With more than 77,000 pieces of music history in its possession, the Hard Rock Cafe empire is a global music museum as well as eatertainment complex. Along with presenting permanent displays in dozens of locations across the world, the company culls pieces from its archives for traveling exhibitions ... More >>
Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit records that broke genre barriers, not just in te ... More >>
After playing with Denver-based bands including G-Force and Autobahn in the '80s, James "Rooster" Olson made a name for himself with his company Trailer Trash Pedal Boards. Olson essentially revolutionized the pedal-board industry with his award-winning designs, which have been used by an array of t ... More >>
Low Gravity (hosting its dual CD release party tomorrow night at 3 Kings Tavern with Jaded Poet) got together in the summer of 2009 when Jess Ellis -- who used to play in the noteworthy, and unconventionally literary, sludge metal band the Nod, as well as Half of Zero -- started jamming with Austin ... More >>
The members of Speedwolf (due tonight at the Marquis Theater) specialize in brand of no frills metal in the vein of Motorhead and Venom, played with the playful ferocity of a hardcore band. The guys are not necessarily carrying the torch for that older style of heavy music as much as they'r ... More >>
WILLIE NELSON at RED ROCKS | 06.21.11"While Willie Nelson is still a solid player and performer, seeing him these days is about nostalgia for a lot of people. These aren't the best versions of songs like "Crazy" and "Aint It Funny," but seeing Nelson up on stage performing them is as heartwar ... More >>
Yeasayer (due tonight with Hush, Hush and Smith Westerns at the Ogden Theatre) was started by three guys from Baltimore, who each moved to New York separately before starting the band. During its four-year existence, the trio has developed an experimental pop sound that is more akin to quirky ... More >>
Brian Landis Folkins JOHN MAYER With special guest Owl City 09.01.10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre You ever been around somebody who's had a near-death experience? Notice how they're just a little more gracious than the rest of us, and perhaps a little more sincere? Or how they don't take life's ... More >>
Experience Hendrix Paramount Theatre Thursday, October 30, 2008 Jimi Hendrix once said, “Music is my religion,” and the Paramount Theater essentially became the Church of Hendrix for three hours while some extraordinary guitarists paid tribute to who many consider the ultimate guitar god.
Midnight has finally come. For 11 hours straight on Saturday, Backbeat Online had Red Rocks surrounded, an army of writers, photographers, and other assorted hooligans braving a piss-reeking media tent to bring you live coverage of Monolith Festival. Day 1 of the fest starred Devotchka, Vampire ... More >>
We spend a day on Denver's dividing line: Sheridan Boulevard.
Meet Danny Vegas, the Sin City showman the Killers love.
Rose Hill Drive has come a long way...without me.
Damn right, Brendan's has got the blues.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
The Blue Noise Band's brilliant amalgam of sounds may make jazz purists see red.
Deborah Coleman is one of the country's emerging blues guitarists. She's also one of the genre's last black female bandleaders left anywhere.
Ted Demme and Denis Leary are a match made in effin' heaven.
Three urban luminaries make Lucy Pearl an R&B trio with star -- and staying -- power.
Guitarist Shannon Curfman brings something new to the teen craze. It's called talent.
QBert and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz put a new spin on the DJ craft.
Radio finds new life on the Web.
Lionel Young uses a violin to deliver the blues.
THE KING OF THE SURF GUITAR IS BACK ON THE BOARD.