Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagin ... More >>
What makes a great country song? Well, if David Allan Coe is to be believed, the songs require a few things: mama, trains, trucks, prison, or gettin' drunk. There's got to be more to it than that though, right? Like, at least five more things. Country music draws on the same themes so often that it' ... More >>
PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | SUN & MON, 5/12-5/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit rec ... More >>
SHABAZZ PALACES @ LARIMER LOUNGE | MON, 5/6/13 In the first half of the '90s, Ishmael Butler went by the moniker "Butterfly" as part of the rap trio Digable Planets. After the outfit's 1995 split, the group performed one-off shows here and there, but since 2009, Butler has released music with Tendai ... More >>
I know it's hard to imagine now, especially with the temperature outside and the blanket of snow currently covering the Front Range, but summertime is just around the corner, which means the festival season is just getting ready to kick off. We know this because we're in the middle of putting togeth ... More >>
After playing with Denver-based bands including G-Force and Autobahn in the '80s, James "Rooster" Olson made a name for himself with his company Trailer Trash Pedal Boards. Olson essentially revolutionized the pedal-board industry with his award-winning designs, which have been used by an array of t ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! We know, it's here already? Indeed. As always in our beloved Mile High City, the options are ripe for the picking and plentiful. We have them all listed in our massive concert calendar. If you're feeling industrious and have some time to kill before lunch, print that bad boy ... More >>
Saturday, September 8, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.
Denver's summer concert season is proving to be every bit as hot as anticipated, and the fall is shaping up to be just as heated with new dates from Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and E-40, who are due back in town at the end of August, followed by Rascal Flatts in September, Dinosaur Jr. in October and Morri ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! A wide variety of musical options await you over the next few days: Tech N9ne returns to Colorado, his home away from home, for a show at the Fillmore, Eric Church stops by Red Rocks, Creed relives the '90s at the Paramount Theatre, Fear Factory shreds the Summit Music Hall, ... More >>
Saturday, May 19, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
In the ultimate twist of "Give Me Some Luvin'" irony, Nicki Minaj has dethroned Madonna from the top of the Billboard 200 chart this week, as Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded easily takes the top spot with 253,000 copies sold, while Madge's MDNA dropped to number eight, selling only 48,000 in its second ... More >>
R.I.P. FML 2008-2011Yes, 2012 is creeping up on us like my 32nd birthday (no need to send presents -- I will only be accepting fan letters as gifts and creepy Facebook messages of adoration from high school stalkers). Since the world is not going to be ending as some of us maybe thought it wa ... More >>
Kate LevyJ. Carey is one smooth operatorHave you noticed the influx of male R&B singers these days, particularly in the Mile High City? Adam Duncan, who just joined the A&M/Octone Records roster, is just one of many cats putting it down in Denver these days. Jon Shockness (Air Dubai), J.Carey ... More >>
Long before Natasha Bedingfield (playing tonight at the Gothic Theatre with Kate Voegele and Andy Grammer) wrote a song ("Unwritten") that became burned into the American pop culture consciousness as the theme song for The Hills in 2006, the singer-songwriter was achieving great success in t ... More >>
Elton John is performing at the Wells Fargo Theatre on Tuesday, April 12 to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. Tickets ($49-$149) go on s ... More >>
No. 7's Facebook photo.Today, John Elway officially turns fifty, but the celebration's been going on for over a week, with Rascal Flatts playing a special show to celebrate Big John's latest landmark. That prompted a gusher of love on Elway's Facebook page, with a note from No. 7 prompting a ... More >>
Thursday, December 3, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Les Claypool visits the Fillmore March 14 as part of the Oddity Faire Tour with the Yard Dogs Road Show, Saul Williams and Secret Chiefs 3. After a slow holiday season of show announcements, things are starting to pick back up with a lot of spring concerts announced this week. But unfortunatel ... More >>
Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergOver 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. Two young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Car ... More >>
Still Feels Good
In The Graduate, a brain-dead fat cat famously advised Dustin Hoffman's character to devote his professional career to "Plastics!" These days, however, up-and-comers would be well advised to stay away from this field -- at least if they'd hoped to specialize in compact discs. Recently released 2006 ... More >>
Finding worthwhile things in neo-country -- like Jen Mangum.
Friday, February 24, Grizzly Rose, 303-295-1330.
Country-radio pros gather in Colorado to search for ways to seduce a younger generation.