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    July 16, 2014

    Drummer Carl Sorensen may be Denver's hardest working musician

    Carl Sorensen is in the passenger seat of a car as it races through the Golden Triangle toward Santa Fe. It has been four minutes since he walked off stage after a set playing drums for Science Partner at a Westword Music Showcase pre-party, and there are only six minutes left before he is late for ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    FRI | PENTAGRAM at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/28/14 If you've seen Last Days Here, you're familiar with the frustrating tale of Pentagram. Formed in Virginia in the early '70s, the pioneering psychedelic metal band should have, by all accounts, realized massive worldwide fame. Instead, success evaded the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Gateway Acts: How a Rush to judgment ultimately led to more affecting music

    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, Noah Hubbell gives us the goods on a Rush to judgment that he made early on. I grew up in a ho ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Ten most fantastic film worlds of Dennis Quaid

    Dennis Quaid gets around. Since the late '70s, he's appeared in more than seventy films and television shows, playing everything from a deep-space fighter pilot to an dragon-slaying warrior, and always with a certain swaggering charm. This Friday and Saturday at the Sie FilmCenter, Mile High Sci-Fi ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    The Who brings Quadrophenia to the Pepsi Center on Tuesday, February 12

    As part of the Who's first tour in four years, the band is taking its 1973 album Quadrophenia on a 37-city North American tour that stops at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday, February 12. In addition to performing the album live, the touring band, which also includes Pete Townshend's younger brother Simo ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Nightcap: Membership has its privileges at the Meadowlark's Mile High Soul Club monthly

    See Also: Mile High Soul Club keeps the Meadowlark sweaty with classic Motown and vintage soul When I walked into the Meadowlark on Friday for Mile High Soul Club, I was greeted by the sight of a woman sporting a beehive that would've made Marge Simpson envious and a pair of folks who looked like R ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    With the help of a psychic, Barry Fey reconnects with some old friends and one bitter adversary

    See Also: Barry Fey on that time that he held a gun to Axl Rose's head Harry Tuft and Barry Fey inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame Red Rocks' famous hidden tunnel: A peek at the rock star signatures Dan Fong's unpublished rock photos on display this Friday at the Gallery This year, Barr ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    The ten dumbest dinosaur movie taglines

    ​T. Rex Encounter is opening at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science tomorrow, the new exhibit, which features robotic, interactive dinosaurs has got us rather excited. You can expect a full preview tomorrow morning, but while we're sitting on our hands in anticipation, we've been thinking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    BLKHRTS, Wu-Tang top our weekly playlists

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Johnathan McFarlane on wanna-be celebrity hype, Festivus Film Festival

    Festivus Film Festival founders Tim DeMasters and Johnathan McFarlane want to offer films for the rest of us.​When Johnathan McFarlane and his partner Tim DeMasters created the Festivus Film Festival four years ago, they had trouble attracting audiences to all of the screenings at the Oriental ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies talk about fame, Shatner and Big Star

    Julian Ochoa​The Posies (due tonight at The Gothic Theatre) had the good fortune -- or bad, depending on your perspective -- of being a non-grunge rock band in Seattle that came into its own during the era when, for far too many people, "alternative" became synonymous with "grunge."

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    June 9, 2010

    Top 10 weirdest musician movie roles

    ​It's not unusual for musicians to try out acting or vice-versa, but sometimes those roles take unusual turns. Now, with "I Kissed a Girl" songstress Katy Perry (who, interestingly, recently called Lady Gaga's new "Alejandro" video "blasphemous") gearing up to play Smurfette in the upcoming ad ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    August 26, 2009

    Q&A with John Eriksson of Peter Bjorn and John

    Peter Bjorn and John.Although John Eriksson, who stars in this week's Westword profile of his band, Peter Bjorn and John, was trained to be a classical percussionist, and spent years as a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, he's come to appreciate the perks of being a rock star -- partic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Q&A with Dana Janssen of Akron/Family

    Photo by Sebastian MlynarskiAkron/Family. Last year, Akron/Family went from a quartet to a three piece when former cohort Ryan Vanderhoof decided to move on -- and according to singer-songwriter/drummer Dana Janssen, the departure shook he and his remaining partners, Seth Olinsky and Miles Seaton. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2009

    On the Road Again

    Frank Zappa travels to hell and back.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Top ten songs that should be renamed after Barack Obama

    The campaign by several Boulder High School students to rename their facility after President Barack Obama was dropped yesterday due to a lack of support, but not before inspiring our satirical blog "Ten More Things That Should Be Named After Barack Obama Other Than Boulder High School." Frankly, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    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 >>

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    April 17, 2008

    Bandicoots: An Excerpt from Elaine's Book

    In the spirit of collaboration - and to further prove the IQs in the band - this week, I've opted to devote this space to my drummer Elaine Acosta. The following is a chapter from her forthcoming book, Holy Sweet Goddamn: The Memoirs of An Aspiring Rock Star and Psychiatric Nurse/Patient. It's brill ... More >>

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    March 5, 2008
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    February 11, 2008

    Grammy Suckfest Celebrates Half Century of Lameness

    On February 10, the Grammy Awards marked their fiftieth anniversary with a program so misguided and wrongheaded that it perfectly encapsulated all of the music industry's current woes. Following a suitably embalmed duet with the thoroughly dead Frank Sinatra, appearing in stock footage, Alicia Keys ... More >>

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    June 1, 2007
  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    The Chauffeur

    Todd Rundgren is being paid well to drive the New Cars.

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    February 26, 2004

    Fan Fare

    Retrace the Beatles' steps at the Brown Palace

  • News

    December 4, 2003

    Off Limits

    Wet cleanup on aisle eight

  • Culture

    July 10, 2003

    Still Smilin'?

    Part Disney, part Barnum, the man who saved comics is all Stan Lee.

  • Culture

    April 3, 2003

    A Grand Guy

    How Steven Soderbergh kept the Terry Southern tale from turning tragic

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Off Limits

    Sic transit gloria

  • Music

    October 24, 2002

    The Eyes Have It

    Keeping hype to a dull roar, Eyes Adrift washes ashore with an all-star veteran lineup -- and plenty of scars.

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 28, 2002

  • Music

    February 21, 2002


    Over the Edge Vol. 4: Dick Vaughn's Moribund Music of the '70s (Seeland)

  • Music

    January 25, 2001

    Schoolhouse Rocker

    Songwriter Mark Ledwig would like to teach the world to sing.

  • Music

    August 19, 1999

    Where's the Beef?

    Four new releases don't tell all of the Captain Beefheart story.

  • Music

    March 4, 1999

    In His Life

    Beatles producer George Martin tries to pass along the wisdom of the ages.

  • News

    February 4, 1999

    Southern Discomfort

    Writer Terry Southern helped shape a generation. Now his son is fighting for his legacy.

  • Music

    January 14, 1999

    Squeezing a Lennon

    A new boxed set tries to wring every last drop from the music of the late moptop.

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    July 24, 1997
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    May 1, 1997
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    November 7, 1996

    Yesterday and Today

    What the years have done to the Who.

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    June 6, 1996
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    April 25, 1996
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    May 10, 1995