. It is located exactly one mile above sea level. Weed is legal here, while riding your bike on the sidewalk is not. Your mom can make more free throws than Andre Iguodala -- these are all facts. The music scene here sucks, that is an opinion. The differenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (5 free!), December 28-31

    It's the end of the year -- and that means there are plenty of ways to blow your last bucks on extravagant champagne toasts and hotel rooftop parties. But why do that when you can spend this weekend having fun...without spending too much cash. Skip the fancy parties and spend the last weekend of 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Reed Bruemmer and Richie Tice of Speedwolf on "Denver 666" and having a sense of humor

    ​The members of Speedwolf (due tonight at the Marquis Theater) specialize in brand of no frills metal in the vein of Motorhead and Venom, played with the playful ferocity of a hardcore band. The guys are not necessarily carrying the torch for that older style of heavy music as much as they'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Snow Porn: Summit Music Hall hosts world premier of Never Summer's Shred 'Em All

    ​Denver-based snowboard manufacturer Never Summer Industries celebrates its 20th anniversary season this winter, and the party starts tonight at 7 p.m. at Summit Music Hall with the world premiere of the second full-length team video, Shred Em' All, followed by a thrash-rock set and Metallica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Ryan Gosling holds baby, looks weird doing it

    ​Our bad. We haven't checked our fave celeb website in like, forever (that's the more chill, fashion-oriented baby of, the best website for non-information since Perez got skinny and boring). Late last week, this photo surfaced of Ryan Gosling holding a baby. No explanation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    J.D. Cronise of The Sword shares advice from Lars Ulrich of Metallica: 'You gotta give it to 'em'

    J.D. Cronise​The last time I got a contact high was in September, when Sleep played the Gothic Theatre. So it was only appropriate that my next contact high came while talking with J.D. Cronise of the Sword, another great metal band, about fifteen minutes after the Austin-based act finished it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Death to the brown bags: school lunches vs. homemade, a fight to the finish

    ​Is the concept of students bringing lunch from home dying a hideous death -- just like live social interaction and Gilbert Gottfried's career? At Little Village Academy on Chicago's west side, students are not allowed to bring lunches from home unless they have a medical excuse, so they have ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011


    Monday, January 17, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Members of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax remember Dio

    It was almost six weeks ago that metal legend Ronnie James Dio died and the tributes keep rolling in. Yesterday, a video appeared online that featured members of thrash mainstays Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax sharing their memories of the man. The video was originally recorded and broadc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Otis Taylor and Trace Bundy top our weekly playlists

    ​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?" So 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Joe Satriani stops by Musician's Superstore next month

    ​Not only is Joe Satriani a hell of a shredder on the guitar, early in his career he taught a bunch of guitarists like Steve Vai, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Now Satriani's giving away free half-hour lessons. Well, the only catch is that you have to buy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Q&A with Reggie Youngblood of Black Kids

    In an interview for a Westword profile in advance of an April 15 Oriental Theater gig with Mates of State and Judgement Day, Reggie Youngblood, lead singer and songwriter for Black Kids, talked at length about his buzzy band and plenty more. Get into his head after the jump.

  • Music

    March 5, 2009
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    February 12, 2009


    Saturday, February 14, Owsley's Golden Road, 303-296-2844.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    So, tonight ... Metallican or Metallican't?

    Alright, so it's a day of reckoning, a day a great many of us have been anticipating for quite a while now -- and no, I'm not talking about the election. I'm talking about fucking Metallica at the Pepsi Center, dudes. Tonight we'll see if the cats still got it. I have to admit, I'm starting to warm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (8/9/08-8/15/08)

    Jackson Browne thinks McCain is a dick (ed. note: this is pure conjecture) Here's a friendly one-stop guide to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were wondering how the hell John McCain thought he could get away with using a song -- without permission ... More >>

  • Music

    July 24, 2008

    Torche Proves Metal Doesn't Have to Be Generic

    Drawing equally from the Melvins as it does from My Bloody Valentine, this Florida metal quartet sets itself apart.

  • Music

    April 24, 2008

    The Sword Conquers

    This doom metal comes endorsed by Metallica.

  • Music

    April 24, 2008
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    March 31, 2008
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    December 19, 2007

    45 Second Reviews

    Why give anything an intent listen and fair assessment when I can review 5 albums in a matter of 225 seconds? Bullet for My Valentine Scream Aim Fire EP 20-20 Entertainment 00:30-01:15 of “Eye of the Storm” ARG! This is really, really, really bad metal. I believe that someone from Iron Maiden ... More >>

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    September 21, 2007
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    August 2, 2007
  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    Rodrigo y Gabriela

    Tuesday, May 1, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.

  • Music

    February 8, 2007

    Rock Star Supernova

    Tuesday, February 13, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, 1-800-298-4200.

  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Every Time I Die

    Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, Ogden Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Home Entertainment

    August 10, 2006
  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Making the Band

    A few matchmaking suggestions for the also-rans.

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    June 8, 2006
  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Overseas MP3s

    For just pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia.

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Teaching the Rockies how to rock the Rockies.

  • Music

    October 9, 2003


    8 O'Clock Fix (Self-Released)

  • Dining

    November 21, 2002

    Bite Me

    Cook's Tour

  • Music

    August 8, 2002

    Power Play

    Still seething, Speedealer stretches out and slows down -- a little.

  • Music

    November 2, 2000

    Cave In

    Jupiter (Hydra Head Records)

  • Music

    March 9, 2000

    Critic's Choice

    This week's concert pick.

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    Hit Pick

    This week's local music pick.

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    January 21, 1999
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