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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Lori Midson J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 www.zydecosdenver.com 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 >>
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 >>
See Lalah Hathaway this Friday at the Vail Soul Music FestivalIf 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 >>
Catch John Legend tonight at the Pepsi Center with SadeJohn 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Turn up the TammyOur 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sunday, October 18, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Four musical moments in history that helped shape our lives and our country.
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 >>
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 >>
Nothing scarier, wilder or more attractive to JJ Grey than a strong woman.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Hopps rekindles the jazz flame.
Bleed Like Me (Interscope)
Singling out some exceptional singles.
Thanks to these CDs, it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.
Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.
Body Kiss (T-Neck/Dreamworks)
Don't Give Up on Me (Epitaph/Fat Possom)
Love, Shelby (Island)
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Romeo Must Die: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Jake Schroeder raises a flag for Opie Gone Bad.
New Edition is banking on a reunion to revive its members' fortunes.
The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, in black, white and gray.
THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.
TED HAWKINS SINGS ABOUT A LIFE LIKE NO OTHER. HIS OWN.
SHE'S THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES' N'DEA DAVENPORT, A SOUL SONGSTRESS FOR THE NINETIES.