Robert Smith

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Here's what my cat thinks of the new War on Drugs album, with photos and video

    The War on Drugs released its new album Lost in the Dream today. The band also plays the Bluebird on March 26. Here's what's going to happen now: I'm going to listen to the new War on Drugs album with my cat, Kitten and we're going to review it track-by-track. Her credentials are that I once wrote a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Travis LeRoy of That Eighties Band on the time he played Warren Buffet's nephew's wedding

    Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands. For the most part, the outfits here don't just merely perform somebody else's music, but rather they put time, energy and effort into really channeling the acts and eras they're emulating. Often times these acts tend to get overlooked because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Womenswear Wednesdays: Ryan Bailey on his gothic-decadence fashion sense

    No matter how much designers and marketers might try to stereotype fashion as menswear and womenswear, style remains rebellious and defiant by nature. Local taste-maker Ryan Bailey, a biology major and Washington native, embraces his own skin -- and looks flaw-free while doing so. Continue reading t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2013

    The Gathering of the Clouds at the Walnut Room, 3/8/13 (review and photos)

    GATHERING OF THE CLOUDS @ WALNUT ROOM |3/8/13 Despite Victoria Cecilia's illness, Gliss managed to put in a solid performance at Gathering of the Clouds last night at the Walnut Room. If she indeed needed the cough drop she had half-jokingly solicited from the audience, you couldn't tell from her s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Velvet Acid Christ at Casselman's, 2/9/13

    VELVET ACID CHRIST @ CASSELMAN'S BAR AND VENUE | 2/9/13 At one point or another during Velvet Acid Christ's set, Bryan Erickson became winded, and he joked about how it was the altitude. He then said it was probably that he was out of shape because of too much eating, and then noted how at this age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Menswear Mondays: Graphic designer Vladimir Von shares his DIY style

    While temperatures were certainly frigid this past weekend, some people managed to remain stylish even in this cruel climate. One was Vladimir Von, a graphic designer from California who uses buttons, studs and patches to create his own look. Keep reading to find out what music Von is into, where he ... More >>

  • Film

    November 15, 2012
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    November 9, 2012

    Oliver Ackerman of A Place to Bury Strangers on the joys of creating Total Sonic Annihilation

    A Place to Bury Strangers makes the kind of guitar rock that doesn't just carry melody but is rather a palpable, elemental presence in the room. From early on, the act drew immediate comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, the Cure and Big Black, as critics searched for adequate an ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2012


    Beast Within 

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    John Moore among 19 taking Denver Post buyouts, layoffs not expected

    Update: At last, we've got the complete list of Denver Post employees who have or will be leaving the paper after accepting a buyout offer: nineteen staffers from various departments, including editors, reporters and photographers. Perhaps most surprising: John Moore, the paper's theater critic and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Q&A: Ukulele Loki on performing at Red Rocks, his influences and a new EP

    Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra. Aaron Johnson is pictured far right.Aaron Johnson has a lot on his plate right now. He teaches fifth-graders by day, and by night he's taking classes to get certified in teaching English as a Second Language. He's also a Geeks Who Drink quizmaster. But tonight? Ton ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Could a craft-beer souvenir store fly at Denver International Airport?

    Flying Dog beer would be a great take-home gift from DIA.​As we report in this week's Off Limits, there's a good explanation why you can't buy growlers of craft beer at Denver International Airport (as you can at the Portland airport, as Jonathan Shikes recently discovered: Colorado law limits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Auntie Anne operator cries foul over Denver International Airport's plan for concessionaires

    ​The uproar over the forthcoming billion-dollar makeover at Denver International Airport, including a new hotel and train station, has focused largely on the price tag and the potential hike in air fares that the ambitious expansion might trigger. But the operator of one of the oldest concessi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Shaun Durkan of Weekend talks about Sports and the foibles of music journalism

    ​Formed in 2009, Weekend started out as a trio comprised of guys from punk and hardcore bands in the Bay Area who wanted to do something with a broader sonic palette. Often compared to My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain, Weekend doesn't really sound like either so much as a pop ban ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Pretty Lights, Ween and Jay-Z filled our playlists this week

    ​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

    July 20, 2010

    Fugazi opening its live archives: Five bands that should follow suit.

    ​Have you heard the good/great news? Legendary punk band Fugazi is opening the vaults and releasing recordings of pretty much every live show the band has ever played. As a group with a reputation for incredible live shows who doesn't do a lot of touring these days, that's great news for fans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Be still our teenaged hearts: The Cure's Disintegration getting deluxe treatment

    ​On June 8, just a little late for its 21st birthday, the Cure's classic album Disintegration is getting the kind of super-deluxe reissue treatment that should make goth kids, ex-goth kids and dudes named Rhett very, very, very happy. In addition to the de rigeur remastered album, Robert Smi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Monolith Q&A: Red Wire Black Wire

    ​Often compared to New Wave bands of the early '80s -- especially the Human League --Brooklyn, New York's Red Wire Black Wire, uses synthesizers as a primary compositional instrument. Described by the New Music Express as having an icy sound, the immediacy and sincerity of Doug Walters's vocal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Last night: The Dead Weather at the Ogden Theatre

    Jon Solomon​The Dead Weather, Tyvek The Ogden August 17, 2009 Better Than: Porn What's your Jack White flavor? Are you a vanilla fan, a consumer of the pale white God of garage rock, or would you prefer vintage chocolate Jack, shy and drinking moonshine? Or perhaps you're interested in our ... More >>

  • Film

    April 2, 2009
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    January 26, 2009

    Meat Puppets at Bluebird Theater

    Meat Puppets with Shaky HandsSaturday, January 24, 2009Bluebird TheaterBetter Than: Not seeing such a deservedly legendary band.Shaky Hands from Portland, Oregon, opened the show with its own brand of countrified indie rock. There was nothing languid about the performance of this four-piece: Bright, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008

    Fascination Street: War of Words

    What we have here in our country is a clash of some old political ideologies. Some people are all up on the “Hope for Change” tip, while others are all like, “Change, sure, but not on my dime.” On one hand you have a hint of classique socialist reform. It makes sense. It’s seems to be the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Live Review: The New Year, Houses, Fell at Larimer Lounge

    Photo: Allison Smith The New Year, Houses, Fell Monday, September 29, 2008 Larimer Lounge Better than: Most bands playing today. Playing together since before who knows when, the Brothers Kadane (Matt & Bubba) have made music that is both intelligent and intensely moving. Whether it was in mid- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008
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    August 13, 2008

    The blog shortcut, August 13 edition

    Don't hate Robert Smith because he's beautiful... Blogmania: catch it! There's been some kind of blog explosion over at Backbeat Online today. Cast your gaze upon live reviews of Rx Bandits and the Pseudo Dates; a slideshow of Machine Gun Blues' swan song; news of Sleeper Horse's drummer search; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Live Review: Film School, Moonspeed and Ascaris at Larimer Lounge

    Photo: Tom Murphy Moonspeed sounded great despite subpar sound. Film School, Moonspeed and Ascaris Sunday, July 13, 2008 Larimer Lounge Better Than: Having to catch the next Moonspeed show at Red Rocks, where most of the crowd won’t appreciate the music. The sound at the Larimer Lounge didn’t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008
  • Music

    October 11, 2007

    Shout Out Louds

    Tuesday, October 16, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Hot Hot Heat

    Happiness Ltd.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007

    The Working Women of Wellington

    August 14, 2007 Wellington, New Zealand Subject: The Ambassadors of Penzance Boss, CJ’s was located a few blocks away from my motel in the capitol of Kiwi-land. Just a pink neon sign and an empty doorway painted sea foam green, sharing the building with an auto body shop full of dismantled 1987 ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2007


    Friday, March 23, Oriental Theater, 303-455-2124.

  • Music

    September 21, 2006

    Xiu Xiu

    Saturday, September 23, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Matt Pond PA

    Saturday, February 25, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Broken Spindles

    Inside/Absent (Saddle Creek)

  • Music

    April 28, 2005


    Wednesday, May 4, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2005

    Art Head

    Cheech doles out advice on his second-favorite subject.

  • Music

    November 11, 2004

    David Dondero

    Thursday, November 11, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-0959.

  • Music

    October 21, 2004

    Killing Time

    The Killers move forward into the past.

  • Music

    August 26, 2004


    Thursday, August 26, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Music

    August 12, 2004


    Tuesday, August 17, Coors Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    August 12, 2004

    Boys Do Cry

    The Cure nearly broke apart -- but made a fine new album instead.

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    The Cure

    The Cure (Geffen)

  • Film

    October 2, 2003

    Heading South

    Herod's Law sharply skewers dirty Mexican politics.

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Cursive and Eastern Youth

    8 Teeth to Eat You/split CD (Better Looking/Five One)

  • News

    November 29, 2001

    The Wizard at Odds

    While McGwire picked the right time to retire, Jordan tries to outrun the clock.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Ill Fly Away

    With his Colorado Flyers, coach Tony Wells makes tracks.

  • News

    September 9, 1999

    Back in Black

    The goth culture is in for a dark time at Arvada West High School.

  • Music

    November 26, 1998

    Westward Ho

    Stabbing Westward explores a world of darkness.

  • Music

    January 15, 1998
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