Thursday, April 25, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849; Sunday, April 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Since forming in 2008, Sleigh Bells (due tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre) have issued three records, a debut EP on M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. Recordings in 2009, followed by two full-length albums, 2010's Treats and its latest offering, Reign of Terror. The band's combination of heavy, expansive guitar r ... More >>
David Lang / Red Bull PhotofilesBoonie Mayfield (top) and Xperiment BeatsThe term "producer" has very different connotations in the worlds of rock and hip-hop. Although they're both instrumental in shaping the sound, they serve very different functions. Generally speaking, in rock, a produc ... More >>
Earlier this week, Nick Cave responded to accusations that he nicked the basis of the song "Palaces of Montezuma" from a tune by some guy named Frank Duffy called "Grey Man." It seems absurd someone as versatile as Cave would intentionally borrow a lick or two from another song. Any similarities ... More >>
Click to enlargeAh, the producer. It's one of the most thankless jobs in hip-hop. Apart from a few superstars like Danger Mouse and Timbaland, most producers are destined to be overshadowed by the MC on the track and displaced by a DJ in a club despite their vital role in the music-making pro ... More >>
No doubt capitalizing on Joe King's recent collaboration on "Undertow," from Shock Value II, his latest effort, and the fact that the band happens to be in town that day, Timbaland has evidently invited the Fray to make a cameo at his show at the Gothic on Tuesday, January 26. We have no indi ... More >>
As technology moves forward, we've found new and interesting ways to make, record and brainstorm music on the go. There has been a flood of music production and recording applications for devices like the iPhone/iPod Touch, Nintendo DS, PSP and others. Finding worthwhile applications is another stor ... More >>
Today's video freakshow is framed as an appeal to superstar producer Timbaland. The young man who made the video is a Ukrainian singer-songwriter and a fan of Timba's. He's looking for a little help to become "as popular as Britney Spears," as he explains in his halting English, and he's writ ... More >>
After Boulder's Rose Hill Drive played Led Zeppelin II in its entirety at the Boulder Theater last New Year's Eve, the band took a year-long hiatus. The band members made quite a few announcements saying they needed some time off to re-focus. Even so, there was some speculation that the act had b ... More >>
Perhaps taking a cue from his pal Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, who's written and produced songs for an array of top shelf pop acts, including Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce and Leona Lewis, Fray guitarist Joe King is steadily making a name for himself as a burgeoning songwriter in his own right. On the j ... More >>
Looks like the Rouge's red letter day is continuing. From kicking off the summer performing at Red Rocks to making its way up to headlining status, the band is now enjoying a healthy buzz generated by the inherent sex appeal of its shirtless, leather vested frontman its passionate live shows and ... More >>
Thursday, July 2, The Church, 303-832-8628.
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>
Sunday, July 27, Fiddler's Green, 303-830-8497.
Since reinventing herself as M.I.A., Maya Arulpragasam has hardly been missing in action.
Dreaming Out Loud
Mosley Music/Interscope Records
Red Carpet Massacre
Sam Mickens and his crew have a unique view of pop music.
Timbaland Presents Shock Value
Tuesday, July 4, Greeley Stampede, Greeley, 1-866-464-2626.
The Warning (Astralwerks)
Physical World (Nublu Records)
The Cookbook (Atlantic)
Monkey Business (A&M Records)
The DEFinition (Def Jam)
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
A Gangster and a Gentleman (Ruff Ryder)
Trinity (Past, Present and Future)
Lord Willin' (Star Trak)
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
Miss E...So Addictive (The Gold Mind/Elektra)
Romeo Must Die: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
So...How's Your Girl?
Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.