• Music

    July 5, 2012

    Lower Dens

    Tuesday, July 10, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Review: Tennis at Bluebird Theater, 2/16/12

    Tom MurphyTennis at The Bluebird Theater TENNIS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 2/2/12 For a band whose music is so bright and sunny, the tinge of melancholia that swirled around "Waterbirds" gave this Tennis performance an otherworldly feel. The breakdown section in the middle was one of the most evocative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Mogwai at the Bluebird Theater, 5/2/11

    Tom MurphyMogwai​ MOGWAI With Errors 05.02.11 | Bluebird Theater Errors, from Glasgow, Scotland, started things off with what seemed like the intro to an ethereal, somber set of music. Turns out, though, the foursome was just getting warmed up with a slow drift into its first song. Clearly t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Decemberists, Akron/Family, Gregg Allman, Nicki Minaj top sellers at local stores

    ​The Decemberists latest effort, The King is Dead, continues to hold on the top spot at Twist & Shout, while Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues, released last month on Rounder, came in first at Albums on the Hill for the week ending February 13. Akron/Family's new album, meanwhile, S/T II: The C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Iron & Wine, Decemberists, Nicki Minaj are this week's top local sellers

    ​Iron & Wine's first studio effort in three years, Kiss Each Other Clean, released last week on Warner Brothers, debuted at number one at both Twist & Shout and Wax Trax, while coming in at number two at Albums on the Hill for the week ending January 30. The Decemberists' latest effort, The Ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Crocodiles at Larimer Lounge, 1/22/11

    Tom MurphyCrocodiles​ CROCODILES With Hearts In Space and Overcasters 01.22.11 | Larimer Lounge With the stage bathed in shifting hues provided by Shane Williams, Overcasters opened its set with a new song -- something a little more on the bluesy and noisy side of the band's repertoire. Whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Top sellers this week: Elephant Revival back on top at Albums, Mumford & Sons at Twist

    ​After a month of holding down the number one spot at Albums on the Hill and then being absent from last week's top sellers, Nederland-based Elephant Revival is back on top for the week ending January 9. Mumford & Sons, meanwhile, who have been a strong seller at local stores, took the number ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    T.I., Whiskey Blanket, Ebbets Field comp, Sufjan Stevens top local sellers

    ​After being on top at Albums on the Hill for a month, Nederland's Elephant Revival has vanished from the top ten. Whiskey Blanket now holds the top spot with its latest effort, No Object. Elsewhere, the Live at Ebbets Field Vol. 4 comp is back on top at Twist and Shot., T.I.'s number one at I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    T.I., Elephant Revival, Ebbets Field comp and Belle & Sebastian top local sellers this week

    ​T.I. grabbed the top spot at Independent this week with his latest, No Mercy, featuring Kanye West, Drake and Eminem, among others. Nederland's Elephant Revival claimed the top spot for the second week in a row at Albums on the Hill. At Twist & Shout, meanwhile, the new Live From Ebbets Field ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Tjutjuna at Larimer Lounge, 11/19/10

    Tom MurphyTjutjuna​ TJUTJUNA Woodsman • Married In Berdichev • DJ Peter Black 11.19.10 | Larimer Lounge For his set, Peter Black used an iPad to control and trigger some of the sounds he was weaving into his live remixes. This set of songs had kind of a raw, percussion heavy sound and se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    UMS Night Four Travelogue: The Conjugal Visits, Constellation of Cars and more

    Tom MurphyThe Conjugal Visits on the TS Board Shop stage​ UMS Travelogue, Night Four 7.25.10, Baker District/South Broadway Getting a late start, I got to the TS Board Shop stage in time to catch The Conjugal Visits. Before the show, I saw Pete on the side of the truck, and asked him about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Titwrench 2010 at Glob

    Titwrench 2010 Friday, July 9 - Sunday July 11, 2010 | Glob | Denver Over the course of one weekend, Titwrench 2010 brought together artists and people of all stripes from around the country and attracted a wider than usual swath of the local community. On Saturday afternoon, there were worksho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Q&A with Ryan Hendrix of Colourmusic

    My first interview with Ryan Hendrix, one of the co-founders of Oklahoma's Colourmusic, didn't happen for one reason or another. But he more than made up for it the second time around. He was incredibly generous with his time, and extremely interesting and honest, too. These qualities come through i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Live Review: HEALTH at Rhinoceropolis

    Photo: Tom Murphy The Don'ts and Be Carefuls HEALTH, Spellcaster’s Rock and Roll Time Travel Committee, Pictureplane, BDRMPPL, the Late Severa Wires, the Don’ts and Be Carefuls Monday, July 14, 2008 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: Music that pretends to be wild but really isn’t. Greeley’s the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008
  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    November 25, 2004

    Warming Trend

    At long last, Edith Frost is done chilling out.

  • Summer Guide

    May 27, 2004

    The Sun Never Sweats

    Two great mix tapes to get you rollin' and rockin'.

  • Music

    June 26, 2003

    Voices Carry

    With a buoyant new album, Voices Underwater is rising to the surface.

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    The World Within

    When DJ Vadim traveled to the ends of the earth, he found hip-hop in every corner.

  • Music

    May 17, 2001

    Accidents Will Happen

    While most people try to steer clear of musical mistakes, Denver's Worm Trouble strives to create them.

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

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

  • Music

    March 16, 2000

    High Llamas

    (V2 Music, Ltd.)

  • Music

    October 28, 1999


    The Aluminum Group, Patricia Barber, Schneider TM, The Souvenirs

  • Music

    July 15, 1999
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    June 17, 1999

    Art and Hovercraft

    For this Seattle trio, music isn't made by instruments alone.

  • Music

    June 10, 1999

    Pucker Up

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

  • Calendar

    October 24, 1996
  • Music

    May 30, 1996

    Tortoise and the Air

    For Tortoise's John Herndon, it's not just the notes. It's the space between them.