One of the first true superstar DJs, Paul Oakenfold has done more to popularize electronic dance music in the United States and in his native Britain than any constituent of the current EDM explosion. Long before Skrillex and Deadmau5 brought styles like dubstep and electro into the mainstream consc ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend, amigos! We made it, and we've got another fine weekend of tunes to look forward to. From hip-hop and bluegrass to indie rock and southern rock, there's a variety of options, both local and national, to choose from. We've got all of the shows happening on the Front Range over ... More >>
As the winter chill finally thaws (work with us here -- we know it's still below freezing right now) and gives way to the hopefulness and fertility of spring, the upcoming concert season is likewise bursting with promise. Coming off one of the best years for live music in recent memory, the lineup i ... More >>
The Chemical Brothers have been touring as an electronic-music duo for more than a decade; the team has won Grammy awards and accolades for its hard-hitting dance music -- and the amazing visual show that the act puts together. On Wednesday, February 1, select movie theaters around town will ... More >>
Pete Tong (due at Beta this Saturday, October 15) has had a ridiculous year: In commemoration of holding down a slot at BBC Radio 1 for twenty years, he took over the station for twelve hours, plus he re-launched his Pacha residency in Ibiza and started a pool party residency in Vegas. We cau ... More >>
Todd RoethTyler Jacobson can't stay away from the turntables for too long. The local DJ and tastemaker has been keeping busy since his 2009 departure from Lipgloss (a night he co-created) with his semi-regular throwback night, Mile High Soul Club. But on Saturday, August 20, at the Meadowlark ... More >>
It's a telling fact about We are the Night that about forty other things just from the last five years share its name (it's at 2007 movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, for example, and also a Chemical Brothers album) -- from its premise right down to its title, there is absolutely nothing novel a ... More >>
YACHT (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater with Light Asylum, Jeffrey Jerusalem and Bad Weather California) has existed over the last decade in many forms. Electro-mastermind Jona Bechtolt ran the show himself for several years before being joined by creative partner, Claire L. Evans, in 2008 ... More >>
Lori MidsonThis is part two of my interview with Luke Mewbourn, executive chef of Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina. In part one of that interview, Mewbourn harps on foie gras and Lady Gaga and hails the righteousness of Jim's Burger Haven. Luke Mewbourn Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Update: Tickets have been spoken for. We've picked and notified three winners, who will each receive a pair of tickets for tomorrow night's show. Thanks for all the comments and even more for reading Backbeat! Keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways. So we got our hands on some more great ticket ... More >>
Jamie Lidell, who issued his latest effort, Compass, on Warp last month, hits the Bluebird Theater again Tuesday, September 7. Advance tickets $20.50 and $25 day of show, but early bird tickets are $15 available from 10 a.m. Friday, June 18 through midnight Sunday, June 20.
Global Dance Festival 2009 (Official Video)Monolith may get more press, but of the summer's Red Rocks festivals, Global Dance Festival is not only bigger and more well-established, it's also a better place to see lots of gorgeous, half-naked women (see the video embedded above, which may be NSFW de ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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