Music is a tough game. As a profession, it's one of the riskiest. Stars rise and fall almost overnight, and a career of a few years often seems the best a musician can hope for. Some transcend this uncertainty to become lasting legends. Others have more complicated and challenging paths that lead th ... More >>
If you're the type of person who don't see nothin' wrong with a little bump n' grind, then gather round. This one's for you. During the hypersexualized years of the Clinton era, the potent blend of R&B that took hold had a penchant for cliched, over-the-top lyrics about gettin' busy, getting freakin ... More >>
"WEIRD" AL YANKOVIC @ BOULDER THEATER | SUN, 7/21/13 "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany parodies catapulted him to fame in the '80s, back when pop culture was in dire need of some deflation. He never got critical props for his oddball iconoclasm, though, and after his 1989 film, UHF tanked at the box office ... More >>
ALABAMA SHAKES @ OGDEN THEATER | 3/9/13 There were too many musical threads to count during Alabama Shakes' dynamic and dizzying performance at the Ogden Theatre. During the most heart-rending moments of "Be Mine," for example, vocalist and guitarist Brittany Howard summoned the spirits of James Br ... More >>
You Me And Apollo from Fort Collins started out as the solo project of Brent Cowles when he was seventeen. Over the course of the last handful of years, Cowles has turned what was essentially a bedroom recording project into a full-fledged band. In 2011, Cowles released Cards With Cheats with a nasc ... More >>
Forty years ago, New York fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert set out to produce a runway show called Le Grand Divertissement à Versailles in 1973, a fundraising catwalk to save the dilapidated Palace of Versailles in France. But the fashion show -- which positioned American designers Oscar de la Ren ... More >>
Just because the temperature's dropping doesn't mean you have to hole up inside and browse the dregs of Netflix for something new on instant watch. We've got three events this week that are definitely worth braving the cold for -- and they're all free. From a Motown night with free fried chicken and ... More >>
If holiday presents and apocalypse preparation left you broke, don't worry. Denver is giving back this week, with lots of free events. From an Improv-a-Thon to a tribute to the godfather of soul to a pop-up shop and dance party, here are three of the best ways to celebrate the season while avoiding ... More >>
Noah Ray's grandmother probably never guessed that her waffle recipe would be served up at a bar -- yet, for some reason, it's a natural fit alongside fried chicken and Motown. After only a month and a half, Beauty Bar's newest venture already has a following of sweaty dancers and casual, chilled-ou ... More >>
One day, historians will look back and marvel at how blogs changed the music industry -- that is if they can avoid being distracted by the next big thing long enough to think analytically about history. Where just a few critics used to shape the tastes of music fans across country, now an army of bl ... More >>
Imagine this on a Tuesday night, when the week is still young: something old-school and just for the hell of it, a place where you can get funky and dance like you're fifteen again, in another time and century. That's what Motown Tuesday, the weekly dance night at Beauty Bar, is all about. See als ... More >>
See Also: - Hey, DJ! Q&A with Tyler "Danger" Jacobson - Photos: Mile High Soul Club at the Meadowlark - Denver's ten best dance clubs The soul mavens behind Mile High Soul Club grew up on a diet of Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and Motown 45s played by their parents. "My parents listened to '60s ... More >>
He was the backbone, part of the nerve center of a great rhythm and blues band that made the music of a bygone era live, breathe and jump again. But Donald "Duck" Dunn's musical accomplishments went far beyond the scripted praise he earned from John Belushi playing the fictional Jake Blues in the 19 ... More >>
Black History Month 2012 has been a doozy. Beginning with the tragic and shocking death of Don Cornelius to dealing with equally troubling news of Whitney Houston's passing as the month wore on. Most interesting about this time is the ways in which the music healed us. When Whitney died, DJs played ... More >>
Born Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. in 1939 in Washington, D.C., the singer also known as the Prince of Soul was the original panty-dropper. But while Gaye had a smooth, controlled voice that combined with an inherent sexiness for a swoon factor that was simply off the charts, he was far more than a mere se ... More >>
Thursday, June 30, City Hall Amphitheater, 303-832-8628.
Thursday, August 26, Soiled Dove Underground, 303-366-0007.
Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
Photo: Chad FahnestockBoyz II Men, Stevie B and Break EFXFriday, November 28, 2008Ogden TheaterBetter than: Listening to the recorded soundtrack from the ten-year high school reunion of any graduating class from the 1990s.The reactions varied wildly. When I told people that I was covering the Boyz I ... More >>
Three decades on, the Oakland ensemble still knows what is hip.
Thursday, January 11, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-468-7621.
Multiply (Warp Records)
Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.
Van Hunt (Capitol) The Soul of John Black (No Mayo)
Through injury, adversity and obscurity, Orlando Terrell struggles to keep his music alive.
Streets of London Pub
At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers.
Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (Motown)
Denver's film fest looks forward and back.
On his latest album, the Soulchild grows up.
India.Arie taps into a soulful past to create her own kind of wonderful.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Black on Both Sides
Al Green no longer separates church from state of mind.
THE MOST MEMORABLE ALBUMS OF 1994.