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Michael Stipe

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    The ten traits of the perfect frontperson

    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 >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Ten essential albums of the 1960s

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Nick Drake's Pink Moon turns forty

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Video: The five best bands that broke up in 2011 -- paired with five of their saddest songs

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2011
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    May 13, 2011

    Gaga's "Judas" isn't controversial! It's been done. Better.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Russ Christiansen on Surplus Cheaper Hands

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    The National at Fillmore Auditorium, 10/18/10

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    In case you missed it: Backbeat's ten most-read blogs of 2008

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Five things to do at Red Rocks besides see a concert

    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.

  • Music

    October 16, 2008

    Matthew Sweet

    Monday, October 20, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    October 16, 2008

    Colder Than Fargo

    Gentlemen Please!
    Self-released

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2008
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    April 24, 2008

    R.E.M.

    Accelerate
    Warner Bros.

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    October 15, 2007
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    June 19, 2007
  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    The Heavenly States

    Friday, June 23, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Critical Fatwa

    Michael Stipe

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    The Heavenly States

    Sunday, October 2, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.

  • Music

    March 3, 2005

    Jucifer

    Friday, March 4, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    Marrying the Mainstream

    White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    R.E.M.

    Around the Sun (Warner Bros.)

  • Music

    June 3, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Corruption's new CD displays metal moxie of the best kind.

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2004

    The Kitsch Is All Right

    D.C. Gallery gives a high profile to lowbrow art

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Now It's Overhead

    Fall Back Open (Saddle Creek)

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Eric Shiveley

    The Way It's Going to Be (Lawnmower Records/Desert Airport Music)

  • Music

    May 1, 2003

    Silver Lining

    Left to his own devices, Vic Chesnutt cheers up on a new record.

  • Culture

    December 6, 2001

    Hunger Strike

    Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    R.E.M.

    Reveal (Warner Bros.)

  • Music

    January 11, 2001

    Hit Pick

    Eric Shiveley and the Shive-Tones

  • Music

    October 26, 2000

    Too Smart for Their Own Good

    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.

  • Film

    April 27, 2000

    Aisle Be Seeing You

    A top-notch cast compensates for dubious credibility in Where the Heart Is.

  • Music

    May 6, 1999
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    December 3, 1998

    The Major and the Minor

    A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.

  • Music

    July 9, 1998

    The Buck Stops Here

    As part of Tuatara, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck heads in new musical directions.

  • Music

    December 4, 1997
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    August 7, 1997
  • Film

    May 29, 1997
  • Music

    November 21, 1996

    Our Gangstas

    Is gangsta rap getting more profound? Well...no.

  • Music

    September 26, 1996
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    June 13, 1996
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    August 9, 1995
  • News

    June 7, 1995
  • Music

    May 3, 1995

    MIX AND MATCH

    HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT SUMMER CONCERT FOR YOU.

  • Music

    December 21, 1994

    MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE

    DENVER'S CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE IS PICKING UP SPEED.

  • Music

    November 30, 1994

    MAGNAPOP MUSIC

    LEAD SINGER LINDA HOPPER COMES OUT FROM UNDER BOB MOULD'S WING.

  • Music

    October 12, 1994
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    May 18, 1994
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    February 23, 1994
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