Summer was underway. It was. But just in case you were waiting to roll down the windows and put away your sweaters, the Ink Monstr pool party series kicks off on Sunday. There are shows for those of us no interested in thigh exposure as well -- Reckless Kelly is in town, as is moe. and Tech N9ne. Th ... More >>
BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS @ RED ROCKS | SAT, 6/8/13 Twenty years ago, things were considerably different in the local scene. Denver had yet to produce any massive breakout artists on the level of the Lumineers or the Fray. Back then, Big Head Todd and the Monsters were the biggest fish in the pon ... More >>
Guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola teamed up in the mid '90s as part of T.J. Kirk, an outfit that played the music of Thelonious Monk, James Brown and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Amendola, who also appears on a few of Hunter's mid-'90s Blue Note recordings, has worked with a number of musi ... More >>
TRIBUTE TO CHET BAKER @ DAZZLE | WED, 6/5 Last month marked the 25th anniversary of legendary trumpeter Chet Baker's death after falling out of a hotel room window in Amsterdam. So in honor of Baker's life, local trumpeter Justin Peterson is presenting a new concert series, "I Miss You, Chet," in wh ... More >>
Music is life. Or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ho ... More >>
Ready for another solid week of shows? Good. There's plenty to look forward to this week, a diverse batch of offerings from the jammier side of things with the Disco Biscuits, who's setting up shop in Colorado for three nights, to the long and eagerly awaited Denver appearance of Cat Power to a floo ... More >>
We've got another great month of jazz on tap for January with a number of great shows, including saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Freddy Cole (Nat "King" Cole's brother), who will be at Dazzle for two-nights, as well as dates from the Uri Caine Trio, the Latin Jazz All Stars and Greg Garrison, who ... More >>
David Lang / Red Bull PhotofilesBoonie Mayfield (top) and Xperiment BeatsThe term "producer" has very different connotations in the worlds of rock and hip-hop. Although they're both instrumental in shaping the sound, they serve very different functions. Generally speaking, in rock, a produc ... More >>
The Bad Plus The Soiled DoveMonday, March 9, 2008Better than: the last time I saw the trio. There's a live recording of Rahsaan Roland Kirk where he talks about how he's going to play two entirely separate songs on two different saxophones. One was Dvorak's New World Symphony and the other was the s ... More >>
Wednesday, July 18, Quixote's True Blue, 303-297-1772.
Miracle Fortress Five Roses (Secret City Records) Canada is spewing out worthy new bands a lot more frequently than it's celebrating Stanley Cup champions. (Sorry, Ottawa fans.) This Montreal combo, led by Graham Van Pelt, specializes in an especially sunny brand of psychedelia, and if the influenc ... More >>
Hopps rekindles the jazz flame.
Radio Nights (Hyena)
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
From Moroccan-flavored psycho-trance to furious superfunk, Critters Buggin cross space and time zones with their music.
Freddy Rodriguez Sr. has spent decades in Denver's jazz scene. These days his favorite partner is his son.
The acid jazz of United Dope Front keeps 'em dancing in the trenches.
For the locked-out founder of Eulipions, the play’s still the thing.
Chicago outfit Isotope 217 approaches jazz through the scientific method.
March 18-24, 1999
Two decades does the music of Yusef Lateef and Rahsaan Roland Kirk a world of good.