Denver's two syringe exchange programs can now provide mobile services, thanks to an 8-to-3 vote by Denver City Council Monday night to lift the restriction that kept exchanges 1,000 feet away from schools and child care centers. The goal is to allow exchange programs to reach more of the city's 5, ... More >>
Music is life. Or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ho ... More >>
Just when you think the suck factor has been turned all the way up, here comes another batch of songs to push the needle further in the red. Today as the countdown of total crappiness continues, we've got tunes by Kid Rock, Nickleback, Michael Jackson, Sublime and more. Keep reading to see which son ... More >>
Formed nearly a decade ago in Austin, Texas, the Sword, with its sludgy guitar work and the fantastical themes of its lyrics, is often assigned the stoner rock designation, and understandably so. But while the band certainly bears the clear influence of bands like Black Sabbath, Sleep and Led Zeppel ... 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 >>
See also: Super Bowl commercials: Elton John, Flava Flav, Echo and the Bunnymen and more and Video: M.I.A. flips off Super Bowl audience during halftime show Judging by the voluminous groans echoing across the country, word is spreading that Madonna will be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, ... More >>
With major comebacks and massive hits, 2011 was the year of the women, from Beyoncé to Miley Cyrus. Without singers like Adele, we wouldn't have songs to cry along with, and without Katy Perry, we wouldn't have any songs to hum at our nine to five. So what exactly were the biggest pop moments of 20 ... More >>
Dan SantoniOgre of ohGrohGr (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater with Left Spine Down and Orbit Service) is a project involving Mark Walk and Ogre (aka Kevin Ogilvie), the legendary frontman from influential and pioneering electronic band Skinny Puppy. During the '80s and '90s, Skinny Puppy c ... 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 >>
Tonight, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, one lucky person win a date with Buntport Theater as a part of MCA's Black Sheep Friday Dating Game event. In honor of the 60s show that inspired this local happening, we've compiled a collection of the top five celebrity appearances on The Dating G ... More >>
Jonathan Franzen is a great American novelist in large part because he has written a great American novel -- two, in fact. Last night's Pen & Podium lecture at the Newman Center found the charming and occasionally awkward author of Freedom touching on bird watching (an enthusiastic hobby), The Moody ... More >>
Hard Rock Cafe's 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour bus will be outside the Denver location at 500 16th Street for one day only on Wednesday, June 29, from noon to 7 p.m. The exhibit includes the top forty most iconic pieces of music memorabilia from Hard Rock's collection, including Buddy Hol ... More >>
Devin DeHavenEarly on in jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson's career, he listened to a lot of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. While Terrasson says he doesn't listen to the three pianists as much as he did two decades ago when he was starting out, he's taken what they've given him and mo ... More >>
Smile!Lindsay Lohan may or may not go to prison (again) because she may or may not have assaulted a staff member of the rehab facility she's staying in. Her parents must be so proud. Oh, wait... never mind. Lohan, whose music career was brief and mostly predicated upon cleavage, joins a panth ... More >>
Sean Kenyon knows how to pour out both drinks and advice. A third-generation bar man with almost 25 years behind the bar, he is a student of cocktail history, a United States Bartenders Guild-certified Spirits Professional and a BAR Ready graduate of the prestigious Beverage Alcohol Resource ... More >>
David Lang / Red Bull PhotofilesBoonie Mayfield (top) and Xperiment BeatsThe term "producer" has very different connotations in the worlds of rock and hip-hop. Although they're both instrumental in shaping the sound, they serve very different functions. Generally speaking, in rock, a produc ... More >>
Since the dawn of live music, artists have canceled shows for various reasons. Gigs have been called for sickness, deaths in the family, dog ate the set-list, etc, etc, blah blah blah. Crypton Future Media based out of Sapporo, Japan, has finally found a way to remedy this situation with the help ... More >>
Werewolves of London, probably the best picture disc ever released.So October (or Monstober if you're into annoying nicknames) is the month of monsters, when we take an evening to support kids in dressing up like their favorite killing beast and threaten neighbors for candy, and adults in dre ... More >>
Tom MurphyOf Montreal's Kevin Barnes OF MONTREAL With Janelle Monae 10.24.10 | Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO After seeing her perform on Saturday night, it's no wonder why Janelle Monae was picked by Erykah Badu to open her most recent tour. Monae isn't just a great soul singer, her songwritin ... More >>
We're all familiar with Ozzy Osbourne's infamous unprovoked attack on a bat in the early '80s, but rarely do you hear stories about animals attacking musicians. Until now, that is. Earlier this week, Bloc Party and Ash guitarist Russell Lissack was reportedly attacked by a lion cub while visi ... More >>
MTHDS freaking out some audience members.As you might have read here on Backbeat, Electric Avenue Music and Arts Festival is going on this weekend (it wraps up tonight.) Last night, photographer Eric Gruneisen stopped by the festival in Five Points and brings back these photos: Electric Avenu ... More >>
Chris Brown is sad, and it's not because he cried at the BET awards on Sunday. While performing a tribute to Michael Jackson, the singer and alleged Rihanna-beater broke down and wept during a rendition of Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," leading many, as noted in the CBS report above, to wonder if ... More >>
We revealed a while back that Lady Gaga might not be just the oddball pop star/performance artist you know and love/hate, but a secret tool of the worldwide conspiracy known as the Illuminati. Now, no less of an expert on the topic than Internet celebrity, reality show trainwreck and, apparen ... More >>
It's not unusual for musicians to try out acting or vice-versa, but sometimes those roles take unusual turns. Now, with "I Kissed a Girl" songstress Katy Perry (who, interestingly, recently called Lady Gaga's new "Alejandro" video "blasphemous") gearing up to play Smurfette in the upcoming ad ... More >>
We found the above gem while wandering around the comic store yesterday -- it appears to be some type of (unauthorized?) biography of Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, mom didn't give us enough loot to actually buy it, so we'll never know for sure. What we do know, however, is that this isn't the f ... More >>
Tech N9NE's K.O.D., released last week on Strange Music, nabbed the top spot on Independent Records' charts for the week ending November 1. Michael Jackson's soundtrack to the film This is It and Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 came in at second and third, while Swollen Member's Armed to the Teeth a ... More >>
No mere mortal can resist/The evil of the Thriller.
Photo by Kiernan MaletskyYou'll love these Meeses to pieces. Hotter than July? Or exactly as hot as July? Today in Backbeat Online: • Last Night's Show: Meese at Twist & Shout. • DJ Vajra announces new project, offers free mix for download. • Flier of the Week: Get Down at Beta Friday, July ... More >>
As I've mentioned once or twice in this blog, I occasionally DJ around town, under a pseudonym. I use a pseudonym because I want to make it clear that Eryc Eyl, the DJ, operates in a musical universe that is completely different from the one inhabited by Eryc Eyl, the music critic. We are, in s ... More >>
Jeff Peckman as he appeared on 9News' "Your Show." Examiner.com, another enterprise bankrolled by Denver-based billionaire Phil Anschutz (currently in danger of losing a a button or two on his shirt related to an aborted Michael Jackson tour he bankrolled), attempts to rack up web hits with help fr ... More >>
Zoning out.... Changing channels? Today in Cafe Society: • ESPN ZONE turns off the scoreboard, blames economy. • Tonight: A symphony of food and wine at Opus. • Milking It: All-Bran Yogurt Bites. • Bad weekend for barbecue at Big Hoss, Q Worldly Barbecue. • Bye-bye, Brandon's. • Arriv ... More >>
Photo by Aaron ThackerayBy the time you get to see Phoenix.... So far today, all of America's remaining pop-culture icons seem to be hanging in there.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Last Night's Show: Phoenix at The Bluebird. • Polytoxic drummer Chadzilla hitches a ride with Slim Cessna's Auto ... More >>
Waking up on a couch fully clothed and feeling like death warmed over is no way to start a day, yet it happens all too often. Everyone has his own remedy, but for me, nothing beats a salty, greasy breakfast. Blurry-eyed and flat-tailed on my couch this past Saturday morning, all I could think abou ... More >>
I deejayed a Valentine's Day party at the Horseshoe Lounge on Saturday. The bar had a great vibe, as always, and the ample crowd was in the mood for a good party. It was the first time I ever had to play music for four and a half straight hours, and I was initially worried that I would: a) run out o ... More >>
Way back - way, way back -- before there was a microbrewery in every city, before the terms IPA and ESB entered the common lingo, before big, bold craft beers muscled their way onto liquor store shelves (before color photography, even), the pioneers of the microbrewery industry got their shaggy-look ... More >>
The happy couple. Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli 831 Colorado Boulevard (and numerous other locations) 303-355-6494 Bronx Bomber Egg salad and pastrami $6.99 Pastrami and Egg Salad. The words go together awkwardly like Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts, Michael Jackson and Pr ... More >>
Now these 23-year-old identical twin sisters are taking on America.
The scariest thing about these kids are their influences.
Don’t be frightened. Bassist DJ Wilson of Scary Kids Scaring Kids doesn’t come across as particularly terrifying in either the profile of the band published in the October 18 Westword or the full Q&A, reproduced below. Wilson begins by talking about his hometown of Gilbert, Arizona, before tran ... More >>
Here's a brief look at some of the items America is desperate to learn about today: Britney Spears no pants I think the reasons for searching the phrase “Britney Spears no pants” are pretty self-explanatory. In case I’m wrong, I’ve included the photograph and a link to a press release, which ... More >>
Scott Baxendale is fretting over Qwest.
From the week of January 17, 2006
Monday, June 20, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.
Past and present Rocky Flats workers say their jobs made them sick -- and it's the government's job to make them better.
Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.
HERE'S WHAT GRAMMY HOPEFULS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR.