The best frontmen and women all have something in common. Whether it's their ability to connect with a crowd or the swagger with which they carry themselves, their fashion sense, the intrigue that surrounds them or their reckless disregard for their own well being, they all have that ineffable "it" ... More >>
If someone wanted to learn more about the sixties, but didn't know where to start, these are the albums we'd recommend. While they aren't necessarily the best selling, or the most critically acclaimed, they are certainly the ones that float to the surface all these years later, providing a rough blu ... More >>
In his best selling book Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman asserts that "the best career move any musician can make is to stop breathing." When examining Kurt Cobain's post-mortem transformation from junkie dad to iconic voice of a generation, Klosterman notes that the suicide told everyone ... More >>
Bands break up all the time. This is an established fact, and depending upon how many of your favorite band's original members are alive, sane or producing concept albums, it can be a welcome one. The only difference this year is the purely unfair share of fallen rock soldiers that will have ended w ... More >>
Bruno MedinaDelicous religious cleavage. We live for releases of controversial and eye-opening videos that cause a stir. And we're personally offended when one comes out that claims to be groundbreaking but just rips someone else off. We know it's hard for these new popstresses to come up wit ... More >>
When Russ Christiansen wanted to develop his skills and confidence as a songwriter, he went straight to his peers. For more than a year, the former Three Miles West frontman has spearheaded the Surplus Cheaper Hands Collective, a studio project that's seen input from a slew of local musicians ... More >>
Jon Solomon THE NATIONAL 10.18.10 | Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO In a New York Times piece written on the National last April, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe explained how he took his bandmate Mike Mills to see the group in London. It took half a song for Mills to say it was the most amaz ... 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. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
The Mile High Music fest drew a lot of interest from local music fans in '08. This blog churned out more than 1,400 posts in 2008, about life, death, plastic surgery, and even some music. Here, in case you just joined us or are really taking stock of your year, a quick-clicking guide to the ten mos ... More >>
Concert season is over at Red Rocks, but that doesn't mean you can't make use of music's best outdoor venue -- especially on those occasional spring-like days that heat up the Colorado winter. Here, five ways to make use of Red Rocks until the bands plug back in next spring.
Monday, October 20, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Friday, June 23, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.
Sunday, October 2, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.
Friday, March 4, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
Around the Sun (Warner Bros.)
Corruption's new CD displays metal moxie of the best kind.
D.C. Gallery gives a high profile to lowbrow art
Fall Back Open (Saddle Creek)
The Way It's Going to Be (Lawnmower Records/Desert Airport Music)
Left to his own devices, Vic Chesnutt cheers up on a new record.
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Reveal (Warner Bros.)
Eric Shiveley and the Shive-Tones
The Tragically Hip doesn't believe in dumbing down its music to reach wide audiences. As a result, it's the most popular band in Canada.
A top-notch cast compensates for dubious credibility in Where the Heart Is.
A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.
As part of Tuatara, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck heads in new musical directions.
Is gangsta rap getting more profound? Well...no.
HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT SUMMER CONCERT FOR YOU.
DENVER'S CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE IS PICKING UP SPEED.
LEAD SINGER LINDA HOPPER COMES OUT FROM UNDER BOB MOULD'S WING.