The Orb got its start in the second half of the '80s, inspired by dub and house music. Cited as an influence of many modern electronic music artists today, the act also had a major impact on ambient artists of the past few decades, including guitar bands like Seefeel and late-period Slowdive. Founde ... More >>
Put on your stars and stripes and your red, white and blue: the Fourth of July is just days away. Across the United States, fireworks, parades and barbecues will celebrate Independence Day -- and Denver has no shortage of patriotic pride. Here are ten ways to celebrate this year. See also: - Fiv ... More >>
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>
Despite today's weather, the season of wanderlust is on its way, and with summer comes the big-W Wanderlust festival at Copper Mountain. The annual event gathers yoga teachers and enthusiasts together with chefs, winemakers, musicians (including Moby) and, of course, the great outdoors for meditatio ... More >>
If you're one of the fortunate ones who's going to Coachella this weekend, feel free to go ahead and skip to the end of this post, where you'll find the full lineup and schedule. If, however, you're a flat broke music lover who'll be attending Couchella, as some clever dude somewhere has coined it, ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually 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 ... More >>
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins last night at the Ogden.SMASHING PUMPKINS at OGDEN THEATRE | 10/10/11It took Billy Corgan 21 songs, or until halfway through the encore, to acknowledge his audience last night. It's unclear whether this is a bad thing or a bad-ass thing -- though more than an ... More >>
LCD Soundsystem just closed its doors on nearly a decade of music, going out with a bang in New York this past weekend. As another indie-heavyweight bites the dust, it got us thinking about what LCD Soundsystem did while it was around. It's easy to toss the project off as a "hipster" DJ gone ... More >>
Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink of Azure Ray While they were still living in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor first played in a band together called Little Red Rocket before moving on to Athens, Georgia, where they formed another outfit called Azure Ray, and t ... More >>
You have to admire the 3OH!3 dudes. Say what you will about the guys, about their lyrics being trite or the music being disposable electro pop, as some critics contend. While those points are debatable, you can't argue with the fact that the fellas have their sound and shtick down cold, whi ... More >>
I'm not going to lie: The first time I heard "Frontier Psychiatrist" I thought it was one of the most annoying songs I'd ever heard. This was because it was released in the year 2000, when I was working at shitty chain record store and being pummeled with the likes of The Crystal Method, The Prodigy ... More >>
Jonas Brothers Lines, Vines and Trying Times (Hollywood) Of course the Jonai are interested in broadening their demographic appeal. At this point, after all, medical science is unable to prevent girls from aging beyond their twelth birthday. But their approach to sonic maturation is flat-out inex ... More >>
Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli
Justin Dillon. Musician Justin Dillon had never made a film before, but he felt he had to do something about the horrific reality of human trafficking. Thus was born Call Response, a part-documentary, part-concert film that opens Friday, October 10 at the Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli Student U ... More >>
Panic at the Disco hits Broomfield Event Center Oct. 17. It's been an insanely busy week for concert announcements. We also just got word that Moby will in town for DNC and doing a DJ set at the Church on Wednesday, August 27. But in the meantime, here's a sampling of what's on sale this weekend. F ... More >>
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
Monday, September 26, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Americana music gets its due from this duo.
Saturday, April 30, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
This was the year electronic dance music got its head -- and its ass -- out of the past.
A smokin' deal
René Risqué brings hipness to Denver’s art scene.
Azure Ray's symphonic pop arrives right on schedule.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
DJ Paul Oakenfold heads in a new direction -- and not everyone wants to follow.
Original Soundtrack Recording: 24 Hour Party People (ffrr/Warner Strategic Marketing)
Promoters get ready to suck up a new law that targets meth — and the music industry.
Groundwork: Act to Reduce Hunger (Hear Music)
Rock Steady (Interscope)
@home@sunset, @home@sunrise (Moonshine)
Sound Shopping (BASTA)
The AUTONO's Chuck Snow launches the Lazy Spacemen -- and gives the music business another go.
Our Aim Is to Satisfy Red Snapper (Matador/Warp)
Internet interest at CMJ Music Marathon 2000
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Play(V2 Records/Rave New World)
Instead of capitalizing on the electronica craze, Moby is going his own way.
THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.