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    July 16, 2014

    Drummer Carl Sorensen may be Denver's hardest working musician

    Carl Sorensen is in the passenger seat of a car as it races through the Golden Triangle toward Santa Fe. It has been four minutes since he walked off stage after a set playing drums for Science Partner at a Westword Music Showcase pre-party, and there are only six minutes left before he is late for ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    JJ Grey & Mofro at the Fillmore, 2/21/14

    JJ GREY & MOFRO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/21/14 This show at the Fillmore offered a full night of funk in various forms, from the cowfunk stomp of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to the slick and polished Motown meets Shel Silverstein funk of Keller Williams, culminating with JJ Grey and Mofro's down ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Wake Up and Live at Cervantes' Other Side, with Quick and Easy Boys and Rastasaurus, 2/6/14

    WAKE UP AND LIVE at CERVANTES' OTHER SIDE | 2/6/14 Despite the negative temperature, people flocked to Cervantes' Other Side last night to celebrate Bob Marley's birthday with local tribute band Wake Up and Live and to welcome Portland's Quick and Easy Boys to Denver. While it didn't exactly feel li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    New Denver concerts: Winter on the Rocks, Sharon Jones, Lotus, tix on sale this weekend

    As reported yesterday, the 2014 edition of Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks goes on sale this Friday, November 15, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $52.80 to $100. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are at the Gothic Theatre on Monday, March 17; tickets ($27.75) go on sale this Saturday, November 16, at 10 a.m. Fina ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Phish's twenty most interesting covers

    Phish is the greatest cover band on earth, hands down. While some songs have become staples -- so much so that we've come across fans, even well versed fans, who didn't realize songs like "Funky Bitch" was a cover -- while others are only busted out occasionally, sometimes only once. Of the myriad c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Broadways

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Adam Steininger hosted at Broadways this past Saturday. Keep reading f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Ten best concerts in Colorado this weekend, Friday, August 24, through Sunday, August 26

    Welcome to the weekend! If you haven't made plans yet, there's an unreal number of shows, from five different festivals to several CD release shows to old school hip-hop. Of course, we have them all listed in our massive concert calendar. If you're feeling industrious, print that bad boy out and bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Nicki Minaj, My Morning Jacket and Michael Kiwanuka among this week's new shows

    And the shows just keep coming. Red Rocks, which is on pace for a record season this year, added a pair of dates from My Morning Jacket, while tickets for the Beach Boys show are finally going on sale. The biggest concert news this week is Nicki Minaj, who is bringing her Pink Friday Tour to the Mil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2012

    Review: FaceMan's Waltz at the Bluebird Theater, 2/3/12

    A.H. GoldsteinFaceMan at the Bluebird Theater last night.FACEMAN'S WALTZ @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/3/12The sound became expansive and the stage felt crowded fairly early in FaceMan's set at the Bluebird Theater on a snowy Friday night. After a brief introduction from the Flobots' Stephen "Brer Rabbit" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: A pair of new October dates have Smashing Pumpkins at the Ogden and Bush at the 1STBANK Center, with Chevelle and Filter, while November brings Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Fillmore. On local radio, Air Dubai, Le Divorce, Bop Skizzum and Signal Path ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011


    Wednesday, June 1, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, KMFDM is due at the Summit Music Hall and Ellie Goulding is over at the Ogden, both in August, while Bone Thugs N Harmony is slated to stop by the Gothic in June. On local radio, Quiet American, Juno What and My Body Sings Electr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, we've received word that Lil Wayne is coming to town in August, followed by Santana and George Lopez, who are coming to Red Rocks in September. On local radio, Novus Folium, Justin Roth and Elephant Revival got spins. Meanwh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Faceman's First Waltz at the Bluebird, 2/4/11

    A.H. Goldstein​FACEMAN'S FIRST WALTZ FaceMan Bop Skizzum • The Knew • The Outfit • Chadzilla • Boulder Acoustic Society • The Vitamins • Medicine Man • Bonnie and the Beard • Chris McGarry and the Insomniacs • Panal • Martin Gilmore • The Construct • K Buzz and the Bras ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Pretty Lights, Ween and Jay-Z filled our playlists this week

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Vampire Weekend at Red Rocks Amphitheatre - 09.03.10

    Aaron Thackeray​ Vampire Weekend Dum Dum Girls • Beach House 09.03.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre view full slide show Dum Dum Girls opened the show with a notable display of confidence and music reminiscent of Elastica with more of a '60s girl group vibe. The combination of chiming textures ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Justify My Love: Submitting to a Vampire Weekend obsession

    Catch Vampire Weekend tonight at Red Rocks with Beach House and the Dum Dum Girls​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 that nobody else knew about. Guilty pleasures is what most people term these sort of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Mile High Music Festival: Rusted Root's Michael Glabicki on the act's first big tour in Colorado

    Duane Rieder​ When Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990, it made a world-beat influenced splash with a series of releases throughout the decade. During this creative period, the band released its most commercially successful song, "Send Me On My Way." The tune, which has been used on soun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Marco Benevento on his latest album, circuit bent toys and Brad Mehldau

    ​As half of the Benevento-Russo Duo, Marco Benevento played bass lines with his feet and held down organ and Wurlitzer parts with separate hands. But in the trio format, he's completely at home behind the piano, which he says is totally his ax. The forward-thinking Benevento makes captivating ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010
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    December 21, 2009

    Top Ten Best Soundtracks of the Decade

    CQ took itself seriously despite its absurd premise.​Movie soundtracks are a difficult beast to master. They have to take an already existing song and apply it to a new medium in a new context. This often works with varying results, and many songs are so overused in soundtracks, they've lost a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Liberal authors offer prize even birthers can love

    ​Earlier today, Sean Duffy, spokesman for gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis, said he didn't want his candidate to be reduced to a caricature by Michael Huttner, the man behind the left-leaning ProgressNow Colorado operation. After making that comment, Duffy noted that Huttner's very effectiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Westword Music Showcase reviewed: Curious Theatre

    Aaron ThackeraySee more photos from Curious Theatre at Palmer, 12 p.m.Overcoming technical difficulties and an initially cumbersome stage setup (the stage manager had to find room for a drum riser amid the creative and complicated set -- including a desk, a bed and a road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Top ten songs that should be renamed after Barack Obama

    The campaign by several Boulder High School students to rename their facility after President Barack Obama was dropped yesterday due to a lack of support, but not before inspiring our satirical blog "Ten More Things That Should Be Named After Barack Obama Other Than Boulder High School." Frankly, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Live Review: Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band at the Ogden

    Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, with All Smiles and The Like Thursday, October 16, 2008 Ogden Theatre, Denver Better than: Any mystic valley I've ever wandered through. First things first: Conor Oberst would like his ring back. The poet laureate of Omaha, Oberst (formerly Bright Eyes) was ... More >>

  • Music

    July 17, 2008

    Rodrigo y Gabriela Prove Their Metal

    Weaned on Metallica, this duo makes acoustic guitars sound heavy.

  • Music

    March 20, 2008

    Vampire Weekend Takes on Its Buzz

    Hot on the heels of SXSW, the nation’s hottest buzz band returns to Denver.

  • Music

    December 6, 2007

    Vampire Weekend

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

  • Home Entertainment

    December 6, 2007

    Cellar Beware

    Don't look in the basement.

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    November 27, 2007
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    February 22, 2007
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    January 19, 2006

    Celeste Krenz

    Saturday, January 21, Swallow Hill Music Hall, 303-777-1003.

  • Dining

    November 11, 2004

    The Fame Game

    Grab a ringside seat at Table 6, the hottest place in town.

  • Music

    April 1, 2004

    Horn Again

    The Unicorns resurrect the mystic rite of having fun.

  • Music

    March 18, 2004

    Whirled Music

    Old Time Relijun puts a new spin on ancient sounds.

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2003

    Texas High Note

    Tish Hinojosa shares her musical influences at Swallow Hill.

  • Music

    May 25, 2000

    Man Out of Time

    Elliott Smith has nothing to do with what's happening in the current music scene. Thank goodness.

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    Feelin' Skavoovie

    After quitting college, the experimental ska-sters graduate to a higher musical level.

  • Music

    August 5, 1999
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    October 29, 1998

    A Phish Tale

    Bassist Mike Gordon explodes some myths about Phish--and confirms others.

  • Music

    April 2, 1998

    Lord Knows

    Mary Lou Lord is smarter than the average busker.

  • Calendar

    March 19, 1998

    Night & Day

    March 19-25, 1998

  • Music

    September 25, 1997
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    September 12, 1996
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    August 15, 1996

    Free Willie

    A gospel album on a Denver record label is the latest step in the rehabilitation of Willie Nelson's career.

  • Music

    January 10, 1996
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    July 13, 1994



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    July 6, 1994
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