• Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    Noise music can be accessible and inclusive, as Denver Noise Fest proved

    Denver Noise Fest is now one of the biggest of its kind in the country. And it isn't just harsh noise. The lineup did not just feature circuit-bending academics. The Festival was a celebration of a love for weird noises, by a wide-ranging group of generous artists.

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    The Denver Noise Fest 2014 lineup, featuring David Wright and Mark Hosler of Negativland

    Denver Noise Fest just announced the line-up for its 2014 festival, running Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26. The annual festival is one of the largest and most eclectic of its type in the country. Both nights will feature an eclectic array of noise artists from across the country. And the " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Grammy winner Libby Larsen will work with CU Opera on A Wrinkle in Time

    The work of composer Libby Larsen is some of the most performed in American history. She created more than 500 pieces of music -- and more than fifty CDs -- spanning every major genre, from opera and chorus, to orchestral and classical. USA Today referred to her as "the only English-speaking compose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk on how his sets have become more complicated over the years

    Girl Talk (due this Saturday, June 23 on the Westword Music Showcase Main Stage) started when Gregg Gillis was earning his degree in biomedical engineering. Eventually Girl Talk took up enough of Gillis's time to become a full time endeavor. Although influenced in part by early mash-ups, Gillis was ... More >>

  • Music

    April 21, 2011
  • Music

    October 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Warlock Pinchers: An extensive oral history straight from the jokers' mouth

    ​Few bands in the annals of underground music in Denver have garnered as much notoriety as Warlock Pinchers. Beginning in 1987, the Pinchers made a name for themselves early on as a charmingly obnoxious outfit of musical pranksters whose legacy of creative mischief is as memorable as its shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    The iPad launch is tomorrow. Here's five awesome music apps.

    ​ We're all pretty well aware that the iPad launches tomorrow, and while your standing in line at the Cherry Creek Mall waiting for yours, we'll be busy banging drum sticks on a stone tablet wishing we were you. Just because we're not getting one, however, hasn't stopped us from drooling at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Today's Featured Event: Lost Film Festival

    VJ Scott Beibin's Lost Film Festival is a law unto itself. Although it can be loosely compared to work by such artists as Negativland, Pee-wee Herman or the Marx Brothers, its anti-corporate vibe and array of topics addressed puts the Lost Film Festival firmly into its own category. That being said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Freaky Friday: Smearballs

    Today's weekly look at the wonderful world of WTF is brought to us by Smearballs. It's a mind-melting video mashup that puts me in mind of the classic audio collage genius of Negativland, only with an added video element that pushes it to the next level of bizarrely awesome. It's just the thing to s ... More >>

  • Music

    November 27, 2008


    Tuesday and Wednesday, December 2 and 3, Old Main Chapel, CU-Boulder, free.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Free Negativland Shows at CU's Old Main Theatre

    Just received word from Nat Kramer, the former host of Radio 1190's Rude Awakening morning show, who's also a co-founder of the Media Production Consortium, that Negativland -- the San Franciso-based band best known for its widely-publicized tiff with U2 -- will be playing two back-to-back shows on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    The blog shortcut, November 20 edition

    Thirsty? Bring your checkbook. Let it blog, let it blog, let it blog. Today in Cafe Society: • Try the $1,000 martini at Capital Grille. • The Cooler is very cool. • Shazam! Shazz Cafe suddenly appears. • Veggie Girl has a happy hour at Dazzle. • The naked truth about the Partida Tequil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    This Just In 11/20-12/3

    John Legend visits the Paramount Theatre January 8. There's a bit more action this week with concert announcements, including John Legend's January 8 show at the Paramount, Galactic's Valentine's Day show at Fillmore and a bunch of good shows at the Bluebird. Celine Dion's show originally schedule ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    The Best Soul-Blues Album Covers and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Sometimes, you can judge a book by it's cover -- or an album, at least. A look at thirteen soul-blues albums, a genre that's mastered the art of capturing the record's flavor with a perfect cover.

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008
  • Music

    May 24, 2007

    Girl Talk

    Gregg Gillis cant understand what all the fuss is about.

  • Music

    April 14, 2005


    Sexyharrassment (Panda Candy)

  • Music

    March 17, 2005


    Getting the skinny on Fatboy Slim.

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Critic's Choice

    Colonial Excess

  • Music

    May 6, 2004

    DJ Danger Mouse

    The Grey Album (Self-released)

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

    For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Consumer Aborts

    Don't look for DJ Spooky's new CD in his slot at the record store. It's not for sale.

  • Music

    May 22, 2003

    The Evolution Control Committee

    Plagiarythm Nation (Evolution Controlled Creations/Seeland)

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

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

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2002
  • Music

    February 21, 2002


    Over the Edge Vol. 4: Dick Vaughn's Moribund Music of the '70s (Seeland)

  • Music

    January 17, 2002

    Dada Knows Best

    Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

  • Music

    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2001
  • Music

    March 15, 2001

    Hoax, Lies and Audio

    John Vanderslice is an excellent musician and songwriter. He's also a pretty good prankster.

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    Strange Vibrations

    Sound tumblers Chris Cutler and Thomas Dimuzio flirt with the fault line.

  • Music

    October 5, 2000


    Lawyers rock and roll.

  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Wrap It Up

    Harvesting a summer crop of local releases.

  • News

    August 17, 2000


    Alternative rockers are getting behind Alternative Radio.

  • Music

    May 18, 2000

    Postivly Negativ

    Sampling ad infinitum with America's sonic outlaws.

  • Music

    August 19, 1999


    The ABCs of Anarchism

  • Music

    October 22, 1998

    Creep Show

    The joys of navigating Creeper Lagoon.

  • Music

    May 21, 1998

    The Shock of the New

    Neon Renaissance wants to change the way Denverites hear music.

  • Music

    May 14, 1998

    Notes From the Underground

    Musical crime and punishment with Little Fyodor.

  • Music

    September 7, 1994