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Erin Hamilton Was a Smooth Operator Before She Became a Fulltime DJ as Erin Stereo

11 months ago by Bree Davies
“Did you know that you can win awards for your work as a 911 operator?” asks Erin Hamilton over coffee. She’s explaining the winding road that led her to turntablism — a path that began with quitting what could have been a longtime career as an (award-winning) emergency dispatcher. She...
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Is This the Most Hated Band in Colorado?

2 months ago by Chris Walker
“Kick them off the stage!” “Just get them out of here!” Those were the directives that Tim Sadler, a college student who interns as a sound engineer at the Seventh Circle Music Collective, received over the phone from his boss. Sadler didn’t have to be told twice. The band he...
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An Unbelievable Story of Rape: How Colorado Cops Solved a Washington Crime

MARCH 12, 2009 LYNNWOOD, WASHINGTON No one came to court with her that day, except her public defender. She was eighteen years old, charged with a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Rarely do misdemeanors draw notice. Her case was one of 4,859 filed in 2008...
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4/20 Rally in Denver's Lincoln Park More About Pot Than Talk

1 year ago by William Breathes
By 3:30 p.m. on April 20 in recent years, Civic Center Park was a zoo. Packed to the gills with people and a heavy, healthy cloud of smoke hanging over everyone. But at 3:30 p.m. yesterday — April 20, 2015 — the park was empty. The only person I could...
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Elephant 6's Importance to '90s Indie Pop, the Denver Scene and Beyond

1 year ago by Tom Murphy
In certain circles, conventional wisdom holds that there is a “Denver sound" — the Gothic Americana embodied by the likes of 16 Horsepower, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, The Denver Gentlemen and whatever project of Jaysun Munly's you'd care to name. Absurdly enough, some people even try to place all kinds...
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Five Signs That This Party Sucks

2 years ago by Kat Bein
Free time is a precious commodity. Weekend warriors have a mere 48 hours to get as nasty as they wanna be, then it's a long, hot shower and another five days of money makin'. No one wants to waste their Saturdays on shitty drinks in shitty environments. And there's nothing...
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Why CDs Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl

1 year ago by Chris Kornelis
James Russell’s mother told him that his first invention was the “automated battleship” that he built when he was six. By the time he was thirteen, he was fixing toasters, irons and fans at a local appliance store in his home town outside Seattle. The summer before he left for...
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Candy Claws Debuts New Sound of Ceres Project

2 years ago by Tom Murphy
Before essentially disappearing from live music in 2012 and quietly releasing its most recent album, Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time, in 2013, Candy Claws was one of the few bands around on a small budget that managed to create a genuine sense of the otherworldly with its music...
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Would-Be Beer Makers Find Comfort at Grandma's House, a Collective Brewery

2 years ago by Jonathan Shikes
Matthew Fuerst is a collector. Last week he took a trip down Broadway to Angelo's CDs, where he bought 120 8-track cartridges to play on the vintage 8-track stereo at Grandma's House, the brewery that Fuerst opened last October. Filled with retro appliances, knick-knacks, games and decorations, Grandma's House looks...
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Giving thanks for Blues for the Red Sun by Kyuss

3 years ago by Adam Roy
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. Kyuss isn't a band to listen to through headphones. Ideally, you blast them on a warm, vintage stereo system, or through your...

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