It doesn't take a geek to raise a geek, but it sure helps. My elder daughter will turn 21 this year, and as she reaches the final gateway to adulthood (woohoo, booze!), it's safe to say that just as surely as she got my genes -- sorry about that terrible eyesight, kid -- she also inherited my geekin ... More >>
The past is all the rage and it has been for some time, including in music, where certain sounds can instantly transport the listener to a different place and time. Particularly during childhood and adolescence, these tunes make up the soundtracks to our lives. To some, myself included, such powerfu ... More >>
If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>
Contrary to how it might seem, chiptunes, the music created by hacking old Game Boys, is kind of a pain in the ass to create. If you want to do things the classic way, you'll need to track down an old Game Boy and find a flash cartridge. Once there, you've got a few different software choices, but i ... More >>
It's not everyday you get to see an 8-foot-tall robot made of scrap metal or 2-foot minion playing projecting claymation off of its chest. Luckily, tomorrow, over ten artists will be displaying these and other works in several mediums including sculpture, lights and 2-D art in the robot-theme ... More >>
If you've ever been curious about chiptune music, the music made from video game hardware, but were afraid to go off and get your own hacked Gameboy, then you'll be pleased to hear that Reformat the Planet, 2 Player Productions' documentary about the scene, is now available for free on Hulu. ... More >>
As we're nearing the year-end lull, new releases are getting few and far between. That doesn't mean we didn't track down some awesome stuff this week, though -- in fact, if you've got a love for all things Disney, you're in for one hell of a treat, and if you've ever pretended to like physic ... More >>
Okay, we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon nobody else knew about. "Guilty pleasures" is what most people term these sort of inclinations. Well, here at Backbeat, there's no shame in our game -- assuming, of ... More >>
Tomorrow marks the release of Super Street Fighter IV, which is an exciting moment for any fighting game fan. It probably doesn't seem like much to normal human beings, but after the success of the absolutely awesome Street Fighter IV, it's hard not to get our hadouken's in a twist in excitement. ... More >>
Take two parts freak folk and one part New Wave, filter it through a dying Gameboy, then melt shards of sampled hip-hop into the mix and allow to congeal into something weird. That should give you some idea of what to expect with Hideous Men, one of the latest and most interesting bands to em ... More >>
Eric SkiffResistor AnthemsSelf releasedReleased last year, Eric Skiff's charming Resistor Anthems is a nine tracks of chirping, lo-fi electronic beauty. Reportedly created almost entirely on a borrowed Gameboy hacked into a musical instrument, the album displays an impressive grasp of melody, space ... More >>
Castle of Shikigami III tests the bounds of Wii loyalty
After Michael Tate lost all hope of a family life, he found the Devil.
There's more than one way to play with your Wii.
A clipboard and a camera will get you anywhere -- even on The Real World.
The five biggest attention-getters at E3.
There's nothing rusty about Mega Man X's old-school 'bots.
Billy Nayer launches rock-and-roll stories
Dromedaries bond over string music in a refreshing new docudrama.
Kid 606 separates the beats from the crap.
The weirdest thing about Del tha Funkee Homosapien isn't his mind. It's his ability to get better and better.
The fitness czar fights a losing battle of the bulge with Colorado's porky kids.
The state is finding ways to treat behavioral problems when they first appear -- in daycare.
From South Park to Pokémon, 1999 was almost an American beauty.
Ashley Gray didn't take candy from strangers. She did from her "Uncle Jon."