If you think about it, The Wire and Breaking Bad are the Biggie and 2Pac of televised dramas. Equally revered, the two shows have similarities that are obvious, and there's a reason that one always invariably comes up in conversation about the other. What's more striking, through, are the pronounced ... More >>
Get ready for The Kid, starring Joey McIntyre of the cult-favorite supergroup New Kids on the Block, which will have its world premiere in Denver this week. Earlier this month, on the heels of the act's massive, fifty-city tour, McIntyre and Denver Center Attractions announced that they were teaming ... More >>
We've got another great month of jazz on tap for January with a number of great shows, including saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Freddy Cole (Nat "King" Cole's brother), who will be at Dazzle for two-nights, as well as dates from the Uri Caine Trio, the Latin Jazz All Stars and Greg Garrison, who ... More >>
Cleo Parker Robinson is a Denver institution. Her dance company is now in its fifth decade, and tonight will perform the long-forgotten Southland, which Katherine Dunham had danced more than sixty years ago. This production should be a real revelation, but when we spoke with Cleo about the dance, ... More >>
Update (2/24/12): Barry Fey video montage added below. All is right with the universe this morning. We have a pair of Grammy winners in our midst, and as it should be, Harry Tuft and Barry Fey are now officially part of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. While we didn't stick around until the very en ... More >>
This week in local hip-hop, we have a bunch of new tracks from a fresh new face, Kid Plat, as well as some others we're already familiar with, including a food-heavy cut from Turner Jackson, a nostalgia-tinged track from the Roadside Profits, and a very grown-up collaboration featuring Haven, ... More >>
Stop! You don't have to!So we're well into the Christmas season, and chances are good you're getting a bit tired of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby and the Time-Life Christmas collection in general. What had been a charming return to familiar holiday standards -- and perhaps the only reason to ... More >>
A couple of nights ago, we had the absolute pleasure of seeing William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun do a rendition of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on Lopez Tonight that made our hearts cream with loving ecstasy. We have no clue what to actually think of Lin Yu Chin (other than that the internet seems t ... More >>
This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. Part two features "Reissues and ... More >>
Moving Hedda Gabler ahead several generations gives the play new life.
Sheryl Renee recognizes her favorites.
The hits just keep coming on radio.
Nat King Cole & Me makes phat music but thin drama.
Cleo Parker Robinson interprets Mary Lou's Mass
A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.
Mongolian throat singers bring very, very old-timey music to Denver.
Eee-O 11: The Best of the Rat Pack / Live at the Sands (Capitol)
Wong Kar-Wai continues to create impressive depth without relying on...a plot!
The Bright Midnight Sampler: 14 Songs/8 Concerts (Bright Midnight Records/Rhino Handmade), Various Artists Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors (Elektra)
You're Sensational: Cole Porter in the '20s, '40s, & '50s/Cole Porter Centennial Collection, Volume 2 (Indiana Historical Society/Koch International Classics)
Monica Janzen had a great voice, a solid band and a new record. She also had breast cancer.
Bandleader Sam Bivens brings six decades of jazz history to Turk's Supper Club.
This year's holiday CDs alternately inspire joy, nausea and terror. Which would you prefer?
The Subdudes may be grounded, but Magpie's flying high.
Beatles producer George Martin tries to pass along the wisdom of the ages.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
The best holiday discs, as well as others that will make you pity the yule.
The King of juju makes party music with a message.
A list of the lousiest songs a guy ever loved.
Jim Garner wanted to murder his wife, Dana. Even from the grave, he may get his way.
Before you declare yourself a Grammy expert, let Backbeat test your skills.
Great musical moments in Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon history.
THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS DISCS PROVIDE SOME ROUGH SLEDDING.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY TO CATCH REGGAE'S EEK-A-MOUSE.
THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS BAUBLES? ASK THE PEOPLE WHO SHOP FOR THEM.