• Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    The Nine Best Concerts in Denver This Week

    As with last weekend, there's a decent assortment of acts, from Skrillex at Balch Fieldhouse at CU-Boulder with GTA, Nadastrom and Alesia, as well as Sondre Lerche, Big Freedia, Shonen Knife and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. The rest of our picks are below.

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    September 29, 2014

    How Big Gigantic Is Testing the Limits of EDM, With Help From Funk Band the Motet

    Boulder-based Big Gigantic -- the instrumental livetronica, hip-hop, jazz and electronic duo -- took the Red Rocks stage this weekend for its third annual "Rowdy Town" show. The group collaborated with Denver-based funk band the Motet to do a full band set each night. Dominic Lalli, saxophonist of ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    Skrillex, Robert Plant, Dillon Francis Shows on Sale This Week

    As part of his 27-date 2014 American fall tour, Skrillex headlines CU's Balch Fieldhouse on Wednesday, October 15 with GTA, Nadastrom and Alesia on the bill as well. Early bird tickets ($40, available while supplies last) and general admission seats ($50) go on sale Friday, August 15 at 10 a.m. Ro ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Red Rocks shooting: Westword's Mary Willson documents the four hours it took to escape

    Editor's note: Backbeat contributors Bree Davies and Mary Willson were at Red Rocks last week when shots were fired at an SUV whose passengers included Schoolboy Q. On Tuesday, we shared Davies's story. This is Wilson's account. Before being stuck in a parking lot at Red Rocks a week ago today, I h ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    What Kaskade's small-venue tour says about the future of dance music

    Kaskade is embarking on a small-venue tour, which is quite the change for the Grammy nominated EDM producer. Ask any DJ and producer who was spinning/attending shows in the '90s, or even into the early 2000s, and the general consensus would be that it's a great lifestyle, but not one that would ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    How the M Machine went from playing guitars and pianos to pushing dance music's boundaries

    Bands like San Francisco-based M Machine are helping American dance music grow and spread its reach into every genre. What started out as three friends working in a parallel field -- audio tracking for video games -- snowballed into a full-on band, complete with as-it-happens video production and li ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014



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    January 8, 2014

    Wuki on EDM's shared vibe: "I don't think there's a rock band that can capture that mood"

    Kris Barman was one of the founding members of Innerpartysystem. Before that band split, Barman had already done some program-ming and synthesizer work on his own. On one tour, in fact, he even gave pointers to Sonny "Skrillex" Moore, when the EDM superstar was getting his start in that style of mus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    The best EDM shows in Denver in November

    SAT | MICHAL MENERT at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 11/16/13 Since his debut solo album Dreaming of Something Bigger, Michal Menert has been steadily touring the country building a grassroots following in the same way Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights did when first hit the scene. Menert has one fans ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Update: HARD Red Rocks lineup announced

    Update, 3/28/13: HARD has released the lineup for HARDFest at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Page down to see the poster with the full roster of acts. Good news! We just got word from HARD Events, the producers behind the HARD Haunted Mansion, HARD Summer and Holy Ship!! cruise, that the massive EDM spect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Why EDM is thriving while other genres aren't

    DJs are the new rock stars? Maybe. (Although chefs are already the new rock stars.) Still, the big name DJs do seem to be living pretty large, what with the constant travel to exotic locations, goofily-clad fans, eager women, drugs and parties. Just swap MacBooks for guitars and it doesn't look so d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    The ten best dubstep shows of 2012

    Let's face it: 2012 can go down in history as the year that dubstep came out. Granted, the scene and genre have been around since the late '90s and early 2000s, but it was in 2012 that they finally took over the airwaves. With Denver being a mecca of dubstep in America and all, Backbeat reflected on ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    The ten worst EDM songs of 2012

    The year 2012 has been a great year for those us who immersed ourselves in the EDM scene. We got a lot of great music, both locally and internationally -- but that doesn't mean there wasn't a plethora of crap released alongside the worthwhile. To honor those lackluster moments, Backbeat culled the b ... 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 >>

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    December 12, 2012

    The ten best EDM shows of 2012

    Well before the rise of electronic dance music in the mainstream, Colorado has always been a strong hold for EDM. This past year we saw more acts than ever come through town, including a record number of which that performed at Red Rocks. We were on hand for most of them, and below we've compiled a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Skrillex and Knife Party at 1STBANK, 10/31/12

    SKRILLEX AND KNIFE PARTY @ 1STBANK CENTER | 10/31/12 As a katana of turquoise and green lasers sliced through the Skrilliens on the second level of 1STBANK, the tag-teaming headliners Skrillex and Knife Patty traded licks on the crowd with effortless chemistry. First it was Dillon Francis's "Masta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    The ten best concerts this week: 10/29-11/2

    Happy Monday, amigos. Hope you didn't go too hard this past weekend -- though, judging from the pics from Rockbar's last call, some of you apparently did -- because there's at least four truckloads of shows (including Ryan Adams acoustic set at Boulder Theater tonight) going down this week, which me ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    September 12, 2012

    (UPDATE) New Concerts: Skrillex vs Knife Party, Bob Dylan and Green Day at 1STBANK

    A bunch of new shows this week. The two biggest of the bunch: Bob Dylan, whose new album, Tempest , hits the stores today, is coming to the 1STBANK Center for a two-night stand in late October, and Green Day, due for a date at the Broomfield venue in February. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, meanwhile, br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Ten best concerts of the summer

    Summer's over -- well, at least according to the time-tested, seasonal benchmark, the annual passing of Labor Day. Of course it still feels like we might burst into flames at any moment, but whatever. The Taste of Colorado has foist its parade of also-rans upon us and Phish has now come and gone, bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    More fun with animated GIFs: See the smooth moves of the world's top DJs and producers

    The chief criticism of electronic dance music and its massive rise to prominence is that there just isn't much going on behind the tables. Detractors contend that the DJs and producers that command capacity crowds these days bring little more to the party than a bunch of bells and whistles -- or LED ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Skrillex at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 8/9/12

    SKRILLEX @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8.9.12 See Also: - Dubstep for Dummies - Dubstep Parking Lot - Review: Skrillex at 1STBANK Center, 10/31/11 - Review: Skrillex at Beta, 3/31/11 - Review: Skrillex at Fox, 12/16/10 - Q&A: Skrillex on his stage name To put Skrillex's show last night at Red Rocks i ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    The bold and the body-painted: In the parking lot with Skrillex fans

    See also: - Slideshow: Skrillex at Red Rocks - Skrillex at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 8/9/12 - Dubstep for Dummies - Dubstep Parking Lot Last night, Skrillex and his fans hit Red Rocks like a shipwreck. Seriously, that's the metaphor our reviewer, Britt Chester, used for the noisy, dynamic and neon-o ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012


    Thursday, August 9, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

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    July 23, 2012

    Global Dance Festival's most overplayed songs

    See Also: - Global Dance Festival's ten best drops - People of Global Dance Festival 2012 - People of Global Dance Festival 2011 - Colorado's dance scene was Global before EDM became mainstream - 50 Most Memorable People at Global Dance Festival It's inevitable: When you cram over fifty of the bigg ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Global Dance Festival 2012 tip sheet: The twenty must-see acts on the bill at this year's GDF

    See Also: - Global Dance Festival 2012 Survival Guide - Colorado's dance scene was Global before EDM became mainstream - Show us your best rage face and win a pair of tickets to GDF - 50 Most Memorable People at Global Dance Festival - People of Global Dance Festival 2011 This year's Global Dance F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Porter Robinson on Colorado rage heads and the importance of having your own style as a DJ

    See Also: Tonight: Porter Robinson at the Boulder Theater Tomorrow: Porter Robinson at the Ogden Theatre Porter Robinson started making electronic music at the age of thirteen using Sony ACID Pro, but he didn't perform his music live in front of an audience until a handful of years later. Since th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Dubstep for Dummies, a primer for newly-minted dubstep fans (infographic)

    So thanks to our pal Skrillex and his utterly inescapable ubiquitousness since the Grammys, dubstep has steadily made its way into the mainstream to the chagrin of true aficionados and the delight of unsuspecting casual music fans. But for as many newbies that have embraced the low-end sound, there' ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Die Antwoord, Jack White and Five Finger Death Punch lead this week's new shows

    Oh, man, just when you think the upcoming concert season couldn't get any more stacked there's even more new shows to look forward to. We've received word that Die Antwoord is finally making its way to Denver on Monday, August 6, along with dates with Jack White, Andrew Bird, Sublime with Rome, Five ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

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

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, Umphrey's Mcgee and more were announced; Overcasters, Lumineers, Churchill and the Jekylls got spins on local radio; and recent albums from the Sh ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    The Ting Tings: "We didn't mean what we were singing. It was bullshit lyrics, bullshit sounds"

    The Ting Tings (due at the Ogden Theatre this Saturday, March 31) were one of the first bands to emerge from the Apple iPod commercials in 2008. Thanks to the overnight exposure of "Shut Up and Let Me Go," the band went from being a blogged-about British import to becoming a major player in American ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/12

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 6, 2012

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

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Madonna, Jeff Mangum, the String Cheese Incident, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King and more were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent a ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Wait, so Dave Grohl doesn't hate dance music? Evidently not.

    So Dave Grohl, through his peeps at Nasty Little Man, just clarified the seemingly incendiary remarks he made during his acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards last weekend when he was picking up his Gramophone trophy. Turns out, as suspected, he wasn't ripping on dance music specifically, his com ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Re:Generation strives to break down barriers

    This past Sunday during his acceptance speech on behalf of his band the Foo Fighters for Best Rock Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy awards, Dave Grohl made some comments that stirred the ire of some folks. Lauding the fact that Wasting Light, the album in question, had been recorded in his gara ... More >>

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    February 14, 2012

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

    ​ Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Avett Brothers, James Taylor, Blues Traveler and Gogol Bordello were announced; Gauntlet Hair, Hindershot and Fierce Bad Rabbit got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Van Halen, Dr. ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

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

    Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring the Shins, James Taylor and Explosions in the Sky were announced; In the Whale, Tennis and FaceMan got spins on local radio; and recent albums from Leonard Cohen, Matador, Young Jeezy and Lana Del Rey ... More >>

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    February 5, 2012

    Super Bowl commercials: Elton John, Flavor Flav, Echo and the Bunnymen and more

    See also: Top 5 Greatest Super Bowl halftime shows and Video: M.I.A. flips off Super Bowl audience during halftime show So we all know that half the fun of watching the Super Bowl is seeing all the commercials. If you missed them for whatever reason -- your loud mouth buddy was yapping about this ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Re:Generation director Amir Bar-Lev: "I think real music lovers do their homework"

    What happens when contemporary electronic musicians, DJs and producers are teamed with old masters of rock, jazz, soul and country? That's the question posed by the new documentary Re:Generation, which opens for a limited run of screenings around Denver on February 16. The film follows musical colla ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" goes platinum, revives Etta James sample

    Update 1/20/12: Some sad news just coming in from California just now. Etta James has reportedly passed away at the age of 73 due to complications associated with leukemia. RIP, Etta. Originally posted 1/11/12: Etta James is having a hell of a year. Aside from battling leukemia and dementia, being ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Korn at Fillmore Auditorium on February 27

    ​Korn is coming to the Fillmore Auditorium on Monday, February 27, with Kill the Noise. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday on the band's website, and go on-sale otherwise to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. Gotta hand it to the dudes. Who thought they'd still be a topic of con ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Ten Best Electronic Shows of 2011

    How does one go about defining the best electronic music shows of the year? A lot goes into it, trust me. There is the production aspect, which looks upon the lighting choreography and the overall visual spectacle. Then, there is the actual music, which volleys between producers and DJs, both of whi ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Review: Skrillex at 1STBANK Center, 10/31/11

    Eric GruneisenSkrillex as Corey Feldman or vice versa?​SKRILLEX at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/31/11Skrillex's performance last night at 1STBANK is one for the books. Thanks to the live synched projector mapping, coupled with two towering LED screens on both sides, the electronic artist whose given na ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    A dozen cost-effective (read: cheap) music-related costume ideas for Halloween

    ​Sometimes, you just don't have the cash lying around to splurge on that expensive Halloween costume. Fear not, young heathens! We have compiled a list of costumes for you that cost nearly nothing. In fact, you probably have the materials lying around the house. Click through for some ideas. A ... More >>

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    September 7, 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 Tech N9ne, Lucinda Williams and Jimmy Buffet were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Monroe Monroe, Air Dubai, Spires and Popcult all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new a ... More >>

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    July 16, 2011

    Review: Night Two Global Dance Festival, 7/15/11

    GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL at RED ROCKS | 7/15/11Photo by Britt Chester​The line-up for the second night of Global Dance Festival had some big names on the main stage including Skrillex, Nero, Major Lazer and the night ending, ultimate party killer, LMFAO. The top stage was full of electro fans tre ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Global Dance Festival, Full Moon Gathering and more on this weekend's Dance Card

    ​The big news this weekend is, of course, Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre -- but if massives aren't your cup of tea, there are plenty more underground and club events taking place this weekend. Keep reading to see what's on our Dance Card:

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    December 16, 2010
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