Founded by Anna Smith, Megan Crooks, Cody Coffey and Derrick Bozich in the summer of 2013, Ancient Elk is actually only a little over a year old. Smith and Crooks had played together before in Birds of a Feather, a kind of avant-garde band with roots in bluegrass, folk and jazz. That mixture proved ... More >>
One of the largest looming and most influential icons in the history of rock and roll, Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. No word has been received regarding the cause of Reed's death, though the "Walk On The Wild Side" songwriter did recently undergo a liver transplant last May that nearly c ... More >>
Saturday, March 9, Walnut Room, 303-292-0529.
Gateway acts is a new ongoing series on Backbeat in which we examine the music that served as an entry point for our burgeoning musical obsessions, a gateway drug that tuned us in and turned us on. Today, Josiah Hesse gives up the goods on his Beck jones. There is no way to listen to the music of ... More >>
If someone wanted to learn more about the sixties, but didn't know where to start, these are the albums we'd recommend. While they aren't necessarily the best selling, or the most critically acclaimed, they are certainly the ones that float to the surface all these years later, providing a rough blu ... More >>
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 you ... More >>
"The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought one formed a band." This quote has been attributed to both Brian Eno and Peter Buck (of REM) -- no one is completely certain who said it first, but that's not the point. The fact remains that The Velvet Underground ... More >>
Jacob TeitelbaumMarried In BerdichevKicking off last night, Titwrench Fest 2011 is now in full-swing at the Mercury Cafe tonight with bands, dance performances and informational workshops running through the weekend. The four-day festival brings avant-garde, experimental and (mostly) female m ... More >>
A few years ago, Crystal Stilts (due tonight at Larimer Lounge), along with friends Blank Dogs, gained notoriety in the blogosphere for its reverb-drenched post-punk, which was notably different from everything that had been coming out of New York in the past decade.
One listen to The Black Angels (playing tonight at the Fox Theatre with Sleepy Sun) and it is almost unfathomable that the band was concieved in 2004. The Austin quartet isn't a tribute to the psychedelic rock -- it defines the decades-old genre with dark organ echoes, heavy percussion and th ... More >>
Steve GullickMogwai Formed in 1995, Mogwai quickly made a name for itself with adventurous guitar work and a sound that loosened and opened up the imagination. Over the course of the next sixteen years, the Scottish band very much plotted its own course through exploring every sonic whim wit ... More >>
If you were desperately hoping for a Tuesday afternoon diversion that combined your love of music with your love of tacos, have we got great news for you. Welcome to the wonderful world of Album Tacos. WTF are Album Tacos, you ask? It's exactly what it sounds like: Your favorite album covers ... More >>
Tuesday, March 9, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>
If you miss the halcyon days of blues-based rock with just a hint of psychedelic haze, then tonight's CD-release party for the Hawks of Paradise album Skeleton Key will make you very happy. We've compared this outfit to Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground, but what you really need to know is that ... More >>
Wednesday, March 25, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
I love a good cover. Today, I ran across this list of the best and worst covers of all time and it got me thinking about the art of covers. I know people who hate them, regardless of quality and a lot of people just don't seem to get the point. To some degree it goes back to that punk ethos of DIY, ... More >>
Sunday, August 10, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.
Saturday, February 16, Bluebird Theater, 303-291-1007.
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Glorification of violence, misogyny and lots of angry white kids all figure prominently in this Necro review.
Juno: Music From the Motion Picture
Tuesday, October 10, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Riot City Blues (Columbia) and Empire (RCA)
First Round the Corner disappeared. Now Tattered Cover. What's next?
Thursday, March 16, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.
Sunday, October 30, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.
OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980 (Ellipsis Arts)
Odditorium or Warlords of Mars (Capitol)
Wednesday, April 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Setting the stage for 2005.
The Blue Mule
Live at Max's Kansas City (Reissue) (Rhino)
Blueberry Boat (Rough Trade)
Room on Fire (RCA)
The International Experimental Cinema challenges viewers with a mixed bag from Warhol to Teutonic auteurs.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
WHY THE VELVET UNDERGROUND MATTERS, WHETHER YOU'RE HIP TO IT OR NOT.
The Velvet Underground, Big Star, Guru, The Drop Nineteens