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Tom Waits

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    Giving thanks for Rain Dogs by Tom Waits

    In what's become an annual tradition for us, we ask a few members of Team Backbeat to reflect on an album they're thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving. The first time I remember hearing Tom Waits was when his video for "Downtown Train" was played on Teletunes. It was sometime during the mid '80s ... More >>

  • Music

    March 7, 2013

    Indigenous Robot

    Fire Ball
    Self-released

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Marc Ribot on collaborating with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and recording with Tom Waits

    Los Lobos singer and guitarist David Hildago clearly knows his away around Latin music, and so does guitarist Marc Ribot, who's played with a ton of folks over the years, from Tom Waits and Elvis Costello to John Zorn and the Lounge Lizards. When the two bring their Border Music duo to the L2 Arts a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    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 >>

  • Film

    October 18, 2012
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    November 22, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from moe., the Bag Raiders and Jane's Addiction were announced; Monroe Monroe, Elway, Shel and Fierce Bad Rabbit got spins on local radio; and new releases from Florence and the Machine, Drake, Childish Gambin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Rammstein, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, Kraddy, Peter Frampton, Umphrey's McGee and Henry Rollins were announced; Caleb Slade, Force Publique, My Body Sings Electric and the Outfit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows from Radiohead, Roger Waters, the Descendants and Los Lobos were announced. Nautical Mile, Tennis, Churchill and Dressy Bessy got spins on local radio. And new and recent releases from Tom Waits, Wale a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: Brad Paisley's at the Pepsi Center in January, Salt-n-Pepa's at the Gothic in December and Donavon Frankenreiter comes to town in March. Air Dubai, In the Whale, Jen Korte and Saints got spins on local radio. And new and recent re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Tom Waits tribute this weekend at Gold Hill Inn

    ​Although Anti just released "Back in the Crowd," the second single from Tom Waits' forthcoming disc, Bad as Me, there's still close to another month before the album hits the stores. So if you're looking to your Waits fix in the meantime, Gold Hill Inn in Boulder is hosting a Tom Waits tribut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    The original Japanese robot, Tom Waits and more in new releases this week, August 2, 2011

    ​We have reached the absolute lull of the summer as far as new releases are concerned. But while nothing coming out on DVD this week appealed to us, we did manage to track down a few books, games and comics that should provide some nice indoor entertainment while everyone else is off getting s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    So long, sweater weather. Bring on the sun! Top 10 songs for your spring soundtrack

    Spring flowers bring sweet effin' jams!​It's that time of year -- time to trade in those stinky wool sweaters for T-shirts and tanks. Time to toss off those boots, slip on your sandals and start prepping for the sunshine. Bust that picnic basket out of the basement, air out the old blanket and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2011: Apathy and antics

    Getty Images​A bunch of old white dudes and Darlene Love got trophies yesterday at a fancy hotel in New York. We're referring, of course, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, an institution that exists to reaffirm our canonical certainties. This year's class: Love, Tom Waits, Alice Coo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Will Oldham narrating an audiobook? Here's 10 more musicians we'd like to see narrate classic books

    ​Audio books are all about finding the perfect actor with the perfect voice to read to you while you drive across the country. So, when we heard Will Oldham had taken on the narration of Rudolph Wurlitzer's Slow Fade, we started thinking about what other artists should venture into the same bu ... More >>

  • Music

    January 20, 2011
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    August 30, 2010

    Denver does Denver, but who's doing the rest? A list of our five dream covers.

    The act we've chosen for Magnetic Fields to cover is so obvious, it just might work.​With Denver Does Denver now safely in the rearview, we've been pondering what an expansion of the concept beyond the Colorado borders might look like. More to the point, we've been thinking about what some of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Nick Cave is supposedly penning The Crow remake -- here's five musicians we'd like to see tackle other movies

    ​Rumors have been swirling recently that Nick Cave may have signed on to rewrite the screenplay for The Crow remake (ouch that sentence hurts our heads). Cave is a favorite around here for his music, but we're a bit hard pressed to find anyone who's actually made it through a piece of his fict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Astronautalis on over-the-top comparisons, hip-hop's progression and fans "getting it"

    ​Andy Bothwell, aka. Astronautalis, has oft times been labeled as the Tom Waits or Hunter S. Thompson of underground hip-hop. Like many others in his position, he began honing his skills in high school, battling on corners while climbing rank amongst industry-friendly peers. His unhurried and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Ten musicians we'd like to see teach elementary school

    David Shankbone​ This weekend in New York City, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth is evidently slated to give a lecture to kids between the ages of eight and twelve titled "A Dissertation on White Noise." This news got us to thinking: What other musicians would we like to see teaching our childre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    The Muppets cover "Dust in the Wind." Here's five more songs we'd like to see 'em tackle.

    You know the world is going to shit when the Muppets have to step up and offer commentary about something. In the case of this video, we have to admit, we agree with the underlying sentiments. In case you haven't seen yet: Beaker's delicate and inspirational attempt at Kansas' "Dust in the Wind," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of February 1, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis grab top spot at Wax Trax

    ​Nick Cave and Warren Ellis nabbed the top spot at Wax Trax this week with their evocative score of John Hillcoat's film The Road, based the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. Tracks from the soundtrack also appear on the two-CD White Lunar, a compilation of the duo's soundtrack work fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    KKHi's Smooth Sound of Colorado top seller at Twist and Shout

    ​KKHi's second volume of The Smooth Sound of Colorado, featuring Walter Beasley, Craig Chaquico, Euge Groove and other smooth jazz artists, grabbed the top top at Twist & Shout for the week ending December 27. Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom Live remained in the second spot, while Susan Boyle's I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Susan Boyle on top again at Twist and Shout

    ​Susan Boyle continues to dominate the charts at Twist & Shout and once again grabbed the top spot with her debut, I Dreamed a Dream. Tom Waits is still putting up a fight with Glitter and Doom Live and came in second while Christmas records from Sting and Bob Dylan came in third and fourth fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Neil Young Top Seller at Wax Trax

    ​Neil Young's Dreamin' Man Live '92, which includes a complete live performance of Harvest Moon before the studio album was released, grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax this week, while Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez claimed the second slot with his latest effort, Xenophanes. Tom Waits, meanwhile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Tom Waits top seller at Twist and Shout

    ​Apparently there was a bit of a fight between Tom Waits' Glitter & Doom Live and Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream last week at Twist & Shout, and fortunately, Waits, who turned sixty yesterday, was the victor. Blakroc, the Black Keys' new hip-hop project, came in third, while Them Crooked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Tom Waits top seller at Wax Trax

    ​Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom Live, which includes tracks from last year's Glitter and Doom tour, grabbed the top spot at Wax Trax for the week ending November 29. The Black Keys' hip-hop project Blakroc, which features rappers like Raekwon, RZA and Mos Def, came in second with their self-titled de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of December 1, 2009

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of November 23, 2009

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Yo La Tengo's alter ego grabs top spot at Wax Trax

    Matador Records tried to pull a fast one by saying the Condo Fucks was a legendary New London, Connecticut trio that returned after a long hiatus from performing. The label also stated that a secretive Hoboken rehearsal was recorded and was released March 24 as the album Fuckbook, which just so happ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Bottesini Project to set up shop in San Francisco for the night

    The Bottesini Project, the completely improv project spearheaded by Creative Music Works' Paul Riola, is taking its unique show on the road. Riola is taking the concept -- spontaneous compositions created by like-minded musicians in a formal jam context -- to San Francisco on Friday, May 15, at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Top Sellers: Twist & Shout

    Neil Young's live recording from 1968, when he was just 22, tops Twist & Shout's bestsellers list, with a strong showing from local acts Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) and Paper Bird. Also good to see Tom Waits in the Top 10 with an album he released just over four years ago. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    KBCO Studio C celebrates its twentieth anniversary with two-CD set

    Just received an advance of KBCO's Studio C 20th Anniversary Edition. The 38-song two-disc set, celebrating two decades of in-studio performances, gathers tracks from a few of the usual suspects (Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow), alongside some rare gems from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Dr. John an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Weezer Coming Back to Denver... Uh, We Think

    Although we've yet to receive a press release confirming a date, we're pretty sure Weezer is going to be coming to town on this leg of its tour. At least that's what we can deduce from the video posted after the jump. Pulling a page from Tom Waits Glitter and Doom Tour playbook, Rivers Cuomo and com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (6/14/08-6/20/08)

    Here's a wrap-up of all the spectacular coverage you missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were transfixed by Ice T's calling out Soulja Boy for ruining hip-hop and telling the young star to "eat a dick" ...

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    Last Night...Tom Waits @ Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

    Tom Waits played a extraordinary show in Phoenix at the Orpheum Theatre this past Wednesday night as part of his twelve-city "Glitter and Doom" tour. As far as we're concerned, Waits is a god among men. The guy doesn’t tour a lot and his shows have taken on the holy grail of concert experiences. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    Tom Waits for No One

    So, the one and only Metropolitan Tom Waits, once a mainstay around these parts, has announced his summer tour plans. Guess what... no Denver date!! Two freaking shows in Phoenix (two!!), and he's even making his way to St. Louis, but nothing for us?! Waits explains the glaring oversight routing, or ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the week of 11/29/2007

  • Music

    November 22, 2007

    Whiskey Dicks

    Tom Waits would enjoy this bar talk.

  • Music

    May 3, 2007

    This Just In...

    The latest nightlife news

  • Music

    November 16, 2006

    Tom Waits

    Orphans
    Anti-

  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    Man Man

    Saturday, June 10, Walnut Room, 303-292-1700.

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    The Blind Boys of Alabama

    Saturday, August 20, Universal Lending Pavilion, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    May 23, 2002

    Sum of Their Parts

    With a twisted vision, Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs get a leg up on the competition.

  • Music

    May 23, 2002

    Tom Waits

    Alice and Blood Money (Anti-)

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best concert (since June 1999)

    Tom Waits at Paramount Theatre on October 12 and 13, 1999

  • Music

    May 25, 2000

    Tin Hat Trio

    Helium
    (Angel)

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    Critic's Choice

    This week's concert pick: New Orleans Klezmer Allstars.

  • Music

    July 22, 1999
  • Music

    March 5, 1998

    Quick-Change Artist

    Don't try to pigeonhole vocalist Holly Cole.

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