• Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    How King Khan found success despite the skepticism of his hometown scene

    Editor: The Westword Music Showcase is this weekend. It features over 150 Denver bands as well as a main stage with out-of-town headliners Diplo and 2 Chainz along with Man Man, Cherub and King Khan & the Shrines. Our coverage includes the following brief interview with Khan himself. King Khan beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Ten best comedy events in Denver this March

    As the arrival of spring melts away the remaining sludge of the February doldrums, comedy blooms anew in Denver this March. With visits from veteran standups, hilarious newcomers, and a chance to see the stars of two of TV's funniest sketch comedy series in person, Denver has a vast and crowded fiel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Piano prodigy Marika Bournaki on life as a world-class musician and documentary subject

    Marika Bournaki was a vivacious piano player at five and an old pro at twelve when documentary filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart began following the Montreal-born musician around with a camera. For eight years, Hart captured every part of Bournaki's life, as she balanced studying at Juilliard and traveling th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    New Denver shows: Fiona Apple, Lady Antebellum, J. Cole, Of Montreal and more

    After an appearance last summer at the Paramount Theatre, Fiona Apple is making her way back to Denver for a show at Boettcher Concert Hall on Friday, October 11, with Blake Bills. Tickets ($49.50-$69.50) go on sale this Friday, August 2, at 10 a.m. No word on when tickets go on sale to the general ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 27, 2012
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    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Fiona Apple at the Paramount Theatre on 7/20

    Fiona Apple's coming to the Paramount Theatre on Friday, July 20: With a newly revitalized career thanks to a stint wowing audiences at this year's SXSW and fresh off releasing a brand new album with a notably pithy title (in comparison to When the Pawn..., her 1999 album -- The Idler Wheel is wiser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Mastodon, Opeth and Ghost at Fillmore April 23

    Aaron Thackeray​This should be pretty killer: In support of their latest albums, Heritage and The Hunter, Opeth and Mastodon -- two acts that recently headlined the Ogden Theatre and are certainly no strangers to the Mile High City -- are preparing to hit the road together on the aptly named H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2012

    The Black Keys add second show at 1STBANK Center on May 1

    Danny Clinch​Bad news: Familiar with that expression, "You snooze, you lose"? Yes? Well, it applies here. If you slept on getting your tickets to see the Black Keys at 1STBANK Center on April 30, you blew it. Show's sold out. D'oh! Luckily for you, though, you'll have another chance to see 'em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Black Keys at 1STBANK Center on April 30

    Danny Clinch​We've just received word that the Black Keys, on the heels of its highly enjoyable new record, El Camino (we seriously can't pry it from our playlist), are coming to the 1STBANK Center on Monday, April 30, with the Arctic Monkeys. Tickets ($55.00 - $59.50, plus service fees) for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Van Halen in Denver on 5/24 at Pepsi Center

    ​Oh, hell yeah! Mark your calendars. It's really happening. Van Halen is coming to Denver. It's confirmed, and we finally have a date. Thursday, May 24, at the Pepsi Center, Van Halen will be here with Kool and the Gang. So stoked! Almost as stoked as we are to hear the new record, A Different ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Sweetgrass Productions, Level 1, Stept win big at IF3 International Freeski Film Festival

    ​Colorado companies cleaned up at this weekend's fifth annual IF3 International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal, with Boulder-based Sweetgrass Productions taking Best Cinematography for Solitaire, Denver-based Level 1 Productions winning Best Editing for After Dark, and Boulder-based Stept P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Portishead at 1STBANK Center on October 27

    ​Stop the freaking presses -- hell, for that matter, stop what you're doing and take note: We've just received word that Portishead is coming to town. Specifically, the outfit is slated to appear at 1STBANK Center on Thursday, October 27 -- and it's one of only seven U.S. dates announced so fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Four coming-of-age comic books that would make great films

    ​Films based on comic books can really suck. But every once in a while, the stars align and the movies manage to translate a graphic novel into a film that actually works on its own. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is one of those successes, an adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel seri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2011

    Arcade Fire at 1STBANK Center, 4/9/11

    Photo: Brandon MarshallArcade Fire singer Win Butler last night. See full slideshow from last night.ARCADE FIRE With Local Natives 04.09.11|1STBANK Center View Arcade Fire photo slide show The trailer for the 1979 film Over the Edge, which featured a fourteen-year-old Matt Dillon in his film debut ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2011
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    October 1, 2010

    Jace Lasek of Besnard Lakes explains the recuring spy theme across his band's albums

    ​ Coming from roughly the same Montreal scene that produced bands like the Dears, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Stars, the Besnard Lakes recorded with members of those bands on its Polaris Prize-nominated 2007 album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse, at singer/guitarist Jace Lasek's Bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Grinderman, Black Angels, Trey Songz top sellers at local stores

    ​Grinderman, which features Nick Cave and three members of the Bad Seeds, claimed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and landed in the top five at Twist & Shout with Grinderman 2, released last week on Anti. The Black Angels' Phosphene Dream, meanwhile, which also came out last week on the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Beside Rick Ross and Big Boi, we're all listening to completely different stuff this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    The 10 most popular Backbeat stories of 2009

    ​It's about damn time this year ended. But before it does, we're taking a look back at your favorite stories of 2009. Here, the ten most popular stories from the Backbeat blog.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of September 14, 2009

    ‚ÄčAs music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    A first look at Pictureplane's new video

    Sarah Cass‚ÄčIn case you haven't noticed, Pitchfork is in the midst of a heated love affair with Pictureplane. We couldn't be more stoked to see Mr. Pictureplane himself, Travis Egedy, getting his due. With the new album, Dark Rift, dropping yesterday on the Lovepump United imprint, it looks like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    The Mars Volta and Yeah Yeah Yeahs to headline Monolith

    Update: Just in case you haven't been keeping tabs, this year's Monolith line-up has been shaping up rather nicely. On May 18, the masterminds of Monolith began revealing the line-up for the third annual two-day indie-centric music festival every two hours on Twitter and Facebook. Some folks found t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Get Monolith tickets without fees

    Update: Early bird tickets are gone. If you snoozed, you losed (yes, we know that's not a word, but "lost" didn't rhyme). On a related note, Monolith, which added Chromeo to the line-up last week, earned a nod from Outside Magazine as one of the best summer music fests. Yay, Monolith!For a limited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Update: Cephalic Carnage tours with Mayhem

    In news that's sure to have local metal fans googling airfare before they even finishing reading this post, we just learned that Cephalic Carnage has been tapped to support Mayhem's upcoming North American tour, fittingly dubbed Blackened Fest. Seems right, as Cephalic is pretty much the only band b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (11/17/08-11/21/08)

    Leave the Gun. Take the cannoli. All eyes -- or ears, rather -- in the music world, including ours, were on Chinese Democracy this week. Most of us honestly never thought we'd live to see the release of the mythical Guns N' Roses record, and now that we had a chance to listen to it all the way thro ... More >>

  • Music

    August 7, 2008

    Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground

    Tuesday, August 12, Marquis Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    Do Make Say Think

    Thursday, November 8, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2007
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    April 19, 2007
  • Music

    November 9, 2006


    Tuesday, November 14, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 1-866-455-2263.

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    Casper & the Cookies

    Thursday, September 7, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

  • Music

    February 9, 2006

    Star Power

    Canada has a wealth of emerging Stars these days.

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Call of the Wild

    Tweaked and irreverent, Caribou's digital psychedelia refuses to be tamed.

  • Music

    December 2, 2004
  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    The Arcade Fire

    Funeral (Merge)

  • News

    April 11, 2002

    A Really Rocky Start

    Helton's anemia and pitchers' schizophrenia aren't the only clouds over Coors Field.

  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    The Sunshine Fix

    Age of the Sun (Emperor Norton)

  • Calendar

    October 12, 2000

    Take 23

    The Denver Internation Film Festival opens this Thursday.

  • Calendar

    June 1, 2000

    Under Le Big Top

    Shut off your brain and watch Cirque du Soleil.

  • News

    July 29, 1999
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    April 1, 1999
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    February 19, 1998
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    April 24, 1997
  • Music

    February 27, 1997

    Sister Act

    Kate & Anna McGarrigle on their continuing family affair.

  • News

    August 1, 1996
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    September 20, 1995
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    August 16, 1995
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