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The Velvet Underground

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Ancient Elk Is One of Denver's Most Unpredictable Bands

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2013

    R.I.P., Lou Reed

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    The Warlocks

    Saturday, March 9, Walnut Room, 303-292-0529.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Gateway acts: How Beck opened up a whole new world to an evangelical boy from the Midwest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Ten essential albums of the 1960s

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Backbeat's five most listened-to songs and albums, week of September 5, 2012

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 today

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Good Friday: Titwrench Fest, Cass McCombs, Cold Cave and more on tap this weekend

    Jacob TeitelbaumMarried In Berdichev​Kicking 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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    JB Townsend of Crystal Stilts on the act's evolution and the influence of Velvet Underground

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Tonight: The Black Angels at the Fox

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai on musical roots and the awful Margaret Thatcher

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Your favorite albums of all time, now with tacos

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    August 26, 2010

    The Black

    Wednesday, August 25, hi-dive, 720-570-4500; Thursday, August 26, Astroland, Boulder, myspace.com/ASTROLANDD.

  • Music

    March 11, 2010
  • Music

    March 4, 2010

    The Strange Boys

    Tuesday, March 9, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 5, 2009

    ​​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 24, 2009

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 3, 2009

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    MP3 Freeloader: Tonight, Hawks of Paradise at the Oriental

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 19, 2009

    Women

    Wednesday, March 25, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    I love a cover

    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 >>

  • Music

    September 18, 2008
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    September 4, 2008
  • Music

    August 7, 2008

    Teeth Mountain

    Sunday, August 10, Rhinoceropolis, 303-641-9809.

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2008
  • Music

    February 14, 2008

    Black Lips

    Saturday, February 16, Bluebird Theater, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Slight Harp

    Rhinoceropolis

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2008

    Necro Loves Violence, Hates Women and Other Assorted Goodies

    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.

  • Music

    January 10, 2008

    Various Artists

    Juno: Music From the Motion Picture
    Rhino

  • Music

    March 15, 2007

    May Riots

    Larimer Lounge

  • Music

    October 5, 2006

    Yo La Tengo

    Tuesday, October 10, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.

  • Music

    September 7, 2006

    Primal Scream and Kasabian

    Riot City Blues (Columbia) and Empire (RCA)

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    Cherry Creek, Phone Home

    First Round the Corner disappeared. Now Tattered Cover. What's next?

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    The Warlocks

    Thursday, March 16, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    October 27, 2005

    John Cale

    Sunday, October 30, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308.

  • Music

    October 20, 2005

    Various Artists

    OHM+: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music: 1948-1980 (Ellipsis Arts)

  • Music

    October 6, 2005

    The Dandy Warhols

    Odditorium or Warlords of Mars (Capitol)

  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    Ambulance LTD

    Wednesday, April 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

  • Music

    January 6, 2005

    The Beatdown

    Setting the stage for 2005.

  • Music

    October 14, 2004

    Club Scout

    The Blue Mule

  • Music

    August 12, 2004

    The Velvet Underground

    Live at Max's Kansas City (Reissue) (Rhino)

  • Music

    July 29, 2004

    Fiery Furnaces

    Blueberry Boat (Rough Trade)

  • Music

    November 20, 2003

    The Strokes

    Room on Fire (RCA)

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003

    Film Exposed

    The International Experimental Cinema challenges viewers with a mixed bag from Warhol to Teutonic auteurs.

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Discmania

    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

  • Calendar

    March 21, 1996
  • Music

    September 20, 1995

    UP FROM THE UNDERGROUND

    WHY THE VELVET UNDERGROUND MATTERS, WHETHER YOU'RE HIP TO IT OR NOT.

  • Music

    August 9, 1995
  • Music

    January 12, 1994

    Playlist

    The Velvet Underground, Big Star, Guru, The Drop Nineteens

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