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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Austins Slaid Cleaves rests a while at Swallow Hill.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Tuesday, April 10, Wells Fargo Theatre, 303-830-8497.
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 >>
Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006.
These Lone Star ladies have no plans to just Shut Up & Sing.
Natalie Maines is one radical Chick.
The Riverboat Gamblers haven't cashed in yet.
Sunday, July 23, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
From the week of June 22, 2006
We just can't quit this countrified Karaoke.
The Very Hush Hush come back to Denver with music to die for.
Friday, November 5, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.
The Revolution Starts...Now (Artemis)
Get ready for Denver's close-up.
Bubbling beneath the sweet-sounding hill music of the Hackensaw Boys is a wellspring of political discontent.
Berliner Paul van Dyk tests the politics of the American dance floor.
Denver Gay Men's Chorus tunes up the First Amendment
For national releases, 2003 wonked as much as it rocked.
Deadheads pick up the tie-dyed banner
Brave New World
Pearl Jam accuses the Rocky Mountain News of uneven flow.
April 10, 2003
Fear of a hip planet? Austin swarms with the übercool during SXSW.
Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)
Start me up: The Stones came to town — and everyone knew it.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
At SXSW, it's all about the buzz, not the Buzz Band.
Not Another Teen Movie is just that, and it's the worst one ever.
Buddy & Julie Miller (HighTone)
Jim Lauderdale has fought his way through the dregs of Nashville and emerged as a country keeper.
Tammy Cochran (Epic)
A group of area songwriters gathers to improve their tunes -- and take a shot at the bigtime.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe
(Skaggs Family Records)
Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
Murder on Music Row
(Shell Point Records)
Making music helped Cindy Bullens face her daughter's death. Now she's helping others do the same.
Lilith Fair touts women, but reinforces their traditional place in music.
The Pin Downs are in it just for the chicks.