JOHN SCOFIELD'S UBERJAM BAND @ BOULDER THEATER | THU, 8/1/13 John Scofield's never been one to settle in any particular musical style. Deft in a number of different styles, he always seems to find ways to reinvent himself. With 1998's A Go Go, guitarist John Scofield tapped into a whole new audience ... More >>
While there are rumors that El Chapultepec was operating as a speakeasy during prohibition, it legally opened in at the end of prohibition in 1933. Over the last eight decades, the infamous jazz and blues club has hosted a number of jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker and Eddie Harris, a ho ... More >>
On Wednesday, March 6, Barry Fey will be inducted into yet another hall of fame, this one the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. In honor of his induction, we'll be running the stories that didn't make his memoir all this week. Today, Tony Funches on first meeting Barry by throwing him out of a ... More >>
"In 1987 a distressed young man in Denver, Colorado, held his local radio station hostage insisting, at gunpoint, demanding they play nothing but Smiths records. This they did -- for four hours," writes Mark Simpson in the biography Saint Morrissey. "Eventually, the police besieging the building per ... More >>
For centuries, men have known that the real power of music lies in its ability to get you laid. From "panty-dropper" mixtapes that your parents made back in the day, to John Cusack standing outside the window with Peter Gabriel on the boombox, to that little boy banging on the drums in Love Actually ... More >>
QUICKSAND @ BLUEBIRD THEATER |1/15/12 In the moments before Quicksand took the stage last night at the Bluebird, the room lights dimmed and floor lights on stage came on to the sound of the Basil Poledouris's theme from Conan The Barbarian. Quicksand frontman Walter Schreifels looked pleasantly sur ... More >>
If any band typifies the Colorado approach to contemporary bluegrass, it's Yonder Mountain String Band. The quartet built up its chops playing in venues in Boulder, Nederland and beyond in the late 1990s, and its fusion of traditional instrumentation and progressive musical structures resonated with ... More >>
Generally, when you speak with someone with strong ties to rock history, you either get an earful of tedious name-dropping or you're forced to endure an exhaustive lecture about how kids today just don't get it. This is not the case with Dan Fong, the famed Denver rock photographer who has shot lege ... More >>
Hugo Matheson The Kitchen Boulder & [Upstairs]; The Kitchen Denver 1039 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303-544-5973 1530 16th Street, Denver; 303-623-3127 www.thekitchencommunity.com This is part one of my interview with Hugo Matheson, exec chef of The Kitchen Boulder and The Kitchen Denver. Part two of o ... More >>
Update (6/1/12): We've received word that services for Jerry Krantz will be held next week on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church at 4200 Federal Boulevard, followed by an interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. in area "B." Jerry Krantz's full obituar ... More >>
PIERCED ARROWS @ HI-DIVE | 4/21/12As the last notes of "The Wait" ended, they blended into the Toody Cole's familiar bass pulse that introduced Pierced Arrows' epic, and much beloved, "Paranoia." Fred Cole tapped the Bigsby on his Guild Polara to modulate the feedback before heading into one of the ... More >>
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 4/8/12 It would be a tough to pinpoint a specific climax of this show, but a true high point of feeling for the band -- and probably the crowd -- came with the last number of the set when Kawabata Makoto used some kind of white, plastic object that looked lik ... More >>
It's difficult to imagine, but U2 used to be cool. Not just cool, but one of the most innovative, inspiring and mysterious bands of their generation. The group challenged the sounds, look and emotional resonance of rock music, forever redirecting the cultural stream for good or ill. Today, while man ... More >>
Forget Lil Kim. At this point in her career, Nicki Minaj's only enemy is herself and "Super Bass." That track, which catapulted Minaj into a mainstream as cross-genre artist and onto the iPods of Taylor Swift fans everywhere, will be her "Lose Yourself" -- the song that defines Minaj's career until ... More >>
PETER MURPHY at BLUEBIRD | 11/28/11The highlight of last night's show came during the encore, when Peter Murphy came back on stage wearing a short fuzzy hat that looked like a Fez, playing a twelve-string acoustic. After creating an impressionistic soundscape, all four members of the band went into ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Dierks Bentley, Mickey Hart Band and Dirty Nasty were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, The Congress and The Epiloguesall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part two of my interview with Brad Arguello, exec chef of the Uber Sausage. Part one of my chat with Arguello ran in this space yesterday. Brad Arguello The Uber Sausage 2730 East Colfax Avenue 303-862-7894 www.theubersausage.com What you'd like to see more of in Denver/B ... More >>
With the recent passing of Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan's first muse, we thought it only appropriate to give a shout out to a couple of other famous ladies. The muse position is demanding and the position can vary (physically and figuratively) -- it's not all about getting a song named after you. T ... More >>
Editor's note: Two of our writers were at the Decemberists show last night in Boulder, and so today we present you with two different accounts of the show from two different perspectives. Two for the price of, uh, none, as it were -- well, unless you count the cost your Internet connection. Adam Pe ... More >>
Like so many new albums from old dudes, it's not that Ozzy Osbourne's Scream, which was released today, is not good, per se -- it's that it's not needed. While Osbourne's new effort updates his shtick a bit -- it sounds like he's been listening to a long of Norwegian opera-metal and possibly some ... More >>
"Mostly snow melt!"The blogosphere has been abuzz of late about the news that gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis picked up a $300,000 paycheck as a two-year fellow at the Hasan Family Foundation, mainly for writing a series of eye-glazing articles about Colorado water issues. Political jun ... More >>
The genius of Vince Offer's sales-pitch send-up of Eminem's Recovery -- and of most parodies, really -- is that it forces the record into a ridiculous context (a thing to "put on your hose," among other uses). And though the video may or may not actually help Marshall Mathers' sales figures, it d ... 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 >>
From the week of November 17, 2005
LCD Soundsystem's brain trust happily loses his edge.
After a smash debut, Jet gets the star treatment.
Forty years ago, Al Maysles met the Beatles.
Despite drugs, demons and an ever-revolving cast, the Brian Jonestown Massacre refuses to go gently into the night.
Listen to the Pavement
September 25, 2003
Backbeat writers weigh in on local CDs
Whitey on the Moon is one small step for Denver music.
A Sixties icon becomes a weapon in Denver's promotion wars.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.
A LOOK AT THE MODERN-ROCK SONGS DENVER RADIO IS DOING TO DEATH.
THE TIME MAY FINALLY HAVE COME FOR OTIS RUSH.
How artists in a dishonest business are trying to keep your trust.