Recently, in an interview with Hello! Magazine, that sappy dude with Ashton Kutcher hair, James Blunt, apologized for his double-platinum song "Beautiful." Referring to it as "force-fed down people's throats" and "annoying," Blunt has openly admitted his grim misdeed in writing the 2005 anthem for t ... More >>
If you are in my advertising demographic--18 to 34--the pop culture you loved as a child is terrible. The Power Rangers were terrible, the Transformers were terrible, the Ninja Turtles were terrible. Michael Bay didn't ruin any of it; it came pre-ruined. I loved all of it (I love the memory of it no ... More >>
A few spectacularly heavy hitters come to Colorado this week -- both Nick Cave and Merle Haggard are in town. Sharon Van Etten, playing Tuesday at the Bluebird, has plenty to show for her own relatively short career. You can read our extensive interview with her elsewhere on Backbeat this morning. ... More >>
To the uninitiated, Devo is just some '80s band with funny hats who did that "Whip It" song that occasionally gets a nod on Family Guy or something. To the slightly wiser, they were the basis of Weird Al's mind-bending original "Dare to Be Stupid." Such a person might start getting to know the sound ... More >>
Estately.com, the site behind our recent list of the ten best states for hippies, has a new target: the Internet search quirks of all fifty states, including Colorado, produced by running "hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms and questions each state was s ... More >>
It's not so tough to spot the link between the Arvada Center's 2014 recently announced concert series and Swallow Hill Music, who partnered with them to construct the lineup. The series owes a lot to the music school's deep roots in folk music -- performances by Don McLean and Judy Collins are testa ... More >>
Christmas -- or whatever you celebrate this time of year -- is not a geek holiday. Sure, the togetherness and gift-giving and eggnog drunks are great no matter if you're a geek or not, but it still seems like the holiday should throw us some kind of bone. It doesn't, though. There are just no sweet ... More >>
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 >>
Last week Kanye West dropped a promotional video for his Yeezus album in the form of a (comedic?) tribute to the film American Psycho. The clip is a near mirror image of the unforgettable scene in which Christian Bale axes Jared Leto after torturing him with a pedantic speech about the genius of Hue ... More >>
Seriously funny musicians are compelled to seriously not make serious music, finding the absurd around every corner of a melodious jack-in-the-box. Pop goes the weasel 'cuz the weasel goes pop! When most musicians give in to an urge to create dramatic music, these comedic musicians can't help but ta ... More >>
"WEIRD" AL YANKOVIC @ BOULDER THEATER | SUN, 7/21/13 "Weird Al" Yankovic's zany parodies catapulted him to fame in the '80s, back when pop culture was in dire need of some deflation. He never got critical props for his oddball iconoclasm, though, and after his 1989 film, UHF tanked at the box office ... More >>
If fireworks and baseball games aren't your thing, July has plenty of geek entertainment on tap -- whether you're looking to flex your gaming muscles, get the latest book in the classic Shannara series signed by the author or just sit in the blessedly cool air-conditioned embrace of a movie theater ... More >>
Brace yourselves, nerds (I know there are a lot of you out there), I have some news that's going to make you giddy, possibly inspire you to run around the room and high-five whoever happens to be around: "Weird Al" Yankovic is coming to the Boulder Theater on Sunday, July 21. Tickets ($32-$40) go on ... More >>
If you missed the hour-long live-stream a bit ago in which "Weird Al" Yankovic announced the headliners for this year's edition of Bonnaroo, rest easy. We've got you covered. We took notes on all the acts announced thus far. Prepare to be overwhelmed. There's roughly ten billion on the bill, includi ... More >>
Wayne White might be the most prolific and virtually unknown contributor to popular culture of the last four decades. But the illustrator, painter, sculptor and puppet-maker from Chattanooga is getting some much deserved exposure with the release of Beauty Is Embarrassing, a documentary about White' ... More >>
Sometimes, you just don't have the cash lying around to splurge on that expensive Halloween costume. Fear not, young heathens! We have compiled a list of costumes for you that cost nearly nothing. In fact, you probably have the materials lying around the house. Click through for some ideas. A ... More >>
If the geeks are really set to inherit the earth (that's the saying, right?), then it's time we highlight the musical offerings they have on the table. With Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart being released last week at PAX, it seems as good a time as any to look at our favorite albums about ... More >>
Here's some nerdtastic news to help hype up your humpday: "Weird Al" Yankovic, the crown prince of parody, is coming back to Denver. While that's swell in itself, wait a minute -- it gets better. Guess where he's playing? Ready? Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Uh-huh. How about them apples? Send ... More >>
Bill Plympton has actually eaten all of these things.Although he's been nominated for a couple of Academy Awards, Bill Plympton has always been a little too weird for the mainstream. His surreal animation, in which human forms are stretched, kneaded and punched to their breaking point, is fre ... More >>
Earlier this week, Lady Gaga reportedly refused permission to "Weird Al" Yankovic to release a parody of her new single, "Born This Way," called "Perform This Way." Upset, but well-aware of his right, Yankovic released the song anyway. Turns out, Lady Gaga actually loves "Weird Al" and is pla ... More >>
According to an official statement from Brownmark Films, the company, best known for the above completely idiotic video and Internet phenomenon from 2007, has decided to file a lawsuit against Viacom International, Comedy Partners, Paramount Pictures Corporation, MTV Networks and South Park Digita ... More >>
Aaron Klug. There Aaron Klug was, minding his own business at a Dungeons & Dragons event Tuesday, when the pesky cops showed up. Did he slay them with his Flaming Battle Axe or bludgeon them with his skull-topped Staff of Power? Did he pelt them to death with polyhedral dice? No, he did not. ... More >>
Remember back in the good ol' days when the only person doing parody rock was Weird Al Yankovic, and it took years for these songs to hit the airwaves? We're pretty sure that no artist on the face of the planet has been parodied, spoofed and generally made fun of as quickly as Lady Gaga. We suppo ... More >>
Yesterday, CNN reported that Wyclef Jean has entered himself into the bid for president in Haiti. This doesn't mark the first time a celebrity has run for office, and while we wish him the best of luck, we have to wonder what qualifications he has other than being a member of the seminal '90s ... More >>
Thursday, July 29, Paramount Theatre, 303-623-0106.
The genius of Vince Offer's sales-pitch send-up of Eminem's Recovery -- and of most parodies, really -- is that it forces the record into a ridiculous context (a thing to "put on your hose," among other uses). And though the video may or may not actually help Marshall Mathers' sales figures, it d ... More >>
Nearly a year after Tool's triumphant headlining set at the Mile High Music Festival, Maynard James Keenan and company return to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29. Reserved tickets are $52.50 to $69.50 and go on sale Saturday, May 1 ... More >>
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