The Berkeley neighborhood went back to the '80s this weekend when Totally Tennyson took over the Tennyson Street strip from 35th to 46th avenues for a street crawl and party that ended with live music and a high-stakes costume contest at the Oriental Theater. Photographer Marissa Shevins brought bac ... More >>
Government shut down got you down? There, there, friend. Rest easy. Forget about the Tea Party upheaval for a minute. There's more pressing T's to cross right now, like seeing you an figure out which T said what from the quotes below. Now this quiz isn't as random as you might think. Laurence Turead ... More >>
As Denver Pridefest came to a close Sunday, many people pulled out their most colorful rainbow gear or their most over-the-top fashion. A few individuals did it uniquely, in their own interpretation of being proud. One of those people is local starving artist, Jesse Briata, who wore a mix of floral ... More >>
With the sun heating up Denver to a smolder during the day, some of the best fashion comes out at night. Case in point: local pedicab driver Ox Lox, who was spotted rocking a mix of unkempt clothes and tasteful accessories. Read on to learn his style icons, his favorite director and his style mantra ... More >>
This year's Denver Comic Con took over the Colorado Convention Center last weekend, and thousands of costumes filled the huge arena. Amid the superheroes and fanboys were pop-culture references from the 1980s, including at least one Mr. T doppelgänger. Information technologist Andy Gray dressed up ... More >>
It's been almost three years since I checked out Pure's original location, on Bannock just south of the Denver Art Museum. Since then, the shop has expanded to two other locations quietly selling cannabis with what seems like little to no media presence. No cannabis cups and no obnoxious Internet ad ... More >>
We all know him as the witty hybrid of Johnny Carson and George Carlin; the anti-religion, anti-South, pro-drug, pro-leather suit godfather of televised political satire. But did you know that there was once a whole decade where Bill Maher was as cool and relevant as Tim Allen at a Sleigh Bells conc ... More >>
Update: The Tim Tebow to the Jets trade spent only a brief time in limbo yesterday. The Broncos and the Jets eventually agreed to split a $5 million payment required by a contract clause, resulting in The Chosen One's ticket being punched for the Big Apple, and an even brighter spotlight. For more o ... More >>
Slap Shot 2: Number 28.The sports movie is rarely versatile: an outsider, or group of outsiders (wrong race, wrong gender, wrong species), have uncanny talent in their field, but the old guard (typically, white, old men), don't like the change the new person represents. So the rebels have to ... More >>
The announcements highlighting Colorado's big wins at the Great American Beer Festival have been coming fast and furious from local breweries since the three-day event ended on Saturday. But nothing was as entertaining as the correction/clarification issued by Oskar Blues concerning its three-medal ... More >>
Pictured here with last year's losers.Though I generally favor dynamic action over quiet contemplation, when I do ponder life's more pressing philosophical questions, I basically make it my policy to punch the shit out of them with my mind-fist. And so, as the days grow shorter and the nights ... More >>
Jon JonesOutside the eight-sided ring on September 24 at the Pepsi Center, between $12 and $18 million will be generated by the Ultimate Fighting Championship when it returns to Denver. "It's cool to be back here where the first one started," said UFC President Dana White at a press conferen ... More >>
Marketing stuff to kids is pretty easy -- which is why the government prevented tobacco companies from doing it -- even subtly, supposedly accidentally -- a few years back. McDonald's Happy Meals are the latest to feel their knuckles rapped by this particular ruler -- the obesity epidemic am ... More >>
Poor Vincent Van-Peep -- with only one ear...This week's scheduled trial of Carol "Chay" Burdick, who was threatened with eviction over a Peeps-centric Easter display, has been delayed -- which didn't stop Stephen Colbert from grilling Burdick's lawyer, John Pineau, on the Wednesday episode o ... More >>
Awkward, fumbling celebrity rap is a very special category of Freaky Friday, and it's been a while since we featured one (Mr. T's "Treat Your Mother Right," August 28). That's why we're extra excited to bring you today's offering, which has the added bonus of being seasonal. How awesome is th ... More >>
Part life lesson, part novelty rap and all awesome, this entry into the canon of freak comes from '80s icon Mr. T. It's hard to believe now, in the cold hard light of not-the-'80s, but for whatever reason Mr. T was quite the phenomenon back in the day. He was the breakout star of the A-Team, ... More >>
I used to love Mr. T cereal....Pity those fools. Today in Backbeat Online: • Freaky Friday: "Treat Your Mother Right." • Q&A with John Osborne of KingBilly. • Last Night: Desolation Wilderness at Rhinoceropolis. • The Denver Boot: Lion Sized at the Larimer Lounge -- 08/02/09. • Fiv ... More >>
When a candy specifies bodily harm in its name, it's pretty much manly. In the most recent Esquire, Chris Jones extols the virtues of Jujubes, calling them "the only candy a man should eat." This, of course, is utter bullshit, as are his claims that they should be pronounced "joo-joobs," whi ... More >>
Denver District Court Judge Larry Naves played the tough guy last week when he issued his ruling in the Ward Churchill case -- not only refusing to give the controversial former University of Colorado prof his job back, but also tossing the entire lawsuit, determining that the CU Board of Regents w ... More >>
Referee Steve Javie reassures Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Yeah, yeah, given the non-call that helped the Nuggets win game three of their playoff series against the Mavericks on Saturday, complaining about the officiating in the Mavs' 119-117 victory last night seems churlish. But there's no denyin ... More >>
In this week's edition of Rough Mixes, we printed excerpts of Tom Murphy's recent chat with Dave Dictor from MDC. As you'll see from the full transcript posted after the jump, the band's frontman is still very much an iconoclast championing ideals that are as provactive as the revolving moniker of h ... More >>
Jackson Browne thinks McCain is a dick (ed. note: this is pure conjecture) Here's a friendly one-stop guide to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were wondering how the hell John McCain thought he could get away with using a song -- without permission ... More >>
Rage Against the Machine. Praise blog. Backbeat Online has the lineup for a free show featuring none other than Rage Against the Machine that's slated to take place during the Democratic National Convention, plus a downloadable tune by the Fire Drills and John Common's tribute to his Mr. T talkin ... More >>
Man does not live by bread alone but he can try.
Props to whoever was responsible for putting together the Subversiv* Records Tour flier that we snagged from a lamppost at 11th and Broadway this morning. Although the handbill hyping a July 14 date at Old Curtis St. featuring Epic, Brzowski, Matre, DJ Chaps, K the I and Ancient Mith was weathered a ... More >>
This DJ simulator is nothing to rave about.
Tristan & Isolde's clumsy romance may have you craving Shakespeare.
An Irish reporter's story is immortalized as Hollywood truth.
A small tell-all
VHS or Beta inspires communal dance ecstasy and has a good beat. But don't call it disco.
Stephen J. Cannell talks about the write stuff.
This Is the Moment (Decca), The Greatest Hits...Alive (Hip-O)
Highbrow author gaits into the realm of horse sense.