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  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Horrorcore: From Esham to Hopsin, a look at the history of rap's most terrifying subgenre

    When somebody bathes in blood and guts, swings from hanging bodies or sews together dismembered parts -- that's horror. And so naturally when rappers embody this realm, it's called horrorcore. But true horror is more than blood and guts; it is bewilderment in happenings that occur beyond an ordinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Ten musicians who have taken a political stand

    It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    How a Frank Zappa fixation fostered an appreciation for classical compositions

    Gateway Acts is an 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, A.H. Goldstein reflects on his Frank Zappa fixation. Some of my earliest musical memories revol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Fat Mike of NOFX on pornography, punk-rock parenting and how America is a sinking ship

    NOFX was started in Los Angeles in 1983 by Michael "Fat Mike" Burkett and Eric Melvin. The band was born of the same West Coast scene that produced some of the most important punk bands of all time, from Black Flag and the Circle Jerks to the Minutemen and the Descendents. Although the sound that NO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Vintage Q&A with AC/DC's Brian Johnson

    Sunday's AC/DC concert -- reviewed in the blog "Live Review: AC/DC and The Answer at the Pepsi Center" -- conjures up memories of the Q&A with the band's Brian Johnson that Westword published under the headline "Power Age" back in April 2001. It's among my favorite interviews ever -- and it prompted ... More >>

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    The Beatdown

    After more than two decades, Blackie is still lawless.

  • Music

    July 15, 2004



  • Culture

    May 29, 2003

    Dem Blues

    The left, turning right, was plain wrong.

  • Music

    April 5, 2001

    Power Age

    AC/DC's Brian Johnson still gets a jolt out of rock and roll.

  • News

    August 17, 2000


    Alternative rockers are getting behind Alternative Radio.

  • Music

    August 10, 2000

    Play It As It Slays

    Slayer hasn't stopped giving the devil his due.

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    Son of Stern

    Bisexual pudding wrestlers aside, Denver shock jock Rover MacDaniels says he's a true original.

  • Music

    April 29, 1999
  • Music

    May 24, 1995