NATHANIEL RATELIFF & NIGHT SWEATS @ BOULDER THEATER | 5/17 At this stage of his career, particularly in Denver, Nathaniel Rateliff is a man who requires absolutely no preamble. Nonetheless, the limited-edition two-song seven-inch he produced for Record Store Day feels like a fresh and glorious reint ... More >>
Flying Lotus is one of the most innovative electronic producers out right now. Born Steven Ellison but better known these days by his stage handle, the L.A.-based artist began making beats at the age of fourteen, and with his omnivorous taste in music, he's gone on to create lush, detailed music wit ... More >>
Laetitia Sadier was the charismatic singer of the influential and experimental Stereolab, a band she started with guitarist Tim Gane after a short stint in the political post-punk band McCarthy in the late '80s. Combining krautrock drones and hypnotic rhythms with a lounge-jazz sensibility and a wil ... More >>
Tuesday, July 10, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Zachary Condon of BeirutBEIRUT at the FILLMORE | 9/28/11"Thank you, sorry we didn't make it out here sooner," said Zachary Condon of Beirut last night to an adoring crowd at the Fillmore. Despite his birthplace just 350 miles to the south in Santa Fe, the globe-trotting Condon and his band -- ... More >>
At risk of alienating and outraging vast swaths of music fans, there's really no polite way of referring to bands with a career spanning fifteen years plus as a whole. So here are ten "oldster" bands -- written by a self-proclaimed oldster -- to keep making great records long after their hips ... More >>
Abbey Drucker With a dreamy, uplifting sound reminiscent of bands like Lush, Curve and Stereolab, School of Seven Bells creates deeply atmospheric music that explores the inner reaches of the human psyche with a surprisingly colorful yet concrete flair. Sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza c ... More >>
Friday, September 24, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
You can chalk this one up as one of the more brilliant ideas of July 2010: "Inside a Dead Skyscraper" is an interactive music video (aka "music video game") from Jesse Stiles' Target Museum album. You read all that correctly -- it's a music video you can play. The video itself comes from Ita ... More >>
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You Capitol Alright, Still, Allen's 2006 debut, was plenty enjoyable, but it didn't seem like the kind of album on which to build a career. Just goes to show how far effortless charm can take someone. On her latest, the Divine Ms. L chatters about her fucking fantasti ... More >>
Sunday, February 15, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Thursday, July 24, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Kind as Summer EP
Thursday, October 18, Cervantes' Masterpiece, 1-866-455-2263; Friday, October 19, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
Our music writers pick the year’s national bests.
Thursday, March 9, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.
Thursday, August 18, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
A Few Steps More (Too Pure)
Wednesday, September 29, Climax Lounge, 303-292-5483.
Chicago's Brokeback takes some of the noise out of Illinois.
The Sea and Cake
Electric Circus (MCA)
Old and new collide to create the next wave of electronica.
Chatfield Holiday (Best Friends)
Jet Black Joy
The Disco Biscuits give fans of electro-jam fusion something to snack on.
American Analog Set
I Am Spoonbender
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.
Blasting off with Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars.
The biggest musical winners from 1996.
Laetitia Sadier on Stereolab's experiments in sound.