Soul Music

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The 9 best concerts in Denver this weekend

    Lorde and Robin Thicke are playing the Fillmore this weekend. Oh! Not together. No, it's a Saturday/Sunday situation. But do you know who would make one exceedingly odd twerking couple? Those two. Elsewhere, the great Tower of Power hits our neighbor to the south, D.R.I. will be yelling at Englewo ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    JJ Grey & Mofro at the Fillmore, 2/21/14

    JJ GREY & MOFRO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/21/14 This show at the Fillmore offered a full night of funk in various forms, from the cowfunk stomp of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to the slick and polished Motown meets Shel Silverstein funk of Keller Williams, culminating with JJ Grey and Mofro's down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Mad Professor on dub and the origins of dubstep: "the chicken came before the egg"

    One of the pioneers of dub and electronic dance music, Mad Professor was born Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser in Guyana. In the late '60s at the age of thirteen, he moved to London where his father was living. Fraser, who was an electronics whiz kid and had built his own studio by the mid '70s, became in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Five inspirational music career resurrections

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    The ten most brutally honest songwriters

    Let's be real: Most songwriting amounts to a bunch of vague amateur poetry with pretensions of profundity. In the midst of all the babble, though, periodically a lyricist will emerge who has the courage to write about things that are real, raw and personal. That kind of truly honest songwriting reli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli on being chased by Meat Loaf for helping himself to Meat's leftovers

    While the Afghan Whigs are probably not the first band people think of when they think of the '90s, album for album, the band consistently put out quality material. The outfit's soul-inflected rock, which could just as easily be called power pop even though it packed a lot more punch than some of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Dave Gonzalez of Paladins rockabilly fame on the Stone River Boys and playing country soul

    See Also: - Stone River Boys at Central City Roots Ruckus, 8/11/12 - Stone River Boys at El Diablo's Rockabilly and Ribs, 8/12/12 Starting in the '80s, guitarist Dave Gonzalez released a number of albums with the Southern California-based roots rockabilly trio the Paladins before later founding the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    Just as music collections say a lot about people, a jukebox can do the same for a bar; it often reflect the place's personality. A lot of times, variety is key to a well-stocked jukebox, and 3 Kings Tavern, this year's winner in the Best of Denver, had that with balls, to boot. Here's a look at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Marvin Gaye: The face and voice of black music

    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 >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2012
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    February 9, 2012

    Aretha Franklin is the greatest vocalist of all time

    Aretha Franklin is the greatest soul singer to ever live. She's the reason we have Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green, Adele, you name it. The singer, born Aretha Louise Franklin in March 1942, paved the way for all of the artists who followed. The Queen of Soul sang on a slew of hits such as "Natural Woma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's, on destroying candy bars and shi*tin' and spittin' up

    Lori Midson​ J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 This is part one of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. I got the gift of the Southern double name," drawls J. Michae ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    R.I.P. Don Cornelius

    On this, the first day of Black History Month 2012, there's some sad news coming out of Los Angeles: Don Cornelius, a legend who changed television forever, was found dead this morning at his home of an apparent suicide. The 75-year-old Chicago-bred civil rights-inspired journalist was the epitome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Win tickets to see Lalah Hathaway and others at this weekend's Vail Soul Music Festival

    See Lalah Hathaway this Friday at the Vail Soul Music Festival​If you don't already have plans and you're looking for something cool to do this weekend, we've got tickets to see Lalah Hathaway, Chaz Shepherd, Anthony David and more at the Vail Soul Music Festival this weekend. We've got two pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    John Legend on the resurgence of soul, touring with Sade and the foibles and fortunes of fame

    Catch John Legend tonight at the Pepsi Center with Sade​John Legend considers everything, especially when he's being interviewed. He pauses long enough for you to imagine him considering several inferior answers and tossing them before choosing one that sounds just right. Back in the fall of 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Homeless busker Dred Scott will brighten your day (VIDEO)

    Dred Scott may be homeless, but he's also got a real gift, a gift for performing R&B covers as if he were Marvin Gaye himself. The guy has chops, and thank god Tyler Ward, a Denver pop/rock artist, found him on 16th Street one day and chose to feature him on his Tyler Ward Featured Artist series on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Curren$y Jet Life Tour at Summit Music Hall, Trademark da Skydiver and more, 5/21/11

    Photo by Kate LevyCurren$y at the Summit Music Hall this past Saturday night CURREN$Y Trademark da Skydiver • Young Roddy • Smoke DZA Fiend • Corner Boy P • Monstabeatz 05.21.11 | Summit Music Hall View Curren$y at Summit Music Hall slideshow To paraphrase Katt Williams: "If you don't mes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    The Heavy's Kelvin Swaby talks about the band's music, Jim Jarmusch and Marmite.

    Joshua BradleyThe Heavy appears tonight at the Bluebird with Wallpaper​ The Noid isn't just that pesky pizza-chilling character from old Domino's commercials from the '80s. It's a region of England from which the neo-soul, garage rock band known as The Heavy hails. Fronted by the charismatic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Ten best divorce songs for Tiger Woods, or anyone else headed for Splitsville

    Turn up the Tammy​Our long national nightmare is over. On Monday, the divorce between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren was made official. While Tiger will likely continue to pull strange ass on the road and Nordegren will likely get a dumptruck-load of cash, we're going to suggest these songs to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Graffiti Black on his muses, inspiration and the four categories of Colorado hip-hop

    ​Hailing from Montbello, Graffiti Black is a 23-year-old producer, writer and graphic designer known for creating sharp and distinct sounds that are both vibrant and accessible. He flips familiar elements and samples with flair and an experienced ear. Artists such as Innerstate Ike, Mr. Midas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Freeloader: Win tickets to see Meshell Ndegeocello, the Nadas and Great Lake Swimmers

    ​Happy Wednesday. Yes, we've looked outside and know there's not much happy about this dreary day. Winter, it seems, is eager to rear it's ugly head. Nonetheless, we've got a bunch of tickets for some shows tonight that will hopefully help ease some of the pre-winter blues. First up, is Meshell Nd ... More >>

  • Music

    October 15, 2009


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  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Live Review: Ray LaMontagne at Macky Auditorium

    Ray LaMontagne Macky Auditorium Monday, October 27, 2008 Better than: than the last time I saw him. A lot better. Nearly four years ago I saw Ray LaMontagne for the first time at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. His impressive debut, Trouble, had been gaining a lot of traction and within a year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    Q&A with Al Green

    It’s hard to not to be a bit star-struck when Al Green starts singing the first verse of “Let’s Stay Together” on the phone from his home in Memphis, or even just talking to him. But Green has a way to make a guy feel at ease and about thirty seconds into our interview any anxiety this write ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Eight Great Moments of the 808 for 8/8/08

    The Roland TR-808 Drum Machine is a legendary piece of musical gear, instrumental in the formation of several styles of music including rap and techno. It’s best known for its impossibly low, deep kick, snappy snare and obnoxious cowbell sounds, but all of its sounds are near iconic. Ironically, t ... More >>

  • Music

    July 3, 2008

    Celebrating Americons

    Four musical moments in history that helped shape our lives and our country.

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    Q&A with Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson of the Roots

    The Q&A below starring Roots drummer Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, whose band opens for Westword profile and Q&A subject Erykah Badu, represented a first for yours truly. Never before had I conducted an interview with an artist who spent the first portion of the conversation on a treadmill. But Thompson ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2007

    This Weekend: Crown City Rockers, Mighty Underdogs and Blackalicious @ Fox Theatre

    Blackalicious took much of their set from Blazing Arrow. Crown City Rockers, Mighty Underdogs and Blackalicious October 27, 2007, Fox Theatre Better than: Dropping a grand on tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art opening. There were only a handful of people in the building for the all-ages sh ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    JJ Grey & MOFRO

    Nothing scarier, wilder or more attractive to JJ Grey than a strong woman.

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    January 4, 2007

    Everlasting Sounds

    A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Calendar

    July 21, 2005

    Spirit Quest

    Hopps rekindles the jazz flame.

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    July 14, 2005
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    December 23, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Singling out some exceptional singles.

  • Music

    December 9, 2004

    Season's Bleatings

    Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Free Bird

    Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.

  • Music

    June 5, 2003

    The Isley Brothers

    Body Kiss (T-Neck/Dreamworks)

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    March 27, 2003
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    May 30, 2002

    Solomon Burke

    Don't Give Up on Me (Epitaph/Fat Possom)

  • Music

    November 29, 2001

    Shelby Lynne

    Love, Shelby (Island)

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

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

  • Music

    November 2, 2000

    The Twilight Singers

    Twilight (Columbia)

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Various Artists

    Romeo Must Die: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    (Blackground Records)

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    Star-Spangled Bad Boy

    Jake Schroeder raises a flag for Opie Gone Bad.

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    November 20, 1997
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    February 6, 1997

    Show Them the Money

    New Edition is banking on a reunion to revive its members' fortunes.

  • Music

    May 2, 1996

    Dulli Noted

    The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, in black, white and gray.

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