A group of firefighters with yellow walkie talkies swaying at their chests were examining the new on-site structures at the first show at a renovated Fiddler's Green Ampitheatre. They wanted to ensure that they were familiar with the new facilities in case they were called to the scene in the future ... More >>
Talk about throwback Thursday! Tonight The Lobby is hosting its second annual New Kids on the Block, an '80s-themed, beercentric party. New Kids on the Block features the best and youngest -- breweries that have been around for under two years -- of Denver's craft-brewing scene. See also: Beer ca ... More >>
Colorado Craft Beer Week kicked off last Friday at the Governor's Mansion, where our brewer-in-chief, John Hickenlooper, toasted the brewing industry in the state and unveiled three draft handles that will now serve the historic home. But the events at breweries, restaurants and bars around the stat ... More >>
Bryan Jansing and Paul Vismara, who've been slinging suds at the Falling Rock Taphouse for years, will release their book, Italy: Beer Country The Story of Italian Craft Beer, in a couple weeks with a couple of launch parties. The fully-illustrated book covers the "story of the Italian craft beer mo ... More >>
Governor John Hickenlooper, co-founder of the Wynkoop Brewing Company, signed legislation this week that will continue to fund the Rural Economic Development Initiative, a program that "encourages local governments and businesses to join forces to develop community infrastructure and private facilit ... 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 >>
You awkwardly danced to "End of the Road" at your middle school dances. You sang along to "I'll Make Love to You" on the radio, even if you didn't fully understand the subject matter. "Motownphilly" will always be back again. After taking a break for several years, the Boyz behind these early '90s ... More >>
MELVINS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | MON, 7/15/13 Since 1983, the Melvins have been perfecting their brand of influential rock, inspired in part by punk and in part by the music Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover grew up hearing as kids in the '60s and '70s. With the Melvins, the two have taken that sound to dif ... More >>
The biggest show announcement this week actually came last week -- talking about Prince at the Ogden, of course -- but there's a whole bunch of other new shows to let you know about this week, including Keith Urban at Red Rocks, Lamb of God at the Boulder Theater, John Mayer at Red Rocks and Ke$ha a ... More >>
The New Kids on the Block Party, part of Colorado Craft Beer Week, went down last Saturday night at the Lobby American Grille, and being there was like being in a cold beer time machine. The point was to celebrate breweries that have opened in Colorado in the past two years -- the new kids -- but it ... More >>
Left Hand Brewing pulled out all the stops on Saturday with Hops & Handrails, a family-friendly beer festival featuring 23 Colorado breweries, live music, local food, and a 25-foot-high ski and snowboard ramp that was built just for the occasion. Check out our photos of the event or click the link t ... More >>
Colorado Craft Beer Week, which runs through March 24, is in full swing (and you can find some highlights in our calendar on the next page), but there's plenty of other beer news pouring out. On Monday, in advance of next weekend's annual Craft Brewers Conference, the Boulder-based Brewers Associati ... More >>
It's March 2013 -- at least according to the calendar. If you went by the concert calendar for the past few weeks, however, you'd swear it's the mid to late '90s. P!NK, Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster, Darius Rucker. If you're already nostalgic for the ... More >>
Well, here we are, at the end of the road of lyrical idiocy. As our countdown to crappiness finally culminates, we've trained our eye on some of the greatest lyricists in rock, who during select moments, greatly disappointed us with their valueless verse. These lyrics are all bad on their own terms, ... More >>
The Mountain Sun group of pubs in Boulder and Denver have always been quirky (they don't take credit cards, for instance), but the clear, oversized mason jars they use instead of growlers have long frustrated fans who want to take their beer to go. Mountain Sun's delicious beer goes flat fast in the ... More >>
We already told you about a pair of killer shows at Red Rocks this summer, a double bill featuring two generations of shock rockers, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, and another featuring the National and Local Natives, but there's a bunch of other new shows this week to tell you about, including a ... More >>
Join us as we go further down the rabbit hole of cringe-worthy rock lyrics, making our way through an underselling David Lee Roth, a culture war waged by Avril Lavigne, a melodramatic suicide note from Blink 182, some lumpy Black Eyed Peas and Chinese food that makes LFO sick, while Bob Dylan and th ... More >>
Can craft beer and yoga co-exist? "You bet your flexible-ass they can," says Adrienne Rinaldi, who runs BrewAsanas, a one-hour yoga class that rotates between different breweries in the metro area and is always followed by a beer. Billed as a an introduction to both Vinyasa yoga and good beer, Brew ... More >>
So this one summer before New Kids on the Block made all the girls (who are all middle aged moms now -- meditate on that for a minute) swoon like no other, the dudes did an in-store at the mall in Cheyenne. I was there. My best friend was a DJ at the station presenting the meet and greet, and so we ... More >>
Pop music is cyclical. With the absence of one niche pop artist arises another: Look at what Lady Gaga did when Madonna was absent from the scene for so long. What has pop music been missing recently? Boy bands. 'N Sync, the world's most revered boy band -- bar the Beatles, pop's first boy band, w ... More >>
See also: Super Bowl commercials: Elton John, Flava Flav, Echo and the Bunnymen and more and Video: M.I.A. flips off Super Bowl audience during halftime show Judging by the voluminous groans echoing across the country, word is spreading that Madonna will be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, ... More >>
No, Justin. Please stop. On this eve of the release of Justin Bieber's movie, Never Say Never, I felt it would be an appropriate time to discuss how I feel about him. Simply put, Justin Bieber makes me uncomfortable. This is not a dislike of him as a person or a hatefulness toward his music, ... More >>
Smile!Lindsay Lohan may or may not go to prison (again) because she may or may not have assaulted a staff member of the rehab facility she's staying in. Her parents must be so proud. Oh, wait... never mind. Lohan, whose music career was brief and mostly predicated upon cleavage, joins a panth ... More >>
We found the above gem while wandering around the comic store yesterday -- it appears to be some type of (unauthorized?) biography of Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, mom didn't give us enough loot to actually buy it, so we'll never know for sure. What we do know, however, is that this isn't the f ... More >>
Royce Da 5'9" remembers that new mom smellThe lowest common denominator having been achieved in 2005 with the release of the Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business, popular musicians have had to work extra hard in recent years to find new and inventive ways to be inane. They found great success in ... More >>
A number of shows were announced this week, including New Kids on the Block (Wednesday, July 15, Fiddler's Green), Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald (Monday, July 6, Paramount Theatre), Loretta Lynn (Wednesday, June 10, Paramount Theatre) and Reggae on the Rocks featuring Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squa ... 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 R ... More >>
The nature of print media is strange these days. Pages shrivel and shrink, then disappear altogether, while paid positions dry up like teens on Proactiv, resulting in a frenzied scramble toward writers and editors doing more with less, pissed off at their frozen salaries yet unable to bitch about i ... More >>
These Kids are looking a little grizzled... Here's a convenient, one-stop guide to all the great content you might have overlooked this week on Backbeat Online while you were preoccupied with the alarming news that New Kids on the Block had reunited and released a new album, despite the fact they h ... More >>
To shake the teen-idol stigma, Tiffany bared her breast assets.
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Boston-based singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick lets Freedom ring on a new recording.
A trio of records from Triage
KBCO's Bret Saunders is taking on the shock jocks -- and winning.
The Pet Shop Boys maintain their pop pedigree with a new album and tour.
Just in time for Lollapalooza, a list of the albums you need to understand electronica.
Three new reissues serve as reminders of how good country music can be.
Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.