Novelty had its moment in hip-hop; vision had its moment; abstraction had its moment. But thanks in no small part to Top Dawg Entertainment and its star, Kendrick Lamar, good old fashioned high-quality rapping is once again the standard of the day. And now, K.Dot's longtime running mate Schoolboy Q ... More >>
Guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson of The Band turned seventy this month, and that milestone got me thinkng about The Last Waltz. Some folks call it the "best concert movie ever made," and it has a lot going for it in that respect: Martin Scorcese, who has a deep feel for the power of music on fi ... More >>
It's less than a week now until Christmas. Did you get all your shopping done yet? Ah, don't beat yourself up. Neither have we. If you're like us, you've probably got some people on our list who are just impossible to buy for, yes? If so, here's an idea, one that won't require you to brave the masse ... More >>
Did you totally blow it? Did you dawdle and miss your chance to pick up tickets to Justin Bieber's now sold-out concert at the Pepsi Center next month? Is your darling niece bummed with you beyond all recognition? Good news for you: You get a do-over -- well, sort of. The Biebs just announced anothe ... More >>
As the latest solo project to come out of the Americana collective Paper Bird, Esme Patterson's All Princes, I is probably the most radical departure from her band's bluegrass/Dixieland sound. Pulling from influences as varied as Van Morrison, CBGB-era punk and Motown, the record is an authentic and ... More >>
Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! And what a glorious weekend it's going to be. Have you seen the forcast? What's more, the Broncos have a bye-week this week, which means there's no reason at not to get out in the sunshine during the day and then treat yourself to some shows at night. As always, we'v ... More >>
Hope you got good and rested this past weekend, because you're going to need to tap into your energy reserves for the insane amount shows going down this week. We have all of them listed in our concert calendar, of course, if you'd like to get the full view. Otherwise, below, we've narrowed it down ... More >>
There's a whole new batch of shows to let you know about, some of which are going on sale this week, including a new date from Breathe Carolina, as well as a rescheduled date for Mouse On Mars at Summit Music Hall, plus 3 Doors Down and Daughtry, who are co-headling the 1STBANK Center in December, a ... More >>
One day, historians will look back and marvel at how blogs changed the music industry -- that is if they can avoid being distracted by the next big thing long enough to think analytically about history. Where just a few critics used to shape the tastes of music fans across country, now an army of bl ... More >>
After the Beatles broke up, George Harrison explained to Dick Cavett that there just wasn't enough room on Beatles records to record everyone's songs, so they split up and made solo records. And while breaking up isn't on the menu for Denver's most beloved Americana ensemble, the members of Paper Bi ... More >>
It's above 80 degrees right now in Denver, which means that for the past several hours, we've been doing nothing but daydreaming of our favorite patios, counting down the minutes until we can shut down the computers and head outside for a drink. Adding urgency to our mission is the fact that it's su ... More >>
Michael Kiwanuka: A star is born."Folks, a star is born." So wrote AEG impresario Don Strasburg this morning on Facebook in reference to Michael Kiwanuka. And, man, I'm here to tell you: There's clearly a reason that Strasburg does what he does for a living. Dude can spot talent from a mile a ... More >>
Jamie VanBuhlerGreensky Bluegrass has built a loyal Colorado following INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS With Greensky Bluegrass 03.18.11 | Fox Theatre Greensky Bluegrass and the Infamous Stringdusters concluded their two-night Colorado run last night at the Fox. Greensky kicked things off with a nine ... More >>
Monday, August 30, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.
Lori Midson This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Jennifer Jasinksi; to read part one of that interview, click here. Best food city in America: San Francisco Bay. I love the growing capabilities of the area and how you're so closely tied to the land. Restaurants there have the opp ... More >>
From the classroom to the stage, this troubadour is molding young minds.
This musical reimagined hits all the right notes.
Halfway through Sundance, and still whistling a happy tune.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Fast reviews of recent releases
On the road to recovery with the Drive By Truckers.
Cervantes' is the perfect place for Polytoxic to take its Last Waltz.
After calling it quits more than two decades ago, Bauhaus is back -- again.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists find that just a spoonful of anger helps the medicine go down.
New Backbeat editor throws his first punch.
Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow (Vapor)
New-wave pioneer Graham Parker is still squeezing out the sparks.
Denver officials and the press grope for the best way to deal with bogus anthrax scares.
Gold (Lost Highw), Sebastopol (Artemis)
Nuggets II strikes gold by mining new territory.
Alex Paterson returns from Orblivion with a disc that inspires passionate responses.
Re-examining the cultural legacy of the MC5.
Wonder Boys lets Michael Douglas get caught in the doldrums of middle age.
Backwash gets caught up in merger mania!
Septuagenarian jazz poet laureate Mose Allison thrives on the blues.
Three members of famous musical families provide a good argument for nepotism.
April 30 - May 6, 1998
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
Me'Shell Ndegeocello fights the powers that be.
M. DOUGHTY'S SOUL COUGHING ISN'T CLEARING UP. AND THAT'S GOOD NEWS.