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Willie Nelson

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: A Cut Above in Denver

    It's been a long wait, but May flowers eventually came -- at least here at Mile Highs and Lows. It's been month of mediocre dispensaries (and hail storms) leaving us with nothing but a few nice buds among a lot of slightly busted flowers while we wait to meet up with our caregiver next week. To rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Even country music is ready for marijuana legalization

    It has been rough and rocky traveling for cannabis cowboys for most of the 40 years since "Me and Paul," the hounded-by-the-Man classic in which Willie Nelson tipped off like-minded longhairs to the presence of narcs in Laredo. "If you're staying in a motel there," he warned dryly, "don't leave noth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Country music is going to pot, too

    Denver blog posts aren't afraid of a little twang. At our Backbeat blog, Alan Scherstuhl looks at the increasing prevalence of marijuana in country music -- and we don't just mean Willie Nelson. Mile High Hockey's c6hor8 recaps another Avalanche loss to the Minnesota Wild, based on poor performanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    2013 Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Chipotle chief on The Scarecrow and why Fiona Apple's take on "Pure Imagination" was perfect

    A few years back, Chipotle premiered Back to the Start, a two-and-a-half minute animated short. The evocative clip, which focuses on the practice of factory farming and the necessity of a sustainable farming system, was imbued with an underlying sense of poignancy thanks to Willie Nelson's stirring ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2013
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    May 9, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    The ten best music books of 2012

    This year, ambitious new books tackled the lives of music legends from Neil Young to Pete Townshend -- and many of these 2012 releases managed to burst through genres to offer significantly more than the average biography. We at Backbeat explored memoirs, historical surveys, ruminations on philosoph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    HoodLamb will celebrate the hemp lifestyle and art at HoodLab tonight

    HoodLamb is a vibrant hemp company that landed in Colorado when it decided to expand beyond Europe, where it was founded almost two decades ago. With this area's growing cannabis culture, as well as lively art and music scenes, Denver seemed the perfect place to infuse with both its product and proj ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012
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    April 13, 2012

    Five acts with more taxing problems than you

    See Also: • Tax Evasion: How to live like a rock star -- and pay taxes like one, too. As the saying goes: There are only two things that are certain and unavoidable in this life -- death and taxes. And while both might be causing folks to lose sleep these days (you didn't forget tax time is upon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2012

    Video: Chipotle's Grammy commercial with Willie Nelson doing Coldplay: What'd ya think?

    Chipotle: It's all about going back to the start.​Ah, yes, Chipotle's new commercial, its first ever, apparently. Completely forgot about this until just now, actually. Last summer, our pal Laura Shunk wrote about this little moving picture on the Cafe Society blog. She dug it. Found it "quirk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Facebook gets worked up over Nevermind: Ten notably more offensive album covers (NSFW)

    ​This week, Facebook claimed the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, which features a baby and his hanging do-dad, violated its terms of use when it was displayed on the official Nirvana fan page. The social networking site later reversed its decision, but it can only be assumed it was initially due ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Review: Willie Nelson at Red Rocks, 6/21/2011

    ​WILLIE NELSON at RED ROCKS | 06.21.11"While Willie Nelson is still a solid player and performer, seeing him these days is about nostalgia for a lot of people. These aren't the best versions of songs like "Crazy" and "Aint It Funny," but seeing Nelson up on stage performing them is as heartwar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    4/20 rally in Denver: To legalize or not to legalize... wait, what is the question?

    ​You walk into Civic Center Park, and immediately you smell it. Happy 4/20, everybody. You keep walking, slowly at first, like a teen at his first day of high school. Where to go first? There are so many people -- some smoking joints, some peddling hand-outs, all wearing the symbol of a mariju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Willie Nelson's freedom for a song? Alternate sentencing ideas for musician's who screw up

    ​We all love when stars get busted. There's nothing better than seeing that terr-awesome mug shot online, but face it, we're a little tired of the same old punishment. In Willie Nelson's recent pot bust, the judge got wicked creative and suggested he sing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Lil' Jon's tax woes: He's not alone. Here's five of the biggest celebrity tax evaders

    ​The IRS loves leaning on rich people for tax evasion. Case in point, reports have surfaced that Lil' Jon (whose house was just foreclosed on in August) is on the hook for $638,000. It's certainly not easy to do taxes if you're a musician -- or any type of entertainer for that matter -- which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Cypress Hill, Willie Nelson, Natalie Merchant top sellers at local record stores

    ​While no specific artist dominated sales across the board at local record stores for the week ending April 25, Natalie Merchant's Leave Your Sleep, Cypress Hill's Rise Up Willie Nelson's Country Music claimed the top spots at Albums on the Hill, Independent Records and Twist & Shout, respect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 17, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Music

    May 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Denver Blogs: When in Florence, it's kind of hard to be governor

    When he's not hanging with Willie Nelson, Bill Ritter is... hanging in Italy? Here some links to things about things we hope may interest you. If not, come back tomorrow and we'll give it another go. Feel free to try to influence us. What might help Bill Ritter fix Colorado is being in Colorado. ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Shockingly, the Fray captures top spot at Twist & Shout

    Okay, clearly we're being sarcastic with that headline, for it comes as very little surprise that the Fray captured the top spot at Twist & Shout this week. We're not privy to the actual SoundScan numbers yet, but suffice it to say, we're eager to see if interest the act has generated locally fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Music out of context: the serendipitous mix

    Of all the changes technology has wrought to my listening habits and way of experiencing music, the biggest impact has come from the way my iPod destroys context.The most obvious benefit of the iPod revoution is the convenience of having thousands -- even tens of thousands -- songs in your pocket. T ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    Family Ties

    Los Lonely Boys rock out with Hill Country Revue.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (8/23/08-8/29/08)

    Axl Rose is displeased that people are actually hearing the long-fabled Chinese Democracy Here's a handy list of all the great content you might have missed this week while you were avidly following the story of the blogger who was arrested for leaking tracks from the Guns 'N Roses Chinese Democrac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 27 edition

    "I declare a toe war." Can you believe it -- a blog shortcut published on the day that's in its headline? If Demver was any more stuffed with content, it'd be Mr. Creosote before that wafer-thin mint. Cruise over for a DNC day-two slideshow, tips about getting into ritzy parties by posing as a me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008
  • Music

    July 31, 2008
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    July 17, 2008

    Top Sellers: Twist & Shout

    What do you know? Looks like Beck's still got some gas left in the tank after all these years. It's hard to say what's more stunning, the fact that the old boy's still selling records, or seeing who he outsold this week at Twist & Shout to garner the top slot on their best seller list.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: pureNRG, Puscifer, Robyn, Santogold

    pureNRG Here We Go Again Word Entertainment 02:30-03:15 of “Here We Go Again” This is one of the most totally awesome releases that I’ve heard in a long time! OMG I am so excited that FINALLY there is a group out there that is full of love and energy for Jesus. We all know that all those othe ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Willie Nelson

    Moment of Forever
    Lost Highway

  • Music

    December 7, 2006

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff you need to know about to avoid cultural ostracism.

  • Music

    November 30, 2006

    Willie Nelson

    Songbird
    Lost Highway

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2006
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    October 21, 2006

    The Lunch Bunch

    I checked out Buenos Aires Grill (see "Grill of My Dreams," September 21) again on Wednesday -- this time for lunch, which I'd somehow missed during my first whirlwind tour through owner Francis Carrera's beautifully appointed Argentine fine- dining restaurant. And while almost everything I loved at ... More >>

  • Music

    August 31, 2006

    Willie Nelson

    Sunday, September 3, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Sinéad O'Connor

    Throw Down Your Arms (Sanctuary Records)

  • Music

    October 30, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Carla Bozulich

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    These cops have a beat, but can you dance to it?

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    Hit Pick

    Denver Rescue Mission Benefit

  • Music

    November 18, 1999

    Honky-Tonkin'

    Two-steppin' through a slew of recent country releases.

  • Music

    December 24, 1998

    Year-End Close-Out

    We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.

  • Music

    August 27, 1998
  • Music

    June 12, 1997

    Cash on the Barrelhead

    After a period of obscurity, Johnny Cash is once again a wanted man.

  • Music

    December 26, 1996

    The Prize Patrol

    The biggest musical winners from 1996.

  • Music

    August 15, 1996

    Free Willie

    A gospel album on a Denver record label is the latest step in the rehabilitation of Willie Nelson's career.

  • Music

    April 4, 1996

    Running on Fumes

    Seven years down the road, the members of Gas Huffer are breathing easier.

  • Dining

    March 30, 1994
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