• Film

    July 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Poet Hoa Nguyen on Counterpath Press, tarot readings, and the poet as an oracle

    As a poet, Hoa Nguyen writes concise, lyrical poetry that mimics the quality of music, reflecting on grand themes of planetary grief and experiencing the numinous. Her other pursuit, as a reader of tarot cards, deals in many of the same archetypes and patterns. Nguyen will be in town Saturday for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    The ten best music books of 2012

    This year, ambitious new books tackled the lives of music legends from Neil Young to Pete Townshend -- and many of these 2012 releases managed to burst through genres to offer significantly more than the average biography. We at Backbeat explored memoirs, historical surveys, ruminations on philosoph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Moving to Canada to protest the election results? Three things to know about Canadian wine

    No matter who you were pulling for in last night's Presidential contest, if you were on the losing side, you undoubtedly heard more than a few of your disgruntled peeps threaten to move to Canada in protest. Well, before you start packing your bags, we thought it only proper to give you the lowdown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Taylor Swift Denver date set for June 2, 2013

    Taylor Swift fans -- and judging by the enormous first week record sales of Red, her latest platter released last week, that accounts for a great many folks -- will be rejoicing at news that Swift is heading back out on the road this spring (to wit, that means 58 shows in 45 cities in 29 states, 3 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Artist Sara Guindon on her new show, Barkley Towers

    Peek into the partially real, partially imagined world of Barkley Towers at artist Sara Guindon's new show that opens Saturday night. The artist creates beautiful, cartoon-like depictions of characters in everyday situations that all revolve around an apartment complex she lived in when she was grow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Panera Bread's cafe menu needs to rise to the level of its bread

    When I'm walking into a Panera Bread , it's hard for me to remember that I'm not headed into Starbucks. There's the same wafting aroma of espresso and suburban MILF perfume; the same mellow, snoozy music; and the counter employees are so gleeful I wonder if they've been threatened by tasers.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2012

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Outside Lands Festival, 8/10/12

    NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/10/12 The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely th ... More >>

  • Film

    July 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    The Shapeshifter: Skip Armstrong premieres Of Souls Water portrait of kayaker Ben Marr

    This morning Forge Motion Pictures and Carbondale-based filmmaker Skip Armstrong premiered The Shapeshifter online, the third installment in Armstrong's five-part Of Souls Water series profiling paddlers of every stripe and their relationships with the water that connects each of them.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Fiona Apple at the Paramount Theatre on 7/20

    Fiona Apple's coming to the Paramount Theatre on Friday, July 20: With a newly revitalized career thanks to a stint wowing audiences at this year's SXSW and fresh off releasing a brand new album with a notably pithy title (in comparison to When the Pawn..., her 1999 album -- The Idler Wheel is wiser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Team Pit-A-Full passes the halfway mark in its mission to avenge pit bulls

    The city's ban on the pit bull breed has created tension since 1989, but the most recent effort to bring awareness to it (and against it) is only two months old. Yesterday, the breed's supporters reached 6,500 signatures, significantly more than half their goal of 10,000. But what does this actual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2012

    Review: Ghost at Marquis Theater, 1/27/12

    GHOST @ MARQUIS THEATER | 1/27/12Even before Ghost took stage, people started chanting for the band, which was interesting considering this is the outfit's first big tour. But that enthusiasm was rewarded when the strains of "Masked Ball" by Jocelyn Pook came over the P.A., with its reversed Romania ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Odd Future at Fox Theatre in Boulder on 3/11

    Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All has announced its upcoming North American tour dates. The act is returning to the scene of the crime, as it were, on Sunday, March 11, to the Fox Theatre in Boulder, which as you might remember, was the first place the act played in Colorado last fall. The Fox appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    The Fray posts "The Fighter," another track from new album

    ​Just before the holidays, the Fray offered another peek of its upcoming album, Scars & Stories, the follow-up to the act's eponymous sophomore release from 2009. While the record's first single, "Heartbeat," debuted this past October and has already charted, the Denver-based quartet recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Frasca Food and Wine's Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson on eating fox tartare and the get in -- and get out rule at Frasca

    Lori Midson​ Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson Frasca Food and Wine 1738 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-442-6966 This is part one of my interview with Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, co-owner and executive chef of Frasca Food and Wine. Part two of my chat with Mackinnon-Patterso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Reader: The stigma attached to smoking is saving a lot of lives

    Yep, we all know.​The main argument for quitting smoking is that it's bad for you; indeed, the evidence is well documented. That's perhaps why a lot of people who don't smoke have a hard time understanding why smokers continue to smoke despite the risks -- and certainly plenty of those people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Coloradans kick butt in Xterra Mountain Championship triathlon

    Photo courtesy Xterra Mountain ChampionshipJosiah Middaugh, from Vail, won the Xterra Mountain Championships triathlon at Beaver Creek on Saturday​You don't want to go up against a local in a race like the Xterra Mountain Championship at Beaver Creek: On Saturday Vail's Josiah Middaugh set a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Chef and Tell, part two: Robert Bogart on fluffernutters, nutty protein drinks and cooking for Julia Child

    Lori Midson​ This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Robert Bogart, executive chef of Elway's Downtown. In part one of that interview, which ran yesterday, Bogart raps on strange guest requests, one roof and how he wishes that cooks would get the respect they deserve. Rules of condu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    International Pop Overthrow at City Hall

    Melissa Ivey​A festival that began in Los Angeles a decade ago, the International Pop Overthrow now goes down throughout the year in over a dozen cities in North America, highlighting acts from each local music community.

  • Calendar

    September 16, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Smoking pot by yourself made somewhat okay by

    Who's this masked man?​Looks like Three Dog Night was right. Apparently one really is the loneliest number. The folks at realize that and have made it their mission to end solo marijuana smoking through video chat. Much like the infamous (and currently on-hiatus) Chatroulette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Medical pot & Ken Weaver: How did plane-stealing ex-con get on state MMJ committee?

    Ken Weaver.​For its new Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment selected Ken Weaver, subject of this week's "Blowing Smoke." It's the latest item on a résumé that includes going to prison for stealing a plane and making up a fake life -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Justin Bieber challenges Carmelo Anthony to a basketball game: Anyone wanna place a bet?

    Bieber: "Let's get it on!"​ Mystery solved. The secret meaning of Justin Bieber's cryptic tweet to Carmelo Anthony yesterday? The floppy-haired teen idol simply wanted to play the NBA All-Star in basketball -- not convince him to become Canadian or sing backup vocals or get down on one knee a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Dialed in: This week's local music radio playlists

    Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were playing this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows, including Radio 1190's long-running Local Shakedown, KTCL's Locals Only, the Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colo ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Breathe Carolina premieres new video, tours until the end of time

    Breathe Carolina, a band that tours so often these days that it almost doesn't seem like a Denver band anymore (seriously, with the exception of April and May, the act is going to be on the road from now until at least the end of August; check out the list of tour dates on the next page), recently p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Wayne Laugesen Vs. Richard Baker: The Debate

    A June 17 More Messages blog revolves around a column written by Colorado Springs Independent scribe Rich Tosches about Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen. In the piece, an activist accuses Laugesen of insensitivity and more in regard to comments he made in a series of e-m ... More >>

  • Music

    December 6, 2007

    Vampire Weekend

    Most bands would kill for the buzz surrounding this NYC quartet.

  • Music

    August 30, 2007

    Christie Front Drive

    Marquis Theater

  • Film

    May 10, 2007

    Away From Her

    Love and marriage meet life and Alzheimers in this adaptation of an Alice Munro novel.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    Pimpin' for Upstate

    I have long held that Buffalo, New York -- where I spent a few formative years of my cooking career -- is a city unjustly labeled as a one-hit food town. Chicken wings, chicken wings, chicken wings, right? Nothing but deep-fried bird parts and snow. But this is wrong. Well, maybe not the snow pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2006

    Nine Lives

    While I was driving across America and Canada last month, I couldn't escape the influence of home. I detailed how Colorado stories lead the newscasts in every city I visited in my November 23 "Worst-Case Scenario." While watching the evening news in Canada , for example, I learned that mayors of T ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Dead on Arrival

    Drop Dead, Gorgeous is kid-tested and mother-approved.

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of May 26, 2005

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Call of the Wild

    Tweaked and irreverent, Caribou's digital psychedelia refuses to be tamed.

  • News

    September 23, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of September 23, 2004

  • Calendar

    August 12, 2004

    Talking Shop

    Spice House makes scents

  • Music

    November 6, 2003

    Wired Science

    From laptops to insects to wineglasses, j.frede's sonic experiments leave no sound untweaked.

  • Music

    January 23, 2003


    Teetering on the edge of oblivion, COMA gets a wake-up call from its members.

  • Film

    September 19, 2002

    Curl Up and Die

    A Canadian comedy gets swept away with its obscure sport.

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    A Gumper Stumper

    So you think you know hockey, eh? Here's a quiz to see if you Av half a brain.

  • News

    August 16, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of August 16, 2001

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    Uh-Oh, Canada!

    The first nation of hockey won't be taking home the Stanley Cup this year.

  • Music

    December 3, 1998
  • Music

    July 2, 1998
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    May 21, 1998
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