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    October 15, 2014

    Eldorado Climbing Walls Wins Something Independent's 2014 Wright Award

    Boulder-based Eldorado Climbing Walls won the Wright Award at the fourth annual Something Independent Awards ceremony Tuesday night at Space Gallery, edging out finalists Icelantic Skis and Oskar Blues Brewery. The award recognizes Colorado companies "who are leading at the intersection of lifestyl ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Ten Things You Didn't Know About the Mishawaka

    The Mishawaka was homesteaded in 1916, which makes it one of the oldest venues in Colorado. It sits 23 miles from Fort Collins, in Roosevelt National Park, nestled between the raging Poudre river and a canyon wall. It has hosted legends such as Leon Russel, George Clinton, Bela Fleck and hundreds mo ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    The Eleven Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

    It's a weekend of superlatives in Denver: The biggest reunion of the year (OutKast), the biggest drum set on the planet (Terry Bozzio), the king of Tex-Mex Guitar (Joe King Carrasco)...All great shows. There are more, including the annual Reggae on the Rocks and NedFest for the people who miss the o ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    How Ark Life Made a Promising Career Out of Drinking with Friends

    When Jesse Elliott came to Denver in early 2013, he was only passing through. As the frontman of Washington, D.C.-based rock band These United States, he'd passed through Denver plenty of times. In fact, that group toured so much that Elliott hadn't kept a home address for three years. But a week ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    The twelve best shows in Denver this weekend

    Another several-night stand at Red Rocks this weekend: The Avett Brothers play three shows at the World's Only Natural Amphitheater. Elsewhere, Ms. Lauryn Hill will confound you with a bunch of songs that sound absolutely nothing like the hits your remember. And Joan Baez goes from Denver to Fort Co ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Five must-see Colorado outdoor venues to check out this summer

    It's summer in Colorado which means it's time to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives again and the beautiful green fades to a snowy white. Summer also means the Denver-area concert calendar is packed, and thankfully, you can enjoy both mother nature and music in the same place this summer. From ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    The eleven best shows in Denver this weekend

    Summer was underway. It was. But just in case you were waiting to roll down the windows and put away your sweaters, the Ink Monstr pool party series kicks off on Sunday. There are shows for those of us no interested in thigh exposure as well -- Reckless Kelly is in town, as is moe. and Tech N9ne. Th ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Photos: See mudslide area being searched for Danny Nichols, Clancy Nichols, Wes Hawkins

    At this hour, search crews are returning to the scene of a massive mudslide in western Colorado, near the community of Collbran. They're looking for Clancy Nichols, 51, his son Danny, 24, and Wes Hawkins, 46, who were checking out reports of a smaller slide when they went missing. The Mesa County S ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014
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    January 16, 2014

    Backbeat's 2014 Colorado bucket list: #15-6

    What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next week, we'll be rolling out the answers across our blogs. Check back on tomorrow for the full list -- and in the meantime, feel free to post your own sugges ... More >>

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    September 14, 2013

    Tonight's show at the Mishawaka canceled

    Update, 11:00, 9/14/13: Just got confirmation that tonight's show featuring Euforquestra, Mountain Standard Time and Papagoya has also been canceled. Poudre Canyon Highway is still closed, and there's no word on when it will reopen. The folks at the Mish are working to schedule a make-up date for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    SpokesBUZZ prepares for BandSwap, a program in which local acts trade gigs in other cities

    Trading gigs with bands in other cities is not just a novel concept, it's pivotal for acts trying to make inroads outside of the local scene. It can often mean the difference between playing for actual fans and not just bar staff, those obligated to be there. While countless outfits have been doing ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    "WEIRD" AL YANKOVIC @ BOULDER THEATER | SUN, 7/21/13 "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany parodies catapulted him to fame in the '80s, back when pop culture was in dire need of some deflation. He never got critical props for his oddball iconoclasm, though, and after his 1989 film, UHF tanked at the box office ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend

    DJ TENNIS @ NORAD | SAT, 7/13/13 Like much of the electronic world's cream of the crop these days, DJ Tennis lives in Berlin, but he grew up in New Jersey and moved to Italy to play semi-professional tennis (hence the moniker), where he threw parties at his tennis club, before switching his focus to ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    The ten best EDM shows in Denver in July

    GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL @ RED ROCKS | FRI-SUN, 7/19-7/21 Going strong for ten years, Global Dance Festival is the premier summer event for EDM fans. Changing things up in the past few years, Triad Dragons have expanded offerings to include acts like Beats Antique, EOTO, Big Gigantic, and Empire of the ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Erik Berry of Trampled By Turtles on why they won't play songs off O Brother Where Art Thou?

    Trampled By Turtles, due at this weekend's Westword Music Showcase, was started in 2003 by a group friends from Duluth, Minnesota, who knew each other from playing in various bands. Liberated by the freedom and mobility of playing acoustic instruments, the players honed a sound that happened to bene ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Update: Robin and Mark Herklotz ID'd as Black Forest fire victims, 509 homes destroyed

    Update: The two victims of the Black Forest fire, which sparked to life on June 11, have been ID'd as Marc Allen Herklotz, 52, and Robin Lauran Herklotz, fifty, married residents of Black Forest. The laborious identification process speaks to the horrific force of nature that took their lives. In t ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    DEVOTCHKA & COLORADO SYMPHONY @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 6/14/13 Teaming up with an orchestra can sometimes be a thin attempt to disguise a creative lag, but in this case, the pairing has produced an inspired, brilliantly structured melding of two aesthetics that relies less on contrast than it does on simi ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Denver's ten best Memorial Day weekend shows

    THE HEAD AND THE HEART @ MAGNESS ARENA | SAT, 5/25/13 Formed in Seattle in 2009, this project started out playing open mics and within a year after playing countless shows, the Head and the Heart independently released its debut album. The band, whose self-titled album came out on Sub Pop in 2011, i ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Mishawaka Amphitheatre set to unveil monument to High Park firefighting efforts

    Last summer, the High Park fire raged through the Poudre Canyon in Northern Colorado. Although it's been nearly a year since the fire was contained, it's still very fresh in the minds of the community, especially the folks at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre. Despite the fact that the fire ravaged much of ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: Oct. 26-28

    Welcome to the weekend, amigos! Ah, yes, we finally made it. Is it just us, or has this seemed like the longest week ever? Ah, maybe it's just the weather. Whatever the case, it's in the rearview now, and it's time to blow off some steam. Drinks are on the horizon and there's a full slate of great m ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    The five best outdoor venues in Colorado to see music that aren't Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    See Also: - Denver's ten biggest hipster bars - Boulder's five biggest hipster bars - Five best midsize venues in LoDo and Ballpark - Denver's ten best karaoke bars - Denver's ten best dance clubs - Denver's ten best jukeboxes - Five best places to buy vinyl Red Rocks Amphitheatre has won the Polls ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    High Park fire update: Mishawaka Amphitheatre reopening symbol of blaze's defeat

    Update: The High Park fire near Fort Collins is 100 percent contained, and while it's not officially dead yet, the blaze is no longer the threat it was to life, limb and property. A symbol of its de facto defeat? The reopening tomorrow of the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, a beloved landmark that managed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Mishawaka Amphitheatre to reopen tomorrow

    Some great news coming down this morning from the folks at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre: After being forced to close and subsequently cancel a number of shows due to the High Park fire that raged through Northern Colorado, the Poudre Canyon venue, which was miraculously spared, will reopen for lunch a ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    High Park fire update: 85 percent containment, many subdivisions reopened

    Update: As those living near the Waldo Canyon fire outside Colorado Springs were plunged into terror (347 homes confirmed burned, at least one death), the people who've been suffering through the High Park fire fifteen miles from Fort Collins for three long, exhausting weeks may finally be getting a ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Fire fundraisers: Where to listen to music and support High Park and Waldo Canyon efforts

    As firefighters continue to tackle the wildfires ravaging large portions of the state, local communities are searching for ways to provide aid, even from hours away. In Denver, a handful of local live music venues and companies have already stepped up to launch shows to benefit fire relief efforts - ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Mishawaka Amphitheatre cancels all shows in the coming week due to High Park Fire

    If you were planning to head up the Mishawaka Amphitheatre to see Walkers & Pimps of Joytime, the Motet, Dubskin, Richard Thompson or Bruce Hornsby, all outfits slated to appear between tomorrow and next Friday, you might want to make some other plans. We just received word from Roger Menell that ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    The Magic Beans are Jammin' Up the Poudre this Saturday at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre

    Nestled in the hills of Nederland, you'll find the Magic Beans, an outfit that is growing strong roots in the ever blossoming jam scene in Colorado with a sturdy base of jazz, rock, bluegrass and electronica. With an eye toward creating an ongoing sense of community with fellow members of the burgeo ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Skrillex and Neil Young at Red Rocks, moe., Dethklok and Lamb of God among new shows

    Every week, just when we think we've seen the best of the upcoming concert season and that things couldn't possibly get any more compelling, there's a whole new batch of new shows to make us flip our lids. This week: Skrillex at Red Rocks in August, preceded a few days earlier by two Neil Young show ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Video: The Lumineers make televised debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

    The Lumineers, another promising Denver-based act, made its televised debut earlier this week on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Years from now, when the members looks back on this watershed moment in their career, they'll probably get a chuckle of their first introduction to America, how Fe ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Wilco, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Dukes of September and more were announced; Overcasters, Lumineers, Churchill and the Jekylls got spins on local radio; and recent albums from the Shins, E-40, Fun. and th ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Mishawaka Amphitheatre announces summer concert series

    While Red Rocks and Comfort Dental Amphitheatre are both great spots for outdoor concerts during the summer, the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, which is about ten miles northwest of Ft. Collins in Poudre Canyon, also offers a great environment for seeing shows outside. While there's still more shows to com ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    The Lumineers debut full-length due out on Dualtone on April 3

    On the heels of rounding a list of the 20 Best New Bands of 2011 compiled by Paste Magazine, The Lumineers have announced plans to release their debut full-length on Dualtone Records, the imprint that's currently home to a half-dozen other artists including Brett Dennen and Guy Clark. While the self ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Bass Invasion 3, GATF Pre-Party, EOTO and more on this weekend's Dance CArd

    RJD2.​Snowboard on the Rocks tonight at Red Rocks Amphitheatre will not only feature three world-premiere snowboard films, but also music by Michael Menert, Doomtree and RJD2. It's the perfect way to get ready for winter ... er, fall. (6 p.m., $25, all ages) And if snow sports aren't your thin ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase 2011

    The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers

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    April 5, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Shows announced/on sale this week, local radio playlists and top local sellers

    ​ Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: Besides the back-to-back Mumford & Sons dates we told you about yesterday, we have word on the Cars and Taylor Swift shows, as well as Hudson Gardens and Mishawaka's summer lineups. Meanwhile on local radio, Veronica, ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Mike D. Chill on his new album and group and the current state of local hip-hop

    ​ Mike D. Chill is somewhat of a Denver legend. Since his days forming the Kut-N-Kru Record label with Gary "Scratch G" Martinez and Jeff "Apostle" Campbell, he's been putting it down for raunchy, strip-club girls and low-rider, bass crazed homies alike. After nearly two decades, Chill says ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    The Motet casts Mishawaka as a mystical wonderland and earns top flier nod

    Click to enlarge​This week's top flier inspires a sense of delicate, earthy mysticism that recalls classic children's books. You know, the kind that hold eternal wisdom among their bright illustrations and simple stories, the ones you return to again and again as you grow older and can't wait ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    DeVotchKa plays sold out soccer stadium in Paris with Muse, working on new album

    DeVotchKa, who peformed for over 90,000 people when the band opened for Muse in Paris last weekend (see a few pics after the jump), has recently been at Wavelab studio in Tuscon working on the follow-up to its last album, A Mad and Faithful Telling. No word yet on what the new record will be ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Top Meds: Award-winning medical marijuana strains

    All hail the munificence of Haze-Wowie!​Afghani, OG Kush, Purple Skunk, White Widow... With so many strains to choose from at local dispensaries, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Thankfully, a variety of medical marijuana contests have popped up around Colorado recently, and they ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Q&A with Jason Hann of EOTO

    ‚ÄčIt's been almost two years since jam juggernaut String Cheese Incident called it quits in 2007. Since then, things have slowed for some of the former members, while others have picked up the pace with new projects. The latter holds true for the String Cheese rhythm section of Jason Hann and Micha ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Green Day, Journey, Crosby, Stills & Nash shows announced

    As previously reported, Green Day will play its first gig in these parts in over three years when the band hits the Pepsi Center on Saturday, August 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Saturday, May 9. Some other big ticket shows, meanwhile, were announced this week, including a trio of shows at Re ... More >>

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    May 26, 2005

    Weird Science

    Sci-Fi Uterus brings electronica out of the dark days.

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    July 24, 2003

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    Jay Farrar

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    February 22, 2001

    The Home of the Rave

    Promoters hurry to get their acts together -- before parents, police and the courts decide the party's over.