Ravi Shankar

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    The ten best "yeahs" in recent music history

    Granted sometimes invoking a pithy "yeah" in song might seem like token verbalizing just to fill in the gaps when a singer can't think of anything else to say. No argument there. Sometimes, though, a forceful "yeah" can express all kinds of raw, unbridled emotions (see James Hetfield). Uh-huh. Yeah. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now: What's on your playlist this week?

    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 >>

  • Music

    April 25, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Five best live concert films

    While infinitely different than being there in the flesh, a live concert film can provide an up-close, multi-angled, cinematically inspired perspective of the music experience -- not to mention a glimpse into history for those who were born decades later. Such will be the case for a majority of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    R.I.P., sitar master Ravi Shankar

    Sitar icon Ravi Shankar died yesterday at his home near San Diego at the age of 92, according to his wife, Sukanya, and his daughter Anoushka Shankar. Shankar's heath had been fragile for the last several years, and according to a statement issued by his family, last week he underwent surgery meant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    It was 45 years ago today... The Beatles' Sgt Pepper inches toward the half centry mark

    By the summer of 1966, the Beatles sucked. Or at least that's the way they felt for the band. "Performance, for us, it's gone downhill," Paul McCartney said of his band at the time. "Because we can't develop if no one can hear us; so for us to gets difficult each time." The pressures of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced turns 45

    When he came storming onto the scene, Jimi Hendrix made weepy children out of the world's best guitar players, bringing a primal sexuality and grace to his playing that only a true master of the craft could muster. Guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Pete Townsend had spent nearly the whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Harry Tuft on being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

    Harry Tuft, slated to be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame this Sunday, February 12, opened the Denver Folklore Center in 1962 and started promoting concerts a few years later, bringing in Joan Baez to Denver for the first time in 1964 and later bringing her to Red Rocks. In the early ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Q&A with Joe Bithorn of Beatles tribute band Rain

    Joe Bithorn as George Harrison​New York City native Joe Bithorn plays the role of George Harrison in Rain, one of the most popular and well-known Beatles tribute bands in the country (appearing September 22 to 27 at the Buell Theater. Raised with a steady diet of classical, jazz, blues and psy ... More >>

  • Film

    August 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Live Review: Fertile Crescent, Hot White August and Yoda's House at Rhinoceropolis

    Photo: Tom Murphy Yoda's House The Fertile Crescent, Hot White and Yoda’s House Saturday, August 2, 2008 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: Having to spend the money to go to the actual Middle East to hear music like this. It was still a sweltering 90 some-odd degrees by the time I got to the Rhino l ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2004

    Whirled Music

    Old Time Relijun puts a new spin on ancient sounds.

  • Music

    January 13, 2000

    Like a Record, Baby

    QBert and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz put a new spin on the DJ craft.

  • Calendar

    March 14, 1996
  • Music

    October 18, 1995