The Denver Zoo has a strange tradition when it comes to naming its flamingos: It calls them after rock guitarists like Hendrix and Page. In August, the zoo welcomed three new fuzzy grey chicks, and it's holding a contest to name them. The zoo is soliciting monikers for these lovable living lawn orna ... More >>
If there is a strange request that a concert promoter can make of a musician, it's a safe bet that Scott McCaughey has heard it. He co-founded the Young Fresh Fellows in 1983 and played with R.E.M. for close to twenty years. Lately, he's been on tour with the Baseball Project, an '80s-college-rock s ... More >>
Best known as the leader of the legendary '80s alternative band the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn has found surprising success in channeling his love of baseball into his songwriting. A few years back, Wynn found another baseball junkie, Scott McCaughey (best known for his work with the Young Fresh Fe ... More >>
VISIT DENVER has assembled several great things-to-do lists under the heading "Denver's Sensational Summer," including the nineteen best free attractions and tours. The roster includes several new selections since last year (see those choices by clicking here and here) plus fresh rankings and new in ... More >>
It's been a hell of long time since Beck played these parts. Now touring in support of his new album, Morning Phase, which he's called a companion piece to 2002's Sea Change, Beck headlines Red Rocks on Friday, August 15. General admission and reserved tickets ($49.95-$57.50) go on sale on Friday, M ... More >>
Master luthier Scott Baxendale lives in Athens, Georgia, these days, but he still has Denver on his mind. In fact, he says has plans to move back here. Right now, though, the gifted guitar maker and former Colfax Guitar Shop owner has his hands full in Athens, between running his latest guitar shop, ... More >>
This summer, we've been celebrating Colorado and the Mile High City by spotlighting many of the features found on Visit Denver's Denver.org site, including our collection of Denver's top eleven hidden tourism gems and the thirteen best free day trips from Denver. But our latest list, featuring the b ... More >>
What do you wear to collect the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama? If you're Bob Dylan, a Rockmount Ranch Wear shirt. Looking at photos of the May 29 ceremony, Rockmount president Steve Weil saw that Dylan, a longtime fan of the snap-button Western shirts, was in a Rockmount solid white P ... More >>
"The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought one formed a band." This quote has been attributed to both Brian Eno and Peter Buck (of REM) -- no one is completely certain who said it first, but that's not the point. The fact remains that The Velvet Underground ... More >>
After three decades together, the guys in R.E.M. announced today in a statement on the band's website that they're throwing in the towel.
James Joyce playing "Stairway to Heaven"The James Joyce estate is well known for its nearly-impossible-to-break hold on the copyright of his works. Case in point, 22 years ago Kate Bush asked to use a soliloquy from Ulysses in one of her songs and was denied. Most people would just give up, b ... More >>
Editor's note: Two of our writers were at the Decemberists show last night in Boulder, and so today we present you with two different accounts of the show from two different perspectives. Two for the price of, uh, none, as it were -- well, unless you count the cost your Internet connection. Adam Pe ... More >>
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. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
Wednesday, July 2, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Michael Stipe and companys latest is filled with a renewed sense of vitality.
The best end-to-end albums from a single-driven year.
Welcome back, Patricio Córdova.
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations (Vagrant)
Around the Sun (Warner Bros.)
Tuesday, June 1, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984
The man behind the Eels gets happy. Kind of.
After an auspicious debut, Pete Yorn releases music for a new Day.
Former American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel transcends the sadcore label. But don't expect him to jump for joy.
Kelly Hogan takes great songs by great artists and makes them her own.
Reveal (Warner Bros.)
The banjo champion makes music that's finger-pickin' good.
Part two of a pre-millennial trek through a hundred years of pop music.
As part of Tuatara, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck heads in new musical directions.
THANKS TO JEFF TWEEDY AND WILCO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EMBARRASSED TO LIKE COUNTRY ROCK ANYMORE.