SAT | KASKADE at SKYLAB, DENVER COLISEUM | 9/21/13 Kaskade has crafted his own signature sound out of an unusual blend of disco-kissed deep house and big-room trance. Somehow the Utah-born DJ manages to balance these two disparate genres into a unified whole, leaning heavily on female vocals and sex ... More >>
Comedian Rusty Z has hypnotized tens of thousands of people over the last fifteen years. So when I was talking to him about his Comedy Works South shows this weekend and then asked him to hypnotize me, it was nothing out of the ordinary. For him, at least. I had never been hypnotized before. And wh ... More >>
Arvada will get a new brewery later this month when Odyssey Beerwerks opens up at 5535 West 56th Avenue, Suite 107, just north of the Denver border. The 1,700-square-foot taproom, which will include a fifteen-barrel brewing system and room for at least eighty people, was founded by friends Chris Hi ... More >>
The All-Star break is over, Kenneth Faried manimaled his way to some long-overdue national attention, and fastest team in the NBA West got a few days off to recharge its batteries. After the Nuggets beat the Celtics last night to avenge that frustrating triple OT loss heading into the break, it's of ... More >>
Cheap rent, hip locals and an urban feel are three of the main ingredients that have turned River North into one of Denver's hottest neighborhoods for new breweries. Three of them -- River North Brewery, Black Shirt Brewing and Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (which is technically in Five Points) -- ... More >>
It's 2012 -- at least for a few more days. It was the year that recreational pot became legal in Colorado, and people sure do love bragging about their marijuana on social media. Instagram is a particular hotspot for Amendment 64-related picture posts. Continue reading for our ten favorite Colorado ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, we shared the terrible story of Ethan Hearty, a toddler who accidentally killed himself at his grandparents' Utah home after finding a gun. Still no report of charges in that case, but accusations have been aimed at Iesha Paris and Darryl Hunter in a similar incident that took ... More >>
In decrying the resources wasted in a failed prosecution of medical marijuana caregiver Josh Jones (a total he estimated at over $100,000), attorney Rob Corry suggested that law enforcers focus on meth rather than weed. Little did he know that the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado and the Organized ... More >>
Big photos below.Most local news outlets aren't using the name of the sixteen-year-old Utah student who met with Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis a month before being arrested, along with eighteen-year-old Dallin Morgan, in an alleged plot to blow up their high school. But Utah media is id ... More >>
Lori MidsonSorry, that headline is cruel. In-n-Out Burger, which now has locations in California, Nevada, Dallas-Fort Worth and Utah, is not opening a store in Denver, but if you don't want to drive the 350-plus miles to get your double-double burger fix, you can have it delivered straight t ... More >>
Seriously?Look, we know that real-life robbers are often lovers of the cinema. That's why they dress in fanciful and elaborate costumes, à la Point Break (ex-Presidents), The Town (gruesome nuns), 3000 Miles to Graceland (Elvises) and, most recently, 30 Minutes or Less (apes). But now it see ... More >>
Thank goodness Thursday has come around again, we were beginning to think Noah was going to come floating by on in Arc with two of each animal. Luckily even as our streets are flowing with water, our venues are flooding with big things to do. Check out our wrap-up for tonight, which unlike th ... More >>
It's a scene as iconic as any ever recorded of the Great American West, the meeting of two railroad lines from the east and west at Promontory Summit, Utah, punctuated by a last golden spike that completed the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869. These days, nobody travels by railroad e ... More >>
Photo by Eleonora Raggi, courtesy TTR Press OfficeEric Willet soars to second place at TTR Burn River Jump event in Livigno, ItalyBreckenridge local Eric Willett finished second behind Norwegian Aleksander Ostreng at the Burn River Jump contest this weekend in Livigno, Italy, part of the Swat ... More >>
AlliSports.comBreck Freeride team member Eric Willet, center, wins Men's Snowboard Slopestyle at the Toyota Challenge in Ogden, UTBreckenridge Ski Resort is getting a good return on investment from its Breck Freeride Team and its stepped-up park & pipe programs: Yesterday, Breckenridge snowbo ... More >>
Today's stoke comes to us via our ever-watchful friends at YoBeat (tagline: "Making fun of snowboarding since 1997"). Director Jim Mangan's short film Winter's Children: Naked Ambition features vintage snowboards, woven Native American blankets, and a noticeable dearth of winter clothing (or ... More >>
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar clearly wanted to make a splash when he unveiled his new "wild lands" policy last week--two days before Christmas (slow news week), at a press conference outside the REI flagship store, just a few steps from his old Denver office when he was a U.S. Senato ... More >>
Walter Bond.Animal activist Walter Bond is a man so devoted to his cause that he wears a giant "VEGAN" tattoo on his neck. So it's no surprise he showed zero remorse when officially pleading guilty to arson related to a fire at Glendale's Sheepskin Factory in April -- a crime for which he fa ... More >>
Okay, we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon nobody else knew about. "Guilty pleasures" is what most people term these sort of inclinations. Well, here at Backbeat, there's no shame in our game -- assuming, of ... More >>
Probably not Gary Coleman's favorite photo.Update, 1:15 p.m.: Gary Coleman has died. Read the Washington Post's obituary here, and look below to read our original item, published at 7:29 a.m. this morning. When last we heard from former Denver resident Gary Coleman, back in February, he'd br ... More >>
A Flickr photo.No more feeling guilty, averting eye contact and mumbling excuses when you go to Natural Grocers. Unlike at Whole Foods, where forgetting your reusable totes can feel akin to getting spotted by a professor on a walk of shame, if you forget to bring your own bags to the natural ... More >>
Stop resting easy, pal. You're not endangered anymore.Last December, when President Barack Obama first announced the nomination of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior, Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity criticized the choice, claiming that Salazar's environmental r ... More >>
A Flickr photoSee: even our puppies are happy!The barrage of apparently contradictory surveys continues. Just last week, we told you about American Psychological Association survey that showed Denverites are more stressed than Americans nationwide. Now comes a roundup from the Gallup Organiz ... More >>
Republicans rallied the troops in the Senate this morning and managed to block the much-delayed confirmation of David Hayes, Ken "New Sheriff in Town" Salazar's choice to serve as his top deputy at the Department of the Interior. In a crucial test of whether the new administration's bold break wit ... More >>
In a little over a month, Meese's major label debut is slated to drop. At a listening party a few months ago at the Larimer Lounge, we learned that the album would be titled Broadcast and would feature "The Start of It," a song well familiar to all of the kids on the frozen Front Range, that has sin ... More >>
The second season of Breaking Bad makes its premier on Sunday, March 8. As part of AMC's effort to tout its original series, which chronicles a terminally ill chemistry teacher named Walter White's (Bryan Cranston, Malcom in the Middle) foray into the drug trade, the network is currently running a ... More >>
Ken Salazar, the new Secretary of the Interior, who spent much of last week traipsing around the Denver area declaring that there's a new sheriff in town, has taken what he calls "an important first step" in restoring balance to federal public lands policy -- pulling the plug on a controversial sa ... More >>
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