A few spectacularly heavy hitters come to Colorado this week -- both Nick Cave and Merle Haggard are in town. Sharon Van Etten, playing Tuesday at the Bluebird, has plenty to show for her own relatively short career. You can read our extensive interview with her elsewhere on Backbeat this morning. ... More >>
The Black Lips are heading to Denver April 2 in support their new album Underneath The Rainbow and also a new documentary featuring their 2012 tour of that took them through Egypt, Cypress, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Watching this rough yet intimate look at what it's like fo ... More >>
Michael Paglia visits the Denver Art Museum in this week's art review, taking in Nick Cave: Sojourn, which is part of Spun: Adventures in Textiles, the museum's multi-departmental tribute to fiber. The show focuses on several of Cave's sculptures, as well as his unique Soundsuits. Continue reading f ... More >>
The world -- or at least the Western Hemisphere -- has come to Denver for the Biennial of the Americas. And tomorrow, July 19, the city gets its big chance to show off at Denver Night, night, when artist Nick Cave will transform Civic Center Park. Cave has an exhibition up at the Denver Art Museum, ... More >>
Last Friday night, a breathless crowd of lucky ticketholders, mostly Denver Art Museum members, took their seats in the DAM's Ponti Hall for one of the museum's most anticipated events of the year: an exclusive performance featuring the famed Chicago artist's Soundsuit creations, wearable art pieces ... More >>
Whether it's laughter, beers or dancing you're after this weekend (and really, you should be looking for all three), Denver has them in abundance. And you won't have to shell out lots of money for fun events that range from a comedy show to a beer fest to a Solstice dance party: We've rounded up ten ... More >>
Nick Cave moves elegantly, like a dancer or maybe a panther; when he's in a room filled with his work, you can feel the reciprocal magic of a man communing with his own creations. Famous for his Soundsuits -- fanciful sound-making costumes for dancers, on a variety of themes -- Cave is not only evol ... More >>
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4/3/13 The most mythical moment of Nick Cave's set last night at the Ogden Theatre came at the end when the band performed "Stagger Lee," a re-casting of the Mississippi John Hurt classic "The Ballad of Stagger Lee." With lurid lighting and theatrical flo ... More >>
BOB SEGER @ PEPSI CENTER | TUES, 4/2/13 While Bob Seger might be immortalized by his long-running Chevy ads that featuring "Like a Rock" and the scene in Risky Business where Tom Cruise sings along to "Old Time Rock and Roll," there's a lot more to the guy than that. He's carved out a spot in the ro ... More >>
Late last week, the Denver Art Museum let the crazy dancers out of the bag: The DAM announced that fifteen out of 120 hopefuls who auditioned for artist Nick Cave last month will perform in Cave's fantastical Soundsuits in June, alongside dancers from local professional troupes. See also: - Dancin ... More >>
SXSW is not a music festival so much as it is an experiment in excess. If Coachella is a glass of water that keeps getting bigger until it more resembles a kiddie pool, then SXSW is a flood with a neglected cup somewhere in the middle. The natural result is rampant crowds and ever more rampant lame ... More >>
This June, Nick Cave -- not the Bad Seeds Nick Cave, but the Chicago-based artist Nick Cave -- will transform the Denver Art Museum into a living garden of the fantabulous moving costumes he creates with Nick Cave: Sojourn, an exhibit of forty works, including twenty Soundsuits. And what are Sounds ... More >>
As the winter chill finally thaws (work with us here -- we know it's still below freezing right now) and gives way to the hopefulness and fertility of spring, the upcoming concert season is likewise bursting with promise. Coming off one of the best years for live music in recent memory, the lineup i ... More >>
Since the beginning of the year, The Flaming Lips (due Wednesday, August 3 at Red Rocks) have been collaborating with a number of artists from Neon Indian, Prefuse 73, Lightning Bolt and Nick Cave, as well as releasing their own material in unconventional methods like USB drives embedded in g ... More >>
Earlier this week, Nick Cave responded to accusations that he nicked the basis of the song "Palaces of Montezuma" from a tune by some guy named Frank Duffy called "Grey Man." It seems absurd someone as versatile as Cave would intentionally borrow a lick or two from another song. Any similarities ... More >>
Rumors have been swirling recently that Nick Cave may have signed on to rewrite the screenplay for The Crow remake (ouch that sentence hurts our heads). Cave is a favorite around here for his music, but we're a bit hard pressed to find anyone who's actually made it through a piece of his fict ... More >>
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis nabbed the top spot at Wax Trax this week with their evocative score of John Hillcoat's film The Road, based the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. Tracks from the soundtrack also appear on the two-CD White Lunar, a compilation of the duo's soundtrack work fro ... More >>
Radio 1190's The Local Shakedown, Vol. 3, a two-CD collection of 41 Colorado bands released last week, topped the charts at Wax Trax, for the week ending October 18. Coming in second was Run Rabbit Run, in which New York-based string quartet Osso reinterprets Sufan Stevens' 2001 album Enjoy Your ... More >>
Photo: Jon Solomon Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Friday, September 26, 2008 Ogden Theatre Better than: Anything that has ever come out of Australia. Nick Cave handily disproved the notion that rock and roll is a young man’s game this past Friday night at the Ogden Theatre. Taking the stage backed b ... More >>
Let your gaze linger on the '70s-tastic porn-style mustache on Nick Cave. There are other blogs on this site than just the ones below. Here's how to find them. Backbeat Online delivers sad news about the death of Sharon Rawles, a beloved mainstay on the local music scene. On the brighter side, th ... More >>
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Nik Freitas Sun Down Team Love Records 01:00-01:45 of “Sun Down” “Sun Down” sounds like what would happen if a 14-year-old boy only owned two records, Harry Nilsson’s The Point and N’Sync’s N’Sync. What comes out of that is an adorable little song that sounds like it’s made for an ... More >>
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