There's a long history of musicians who suffered from and overcame (or sometimes didn't overcome) crippling shyness, anxiety and stage fright to fulfill their dreams of standing in the spotlight. That spotlight, it's a cruel, uncaring light. So bright. So uncomfortably warm. Everyone's staring at yo ... More >>
Music is life. Or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ho ... More >>
Gateway acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, Josiah Hesse gives up the goods on his Beck jones. There is no way to listen to the music of ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>
Well, lookie here. What you do know? It's the return of Heavy Rotation. Longtime readers of Backbeat will remember this feature as one in which we shared our weekly listening habits in hopes of giving you some insight into our individual sensibilities. It's been dormant for a while, but starting tod ... More >>
Tuesday, August 7, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849.
See Also: - Tonight: Jason Anderson at the hi-dive - The members of Holophrase on working with Ikey Owens on Horizons of Expectation Jason Anderson's startlingly unvarnished yet well-crafted songs and his intimate and charismatic performance style evoke the sense of a compassionate and unpretentio ... More >>
Kill Our Friends
Fellow Creature Recordings
In his best selling book Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman asserts that "the best career move any musician can make is to stop breathing." When examining Kurt Cobain's post-mortem transformation from junkie dad to iconic voice of a generation, Klosterman notes that the suicide told everyone ... More >>
Dengue Fever (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) was born of Zac and Ethan Holtzman's fascination with the pop music that had come out of Cambodia prior to the Khmer Rouge takeover of that country in 1975. Pre-Khmer Rouge Cambodia had a thriving pop and rock scene that was influenced by Western po ... More >>
Monday, March 28, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
It's like mother nature wanted to set the perfect scene for Peter Wolf Crier's first date of it's 2011 tour. The epic snow dump Colorado has been waiting for finally came last night, effectively creating a wintery backdrop for the midwest duo's cuddle-by-the-fire-inducing songs of nostalgia a ... More >>
Saturday, December 11, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Pamela LittkyThese days, the legendary folk-rock band Fairport Convention isn't as widely known as it once was, and yet Richard Thompson, the band's most storied guitarist, is often cited as an influence by a wide range of musicians and frequently included on the short list of the most talent ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. F ... More >>
This Empty Northern Hemisphere
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records t ... More >>
Maybe Waltz EP
The Time Is Now
What does your jukebox selection say about you?
Fast reviews of recent releases
A visit with the rustic troubador at his Niwot farm.
Weighing in on ten of 2006ís most stellar releases.
Whether he thinks so or not, Zach Braff is a tastemaker.
Monday, July 17, Walnut Room, 303-292-1700; Tuesday, July 18, Trilogy Wine Bar, Boulder, 303-473-9463.
Thursday, June 29, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Thursday, February 16, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Saturday, January 28, Trilogy, Boulder, 303-473-9463; Monday, January 30, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, 970-482-8300; Tuesday, January 31, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Devendra Banhart has plenty to Crow about.
White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the year's best pop-rock records.
Saturday, October 30, Climax Lounge, 303-292-5483.
Maybe Waltz (Evelyn)
Tuesday, June 8, Revoluciones, 303-825-3845
Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop)
Circles (Arena Rock Recording Company)
Spoon and Rafter(4AD)
The Lancer Lounge
It's Hard to Find a Friend (Jade Tree)
Ego: Echo (Young God Records)
Knowing how Nick Drake expired helps bring his music to life.
Singer-songwriter Beth Orton has many sides, and she likes them all.
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