• Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    Ikey Owens Was Great Even When No One Was Watching

    Isaiah "Ikey" Owens would have turned forty on December 1, but heart failure on October 14, 2014 took him from us before that could happen. Those who knew him best have already offered their memories and condolences. He was a great mentor and friend to various musicians around the country, but certa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Cricket on the Hill Was the Great Equalizer of the Denver Music Scene

    From 1963 until March 15, 2008 The Cricket On The Hill (located at 1209 East 13th Avenue) was a dive bar that hosted bands of pretty much every conceivable genre and level of notoriety. Denver's godfathers of noise Page 27 played there -- so did nearly every other band in town over the years. It was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Bright Channel Was Denver's Last Great Shoegaze Band

    Bright Channel was one of the most widely respected bands in the Denver underground scene during its relatively short existence. From February 2002 through the fall of 2007, the trio flooded small bars and large venues with its colossal sound. Though it would probably today be called a shoegaze band ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    49 of the Hi-Dive's Most Unbelievable Shows

    This weekend, the hi-dive is celebrating eleven years of existence, with two years under its current ownership. When the club opened for business in the old location of 7 South and Quixote's True Blue, it represented a sea change in places where one could see original, underground music. In its earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Denver Does Denver Proved the Lack of Barriers in the Local Scene

    In 2009 and 2010, Yuzo Nieto of Pink Hawks and Adam Gildar put together a festival of a different stripe: The concept was that Denver bands covered songs by their own favorite Denver bands. The result was an eclectic and affectionate affair featuring obscure and more well-known artists. The covers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Sam Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Jenny Lewis All Announce Denver Shows

    As part of his first ever American arena tour, British singer-songwriter Sam Smith stops at the 1STBANK Center on Monday, January 26. Tickets ($35-$75) go on sale on Friday, October 24 at 10 a.m. A reunited Sleater-Kinney, who just announced its first new album in ten years is due in January, hit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    The Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages: Part Two

    Editor: Please see the Author's note on this new photo-driven series at the end of this article. In this second part (read part one here) of the Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages, we're going to use a few bands of the era to spotlight some of the important venues. Not every band played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    The fifteen best female-fronted fuzz guitar bands

    In the past few years, fuzz guitars have come conspicuously back to the forefront, and they're being played by some female-led outfits that sound like they came straight out of mid '90s, the time when Juliana Hatfield, Liz Phair and Courtney Love were queens of the Sam Goody racks. With jangly and d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Punk Rock Karaoke invites you to sing along to Bikini Kill and Jawbreaker for a good cause

    Rebel girls and rude boys, this one's for you: tonight's Punk Rock Karaoke invites everyone to sing along with his or her favorite songs for a good cause, as the Denver Health Collective hosts a traveling repertoire of punk hits. The karaoke project makes its first stop in Denver -- which also acts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 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 shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Sin Desires Marie on Fugazi and the puzzling novelty of women playing powerful music

    Tom Murphy​In the eloquent liner notes of Sin Desires Marie, the band's sole full-length, bassist Yoon Park explains that Sin Desires Marie (due tonight at Glob for this weekend's Titwrench Festival) was started by friends who learned how to play their respective instruments as they learned to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2011

    Miracleman, Bury My Bones, Night of Joy and Thee Goochi Boiz at Rockaway Tavern, March 5, 2011

    Tom MurphyMiracleman​ Miracleman, Bury My Bones, Night of Joy and Thee Goochi Boiz Rockaway Tavern | March 5, 2011 Miracleman set up on the floor in front of the stage. The duo, comprised of Chris Westin and Sara Century, had a bedraggled drum set, keyboards, a tape player with samples and a ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Q&A with Janet Weiss of Quasi

    ​ Since 1993, Quasi has released a series of albums underscoring the fact that sad songs don't have to sound like surrender. Instead, as Quasi's material often displays, there can be a feisty defiance to the inner grey skies and rain. The act comprises yeyboardist Sam Coomes, who played in He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Q&A with Stephen Malkmus

    Stephen Malkmus, left, with his band, the Jicks. Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is an eccentric fellow, which explains in large part the idiosyncracies of this Q&A, conducted for a Westword profile published in advance of his Thursday, November 6, appearance at the Gothic Theatre. But th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    Last Night...Dresden Dolls, Smoosh and Ukulele Loki @ the Ogden Theatre

    Photo by Chris Velarde The Dresden Dolls, Smoosh, and Ukulele Loki and the Gadabout Orchestra Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Ogden Theatre Better Than: Not dressing up in clothes from the movie Cabaret. The Dresden Dolls throng was out in full force last night, but only about half of them donned the requis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008
  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    On the Download

    Linking you to the best in legitimate, artist-approved exclusives.

  • Music

    February 15, 2007

    Viva Voce

    This couple makes marriage seem cool.

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Two Ton Boa

    Saturday, November 4, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

  • Music

    May 18, 2006

    Various Artists

    The Sound the Hare Heard (Kill Rock Stars)

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Hanukkah Songs

    Wherein we find the coining of our new favorite word: Jew-pergroup.

  • Music

    May 19, 2005


    The Woods (Sub Pop)

  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    Ms. Led

    Thursday, April 7, 15th Street Tavern, 303-572-0822.

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    The Gossip

    Tuesday, November 9, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.

  • Music

    July 22, 2004

    Homeward Sound

    After six years in Portland, the Minders revisit the city that put their pop on the map.

  • Music

    June 10, 2004

    Wright of Passage

    Juggling pain, loss, hope and rage, Shannon Wright just wants a little truth.

  • Music

    October 2, 2003

    Grave Expectations

    Pretty Girls Make Graves is dealing with the pressures that come with making brilliant music.

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    Nerves You Right

    Erase Errata's abrasive strain of avant-rock gets on your nerves in a good way.

  • Music

    April 10, 2003


    Pearl Jam accuses the Rocky Mountain News of uneven flow.

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    The Go-Betweens

    bright yellow bright orange (Jetset)

  • Music

    August 1, 2002
  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 28, 2002

  • Music

    October 11, 2001

    A Frustrating Mess

    Beulah leader Miles Kurosky's dark nights lead to pure pop sunshine.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

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

  • Music

    June 22, 2000

    Tin Huey

    (Future Fossil Records/P.O.S. Records)
    Complete Recordings 1987-1989
    (Innerstate Records)

  • Music

    May 4, 2000


    All Hands on the Bad One
    (Kill Rock Stars)

  • Music

    February 17, 2000

    The Rockfords

    The Rockfords

  • Music

    October 21, 1999

    Sweet Emotion

    Hip-hop rock-fusionist band Rainbow Sugar believes it's a Wonderful life.

  • Music

    October 21, 1999


    Poor Little Knitter on the Road and Quasi

  • Music

    June 10, 1999

    Pucker Up

    The Kiss Offs don't mind giving you a little lip.

  • Music

    March 18, 1999
  • Music

    March 4, 1999

    My Dinner With St. Andre

    The ex-Denverites-turned-San Franciscans in St. Andre get cerebral.

  • Calendar

    October 15, 1998

    Night & Day

    October 15 - 21, 1998

  • Music

    October 15, 1998

    The Hype Report

    Sleater-Kinney is a critic's favorite that makes music you might actually enjoy.

  • Music

    August 27, 1998

    My Seven Hours With Lilith

    A chromosome-challenged critic gets in touch with his feminine side.

  • Music

    March 12, 1998

    Everything's Peechees

    The punk-rock entrepreneur behind one of the music's finest bands.

  • Music

    December 25, 1997

    And the Winners Are ...

    Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.

  • Music

    July 17, 1997
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