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    April 19, 2013

    The twelve best concerts in Denver this weekend

    LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | THURS, 4/18/13 Outside of perhaps the Hold Steady -- which shares a proclivity for Bruce Springsteen -- nobody plays straight-up rock these days as convincingly as Lucero. Led by Ben Nichols's gravelly croak, Lucero borrows liberally from the Boss and Lynyrd Skynyrd on so ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

    Joanna Bolme of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks on playing Scrabble with Pavement

    Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (due tomorrow night at the Fox Theater in Boulder) formed after Malkmus's influential band, Pavement, went on indefinite hiatus at the end of the '90s. Initially, it was something of a solo project, but Malkmus ended up recruiting his friend John Moen, as well as Joanne ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Q&A: Ukulele Loki on performing at Red Rocks, his influences and a new EP

    Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra. Aaron Johnson is pictured far right.Aaron Johnson has a lot on his plate right now. He teaches fifth-graders by day, and by night he's taking classes to get certified in teaching English as a Second Language. He's also a Geeks Who Drink quizmaster. But tonight? Ton ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Top ten retro metal bands currently melting faces and minds

    ​The world of heavy metal can be an exercise in absurdity and uninspired imitation played at blistering volume. With the relatively recent (and fading) popularity of "stoner-rock" and "doom metal," as evidenced by tours including the reunited line-ups of Sleep, Saint Vitus (read our recent int ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    May 26, 2010

    American Idol: Lilly Scott discusses her Idol experience

    ​ Lilly Scott isn't going to be the next American Idol. Not tonight. Not ever. And that's baffling. She should be. In spite of her undeniable talent, though, she wasn't even chosen to be among the final dozen contestants. Early on, before she was even cut, there was no shortage of folks (ours ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Nathaniel Rateliff's CD is in stores nationwide today, but he's here in Denver

    May 4, 2010: As good a day as any to say that Nathaniel Rateliff has made it. His sparse and powerful In Memory of Loss has been available digitally for a week, but today it appeared in physical form in record stores across the country. Rateliff grew up in Missouri, but as a musician he grew up he ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Chef and Tell with Matt Mine from the Oceanaire Seafood Room

    Lori MidsonMatt Mine, executive chef of Oceanaire​Matt Mine Oceanaire Seafood Room 1400 Arapahoe Street 303-991-2277 This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Matt Mine, executive chef of Oceanaire. To read part two of that interview, check back here tomorrow. M ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Monolith Q&A: The Thermals

    Photo by Alicia J. Rose​The Thermals new album, Now We Can See, represents more than simply a fresh recording for the Portland-based trio. After an amicable departure from the iconic Seattle label Sub-Pop, the group released their new disc on Kill Rock Stars. According to frontman Hutch Harris ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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    March 20, 2009

    Last Night: Rachael Pollard at GlobGlobGlob

    Rachael Pollard, Doo Crowder, Spoke Shaver, Rotaree, TemplesThursday, March 19, 2009GlobGlobGlobBetter than: Not falling asleep at work, which I'm now certain to do tomorrow.In military operations, planes often fly at low altitudes to avoid radar detection. If that's true in cliché form as well, th ... More >>

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    October 10, 2008

    Live Review: BDRMPPL and Pictureplane w/Josephine and the Mousepeople, Gangi and Rainbow Arabia

    Josephine and the Mousepeople BDRMPPL and Pictureplane w/Josephine and the Mousepeople, Gangi and Rainbow Arabia Thursday, October 9th, 2008 Rhinoceropolis, Globeville Better Than: A show where everyone’s from the same demographic. Pictureplane seems to bring in people from a broad spectrum of ... More >>

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    July 19, 2008
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    September 26, 2007

    Q&A With Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat

    Steve Bays, Hot Hot Heat’s frontman, had a lot more to say than we could squeeze into Westword’s September 27 profile, as demonstrated by the attached Q&A. At interview time (on September 12, the day after HHH’s latest CD, Happiness Ltd., was released), the band was heading north to Los Angel ... More >>

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    September 12, 2007

    Q&A With Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

    The Wayne Coyne profile that appears in the September 13 edition of Westword represents the SparkNotes version of a recent interview. Below, find the original text of our conversation with the Flaming Lips frontman, appearing unabridged and in its entirety. Coyne talks amusingly and at length about ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007
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    April 12, 2007


    KTCL's program director wants his station to be cool yet get good ratings. It's a tough balance to strike.

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Al Right Now

    Is "Weird Al" Yankovic an American pop genius?

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    September 21, 2006

    Speak Your Peace

    Some very Nobel intentions pay off.

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    December 9, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Putting Denver on the musical map.

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    November 11, 2004

    March On

    The Dirty Dozen Brass Band breathes life into death.

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    October 14, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 14, 2004

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    October 7, 2004
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    October 7, 2004

    Wing Men

    Navigating hardship and hilarity, the Moths flutter toward greatness.

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    June 3, 2004

    Rain Men

    Don't let the downpour fool you. Aveo's clever pop is far from overcast.

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    June 26, 2003

    Voices Carry

    With a buoyant new album, Voices Underwater is rising to the surface.

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    June 19, 2003
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    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

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    December 5, 2002


    Scott Campbell moves down the road and away from the 15th Street Tavern.

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    March 21, 2002

    Hold the 'Fone

    Melding the synthetic with the traditional, Califone dials in the sound of the past. Will you accept the charges?

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    March 14, 2002

    The Great Beyond

    San Diego's Pinback moves from science fiction to oblivion without getting lost in space.

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    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

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    October 29, 1998
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    September 11, 1997
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    May 1, 1997

    Building for the Future

    Built to Spill's Doug Martsch searches for the happy medium between fatherhood and rock and roll.