A few spectacularly heavy hitters come to Colorado this week -- both Nick Cave and Merle Haggard are in town. Sharon Van Etten, playing Tuesday at the Bluebird, has plenty to show for her own relatively short career. You can read our extensive interview with her elsewhere on Backbeat this morning. ... More >>
With a career that spans over six decades, Mavis Staples (appearing tonight with Dr. John & the Lower 911 at the Botanic Gardens) doesn't need much of an introduction. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famer began her gospel-influenced singing career as part of the Staple Singers family institution i ... More >>
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. For ... More >>
Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.
In a profile from Westword’s June 28 edition, Mavis Staples speaks her mind in a notably feisty manner -- and in the following Q&A, which encompasses the entire text of the interview that formed the basis of the article, her undimmed passion comes through even more clearly. Topics include her rea ... More >>
The civil-rights era is far from over for this songstress.
Grab a slice of 2004's best roots music while it's still hot.