The Black Keys

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    November 14, 2014

    The Black Keys - Pepsi Center - November 13, 2014

    The Black Keys returned to Denver last night and took over the Pepsi Center for an hour of pop-infused rock and blues. The Black Keys have rocketed from playing small clubs to playing arenas in the past couple of years, mostly driven by the highly deserved success of their 2010 album Brothers. There ... More >>

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    November 10, 2014

    The Nine Best Shows in Denver This Week

    Here's the weather update, in case you're planning your wardrobe for all this live music excitement: rain tomorrow, snow Tuesday and Wednesday and it's going to be sunny but cold on Thursday. Wear a hat when you see one of these shows: See also: The Nine Best Rock Bars in Denver

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    May 13, 2014

    Black Keys pre-sale tickets are on sale today

    The last time the Black Keys played these parts it was a two-night stint at the 1STBANK Center two years ago. They'll be playing much bigger digs on their Thursday, November 13 stop at the Pepsi Center in support of their brand new album, Turn Blue, which hits stores today. Pre-sale tickets ($35 to ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    The Blueprint soul series kicks off tonight at Epernay Lounge with CRL CRRLL

    After hosting Adore Tuesdays at the Living Room for nine months, former Backbeat scribe Ru Black is launching a new Tuesday night soul series tonight at Epernay Lounge at 1080 14th Street in the Theatre District. Dubbed the Blueprint, the series is set to kick off with this evening with CRL CRRLL, a ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Arctic Monkeys at the Ogden Theatre, 5/28/13

    ARCTIC MONKEYS @ THE OGDEN THEATRE, 5/28/13 During the decade Arctic Monkeys have been together and the seven years of space since their debut album, the guys have exchanged their polos for panache. While their lyrics continue to question their lives and loves, the stage is reserved for charm. They ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    The Congress recorded a covers album in an old Masonic Temple on an old Tascam eight-track

    Typically when a band records and releases a covers album, it's a sign of creative fatigue. This is not the case with the Congress, who picked up an old Tascam 388 reel-to-reel recorder and decided to record a bunch of covers, for an EP titled The Loft Tapes, which they'll release tomorrow night at ... More >>

  • Music

    November 1, 2012

    Calder's Revolvers

    Steady by Your Side

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    October 4, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins, week of October 1-7

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be too surprising to find that the most common (and our mutually favorite) topic of conversation among all of us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't yo ... More >>

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    August 7, 2012

    25 ass-shaking GIFs from Lollapalooza 2012

    See Also: - Four reasons Lollapalooza needs EDM - Enjoy these dance-move GIFs from Global Dance Festival - Ten Coachella dance-move GIFs to make you feel good about yourself This past weekend's running of Lollapalooza in Chicago was intense. The heat, the monsoon-like storm on Saturday, and even t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    The Black Keys at 1STBANK Center, with the Arctic Monkeys, 4/30/12

    BLACK KEYS @ 1STBANK CENTER See Also: • Slide show: Black Keys at the 1STBANK Center • Q&A with Nick O'Malley of Arctic Monkeys • The Black Keys at Fox Theatre, 7/20/09 A clear sign that shit is about to get real: Patrick Carney takes off his glasses and gets straight to it. The lanky drumm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Nick O'Malley of Arctic Monkeys on measuring your success by your grandparents' reaction

    The gradual shift in musical sensibility for Arctic Monkeys (due at 1STBANK Center with the Black Keys on Monday and Tuesday) can be traced through the guys' aesthetic: They wear sunglasses a lot now. They wear them in music videos and on stage, and sometimes when it's not really sunny enough to mer ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    April 25, 2012

    Dress every day like you're going to see your worst enemy

    It could be a holdover from Earth Day -- or even 4/20. This week we spotted many people on the street sporting the color green. But more savvy fashionistas looked to film or music for inspiration.

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    February 27, 2012

    Bon Iver and Feist at Red Rocks on May 31

    Bon Iver and Fiest at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 31: Go ahead and file this one under yet another show that undoubtedly rises to the level of must-see status. In what's already shaping up to be one of the better concert seasons in recent memory with impending shows from Radiohead and the Black Ke ... More >>

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    January 21, 2012

    The Black Keys add second show at 1STBANK Center on May 1

    Danny Clinch​Bad news: Familiar with that expression, "You snooze, you lose"? Yes? Well, it applies here. If you slept on getting your tickets to see the Black Keys at 1STBANK Center on April 30, you blew it. Show's sold out. D'oh! Luckily for you, though, you'll have another chance to see 'em ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Look out, Gaga: Madonna's back to get all the "Luvin'" with a potent new drug called M.D.N.A.

    Forget Tim Tebow. From now until at least the day after the Super Bowl, everyone's going to be talking about another figure in pop culture who had the religion thing down long before Tebow did: Madonna. Although Lady Gaga may never admit as much, Madge recently acknowledged the similarities between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Black Keys: "Rock & Roll is dying because of Nickelback"

    Despite the pointed assertion of Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney that rock music is dying because of Nickelback, the genre still appears to be selling quite well. Granted, not quite as well as hip-hop or pop, but it's still kicking. In a recent Rolling Stone cover story, Carney is quoted as sayin ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    December 13, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks featuring Atmosphere, Common, Greives Budo and Get Cryphy were announced; the Swayback, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Monroe Monroe and Juno What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Tonight: Royal Bangs at the Larimer

    ​Knoxville's Royal Bangs (playing tonight at the Larimer Lounge with Hindershot and Spires) knows the power of a three-piece. Beginning as one, growing into a quintet, and now back to band life as trio, the dudes still manage to create plenty of electronic-infused punkishness on its latest rel ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Indie collaborations: Are they taking cues from hip-hop?

    ​The National and Sharon Van Etten recorded a song for the Win Win soundtrack. It leaked yesterday, but Fox Searchlight has pretty well scrubbed the legal-ish streams. Regardless, the two artists are a good fit, Matt Berninger's sleepy baritone makes a seamless companion for Van Etten's own ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Adele, Stockholm Syndrome, OFF! top sellers this week at local record stores

    ​Adele's new album 21, released last week on Columbia, debuted in the number one spots at both Twist & Shout and Independent Records, while coming in third at Albums on the Hill. Stockholm Syndrome, meanwhile, claimed the top spot at Albums on the Hill with its latest, Apollo, released Februar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2010

    Photos: Lollapalooza Day One in Chicago with Lady Gaga, Matt and Kim, the Strokes

    Day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park in Chicago is in the books. Freelance photographer Mark C. Austin brings back these photos from the festival. Lady Gaga

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    August 3, 2010

    Best Coast, Big Boi top sellers at local stores

    ​While there weren't any unanimous winners across the board, Best Coast's debut, Crazy For You, released last week on Mexican Summer, took the top spot at Wax Trax and the tenth spot at Albums on the Hill for the week ending August 1. Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son Of Chico Dusty, ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Big Head Todd & the Monsters, the Books top sellers at local stores

    ​Big Head Todd & the Monsters' ninth studio album, Rocksteady, released last week, took top spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout, while the Books' latest effort, The Way Out, also issued last week on the Temporary Residence Limited imprint, debuted in top four slots at the two stores, ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich, 3OH!3 top sellers at local stores

    ​While national acts like the Roots, the Black Keys and the Wolf Parade continue to be strong sellers at local record stores, local acts came in on top at two stores for the week ending Sunday, July 11. Danielle At the Sandwich, who gave an in-store performance at Twist & Shout last week, debu ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    3OH!3, the Roots, Eminem top sellers at local record stores

    ​Streets of Gold, 3OH!3's new disc, which dropped last week on Photo Finish/Atlantic, grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout, and claimed the top two slots (both deluxe and regular versions) at Albums on the Hill and snagged the third position at Independent Records for the week ending July ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    The Roots, Eminem top sellers at local record stores

    ​How I Got Over, the Roots' latest effort released last week on Def Jam, took the spot at Twist & Shout, second at Albums on the Hill and third at Independent Records for the week ending June 27. Eminem's new disc, Recovery, debuted at number one at Independent Records while coming in third at ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Tom Petty, Melvins, Gaslight Athem strong sellers at local record stores

    ​While there weren't any clear winners across the board for the week ending June 20, Tom Petty's Mojo , released last week on Reprise, Gaslight Anthem's American Slang, released last week on Side One Dummy, and Melvins' latest effort, The Bride Screamed Murder were all strong sellers at local ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Melvins, Jack Johnson top sellers at local record stores

    ​The thick and sludgy new album from the Melvins, The Bride Screamed Murder, released last week on Ipecac, grabbed the top spot at Albums on the Hill and came in fourth at Twist & Shout for the week ending June 6. Jack Johnson's new platter, To the Sea, meanwhile, released last week on his Bru ... More >>

  • Music

    June 3, 2010

    The Black Keys

    Thursday, June 3, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    June 2, 2010

    Black Keys, Widespread Panic top sellers at local stores

    ​The Black Keys' latest effort, Brothers, performed strong for the second week in a row and claimed the top spots at Albums on the Hill and Independent Records, while checking in at number two at Twist & Shout. Widespread Panic's Dirty Side Down, released last week on ATO, Hank Williams III's ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Black Keys, Rolling Stones top sellers at local record stores

    ​The Black Keys' fifth studio disc, Brothers, released last week on Nonesuch, grabbed the top spots at Albums on the Hill and Twist & Shout, while coming in at second at Independent Records. The Rolling Stones' re-mastered Exile on Main St. , also released last week, was also a strong seller, ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Lollapalooza lineup revealed. Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga among the headliners

    This year's Lollapalooza lineup has been revealed. Bold face names this time around: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Erykah Badu, alongside nearly ninety of the brightest emerging acts, including MGMT, Grizzly Bear, the National, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Frightened Rabbit and Edward S ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of January 25, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Beyond Playlist: Maxwell and more

    ​Maxwell BLACKsummers' night (Columbia) Eight years have passed since Now, Maxwell's previous album. Fortunately, though, he's lost none of his musical sophistication, and he remains in possession of an impressively wide-ranging skill set -- one that allows him to achieve most, if not all, of ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Q&A with Krispy Kream of the Knux

    ​Don't let the tight jeans and thick-rimmed glasses fool you. The brothers who make up The Knux were raised about as far away from the suburbs as you can get: New Orleans' Ninth Ward. Still, Krispy Kream and Rah Almillio (aka Kentrell and Alvin Lindsey) found their sound by listening to just a ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Over the Weekend: The Black Keys at The Fox

    Kiernan Maletsky The Black Keys, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons Friday, July 17 The Fox Better Than:Engine oil under your fingernails, sweat running down your back and your car in good working order once again. Zero frills. A white drum kit with two toms and three cymbals, a bag of extra sticks h ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    The blog shortcut, July 20 edition

    The Black Keys played the Fox on Friday night. It's all going to pot. Today in The Latest Word: - Live-blogging the medical marijuana hearings. - Mile High Music Festival roundup. - Mile High Murder in Commerce City. - Jared Polis: Not playing nice, standing up for the little big guy. - Ragin' ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Spin weighs in with must-hear acts at the Mile High Music Festival

    The Duke Spirit made Spin's top five must-hear listLooks like we're not the only ones psyched for this weekend's Mile High Music Festival. This afternoon, the folks at weighed in with their top five must-hear bands. As it turns out, their picks mirrored  ours: Tool (natch), Duke Spirit ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009


    Friday, June 26, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

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    June 22, 2009

    Okay, Denver, we need to talk.

    I just received a press release from the Salt Lake City Arts Council (cue the Pace picante sauce dudes asking incredulously, "Salt Lake City?!") informing me of their Twilight Concert Series. Evidently, the concerts, which are free and take place every Thursday night at the Gallivan Center in downto ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    The blog shortcut, April 15 edition

    Photo by Eric GruneisenCobra Starship's Gabe Saporta has some issues. I'll try not to make this too taxing. Today in Backbeat Online: • Last Night: Fall Out Boy at the Fillmore. • Last Night: Mastodon at the Fox Theatre. • DJ Vajra impresses NAMM crowd with his turntable magic. • Update: H ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray to headline Mile High Music Festival

    Moments ago, the folks at AEG announced the line-up for this year's Mile High Music Festival. This year looks like it's going to be a doozy. Here are just some of the acts that you can look forward to seeing this summer on the two main stages at either end of the park or a number of smaller stages i ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Big Business

    Saturday, September 22, Gothic Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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    March 15, 2007


    Monday, March 19, Marquis Theater, 303-292-0805.

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    August 18, 2005

    Des Ark

    Tuesday, August 23, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.

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    June 16, 2005

    Heartless Bastards

    Friday, June 17, Lion's Lair, 303-320-9200.

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    June 12, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Black Keys

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    April 24, 2003

    Black Keys

    Thickfreakness (Fat Possum)

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