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    August 30, 2013

    The best shows in Denver this weekend

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | FRI-SUN, 8/29/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day e ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/30/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day extra ... More >>

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    June 20, 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 ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    More and more, you've probably noticed an influx of Internet jukeboxes, the kind that offer a seemingly endless assortment of songs, cropping up in bars. But there are still a handful of spots rocking old school CD jukeboxes that require a bit of taste-making. Here's the ten best, including this yea ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013
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    January 22, 2013

    The Walkmen at Ogden Theatre, 01/21/13

    THE WALKMEN @ THE OGDEN THEATRE | 01/21/13 Like a punk band scoring a gothic Western, the Walkmen delivered a set at the Ogden last night that came off as a unique chemistry of contrasts. Blending all the feverish energy of rockabilly inside a tightly controlled package of casual style, the band tu ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Our top five spins this week, September 24-30

    In this very special edition of Heavy Rotation, you not only get a through-the-keyhole view of our musical proclivities, but you also get a few words from us on our top pick of the week. Keep reading to find out what Mark Sanders considers musical comfort food, why Kelsey Whipple can't think of Spac ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    My Morning Jacket's Jim James on the idea of letting fans tweet the songs they want to hear

    See Also: My Morning Jacket at Red Rocks, 8/3/12 - 8/4/12 Having formed in the late '90s, Louisville, Kentucky's My Morning Jacket has continued to evolve over the course of six studio albums. At the same time, the band has managed to hang on to that reverb-drenched magnetism that fueled its first ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Denver's ten best karaoke bars

    While there are a countless number of places to do karaoke around town, we've picked ten best spots to conjure your inner crooner. Some of these places cater to singers every night of the week, while others only do karaoke on specific nights. Page down to see which spots made the list. Did your favo ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at 1STBANK Center, 4/19/12

    TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS @ 1STBANK CENTER | 4/19/12"Tonight, we thought it would be fun...," Tom Petty said a few songs into two-hour set, "we're going to go pretty deep into some deep tracks for you tonight." Sure enough, Petty & the Heartbreakers ran through a number of hits during the second ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Johnny Cash: The five most memorable portrayals of the man in black

    "Hello. I'm Johnny Cash." That was enough of an introduction for the country legend himself, but Cash's legacy has surpassed that simplicity. In his nearly fifty-year career, Cash played himself in dozens of film and television spots, but his death in 2003 opened the gates for others to take up the ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Ryan Adams, Lotus and more

    Update: The Ryan Adams show originally slated for tonight the Temple Buell has been postponed until tomorrow night. The Dr. Dog show has also been postponed, but a new date has not been announced. What's a little snow? Blizzard schmizzard. There's too much great music this weekend to stay at home. ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Cass McCombs

    Friday, February 3, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    January 26, 2012

    American Idol in Aspen: Magic Cyclops befriends Steven Tyler... 'nuf said

    ​The fourth episode of American Idol auditions took us four hours from the Mile High City to Aspen, where we saw many a Denver hopeful either break through to the Hollywood round or get the good ol' Randy Jackson boot. Unlike previous audition episodes thus far in the season, last night we fi ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    John Bowers of Nurses on the band's evolving sound

    Nurses (due at the hi-dive this Sunday, January 15) moved around a bit before settling down in Portland and completely shedding its previous, more rockist, musical identity. Having pretty much reinvented itself for its 2009 album, Apple's Acre, Nurses sounds as though some eccentric songwriters got ... More >>

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    December 18, 2011

    Review: Ian Cooke at Curious Theatre, 12/16/11

    A.H. GoldsteinIan Cooke and his band at the Curious Theatre for his Fortitude release party.IAN COOKE @ CURIOUS THEATRE | 12.16.11Ian Cooke made a wise choice in choosing the Curious Theatre to debut songs from Fortitude, his new full-length. The release show, which featured supporting performances ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Roger Daltry, Howard Jones, Boris, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Dax Riggs and more this weekend

    Catch Roger Daltry at 1STBANK on Sunday​Another enticing weekend for music in the Mile High City: Dax Riggs closes out his two night stand at the Larimer Lounge, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular illuminates the Fillmore on Friday, Cymbals Eat Guitars crash the hi-dive, Howard Jones plays his f ... More >>

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    September 18, 2011

    Review: Goldrush Festival Day 2 at Delite and the Hi-Dive, September 17, 2011

    Tom MurphyHappy New Year​Day two of Goldrush Festival also felt like you had stepped into an alternate universe where a good friend with good taste in music was introducing you to his or her favorite bands of the moment were gathered together in one place instead of being handed some kind of m ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Chris Isaak

    Friday, July 8, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1-877-435-9849.

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    June 16, 2011

    Westword Music Showcase 2011

    The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers

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    May 16, 2011

    The Cars at the Fillmore Auditorium, 05/15/11

    AN EVENING WITH THE CARS 05.15.11 | Fillmore Auditorium Within the pantheon of rock and roll, there are relics, and there living legends. Last night at the Fillmore, on the fourth show of its current tour, the Cars proved that they are far from antiquity. In fact, the quartet blew a packed house ... More >>

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    March 20, 2011

    Drive-By Truckers at the Ogden Theatre, 3/19/11

    Jon SolomonDRIVE-BY TRUCKERS With Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels 03.19.11 | Ogden Theatre After being on the road pretty much nonstop since the beginning of February, the Drive-By Truckers rounded out this leg of their tour with a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre before heading back ... More >>

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    August 17, 2009

    Over the weekend: Green Day at Pepsi Center

    Billy Joe Armstrong engages the crowd (Aaron Thackeray)​Green Day, Franz Ferdinand Pepsi Center Saturday, August 15, 2009Better than: Hanging out with eleven-year-olds at an indoor recreation center. The members of Green Day and their crew tried with all their might to summon the spirit of an old ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009
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    July 2, 2009
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    February 12, 2009
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    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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    September 4, 2008
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    July 19, 2008
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    June 26, 2008

    Johnathan Rice

    Wednesday, July 2, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    March 20, 2008

    Justin Townes Earle

    Tuesday, March 25, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    January 18, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: The All-Soundtrack Edition

    Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood (Nonesuch) Pop stars who try to establish themselves as serious composers are typically asking for trouble, embarrassment or some combination thereof. Think of Billy Joel: Even though he's spent much of the past decade focusing on classical music, fans who turn u ... More >>

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    December 6, 2007

    Devil Doll

    Friday, December 7, Bender's Tavern, 303-861-7070.

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    August 30, 2007

    Sweet Emotion

    Sometimes sad songs say so much.

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    May 5, 2005

    The Raveonettes

    Pretty in Black (Columbia)

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    September 30, 2004

    East Meets West

    Tan Dun's Passion merges cultures

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    June 26, 2003

    Voices Carry

    With a buoyant new album, Voices Underwater is rising to the surface.

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    June 26, 2003

    Basses Loaded

    Chicago's Brokeback takes some of the noise out of Illinois.

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    March 22, 2001

    Cave Exploring

    Nick Cave opens up about his most fascinating creation: himself.

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    February 22, 2001

    Frazer's Edge

    Paula Frazer artfully crosses the country divide with Tarnation. As a solo artist, she sticks more to the shadows.

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    December 21, 2000

    Dwight Yoakam

    Tomorrow's Sounds Today (Reprise)

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    August 24, 2000

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    These cops have a beat, but can you dance to it?

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    June 22, 2000

    They Grow on You

    The Kudzu Kings' hybrid country takes root across America.

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    March 9, 2000

    Road Rules

    Guitarist Patty Larkin is a tour de force.

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    December 2, 1999

    Wake-up Call

    Sleepy LaBeef hasn't tired of American roots.

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    October 28, 1999


    The Aluminum Group, Patricia Barber, Schneider TM, The Souvenirs

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    August 19, 1999

    He Carries That Weight

    Julian Lennon returns to music with a new album and new light to shed on his famous father.

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    March 4, 1999

    In His Life

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

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    May 31, 1995



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