The Dixie Chicks

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Country Music's ten biggest douchebags

    Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Why do musicians endorse candidates?

    There's probably a certain amount of sincerity involved when a famous musician endorses a political candidate. But even the most un-cynical, democracy-loving patriot will have to admit that there's a hell of a lot more to the rock star/candidate public union than just fiscal policy. Endorsing a poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    The music fan's guide to voting

    The defining narrative of American politics since the turn of the millennium seems to be that 'We the people' are screwed no matter who gets elected. Elect a Republican: We engage in pre-emptive war, the national deficit skyrockets, and we sacrifice education and infrastructure investment. Elect a D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    The weekend's best live music: Ghostland Observatory, STS9, Warped Tour and more

    Welcome to the weekend! Another diverse lineup of musical goodness awaits you. Tonight at Red Rocks, Ghostland Observatory and MiM0SA kick off two nights of electronic goodness that will culminate with a show featuring STS9 tomorrow night. And there's a full slate of rock on tap as well, including M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Adele saves the music industry (for this week, anyway)

    ​Adele, the soulful British pop diva who's had this coming for a long time, has the first blockbuster album of 2011 with 21. She's atop the Billboard charts this week, having sold 350,000-odd copies. This is a welcome development no matter how you look at it: Take a tour through her recent bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    All the albums we could find in one afternoon from Denver's Bandcamp pages in one place

    ​Bandcamp is gaining quite a bit of traction here lately with Colorado bands. It has (thankfully) begun to replace Myspace as a primary outlet for bands to network, distribute music and sell albums without the hassle of setting up their own website. If you have all kinds of time on your hand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Wyclef Jean: Haiti's next president? Here are five musicians we think should run in the U.S.

    ​Yesterday, CNN reported that Wyclef Jean has entered himself into the bid for president in Haiti. This doesn't mark the first time a celebrity has run for office, and while we wish him the best of luck, we have to wonder what qualifications he has other than being a member of the seminal '90s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2009

    Slaid Back

    Austin’s Slaid Cleaves rests a while at Swallow Hill.

  • Music

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (8/29/08-9/5/08)

    These Kids are looking a little grizzled... Here's a convenient, one-stop guide to all the great content you might have overlooked this week on Backbeat Online while you were preoccupied with the alarming news that New Kids on the Block had reunited and released a new album, despite the fact they h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Unintentional moments of RNC-related hilarity

    Dixie Chicks not ready to make nice... or get dressed, evidently, on the cover of Enterainment Weekly. Okay, so last night I was sitting around watching the RNC as Fred Thompson was offering up an impassioned screed about the character of John McCain, citing the unbelievable torture he endured duri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    The blog shortcut, September 3 edition

    The vinyl solution. How much is that blog in the window? Absolutely free. Backbeat Online has been action-packed today. Read live reviews of Shearwater and Wye Oak as well as Triclops and The Nod. In addition, peruse items about two Denver bands getting their vinyl on, an update about the Denver ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2007

    Corinne Bailey Rae

    Tuesday, April 10, Wells Fargo Theatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Home Entertainment

    February 22, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 12, 2007

    The Grandma Awards

    Just over four decades ago, actor Peter Sellers presented the Beatles with a Grammy they'd won for the song "A Hard Day's Night." In a film of this event that was shown during the 1965 Grammy telecast, Sellers referred to the prize as a "Grandma award" -- and his joke rings true to this day. The fol ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    What a Country!

    Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006.

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Dixie Chicks

    These Lone Star ladies have no plans to just Shut Up & Sing.

  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Shut Up and Sing

    Natalie Maines is one radical Chick.

  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    Ante Up

    The Riverboat Gamblers haven't cashed in yet.

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    Darrell Scott

    Sunday, July 23, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.

  • News

    June 22, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of June 22, 2006

  • Home Entertainment

    April 13, 2006

    Cowboy Up

    We just can't quit this countrified Karaoke.

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    Quiet Riot

    The Very Hush Hush come back to Denver with music to die for.

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Toby Keith

    Friday, November 5, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    August 26, 2004

    Steve Earle

    The Revolution Starts...Now (Artemis)

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    What's My Line?

    Get ready for Denver's close-up.

  • Music

    May 27, 2004

    Hacked Off

    Bubbling beneath the sweet-sounding hill music of the Hackensaw Boys is a wellspring of political discontent.

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    Body Rock the Vote

    Berliner Paul van Dyk tests the politics of the American dance floor.

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2004

    Sing Out

    Denver Gay Men's Chorus tunes up the First Amendment

  • Music

    December 25, 2003

    For the Record

    For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2003

    Time Tripping

    Deadheads pick up the tie-dyed banner

  • News

    June 12, 2003

    The Message

    Brave New World

  • Music

    April 10, 2003


    Pearl Jam accuses the Rocky Mountain News of uneven flow.

  • News

    April 10, 2003

    Pop Quiz

    Blame Conifer!
    April 10, 2003

  • Music

    March 20, 2003


    Fear of a hip planet? Austin swarms with the übercool during SXSW.

  • Music

    February 27, 2003

    50 Cent

    Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

  • Music

    February 6, 2003


    Start me up: The Stones came to town — and everyone knew it.

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

  • Music

    March 28, 2002

    Bang to Hype

    At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band.

  • Film

    December 13, 2001

    American Why

    Not Another Teen Movie is just that, and it's the worst one ever.

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Buddy & Julie Miller

    Buddy & Julie Miller (HighTone)

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    Onward Through It All

    Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.

  • Music

    July 5, 2001

    Tammy Cochran

    Tammy Cochran (Epic)

  • Music

    February 1, 2001

    They Right the Songs

    A group of area songwriters gathers to improve their tunes -- and take a shot at the bigtime.

  • Music

    December 14, 2000


    Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.

  • Music

    September 28, 2000

    Various Artists

    Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe
    (Skaggs Family Records)

  • Music

    January 27, 2000

    Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time

    Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
    Murder on Music Row
    (Shell Point Records)

  • Music

    January 6, 2000

    A Little Help From Friends

    Making music helped Cindy Bullens face her daughter's death. Now she's helping others do the same.

  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Rock and Roles

    Lilith Fair touts women, but reinforces their traditional place in music.

  • Music

    August 19, 1999

    Saints Preserve Us

    The Pin Downs are in it just for the chicks.

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