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    June 12, 2014

    Devo's Jerry Casale: "All you can do, really, is try to contribute to the horror as little as possible."

    To the uninitiated, Devo is just some '80s band with funny hats who did that "Whip It" song that occasionally gets a nod on Family Guy or something. To the slightly wiser, they were the basis of Weird Al's mind-bending original "Dare to Be Stupid." Such a person might start getting to know the sound ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Photos: Ten toughest Best of Denver categories to win again -- and the current champs

    We're building up to our annual Best of Denver issue, and we need your help. Click to nominate your faves for Best of Denver 2014 in our readers poll. As you'll see, the poll includes our most popular categories in food, music, nightlife and more. But which are the toughtest to win two years in a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this weekend

    SAT | CAT POWER at GOTHIC THEATRE | 11/23/13 Cat Power is the sometimes solo, sometimes full-band, project of Chan Marshall. Although born in Atlanta, Marshall made her way to New York City in the early 1990s and became involved in the underground music scene in the Big Apple. In 1993, Marshall earn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Repertory Cinema Wishlist: The Last Waltz

    Guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson of The Band turned seventy this month, and that milestone got me thinkng about The Last Waltz. Some folks call it the "best concert movie ever made," and it has a lot going for it in that respect: Martin Scorcese, who has a deep feel for the power of music on fi ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Dazzle

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Jon Solomon hosted at Dazzle this past Saturday. Keep reading for some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    More and more, you've probably noticed an influx of Internet jukeboxes, the kind that offer a seemingly endless assortment of songs, cropping up in bars. But there are still a handful of spots rocking old school CD jukeboxes that require a bit of taste-making. Here's the ten best, including this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy turns forty

    Led Zeppelin was already a record-setting global powerhouse when Atlantic Records released their fifth album, Houses of the Holy, on March 28, 1973. The English quartet had laid down the basic tracks for the record in the spring of 1972 at the Rolling Stones' mobile recording studio at Stargroves, a ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    The five best jail-inspired musician memoirs

    Pop culture incrementally improved the chances that books would outlive CDs when news spread that Lil Wayne had inked a deal to write a memoir about the eight months he spent locked up on gun charges. Titled Gone 'Til November, the book is scheduled to be released in May. While the hip-hop blogosphe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Ten best concerts in Colorado this weekend, Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2

    Welcome to the (long) weekend! As the summer heat continues, so do the shows. There's a great variety to choose from over the next few days, a healthy mix of imports and exports. We have them all listed in our massive concert calendar. If you're feeling industrious, print that bad boy out and break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Black Joe Lewis: "I always just figured I'd play the type of music I enjoy listening to."

    Black Joe Lewis (due tomorrow at the Westword Music Showcase on the mainstage) isn't one to make fancy comparisons to the musical legacies of blues giants and soul progenitors. Lewis and his band, formerly known as the Honeybears, have earned comparisons to everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Muddy Waters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    Just as music collections say a lot about people, a jukebox can do the same for a bar; it often reflect the place's personality. A lot of times, variety is key to a well-stocked jukebox, and 3 Kings Tavern, this year's winner in the Best of Denver, had that with balls, to boot. Here's a look at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2011

    Review: Social Distorion at the Ogden Theatre, 12/3/11

    Eric GruneisenThe unmistakable guitar of Mike Ness of Social Distortion, last night at the Ogden Theatre.​SOCIAL DISTORTION at the OGDEN THEATRE | 12/3/11Early on in Social Distortion's Friday night show at the Ogden, the first of a three-night stand, frontman Mike Ness thanked the crowd for c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Ooh, la la! How Paris on the Platte became the "rive gauche" of Denver

    ​We'll always have Paris. Paris on the Platte will be celebrating its 25th anniversary all weekend, with two days of music and memories starting at 8:30 p.m. tonight, and continuing tomorrow. In anticipation of the celebration, DT has already shared his memory of learning to smoke at Paris, r ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Review: Willie Nelson at Red Rocks, 6/21/2011

    ​WILLIE NELSON at RED ROCKS | 06.21.11"While Willie Nelson is still a solid player and performer, seeing him these days is about nostalgia for a lot of people. These aren't the best versions of songs like "Crazy" and "Aint It Funny," but seeing Nelson up on stage performing them is as heartwar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    RIP Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart

    ​The music world is a little less surreal this week. Don Van Vliet, better known to fans as Captain Beefheart, died from complications tied to multiple sclerosis in California on Friday. He was 69 years old. Beefheart is survived by his wife of forty years, Jan Van Vliet -- and by a musical le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    The Heavy's Kelvin Swaby talks about the band's music, Jim Jarmusch and Marmite.

    Joshua BradleyThe Heavy appears tonight at the Bluebird with Wallpaper​ The Noid isn't just that pesky pizza-chilling character from old Domino's commercials from the '80s. It's a region of England from which the neo-soul, garage rock band known as The Heavy hails. Fronted by the charismatic ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010
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    August 15, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Going to the Theater

    Photo: Jon Solomon Nothing like going to the theater. I almost never go to plays. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a well-written drama or a well-staged theatrical piece, but the artifice of acting is often a bit too – well – artificial for my tastes. This is odd, actually, because when it come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    The Rap-Up: Apostle, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mos Def, Beyonce

    In the fall of 2006, A.P.O.S.T.L.E. - aka Jeff Campbell -- left Denver for San Francisco with his crew, Heavyweight Dub Champion, with hopes of making a bigger splash outside the Mile High City. Fast forward to spring 2008, Apostle is no longer working with Heavyweight Dub Champion and released his ... More >>

  • Music

    February 7, 2008

    Red Holloway Takes Center Stage

    From Sonny Stitt to Jack McDuff, this saxman has played with some of jazz's finest.

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2007

    Best 2007 - Houston: Teeing Off with Scarface

    As touted in this week's Backbeat, music editors from across the country asked luminaries from our respective towns to tell us what music they loved this year. Their picks appear below and on the subsequent pages. Remember how everyone thought Snoop Dogg wearing golf gear in 2004's Starsky & Hutc ... More >>

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    November 12, 2007
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    October 25, 2007
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    July 26, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 7/26/2007

  • Music

    March 15, 2007


    After conquering the Great White North, this Canadian MC has his sites set on America.

  • Music

    August 17, 2006

    Buddy Plan

    Blues master Buddy Guy searches for a place in today's music industry.

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Two Woodies

    A Medeski, Martin & Wood member branches out.

  • Music

    October 6, 2005

    Reel to Real

    Live From Ebbets Field brings classic concerts back to life.

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    Bluesman Walking

    Consummate sideman Eddie Turner steps into the spotlight.

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2003

    Classic Revisited

    Colorado Ballet's Don Quixote rides again

  • Music

    July 10, 2003

    The Beatdown

    Damn right, Brendan's has got the blues.

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    Muzak to My Ears

    Elevator music is looking up.

  • Music

    March 23, 2000

    Master of the Universe

    Mix Master Mike wants you to know how the tables turn.

  • Music

    May 6, 1999

    Good Times, Gangsta Style

    The Hard Knock Life tour puts on a happy face.

  • Music

    May 28, 1998
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    March 5, 1998

    Say What?

    The Very Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Love of A3 preaches the American gospel in a rather foreign tongue.

  • Music

    August 28, 1997


    Outstanding in His Field The recordings of Alan Lomax dig up the roots of American music.

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    August 14, 1997
  • Music

    July 17, 1997

    A Blast From the Past

    Onetime Blasters guitarist Dave Alvin makes tradition sound new again.

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    April 3, 1997
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    October 10, 1996
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    May 16, 1996
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    April 18, 1996
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    December 6, 1995
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