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    July 9, 2014

    Waterloo is an unlikely home for music royalty in Louisville, Colorado

    Before he moved to Colorado in the late '90s to help open the Whole Foods store on Pearl Street in Boulder, Louis Karp opened Waterloo Records in Austin, a spot that went on to become one of the most successful independent record stores in the nation. Karp also had a few decades of music-industry ex ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    A scene staple thoughout the '90s, the Fabulous Boogienauts are Fully Funktional once again

    The Fabulous Boogienauts came together in 1996, when founder Rocky Ramjett was finally able to realize his dream of creating a disco band. Rather than the Chili Peppers brand of funk rock that was in vogue in certain circles at the time, Ramjett, who'd been relieved of his bass-playing duties in exp ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this weekend

    "WEIRD" AL YANKOVIC @ BOULDER THEATER | SUN, 7/21/13 "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany parodies catapulted him to fame in the '80s, back when pop culture was in dire need of some deflation. He never got critical props for his oddball iconoclasm, though, and after his 1989 film, UHF tanked at the box office ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    How a Frank Zappa fixation fostered an appreciation for classical compositions

    Gateway Acts is an ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, A.H. Goldstein reflects on his Frank Zappa fixation. Some of my earliest musical memories revol ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Fugazi is a benchmark, a signpost and an example of how it could and should be done

    Gateway Acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, guest columnist and Flattery Festival founder Ian O'Dougherty (Uphollow, Ian Cooke, TaunTaun, E ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    The ten best concerts this weekend: October 5-7

    Welcome to the weekend, amigos! Cold enough for you this morning? Yeah, we're feeling all sorts of brrrrrr over here. Only in Colorado can you go from eighty degrees to the thirties in the expanse of a couple of days. Alas, though, there's relief on the horizion, plenty of hot music this weekend to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    The music fan's guide to voting

    The defining narrative of American politics since the turn of the millennium seems to be that 'We the people' are screwed no matter who gets elected. Elect a Republican: We engage in pre-emptive war, the national deficit skyrockets, and we sacrifice education and infrastructure investment. Elect a D ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    The Killers at 1STBANK, the Wallflowers at the Ogden, Nas and NOFX at the Fillmore

    If you thought last week's new show announcements were killer, brace yourself. This week's show is just as killer, er make that Killers. After being missing in action for the past couple of years, the Las Vegas quartet is making its triumphant return this November at the 1STBANK Center in support of ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    Four reasons Lollapalooza needs EDM

    See Also: - Lollapalooza Sunday: The Hottest Day of All - Ten things your Lollapalooza outfit says about you By IAN TRAAS With every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circuit, and the climb in popularity was especially apparent at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2012

    Lollapalooza suspended, resumed after dangerous weather conditions

    BY ERIK THOMPSON The 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many people were wishing they had just the record h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2012

    Saturday Night Live: The best, worst and most controversial performances

    Update: 10:39 a.m. Sunday The Shins were on Saturday Night Live last night night weekend's musical guests. Being invited to be the musical guest on an episode of SNL has been a benchmark of commercial success for any band of the last forty years. And for good reason: From Andy Kaufman annihilating ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    The 54th Grammys: who will win (Adele) and who won't (Lady Gaga)

    From power pop to power ballads, rock anthems to rap staples, the nominees of the 54th Grammy Awards, which airs this Sunday night, sees no dearth of great music. There's little doubt that it will be Adele's night, but others, like Kanye West and Mumford & Sons, could win big too. Continue reading f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Sounds of Blackness: Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in history. Before being gifted with a guitar at the age of fifteen, Hendrix used a broom stick in place of the instrument that would later become his most beloved method of communication. Born Johnny Allen Hendrix in November 1 ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Sounds of Blackness: Fishbone releases documentary in honor of Black History Month

    Fishbone, the self-described "disparate, all-black oddball crew," has released a documentary in honor of Black History Month. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is a brutally honest portrayal of one of the wildest and most influential black alternative bands in our culture. Fishbone began as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill turns 25

    ​In hindsight Licensed To Ill -- released November 15, 1986 -- came to the table with a virtually infallible recipe: Rick Rubin produced the seminal radio-friendly rap album and Russell Simmons had not only signed Beastie Boys to a then baby Def Jam, but was also managing the three white boys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Naeem Juwan of Spank Rock on "#1 Hit," Bowie, Prince, James Brown, and the perils of nostalgia

    Jorge MorenoSpank Rock​Spank Rock (due tonight at Summit Music Hall for the Check Yo Ponytail 2 tour) emerged in Philadelphia around the middle of the last decade making music that brought together threads of hip-hop, rock, R&B and electronic pop. With the release of 2006's YoYoYoYoYo, the gro ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    What's the first music you bought with your own money?

    Can you guess which member of Team Backbeat bought this record?​Do you remember the first album you bought with your own money? Of course you do! It's like the first person you kissed or the first one who broke your heart -- it's a monumental, life-changing moment in your life that's unforgett ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

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

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Dierks Bentley, Mickey Hart Band and Dirty Nasty were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, The Congress and The Epiloguesall got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Review: Electric Daisy Carnival, 6/11/11

    ​ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL | 06.13.11 "When the smoke machines ran out, someone -- and by 'someone,' I mean a complete fucking idiot -- blasted the room with a fire extinguisher, sending a sweet poison into the eyes and mouths of everyone."

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    April 25, 2011

    Top five Pulitzer-worthy music memoirs

    Nothing, to our way of thinking, is more captivating than the true story of very real struggle. We all have these little musical fantasies, strumming our Fenders in the dark of our apartments, listening to a little Miles Davis or Johnny Cash.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    10 weirdest music news stories of 2010

    ​2010 has been an aggressively weird year in music news. It seemed like no matter where we turned musicians were saying and doing the strangest damn things. From decrying the most popular thing in the world to talking people off of buildings, it was a wacky year to report. There was so much we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2010

    Paul Oakenfold at the Ogden, 11/05/10

    ​ PAUL OAKENFOLD With Zen Freeman 11.05.10 | Ogden Theatre Paul Oakenfold, who headlined the Ogden Theatre last night, has been spinning steadily to crowds around the world since the late 1980s. He has quite a track record, having founded the Perfecto imprint in 1989, the responsible for bri ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    May 20, 2010

    Part two: Oak Tavern's Jeremy Roosa dishes on monkfish liver, chef Morimoto and a chicken sandwich

    Lori Midson Oak Tavern exec chef Jeremy Roosa​ This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Oak Tavern exec chef Jeremy Roosa. To read part one of that interview, click here. Proudest moment as a chef: I'm always growing and learning, so I would like to think my proudest moment has yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Marijuana TV Sam's Club =

    The ChronicCareConnect discount card.​The medical marijuana industry in Colorado has been booming since at least last year, with plenty of ganjapreneurs coming up with concepts intended to help them grab a piece of the pot profits. But despite the competition, Chad Bardon thinks he has a uniqu ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Over the weekend: Puscifer at the Paramount Theatre

    Puscifer (Aaron Thackeray)​Puscifer, Uncle Scratch's Gospel's Revival Saturday, November 21, 2009 Paramount Theatre Better than: Watching old reruns of Hee Haw. It would have been hard to predict the format and content of Saturday night's Puscifer show based solely on the outfit's studio recordin ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Music as a weapon: Make it stop for chrissakes! This is torture, man.

    SoKabs (via Flickr)​Did you see this yet? We just caught a link to this on Twitter (thanks, MyBodySings), a list of artists whose music was used "during the detention and interrogation of" to torture "prisoners at Guantanamo and other US facilities"? The list, published by the National Security Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Clutch, Airborne Toxic Event, Chickenfoot Shows announced

    Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith are ChickenfootOn the surface it might seem a bit strange throwing Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith together, but the four apparently gelled so well that they decided to ... More >>

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    February 12, 2007

    The Grandma Awards

    Just over four decades ago, actor Peter Sellers presented the Beatles with a Grammy they'd won for the song "A Hard Day's Night." In a film of this event that was shown during the 1965 Grammy telecast, Sellers referred to the prize as a "Grandma award" -- and his joke rings true to this day. The fol ... More >>

  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Shut Up and Sing

    Natalie Maines is one radical Chick.

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    February 9, 2006

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    From the week of February 9, 2006

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    May 19, 2005

    Gender Follies

    A revived Parallel Lives still tackles cultural issues.

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    January 29, 2004

    Drunk of the Week

    Super Bowl Party

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    September 19, 2002


    Ming & FS want to do it all -- at exactly the same time.

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    July 25, 2002

    Playing It Cool

    When it comes to hip-hop career longevity, LL Cool J knows that size matters.

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    January 24, 2002
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    September 13, 2001

    It's a Home Run

    The impressive Andenken Gallery moves to glitzy new digs near Coors Field.

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    January 25, 2001

    The Next Stage

    Jimy Murphy, the Kamikazi Kid, gets his act together.

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