Tom Petty

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    October 7, 2014

    Six Reasons To Always Stagedive

    Recently, extremely dangerous pop-punk band Joyce Manor ignited controversy among true rockers everywhere after its members stopped one of their fans from stagediving on some small women. The band even later took to Facebook to condemn the practice. Although the move is likely motivated by positiv ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    The Twelve Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

    It's a good weekend here in Denver, with hip-hop deity KRS-One playing Cervantes' and the criminally under-appreciated Ralph Gean playing Mutiny Information Cafe tonight. Elsewhere, the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brings E-40 and others to the Merchandise Mart. The rest of our picks are below.

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    January 29, 2013

    Ten great albums recorded at Sound City Studios, the focus of Sound City

    Dave Grohl is a busy guy. The Foo Fighters frontman is a member of multiple supergroups, played alongside Paul McCartney at the 12/12/12 Sandy Relief Concert, will be the keynote speaker at South by Southwest this March, and just made his directing debut with Sound City, a documentary tracing the hi ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    The thirty best concerts of 2012

    While 2012 will be remembered as they year that Red Rocks hosted the most shows in its history, it's also going to go down as one of the best years for concerts in Colorado in general. As we reflected on all the incredible shows we took in this past year, there were an astounding number of what we'd ... More >>

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    December 15, 2012

    Divine Fits at Bluebird Theater, 12/14/12

    DIVINE FITS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER |12/14/12 Picking a high point of a show as thoroughly enjoyable as this one would be tough, but when Alex Fischel started playing the synth intro to "You Got Lucky" by Tom Petty -- which could have gone either way, kitschy or funny -- and Dan Boeckner started singing ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    The music fan's guide to voting

    The defining narrative of American politics since the turn of the millennium seems to be that 'We the people' are screwed no matter who gets elected. Elect a Republican: We engage in pre-emptive war, the national deficit skyrockets, and we sacrifice education and infrastructure investment. Elect a D ... More >>

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    May 31, 2012
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    April 20, 2012

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at 1STBANK Center, 4/19/12

    TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS @ 1STBANK CENTER | 4/19/12"Tonight, we thought it would be fun...," Tom Petty said a few songs into two-hour set, "we're going to go pretty deep into some deep tracks for you tonight." Sure enough, Petty & the Heartbreakers ran through a number of hits during the second ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Sweet Tom Petty shirt, man: The shirts we spotted last night in the parking lot

    See Also: (Review) Tom Petty at 1STBANK Center, 4/19/12 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers put on a hell of a show last night at the 1STBANK Center. While you can see all the photos from last night's Tom Petty show in our slideshow, below are a few shots of the Petty diehards spotted by photographer Eri ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Tom Petty

    Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19 (sold out), 1STBANK Center, 866-461-6556.

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    October 10, 2011

    Review: Foo Fighters at the Pepsi Center, 10/9/11

    FOO FIGHTERS AT PEPSI CENTER | 10/9/11"You guys ready for a long fucking rock show tonight?" Foo Fighters frontman Dave asked the Pepsi Center crowd early in Sunday night's set. "You ready for that shit? Foo Fighters don't fuck around. We don't fuck around. We don't play those eensy-weensy one-hour- ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011
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    June 30, 2011

    Petty crime: Michelle Bachmann plays "American Girl" after Tom Petty asks her not to

    Does this look like a face that's amused?​Behold the latest entry in the annals of political theft of music. Earlier this week, presidential hopeful Michelle Bachman got slapped with a cease and desist notice from Tom Petty, pleading with the congresswoman to, you know, please stop playing his ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Help us design the perfect road trip playlist

    Pork NoseFree Fallin'!Okay, pretend we're taking a road trip together. (Yes, we know this is unlikely what with gas prices being the way the are now all all, not to mention, we'd need a troop transport or something to chauffeur us -- but work with us here, will ya?) What tunes would make for an ulti ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Switchfoot at Big Air Denver, 01/25/11

    Photo Britt Chester​ Switchfoot Civic Center Park | 1.25.11 Last night, under the orange sky that blanketed the city, Switchfoot squeezed a quick set in at the Big Air event in Civic Center Park. No opener. No warm-up. Just four guys coming out from San Diego to entertain a frozen mass of s ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010


    Wednesday, December 15, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

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    November 4, 2010

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: The Cherry Co. in Cherry Creek

    ​I hadn't heard of Cherry Co. until recently when someone sent me a picture of their OG Kush x Super Silver Haze (called Kizzle) via Facebook. Apparently the shop, which opened in June, hasn't done much advertising. They don't even have a website up yet.

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    October 14, 2010

    John Statz

    Ghost Towns

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    October 6, 2010

    Top ten most blatant and alleged song heists

    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 >>

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    August 14, 2010

    Mile High Music Festival, Day One: Manufactured Superstars, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Andrew Wickes, One Eskimo

    A go-go dancer for Manufactured Superstars​Arriving at 1 p.m., I headed for Beta Beach after orienting myself. The Manufactured Superstars were throwing down their trademark dirty disco funk, and the misting tunnels and inflatable sculpture and furniture were keeping everyone as cool as possib ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich, 3OH!3 top sellers at local stores

    ​While national acts like the Roots, the Black Keys and the Wolf Parade continue to be strong sellers at local record stores, local acts came in on top at two stores for the week ending Sunday, July 11. Danielle At the Sandwich, who gave an in-store performance at Twist & Shout last week, debu ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase headliners: Catching up with Single File

    Pamela Littky​ Contention between Single File and its producer, Howard Benson, almost shelved the band's major label debut, Common Struggles, before it even came out. Single File felt Benson and Warner Bros. were trying to shape the band into something they did not want to be.

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    June 7, 2010

    Top ten political thefts of music

    ​ There's a certain political group that pays a lot of lip service to individual property rights -- raise your hand if this sounds familiar: Lower taxes, gun ownership, capitalism! As it turns out, there seems to be one aspect of individual property that certain group does not seem to respect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Douglas Bruce = Dr. Evil, says ColoradoPols

    Douglas Bruce's bark and his bite are both pretty savage.​Blogs about Denver don't suffer from a lack of oxygen, no matter what flatlanders say. Here are three examples. ColoradoPols highlights reporting by Eileen Welsome, a former Westworder turned Colorado Springs Gazette staffer, who detai ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Vampire Weekend on top at Twist and Shout

    ​Vampire Weekend's Contra, released last week on XL, follow-up to its 2008 self-titled debut, was one of the most highly anticipated records of the new year, so it's no surprise the album claimed the top slot at Twist & Shout for the week ending January 17. Blakroc's self-titled debut, Phoenix ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Rodrigo y Gabriela top seller at Twist and Shout

    ​Rodrigo y Gabriela's 11:11 claimed the top top spot at Twist & Shout, while Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix came in second for the week ending January 3. Them Crooked Vultures' self-titled debut and Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom Live grabbed the third and fourth spots, while Tom Petty's Live ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Susan Boyle grabs top spot at Bart's CD Cellar

    ​Susan Boyle, whose I Dreamed a Dream is burning up American and UK charts, grabs the top spot at Bart's CD Cellar for the week ending December 13. Norah Jones claims the second slot with her latest effort, The Fall, and Rodrigo y Gabriela checks in at number three with 11:11. Rosanne Cash's The L ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Norah Jones top seller at Bart's CD Cellar again

    ​Norah Jones' latest effort, The Fall, nabbed the top spot at Bart's CD Cellar for the second week in a row. Tom Petty's four-disc Live Anthology, released last week on Reprise, came in second while Them Crooked Vultures' self-titled debut came in third for the week ending November 29. Bob Dylan's ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Susan Boyle grabs top spot at Twist and Shout

    ​Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream, which is the fastest selling album in Britain this year, nabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout for the week ending November 29. Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom Live, released last week on Anti, came in second while Them Crooked Vultures m ... More >>

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    July 19, 2009

    Mile High Music Fest Live Reviews: Day One

    Aaron Thackeray See photos of Day One's fans on the slideshow page. It's here: The second edition of the Mile High Music Fest is underway, and our gaggle of writers and photogs are shvitzing their way around the grounds to bring you ongoing, as-close-to-live-as-my-fingers-allow coverage of Denver ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008

    Mile High Music Fest Wrap-up

    Photo: Jim Narcy Flobots We poured ourselves into the Mile High Music Fest with a passion, and the results filled two extensive blog posts and two slide shows. Here's a handy guide to everything we saw, shot and wrote at the inaugural edition of this world-class musical bonanza. Live Blog Day One ... More >>

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    July 19, 2008
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    July 17, 2008

    Tom Petty

    Highway Companion (American)

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    July 15, 2008
  • Dining

    April 3, 2008

    The Elm

    Guys with guitars.

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    March 18, 2008

    AEG Live's Mile High Music and Arts Festival Lineup Announced

    Update: Click here and here for live blog coverage of the entire event. Tom Petty and Dave Matthews will be bookending AEG's inaugural Mile High Music and Arts Festival, on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, respectively. The rest of the bill will be filled out by top shelf acts like John Mayer ... More >>

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    February 11, 2008

    James Blunt is a Douchebag and Other Assorted Goodies

    Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: The Next Big Thing has been sighted by Tom Breihan; prepare yourself for the onslaught of sensitive white-boy robo-soul.

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    January 28, 2008

    Over the Weekend ... Stand By Your Band II @ hi-dive

    Slide Show Stand By Your Band II Saturday, January 26, 2008, hi-dive Better than: Sitting at home and watching The Last Waltz again. What makes a scene great? Better yet, what makes a scene viable and important? One could say the quality of music, even still it could be said that the thing that m ... More >>

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    July 13, 2006

    Tom Petty

    Highway Companion (American)

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    December 8, 2005

    Syd Matters

    Syd Matters (V2)

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    April 7, 2005

    Burning Brides

    Tuesday, April 12, Rock Island, 303-572-7625.

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    October 21, 2004

    Bob Dylan

    Sunday, October 24, Coors Event Center, 1-866-464-2626.

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    September 30, 2004

    Critic's Choice

    Gann Matthews

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    November 13, 2003

    Club Scout

    Baby Bash

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    September 12, 2002


    If this summers concert season has an encore, wed rather skip it.

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    July 4, 1996

    Survey Says

    Are Denver listeners getting the radio they deserve? A Backbeat investigation.

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    September 28, 1994
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    February 23, 1994



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