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Tom Murphy

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    July 21, 2014

    Sympathy F and the Sleepers brought Denver's alternative rock heyday to life at 3 Kings

    Ask anyone who was around the underground rock scene in Denver in the early '90s and chances are that person at least heard of Sympathy F. Since its 1991 debut at 7 South, a club now known as the hi-dive, Sympathy F became a favorite of peers and fans by virtue of its superb songwriting and the beau ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    EMA's show proved Lost Lake Lounge has large venue sound with small venue charm

    Bringing the bombast, drama and light show of a larger venue to Lost Lake, EMA and opening act Mas Ysa pushed enough air to test the sound system of most smaller rooms to its limits. Mas Ysa even commented that he thought he was overloading the monitor, but it didn't sound like it on the receiving e ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Review, photos, setlist: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks at Gothic Theatre, with Tyvek, 2/12/14

    STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS at GOTHIC THEATRE | 2/12/14 During their time in Denver, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks were apparently staying in a hotel in Cherry Creek. We know this because Malkmus asked if anyone hung out there or skateboarded in Cherry Creek or went rafting in it. Malkmus engaged ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Bar Standard

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Tom Murphy hosted at Bar Standard this past Saturday. Keep reading for ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Boris at the Bluebird Theater, 5/14/13

    BORIS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 5/14/12 The fact that you could hear Atsuo Mizuno's drums or his hype-man shouts at all is a testament to whoever was running sound last night at the Bluebird. With two full Sunn stacks powering Takeshi Ohtani's guitar and a full stack and a half of Orange amps behind Wat ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    25 reasons the Denver music scene rules

    Denver is the capital of Colorado. It is located exactly one mile above sea level. Weed is legal here, while riding your bike on the sidewalk is not. Your mom can make more free throws than Andre Iguodala -- these are all facts. The music scene here sucks ass...now, that is an opinion. The differenc ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Breaking up (with multiple people) is hard to do

    My band broke up two weeks ago. For the three or four people who know us and may accidentally find themselves reading this, I won't be discussing why we broke up. Sorry. I know band breakups are really fascinating to everyone who isn't in the band, but it's not really something I can talk about with ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Five Iron Frenzy at Casselman's, 12/31/12

    FIVE IRON FRENZY @ CASSELMAN'S BAR AND VENUE |12/31/12 From the very beginning of its New Year's Eve set at Casselman's Bar & Venue in Denver, Five Iron Frenzy brought an enormous amount of energy, fueled by a clear sense of joy at performing. The old fans were incredibly happy to get to see the ba ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012
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    December 21, 2012

    Get to know Westword's Tom Murphy -- and more! -- at the Onus Spears talk show Rawlitix

    I can vouch for Rawlitix because I was a guest last month, and I had the time of my life. The Denver-centric live talk show conceived and hosted by local funny man and comedy promoter Onus Spears is still finding its legs, but it's a grand idea. Spears focuses on people -- writers, musicians, comics ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Weekend's best EDM: VS, Chris Malinchak, Roger Sanchez, Michal Menert and more

    Hallelujah! It's finally Friday. Feel like cutting loose this weekend, having a few cocktails and then cutting a rug like nobody's watching? You've come to exactly the right place. As with every week around this time, we've put together a full rundown of the best EDM options available to you, and th ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Kreayshawn at the Fox Theatre, 12/5/12

    KREAYSHAWN @ FOX THEATRE | 12/5/12 Part of Kreayshawn's appeal is the pure curiosity and spectacle of what she must be like "in real life." As a Tumblr princess (her page is currently decked out to look like a exactly like a Myspace page, circa 2004 -- which would have made her fifteen) who raps ab ... More >>

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    September 15, 2012

    Science Partner at Larimer Lounge, 9/14/12

    SCIENCE PARTNER @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 9/14/12After ten songs, the audience didn't want Science Partner to go -- so Tyler Despres, Maria Kohler and Jess DeNicola stayed on stage to do their original Miley Cyrus-themed song. Despres had joked about how if the audience knew the words, it could sing along ... More >>

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    September 1, 2012

    The Don'ts and Be Carefuls at Hi-Dive, 8/31/12

    THE DONT'S AND BE CAREFULS @ HI-DIVE | 8/31/12 The Don'ts and Be Carefuls have never been ones to skimp on their emotional generosity on stage. So in that regard, this final performance was not that much different from the band's already high standard. But it was just a notch better because on this ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Dead Can Dance at Temple Buell, 8/19/12

    DEAD CAN DANCE @ TEMPLE BUELL THEATRE | 8/19/12 See also: Dead Can Dance's Brendan Perry on the trance-inducing powers of making music in 6/8 time After a mesmerizing set, Dead Can Dance came back on stage for the first encore of the night to the sounds of an organic-industrial beat, azure backlig ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012
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    May 26, 2012

    ManCub at Larimer Lounge, 5/25/12

    ManCub @ Larimer Lounge | 5/25/12 With a perforated, paneled structure as its backdrop with lights shining through and strung along the top edge, ManCub started things off with a forceful flood of low end, and both Alex Anderson and Ethan Converse seemed to push themselves headlong into the music ... More >>

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    May 12, 2012

    The Lumineers at Bluebird Theater, 5/11/12

    THE LUMINEERS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | 5/11/12 Wesley Schulz announced that the band was going to perform a Sawmill Joe song and it was obvious much of the crowd knew what was coming, as The Lumineers started the song and brought Joe back on stage. Between pretty much all the members of the band, a gre ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Review: The Joy Formidable and A Place to Bury Strangers at the Bluebird Theater, 3/17/12

    THE JOY FORMIDABLE @ BLUEBIRD | 3/17/12With a sample of spoken words as an intro, one of the moments in the set where The Joy Formidable shined the brightest was during "Buoy." From its moody, murky beginning to its steady, rapid progression into something altogether more bombastic and expansive, th ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Review: English Dogs at Summit Music Hall, 2/19/12

    ENGLISH DOGS @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/19/12 Throughout the show, Adie Bailey of English Dogs came off the stage and sang with the crowd just over the barrier and encouraged people to sing into the mike. But it was halfway through the show that Bailey figured he could trust people in the crowd well e ... More >>

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    October 9, 2011

    Review: Melt Banana at Larimer Lounge, 10/8/11

    MELT BANANA at the LARIMER LOUNGE | 10/8/11Nothing can fully prepare you for the sounds coming off stage at a Melt Banana show unless you've seen the band before. Between the breakneck rhythms, Yasuko Onuki's demented and rapid-fire vocal delivery and Ichirou Agata's ability to meld noise with exper ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Swans at Summit Music Hall, 2/22/11

    Tom MurphySwans​ SWANS With Wooden Wand 02.22.11 | Summit Music Hall Last night, James Jackson Toth, aka Wooden Wand, was joined by two other guitar players -- Brian Lowery and William Tyler. And although there were three guitars and the guys were playing through Orange amps, they did not pr ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Gem Trails, Thundercade, Kevin Costner Suicide Pact at the Meadowlark, 01/07/11

    Tom MurphyGem Trails is Trevor Peterson​ GEM TRAILS With Thundercade and Kevin Costner Suicide Pact Meadowlark | January 7, 2011 Gem Trails is the solo side project of Trevor Peterson from Woodsman. From this performance, the name is appropriate for the spectral, glistening streaming of guit ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 23, 2010
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    November 2, 2010

    Tim Kasher, Azure Ray at the hi-dive, 11/01/10

    Tom MurphyTim Kasher​ TIM KASHER With Azure Ray and Tim Fite 11.01.10 | hi-dive Tim Fite was equal parts comedian, provocateur, performance artist, filmmaker, MC, hip-hop producer and indie pop songwriter. At least that's what his energetic and compelling set felt last night like at differen ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    PS I Love You at hi-dive, 10/17/10

    Tom MurphyVan Louvin​ PS I LOVE YOU With Van Louvin and Paean 10.17.10 | hi-dive Van Louvin opened this show. Those who have been around the Denver scene long enough would recognize its members from some of best indie pop bands of the past decade, namely Kent Phillips and Al Rich from Thank ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Titwrench 2010 at Glob

    Titwrench 2010 Friday, July 9 - Sunday July 11, 2010 | Glob | Denver Over the course of one weekend, Titwrench 2010 brought together artists and people of all stripes from around the country and attracted a wider than usual swath of the local community. On Saturday afternoon, there were worksho ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Over the Weekend: The Buckingham Squares at the Mercury Cafe

    Tom MurphyThe Buckingham Squares​ The Buckingham Squares • Receiver Voodoo Stingray • The Nuns of Brixton • 03.13.10 | Mercury Cafe Maybe actually wearing nun habits as part of the stage costume is a gimmick, but for The Nuns of Brixton, it left an impression. As the name implies, the ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    December 24, 2009
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    December 14, 2009

    Over the weekend: Moore, Blindfold the Devil, Born in Winter at the Gothic

    Tom MurphyBlindfold the Devil​Moore, Blindfold the Devil and Born in Winter Friday, December 11, 2009 Gothic Theatre Better Than: A lot of metal shows I've seen. Blindfold the Devil, a four-piece with the lead vocalist also playing guitar, kicked off its set with its speed/thrash metal sound, whi ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Last Night: Desolation Wilderness at Rhinoceropolis

    M.Pyres and the Skygaze Family Band (Tom Murphy)​Desolation Wilderness, M. Pyres & the Skygaze Family Band, Woodsman and Milton Melvin Croissant III Thursday, August 27, 2009 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: The previous Desolation Wilderness appearance in Denver. The show opened with M. Pyres &am ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 14 edition

    Photo by Tom MurphyThe Sunn O))) will come out tomorrow....​Getting your weekend off on the right note.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Last night: Sunn O))) at the Bluebird. • Hearsay bits: Van Morrison, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tyler Despres Band, Pictureplane. • Freaky Friday - "P ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: So this is the new year, part 1

    You'll soon be bombarded with a million year-end lists, proclaiming the most important, amazing, must-have albums and songs of the year. In fact, the lists have already begun. As a writer, I'm not particularly fond of these lists. After all, there's no way I heard even a fraction of all the music th ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Q&A with Diplo

    In the October 23 issue we posted excerpts of Tom Murphy’s recent conversation with Diplo (aka Wesley Pentz). The quotes used in that piece were taken from the following interview posted after the jump, in which Diplo Mad Decent, his record label and Heaps Decent, a program devoted to underprivile ... More >>

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    October 10, 2008

    Q&A with Stereolab's Tim Gane

    In the October 9 issue, we ran excerpts of Tom Murphy's recent interview with Tim Gane from Stereolab. The following is the transcript from their entire conversation.

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    October 7, 2008

    Top 10 Denver Band Names

    Photo: Jim Narcy What's in a name ... for Planes Mistaken for Stars, a lot. Alright, so I just started editing next week’s section, and Tom Murphy wrote a preview on a band whose name appears in the list below -- you’ll have to pick up next week’s paper to find out who it is -- and it got me ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    Live Review: Eef Barzelay w/The Tanukis and Pee at Hi-Dive

    Eef Barzelay played the Hi Dive Monday night. Photos by Tom Murphy. Eef Barzelay w/The Tanukis and Pee Pee Monday, August 4th, 2008 Hi-Dive, Denver Better Than: A show with songwriters peddling hackneyed premises. When I got to the Hi-Dive, I discovered I’d missed all but the last two songs by ... More >>

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    August 4, 2008

    Live Review: Fertile Crescent, Hot White August and Yoda's House at Rhinoceropolis

    Photo: Tom Murphy Yoda's House The Fertile Crescent, Hot White and Yoda’s House Saturday, August 2, 2008 Rhinoceropolis Better Than: Having to spend the money to go to the actual Middle East to hear music like this. It was still a sweltering 90 some-odd degrees by the time I got to the Rhino l ... More >>

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    August 4, 2008

    Live Review: the Threatened and the Wilder Situation at Larimer Lounge

    Photo: Tom Murphy The Threatened The Threatened and the Wilder Situation Sunday, August 3, 2008 Larimer Lounge Better Than: Everything else going on late on a baking Sunday night. The members of the Threatened, who played an acoustic show without their drummer, informed us sometime toward the en ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008
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    July 16, 2008

    Live Review: Des Tours, the Don'ts and Be Carefuls, Pleistocene at Larimer Lounge

    Photo: Tom Murphy The Don'ts and Be Carefuls Des Tours, the Don’ts and Be Carefuls, Pleistocene Tuesday, July 14, 2008 Larimer Lounge Better Than: The generic Mariachi music I hear in my mom’s neighborhood. Due to a prior commitment, I missed all but the tail end of the final Pleistocene song ... More >>

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    December 27, 2007

    Moovers and Shakers 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.

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    December 20, 2007

    Moovers and Shakers 2007

    Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite local releases of the year.

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    December 28, 2006

    Nationalistic

    Our music writers pick the years national bests.

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    December 21, 2006

    Moovers and Shakers 2006

    Backbeat writers sound off on the best local releases of 2006.

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    December 7, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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